I’m so thankful that our friends John and Heather were visiting Chicago this past weekend from New York. We got to spend a lot of time with them and even have some deep heart to heart talks about passion, creative work, and calling.
John is in advertising and he was mentioning how when he’s trying to come up with new ideas and concepts for ads, he’s constantly second guessing himself. He’s always pushing himself and trying to come up with something that’s ground breaking and impressive.
I can TOTALLY relate to that. Since this was episode 19, of Bits & Pieces, I knew that I only had 2 episodes left to make an impact before Season 1 was over, so I started beating myself up… going back and forth between different ideas and second guessing my instincts.
It also didn’t help because I asked Joe what he thought about me making this Apple and Avocado Chicken Salad. He gave his honest opinion and said that he thought the idea was “okay,” but wasn’t sure if it was that impressive. That’s what you get for marrying a fellow creative person.
But in a way, I understood what he was saying. The recipe itself is very simple, and I got the inspiration for it from another recipe I found in a magazine. Joe is a huge activist of me coming up with original recipes on my own. I try to do that, but sometimes I just run out of creative juice.
But eventually, after trying to think of alternative recipes, I went back to my original idea and settled on doing this one anyways. Shortly after we filmed, we met up with John and Heather. That’s when John said, “for creative work, you just gotta stick with your gut. Your gut is usually right.” Couldn’t have said it better myself, John! I was so thankful to hear that from him and get that affirmation.
Creative differences and being married to your coworker is what makes shooting our show difficult sometimes. But 19 episodes later, we finally feel like we hit our stride! You can hear us talk more about how our shoot went see some bloopers in our Apple and Avocado Chicken Salad Behind the Scenes video below: