I’d like to propose a toast to All Good Things! A year ago today I launched this blog with the very first entry Cooking With Love. As I toast this blog space, I honor you for helping me show up each week. It’s a commitment, letting me into your inbox every Monday or clicking on a post as it comes up in social media. Thank you for your support and welcoming my words into your life each week.
When I began this project, I was fearful that no one but my Mom would be reading on Mondays. I learned it is more important to embody our purpose than to worry if anyone else will witness our efforts. And how do we embody our purpose? For me, it all starts with a dream. And then a plan. And then the work.
There are countless food bloggers and culinary sites online. That was an overwhelming thought as I set out to find my own voice. I wasn’t sure I could hold my own against the successful food writers that I followed and admired. Through writing my blog, I discovered week after week that if I am sharing my truth and being authentically me, any offer I put forth is strong enough because no one else can tell my story. We all may make the exact same recipe, but the results are detailed with our individual fingerprints, our own subtle branding that we bring to food or whatever else we are creating. I found it empowering!
Bringing my dream to life, I realized that my gifts are valid, my voice is important, and that my point of view shapes the world. That’s true for you as well. Your voice. Your point of view, we are absolutely in this together, my friends. So as I embark on the second year of All Good Things (as well as begin to make these 52 Mondays into a book,) I ask you to check in with your gifts, voice, and point of view. Are you being heard? Are you creatively expressing yourself? Are you working on your dreams?
Whether you are a doctor or architect, an opera singer or plumber, a postman or a teacher - or even a 33 year old student of life still trying to figure it out, I believe there is enough for all of us. Enough opportunity, enough money, enough time. But the enoughness doesn’t start flowing until we start. I am lucky to belong to many communities here in New York City that keep me engaged, inspired, and challenged. I am held accountable and cheered on daily.
I’d like to invite you into one of those communities to help you embark on your dream. It’s a program called Magical Manifesters. It's a course that helped me clarify my dream, map out a plan, and it kept me on task as I did the work. It’s a program that is applicable to many dream forms. I’ve shared it with a friend who quit her job and built a brand new business, as well as with a friend who sold everything and moved halfway across the country to chase her vision of happiness and success. My friends are thriving and Magical Manifesters was a key ingredient in their success.
Magical Manifesters comes with an online community to support you, actionable steps and exercises that provide a roadmap to accomplishment, and a once a week live coaching call to keep the momentum going. It’s a bit of an investment, but I am a big believer in putting financial energy into my endeavors. It signals to the universe that I am worth it and is a big reminder to myself to prioritize my cash-flow. I can easily blow through $20 a day without even thinking. But putting that $20 towards my dreams, now that’s worthy and mindful spending.
The best part: once you sign up you can return again and again to the program and apply it to other areas of your life. Like health and wellness, love and relationships, getting out of debt, launching a product, or even turning a blog into a book! Join me as I start a new round of Magical Manifesters at the end of this month.
So when I proposed a toast, I wasn’t raising a glass, I was making one of my all time favorite snacks. Avocado toast. Cheers!
Avocado Toast with Poached Egg
This is a non recipe, it is an ingredient gathering and then assembly.
- 2 slices bread
- 1 avocado, halved and seeded
- half of a lemon
- salt and pepper
- 2 poached eggs
- cracked red pepper
Toast bread to your liking, mash the avocado and mix with lemon juice, cracked red pepper, salt and pepper onto bread. Top with a poached egg and more salt and pepper.
Thank you to Cheryl Stockton for all your gorgeous images. (These toasty ones included!)
Thank you to Christopher Windom for editing my words each week, clarifying my thoughts, and being my friend.