Our guest blogger today is Sarah Biasotto. I’ve been following Sarah’s adventures on Facebook and Instagram and am inspired by her accomplishments, her contagious energy, and especially, by her clarity of purpose. Today, Sarah shares her story of courage in the past 12 months.
In her own words …
My name is Sarah and I’d like to share my story of courage. I am a chef, trained at Le Cordon Bleu Melbourne and have now been working in industry for two and a half years (including my placement). I am now currently working at Park Street Pasta and Wine and am absolutely loving it. It’s only been in the last 12 months where I have begun to awaken to who I truly am. Through this I have been faced with many challenges and obstacles which have enabled me to grow, learn and become the person I am today. Every challenge I have faced has been with courage and although times have been really tough, food and my work has always been the thing I’ve fallen back on to keep me going.
Courage to me, is waking up every day braving the challenges that will be thrown at me, big or small. Embracing who I am completely and fulfilling my purpose. One thing I know for sure is these challenges will never go away or get easier, but the way I approach them and deal with them will. Coming into 2020 I thought that this would be my year, I would put aside all the pain from 2019 and look ahead to a six-month trip to Europe. And just like that, that whole ‘set aside’ the pain, came flooding back as I made the dreaded decision to end my trip after six weeks due to the outbreak of Covid-19. When my trip ended I was devastated and heartbroken, it felt like another horrible thing to happen to me, another challenge I had to face and something else to add to the list of ‘negatives’ in the last 12 months. The last year has really pushed me outside my comfort zone and pushed me to grow, I’ve experienced my first breakup and heartache from my first love and serious relationship; I grieved the loss of my Auntie; I let go of friendships; I went through (still going through) the separation and divorce of my parents; I planned a six month trip that turned into a six week trip; I had the traumatic experience of returning home during a global pandemic; and now I’ll soon be saying goodbye to my childhood home. Although I felt like I could ‘set aside’ the pain and run away from the challenges, I know now, that challenges and opportunities of growth will always arise. As much as all of these experiences hurt like hell, and made me feel emotions I’d never felt before, they all required me to grow, to teach me a lesson, to become closer to the person I was always meant to be and become closer to love. I had everything I needed inside of me to help me through it as well as my love and dedication to my career and my passion.
It’s only been in the last 12 months where I have begun to awaken to who I truly am. Through this I have been faced with many challenges and obstacles which have enabled me to grow, learn and become the person I am today.
My passion is food and cooking. It’s one of the few activities I can be 100% present in and whenever I am not having a good day, cooking is what will bring up my vibration. I am my happiest cooking, creating, and sharing my passion for food with people. It helped me through these tough times, as it was always the positive in my life.
Definitely one of Sarah’s favourites – Chocolate and Mint Dessert made lovingly by Sarah at Park Street.
In the last 12 months I have been blessed to have a job at Park Street where I am completely myself and can express who I am. It is a place where we have fun, we create, and we work hard as a team. Even that took courage because I have never been able to be my true self in any job I have had in the past. It was also my goal in 2019 to become a Chef De Partie – through manifesting, hard work and self-belief I achieved that. It was one of the best things that came out of 2019. I was also confronted with my lack of self-belief and trust in my work. For my whole life, my teachers and mentors have said, “you are better than you think you are,” but I never believed in myself enough. It was not until this job came around, becoming a CDP, putting dishes on the menu, being open to being myself in my workplace and speaking up that I really started to believe in myself. Even writing this now, I really look back on my old self, and think about how I could possibly feel like that. And now when I look at myself and see what I have faced and what my future looks like, I know that I will be very successful and I know that I can do it and face any challenges along the way. The biggest step of courage I want to take next is to open my own place. I always thought it would be later down the track but part of me is telling me to go for it. I trust my intuition and I know that by taking this risk, I am choosing love over fear. I know that it will probably be a very difficult task, but I believe opening my own restaurant is one of my life purposes.
As much as all of these experiences hurt like hell, and made me feel emotions I’d never felt before, they all required me to grow, to teach me a lesson, to become closer to the person I was always meant to be and become closer to love.
Until recently, I have spent my whole life searching for answers and reasons why I am faced with these challenges. I know now that the answers are all inside of me and I am faced with these challenges because in some ways, I have chosen a life to live that pushes me and reawakens me to love. At times, I’m still afraid of what the future holds, but I am becoming more aware that I need to cherish every minute I have because the minutes I have now is the only time that I have. It is a strange feeling because I have spent my whole life thinking about the future or ‘reliving’ my past but living in the present is the only time I have. I still have goals and ambitions, but I am becoming better at living in the present.
If you would like to reach out to Sarah, she can be contacted on:
- @chef.sez on Instagram
In the last 12 months I have been blessed to have a job at
Park Street where I am completely myself
and can express who I am.
(Sarah at Park Street.)
With restrictions eased, I can’t wait to eat a meal created with love by Sarah at Park Street. I’m finding it hard to contain my excitement at eating a meal in Sarah’s own restaurant in future. Good luck with all that is ahead for you Sarah. Enjoy the courageous adventure that awaits you!