The word courage originates from the Latin word ‘cor,’ which means heart.
“The original definition [of courage] was to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart”
– Brené Brown
Courage is not just about the prince charming saving his princess from the wicked witch. Courage is the mental and emotional ability that enables us to deal with uncertainty, fear, pain and other challenges.
“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, I will try again tomorrow.”
– Mary Anne Radmacher
People always told me how courageous I was for moving with my husband and a small child to a place I had never been to before, without any friends or family nearby.
Back then, I didn’t think of it in terms of courage. However, looking back now, I couldn’t agree more.
Even things that might look simple to you, such as discussing a wrong bill with the electricity company, were once a huge task for me. Before every call, I would practice what to say and then hang up the phone at least three times before eventually getting the courage to simply talk with the person on the other side. The first time was a disaster, but after a few attempts, I found out that my negotiation skills in English were actually pretty good.
I was not born courageous – not at all. Every day I take baby steps to cultivate and strengthen my courage by going through life’s inevitable challenges, and by reaching for the goals that I set for myself and that I am eager to achieve. I am learning to empower myself and to overcome any obstacles, so that I can live a healthy, productive, and meaningful life.
Food brings lots of joy and bliss into my life. Food makes me happy!
My passion for food is like a puzzle with many pieces, eventually creating a beautiful, colorful picture, a.k.a – my meal.
I’m curious about where food comes from. I love trying new ingredients, and enjoy cooking healthy, nutritious meals without sacrificing taste. I am a big advocate of local, fresh, clean, and wholesome food.
Cooking with my kids while teaching them about the importance of healthy eating (they already know GMO is not a curse word), is one of my biggest pleasures, even if it takes us hours cleaning up the mess.
I don’t believe in diets. I’m not paleo or vegan and I do enjoy eating a piece of cake.
My mantra is moderation and balance, both in my kitchen and in my life.
I love following food blogs, and I’m also an obsessive collector of cookbooks and food magazines. My family already knows that I can only fall asleep after reading at least a recipe or two.