April 2012: The Longest, Quickest, Most Stressful, and Most Exciting Month EVERRRR.

It seems as if this past month has been one of the weirdest months in my life. All at the same time this month is what I mentioned it was on the topic. The Longest, Quickest, Most Stressful, and Most Exciting Month EVERRRR. With Seattle Weekly’s Voracious Tasting, 100+ Reservations for Brunch at the Harvest Vine, and the busy two weeks of Seattle Time’s Restaurant Week, it has been an eventful month. But ever since I found out I was a one of the to 30 finalist for the Basque Stage, I knew that it was going to be a very ‘different’ month. But I knew, what ever the outcome, I will take away so much from this opportunity because I already have such a feeling of accomplishment that I now know what I am truly capable of.

All I know that is I have grown these past weeks. From my attitude at work to my everyday life, I feel as if taking part of this Basque Stage has really made me want to better myself at everything I do more-so then before. I was already a hard worker, but I have found a new sense of confidence because of how far I have come. From all of the tasks I have had to do for the application process for the Basque Stage, I have learned so much about myself. I knew that I am a very determined and passionate at everything I do, but I tend to forget that there is no limit to these things. We will all face opportunities when we strive at a limit that we have never seen before and I feel like I am on Cloud 9. I felt like I have put my heart and soul into my Basque Stage Candidate Video, Food Blog Candidate Post, and my Essay (which I will post maybe… unless you all would want to read it.) And not just these things, but also into this blog. I think this blog is the biggest surprise  of this past month. I have now found such an interest in writing in this thing and am so glad I started it. I have a lot to share and hope that people out there are appreciative of the things I write about because I’m writing for you guys. I plan on continue writing no matter the outcome of the Basque Stage because it’ll be a nice reference for my future self to see how far I have came.

I’d like to thank all of you guys who have invested your time on myself and what is currently happening in my life. It’s such an exciting time for me and all of the support is so amazing.

So where do I stand now? I stand in this state of Nostalgia. I find myself recollecting on my Basque Stage Application and thinking that I could have done more. I should have done more. This is a weird feeling because I feel like I’ve already done the best I could do and just hope that its enough. But thats the way I am. Its the way I work. Enough is never good enough, I strive for the best. All I can do now is just is patiently wait the next week and just wish for the best….

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Basque Stage Candidate Video!

So here is my Candidate Video for the Basque Stage! As nerve racking as it was recording myself talking about, well, myself, I had a really good time and had help from some of the best people. So without further adieu……

So there it is! I hope all of you can get a good sense of who I am and enjoyed hearing about myself. It is a such a pleasure to take part of this great opportunity and I am finding out so much about myself while finishing up this application process. I’m so excited to finish up the last couple parts of the process for you guys to see as well as the next blog posts that I have planned on writing. It’s going to be super dope!

Thanks again everyone!

-Justin

Update:

So I was watching my video and would like to make some commentary about it! Haha

1. I’m pretty sure I clapped 9+ times throughout the video. I guess I clap when I’m nervous. Haha.

2. I meant to say ‘Basque Country’ not the ‘Basque Region’. The nerves got to me and I was already on a good roll!

3. Wearing a tie is not mandatory at my job. I just started wearing them because all the guys who cook wear really neat hats but my head is way too big for a hat. So I chose to accessorize with some ties. My favorite tie has got to be the bacon tie (my Lady Gaga meat tie). Thanks Juan Carlos!

My tie collection at work!

4. I’m sorry to all of the other great people I work with that I didn’t get to put in the video. I didn’t realize how fast 2 minutes go by. But I really appreciate you all and you guys will be the reason I make it to Spain!