Updated: Oct 13, 2020
This question is put to me time and again so I thought I would elaborate.
Of course, I can’t imagine what would become of me if I couldn’t cook. Cooking has huge health paybacks in and of itself but I also have an entrepreneurial heart, so operating a culinary business is the be all to end all to me!
Cooking is therapeutic - the repetitive nature of washing, cutting, stirring, combining and sampling foods is two sides of the same mental health coin. It holds space for both being grounded in the present as well as daydreaming.
Cooking is love - making healthy food is my way of loving people. It’s an important altruistic practice that nurtures us on a sociological level. Cooking is a creative outlet - it’s alchemy; you take fresh, whole ingredients and transform them into delicious eats that feed the body and spirit!
I'm passionate especially about healthy cooking and feel blessed to contribute to others in this way. It's my purpose, my ikigai. I first came across this concept before a silent meditation weekend which I used to kickstart my path to self-actualisation.
Ikigai (ee-key-guy) is a life philosophy that gets people out of bed each morning to busy themselves with their talent giving meaning to their days. Ikigai can be traced back to a central principle of health and wellness that is the basis of all traditional Japanese medicine. It involves daily rituals, living your values, building intimate relationships, fulfilling your life roles and consistently pursuing a life goal.
In the world we now live in, we face constant pressure, fear and uncertainty, depriving us of the opportunity to be our true self. Ikigai can help you live longer and give you motivation and resilience in times of hardship.
So I ask you, what are you passionate about... the one thing you can dive into leaving the chaos of the world behind?