As I grow in my career, I find that I am trying to wrap words around who I am. 3 small sentences of a body of work. What if we all had a small page describing yourself, as a shorthand, to make you less of a name, and more of a human?
I recently received a promotion. Earlier this year I was placed in charge of the Oregon sales force. This week I was given California and Nevada as well. My job doubled in one phone call. There are all of these new, amazing people that I get to help, hopefully inspire. But I cannot just go have coffee with them. I am an email, a cell phone, and possibly a few visits a year. It stumps me, because I have been in my industry for 26 years, In Catering for 19. Face to face is my thing. I like to talk. I mean, hell, I have been on the air for 5 years. 2 hours of talk radio, every Sunday. I talk. About food. To people.
So, here it is. Here is my description, and I can say what I want because it is my blog, and I am hoping if I describe myself here, perhaps I can describe myself to others….better.
I am a wife and mother. I married a 6 foot 6 blonde haired blue eyed varsity basketball coach and PE teacher. I married the dream. Cool headed, steady, strong. He blessed me with boy-girl twins. Their names are Jordan James and Montana. They are my sun and moon.
I am a career focused person. I will always have a piece of my brain in my job at all time. I am never off. I genuinely care about the welfare of those who work with me. If you aren’t happy outside of work, you certainly will not be happy when you are at work. Balance is the key. If you don’t force your balance, you will be an imbalanced employee, and you will not last. Me, I last. I power through the storms to get to the sunshine. My career is absolutely a study in positive thinking, asking for forgiveness, and pushing the envelope. Above all: I laugh at myself. A lot. I mean A LOT. Ask any of my bosses.
I am a radio personality. Okay, here is where it gets weird. I have a successful career in radio. I have been on the air with “The Simple Kitchen with Missy Maki” for 5 years. It is a 2 hour talk show about food: chefs, brewers, in home cooking, winemakers, cheesemakers, fishers, saltmakers. TASTEMAKERS. I live and die by food and beverage. People wear shirts with my name on it. (want one? hahaha! But really, they are cute) You can listen live KPAM AM 860 Sundays 10am-noon, or you can find all the podcasts on iTunes or at kpam.com or on this site under “Podcasts” up above. My show is a top downloaded podcast. It is really good. Okay, now I am being a jerk…but google Missy Maki if you want to get a horrifying insight on my food life. Particularly the images. *hides behind desk*
I am a public speaker and host. Alrighty, it gets REALLY weird here. I host and MC a large amount of Auctions and Food events. Cook offs, The Bite, School Auctions, you name it. I MC conferences on foods, I do mini commercials for food brands like Johnsonville Brats. I do Instagram takeovers for large brands…. See what I am saying? I have a really weird life.
I am an athlete. I put my health into every equation. My home office is half office, half exercise equipment: elliptical, recumbent cycle, stairmaster, yoga space and weights. I do not separate my exercise and my work – they feed each other. I have run 6 half marathons and Hood 2 Coast twice. (Third time this August!) I am only 5 foot 5 but I pack a wallop, and physical strength and character strength go hand in hand for me. I am not a swimsuit model, I am a strong, healthy woman.
I am an AMA Mother. This is a big one for me and a huge part of who I am. . I delivered my twins at age 42. AMA means Advanced Maternal Age. 42 felt a little on the older side to have kids, by the way, even I agree about that. Hey, we are not all blessed in every health category, but I definitely hit the jackpot with my kids. BINGO!
I am an active member of Les Dames d’Escoffier. I am a Dame and it is my biggest honor outside of being a mother. If you are not sure of what that is: www.ldei.org Click the link, we are a wonderful, benevolent group of powerful women in the world of food and wine. These women are my tribe.
I am funny, I cry easily, I love food, beer, wine and bourbon.
I love being a wife and mommy, and I was born to be a leader. I will strive to deserve each of these roles, and as my roles change, I will work hard to be the best I can. Your patience is appreciated. Also a little forgiveness because I will make a mistake. Sorry…..