I wanted to share the Sister Legumes swimming/fossil hunting adventure as well as… feeeeeeeeeelings.
I just came down from emceeing Vegan Iron Chef’s Popup Taco Shop community cookoff event yesterday. It was equally thrilling and exhausting. My favorite part was being in the kitchen– I’ve never cooked in a legit food service kitchen. My brain was in a total Gordon Ramsay space (and I was literally running around like a contestant on a food show saying Where’s the sink?! Where’s the cutting board?! How do I use this burner?!) Anyway, talking on a microphone in front of a room packed with people is harder than it looks, which is a lesson I learned. I’m proud of myself for even saying Yes, let alone actually doing it. I am medicated for both general anxiety and social anxiety disorders. This makes for easier days for myself (I give public and private group tours at a National Historic Site and often find myself in large Portland crowds.) The morning of VIC I started out excited, but with low expectations for myself. As time went on and we arrived at the venue, I started to get freaked out. But nothing will ever beat the feeling of the first few seconds of talking with all eyes on me and my mouth moving, but my brain saying WHAT AM I SAYING OH MY GOD THIS IS HAPPENING I AM SO SWEATY WHAT DID I JUST SAY. I got more comfortable throughout the competition even with a few mess ups. I didn’t know this would happen, but, I learned a lot. I understand how people get better at things over time and now I can add myself to this. I feel thankful to Vegan Iron Chef for the opportunity to grow personally and to be a part of the community.