come back to the table

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It’s sad to think that 85% of American families never sit around their dining room table to eat a meal together. The discussions you have with your loved ones when the sole focus is the meal you are about to eat are very different to the discussions you have in front of the TV. Try to come back to the table at least a few times a week and if you can once a day. It will make a difference to your family dynamic and you might find out some interesting things about your family members. COME BACK TO THE TABLE!

I recently happened across a great story on CNN about a world renown chef Alice Waters who opened the now famous Californian restaurant Chez Panisse 45 years ago. She is credited with starting the modern farm-to-table movement and works closely with local food and wine producers.

I hope to make it to her restaurant one day… if you want to read more you can click through to this article on CNN which includes the video. Or if you want to watch The chef who changed US food forever you can do so below…

The chef who changed US food forever

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 52.14

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There is a 53rd Monday in 2015 but it is not an entire week so I’ve rounded it down and am calling this one Week 52.14.

The best thing you can make sure you have in life is an amazing base. What is an amazing base I hear you ask? It’s a safe place filled with people who love and support you. This may be your family of birth or your family of choice or a blend of both but it’s the people who prop you up in life who know you can do better and encourage you to shine.

Barbara Streisand said it best with the lyrics “People, people who need people, are the luckiest people in the world.” Humans are pack animals and as much as we would like to think that we could be 100% independent, the truth is we need people and at the same time ‘people’ need us. So it’s best to choose who these people will be and not just let fate dictate.

When I was younger I let people choose me… if someone liked me that was enough for me to accept them into my life. I ended up with a large and eclectic group of friends and they weren’t necessary good for me. Some people make themselves feel better by putting you down, don’t encourage you to be your best self or are happiest when you’re down. It takes time to figure out what a good friend is and what qualities you need and want in your nearest and dearest.

On the flip side, just because you are related to someone it does not automatically guarantee that they want what is in your best interest. Being related is not enough to guarantee a seat at your “inner circle” table. Sometimes we have to distance ourselves from relatives who put us down, feel threatened by our dreams or success and make us feel bad about ourselves.

I can honestly say that 90% of everything about me that is awesome is directly influenced by the ‘knights of the Cecilia table’ – the people I hold close and trust with my dreams and ideas. Some members are blood relatives and others are family of choice. I know I can stand up in the world and share my thoughts, illustrations and words with you because I have this amazing base.

I wish everyone had an amazing base because you can do so much more than you dreamed possible if you have a team of backers and advisors pushing you forward.

Start curating your own “inner circle” table and choose wisely 😛

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52 week illustration challenge BONUS: ADVENT 25

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what i learnt this week :: WEEK 11

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It seems amazing to me that some people still feel shame or guilt about not having a ‘traditional’ family. Really? Who gives a shit? Not me.

I really believe we make our own family. For some people their blood relatives are everything and that is great. For others – who for whatever reason don’t fit in with or get along with their families – they tend to make their friends their family. And then there are a bunch of us who have a glorious mixture of both.

I think it’s about time we stopped judging ourselves and others for the family we have (given or chosen).

family (according to dictionary.com)
[fam-uh-lee, fam-lee] noun, plural families.
1. a basic social unit consisting of parents and their children, considered as a group, whether dwelling together or not:
the traditional family. a social unit consisting of one or more adults together with the children they care for: a single-parent family.
2. the children of one person or one couple collectively: We want a large family.
3. the spouse and children of one person: We’re taking the family on vacation next week.
4. any group of persons closely related by blood, as parents, children, uncles, aunts, and cousins: to marry into a socially prominent family.
5. all those persons considered as descendants of a common progenitor.
6. Chiefly British. approved lineage, especially noble, titled, famous, or wealthy ancestry: young men of family.
7. a group of persons who form a household under one head, including parents, children, and servants.

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