From Registered Nurse to Recipe Developer, Meet the Voice Behind Southern Kissed

I often meet with people who find their way into the food community after “quitting their day jobs.” That’s the story with food blogger Lynda Self of Southern Kissed Blog. Much like other’s we’ve talked with – Joe Consumo, the once mortgage broker turned restaurateur and Meredith Layton, the past speech pathologist turned baker – Lynda was drawn to the world of food despite a successful career. Check out her stories of travel, original recipes, and culinary tips at

Lynda’s Blogging Story

Years of Experience: Almost two

Normal hours worked weekly: That really varies. Since I don’t have set hours and I am able to work around family obligations, it is difficult to gauge. Plus, I find a lot of it enjoyable, so that makes it difficult to count as “work,” right? If I had to guess, it’s probably about 20-30 hours per week.

Best part of your job: Being able to work when I want to or when I am able. I like “being there” for my family when they need me. I also like to eat, and since it is more-or-less a food blog, I get to do a lot of it.

Worst part of your job: Weight gain.

Smores Pie and Appetizers
Inspiration behind starting your blog: At the time I had recently quit working as a nurse and found myself with a lot of spare time. My children were in school and I was home alone – just my computer and me. My mother told me about a blogger who was doing quite well making some income and I thought that it might be fun to do, plus earning a little cash while playing around wouldn’t be so bad.

What readers should know about your blog: It is perpetually a work in progress. Because I am feeling convicted, I will start posting more paleo and primal-friendly recipes.

Meal from Southern Kissed Travels
How you feel you fit into the food community: I am getting there. I am no longer a newbie and have figured out a few things. I am working on developing a plan to keep the blog focused.

Funniest experience to result from your job: I can’t really say that I have had a “funniest” experience. I have had a lot of great experiences, like when I attended Food Blog Forum in Asheville recently. Six restaurants in one night. Six!

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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