I have been blessed over the last six months. Not only have I been able to work full-time at a job I enjoy, I have been able to focus the substantial increase of my spare time into the things that I am truly passionate about.
I have always been a creative person. As a child, arts and crafts were my go-to hobby and when I reached the age of eleven I was introduced to the art of writing. My grade six teacher urged us to express ourselves in ways that I had never thought about and from that moment, I was hooked. I began to write poetry and short stories. I was so addicted to words that I got my library card and became a voracious reader.
I was also introduced to cooking at an early age and, under the tutelage of my dad, learned to create meals that did not come from a recipe. I learned to experiment with flavors and was able to create some impressive dinners with simple items found in any pantry. And I made a point to commit his cooking faux pas to memory – NEVER make scrambled eggs with Egg Nog!
I have been able to take all of my spare moments over the last few months and really focus on the things I love – cooking and writing. This past weekend, I added three thousand more words to my novel-in-progress and spent some time in my own kitchen creating some fantastic and creative soups for myself and my family. The time is slowly running out for me to have the time to focus on the wants instead of the needs. Soon the resort will be back in full swing and my spare time will be a dim memory of my past.
My email address is a glaring reminder of how I will spend my remaining days and nights before my world changes – “carpe diem – seize the day”.