Westworld Cookies and the Inward Journey

Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray.  I choose to see the beauty.  To believe that there is an order to our days.  A purpose.  -Dolores, Westworld

I marathoned “Westworld” after my brother told me about it last month.  While robot and sci-fi movies have never really appealed to me in the past, something about this show resonated.  I think that choosing to see beauty instead of ugliness is one of the best things that we can do to improve our lives; I don’t care that the advice is coming from a robot!  I guess that you could call this recognition of beauty a form of “gratitude,” something that we can all practice a little more.  Much like Dolores in Westworld is tasked with getting to the center of a maze to find consciousness, we can all realize that our paths should look inward instead of up.

While sometimes I get frustrated that the career that makes me happiest is also one that physically challenges me the most, I know deep down that I have improved my life dramatically by doing what I love.  I like to examine my career path with this thoughtfully inward approach.  Constantly trying to move upward with achievements and job titles rather than inward with personal growth and challenges will ultimately lead to career burnout and dissatisfaction.  I believe that it’s better to take things at your own pace and let your next move be the perfect move for you.  It won’t necessarily be what others think your next perfect move should be, and that’s okay.  If you’re going to lose the beauty of the journey, why even go on the journey?

I was so excited to make these Westworld-inspired cookies and mini cake.  It’s not often that I fall in love with a show, and Westworld deserves to be memorialized in pastry form.  The cookies are decorated with royal icing with a hint of lemon flavor.  The mini cake is three (mini!) layers of chocolate espresso cake with vanilla buttercream in between.  I piped a loose representation of the maze featured in Westworld on top of the cake… are you able to find your way to the center?

Is there a tv show that you’ve really connected with in some way?  What show would you like to see represented in cookie form next?