It’s been quite the journey this year. Figuring out what it is that makes my soul sing and choosing that to be my source of income while laying roots in Toronto and building the foundations of my empire… Yeah, it’s been quite the year *smiles*.
There has been an awful lot of clearing out over the past few months (has anyone else out there been feeling that too?) situations have come up giving an opportunity to air and heal, relationships have ended or evolved, paths have culminated and it’s all been rather overwhelming. One thing I’ve realized is that in order for magnificent new things to come into your life and grow, things that no longer serve a purpose have to be cleared out…
With that said I came across an opportunity to spend some time in the local Coop in my neighbourhood in Parkdale, Toronto. I have loved this store since I moved here 6 months ago and I remember asking the Universe for an opportunity to work there. Ask and you shall receive right?!
On my first day, excited as excited can be, I ran to the West End Food Coop in the rain. After a brief orientation Sonia, the kitchen manager gave me some seasonal vegetables and asked me to make a soup. She offered a couple of recipes to refer to if I needed, pointed to the spices and said to ask if I needed anything else. I stood there for a moment thinking “is this woman really going to let me do my thing?!” she did exactly that! I even asked her because I couldn’t swallow that this awesome lady was going to let me do my thing in her kitchen. Sonia said that she got a sense that I knew what I was doing and she wanted to let me create. How awesome is that?! The next thing I knew I was chopping and dicing, peeling and preparing locally farmed, organic produce to create a seasonal soup for the community and I have never felt so alive! Connecting to the food, thanking it for what it was doing and the goodness it was going to provide, using my intention and being present in the process. Giving myself to the process as I sautéed and stirred, smelled and sampled.
Curried Pumpkin & Roasted Apple Soup
You know those moments when you know that THIS is what you’re meant to be doing with your life? This was it. I don’t recall a time that I’ve felt more connected, happy, in sync – with myself and my purpose. I am here to create and heal, nourish and nurture!
I almost cried when Lina, a beautiful resident of Parkdale came into the store and immediately approached the kitchen asking me what that wonderful smell was. I smiled and told her that it was pumpkin soup but it wasn’t going to be ready for another couple of hours. She told me that she’d be back and she was. Lina was my first customer. I don’t think I’ll ever forget that moment. Friends have been telling me that I need to cook for the people. A dear friend of mine says (enter Jamaican accent) “Clare, people need to be eating your food”. Now they are. And it means the world to me that I am able to do this and that people are enjoying my creations. It is incredibly inspiring.
So! This is the beginning of huge things to come! I can feel it in my bones, scratch that! I can feel it in my soul! And what a beautiful feeling it is!
To Sonia, thank you for allowing me and trusting me to create freely! To those who responded with love and support to my story, thank you a billion times over! And to those who are taking the time to read my story, thank you to you too!
I am filled to the brim with love and gratitude
And I’m sending it on to you!