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

Appreciating Time

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Now that I have been baking and cooking at Murray's Coffee Bar 6 days a week for more than a month now I have so many lessons learned about time and energy in any given day. Now my daily schedule is much different than it was a bit more than a month ago. 6 days a week I wake up at 4am, get ready for the day and I arrive at the coffee shop around 5:45am to start work for the day. I leave most days between 1:30 and 2:20 so that I can be back at the bus stop to pick up my son from school. Now I find myself treasuring and appreciating time at home more than ever. 

The first week at the shop I think that I overextended myself, trying to do too many projects at home after I came home from work. I ended up a bit burned out that week, so now when I come home I allow myself some time to have a snack, a cup of tea and relax before seeing what's on my "at home" to do list. I allow myself quite a bit of time for the "scatterbrain" to wear off before I am able to tackle dinner or other after work tasks. Some days I'm able to do a few more things than others, but I have learned to let things go as I know I can do them tomorrow if they are not urgent. 

I am extremely grateful that I decluttered my home so much right before starting up at the coffee shop. It has helped me clean and maintain my home in much less time every day as there isn't as much stuff to deal with and I know where everything goes. Everything has a home and a resting place. I love that! 

For quite some time, my son and I have had a "special snack" on Wednesdays. We go out to a restaurant to eat, chat and "do stories" as he likes to say. He loves to come up with stories where we both have roles and we imagine we are in a different world. This is such a fantastic and precious day to us both. I treasure each Wednesday that we set aside to connect and be in an imaginary world. 

I have noticed the joys of my garden again this spring and have started to create a manageable plan for having a few flowers out front that are easy to water and just a few things in the back yard to take care of as well. I absolutely love gardening, but I can get carried away, then not have the time or energy to take care of it. Also, I am delegating summer garden watering to my son now. :) 

I am learning about working to keep in touch with others, make plans and be mindful of the things that matter most. My friends and family are very important to me, so even though I am working a lot of hours I have learned how blessed I am and to not take those times with them for granted either. 

Each early morning as I leave for the coffee shop I am able to look at my pretty little flower garden of a few pots that I planted on the deck and in our front yard planter and smile, knowing that I took some time to do that and it brought me and others joy. 

I may not do as many projects now, but I am able to choose them with joy and know in my heart that they are right for me in this moment. I am doing my life's work with food at the coffee shop and I am learning to balance that with being blessed with such a lovely home and family. I truly could not ask for more! 

I'd love to hear your blessings of time! 

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

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