I’ll be honest with you – I’ve certainly had some fun times, but 2014 has been more of a nose to the grindstone kind of year for me than most, and I am looking forward to watching the growth of the Personal Chef Approach continue in 2015. On a personal level, my focus needs to be on balance in 2015, on finding a little more time with the people I love, and for the outside pursuits that inspire creativity and regenerate my energy. I’m so much more productive when I take brief time outs.

My birthday at Mr. Chow

My birthday at Mr. Chow

I know how lucky I am to have both my parents alive and well, and I want to enjoy their company more often. Dad has been an invaluable advisor for me with the business, and the mother-daughter trip mom and I took to New York last month was such a blast that will be a cherished memory for us both forever.

Mother-Daughter Time

Mother-Daughter Time

I’ve realized how important it is to actively make those memories, and equally so with my daughter too. Now that Tatjana’s career is taking off, Mohammed may have to go to the mountain more often.

Art in 2014

Art in 2014

And what would I do without my friends? The people I share giggles and interests with. The people who support, nudge, and call me on my sh**  when I need it. They listen to me talk business ad nauseam and love me anyway, because that’s who I am today – a late bloomer who found her entrepreneurial passion.

Fun With Friends

Fun With Friends

Their own creativity fills me with such inspiration and joy! I adore you all, and those priceless stolen hours spent bumming around museums, opening parties, fireworks, or just savoring a meal together.

Guest Judge on MasterChef

Guest Judge on MasterChef

One of the most exciting events of 2014 was realizing all the hard work is actually being noticed by my peers. It was such an honor to be invited onto Masterchef as a guest judge amongst so many of my own culinary heroes! Even more rewarding, has been the loyalty and praise from Personal Chef Approach members. Your business and feedback are invaluable, and it makes every moment of effort worthwhile. I have big plans in store for you in 2015!

Family Reunion in Lake Tahoe

Family Reunion in Lake Tahoe

I also got to placate the gypsy within, with several short trips to the desert, a long weekend in Lake Tahoe for a family reunion in July, and a glorious few days alone in Los Cabos to just flop on the beach, soak in the sights, rest and read novels.

Vacation

Vacation

Okay, so I indulged in a little shopping too – I do have a nickname to maintain! Those short breaks are where the creativity begins…

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Video shoot

… more to blog about, inspiration for new recipes, sharpening my photographic skills, and new ideas for helping you in the kitchen! Be sure to subscribe to the Personal Chef Approach on YouTube for a series of recipe videos and cooking tips coming your way in 2015!

Christies auction

Christies auction

2014 was also a year for letting go of the past to provide for the future, and for witnessing the fast paced thrill of the highest grossing art auction in history!

A Perfect Christmas Day

Christmas Day with Friends

As 2014 began to draw to a close – I found my social side again. Attending fabulous parties with carolers and anti-carolers. Delicious food and highly amusing companionship. Observing lifelong traditions like Auntie Vera’s buttermilk pancakes and waffles, while creating new ones with all my Brit friends and Shepherd’s Pie on Boxing Day.

New Recipes 2014

New Recipes 2014

There were of course, plenty of new PCA recipes developed in 2014 – here are a few to whet your appetite – providing you the solution to your New Year’s resolution to eat healthy, wealthy, and wise in 2015! Watch the video below to see what you can expect with your membership and do join now!

What are you looking forward to most in 2015?

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