Jigou Jitoku

自業自得 (Jigou Jitoku) Literally: One’s Act, One’s profit/Advantage. Meaning: That’s what you get, Just desserts, You reap what you sow.  

vires acquirit eundo

It gains strength by going / as it goes. This Latin phrase is a reminder that just beginning a task, not being too concerned with “perfection” and starting dirty – are the best ways to proceed. If you wait for the perfect time, you will wait forever. Start now. Gain strength as you go.

Mise en place

Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means “putting in place”. It is used in professional kitchens to refer to organizing and arranging the ingredients (e.g., cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components) that a cook will require for the menu items that are expected to … Read more


Sophrosyne is an ancient Greek concept of an ideal of excellence of character and soundness of mind, which when combined in one well-balanced individual leads to other qualities, such as temperance, moderation, prudence, and self-control. In other languages there is no word that is a simple equivalent, but it is sometimes translated into Latin as … Read more

Memento Mori

Remember that you must die. I’m sorry to break it to you, but if it hasn’t already happened, you will die. Not only that, you, me and everyone you’ve ever met and ever will meet will die. There’s an uplifting thought on a blog about inspiration I hear you cry! But wait. Knowing you will die … Read more