Time flies when you’re having fun – it’s been months since my last post, and I can’t believe how much has happened since then! Exotic trips, exciting business developments and a lot of learning has filled the last couple of months, and I’m sharing them all with you (finally!).

Trip of a lifetime

I’ve got to start things off with a throwback to my trip to Miami in October – the trip of a lifetime that taught me so much! I went out there for work, it was my first ever time outside of Europe, and as cliche as a it sounds, my life hasn’t been the same since. I definitely had a taste of the good life; everyday was spent cooking for elite athletes, basking in the sunshine, exploring my new home for the fortnight. For somewhere so different to anywhere I’d been to before, Miami was familiar to me in no time at all. It was a home away from home, with an amazing team to work with, the most incredible place to stay and everything I could possibly need right there. 

Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love my independence and exploring; whenever I visit somewhere I love to spend time wandering around and finding all of the hidden gems. I had plenty of opportunity to do that whilst I was away, so it was the perfect combination of work and adventure! It’s why freelancing suits me so well for now – I’m able to work from anywhere, so I have the freedom to travel (when I have the time and money!). It definitely wasn’t an easy job that I was doing whilst I was away though! Planning the menu, sourcing the ingredients and cooking enough food for a group of hungry swimmers definitely brought plenty of challenges! Shopping trips in hurricane rain and gigantic sides of salmon are just a couple of memorable battles I had…but each one helped make the experience so incredible. 

Back to business

To say I hit the ground running when I landed back in the UK would be an understatement! Autumn was packed full of workshops, studying, exciting new recipes and so much more. As the darker days of November drew in and coursework deadlines loomed ever closer, I admit I sensed a bit of burn-out on the horizon. But those moments are when you see the value in having incredible friends and family to keep you sane, and a few HotPod Yoga sessions (one of my favourite new finds!) also helped keep me going through the craziness! 

After a hectic couple of months working on my business, and with Winter drawing in, I sensed a change of scenery would be much appreciated in December, and I was absolutely right! Call it a half business/half leisure trip if you like, but I took myself away to Gran Canaria for a week mid-December to get a bit of sunshine and inspiration. What a difference it made! Having the freedom to work from anywhere suits me so well, and it was amazing to travel away somewhere, keep working and explore like I had in Miami. There was so much more to my trip than that, though, as I made brilliant new friends for life and also got to know one of my university friends so much better.. and I also had my 23rd birthday whilst I was away! I fell in love with the area and could see myself living there contently, but it was back to reality far too quickly, and Christmas was just around the corner.

 Turn of the Decade

Christmas and New Year came and went in a flash, but it was nice to take a couple of days off and just enjoy spending time with friends and family – plus I got to master the Christmas Dinner again this year! Cooking for my family and making homemade treats as gifts for friends is how I like to look after those who mean the most to me. Food is made for sharing, after all! There was a definite theme with the presents I received for my birthday and Christmas (anything food or cooking related, I probably got it!), and that was something that gave me even more inspiration to keep working at what I’m doing. With December marking not just the end of the year but also the end of the decade, there was a lot of reflection to be done. I looked back on more than just that year and thought about my successes: graduation, launching my business, making incredible new friends… and I also at the many challenges I’d faced too. Though there were many difficult times to tackle over the past few years, I’d come through them all, and I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. So in that sense there’s always something positive to take from the difficult moments.

2020 – The Time is Now

2020 – here we are, a new year and a new decade! There is so much to look forward to this year, with the Olympic Games in Tokyo on the horizon, and plenty of exciting business developments in the pipeline! January is a big planning month for me, and also marks the re-launch of my health snack orders, which are going down a treat (pun definitely intended!)! I’ve had brilliant news about investment in my business, which means that there’s brand new projects that I’ll be revealing very soon, so I’m hard at work behind the scenes getting everything arranged. Coursework is also a big priority, as the geek in me is always keen to keep learning about all there is to know in sports nutrition! But this month is all about striking the balance between business, studying and self-development too.

With that, that’s it for this month’s post, and I’ll be back again in February with more exciting updates! Until then, remember to keep an eye on my social media for regular recipes!

-TheCookingYam

Written by TheCookingYam

I'm a BSc Sport and Exercise Science Graduate from Loughborough University, and also work as a Nutrition Advisor and recipe developer for organisations such as British Swimming, Colour Fit and Bam Organic. I'm passionate about all things food, health and fitness, and have an ambition to share my knowledge with others. Qualified with Grade Distinction in Level 5 Advanced Diploma in Sports Nutrition to support my interest in food and health for active individuals.

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