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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

Falling in Love with the Details of Life

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What adventures and wondrous things life brings us at every turn and bend in our journey. It has been some time since I have had the time to sit down and write a blog post. It is because 6 days a week I am working on my life's work in and out of the kitchen. These are moments that have been a long time in the making and it feels like I am on the podium in the olympics of my life as a chef. 

Although my days are very busy, at the same time I am taking time to notice the little things. Since I work a very full day at the coffee shop now, I find that I really savor time with my dear sweet family and friends all the more. I even am taking time to really be in the moment while doing chores such as watering the flowers, noticing their colors and delicate petals. I take extra pride in doing a few chores at home after work at the shop because I have fallen in love with my home again as well. I realize how very fortunate we are to have such a lovely home and garden I relish in taking good care of it for all of us. 

My dear husband and son are so very sweet and supportive, coming by on Saturdays to the shop to visit. Lots of friends and family have come by for brunch or pastries too! I feel so very honored by their presence. I want to look at each moment in life and hold it next to my heart because that is what life is about. Not the next step, not 5 years from now, but NOW. 

I know that I have always worked very hard and I love working, but I feel that now that I have a set schedule I realize how important each moment is to be thankful for what we have and what is right there in front of us. I have everything I need. I am blessed by the love of family, friends, food and beauty all around me. 

In this moment I feel that the universe has given me all that I have ever dreamt about. Exact things are coming true off of my vision boards- the coffee shop, the community, the love and support- it is all coming together! Everything that I have written down in detail is beginning to unfold like a delicate flower opening in the springtime. 

This is a moment of enormous beauty and I don't want to miss a single second, relishing in each step. There are many wonderful things happening that I will go into more detail about very soon, but as a coffeeshop and community we are coming together as one to create something amazing! We already have everything we need! 

I'd love to hear about times where you knew everything was coming together for you, or times when you have wanted to savor every moment. 

With lots of care and love,

Trista

A New Chapter

A New Chapter

It is mysterious and so very interesting how dreams seem to manifest themselves and although they take their own path and come true in their own time, sometimes it can seem like all of the sudden you are where you wanted to be in the blink of an eye! 

That is how I felt yesterday when I did my "test run day" at Murray's Coffee Bar- doing baking and cooking for the shop. I was so grateful to have lots of friends, neighbors and clients stop by to say hi, get some coffee, pastries, granola and quiche. As I worked away that day I truly felt at home, like this was my little space to create something amazing for people to enjoy. 

This whole week I kept seeing and marveling at an image that I had placed on my 2018 vision board in January of this year. I had cut out a picture of a plain, black cup of coffee in a white mug. I believe this really got my brain going in the direction of the coffee shop and being open to the possibilities!  This is my 2nd year making a vision board and I can tell you it is an amazing process. I know that it seems crazy to think that gluing pictures from magazines or picture print outs onto a board could give you any outcome at all, but I can tell you for a fact that it really works. Not only have I had my coffee shop partnership materialize, I have also had travel opportunities for myself and others come about from pictures on my board. I believe that it is a combination of trust, hard work and joy that has made these dreams come true! 

It doesn't mean that you can just create a vision board and not put in any work. I do not believe that, but I do believe that if you put the idea out there into the universe, work as hard as you can & also leave yourself open to opportunities that is the magical formula! 

Ideas on a Board + Hard Work + Open to Opportunities = Dreams Come True

I think that the process of selecting the photos to place on my board, truly believing that I am worthy and capable of having and creating these things + hard work is the right way to go! I am now also seeing a correlation between what I have on my separate "The Cheery Cafe" board and the lovely coffee shop- Murray's Coffee Bar where I will be cooking and baking full time starting in April. 

1. They are very community focused. They treat everyone like family and are very kind to everyone. 

2. They serve super delicious, locally roasted coffee.

3. They believe in opportunity. 

4. They support local artists and craftspeople. 

5. They are allowing me the freedom and creativity to create seasonal, wonderful menus for customers to enjoy. 

So, in closing, if you haven't made a vision board/dream board yet this year- it's not too late! Believe in the power of trust in your vision and you will be amazed at the results the universe will bring you if you put joy and hard work into it. 

I'd love to hear your vision board stories- please comment below or email me at: 

info@thecheerychef.com