Raw Food Roommates by mary elizabeth

June 16, 2010 at 4:06 pm 9 comments

 I’d like to say that sometimes I forget to be grateful, but it’d be way more accurate to say that sometimes I remember to be. I’m certainly grateful to have a full time job right now and am even more so to have one with a globally conscious company like Living Light International. But even though I spend more time here than anywhere else, work is only one aspect of my life.

I think my home life would make a fabulous reality TV show. Living Light Office Manager, Amanda, and I are both single moms trying to eke out a living in today’s economy. No easy feat, so last fall we decided to throw our lots in together and become room mates – us and our four children. We both have nine year old sons, she has a six year old daughter and my daughter is twelve. We all live in a big, cold, hundred and forty year old house about two blocks from downtown Fort Bragg and Living Light. So far, it’s going great. Amanda and I have become better friends than either of us probably expected (it’s such a relief to have support and grown up company at home…she even shares her Mila with me) and the kids are learning all sorts of things about boundaries and personal space that most of us Americans save for college…or marriage…or never. We also have a couple of cats. They are noisy and messy and smelly. We love them.  

  Did I mention Amanda and I work in the same office within sight of one another? We do – and sometimes we even work on the same projects. Like right now we’re contacting people about our upcoming recipe contest.   But she doesn’t seem to mind. We even do stuff together in our free time. I’m super grateful for Amanda. I love my home life. And if you’re wondering if we’re saving all kinds of money with this arrangement the answer is: no – not a dime. Super yay!


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  • 1. Raw Chef Countdown by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  June 30, 2010 at 12:45 pm

    […] my room’s always kind of a mess – I know my mom’s not going to come check. (Maybe I could get Amanda to check?) I like to sneak up on things and do them at the last minute.  Open ended stuff tends to […]

  • […] they of course don’t, except for Meagan’s mudslide pie.  I need to meditate – and cry on Amanda’s shoulder – and put away my laundry. Oh – and drink some mila! Most importantly, I need […]

  • […] curve. She’s a lot of fun, too.  She loves to dance. She was definitely one of the stars of the raw food roommates’  80’s party. Last week we went and saw Zepparella at the Caspar Inn. We had a great time. […]

  • 4. Are you Feeling Lucky? by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  August 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    […] effort into things can have a big pay off too, of course. Like yesterday – my roommate Amanda and I decided to make it the best day ever. We decided the night before, actually. So we came into […]

  • 5. Zucchini in August by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  August 18, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    […] and we still have a couple seats left in our studio audience. If you’re local you should give my super fantastic roommate Amanda a call and see if she has any spots left for volunteers. However you do it, you really shouldn’t […]

  • 6. Opportunity Knocks by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  September 9, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    […] graduate, will replace her – most superbly, I’m sure. And most sadly, for me, of all – my Raw Food Roommate, Amanda, is moving on as well. I’m super excited for her, but I really don’t want her to go. […]

  • 7. Back in the Saddle Again by kristin « RawFoodChef  |  October 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    […] and 2. Everyone at work is happy and cheery-super yay as we say here at Living Light, thanks to Mary Elizabeth. It really can be as simple as focusing on small positive things, and the exercise, although […]

  • 8. Sweet! by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  April 28, 2011 at 6:36 pm

    […] advice myself. Because it’s true. It’s hard to be in a tail spin of self doubt when focusing on dear friends. I can’t feel deprived for too long when I remember I have a home and a job and some cute […]

  • 9. Busy, Busy by mary elizabeth « RawFoodChef  |  December 2, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    […] Parade.  This small town adventure is a great way to kick off the season, but wear a jacket!  My former roommate, Amanda, and I are going to make a big dinner and let our kids hang out like the old days and then […]


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