Saturday, February 13, 2010

And I mean crazy in the best way possible...

For those of you outside my circle of family and friends, you may be wondering, "what's this chick's deal?" So here we go...

I live in Baltimore. And I hate it. I know that's a really negative attitude to have, and I apologize to my friends who are Bmore natives, but this city is sucky, and I'm trying to GET OUT. Which brings me to my next point...

I'm a young professional [insert bleak sarcasm here] working in the field of health education, specifically in tobacco control for the state of Maryland. After almost 2 years in the profession, a master's degree in health promotion, and 18+ months of Sallie Mae & Friends shaking me down for more money than I'm willing to admit....I've realized that I'm not [read... I hate my job and my profession] (I didn't say it!) with my job.
Well at least I have a Master's Degree, right?? (right? *nod, and tell me, "that's right!*)

[are you starting to understand my crazy?]

Actually it's not all THAT bad. I like matters of health, but what I have finally come to clearly articulate in my mind is that I'm really into matters of health policy, which is a wee bit more hard science than health promotion and definitely more my speed. So I've decided, I'm going to switch career tracks. I am DETERMINED to move inside the beltway (that's Washington, D.C. for you non-DMV folk) and get a job as a health policy professional. The only thing holding me back from having already made this dream a reality is the fact that I have minimal formal training in health policy research and analysis, DC is a kill or be killed town, and the country is the middle of THE WORST RECESSION SINCE THE GREAT DEPRESSION. But I'm not letting such tiny, insignificant details curtail my drive, or make me lose my marbles....(if I believe it, I CAN achieve it!)
yeah...can't deny this truth

At least I didn't spend 6 years in college and realize that I want to be a chef instead...
oh wait...about that....

I like food. Correction. I LOVE food. I have a very unconventional foodie/food snob relationship with food, which I'll address in more detail in the future. But, in my heart of hearts, I want to be a chef. I love to cook, I love to cater, and I could certainly see myself owning my own catering business one day, say 10-15 years from now.
steak, Gruyere, and roasted red pepper crostinis.
(for my girl circle's first and only book club meeting last year)
Oh yeah, about my "crazy" I have a tendency to RANT about a lot of things. But in this blog, I'll keep the ranting mostly focused on matter of health policy, hence that catchy tag line.

The purpose of this blog is :
  • To share the food I love to eat [recipes, restaurant critiques, etc]
  • To comment on, educate/advocate about, and analyze the issues & events in health policy that matter to me (and should matter to you too)
  • To share the occasional [often] rantings of a crazy woman about either of the above topics, or absolute randomness

This is my journey. Please secure your safety belts, keep your arms inside at all times, and enjoy the ride.


  1. Tell us how you really feel, Bernie. Have you considered exploring opportunities in health policy near DC rather than in DC? By this, I mean, DC suburbs, not Baltimore.

    While I know of many others you feel similarly about Baltimore, I encourage you to find some small silver lining whilst you remain here lest you drive yourself so insane that your future employer in DC get an incorrect idea of the amazing dynamo that you are.

  2. Well, at first, I was really die hard about working in DC proper, but now as far as I'm concerned, as long as its on the metro line, I'm there! And I've definitely been looking for the silver lining here in baltimore. right now I can take comfort in the fact that all the midatlantic states got snowed in. and at the baltimore definitely has the best restaurant week. So already, things are looking up! thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Yay!!! You finally have a blog! So excited! I'm your first follower!

  4. Welcome to Blog World!! You'll have so much fun with it :)

  5. Thanks Maddy! I'm so excited, and i'm already going blog crazy!

  6. I was just over at "A Belle In Brooklyn" and was intrigued by your comments and your blog title. Your story sounds so similar to mine! I have an MPH but I'm now looking for a career change (along with quite a few of my fellow grad school classmates). Good luck with your new blog and job search!

    Oh, and feel free to visit my blog

  7. @ newly wed, i'm glad you appreciated my comment, and thanks for checking out my blog! i checked out yours, and i hope to be a newly wed myself one day (no time soon though, ha).
    thanks for the encouragement, and good look on your new journey as well! adding you to my subscriptions now



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