Culinary School: A Grande Finale September 1, 2010

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And so it seems I’ve finished my third term at the Midwest Culinary Institute. And now I’m sitting at home feeling a tinge of whiplash.

It’s funny the way time moves. You don’t notice when it’s happening but all of a sudden you look across the room. The chair you have always known has changed neighborhoods three times since you bought in the thrift store, virtually weaseled it out of someone’s hands who didn’t know it was a vintage Eames.

All the junk that bothers you, that’s not put in its place—the shoes hastily thrown in the corner. The mail that got dropped from the table. The empty coffee cups on the sink. Suddenly you let yourself realize that it’s the stuff that you’ve built your life around. And then suddenly it’s not junk anymore.

All the hurried decisions, the hasty directions. You pick up on a whim. You decide to see it through. You throw caution to the wind. The people around you make concessions. They concede to pick up on your whim. They concede to see it through with you.

And then you look around again. And when you chose to really look, you see that everyone else is doing the same thing. They’re just waiting. Waiting to jump the next hurdle. Waiting to be inspired. Waiting to be surprised.

Someone once told me that you should be able to pack everything you love into your car. I’m wondering if they were wrong. I’m wondering if you should be able to pack everything you love into your week.

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Kristen September 1, 2010 at 6:43 am

I’m keeping this one for inspiration. I’m not going to culinary school, but I *will* be following my dreams. Thanks for showing us how it’s done, Courtney!


Courtney September 2, 2010 at 6:15 am

Thanks Kristen, I have every faith that you will.


puddintopia September 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

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Barb September 1, 2010 at 7:05 am

Very well said! Congrats on finishing your term :)


Jen September 1, 2010 at 8:32 am

It’s amazing how an inkling of a notion can turn into a whole new path.


Florence May 16, 2011 at 9:05 am

That’s a mold-breaker. Great tiknhing!


mariaincincy September 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

RT @Epiventures: Culinary School: A Grande Finale


CincyDee September 1, 2010 at 10:00 am

You are such a beautiful writer. I look forward to reading your blog every time you pop up in my reader. Excellent post! Thanks for the inspiration!


Courtney September 2, 2010 at 6:14 am

CincyDee, good to see you back. Thanks for coming.


5chw4r7z September 1, 2010 at 10:13 am

Hell I’m trying to pack everything I love into one life.


Intuitive Eggplant September 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm

Well said. So happy for your successes. Amazing what can come to you when you open yourself up to possibilities. Congrats on the culinary school milestone – and, as always, for letting us come along for the ride!


Alynn September 3, 2010 at 4:57 am

Hey! There’s my hand again! ;-)


Lauren September 3, 2010 at 8:30 am

What a lovely, inspirational blog post! I’m so proud of you! — Lauren of Carrington Court circa 1991.


Andy September 6, 2010 at 9:15 am

These thoughts leave indelible impressions on me. Keep sending….


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