The gingerbread house was so much more than a house; this whole process taught me more about myself and why I do what I do.
Things you learn when you stay a little longer and get a little more involved:
- You have the tools you need, sometimes you have to dig deeper to find them.
- You can’t do it alone- don’t try to. Utilize those around you to offset what you can’t accomplish on your own.
- When you go the extra mile, it’s almost never crowded, you have more fun, and you learn more than a classroom could ever teach you.
- Don’t doubt those around you, trust them and you’ll understand why later.
- When you have three chefs that all have a unique set of skills and talents, absorb as much as you possibly can from them.
- Ask an endless amount of questions and get more opinions than one on anything.
- As chef says, start like a lion, finish like a lamb.
- Keep in your head that in the end, every ounce of energy expended WILL be worth it.
Completing this gingerbread house was a unique and once-in-a-lifetime experience, mainly because of the people I had the opportunity to work with. Kendall and I were guided by three amazing instructors who have so much knowledge to give. The best part of all was the new things we learned that we most likely wouldn’t have encountered had we not said yes. Sometimes, no is good, but often times yes is better. I honestly didn’t have the time in my schedule to say yes to this project, but I did it anyway. A few moments, I thought to myself, “what in the world have I gotten myself into”. It was by far the best yes I’ve said in a while. I can’t begin to explain the depth of knowledge I have gained as well as the life lessons learned just working with such a special team. The journey keeps getting sweeter and sweeter with each yes I say. Next time you think of saying no, re-evaluate, it may be a yes that leads to tremendous growth professionally and personally.