Rambling on my way to my 30s and a Cooking Class on 9/5/12!!! Yay!

First, I must apologize for all of the “reflection” posts lately, and lack of recipes. I’ll be back on the recipes shortly, I promise. I’m just in a very pivotal moment it seems in life. By no means is it a bad thing, but it is definitely causing me to think a lot about the future. A LOT.

For instance…let’s go through my current To-Do List…or should I call it my “What I’m Involved in while trying to maintain my sanity” list? *wink*

  • I have my regular day job – 10 hours a day/4 days a week.
  • I go to the gym each of those above 4 days I work, at 6am in the morning.
  • I write the blog for Iron Hen Café in Greensboro, NC.
  • I work part-time for Darryl’s in Greensboro, NC, managing a portion of their Guest Relations.
  • I have been submitting articles to various magazines, and one of which should be published in the month of September in our local Alamance County Magazine.
  • I also (you’re my witness) maintain my own baby the best I can, TheOnyxPlate.com.

Last but certainly far from the least…

  • I have been asked by Savory Spice Shop in Greensboro, NC, to do a cooking class for them. YAY!

Not only is this a great month of September coming up for me with the magazine publishing me, and the class happening…but, I’ll be turning 30 on September 4. 30! I’m excited about it. I’m not where I expected to be in life, honestly. By now, I expected to have a child…maybe two if the birthing process didn’t gross me out too much. Seems God had other plans though, as we’ve been trying for around four years now. I’m finally at a point where I’m ok with this for the time being. He’s brought so much more our way, and I have to trust that he knows what he’s doing. I also expected to not be in marriage counseling (however, I do believe it’s good for anyone to do…this is a good thing that we’re in counseling, folks). Sometimes you have to reach out and admit that you need a little help reconnecting. *smiles* I also expected to be stuck in a dead-end job (sorry, but I did)…and I’m truly not. Now, I’ll admit it, I want to be out of my current job by the end of the year. That may or may not happen. It’s not because I dislike the company I am working for…it’s because my passions in life are leading me elsewhere. I have been given so many opportunities to pursue in life, that I would be a fool to give up on this and stay stagnant in my ever-evolving life. There’s food to taste…people to meet…lives to inspire! *smiles*

So as I get ready to turn 30 in a little over a week, I will be preparing for my trip to Savannah, GA, with my Mom. She and I are going on a Mother/Daughter trip for a week to see the beauty, sights, and food of Savannah for my birthday. I can’t wait! What more could you ask for than going on a road trip with your best friend?

But, before the trip…I’ll be kicking off the first day of my 30s by exploring yet another avenue of my passion of inspiring people with food by doing the cooking class on September 5. I am so dang excited, y’all!

If you’re near the Greensboro, NC, area, I’d love to see you there! It’s going to be held at the Savory Spice Shop location in Friendly Center. The class is from 7pm-8:30pm, and the cost is $10/person. You must pre-register by calling them though, as there is a space limit for the shop. However, if more than a certain amount are interested, I get to do a second class! Woohoo!

With all of this being said, and thank you for listening, I’m going to trek on to my 30s. My 20s were absolutely amazing (with a little heartbreak and sorrow mixed in, as life does continue to happen), and I learned a lot about myself and life in general. I can only imagine where I’m headed in my 30s….but, you know what?….I’m ready!

A few shots of the advertising for the cooking class. I need to get my hands on some of these for mementos. *huge smiles*  There’s also some shots of the very rough draft prep work below while I was formulating some of the recipes yesterday.  I love taste testing!

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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Bobbie♥ says:

    Congratulations on this wonderful opportunity. The pictures are amazing and your Mom said they tasted wonderful. I wish I was closer so that I could join in.
    God Bless and never stop dreaming.
    Bobbie♥

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    1. Awwwww, thank you so much, Bobbie! Wish you were closer as well and you could join us for some truly delicious sweet treats. :)

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  2. Janis says:

    Jennifer, I am so proud of the young woman you have become. I tried to raise you to always be honest and to never be ashamed of showing your love. Through this dream, The Onyx Plate, I am happy to say you are both. Honest and loving. The love you have always shown to all in your life, the love you continue to show for your passions, and the love that you share through food, inspires everyone that you come in contact with. Your honesty about life and your journey are touching. I am honored to call you my daughter and my best friend. I am looking forward to the class and very excited about our trip to Savannah! You know we are going to have a GRAND Foodie adventure! Love you with all my heart – Mom

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    1. I can’t wait, Mom! You are the reason I am the woman I have become. You raised me in love and respect, and I am eternally grateful for you and all that you stand for. Love you with all MY heart. Woohoo!!! Savannah in 6 days!

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  3. Your hard work is certainly showing and paying off! I hope you enjoy being busy- doing the things you love. I’ve found I have to work out too if I eat all of the things I cook, haha.

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    1. Ha! Thank you, Ashley! It all seems to take a lot of effort, but you’re right, it is certainly showing and paying off. Thank you for the love, Ashley! Keep doing your great job! :)

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