2017 has been wonderful to me and I am so so so grateful for it! Here are some ‘lessons’ I think I definitely need to bring into 2018. Some of the below are things that I have been doing for a few years but still think they are important and need to be reminded of.
Cooking should be a creative and fun experience. Once you have the basics down, don’t be afraid to experiment and come up with your own flavours. Just like other things, many dishes have been tried and done before. What makes them unique and original is how you interpret the dishes when you cook them. Of course there is nothing wrong with following recipes, but I think you’d find more joy in cooking if you add an extra pinch of something and the dish turns out BETTER than the recipe.
We are always very critical of our own self. Striving for excellence and having standards are great. They keep you wanting to improve and learn more. However, there are times where you just have to be okay with the ‘good enoughs’ in your life. Not everything will turn out the way you want them to and nothing is perfect. The good enoughs get you by, but sometimes they are the little wins that make your days a little brighter, a little happier.
Our family, close friends and partner probably have a better idea on our positive attributes than we do. You might think that sending a random text to a friend just to say hello or baking cookies for your partner are just things that you do because you want to and you happen to have the time. These are gestures that you probably don’t consider as anything much but to the receivers, they know that you truly care and because you took the time, you gave them that warm fuzzy feeling on a what could have been just an ordinary day.
There is beauty in us that we cannot see in our own self. Even if you look into the mirror and see your own reflection, what is being reflected is someone who is somewhat skewed. Let other people who truly know you be your mirrors, and you in turn be theirs.
How may I be your mirror? Will you be my mirror?