By Brigid Morrissey
|Christen hangs out in her apartment with Molly, one of her two dogs. Photos by Melissa Donald|
While gazing into a bakery window on a street in Amsterdam, Christen Malone realized she wanted to be a baker. She was 17 then, a time when most adolescents are thinking about what to study in college. Back in the States some time later, her dream hadn’t wavered. “My parents said I could go to pastry school, but I also had to get a business degree,” she says.
Midway through her studies in baking and pastry arts and in hotel and restaurant management at Western Kentucky University, U of L, and finally Sullivan University, Christen was introduced to the spiritual principle of a universal balance in which everything contains energy. Arising from this newfound awareness were questions nearly every 20-something eventually asks: How do I want to make my time on earth mean something? What is my purpose?