When I was younger, all I wanted to do was move to California to act. I enrolled in a Junior Shakespeare Repertory Company when I was 11 and set out on that path until graduating with a Theatre degree 10 years later. I was in a few plays, some commercials, and a small TV show throughout that time. What frustrated me about acting was that it was one of those things that no matter how hard you work, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll be successful because there is a certain amount of luck associated with “making it.” While it may have worked out in the end if I had kept going, I had to take a good look at where I was, and where I wanted to be and I wasn’t sure that I was on the correct path.
As someone who plans almost every single moment of her day and life (a little unhealthy, I know), not having a plan at the age of 21 scared the living daylight out of me. What was my 5 year plan? Would I ever figure it out? Had I failed? Was I giving up too soon? These thoughts clouded my mind and stressed me out beyond belief. It was unfathomable that one could live for a few months (or years) without a direct path. I learned that life is about discovering who you are and what you want to do, and it’s OK not to know how or when or why or what. Once I truly took that on, I was overwhelmed and excited about the possibilities.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I certainly don’t have it figured out. But I’m okay with that. I know that I want to be in business, that I want to work hard, and that I want to live a beautiful life filled with great food, wine and people and I’m on my way.
I expect that throughout my life, there will be some special moments where I can truly say that one of my dreams came true. Today is one of those days. I’ve been writing this blog for three years, hoping to share my love of food, wine, and entertaining with the world and today I get to share it with even more people on one of my favourite lifestyle blogs, Camille Styles. A Midwinter Night’s Dream by myself and Gillian is being featured today and I couldn’t be more proud or excited. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed preparing and writing it.
A huge thanks to Christie for taking such beautiful photos, Flower Factory for providing amazing flowers, Gillian for her incredible interior design skills, Barons of Beef for a beautiful piece of (grass-fed, grass-finished) meat, Sweet Bake Shop for the chocolate cake (which I sprinkled with pomegranate seeds) and The Bacchus Group for some delicious wines. Make sure to stop back on Wednesday for a recap of the wines we enjoyed.
See? Dreams do come true (and, most importantly, they can change). Head on over to Camille Styles to see the full feature!