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Good words on repeat.

In our home we have mantras, sayings, and guiding beliefs.

They are our ladders, our telescopes, our magnifying glasses, our life vests, our candles, and our vehicles for hope and beauty.

“Life is happening for us.” (Robbins, Gilbert, Tolle, and more have quoted this)

“Big Love has our back.”

“We don’t keep score.”

“All there’s left to do is enjoy.”

I offer these to you today.

Please use them, share them, repeat them, and practice them.

PS – Here’s a podcast I shared on this topic last year.

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The Chef Sessions No. 1 with Tyson Cole

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Tyson Cole co-founded Uchi in 2003 as the restaurant’s Executive Chef. Before Uchi, he was a passionate student of the Japanese sushi tradition, training for more than 10 years in a variety of roles from dishwasher to head sushi chef in Tokyo, New York, and Austin, under two different sushi masters. Formative years were spent at Musashino, one of Austin’s top sushi restaurants, where he completed an intensive traditional apprenticeship under owner Takehiko Fuse. The two spent time in Japan, where Tyson experienced the food and gained technical skill. Fuse challenged him to learn the Japanese language, which helped Tyson learn more about the cuisine. He later trained at Bond Street, one of the busiest sushi restaurants in New York City. After Uchi opened in 2003, Tyson was recognized as one of Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs of 2005. In 2010, he opened Uchiko and in 2011, he celebrated the release of the Uchi Cookbook. Later that year, Tyson also received a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest.

I’ve taken numerous friends to Uchi over the years and we are all always overjoyed with surprise and delight.

Below are some of my favorite standard dishes you can find at Uchi!

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hama chili – photo by logan crable

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yokai berry – photo by heather hawkins

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brussels sprouts – photo by logan crable

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machicure – photo by kirstin gilliam

Chef Tyson Cole joins us in this first episode of The Chef Sessions for Let The Music Play Podcast as we discuss his culinary story, what keeps him curious, the culture of Uchi, and his hope for their customers.

You can stream or download this episode and all other episodes of Let The Music Play Podcast in iTunes or at AshtonGustafson.com.

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Don’t forget to pack these.

Intentions – They will be your map.

Set your intentions to create and acquire, to give and to receive, and to enjoy and to be. If you’re only intent is to get a job or obtain a college degree, expect frustration when that intention comes to fruition.

Values = They will be your compass.

We all need a North Star….A song to know and claim in the midst of the noise…Mantras to engage when the headwinds hit us. Align these values with the grain of love. This won’t fail you.

Wisdom = She will be your companion.

Never walk away from Wisdom—she guards your life;
    love her—she keeps her eye on you.
Above all and before all, do this: Get Wisdom!
    Write this at the top of your list: Get Understanding!
Throw your arms around her—believe me, you won’t regret it;
    never let her go—she’ll make your life glorious.
She’ll garland your life with grace,
    she’ll festoon your days with beauty. Proverbs 4:6-9

 

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