I have some pretty awesome people in my circle. One woman in particular comes to mind this morning, Jolene. We share mutual friends and use to shake it in Zumba together.
Jolene is a cookbook consultant and she develops and test recipes. She’s pretty well-respected in the industry. When I was asked to author my upcoming cookbook a mutual friend of ours urged me to contact Jolene. I was very hesitant. A little intimated. Thinking…Jolene might rip my ideas apart. I’m an amateur cookbook author. I wrote Bringing Cooking Back with lots of passion, instinct, and by fumbling through a few cookbooks I had lying around the house.
Well, as fate would have it, I ran into Jolene at cycling class. We chatted about this and that. I felt comfortable enough to tell her about the upcoming cookbook and share a few of my ideas with her. She agreed to meet me for coffee and help me flush out my ideas for my proposal. Over coffee, Jolene listened to my ideas, helped me refine them, and gave me her nod of approval. Yes, she gave me her nod of approval. She thought my ideas were wonderful. I was so relieved. If she liked my ideas. I knew they were solid. As we were gathering our stuff to part ways, I asked her if I should scale back on some of my ideas because of the timeline I had to complete the cookbook. Her response, “I won’t give you permission to do less than your best.”
Oh, Jolene. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. I replay those words again and again. Sometimes we need someone to remind us of our potential,push us out of our comfort zone, and not let us settle for average. And sometimes the very person we are intimated by is the very person that demands our best from us. I am so grateful to have people like Jolene in my life who encourage me to be my best.
Shop, Cook, Eat: Outside of the Box on the shelves August 27, 2012.