Sunday, January 24, 2010

Not my Typical NY Trip...

Have camera, will click....

Window of Fish Eddys - NY in cutlery

Sheila Rooney Photo :)

Samburu Elder, Kenya (Lyle Owerko, photographer)

Tasmanian painting (by Tricky Walsh) reflecting in a Morrocan mirror

Saturday, January 16, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Days 14, 15, 16 I got a little behind with my positive affirmations. But, there are good & happy reasons!
Fun Foodie reasons you can read about on Mele Cotte, or Twitter.

So, I am going to combine by behindedness (new word creation, heeee) in one post...

Day 14, Week 2
I more talented in my culinary skills than I give myself credit for. (Thanks for that discussion at lunch, Helen.)

Day 1, Week 3
I am finally getting my thoughts and ideas back under my control.

Day 2, Week 3
Everything is getting better every day.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 13

Day 13, Week 2

I am a great cook, that can get pretty darn creative!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 12

Day 12, Week 2

I shaved 30 seconds off my turtle mile!

Monday, January 11, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 11

Day 11, Week 2

I have wonderful friends who support me for me and all my faults.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 10

Day 10, Week 2

My hair is my best physical feature.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 9

Day 9, Week 2

I am a valuable (and grown) human being, even if I am aware that I have made a mistake.

Friday, January 8, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 8

Day 1, Week 2

I am a unique and creative person and deserve to channel that creativity though my work.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 7

Day 7, Week 1

I deserve to open my heart for wonderful things to come into my life.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 6

I am borrowing from 2 friends who left me lovely messages on FB Tuesday for Day 6, Week 1

"You're one of the most adaptable people I've ever met -- you'll come up with fondant roses in your teeth."

and "You are strong, smart, and talented, how could you ever be down for long!!!"

'nuff said. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 5

Day 5, Week 1
Yes, I need to find a job that pays my bills and gets me out of this dark aybss of finanical bullshit my excursion to Utah slapped me with. However...while I am losing sleep and getting more and more gray hair because of this dark aybss of finanical bullshit, leaving the school system and cooking really enflamed my passion for cooking and baking.

Why should I deem myself to be a chisel when I could be the artist? ~ Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

According to WiseGeek, a chisel is "a metal tool which has a sharp beveled edge designed for cutting, gouging, and shaping...Some artisans view chisels as their most important tools, and they take excellent care of them as a result.

I have always done well in my work. Focused, determined, and a work-a-holic, I have never had any problem "cutting, gouging, and shaping" in order to meet the goal - whatever the goal was - when working with like-minded professionals. But, where has it gotten me. Everyone else gets credit for my behind the scenes work (which is fine to a point). I don't need to get open recognition, but don't push me to the side, either. Chiseling, while bringing success, has also brought tire tracks on my back, and endless feelings of emptiness and bewilderment.

An artist is someone who creates, right? A person who creates using experiences, emotion, imagination, tradition, and…passion.

Cooking brings that out in me. Specifically? Baking. I think about it 24/7. I love working to create sweet happiness for people. I adore like the details....the mini-desserts/confections, the decorative accents, the fondant/gumpaste, etc. It kills me that I didn't start out in culinary. But, positive....positive affirmation....I will continue to blog, bake, and create ...and hope that prayers are answered some way, some how...and I can make a living full time doing what I truly love down to my core.

Monday, January 4, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 4

Day 4, Week 1

I trust in life's process.

I have to believe that everything happens for a reason. It would be easy to go off on a tangent right now. But, this is a Positive Daily Affirmation post, so I will simply repeat....I trust in life's process.

Week's to-do list is written (check)
Chicken for lunches has been roasted (check)
Eggs boiled for breakfast (check)

Have a great week everyone!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 3

Day 3, Week 1
I can forgive, understand others and their motives.

This is a hard one for me. I don't forgive easily when it comes to actions that effect me personally, my integrity, etc. Yes, I can be stubborn and turn people off when I am not "hearing" what is being said. But, a lot of that comes from not forgiving and shutting people out of my life. There have been a lot of "you are dead to me" moments with people in my life. My intelligent self knows that I am only hurting myself. My emotional self is a little vested in the wall that has been belt, and is always near by to point any crumbling that may occur.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 2

Day 2, Week 1

Short and sweet....but something I need to repeat over and over to remember how successful I have been and "this" is just someone's cruel way of getting me back on track,

I have the power to change myself.

Friday, January 1, 2010

10 in 10 Positive Daily Affirmation Day 1

I haven't posted on my Alter Ego much. But, I knew that when I created it. Because Mele Cotte is a food blog, my Alter Ego offers me a platform to post other stuff I want to chat about...that's not food related.

Now that I am participating in the 10 in 10 Healthy Challenge, I began to think that this would be the perfect area to complete my third goal, "Keep a Positive Daily Affirmation journal". One of the girls I became friends with this summer decided to start one after completing a 5 week stay at the fitness retreat. I begin. Admittedly, I am feeling a little hokey about the whole thing. I am not one who likes to express emotions...other than when I am pissed off. ;) Oops....angry. No, wait...I meant to say pissed off, even though I know its not very lady-like. But, I think this process will help me overcome feeling totally stabbed-in-the-back/betrayed/bamboozled by some past occurrences, regain some much needed confidence personally and professionally, and prevail.

So, bear with me as this journal may begin a bit rocky.

Day 1, Week 1

I got out of bed, went out with the girls, and had a really great time remembering what great girlfriends I have. And, they reminded me that I am a good friend. Thanks girls. ;)