Inspirational Women Series: Zoe Kelly

Zoe Kelly caught my eye about a year ago on Instagram when I was starting a food blog. Like most people starting a blog you look for inspiration and there she was. I remember being so impressed by her success. She was an All-Star Academy Finalist on the Food Network and is a host on Tastemade. Two things I love! I mean as a kid I dreamed of being on the Food Network right next to Emeril Lagasse...BAM! 

And here she was living a childhood dream. So, of course, I followed her! Her recipes always caught my attention but one stood out the most to me. It was her Arroz Con Pollo that had my mouth drooling on my phone.

Zoe’s Arroz Con Pollo

Zoe’s Arroz Con Pollo

I had to make it myself! I went to her website, took a screenshot of the recipe and got my hands dirty. I followed the recipe to the T and impressed my boyfriend with the dish. It was a quick meal I made after work that was satisfying and delicious. 

So now I am here on a new journey with a new blog and get the opportunity to interview Zoe Kelly. I really wanted to share her story and her advice because she has come so far. After conducting the interview her advice and experience has stuck with me and I hope that it motivates you to FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS!

The way mine turned out.

The way mine turned out.

The Interview

WHAT LEAD YOU TO THIS ACCOMPLISHMENT? (YOUR WEBSITE, YOUR BLOG, YOUR CAREER...ETC..

Over 6 years of trying multiple things until something stuck. Persistence, patience and stepping out on faith. When you find something you love to do, grab on to it and don’t let it go. 

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER WOMEN WHO ARE TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE SAME GOAL? 

Know your craft. Know what you're talking about. Whatever it may be. So many people look for quick success and will become discouraged when it doesn't happen right away. It takes time. It takes risk, it takes faith above all. 

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST PART OF YOUR JOURNEY? 

Fighting depression. Fighting the days were you a really not in the mood to do anything or are uninspired. It's hard having a positive attitude every day but it's something that takes work. Whenever I feel like that I try my best to show gratitude for everything I have and have achieved.

HOW DID YOU FAMILY REACT WHEN YOU WERE FIRST STARTING OUT? 

I'm very fortunate to have a very supportive family. I think I first they thought my cooking was just a phase but then when they saw I was starting to have success with it they supported me even more. 

WHAT KEPT YOU MOTIVATED?

When I hear that I've had an impact on someone through my actions. 

WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU NEED TIME TO YOURSELF?

I'm self-employed so I'm at home by myself a lot, which I don't mind. I usually will try to cook a new dish, meditate, go out to a restaurant or just Netflix binge a good documentary series. 

WHO INFLUENCES YOU? WHY? 

I'm influenced by my peers in the culinary industry. People with inspiring stories to tell, who are after their dreams as well. 

WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS AS FAR AS TAKING YOUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO THE NEXT LEVEL?

I want to host more pop up dinners, e-cook books and create my own spice line. 

IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING TO MAKE YOUR JOURNEY EASIER WHAT WOULD IT HAVE BEEN?

I wish I would've been more focused and decided to take the leap of faith a little sooner but then again, my journey is my own and the timing is always right.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE BOOK?

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle and You're A Badass by Jen Sincero

Click here to see more of Zoe Kelly's recipes on her website. Also, be sure to follow her on Instagram

Thank you again Zoe Kelly for this interview!