I recently listened to a podcast on a long car ride. If you don't already listen to podcasts, you should make that a priority asap. Because it was SO good. (I'll put the link in below). The topic? Success. As a young person, in the early stages of my adult life, this is a word that freaks me out a majority of the time. What does it really mean to be successful? (And if you're just here for the cinnamon roll recipe I won't be offended if you skip down to the bottom. This might take a while ;)
For starters, it brought up a scary reality: that we are surrounded by snobs (stick with me). A snob being a person who takes a small part of you, such as your job, and encompasses that as their complete vision of who you are. So essentially, job snobbery. The iconic question everyone is asked at a party: "What do you do?" The problem with trying to understand someone based on their career is that most of us are not in the career that we want. Or identify with. Or wish we had. There is a real disconnect between your 9-5 and the reality of who you really are.
I don't think a lot of us are immune to this. While listening, I felt convicted- of course I'm guilty of this on some level. It is how I have learned to learn about others. The podcast brought up another interesting point: America is the "land of opportunity." Anyone can do anything, right? Everyone has the tools to be a winner. So it's only fair to assess someone based on their accomplishments? The problem with that logic: what if, in this land of opportunity, it doesn't work out for you?
In one specific talk, America was described as a race. When the race begins and the pistol is shot, everyone believes in fairness- an even playing field. But when you get to the finish line, it's winner-takes-all. Not everyone can win. And the people who don't? Well, they're the "losers." The "losers" are those who have failed at the rules of a game that they agreed to play. Meaning, that America has become a society in which, not only success is deserved, but so is failure. Because of this logic, the psychological pressures to have a "successful" career are enormous.
I bring up this podcast because I feel, as a recent college graduate, there are HUGE pressures to be successful. When I tell people I work at a chocolatier, I either get a great reaction or a disappointed one. Even customers that I interact with in my job will say, "okay, you graduated, so what's next?"
I wanted to address this topic because I really do think there's a silver lining! We need to address this societal pressure. All humans long for respect. I think, as a society, we need to search past job titles and learn more about our neighbors beliefs, needs, and relationships. And quite frankly, judging others success really isn't our place. In fact, I would like to measure my own success by my happiness. By my will to adventure past the normal. So in celebration of this podcast, I thought it would be fitting to tell you all that Dallas and I bought our plane tickets to return to Kauai! YAY!
We are going back in August and will spending a little over a week to search for apartments, cars, and jobs. This is a trip to figure out logistics and get a better lay of the land. But most importantly, to see if we would be happy in that place. I talked about success in my blog today, because if you find yourself in a place where you're happy and content? Well, I think that makes you a success.
Ok, the big long talk is done. If you've made it this far, I am truly impressed! And speaking of happiness... cinnamon rolls! Morning buns. Sticky buns. Whatever you want to call them, they're damn good. An everyday occasion? Definitely not. A "treat yo self" mood is usually required. They are truly the perfect treat for a lazy Sunday morning. And let's be real, what's better than that?
And as if cinnamon rolls weren't already good enough, I'm adding rum. And pecans. And orange. Topped with cream cheese marshmallow icing. These are not for the faint of heart. Enjoy you guys! I hope you give them a try!
I followed Joy the Bakers recipe for the dough. I figure why waste a lot of ingredients and time to make something that's been made 1,000 times. Here's the link: http://joythebaker.com/2009/06/cream-cheese-cinnamon-rolls/ And she's amazing. I did, however, switch up the filing and icing
3/4 cup chopped pecans
zest from 1/2 orange
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup dark rum
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dark drown sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp.
1 cup icing sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 heaped tablespoons marshmallow fluff
1/2 cup cream cheese
Follow instruction for dough.
To make filling combine orange zest, pecans, butter, rum, sugar, dark sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Mix well and spread on dough before rolling.
Cut rolls and let rise for 2 hours before baking at 375 degrees f. Bake for 30 min.
While the rolls are baking, make the icing. Combine softened butter and cream cheese into a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Mix until light and fluffy.
Add in marshmallow fluff until combined. Sift in icing sugar and add vanilla extract.
Let buns cool for 5 min. Spread with icing and top with extra pecans and orange zest.