What Led to My Dream Job as Food Editor

Someone told me recently that they reach for the same dreams that they had as a child because that’s when we have the courage to dream the biggest. I don’t know if I completely agree with that, but dreaming big has always been very important in my life.

As a kid, I remember loving to draw and paint, weaving broad strokes in all kinds or crazy colors. I remember baking with my Russian great grandmother in her tiny house, forever since associating the smell of cinnamon with memories of her. I remember my love of art transforming into a love of the written word, as I read and wrote more in my teens.

Eventually, this all led to a love of magazines, a college major and finally a career in journalism. But it was my personal journey of weight loss, and subsequent learning to cook in a healthy way, that led to my passions for the written word, my visual creativity and my love of cooking to marry in onto an integral part of who I am today. It’s why I started this blog, it’s why I’ve spent the last few years writing and it’s why today I have started my dream job as Food Editor at SheKnows.com.

I loved working at Latina magazine and our sister site, The Latin Kitchen, for the past year and a half. But I knew deep down that what I wanted was to work full-time in food editorial. And I can’t believe that my dream has actually come true.

Now, I don’t want to downplay this. I’ve spent my post-college years working my butt off, learning as much as I could from great bosses, taking recreational classes, and reading as much as I could about the things I was passionate about. But what started as a somewhat casual interest grew into who I am today.

“Kids, when you reach your late 20s, you might be
surprised 
that you still don’t have life figured out.” 

When I first heard that quote from How I Met Your Mother‘s Ted Mosby, I was struck by how true it was. I’m halfway through the year 28 and, in a lot of ways, I know I don’t have life figured out. But today I also know one thing for sure: everything I’ve worked for up until this point has finally come together into one amazing package–and I couldn’t be more thrilled to get started.

I hope you’ll stay tuned here at Healthy Latin Food as I continue to share personal stories and favorite recipes with plenty of sabor. And please do come check out SheKnows’ Food & Recipes channel. There’s some exciting stuff to come.

Besos,
Irina

COMING SOON!

Hi everyone!

Please stay tuned as I work on rebuilding the former healthylatinfood.tumblr.com (now a personal Tumblr blog) into my new food blog, Healthy Latin Food. Here  I will share many delicious recipes, dining out tips and healthy living news—all while proving that eating healthy IS possible on a Latin diet!

In the meantime, check out the rest of my work on my portfolio site, IrinaGonzalez.com, and like Healthy Latin Food on Facebook.

See you soon,
Irina.

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