As a child, my grandmother always played What Am I with me and my brother. She would pick a person, place or thing and offer three to four hints leading us into these fun and memorable guessing games.
Now, at forty-five, I realize that there are many times in life when I have asked myself the same question. In fact, it’s something that we hopefully all stop to ask ourselves. And finding myself at a major crossroads with the impending release of my first book (and all of the excitement and anxiety that comes with it), taking the time to be still and reflect has been critical to creating space and finding peace among the welcome insanity.
And this is what I have come up with. I am a chef first—someone who relishes real food and loves to create edible enlightenment for those I nourish. I am a purist at heart meaning that I not only want to know the origin of eats but I need to know. Why? Because I believe that we essentially are what we eat on many levels. Food is fuel. This passion (and the fact that I literally used food to heal myself), now spanning three decades, is the driving force behind my burning need to understand everything edible as well as human behavior as it relates to food choice.
So as I prepare for the launch of my book and the many exciting upcoming events as a result, I am super proud to be a chef with a unique nutritionist twist. But I am also a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend deeply identifying with each part of who I am. So as I reflect, I ask that you do as well. Who are you?
In Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder Arianna Huffington offers this: “it is very telling what we don’t hear in eulogies. We almost never hear things like: “The crowning achievement of his life was when he made senior vice president.” Or: “He increased market share for his company multiple times during his tenure.” Or: “She never stopped working. She ate lunch at her desk. Every day.” Or: “He never made it to his kid’s Little League games because he always had to go over those figures one more time.” Or: “While she didn’t have any real friends, she had six hundred Facebook friends, and she dealt with every email in her in-box every night.” Or: “His PowerPoint slides were always meticulously prepared.” Our eulogies are always about the other stuff: what we gave, how we connected, how much we meant to our family and friends, small kindnesses, lifelong passions, and the things that made us laugh.”
I ask that you never stop reflecting on who you are and what is important in this gift of life that we all have...
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