Recipe To Riches. Canada’s Top 5!

Recipe To Riches. Canada’s Top 5!

If anything this chapter in my journey has taught me is patience.

When you are dealing with a television production that is traveling across the country, sorting through all of the contestants and products and making so many decisions there is a lot of waiting involved.

And so I did.

After I received my gold ticket in Vancouver I was told I would hear from the show, either way, on the 4th of March.

It is amazing what you can accomplish when you are trying to keep busy and distracted at the same time. It was a very productive 3 weeks. Though I have to say, it has also been very enlightening and I find I am having a hard time putting it all into words.

For whatever reason, I seem to have put certain aspects of my life on hold for about 5 weeks now.  The trip to Vancouver was very cathartic and I find myself examining my life.

It is amazing what can happen when you really put yourself out there. Really out there.

The hours turned to days, days into weeks. Always aware of the Tweets Kyle was putting out from the Recipe To Riches crew, and a Twitter follower of both Dana and Tony the excitement was there, simmering just below the surface. I checked and double checked my paperwork from Vancouver. Going over the possible dates of the trip to Toronto if I was lucky enough to get that far.

The weekend of the 4th rolled around and time began to drag, like the batteries of a clock in the process of dying. Sunday arrived with much antisipation. I would literally jump, my heart racing every time the phone rang. Knowing they had the Toronto auditions earlier that day they must have been working in overdrive. I knew if I did hear from them, it would be late in the day. At about 10 that night I thought I would check my email for the hell of it. There was a 1 beside the inbox.

It was an email asking me to fill out some paperwork for a back ground check on behalf of the show.

What did this mean? Am I in? Have they decided? It was midnight in Toronto, no way I would hear anything further tonight.

I filled out the required paperwork, signed what needed signing and was at the post office first thing Monday morning.

When I got home this was in my email.

Did you read #3.

You want to know what is worse then waiting?

Getting word you have indeed moved to the next level ………….. and can’t tell a soul.

This time no date was given as to when I would get final word.  The ultimate exercise in patience. I quickly threw myself into a few very time consuming projects. I work very well under pressure so I took advantage of the nervous energy.

I was so close I could taste it. Feel it.  I spent many hours visualizing myself in Toronto. I could really do this. Truly the first time I went for something huge for myself. Digging deep and finding my courage.

Putting it all out there.

Could you imagine the possibililty?

To have a once in a life time opportunity to compete to get a product I created into stores across the country. To represent a city I have grown to love on a scale such as this would be amazing.

Becoming a slave to the phone it became an extension of myself. One more call. That is it. Just one.

And it came, while I was in the shower, of course.

I quickly jumped out and answered it. I have looked at the phone number a 100 times so I knew it was them.

Dripping wet, wrapped in a towel in my newly painted bathroom……my journey came to an end.

This time it was Yetta calling and as she put it, the news isn’t good. I was as close as one could get. Top 5 in Canada is pretty cool! She did invite me back to try for season 3.  And mentioned that they did pop in and read my blog. Which was pretty neat to hear. Though it didn’t lighten the blow.

I stepped back into the shower, let the hot water drift over me. The tears didn’t come right away. I think I was numb.  I have since made up for that in the day that followed. And to be honest, writing this has been tremendously tough.

The disappointment is indeed huge.

Would I do it all again? Absolutely. It has been an amazing journey. I am changed. I am excited! Definitely at a crossroad in my life. Trying to figure out where do I go from here? I feel like something big still needs to happen, like there are things I need to do.

I want to thank everyone who has followed along these past few weeks. Your support has been overwhelming and so very much appreciated.

I am sorry it ended here and not in Toronto.

Is season 3 a possiblilty? Absolutely.

I know I can still win this thing. It is just a matter of timing……….

Thanks again everyone!

Keep it real.





Published by Redawna

Cannabis, Garden & Food Writer/Educator/Photographer. SMM in the Cannabis space. Management Professional. Community Builder. Entrepreneurial spirit.

8 Replies on “Recipe To Riches. Canada’s Top 5!

  1. Hi Catherine.

    Despair is a great way to describe the feeling in those first few hours. I honestly didn’t know what to do with myself. I am so proud to have made it right to the end, but that kind of makes the rejection just that much worse!

    I hope we do meet on tv! How neat would that be!

    Thanks for stopping by! Let me kow if you are on Twitter, love to folllow you!

  2. Great post. I was also a top five who didn’t make that final cut. Brutal to be so close! Hope we meet in season 3 ON tv. Your words expressed so much of what I felt and it was nice to feel that connection of shared despair

  3. Thanks Mardi! What a whirlwind it has been.
    Agreed, not sure if season 3 will happen but this feels like a springboard to something bigger.

    Thanks for all your support! And the hugs!
    Now I have a 366 day project I need to play some serious catch up on. yikes.

    Great seeing you!

  4. You are amazing. You are an inspiration. I know all too well how stressful it is to out yourself “out there” but I think you have handled this with grace and courage. So much admiration for you. I truly believe things happen for a reason, so whether season 3 happens or not, you are destined for great things. Hugs.

  5. Sally, always wonderful seeing you!

    Thanks so much. What a fabulous experience it has been.

    Hope you are well!
    Thanks for stopping by!

  6. Sam, thank you so much for your kind words.
    It has been fantastic, scary, inspiring. I have grown in ways I never expected.

    I will defintely keep it going!

    Thanks for stopping by!
    Your friendship is appreciated and I have enjoyed getting to know you.

  7. Redawna,

    Thanks indeed for putting yourself out there. for making yourself and your passion vulnerable. I admire the courage it took to do so. You got incredibly close, tantalizingly close. Top 5 in Canada, an incredible accomplishment!

    Keep it real and keep it going!

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