You’re the inspiration…



Hello readers and welcome back! Its nice to see you again. I won’t horrify you with my karaoke rendition of the Chicago Classic. I just thought it was a perfect fit for today’s topic.

Today we are going to talk about inspiration. Inspiration is defined as the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. Such a great word isn’t it? I want to share with you the person that inspired me to do what I do.

Now, promise not to laugh? Okay. I’m going to hold you to that! The person that inspired me to like cooking, and frankly follow that path is Martha Stewart. Hear me out…

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In the 90s, Martha Stewart had a show that aired on Saturdays on my local NBC channel. It was called Living, like her magazine, which was created as another type of media to consume for her fans. She was intriguing to me. A strong woman who liked “good things” and showed you how to get them too. It was the start of aspirational media. Nowadays, we have Instagram for that. People will post photos of themselves in expensive cars, with fancy jewelry or beautiful dinners. They are telling a story to the audience. Martha started that in the 90s, long before smartphones and Twitter and Instagram.

The format was a 30 minute show broken into 4 segments: home keeping, gardening, cooking and Good Things. I was captivated by the idea of this woman’s implied life. It wasn’t about wanting fancy things, it was about making beauty in the everyday. Martha was the original homesteader. If you aren’t familiar with the homesteading movement, its about returning to simpler times: gardening, backyard chickens, preserving, baking, basically creating or producing everything you need in life. Its something I aspire to: simpler times.

Martha Stewart today is one of the most well known personalities as well as the foremost expert on “Good Things”. She continues to publish cookbooks and magazines, has a website that is a wealth of knowledge and is very active on social media. She’s going to turn 76 this year. That’s impressive. She is a savvy business woman and has fought to keep everything she has. Yes, she went to prison for insider trading, which I’m not condoning. What is most impactful about that to me is the complete revamp of her show and magazine that followed. She was less robotic and more personable. She was laughing and having fun with guests. Hell, today she has a cooking show with Snoop Dog on VH1. She’s a good example of a come back. When life throws stones at you, you need to pivot. Martha has done just that.

Who inspires you? Share in the comments below.

Until next time, Happy Baking!

Christopher

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