A New Day, A New Outlook!

Rising Up Again!

Just a little while ago, a bit more than a week ago I finally began to feel that the fog had lifted from the dark cloud of letting the coffee shop go and moving on to create a new path. I think many times it is ok to let ourselves be sad, to feel the feelings, to feel like not moving on quite yet. I had to be in this state for a while because it helped me to become stronger and to move on. 

I feel like I am a wildflower seed that has been germinating in the ground all winter and now it is spring. I have taken time to rest, to read books, to journal, to drink lots and lots of tea, to dream, to think and to invite in all of the possibilities. Luckily, my "winter" has only been about 1 month. I really think I had some mild depression, a mild sadness and gloom filtered all that I saw for a while having to do with my life's work, my business and who I am. 

We invest so much and we put so much value on what we do in our day to day lives, how we use our talents, how we advance in our careers and chosen jobs and paths. It was good for me to take a forced "break" of sorts to really sort out what brings me pure joy. This is something I feel really blessed to have been able to do. At first, the closing of the shop seemed like a disaster. It felt like I was failing if I couldn't save it. I felt that I had not done all that I could have done. Now, when I look back at it, I see that it was a huge gift. The closing gave me a chance to really be quite, still and look within myself for my next path. 

At first, it felt as if I were moving backwards on the board game of life. Here I was, back at home, not cooking and baking for people every day. Not doing my life's work, my calling, not tapping into daily creativity. However, just like a forest fire allows new seeds to sprout and new life to emerge, this chapter had to die, to come to an end, in order to spring back into life again. Taking the time to stop, to ponder, to find my joy again brought me back to my true home.

I have discovered my joy is in the creation of beautiful works of art through food. I realize that all along there was a reason that I went to school and took lots of art classes to pursue my degree in Graphic Design. With all of the art courses that I took, the one that most captured my joy was a sculpture class. I really loved how the teacher taught us to to look differently at materials, to capture a feeling, a moment in our sculptures. That is one of the classes I was best at and it surprised me so much. 

On this journey I have daydreamed about creating the milky way galaxy in meringue- both from space and from Earth. I dream of the magical colors I will paint it and the spirit it will capture. I know that everything starts with a dream and a vision and I am so very lucky to have found mine again. You will be seeing lots of delicious art from me in the coming days and weeks. I hope to make your day sweet, your celebration magical! 

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

A Place of One's Own

A Place of One's Own

This post is one in a multi-part series of blog posts about my journey of opening up a local cafe. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time and I am enjoying each step as I go along exploring, learning and putting out into the world my thoughts on what I want this cafe to be about. Not just about the food, it's about the people and it always has been that way for me. To me the most joyful moment is when you realize that you have created food that people enjoy. I want to translate that joy into a  place that has ownership opportunities for my team. 

I want to explore this idea because I believe that it's important for all employees to have a real sense of ownership and pride in what they do. They have a stake in the cafe. People are important and I believe in treating everyone as owners. 

Whenever I go to employee owned stores I see the difference in the people. Often they are more helpful because it's their store too and they want you to feel welcome in their place. I really love that. 

I'd love to know your thoughts on this model and how it may be implemented for all team members. 

Please leave a comment below or email me at: info@thecheerychef.com

With lots of care,

Trista