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Let the Magic Happen

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The title for this blog post came to me as I was drifting to sleep last night. It occurred to me because some of the events that have been happening in my life as of late seem purely magical, like everything that I have been wishing and hoping for, putting energy, work and action towards are coming right to me.

A Place Made in my Dreams:

Tomorrow I will be going to a working interview at a local cooperative worker owned farm.This farm is called Our Table in Sherwood, Oregon and they host farm dinners, brunches and other events throughout the year. A dear friend of mine found the ad for a job opening there for a baker that comes in part-time, 2-3 days a week. As I read the job posting, I realized that this job was exactly what I was looking for and everything that they mentioned I had experience in, every single thing! It was as if they wrote the job ad just for me. Last week I went in for an interview with them and was taken by the beauty of the farm, the farm shop, the lovely kitchen and the wonderful people that worked there and how much they care about their community and workers. This feels like a place that is truly aligned with my heart. I will keep you all posted on my work here and hope that you all will visit one day to taste the local bounty of the farm and what we as a kitchen team dream up!

I then realized that I had written exact descriptions of a place very similar to this one that I wanted to start and own. I mentioned growing a kitchen garden, having people to tend to it, having community meetings there and much more. I was awestruck by the similarities. Here is a quote from the notebook about an employee-owned place:

“I want to explore this idea (employee-owned/profit sharing) because I believe that it’s important for ALL employees to have a real sense of ownership and a stake in the cafe. People are important and I believe in treating everyone as owners.”

At Our Table all of the workers, members or producer partners are owners in their beautiful organic farm! It truly is a dream come true! I realize that a place that I once dreamed of and thought that I needed to create from scratch actually already exists and I was finally in alignment to be in the right place at the right time to join in the community. I am so thrilled!

Let the Magic Happen:

The lesson from this experience that I want to share with you is that you need to put your dreams out there. I used to think that the only important parts of the equation were action and hard work. Those are still part of the puzzle, but they are not ALL of it. I truly believe the process involves many moving pieces along your path that lead you to your dream. Here are all of the pieces of that puzzle that I have observed:

Visuals of your Dream:

For around a year I have had a vision board that is labeled: The Cheery Cafe Community. It includes pictures of fruits, veggies, a lady on a farm with a milk bucket, people working together farming and working with herbs, a farmhouse style building, coffee, pastries, lunch dishes and people smiling and enjoying meals together. That powerful visual greets me each day in my office here where I do my writing and business work.

Writing about your dream:

I have also written about my dream in my notebook that I now call my “magical notebook” where I have listed my plans and ideals. This very detailed vision for the cafe has really shown me that the farm is a match for all that I have written there. Allow yourself to write down all of your dreams, projects, money goals and more in great detail in a notebook. The key work is “allowing.” Allow yourself to write exactly what you want, in great detail and allow yourself to dream about those things. Allowing does not mean obsessing however. It is important to write it down, think of action steps to take towards it, but not reading it every day or obsessing over it when it hasn’t happened yet.

Putting your intentions and needs out there:

In my blog post “Dear Universe” I really put my intention out there to the public, family and friends to let them know what kind of job, clients and work I was looking for. I believe that this is key. Let others know what you are looking for. You can’t get help towards your dreams if you don’t ask and you don’t make your desires known. If what is want is truly a win-win situation for yourself and others involved, they will be more than happy to help you find what you need. I used to be more afraid to ask for help, but now I am getting braver and I am happy to let others know what I am looking for. I believe that is why my dear friend brought the job ad to my attention. I would have never known about that opportunity if I hadn’t put my exact intentions out there.

Matching up action steps towards your dream:

Just putting up visuals and writing about your dreams is not quite enough. You will need to match actions to those dreams. You will find that the writing, visuals and asking for help will fuel you to take action though. Think about things that you need to practice to make those dreams a reality, ways that you can master certain skills you might need or ways you can share your passions through a blog, photography, meet-up groups or more. The possibilities are endless, but you need to be practicing many times a week.

Matching up your attitude on a daily basis:

I find that this step is the most important one of all. If you are complaining and blaming others every single day, stepping into victim mode and having constant pity parties for yourself, you are not going to have your dreams leap off the page for you. Of course you are going to have difficult days, you are going to complain here and there and sometimes things may not go your way. That is completely fine. As you all know, I went through a month of not feeling optimal after the coffee shop closed, I just had to go through a bit of a low period before I was able to bounce back into action. However, once you are able to get back on track after life deals you some difficult circumstances you can focus on the things that are going right, be grateful for the abundance and the goodness in your life and find as many happy and fun things to do and say every day as possible. The better you feel, the more opportunities will come your way.

To close, all dreams are possible, your never know what is already being created for you in this magical world. Be patient, be kind to yourself, dream, put it out there and never give up!

What dreams are you going to put out there today? I’d love to hear from you in the comments or you can email me at: info@thecheerychef.com

UPDATE: As of today, I got the job at the farm! I am so very excited! Thank you all for following along on my journey and let me know if I can help you with anything!

With love,

Trista

Become an Explorer

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“When you do not seek or need external approval, you are at your most powerful.” Carolyn Myss- Sacred Contracts: Awakening Your Divine Potential

The quote from Carolyn Myss above really grabbed my attention as I was reading her book yesterday about finding your own sacred contract with the world. I felt as if those words really leapt off the page because I feel as if the two big events that happened in my life this year: the closure of the meal platform Josephine.com and the closure of the coffee shop were really trying to grab my attention in a major way and were there to teach me some really profound and important lessons about my life.

The Traditional Path VS. Your Personal Path:

I used to think that there was a certain progression in careers or callings in which you needed to follow a specific path or ladder upward in order to appear and feel successful. To me, that was running/owning my own cafe, bakery or restaurant. As I have gone along my path I don’t feel as if anyone but myself has pressured me to pursue these traditional avenues. I feel as if the external approval I was seeking was actually coming from myself. I have always put lots of pressure on myself to achieve. When I took the strengths-finder test I found that one of my highest scores was in the “achiever” category. I have always been very driven to study hard, work hard, set goals and get wherever I felt I needed to go to be successful. I don’t believe anymore that because I haven’t achieved this goal that I am deemed unsuccessful, I truly believe in my heart that there are other things left to explore and other things left that I am truly meant to do, so if I remain closed to only this one idea, I will have lost the ability to explore and to make a difference.

I believe still that these are great traits to have, to be willing to work hard towards something that is very valuable to you in life. However, I now see that my path is not linear. My path is a winding, twisting, moss-covered, beautifully uneven path through a forest like the one pictured above from a camping trip I went on to a beautiful lake.

Changing my character:

As I spoke about in my last post about changing your story, I am also working on changing my character to accommodate those twists and turns, to explore lots of different paths and side roads along the way. I can now see that exploring and becoming an explorer instead of just a linear achiever will serve me so much more on my path and allow me to help others as well.

I am learning to say yes to exploring lots of different opportunities and avenues for the work that I love and different ways that I can help people find their own paths as well. I believe that we all have forces that are either coming from ourselves or others that keeps us in a small world whereas the actual world and reality are limitless! I choose today to explore and see what comes up on my beautiful forest path and I hope you will too.

Update: As a result of becoming more of an explorer I have recently found some opportunities that are more of a match for me and the life I want to live and how I can help others. I will keep you all posted on those!

Questions for you:

  1. What path are you on in life?

2. What changes in your mindset or character can you make to make that path more enjoyable for you?

I’d love to hear from you! You can leave a comment below and I will answer your comments, or you can email me at: info@thecheerychef.com

Lots of love,

Trista

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Moving on to a New Path

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Well, a sudden end to my journey at Murray's Coffee Bar as baker and chef is happening tomorrow. I knew this day was coming for a few days now, but nonetheless it is difficult and hurts my heart. As a team we put our whole heart and soul into this shop, but small business is very tough sometimes. There are so many circumstances and factors outside of your control. In spite of this, we ran an incredibly kind and heart-centered coffee shop that is so very rare in this world. 

I feel so very honored to have worked with the best people who truly cared for our customers like family and loved each and every person. We had regular customers that were there early each and every morning and we know so many people by name. It is truly heart breaking to close the doors of what has become a second home to so many in the community. 

Although this journey has been short, I have learned so very much. I have learned about how amazing freshly roasted local coffee can be, how a coffee shop runs, how to serve customers brunch, how to get orders out in time when there are many to prepare and so much more. More than any of this, I learned that the most important thing in any venture is the people. Our team is so amazing and if we had the funding, I know that we would run the best shop in the world with lots of heart. Unfortunately sometimes it comes down to the numbers, but talent, care, kindness and love we have in abundance on our team. 

I know that this is just the start for me and there is so much more to come. I really love to plan but for now I am learning to let go, trust and know that the universe had this planned all along. There is a reason to close the doors and to walk down a different path. I don't know where it will lead yet, but there will be delicious, beautiful food there and it's worth all the wait. 

Thank you for all of your support, love and care these past few months. I have not been very present on this blog as of late as it is a very busy summer between work, my son being off of school and out of town visitors and events going on. I will be checking in a bit more regularly from now on. I wish you an amazing journey every single day. 

With lots of love,

Trista

Learning about Balance and Rest

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I absolutely LOVE to be doing and creating all of the time. That is how I have always been. Even as a little girl I remember having plans every single day. Before I went to preschool and during the summers and after school I'd always have my "agenda." At first those were play and pretend agendas but later on they turned into creative projects and other things to do. In high school must summers I'd spend learning how to bake everything in a cookbook or canning, drying and making jam. I really have a hard time sitting still. I always like to have "something to show" for my day's work. 

Although I think that this is a fantastic trait of mine, I have learned lately that I need to rest sometimes. I need to take breaks, sit down, eat meals slowly, stare out the window and enjoy the view. There was a moment last week where I was so tired that I was laughing at everything, even cracking an egg into a bowl. I laughed so hard that I cried! That is what happens when I am tired. It was super funny, but at the same time it reminded me that even though I love my work there is nothing wrong with slowing down the pace a bit. :)  Like enjoying a yummy protein cookie on a sunny day on my porch- yum! (pictured above) 

So now I make sure to have a big breakfast that I cook each morning and take time to sit down to eat, to enjoy each sip of my morning tea (at about 4:15-4:30am) and take time to look at my pretty flowers on the porch on the way to the car. In the afternoons I relish the time to make a healthy snack for myself and my son, to sit down and hear about the day's events and later on to read a magazine or book while sitting down comfortably. It's very funny that resting doesn't come naturally to me- (I think I take after my dad who can still wake up at or before 5am without an alarm and get his day started on woodworking)- I think it is important and essential to build into my life. 

My whole day off each week is Sundays and although right now I spend part of it doing some weekly cleaning chores I am going to find a way to break down those tasks to a little bit each day of the week so that my day off can really be dedicated to thoroughly enjoying my family, a food adventure (we love to go and try new restaurants, doughnut shops or food carts on Sundays) and resting. 

I feel so very fortunate that I get to do what I absolutely love- creating yummy dishes and baked goods for all to enjoy. I am truly blessed. I will not take that blessing lightly and I will treat it gently and kindly by building rest into my days and relish those times. 

When is a time that you learned you needed more rest? I'd love to hear from you! :) 

With lots of care