In the monthly 'Brunch with Dre' series, guest writer, Dre Eastwood, shares his thoughts on life, learned lessons, and the month ahead. The self reflection culminates in a delicious brunch recipe and playlist or song inspired by the month's energy + vibe. Enjoy.
Buttermilk biscuit chicken sandwich. Original recipe found here.
The beginning of a new year is always interesting. It's a time to reflect on the past year, as well as of a genuine feeling of optimism for the year ahead. The start of 2017 is especially interesting for me because it's unlike any other year that I've had in my adult life.
I'm starting the year unemployed. I lost my job in June of 2016 and have been on the hunt since. It's been a truly life changing experience. On the one hand, I was put into a position where I could try to turn my dreams into reality. Whether it was practicing cooking, making music, or shooting photography, I now had time to work on and perfect what I'm passionate about. On the other hand, I was running out of time and money and needed to pay my bills. A bittersweet predicament, indeed.
Trying to find a balance during the latter part of 2016 was trying. My attitude changed, my feelings changed. I was a true emotional roller coaster. The way that I dealt with friends, family, and my relationship changed. I became cold. I simply wasn't in a healthy space. But I never gave up on myself.
Now January is here and I'm in a somewhat different space. I'm still a work in progress, but I'm optimistic for what's to come. See, the beautiful thing, to me, about self reflection, is that I am able to kinda diagnose myself. I am able to see my strengths and weaknesses for what they are and work toward bettering myself. Nobody knows me like I know myself. Hell, I'm not even writing this for other people; I'm really just talking to myself here. If you're reading this, you're simply a fly on the wall of my mind.
I do enjoy the company though.
Until next month.