As far as my career goes, I’ve had a windy road. I started off an English major in college and had my happy place in poetry and creative writing classes. After sophomore year, a rough year of my life, my path changed, mostly because that critical voice grew stronger in my head. Why is it that when we’re struggling with something that voice just seems to drown out the others?
I felt as though writing wouldn’t take me anywhere, I needed something more logical, stable, responsible, all of those joy-stealing words. So I switched into cognitive science thinking I would be a neurologist. (I am not a neurologist.)
Ever since, I’ve longed for that thing that lit up my insides. I tried being a baker, a massage therapist (which actually was really fun), and then we moved to Guam where my chances of having a career fell flat. I took little side jobs, but grew more anxious than ever.
Working for the wildlife refuges slowly brought me back to myself. I rekindled my creativity designing a brochure for the Adopt A Whooping Crane program, and fueled my passion for nature and the environment. Lately I’ve just been feeling this persistent nudge, but every time I stopped to listen all I heard was the critical voice. Well something changed because I finally told that part to stop, and listened to my heart. It brought me to tears, but I’m finally giving myself the chance to become the person I was going to be before sophomore year of college.
So this Memorial day, not only are we honoring my husband Lieutenant, Navy Pilot, amazing man; as well as my father Army Colonel (Ret.), and all the others who have served (including the families who hold it all together), but we’re also celebrating a new way of life. Of following hearts, dreams, and putting down old burdens.
Oh yea…and I made a really delicious burger. : )
Greek Burger with homemade Tzatziki sauce
If you love a gyro, you will love this burger! All the greek flavors in this grass fed beef patty…add the usual toppings and you will be surprised at how fresh and flavorful this burger is.
1 lb Grass Fed Ground Beef
1 teaspoon Lemon Zest
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley, finely chopped
1 teaspoon Fresh Dill, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Oregano, finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
dash of Cayenne (optional)
1 8 oz. cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 Tablespoon Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon Fresh Lemon Juice
2 teaspoons Fresh Oregano, finely chopped
2 teaspoons Fresh Dill, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon Garlic, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 teaspoon Pepper
Sesame Seed Buns
(Be sure your meat is thawed!!)
1. Gather all of your herbs and chop finely into tiny little pieces. In a large bowl add the beef, herbs, garlic, salt, and pepper. Stir together until mixed evenly.
2. To make the sauce add the sour cream and yogurt to a small bowl. Then chop your herbs and add them to the bowl along with the salt, pepper and garlic as well. Then add the lemon juice and stir well. Set aside in the fridge.
3. Grill your burger! We haven’t bought a new grill yet so I used a cast iron grill pan, buttered well and grilled 4-7 minutes on each side depending on how well done you like your burger. Be sure to toast the bun!
4. Build your burger with spinach, sliced onion, sliced cucumber, and tomato.