Well today is the third night in a row for my Hand's on Valentine's cooking class.
When I was first diagnosed last April, I temporarily stopped all my cooking classes. I wasn't sure how I would feel during my chemo. I made the right decision, cooking classes are a high energy experience for me. I just didn't have that kind of energy.
A few weeks ago I asked the oncologist for a break. I was getting sicker and sicker with these treatments, they told me this was cumulative and they weren't kidding! I needed some of my life back.
My Doctor made the decision to take me off of one of the more powerful drugs. I noticed a difference immediately!
So I decided to start some classes again. I was very excited with the response I received from so many of my clients. the classes filled almost immediately. I was thrilled but also just a little bit nervous... would I feel OK? could I still do this?
It is hard to make plans when you really don't know what to expect but I made up my mind to go with the flow, try to let the energy of the classes carry me through.
I gave myself more time to get ready and I planned my menu. The first set of classes was for Valentine's Day, it is a couple hands on cooking classes. It was so popular it went to 3 nights. As I prepared for this I was very excited. I realize that I truly LOVE what I do. I couldn't wait for the evening to begin.
It would be the first time many of my clients would see me and I knew it could get emotional very fast. Clint even went out and bought 3 boxes of tissues!!!~ one for every night!!!!
Well we didn't need the tissues because each night so far brought hugs and kisses and warms wishes from everyone. My home was filled with love and laughter and good food! I was in heaven!
We cooked and laughed and had so much fun. The food was delicious and everyone had a great time including me! Tonight is the last night~ I did it three nights in a row of wonderful guests, lots of smiles and laughter and the promise of more cooking experiences to some.
It made me realize, today as I prep for the last class just how much I love what I do. My clients have become like my family to me. I love each and every one. So much love and support has come my way and I really do know that it is the reason I am going through this experience with a positive attitude. I have so much loving support. It keeps me strong and it keeps my life in perspecitvie.
I am living my life now, this moment, with clarity and love.
I will continue to do what I love as it helps me grow and keeps me grounded to what life is really all about.
Take a look at your life now~ what can you change to make it better. Do what you love, and the rest will follow!
I go down to JEFF tomorrow morning for my 10th chemo treatment, I will bring with me all the joy I have gotten these past three night of classes. It will make me strong. It will give me light and happiness and I can make plans for more cooking classes. I hope to see you in a class. You will learn some new recipes and have fun but most of all you will come away with a desire to LIVE, LAUGH , AND COOK!
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