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 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