Celebrating discomfort, plus the world’s best chocolate chip cookies

December 8, 2014

World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies / Jill Silverman Hough

Friday was the 20th anniversary of the day I opened a café in Sausalito and began my culinary career.

It wasn’t the wisest thing to do, or the most financially savvy. But it’s what I was inspired to do. And so I did.

There was a lot of time between deciding to do it and actually doing it—time to educate myself, find a space, fix it up, etc—and during that time, I almost got derailed more than once.

What almost derailed me wasn’t fear. Or worry. Or self-doubt. It was simply not wanting to do things that are unfamiliar or uncomfortable.

Isn’t that usually the case? We say we’re afraid or lack confidence, but really it’s a lot less dramatic. We’re just unwilling to be uncomfortable.


World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies / Jill Silverman Hough

At times, my head was screaming. “Go back to advertising!” it said. “That was fine.” But resisting those thoughts brought great things.

Like incredible confidence. Because after you slay discouraging thoughts about a zillion times, you know you can do anything.

Like my beyond-wonderful husband, who fell for me during those early café days. Because who can resist a woman who’s being unstoppable?

And last but definitely not least, twenty years of making great things to eat and getting paid for it. Like the world’s best chocolate chip cookies, one of the café’s most popular items.

I should probably be pondering what’s next, where I might be choosing comfortable over satisfied nowadays.

But for at least a little while, I’m celebrating.

World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies / Jill Silverman Hough


4 thoughts on “Celebrating discomfort, plus the world’s best chocolate chip cookies

  1. Rosemary Mark

    FOR SURE yours are the best chocolate chip cookies, your gorgeous photos leave no doubt! I appreciate your discomfort thoughts as I signed up for SFPFS Co-President. “Never say never” keeps going through my thoughts….somehow it felt right (for now), and I’m feeling energized and maybe slightly unstoppable!

  2. Jill Post author

    Oh Rosemary! BIG congratulations to you for taking on something that involves unfamiliar, uncomfortable territory (although you’re SURELY more than qualified)! Of course you’ll learn and grow in this job, but even more exciting is where and how that confidence and unstoppability (I made up a word!) will effect the rest of your life. Veeeery cool–and congratulations again.

  3. kit Dillon Givas

    Inspiring. Your cookies are the metaphor for life. Good things come from perseverance, dedication, belief, support, and love. All those tough times come to a reality if you can find that recipe. So very glad you did…and I have and will again.

  4. Jill Post author

    Thanks for reading and commenting, Kit! And for your supportive and encouraging thoughts. I love what you say about perseverance, dedication, belief, support, and love. Amen to all THAT!

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