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Mise en Place

Added on by lea thompson.

[gallery ids="246,247,240"] After what proved to be a very long summer, I wasn't sure if I'd return blogging or if I should take a permanent hiatus from publishing my work. I've decided to come back and I plan on working effectively and with efficiency from now on.

I took this summer to reflect on milestones and life changes that were important to me, though they'd admittedly bore anyone else in the world. These months were filled with cloying, clichéd questions such as,  "What do you want to accomplish with your post-grad life?", "How do you pay back those loans?" and "What is your life motto?"

Graduation, re-locations, relationships, trips, jobs, successes, and disappointments: These are pretty standard experiences for twenty-somethings, but I have arrived in a new place. I am able to face these predictable setbacks and answer those clichéd questions with complete confidence.

What do I want to accomplish with my life? Simply put, I want to capture, create and promote beauty through my photography and writings.

How will I pay back those loans? Continue working part-time, continue freelancing locally, continue applying for positions and  hope that a "real" job will be found before the forbearance period ends. And of course, buy lottery tickets.

What is my life motto? Mise en Place. "Mise en place" is a French phrase, often used in the culinary world which translates to "everything in its place". Meaning every ingredient should be prepared, every tool set-up and ready for action. Ask any professional pastry chef and they will tell you "Mise en place" is the most basic rule in a kitchen.

Even the best laid plans can go awry, and life has taught me they will. As in kitchens, life will throw dirty curves and grease fires your way. Sometimes the chocolate burns, sometimes the egg whites don't rise, and sometimes you realize the oven was never turned on.

I know that I have a lot more to learn, but I am prepared and I am ready.