Why you’re reading this
So, anyone who knows me well will be reading this blog right now and thinking: what happened to Christine?
I love what I do at Rowville Community Kitchen and for years, people around me have been encouraging me to step into the spotlight and ‘become the face of the business’. And of course, I have avoided it… with the same level of passion that I’d avoid a frozen meal or a greasy burger from my local takeaway joint.
And yet here I am, right now, blogging and making an active effort to embrace getting myself out there. Why the sudden change in tune? Well, I’ve realised that this is about a lot more than just me. I’ve looked outside the box and seen what I can help to achieve by instigating the conversations and dialogue that drive change.
If doing so requires me to feel outside of my comfort zone, then so be it. Don’t get me wrong here: I’m not trying to become Australia’s Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson but I am very passionate about what I do and this passion has only continued to grow over the years. For me, each and every day brings about a new experience and I feel blessed to have built Rowville Community Kitchen to the point it’s at today.
When you’re working with the likes of Coles and Second Bite, you know you must be doing something right!
That brings me to this blog. I might be a bit of a natural when it comes to standing in front of a group and talking off the top of my head (the City of Melbourne’s female social entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for good event was a great experience for me), but it’s a different story when it comes to writing.
Writing takes a lot more effort but for me, I’m at a point where getting all of these great experiences down on paper (not literally of course), is more important than ever. Why? Because it allows people to connect and engage with me and Rowville Community Kitchen in a different way. And the more people we can spread the word to, the better.
That said, this blog will cover a number of themes, some of which include food rescue, food wastage, the work for the dole initiative (I’m a massive believer in this), the realities that come with running a business, being a problem solver and being a disruptor in a space that has been set in its ways for so long.
In the meantime, I’ll leave you with one of my favourite quotes from Albert Einstein:
“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”