My creative space: Dreams

Clever Vanessa Kimbell wants to know what your dream is – because rather than just dreaming about writing a cookbook, she’s actually gone and done it:

I followed my dream and here I am … I’m now officially a food writer and being commissioned to write articles. I have a BBC radio show and a newspaper column, and have also been asked to put my business brains into gear and bring a fabulous new product to market later in the year as a food consultant… so things are coming together!

Illustration by Mel Stringer

Vanessa’s blog tells the story of her path from dreamer to doer, a sort of fairytale with recipes. It’s very inspiring – not least because I often think about how wonderful it would be to write a book of my own, especially using the drawings of Mel Stringer, who illustrates my work for Frankie magazine.
I have lots of other dreams too – like going back to live in London or Paris, running a marathon (preferably in London or Paris), convincing the Cordon Bleu school to take me on when it opens here next year…

Back in January a friend and I were discussing our New Year resolutions. Mine was to make bread instead of buying it (so far, so good!) and hers was simply to be grateful for what she had. Whenever I feel a case of the moans coming on, I remember that. Because dreams are important (“life should always have possibilities, however large or small”, as Vanessa says) – but so is appreciating real life.
I remember hatchet-faced Janice Battersby on Coronation St once telling her daughter that all you needed to be ‘appy was enough money, a decent feller and a good job. I reckon I’m not too far off. Still, if there’s a publisher out there wanting to give Mel and I a break…

What’s your dream?

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  1. July 13, 2011 / 7:53 pm

    I love you post.. it's straight from the heart.

    If you are ever here in the UK you must promise to look me up. I won;t run a marathon with you .. but I'll cheer and cheer for you!


  2. July 13, 2011 / 11:53 pm

    Great post! My dream would be to get my YA novels finally out into the world and to somehow mesh that with my love of food and fashion. Hmmm…

  3. July 14, 2011 / 1:12 am

    As long as we have keeps us going.I would like to be a travel food writer..that would be amazing:)Keep dreaming as we can see from other dreamers around us ,some dreams do come throu:)

  4. July 14, 2011 / 5:24 am

    I dream of growing my jewellery business and travelling around the world to source unusual gemstones for my work.

    Hooray for dreams! 🙂

  5. July 14, 2011 / 8:35 am

    I am still pondering on your post – not sure what my big dream is at the moment, but I am really enjoying cooking and sewing and then shring what I make with the online community right now! Thanks for making me think!

  6. July 14, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    What a lovely post Lucy. If you ever come back to London, please let me know! I'm still thinking about my dream. I hope to post it soon.

  7. July 14, 2011 / 7:58 pm

    oh write that book honey!… it would be fabulous and I'd love to read it!… and then come home x

  8. July 14, 2011 / 9:57 pm

    What a lovely post, it gives a lovely introduction to you. Well done on all you have achieved so far. I wouldloveto turn my food obsession into a career so well done I admire you!

  9. July 17, 2011 / 9:23 am

    I'm sure many, many people would dream of writing the food column for Frankie 😉

    A cookbook is definitely on my (fairly lengthy) dream-list. I also dream of playing Susan Blackwell in the musical Title of Show…of owning several German Shepherd dogs…and of travelling again, and soon.

    I like reminding myself to be grateful for what I have when i can – thanks for the inadvertant reminder here! Am certainly grateful that Janice Battersby is not related to me 😉

  10. July 19, 2011 / 6:51 pm

    That is so wonderfully put. I posted my dream on Vanessa's blog and am making my way to read everyone elses.
    I am so glad I did because it just gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to hear all of the wonderful things people want to do.

  11. August 25, 2011 / 3:09 am

    It's exciting to hear that things are starting to come together for you!

    Myself, I am dreaming about being able to focus on painting and drawing more when it comes to my career. I'm slowly getting there but am still far from reaching my goals.

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