I have become a recipe hound. I collect them. And sometimes I even cook them.

Who knew we would need to go back to HomeEc101 with this pandemic? How long has it been since YOU soft-boiled the perfect egg?

My cooking skills are decent in normal times, but as the pandemic draws on and cooking at home is the norm, my skills have been questioned, improved, and even praised. It’s been a wild ride for our stomachs!

“Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors—it’s how you combine them that sets you apart.”
– Wolfgang Puck

From chicken quesadillas to chicken cordon bleu, our meals have drastically improved since we self-isolated back on March 14, 2020. It’s a reminder that what we do often, we learn from, and improve at.

How many times have we discounted our ability to do something well? Or procrastinated until it was nearly impossible to do something well?

I am the QUEEN of procrastination when dealing with the unknown. Whether it be a new recipe, a new podcast (yes, it’s coming), a new event, a new location, a new anything…I will put it off until I absolutely have no choice but to do it. And what’s more unknown than our future life in recovery?

Is it any wonder we resist taking the first steps on the path to recovery – a new destination and state of being entirely?

Cooking at home has been cathartic for me. It’s been a source of calm in a crazy world. I’ve enjoyed creating new dishes from old recipes. I’ve burned more things than I want to admit, but I’ve tried again and succeeded.

Just as cooking has a learning curve, so does life and recovery. There will be delicious moments, and those burned moments. It’s all about progress. Getting better at what we are striving for with each effort while relieving stress and anxiety.

Let’s not wait for a pandemic to start the process of recovery. Let’s start today…and while we are at it, let’s cook something delicious too!

“Real cooking is more about following your heart than following recipes.”
– Unknown

So is recovery. So find the best recovery recipe for you and follow it closely.

Recovery is real and it is something we all need at some point in our life. Follow your heart, follow the recipe and let’s get cookin’!

An unintentional leader, influencer, and socialpreneur, Jean Krisle intentionally founded and continues to lead 10,000 Beds, a 501c3 nonprofit organization now in its 7th year of operation. Building from a desire to support the many individuals without resources seeking help for a substance use disorder, Jean built 10,000 Beds from a simple idea to a nationwide, life-changing and inspirational force in the addiction & recovery community with more than $10,000,000 in addiction treatment scholarships awarded nationwide.

As an admired speaker, coach, and consultant, Jean speaks from decades of personal experience on the critical strengths of courage, hope, and resilience in business and personal lives. Jean motivates us to face each day with courage, tenacity, hope, and resiliency. She inspires all of us to recognize the strengths we’ve gained through the challenges we’ve faced.

Jean passionately reminds us that we are all in recovery from something and that recovery from anything- loss, failure, disappointment, addictions, etc. – is something we should build on and be proud of! And she teaches us how to do it! For more information about Jean’s availability please contact her via email at jean@10000beds.org.

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