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Tips for a Great Summer Road Trip

As I outlined in yesterday’s post, I’m heading to Louisiana to hang out with friends + family for a week. Frequent driving between Atlanta and various destinations across the US, including a few trips to Montana and beyond have yielded me a true road warrior. It occurred to me that a few of my road trip tips might come in handy for y’all, so I’m sharing them below. I hope you find them useful.

Ahhh, the open road

Road trips make great memories

1. Avoid “Sleepy” food + beverages:

I changed my diet a few years ago and I noticed how much energy I had once I removed sugar, processed foods and junk beverages from my daily diet. In order to stay as alert as possible, I have a no junk food rule when I’m driving.

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Where to find boiled crawfish outside of Acadiana

If you’re a native Cajun, you know the familiar roar of the propane burner, the smell of crawfish boil seasoning wafting through the air and taste of delicious, freshly boiled crawfish. You’re very aware of when “Crawfish season” wraps up and around this time of year, you’ve got the envie for some crawfish. Yeah, I know the jealousy that sets in when you see your facebook friends posting pictures of large, delicious crawfish and there’s a feeling in your gut – you miss home. You want to be transported back there. Immediately. You won’t be happy until you have some hot, boiled crawfish and an ice cold beer.

Where to find boiled crawfish

Where to find boiled crawfish outside of Louisiana

Gee, how did I know? I know because I’ve been there. While I’m lucky to live in Atlanta, where there are a number of transplants from Cajun country, finding good boiled crawfish outside of South Louisiana can be a challenge.

To help you get your crawfish fix, I surveyed bonafide Cajuns from around the country and found some great suggestions on where to find crawfish all around the US. If you know of a spot that I missed, please email me and let me know. I’ll update this post as often as necessary.

Bon Appetit!

Atlanta, GA

Adele’s on Canton – this is my neighborhood Cajun restaurant and I highly recommend not only their boiled crawfish, but also their etouffee’ and beignets. They’ve been known to have all you can eat boiled crawfish on weekends – follow them on Facebook to be notified of any specials. They also have a crawfish eating contest in early June each y ear.

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A Cajun documentary nearly 30 years in the making….

Through a wacky series of events, I had an experience a few weeks ago that left me speechless. Let me tell you the story of 30 years of activities that culminated into a single experience that confirmed that the path that I’m on is where I’m meant to be. Grab some popcorn and settle in for a good ol’ Cajun tale.

It’s no secret that I love arts & crafts, but I LOVE to sew – it’s likely my favorite crafty medium.

Because of my love of sewing, I’m a member of the American Sewing Guild (ASG) and as part of our Atlanta ASG Chapter, we’re affiliated with the Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance organization (SEFAA). SEFAA has some really excellent shows, classes and demonstrations and since I’m a group leader in ASG, I also get SEFAA emails. In February, SEFAA sent out an email that caught my eye – they listed an upcoming screening of the film “Coton Jaune: A Cajun love story” – I looked at the description of the documentary and watched the trailer and I and thought “Yeah, right. How can this Cajun tradition exist and I haven’t heard of this? I was born + raised in the HEART of Cajun Country and I’ve never heard Acadian Brown Cotton. Could something this important really exist and me not know about it?”, but something whispered in my soul “Desi – you should go.”  So, I emailed a few friends, tried to drum up some folks to come with me (even other Cajuns that live in Atlanta) – no one responded. I was on my own.

Coton Jaune - a documentary about Acadian brown cotton

Coton Jaune – a documentary about Acadian brown cotton

The day of the film screening came and since I’d paid my entry fee, I decided I’d go – what did I have to lose? I was still a bit skeptical about this tradition I’d never heard of, but I went with an open mind. I walked into the building, knowing no one, but seeing a group of knitters working on projects they’d brought with them. These were my people – I’d fit in with these folks — a sigh of relief. I must say that SEFAA folks are a very lively, friendly and creative bunch. Continue reading

The power in connecting with your tribe

I’m probably the only goofball that takes a vacation day from my full time “day job” so I can use that day to work on my business. Yes, you read that right – I took a day off of “work” to work.

However, this was a must attend event for me. I needed a kick in the pants to get fired up about The Creative Cajun and boy did I get it! The 2 day workshop featured lectures and small group coaching time with 4 very successful mentors. The event was named “2×4 Live” (2 days with 4 mentors). No, it’s not a piece of lumber – I know how you Cajun folks think…

2x4 Event 2016 Event Header

2×4 Event 2016 Event Header

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How Can I Help?

It’s been a while since I last posted to this blog and for that, I apologize. Let me just say that my personal life has been crazy and I’d rather not say much more than that at this time. Maybe someday I’ll share some of the lessons learned in the past year on this blog, but today doesn’t feel like the day.

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something.; and what I should do and can do, by the Grace of God, I will do.

What has been on my heart & mind is what’s going on with Louisiana’s oil and gas industry lately. Anyone who is familiar with life in South Louisiana knows that the oil & gas industry is the main driver of the economy in the region. With oil prices being so low at the moment, many companies are cutting their US production resulting in job losses across the board. This hardship has affected my family as well. Even though I’m not living in Louisiana, it saddens me greatly to see my family and friends struggling. Knowing that the oil & gas industry can be volatile, this doesn’t surprise many of us. When things are good, they’re great. However, when they begin going south, it happens quickly and affects just about everyone in the region.

All I can keep thinking is “How can I help?”. So, I want to ask that question to you. I need your feedback & input. What would help you better navigate through this difficult period?

I am happy to share my skills, experience and direct you to resources that may help you in acquiring and strengthening those skills that may help you find employment in another industry. I’ll share my ideas of complementary jobs that may fit your skill set. I’ll be happy to review and give resume advice if necessary as well as navigating job boards, creating a profile on LinkedIn, etc.

Creativity doesn’t just apply to arts & crafts. The “Creative” in The Creative Cajun also applies to finding creative solutions to everyday problems. I hope that I can be of assistance in generating some creative solutions to help tide you and your family through this tumultuous oil & gas economical downturn. Continue reading