When do you feel like your truest self?
This week on the podcast I chat with Eliza Raney, Owner and General Manager of Skogen Kitchen, an innovative restaurant in Custer, South Dakota. Eliza shares how she and her husband (and Executive Chef) are pursuing a life aligned with their truest selves, and the mindset shifts that have changed everything.
“My truest self is a full dining room, and I’m hopping around opening up bottles of wine, getting to know our guests, seeing our regulars, laughing and enjoying life.”
Skogen Kitchen is a legend, and Eliza and Chef Joseph’s story is just as good as the food they serve, the menu they’ve curated, and the brand they’ve built. In this episode, you’ll hear how to move past your fear when taking big risks, how to share your creativity with the world in a meaningful and vulnerable way, and how to look past social norms to uncover your truest self.
“No one lives your life but you and you have to be happy.”
You don’t want to miss this conversation; tune in now!
In this episode, you’ll hear things like:
- How to move past your fear when taking big risks
- How to share your creativity with the world in a meaningful and vulnerable way
- How to look past social norms to uncover your truest self
Favorite quotes from Eliza:
- “Tell yourself, ‘that doesn’t work for me.’ Until there’s evidence that it actually isn’t going to work, then why are you worrying about it? It’s such a waste of your time.”
- “I knew if we put hard work into something, and there’s passion and there’s love behind what we’re doing, and we’re doing what we need to do, it has to work.”
- “It’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and that’s okay.”
- “This restaurant is our life. It’s what we’ve created together, and it’s very important to us. We’ve put our heart and soul into this.”
- “When we’re not working and we take an opportunity to be served, we just take it.”
- “There’s so much to learn every place in the world.”
- “Those situations that ‘wow’ us, it’s important, and we want to keep wowing our guests.”
- “My truest self is a full dining room, and I’m hopping around opening up bottles of wine, getting to know our guests, seeing our regulars, laughing and enjoying life.”
- “I’m being true to me because I’m doing what I love.”
- “No one lives your life but you and you have to be happy.”
A few questions I ask Eliza:
- What about the restaurant industry caught your attention?
- How did you and Chef Joseph meet?
- How did you move through the doubts and fears of moving from California to the Black Hills and opening up your own restaurant?
- What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned from opening a high-end restaurant in a small community?
- Is it strange going to restaurants when you’re traveling because that’s your world?
- When do you feel like your truest self?
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