So……..I am off to Paris this week! 😀
It’s been a long journey to come to this next part of my journey in life. Letting go of a routine that I’ve been doing for about 4 years, into a new adventure 😀
It’s so EXCITING! I am going to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
A hospitality school that I learnt about through the movie “Julie and Julia” (a must watch! If you have not seen it yet)
Let me give you all a tad of a background, I’ll try to be short.
I’m what you would describe as a “safe” person, I graduated high school, and went straight into university then onto working life. Adventure is A LOT not a bit daunting for me.
At the young age of 16, not only did I want security that I’d get a job after university, but I was one who didn’t really know what I wanted to do on graduating high school. Speaking to the careers counselor, I expressed that all I wanted was to care for people and get a university degree quick so that I could travel the globe whilst also earning money. Hence, I was pointed into the direction of nursing. I studied about 3 years and then went on to find a job close to home.
In my first year out, I did manage to travel the world in the 6 weeks annual leave I was given. But something inside me wanted much more, I just didn’t feel satisfied in nursing.
I must be honest here, nursing has been both challenging and rewarding. The profession has taught me a lot about life and its preciousness. I can say that there are so many life lessons I have been taught right throughout my time as a nurse, which I will take with me for life.
However, over the last year and a half it’s been quite a struggle. I didn’t know it then that nursing was driving my quality of life into the ground. Not until I injured my wrist at work did I realize, that my life in nursing was consuming me so much to the point that I didn’t enjoy the simple things in life anymore. Which has led me to take action and that this is the time to let go and move on.
It was not actually a shock, because I’d been planning this new chapter of life for a little under 2 years. But I guess, it’s never easy for ideals to become reality. Most of the time when they do, there’s always a struggle with letting go of the past in order to accept the future and take hold.
I’m still learning to let it all go, and I still sometimes during the day and deepest of nights feel as lost as ever, but I know the choice to leave nursing is all to benefit me and help me to learn to enjoy life again.
Now let’s get onto the exciting stuff 😀
I’ve always had a thing for baking and cooking. Since I could remember, I loved seeing the faces of my friends and family light up when I shared with them the profits of recipe experimenting.
Two years ago, a friend and neighbor of mine (baking&i) rekindled their friendship with me. She shared with me her passions in life, and helped me to wonder and discover my own. I am very fortunate and grateful to have met someone who has similar interests and passions in life, to walk with me. With her encouragement and a little bit of fluffing around it has led me to consider and then take a bold step and apply to study again.
I’m excited to be finally following my dream of going to another country ALONE , to study (to do what I love) and explore a new city, which I’d only ever dreamt of going to.
I will be there for a few months. Whilst I am there, I hope to share my journey with you through food and little treasured findings or mishaps (I get lost easily 😛 but I will persevere and get better at not doing that)
I’m not sure where this adventure will take me, but I know that I am very privileged to have this opportunity open up to me and I must take hold and have fun.
I invite you all to come along for the journey with me to Paris 😀 . I’ll continue to update the blog and post up new recipes.
And finally, I haven’t gotten here on my own. To God and to all those who have helped me, encouraged me, supported and still support me, been there when I’ve cried, been there when I made painful but real decisions. I just want to say THANK YOU! 😀
Talk to you all from France,