I am a fan of cookbook author, food show host, home entertainer extraordinaire, Ina Garten. I've been hearing a lot of interviews with her lately as she works the podcast circuit promoting her most recent book, Modern Comfort Food. I enjoy cooking and entertaining and aspire to have as much fun even though my food and presentation skills are only a fraction as good as the Barefoot Contessa's.
While her recipes and entertaining tips offer useful tidbits intended to demonstrate ease and accessibility for the average home cook, let's face it, she's in a league of her own without some of the constraints that are a reality for a good portion of her fan base. Unlike Ina, I don't have sheepskin covered cushions and cashmere throws to offer friends seated in my backyard for a physically distanced cocktail on a crisp evening this pandemic autumn. A yummy drink, a couple of hors d'oeuvres, and a candle or two I can manage; and then our paths diverge.
Architectural Digest home and luxuries aside, there are relatable lessons to take away from Ina's success. Her journey exemplifies living one's passion. She epitomizes a career trajectory that countless others only dream about - - shifting from a respectable career that lost its allure to one that blossomed from listening to her heart. Ina authentically enjoys what she does. And it shows. Her body of work - - a veritable empire - - grew from doing what she loves and taking chances. And she works at her craft; by no means a slacker, Ina puts in long hours and works nonstop. She is surrounded by employees that are genuine friends, which makes going to work even more of a blast if you ask me.
When we love what we do, do we even notice the number of hours we spend working?
What about those of us who are not in love with where we are professionally? Rather than viewing it as a dead end, what an amazing opportunity to explore what makes us happy!
What is preventing you from doing what you love? The answer is the first step towards creating your personal recipe for professional happiness.