So I(Shanti)have been M.I.A for a while. Life has been really busy for me because I have recently started a new job. The juggle of a baby, blog and work has yet to be mastered. I keep dropping one. I am learning. I think the best way for me to keep on a steady grind is to try and always connect and relate one to the other. So I am sharing my exploits at my new job with you all because in all truth what I learn in one avenue of my life connects strongly to the other.
If you do not know already, Antoinette and I are both servers! We sling plates with a pride and passion! Antoinette works at a highly respected and popular jazz spot in NYC and I recently just started a job in Philly at a fine dining restaurant under a talented chef who worked in one of the finest, most successful restaurants in NYC. It is my first time serving in a fine dining restaurant and it is incredibly challenging for me.
For those of you, who are chuckling thinking to yourself “Ugh idiot girl! Whats so hard about putting food on a table? To that I respond: Can you please describe what fromage blanc with ramps is? Morels on toast? What varietal would best be paired with those? Can you describe what the taste differences between a Bordeaux blanc and a Gamay are?
Anywho, I am learning a lot at this place. I am learning to enter into this situation knowing I am unprepared, ignorant to a lot of the information, probably going to say things incorrectly, ask a lot of dumb questions, make mistakes, look stupid, not know where things belong, not understand seemingly simple processes, sweat a lot and yet still BE EXCITED and CONFIDENT nonetheless! I am learning to start from the bottom and appreciate, absorb and feel comfortable there because this is where my growth begins. This is where my mastery begins. This is a place that through hard work, attentiveness and loving patience with myself I will never again return. Only upwards from here baby.
I am grateful for this experience because I apply these lessons to my everyday life. I am learning the science of life in which this logical formula will make or break you
1.You don’t know something
2. You accept the challenge to learn more
3.You make mistakes, fail at intervals, cry, endure embarrassment, feel inadequate and feel afraid while attempting to meet the challenge
4. You work hard, persevere,remain patient and keep kick pushin’ forward
5. You master or overcome it
6. You move on to your next area of ignorance only to repeat the cycle again.
I am grateful for this experience because I know I will find my center in this. I am grateful because I will be proud that I learned so much and strengthened myself emotionally and spiritually just from the tedious task of slinging plates.
I hope you ladies are accepting all the challenges in your daily life (no matter how seemingly small) and facing them with a beating heart, shaky arms and a smile on your face. I hope you never turn away from the hidden opportunity and allow your fear to sabotage your potential. Life is not easy and once we accept that, it actually gets just a tiny bit easier.Grind lil mama‘s. Prevail.
are you facing as of late?