the moment

The Dojo

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Is there are time that you are doing an activity and the time seems to move so quickly because you are really "in the zone?" You aren't thinking about other things or planning for tomorrow or next year or worrying about anything? That is called being "in flow." It is such a wonderful state and now that I am doing my cooking and baking at Murray's Coffee Bar I find that my little kitchen space there is like a "dojo" for my work. When I am there I am not distracted by other things I should be doing. I am concentrating on the rolling of the dough, the frosting of the cookies, the sauteing of the asparagus or onions. This is such a beautiful place to be in. I just love it! 

So many moments there I am truly "in the moment." Really observing how the icing swirls on the cookie or how good the quiche smells coming right out of the oven. This is my meditative, contemplative place. I never dreamed it could be like this. I absolutely love my home and consider it such a blessing to have such a nice home to live in, but I am so contented doing my daily, life's work in this coffeeshop kitchen. It can truly be my space to work in and be creative in and a space in which I create food for all to enjoy. 

Although I am "in the zone." so much I also really enjoy working with others, talking about ideas and serving customers slices of quiche or brunch dishes. This gives me great joy as well because I have discovered I feel the most joy when I am with people. I need a little bit of alone time each day as everyone does, but spending the major part of my day around people brings me a lot of positive energy. 

I'd love to hear of where your "dojo" is and what are the times that you are "in the flow" of things while doing work that you really, really enjoy and are passionate about. 

With lots of care,

Trista

The Moment

This spring break we took a few days to spend at the beach with a few other families here on the Oregon coast. We were given one glorious day of amazing sunshine and warmth, something not typical of the Oregon coast. The winds were no more than a slight breeze and we enjoyed a long time with the kids on the beach and took walks as well as wandered into town for an ice cream cone and to look around the shops a bit. This day was truly a gift and I found myself getting outside to enjoy it every possible moment that I could. Each moment of sunshine was very precious and I knew that was something I really wanted to soak in.   Time spent with loved ones soaking in the moments is something I really cherish and hold onto. I do have a very strong work ethic and produce a lot of things in my work life and at home, however I feel that its very important to be aware of each moment of the day that we possibly can and to stop an acknowledge how amazing that moment is.   I feel so fortunate that I can create hours in which I spend with my son and my family and I can be in those moments with them. I can get caught up in "getting things done." so many times, but on this beach trip and during specific moments of my day I am ALL IN. I am just in that moment, in that activity and taking it all in. It's like creating a beautiful "mind movie" that I can look back on. I'll remember that sunny day at the beach in March of 2018 and have something beautiful to hold on to.   As next week is my soft opening week and I'll be working full time hours at the coffee shop (6am-2pm) I'll cherish the moment even more. I made it a priority to have afternoons still with my son so that we can still have our Wednesday "special snack" out together and more. These years are comprised of many small daily moments and I want to capture as many of those as I can.   What are the moments that you treasure, create and hold onto? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below or email me at:   info@thecheerychef.com

This spring break we took a few days to spend at the beach with a few other families here on the Oregon coast. We were given one glorious day of amazing sunshine and warmth, something not typical of the Oregon coast. The winds were no more than a slight breeze and we enjoyed a long time with the kids on the beach and took walks as well as wandered into town for an ice cream cone and to look around the shops a bit. This day was truly a gift and I found myself getting outside to enjoy it every possible moment that I could. Each moment of sunshine was very precious and I knew that was something I really wanted to soak in. 

Time spent with loved ones soaking in the moments is something I really cherish and hold onto. I do have a very strong work ethic and produce a lot of things in my work life and at home, however I feel that its very important to be aware of each moment of the day that we possibly can and to stop an acknowledge how amazing that moment is. 

I feel so fortunate that I can create hours in which I spend with my son and my family and I can be in those moments with them. I can get caught up in "getting things done." so many times, but on this beach trip and during specific moments of my day I am ALL IN. I am just in that moment, in that activity and taking it all in. It's like creating a beautiful "mind movie" that I can look back on. I'll remember that sunny day at the beach in March of 2018 and have something beautiful to hold on to. 

As next week is my soft opening week and I'll be working full time hours at the coffee shop (6am-2pm) I'll cherish the moment even more. I made it a priority to have afternoons still with my son so that we can still have our Wednesday "special snack" out together and more. These years are comprised of many small daily moments and I want to capture as many of those as I can. 

What are the moments that you treasure, create and hold onto? I'd love to hear from you! Feel free to comment below or email me at: 

info@thecheerychef.com