Three years ago, I started a weekly practice of walking in the woods near my house. In a small way I connect with the land I live on, and the cycles of nature – all while living in one of the world’s largest metropolises.

For me, it’s a necessary ‘recalibration’ in a busy life. Nothing serves to ground me like it does. Most people find me to be very calm, and I’ll be honest that this practice contributes to that.

But it’s worked for so long only because I’ve been fiercely protective of the time I devote to it. Even when I’m having a very busy week or the weather is less than ideal, I’ll commit to walking a shorter lap.

I can confirm to you, chef, that the ‘life’ part of work-life integration requires our continued commitment.


My own practice

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