Here we go again, another year to achieve our dreams!
Like lots of other people, I find January a little overwhelming, all the talk about what will you achieve this year, plans and activities just tires me out thinking about it! Don’t get me wrong, if this kind of planning works for you then great but I often feel like we set ourselves up for a fall and I know that I’ve done that many times.
For a good number of years now I’ve not made new years resolutions, however instead what I have is a word of the year, I’ve probably talked about this before and it’s basically about having a theme for the year – in the past, I’ve had balance, abundance, openness, love… and quite a few more that I can’t remember!! Usually, the word comes to me at some time in late November, early December & it just sticks in my head, that’s when I know I’ve chosen the right word.
This year my word is AUTHENTICITY.
For the past few months, something inside has felt a bit off, not really sure how to explain it really but I felt like I wasn’t being true to myself. And in all honesty when I thought about “being true to myself” I wasn’t really sure what that actually meant or looked like.
During December and over the Christmas period I had a number of conversations with friends about life, hopes and dreams as you do over a few glasses of wine & knowing you can speak from your heart and openly without fear or judgement. During these conversations something hit home & many friends said the same thing to me.
“When you talk about food/nutrition, you come alive, your eyes light up, your energy & enthusiasm is through the roof”
And they are right, food, food technology, food hygiene & safety, cooking, eating, nutrition, food marketing, food manufacturing, food packaging you name it and it is what makes my heart sing, it’s been part of my life since I was 6 months old (yes I know it’s been part of all our lives as we need it to stay alive!!!), at 6 months old my parents started their own food business and traded in different guises until I was 18. However, even as a child I know that at times it was tough going for my parents, they changed and adapted their business to survive and maybe some of this struggle as rubbed off on me in a way.
I don’t consciously shy away from food work, however, sometimes wonder if I can make a living out of it as it was such a struggle for my parents. So look to other skills I have to make a living. But… food work always comes back to me as it’s something that comes so naturally to me and makes me happy so this year I’m going to embrace it!!
The aim of 2022 is to be more authentically me – what this looks like is beyond me right now but all I know is that I will do more foodie things be that posting on social media, develop new recipes, trying new foods, eating at new restaurants and just see where it takes me.
I won’t lie and say that I’m a little scared as society tries so hard to tell us not to be ourselves so feel like I’m going against the tide but those who know me well know that most of the time I tend to furrow my own path in life so watch this space…
Until next time, say well xxx