January 26, 2019
A lot has happened in the past seven months. The standout event was my decision to close my Yummy Goodness cafe, a business that I loved. After a lot of time with my thoughts and sharing my thinking with those close to me, I'm now ready to open up and start thinking about what's next. I'm ready to begin a new food journey. I'm not sure what it's going to look like and that's half the fun, because I've always loved the journey and seeing what I'm made of. So, in the interest of healing and possibilities, here's a little recap to get us started in 2019.
Saying goodbye to my Yummy Goodness cafe and closing the business was the hardest decision I've made in my professional life. Even though it was my decision and one I made for very good reasons - primarily to spend more time with my wonderful family - it has still been heartbreaking to let it go. It's been a time of change and consolidation in our home ever since. A time for finding a new job, finalising matters with the business, and having lots of conversations about the decision to close and move on. A time for being flexible, adaptable and for finding a new routine and rhythm of life. At times all the changes have been draining, emotionally and physically, but that's just because I've been challenged to be different and that always takes something for me. On the other side of that is the opportunity to grow, discover more about what's important to me and where my priorities lie, and only good can come from this.
Understandably, I've been asked the question about what's next and the prospect of moving onto a new project or venture has been daunting and overwhelming. I can liken it to being asked if you're going to have a second baby right after you've just given birth to your first. That was always an unbelievable question for me! Until recently, what's next has been an area that I haven't wanted to think about at all, and I've roughly pushed those thoughts aside. My heart just hasn't been in it and that in itself has been a really strange feeling.
I've missed sharing our kitchen with others. I've missed cooking for our customers, seeing our regulars every day and, most especially, being with my wonderful Yummy Goodness team. They were the people that made Yummy Goodness what it was and I depended on them so much - their kindness, their energy, their love of good food and their keenness to make everything beautiful for our customers. The loss of that daily connection with other foodies in my kitchen, where we created the food I love, has been a big readjustment. It's also been something that I look back on and celebrate with no regrets. We did that for our community. We created a welcoming place where people could come and be nourished from the inside out. That's something special that I will always treasure.
So where are we now? As common thinking dictates, with the New Year comes new beginnings. Whilst I'm not generally one for making New Years resolutions, this year I did see the New Year as an opportunity to reflect and reset. After months of processing the closure, beginning a new job and sorting through the two rooms of equipment and kitchen gadgets left behind, I finally felt like I was coming to a place where I could start to open up my heart again to new possibilities. I feel like now is the time for reinvention and different thinking, and this all has to start with me letting go of what has happened in the past. It is through the process of letting go that I can truly start over and begin afresh.
There's something sacred in reinvention. It takes something. It's challenging, confronting and, yet, so worthwhile because it leads to great joy and anticipation of what lies ahead. Part of the challenge for me is opening up my mind to what I really want to choose. What do I really want? I'm still struggling with this, but at least I have a good place to start and the rest can grow from there.
One thing I know for sure is that I'm committed to sharing more with all of you. I want to share my knowledge and tips from years of eating this way so that I can help you on your own food journeys. I know that through the process of helping others I will find great joy and reinvigorate my passion for food. I really hope that through my sharing you will feel inspired to find your own sense of peace and happiness around healthful eating to help you live an awesome and nourishing life. You might even be inspired to help others in your own unique way.
I'll be sharing lots of little tips and tricks of the trade on social media, because gluten free, dairy free and cane sugar free cooking is very different to conventional cooking! It's taken me years of practice to know what works and I want to share that knowledge with you so you can enjoy eating this beautiful way. I'll also be sharing more recipes on the blog so you can be inspired to get into your kitchen and cook. I'd love you to share your cooking journey along the way with me too so that we can all grow together. To that end, here's a few pictures of what we cooked in our kitchen this week to get the ball rolling...
So here I stand at the precipice of what's next with great hopes. I have the beginnings of a plan, a smile on my face and the grit and determination that comes from having closed one door gracefully so that another may open. Now I can let go and start over.
February 11, 2019
I loved reading this post Hayley. Yes it is hard to give up something you love but there is always something better around the corner. The wonderful experiences you had with your cafe and your amazing journey with food will lead the way to an exciting new journey for you and your family. I firmly believe in a dairy free, gluten free, cane sugar free way of eating and will be viewing your recipes with great joy. xx
February 02, 2019
Such a beautiful read Hayley! Thank you, I needed to hear this morning ❤️ Excited to see what unfolds ❤️
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