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Hello & Welcome to A Spaghetti Moment

 — Chef Amy

Hello everyone and welcome to A Spaghetti Moment! Thank you for clicking this far into my website. It’s only right that I start by telling you a bit about myself, why I started this blog, and most importantly why you should read it.

 

I was born. Okay, starting a little too far back. But for all of us, it starts there. As soon as we can talk people start asking us what we want to be when we grow up. We might answer princess, prince, superhero, alien, knight, ballerina, and so on. As we get older the things we say get more practical. Then we reach high school and it seems like the whole world is telling you to make a decision RIGHT NOW about the course of your entire life. Let me cut to the chase here… You Don't Have To Decide Right Away! You can if you want. Some people know from childhood what they want to do with their lives and some people don’t and that’s okay. 

 

Let’s jump back a second. Picture me, teachers pet in high school. But as grade twelve started everything was always “What do you want to be?” and “What do you want to do with your life?” and I don’t think I even knew who I was then. I used to answer those questions with “I’m going to go back to kindergarten and work my way through school again.” Of course that wasn’t a plan. I decided to go to school for science because that seemed practical.

 

My first year of university was horrible. I took Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Calculus. Some of you are already cringing and some of you are probably wondering why on earth these courses lead to a horrible year. I did relatively well in my classes, had friends in most of them, and fantastic profs but I wasn’t happy. I watched all ten seasons of Friends in a month. I avoided doing homework, never got comfortable going to the lab, and every minute I could be away from campus I was. As the year progressed, I started hating what I was doing. I couldn’t see myself pursuing any career that a science degree would prepare me for. I wanted to be creating things instead of using memorized formulas to solve different variations of the same problem. It took awhile to figure that out but when I did, I opened myself up to new things in my second year and it was the best thing I could have done for myself.

 

My second year was the year of discovery. I wasn’t ready to let go to science as my path just yet. I had to be sure. I registered for one science course for each semester because I knew I would have a friend in it. Then I filled all the other course slots with classes that seemed interesting. I took Creative Writing, WWII History, English, Greek and Roman Mythology and so on. The moment I knew that switching from science was the right thing to do was when I got assigned my first literary analysis in English. I sat on the floor of my room and for the first (and probably the last) time in my life I was so happy to be writing a paragraph. Just writing something rather than doing science problems made my heart lighten. I decided to study what I enjoyed the most and fit my future career around it. I switched my major to Creative Writing. It was really easy to do. All I had to do was take the pre-requisite, which was the Creative Writing course I already took, and click a few icons on the university website. Poof! Creative Writing Major!

 

I was so much happier in third year. I had more homework than ever but I was okay doing it. I made new friends. I embarrassed myself on the regular, lived through it, and got better because of it. Right now, you’re probably thinking “Get to the point.” But I think it is important to show that I got through my hard time and started to thrive.

 

I’ll spare you the details of my fourth year and just tell you that I am in my fifth year as of starting this website. And yes, five years is perfectly fine for a degree. Six years is good too. Seven, eight, a lifetime and coming back to finish a degree, or choosing not to get a degree is fine as long as it is what is best for you and what will get you where you want to be.

 

So why am I writing this blog? Because there was a lot of stuff I didn’t know when I started out “adulting." I learned things that might help someone out there, maybe you reading this or maybe not you, but it’s here if someone needs it. Enough about me. Why should you read?

 

We all have moments in our lives where things are confusing. There are paths splitting off in all directions and we are right in the middle of it. Looking back at the confusing decision making moments of my new adulthood, I came back to the words of my high school writing teacher: “Spaghetti Moment.” A “Spaghetti Moment” for me is a moment when things are confusing and there isn't always a clear answer. We’ve all been there. Sometimes we need a little help. And here, you may find something to help you in the confusing moments of life that lead us to where we are meant to be.

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