Though it was never something she had initially planned, today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur turned her passion into a career through Follow Me Foodie, a blog that covers everything from cooking to dining and travelling. Find out Mijune Pak’s advice for other young professionals and what she sees herself doing in five years in today’s profile…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your job in a nutshell.
I eat. I blog. I read. I nap and repeat. Rarely do I ever sleep. Giving up sleep was the easy part, but I love what I do.
Why did you start working at your company? What was the inspiration for this career route?
I started working at my company because if I didn’t I would have no employees. Blogging about food started off as a passion and it was never intended to be a career. Food, cooking, dining and traveling has always been an interest and it always will be, but now just more intensely. It sounds like early retirement, but I am far from.
What is the best part of what you do on a day-to-day basis? The most challenging part?
The best part is eating. It doesn’t even have to be anything fancy or amazing, but just the thought of not being hungry is something I can’t take for granted.
The most challenging part is understanding that I’ll never know everything about what I love most.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Mom? Is that you? It’s the famous five-year plan question… I feel like everyone has an answer to this, but me.
To be honest I have no idea. I have goals, but with what I do things are constantly changing and I have no idea what awaits.
I take opportunities as they come and so far everything has been growing organically. I would love a bigger platform for Follow Me Foodie, but with a passion there is never a “top.”
I don’t think there will ever be a day when I think, “I got it. I’ve reached THE goal,” but I want the blog and myself to be better than what it is now. There is always room for improvement.
What does success look like to you?
Is it bad that I’ve read some of the other interviews on Notable.ca and want to copy and paste their answers?
Success comes in many forms. In the context of what I do, it would be staying honest and true in what you say and do… with respect to those you are offending. You can’t please everyone. Do things with integrity and taste. Pun intended! I love them!
What is the most memorable milestone in your career?
I would like to think I haven’t reached it; but finally realizing that what I was doing had value, and essentially that I had value, also helped turn my passion into a career.
Do you have any advice for other young professionals?
Yes! If you are capable of hard work, anything is possible. Things take time and you need to be patient, dedicated and committed.
Nothing comes easy no matter how easy it looks… or if it does, then tell me your secret!
Do you support any charities? If so, which one(s) and why is that important to you?
Vancouver Food Bank! If I’m doing any charity events, I always try and team up with them. I can’t just blog about food and eat my heart out knowing that there are others starving.
What is Notable to you?
Anyone who is contributing to the world in a positive manner.
Blackberry, iPhone, Android, or Other?
I’m embarrassed to say which one I have, but give me a little more time and Android here I come! Instagram and Pinterest, you are mine!