Have you guys watched the Netflix show ‘Chef’s Table’ yet? It’s a documentary show about some of the greatest chefs around the world, focusing on one of them in each episode. I have just finished watching the first season and I feel so inspired from it. Not necessarily inspired to cook but inspired to create and follow my passion. All of those chefs in the show are very different, but still, there’s a couple of basic truths that unite all of them.
+ They all know exactly what they are doing. Even though the chefs are creating exciting new things that have never been cooked before, all of them are highly trained as well. Many of them have worked in haute cuisine for years and learned from the best. What does that teach us? You first need to learn your craft and practice a lot (!), before things will get as great as you imagine them. Just take your time and don’t rush things along.
+ Determination lead them where they wanted to go. Most of the chefs struggled with failure and disappointments in their career. Failed restaurants, unemployment etc. They still kept their dreams alive and just tried something different – the road to success is never straight.
+ They all prioritized good and simple ingredients over quantity. If you start with great basics, whatever you are creating will be so much better as well. Furthermore, it shows even more that mass-produced fast food only harms our bodies and our environment. Some of the chefs grow all the vegetables in their restaurants themselves – one even had his own farm. We can actually watch how much care goes into choosing the right dishes for each season. It’s simply fascinating!
+ Nature inspires all of them. There’s no better place to clear your head than being surrounded by nature and nothing else.
+ They were all confident about the fact that they are creative beings. We have all been created with a creative mind. It isn’t about whether you are creative or not, it’s about whether you have started creating yet.
If you haven’t watched Chef’s Table yet, you simply need to check it out.
This September, it was time to visit one of my favourite countries again: Scotland! Since spending my semester abroad in Scotland two years ago, the Scots have a special place in my heart. I went with my friend Theresa, one of my best travel buddies. She has also lived in Scotland for a few months and missed it just as much as me. Oh, it was a glorious trip! From the moment we touched down in Edinburgh, it felt like home again: The colours, the people, even the smell! Can I go back already?
The first part of our trip was spent in Edinburgh. We stayed at the Baxter Hostel, a lovely (and tiny!) hostel near Waverley station. It was my first stay in a room with 9 girls, but gladly everyone was really friendly and quiet. On top of that, we had a yummy home-cooked breakfast of eggs and toast in the morning which was included in the price.
Our first day in Edinburgh, we just walked around town smiling because we were back in Scotland. People might have thought that we’re pretty weird! We had an amazing scone at Wellington Coffee, took a walk to Calton Hill and went to the uni library bar for a lime & soda. After dinner at Mosque Kitchen (not the greatest atmosphere, but really tasty dhal for only a couple of pounds), we went to the pub quiz at Newsroom. A happy day!
A little while ago, I was feeling dissatisfied. I was spending most of my time online – scrolling Facebook and Instagram, not creating anything. Besides, I didn’t read any books and didn’t get enough sleep because of my social media habits. I felt really relaxed in Uganda because we were offline the whole time, so I decided to give it a go again: A 30 day social media detox. No Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or blog reading. I was still using What’s App and other messenger tools, because I use those to communicate, not to waste time.
1. I didn’t actually miss it so much: After committing to this challenge, it was surprisingly easy not to go online. I deleted all the apps from my phone and wrote a ’30 day social media detox diary’ for a few days. On my train journeys I listened to podcasts, before going to bed at night I read. It felt a bit strange, but that’s it. One of the main reasons for my discontent was that I was consuming but not creating – therefore nobody even noticed my detox.
2. It’s fun to use what you already have: One example – Instead of scrolling through Pinterest for hours, I was using my recipe books again. I rediscovered so many recipes and have a few more bookmarked. I truly enjoy coming home at night and looking through my cookbooks – a habit I intend to keep up.
3. Not all social media is bad: Two weeks after finishing my 30 day social media detox, I’m still not using Facebook or Pinterest. I am using Instagram and reading my favourite blogs again though. I love Instagram and sharing pictures there and feel more energized and inspired from it. Same with blogs: The ones I read inspire me or teach me something, the others go unread.
4. It’s easier to meet your goals: Since doing my detox, I feel way more focused and concentrated. My brain is less foggy and reading a book is more relaxing than staring at a screen. Also, writing blog posts is easier if I’m not reading zillions of other blogs first.
5. I have more energy: I sleep more and more profoundly lately. Of course there doesn’t have to be a connection between going offline and my sleep, but since it has started improving since my detox, I believe there is.
6. Less FOMO. This one is self-explanatory.
Right now I found a really happy balance of getting inspired, but still having things to do that have nothing to do with Social Media. Did you ever try a 30 day social media detox? Any stories to share?