We had the good fortune of connecting with Naomi Cook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Naomi, what’s the end goal, career-wise?
I started my blog because I wanted and needed a creative outlet to share my love for food! That being said, my blog has morphed into so much more than that. And, simply put, I now see it as a small business to not only provide for me, but for my family and others as well. My goal is to keep building something great within my business and therefore be able to help build up and help others in my community. At the end of it all, I want people to look at what I have created and see a business that helped a lot of people. For me, it’s not about notoriety–how many followers I can gain or how famous I can become–it’s about the good I can do for others around me.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When I first started A Life Delicious, I honestly had no clue what I was doing. It was a “fly by the seat or your pants” type situation. However, once I got my bearings, I invested money and time into things like food photography classes, equipment, webinars, and talking to some of the best and most skilled individuals in the industry. Those investments have allowed me to learn more and do more. I look at my food blog as a legitimate business and therefore treat it as such. I am in the “office” at least five days a week, making sure that I am doing what needs to be done. And, as of now, the time I have invested is paying off. I have or am working with some amazing brands like: Beeyond The Hive, 505 Southwestern®, Empress 1908 Gin, and Instant Pot. It is a dream come true. I still have a lot of work to do, and many things that I want to accomplish within A Life Delicious lay ahead. The one piece of advice I can give though, is not to give up. So many times I wanted to throw in the towel and just turn everything off. But, I ultimately kept plugging and chugging and am happy that I did. So, for those who want to give up, don’t…the more you stick with it the more you will grow both professionally and personally.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My love for food came into play years before I got married. However, it wasn’t until after I was married that the dream of a food blog became an actual possibility. I can confidently say that my husband is THE one person who pushed me to start my business. Where I am now, in my career, is absolutely because of his love, support, push and help. He helps me a lot with my blog! I ask myself often, “Would you have started this food blog without his push?” And, to be honest, I am not sure that I would have – I don’t know if I would have had the confidence. He has always been my cheerleader and for that I am beyond grateful. It also needs to be said that since getting started, I have had some amazing, fellow food bloggers come alongside me and mentor me along the way. Naomi from Bakers Royale has not only helped me with the behind the scenes aspects of the business, but she has also given me great advice, supports my work, and ultimately has become a good friend. One of the best things about this journey is the people that I have met along the way, and Naomi is definitely one of those people.
Other: Pinterest: Naomi A Life Delicious @alifedelish
Lacey Mayhoffer and Naomi Cook