your path

The Path to Joy

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The photo of the path above reminds me of the many paths we would go down growing up. We were so blessed to have lived out in the country with lots of areas to roam around in. Along the path we would often need to clear away branches or most often brambles or blackberry vines. That’s what I loved about those days of wandering through the forest. There was always something new to see, to discover and along the way you would gently clear away anything in your way. I know that this is a key to our lives as we go along the path to joy. The path is not laid out in front of you perfectly, there are obstacles to clear away, but just as in this photo, there are always bits of light, bits of joy peaking through.

This is the reason why I am creating materials for a program that I call The Path to Joy. I will run this program through Patreon with materials, workbooks, videos and more on a regular basis that you can subscribe to. If you would like to hear more, you can sign up to get updates on what is available to help you navigate your path to joy here:

https://mailchi.mp/106f620d5b5c/thejoyfulpath

I am so excited to work on creating this program. Many of the materials will be out by mid-late January, 2019. I look forward to personally helping you clear your path to joy in many ways!

With lots of love,

Trista

Invisible Pathways

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A field of grace seems to form around us when we commit ourselves to something that satisfies our souls. Invisible pathways open up through the universe. We meet people who are on a similar path, and we are given forms of assistance that seems like magic.

“How to Create a Life of Your Own Design: Conscious Living” by Gay Hendricks

I just started reading this book on conscious living yesterday and this quote really leaped off the page at me. I have recently felt this to be true for me as well. As I commit to doing the activities that make my heart happy I am surrounded by others who have helped me, encouraged me and given me advice along the way. When others see that you are truly following your path to bliss a light shines on the path for you.

when you commit to your craft in a big way, spend time on it, put your heart and soul into it, opportunities will open up for you. It may not be instantaneous, but I have experienced it on a daily basis. Recently I had some very vivid dreams that I like to call “future memories.” I saw myself receiving a gold medal for some kind of food competition. I do not know what that means, but I choose to believe that the universe has lots in store for me. Because of that I am going to continue to create beautiful food art and follow my heart in the direction that it wants to go. I know that in this place I will find so many wonderful pathways that open up for me in ways that I never imagined they would.

Lately I have been practicing the art of “peaceful commitment” to projects. By this I mean that I do projects when I get inspiration to do them based on a meditation or a thought that pops into my head. I am working on becoming not so attached to the immediate outcome of those activities. Sometimes it seems like we take a flurry of inspired action and then there is a bit of a lull. However, I believe that is just the space in between where we can rest for a while and let the universe take over. I no longer stress so much about what’s going to turn out and what isn’t. I know that the more inspiration that is behind something that I do and that if I have fun doing it, the better it will be.

I would love to know your experiences with invisible pathways and inspiration. Let me know in a comment below or email me at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of 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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