A Teaching and Learning Week

This week has been great fun.  It’s all yin and yang, back and forth.  Boomerang: throw it out there, it comes back to you.

Teach and Learn.

On Tuesday, I took the Grocery Shopping Class (led by the lovely Stacy Klone) at Byerly’s in Ridgedale.  Lee, my first paying customer, accompanied me- I wanted to pick his brain and find out what he thought about the class and what else he might want to learn as a client in the demographic I want to serve.

What a gift the class was!  I left with an important, easy rule of thumb: “if it wasn’t around 100 years ago, don’t buy it.”  Stacy gave us great tips on how to pick the best produce and seafood (from her extensive background as a food merchant); interspersed with personal stories about her weight loss journey.  I learned a lot, as did Lee- so much that we “had to go out for a beer afterward” to compare notes and make sure we had heard everything.  Lee is busy preparing for his month of hell I mean P90X- the Shopping class couldn’t have come at a better time for him, as the P90X program requires a nutrition plan that goes back to basics… whole grains, protein, and natural foods.  Thanks a million to Stacy for modeling great teaching.

On Wednesday, I graduated my first Crash Course Dinner Party class!  Guess what they got (it’s our first Catalyst Pop Quiz)?

What a milestone!  My first class!  I’m so proud- of Sarah, MI, Cathy and Terri for their willingness to take a risk and take my first class; of me for having the guts to put it out there and work through the nervousness and turn into a confident teacher; and of Neighbor Dave (as well as too many friends & family to count) for supporting me.  Thanks so much for helping me to make it happen!

At the end, I heard affirming words- that the class provided “practical solutions and advice that gave me confidence” – and that I “put the fun into cooking and entertaining”- Voila!  Exactly what I was hoping for!  WOOT!

Yesterday, I took that confidence on the road to the monthly Women Who Really Cook gathering, hosted by the fun and effervescent Lisa at QKindnessCafe.  I got to meet Sue Zelickson- she is a gem- we had the chance to go ’round the room and share what we do, and Sue demonstrated her natural gift to be a cheerleader.  She has that natural Catalyst quality to make things happen and connect people who can help each other.  I met some very cool ladies yesterday and left feeling really pumped- both to receive help and to provide it where I can.  There is nothing better!

Give and Take.

And the answer to the pop quiz: It’s the best tool in the kitchen to apply your skills and make things happen!


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