UPDATE: I wanted to let you that there were over 1500 applicants, and I wasn’t chosen as a finalist for this competition. I want to thank all those who supported my application. It was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself and so glad I pursued it. Thank you, everyone!
Have fork, will travel.
Often our biggest opportunities come knocking very softly. They don’t hit us over the head with their pregnant importance. Sometimes they just start with that little voice that says, ‘Hm. Cool.’ That’s it. And in a split second, you can either choose to go for it, or move through your day onto the next thing. That’s how it happened for me. Word about the opportunity to apply for Richmond’s 365 blogger fell into my lap quite unexpectedly from someone I hardly know. The whisper was so subtle that I almost missed it. I applied on the spot without thinking too much about it. Within 24 hours, I realized this was it! I want this. I have a burning desire to BE the Richmond blogger.
I am going to be honest. I’ve never been to Richmond. I know a lot of the other applicants were born and raised there and have a love affair with the city. I can’t lie – I know very little about it. And I can’t think of a better way to fall in love with a place than through visitng one of its 800+ restaurants and tourist attractions over the course of a year.
We’ve all heard of those once-in-a-lifetime dream jobs that crop up every now and again. I remember a campaign a few years back for the ‘Best Job In The World.’ It came with a salary of $100,000, a free home on a palm-fringed island in Australia and all the snorkeling you could handle.
I don’t buy lottery tickets, I don’t typically enter contests and I did not apply for that job.
But I did apply for this one.
I love food. I love travel. I’m an extrovert and I love to laugh and have fun. I also get how much work is involved in writing one blog post every day for 365 days. It’s a big committment. Moving to a different province is a big step. Am I up for it? You better believe it!
I’ve already published 2 books about food – one on chocolate and one on coffee. I have been a freelance writer and been to festivals and plays and restaurants and written about them. I have run my own business for 4 years, so I understand how much discipline, dedication and self-direction is required to consistently deliver quality written content.
To support me, please visit Richmond’s Facebook Page, click ‘Like’ and post on their wall why I would be such a great candidate for this job. Feel free to include the link to this blog post.