Cook – Realtor – Inspiring Writer – Educator
Now, that is a concept, or phrase that we hear over and over again, and yet, many of us would still sit on the living room sofa with Chinese take-out in one hand, and an ice cold beer in another, while we watch the third episode of Hell’s Kitchen. Chinese take-out and an ice cold blue moon? It DOES sound better than lifting heavy metal bars at a sweat filled room with sweaty shorts everywhere.
“I HATE IT, EVERYTHING IS SO HEAVY” – Chandler, F.R.I.E.N.D.S
Why did I mention this concept that you may ask? It is because I bought into the concept, and I said to myself, the only bad experience I will come across, is the one I’ve never experienced”. If I don’t try it, how am I suppose to know if it is worth or not? at the mid twenties-age, according to many, the perfect age to be out exploring, experiencing and living.
I spent years since the age of 14 (helping out parents, school ROP, and no, I was not forced into child labor) working in various restaurants, shops, retail stores, school class rooms, universities, and spent years obtaining a hospitality degree. Exploring my dream and passion of becoming world famous chef, serving people the food I love, taking care of those I care for, and provide warm services for people that comes back to me over and over again.
Upon graduation spend two years managing a well-known American Corporate Restaurant Group – California Pizza Kitchen. Although the experience was tremendous, humble and entertaining, and I regret nothing of being a part of it. For you folks that don’t know much about restaurant operations that the food comes out a kitchen, I worked 65-75 hours a week, constantly moving, rapid decision making. Getting yelled at and threatened by angry guests comes and goes on a weekly basis, and the only break I get throughout my 12-14 hr days is the 5 mins I get to chow down a quick salad.
I sacrificed friendship, I scarified family, I sacrificed relationship, I sacrificed mental health, and I gave up on my body. I became restless, I became depressed, I became irritated, and I became sick. but, I finally realized idea of – Balance.
A bit later I ran into a very old childhood friend of mine, whom I had lost contact with throughout the years after high school. He is now a very successful real estate investor. The idea of Real Estate that had been locked away in the back of my head since college came rushing out, and I thought to myself “I should be able to make a change, take control of my own time, work hard for myself, and service those who needs help just the way I do plating up the bowl of creamy pasta, delivering to the table and watch the smile of satisfaction and love light up the whole dining room like I used to in the restaurants. Shortly after my old friend, and beloved chef & professor called me up, offered me to get back in the kitchen, and who am I kidding, I do belong in the kitchen. It takes awhile of searching and gathering to finalize on a realistic goal – the light at the end of the tunnel, is now visible.
Balace is crucial – Male & Female, Big & Small, Tall & Short, Wealthy & Poor, Strong & Weak, Ying & Yang. There must be a balance in your life. Pleasures requires dues. Pay your dues, Work Hard and Play Hard.
Without struggles and hardship, Life won’t be worth living, therefore embrace it, and fight it. – Mentor