We started the year with a fantastic weekend in Adelaide to Celebrate my Sister Anne-Louise’s Birthday and PhD. This was the first time ever that I had been to the home of my sister…. not because I never wanted to, it had just never happened. Anyway, there was a big party planned with a dress up as a doctor theme. Luckily we flew in on the Friday morning and were able to spend Friday and Saturday assisting with the final touches to the landscaping and house renovations. I was also able to do what I do the best, take over the kitchen and help get the catering and food service under control. In a previous blog I mentioned how being welcome to take over someones kitchen is a sign of true friendship and am now pleased to report that my sister is now officially my friend and I am totally proud of her achievements.
On 30 January 2012 I posted the following…..
What energises me? What gives me pleasure? When do I feel fulfilled and satisfied? When am I in the zone, where my work feels effortless? What did I like to do as a child? What games did I play? What do I do for fun? How do I relieve stress?
These are some of the questions that I ask my clients in their quest for employment and career fulfilment. I often ponder the same questions in relation to my own life…but never really get to answering myself.
Over the last couple of weeks I have assisted at a couple of family events where my experience and passion for food, beverages and ensuring guest satisfaction were able to be exercised…..and I loved it.
Then last night I had “the dream” where I was slogging it out at some type of event. There was food, there were drinks, there were happy people and there were exhausted staff. The staff asked me how I kept going…and I replied “This is what I was meant to do”. OK it was only a dream…. but what do I do with the revelation?
This blog, For Food and Family, is part of living the dream, recording the events, sharing and enjoying the Food and Beverages and experiences with family and friends – but what now?
How do I take this to the next level? What is the next level? Any suggestions would be welcomed.
There were a few light comments on the post and a deeper email interchange with a Hospitality friend
Exhausted staff? – typical ……such is hospitality!! However what doesn’t kill you …bla! bla! bla!
However why do I do it? …. “It’s not because I have to but because I choose to”. There lies the difference in my opinion.
I chose to be a Hospitality Professional. I make efforts to be punctual, be the ultimate Diplomat, deal with “awkward customers”, maximise customer satisfaction and even endure the ever present racist innuendos on a daily basis. Then I go home, totally exhausted and “die”, only to return the next day to do the “pain” all over again – WHY! because I love it! Sad but true! lol!
I got my Son into Hospitality at 14. He hated it for years and now at 19 is beginning to “enjoy the pain” – Double lol! They have names for folks who enjoy pleasure resulting from pain but I can’t possibly comment due to my “true blue Presbyterian upbringing”.
I do wish we could chat more, over a de-lish gizzy gewurtz, perhaps another time?
Have a Supa! year.
The hot “naughty” Aussie dessert wind is playing with you.
Believe me you don’t miss the sore feet especially growing older.
Most importantly you don’t need the bullshit and lack of management especially in these lean times – I can tell you horror stories about how some ‘managers’ are so call managing the hospitality industry here in NZ.
A cool de-lish gizzy gewurtz awaits you any time you’re next in Rottenrua with lashings of chats galore.
Till then sit back and enjoy your life (as is) and especially make time for your family and grandkids.
Glad to know they are all well. Greetings also to Rob, Mum and Dad.