Linda’s Story

I reinvented myself 1 ½ years after my husband died.  He’d had a long illness, with the last year of his life terribly difficult for him, and consequently, for all of us.  A year after he died at age 56, I realized I still hadn’t re-engaged with life.  Having learned that life is shorter than we think it’s going to be, I decided I couldn’t let myself spend even 10 more minutes under that black cloud.  Living through a terminal illness with a loved one changes us profoundly on many levels, and I simply couldn’t get back in the groove.  I quit my job and enrolled in culinary school at age 57, and immediately found myself immersed in a whole new world that captured my attention and imagination.  It felt like going from black and white back into Technicolor.  I loved every minute of it!

Upon graduation from Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder, I began working throughout Northern Colorado as a private chef, cooking for families and small private parties.  I found myself spending my day at my client’s home, just me and their dog, and came home to me and my dog, and I hadn’t talked to anyone all day.  I hadn’t lived in Fort Collins long enough to have established a good support network and needed more people in my life.  I fell into teaching when friends and family asked me to teach them how to cook fish or how to “fill in the blank,” and discovered with some surprise that I loved teaching.  I moved into the house on Mulberry, put up a sign, and started my new life.  I have met wonderful people, have made fast friends in all walks of life, and have found my niche and a calling that deeply satisfies me, and am grateful for this new life.