“I’m a bad cook”

That’s what I used to tell myself and others. And, guess what, I was. I manifested what I told myself and the world. It’s likely because cooking a meal from scratch takes time to prep, to cook, to serve, to clean, and to plan. Plus, I hadn’t made it a top priority. That has changed these last few months. I have found joy in cooking and doing it for those I love.

I’ve taken on a challenge: To be a better cook. More importantly, to change my mindset and to manifest what I want…”To be a good cook.” From the second helpings requested by my boyfriend, I believe I’m getting closer to being a better cook.

Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

Thankfully, I’ve had great teachers, whom I’ve observed over time, show me how to cook delicious meals using fresh produce. My dad is a cook by profession and my mom is an amazing cook at home. I was lucky to be well fed every day of my childhood because of my talented parents. They always prioritized making home cooked meals for my brother and me. Every day, mom would come home from work, cook for us, clean for us, and then do prep work for the next day’s meals. It takes time and effort to make healthy and tasty meals, and I’m grateful my parents chose that for us.

Thanks to the guidance from my mom and sister-in-law, who cook delicious meals, and the encouragement from my family and friends, I’m becoming a better cook these days. I have always found joy in eating (evident from my social media posts). Now, I find even greater joy in preparing and cooking fresh meals.

Cilantro Lime Rice and Spicy Homemade Guacamole

Now, I’m telling myself, “I’m NOT a bad cook.” I’m prioritizing my time to be a better cook and to someday be a “good cook.” Reminding myself that I control my narrative and I choose my mindset. And, you have control over yours.

So, let’s all have some fun cooking #LunchWithLily! Send me healthy recipes that I should try.

Friday Fun: Jobs

Hope this week has been treating you all well. Thought I’d have some fun on Friday by posting jobs I’ve had and let people guess the fib.

Here’s some background on these photos.

The top left photo was taken outside of The White House when I had the opportunity to represent Kansas during the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This was one of the highlights of my time as president of the Wichita Asian Association. The top right photo was a fun bridal photoshoot. No, I’m not getting married. I was modeling for my friend, Amanda, who owns Avid Artistry, and my friend, April, who owns Dress Gallery.

The bottom right photo was early in the morning! It was taken at the annual Blarney Breakfast to benefit Rainbows United. They were looking for volunteer coffee pourers, who would donate their time and ask for tips to raise money for the non-profit. The bottom left photo was taken at the annual fundraiser for the non-profit, Storytime Village.

Now, here’s the answer…

I did not intern at the White House. But, I did intern in Washington, D.C. one summer long, long ago.

Congratulations to all who have held a job, have a job, and will be hired for a job. You are all essential workers. Thank you!