The love of cooking is what inspired Crystal Maleski to start an online business four years ago. Cooking and helping others figure out “What’s for dinner?” is the one thing that remains a constant in her life.
Crystal is an inspirational woman leading a real Pink Humdinger kind of life – remarkable!
As the busy mom of four teenagers, Crystal is happiest when she has a lot of plates spinning. She brings into play her background as an occupational therapist by working as the Compliance Officer for a rehab company. If that’s not enough, she also teaches and does consulting work helping small businesses establish an on-line presence especially in the area of social media.
Crystal has channeled her passion for cooking into her very successful website, MakeDinnerEasy.com.
What are you most proud of?
I’m proud that I can show my kids that you can be an involved mom and still have an identity and purpose outside of the house.
In what ways were you creative as you were growing up?
Actually I don’t really see myself as the creative type. I was always the organizing type. I coordinated bake sales, developed on-going funding for a campus scholarship program, and was involved in student government.
“I’m proud that I can show my kids that you can be an involved mom and still have an identity and purpose outside of the house.” ~ Crystal Maleski
Tell me about one of your most regrettable days in your life and what did you learn from it?
One of the most difficult days I remember was leaving the work force for a period of time. I had two small children and was caring for a sick relative. I had worked very hard to reach the position I had but I was needed more at home. What I learned was that there are many opportunities to work but only a few opportunities to care for your family. I was able to do both in time when I found work that fit my needs and the needs of my family. I have always felt I could “do it all” but not always do everything at the same time in my life.
Tell me how you met your husband. How did you know he was the right one?
We met at a health club and although I was more married to my career at the time, I just knew because we had so much in common and had such similar values.
What inspired you to start your websites?
I started my first site more by accident then by design. I had so many requests from friends for easy dinner ideas I started sending them by email. As that email began to get shared I realized many people were interested in easy ideas for dinner. I have had an on-line business for 4 years now.
“I’ve made many mistakes but the point is that it’s ok to make mistakes as long as you don’t keep making the same mistake. Learn and move on!” ~ Crystal Maleski
What is your favorite way to write?
I have always loved to write. During my career I have done ghost writing and edited many documents for others. I don’t need much preparation and the words just flow easily. I can write anywhere, even on a napkin!
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own website?
Don’t do it for the money. Find your passion and then be smart about it to see if there is a profit to be made if that is your objective. Having a website is something that never leaves you. I think of ideas in the shower, when I’m driving in the car, just about everywhere! Make sure it is a topic that you really love and won’t tire of.
What is the biggest mistake you made getting started?
Oh, I’ve made many mistakes but the point is that it’s ok to make mistakes as long as you don’t keep making the same mistake. Learn and move on!
What is your favorite part of the day?
I’ve always been a night owl. I still think more clearly and am more productive when everyone else is asleep and the house is quiet.
What is your least favorite part of the day?
Mornings are hard. There are so many conflicting things to get done, and most of those things I would rather avoid like doing the breakfast dishes!
Who are the people who have inspired you and why?
I’m always inspired by kindness. Little things, like someone letting someone else go in front of them at the grocery store makes me feel encouraged that people are good.
What have you learned from them?
That listening to the crime on the evening news is not a good use of my time and that there really are good people in this world.
Who is your favorite author?
Oh, if I only had more time to read! I actually love to read cookbooks and cooking magazines – like I said, have a business that matches your personal passions!
I can personally recommend Crystal’s Parmesan Tilapia. It’s so easy that I make it all the time now 🙂
All my best,
p.s. Meet another remarkable woman, Sally Harper… she wrote her first novel, Purpose, after being inspired by an unpleasant event at a party.