ATTENTION: This post was written on October 1, 2011 but I had marked it as private. After speaking to a friend about Paris today, I re-stumbled upon this post and decided to make it public (September 11, 2013), enjoy!

“If we focus to much on who we want to be, we can lose sight on what we can accomplish with who we already are.” – Sarah Matheny

“Do not let one or two bad experiences rule your life. The world is full of good people, so give willingly and with grace….”  – Sarah Matheny

“There is value in who you ARE, not just in what you DO. Just “BE”-ing is enough.” – Sarah Matheny

It’s been 3 months since I decided to put the 9-5 lifestyle on hold, and frankly, I could not be happier. I hate to be cliché, but I honestly feel liberated. This is my time to discover who I want to be and who I can be.

Just recently, I went to Paris, France and felt as if I entered a world of wonder and creativity. I mean, I know that Paris is full of culture and beauty and monuments… but I’ve never, ever paid any attention to those details before.

It wasn’t until I saw the Pyramid at the Lourve that changed my mind… and in all honesty, I planned on skipping this attraction because I figured I could ‘google’ pictures on the internet…

But once I got over there, I was just in awe… I realized that the pyramid exists because it just took ONE IDEA to turn it into reality… and that gave me hope for my future.

What’s in store for my future? Good question. As of right now… I have no idea who I’ll be, where I’ll be, or what I’ll be doing in the future… but I can only hope that whoever I am/wherever I am, I’m just doing something that I am truly passionate about. I want to wake up out of bed and get excited to start my day. If someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up? I’d reply, a food traveling journalist OR an aquatic center entrepreneur (I may have forgot to mention that I’ve been a swim instructor for the past decade or so… and I’m pretty-damn-good at it… not to mention, I absolutely love it).

What’s in store for LML? I know that I will be traveling. I know that I will be switching continents (I don’t want to tell you where just yet, because once it’s on the blog… that means it’s actually happening, and I’ll admit that I’m nervous). I know that my life is a journey and I’m learning as I travel. This blog isn’t just about food; it’s about the people I meet, as well as understanding different cultures, traditions, and expectations along the way. In order to teach others, I have to learn; and I might make mistakes, but I know I’ll grow from them. Like a blank notebook, I’m just waiting to be filled with knowledge and adventure…

End Note: Even though I’m fully aware that I’m in the midst of my quarter-life crisis, I’m just relishing in my newfound love for life. As Sarah Matheny says, “If you want something, ask for it. If it’s right, you’ll get it. If it’s not right, there’s something better for you in store. You’ll see.” So on that note, I guess I’ll have to start asking the right questions… any leads or suggestions??

Current Mood: Inspired

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  • I am so excited and happy for you :) I think you are extremely courageous for embarking on this adventure and love “following” you on it!!

    p.s. Mama Pea is awesome!!

    • Thanks Mel! You and Alli are a good home support system, so happy you’re following me! When I start I’m back home we can join forces in the kitchen and do a cupcake special for LML =)

      PS: Gotta love Mama Pea. Savvy and smart- she’s my idol LOL.

  • “…I’m just doing something that I am truly passionate about. I want to wake up out of bed and get excited to start my day.”
    You’ve already have the right question/answer!

    Beiing a food journalist, or a chef, or a travveller, or a whatever… just a “role”. Seems to me you’re doing more than good right now!
    So… keep it up!! Keep going!


    • Claudio when I read the quote, I was like, “I answered my own question? Really?? (Looking at post) I guess I did!” With support from followers like you, it keeps me positive should I ever hesitate to hit the publish button =)

  • You are young and free to do what you want to do. I am sure being a food writer is in the stars for you. And if you have the passion and the drive, it WILL happen! It’s hard work, but it WILL happen for you. Good luck, and I will add you to my blog roll :)

    • Thanks for support the Jen! I’m so happy, and I really want to do this for the rest of my life. Still trying to find my angle among the food blogging community, however I’m quite happy with the LML progression! Will try to take it a step further every day =)