Archive for February, 2013

50 by mary elizabeth

abSo – in about a month I’ll be turning fifty.  FIFTY.  I mean, it’s no big deal, and just a number, and you’re only as old as you feel, blah, blah, blah.  I get all that.  But – if fifty is indeed the possible midpoint, then I could conceivably have as much to do as I’ve already done.  Yikes!  That, dear reader, is a bit daunting.  I mean, I’ve already done a lot of the time fillers like school, college, having little kids, etc., and I’ve already got a lot of the mistakes out of the way as well, knock on wood.  So what – I have a whole lifetime’s worth of beauty and wide open possibility ahead of me?  Far out.  I guess.  What are my goals?  Do I even have any?  And are goals half-mooncalled a bucket list now?   I don’t know – maybe write another book, only this time make it one someone might actually want to read.  Is it too vague to say, “be the sort of woman I’ve always wished I were”?  Actually, vague or not, I’m sticking with that one, in hopes that all good things will naturally follow.

If you have somewhat more concrete goals, and Living Light figures into them, why wait?  We have a lot of wonderful classes coming up.  Or maybe shotsyou just want to add some living benefits to your diet.  Why not come into our Café for a wheat grass shot a couple times a week?  Or maybe you just want to read up on raw food.  We have all of Cherie’s books available in our Marketplace at a discount if you buy themeat smart all together.  Making a commitment to a more planet friendly way of eating on any level is a beautiful and noble thing.  Living Light would be honored to be a part of it.

February 25, 2013 at 9:13 am 6 comments

Feels Like Spring by kristin

The past couple of days have been relatively warm and sunny – in the low 60s here on the Mendocino coast. Hardly any frost on the ground for the past two mornings, after several weeks of frost covered grass. I’m sort of obsessively monitoring the daffodils in my yard – waiting for the first golden bloom to emerge. The paperwhites I forced on my kitchen windowsill have kept me company during the cold, frosty mornings, but they are nearly finished, and I noticed that the alyssum, which appeared nearly dead as I transplanted it in a few key places last fall is popping up all over. Success! Spring is in the air, if only temporarily – but it is on the way. Hooray!green smoothie

Besides bringing flowers, Spring showers and longer days, maybe thoughts of Spring cleaning – or better yet, a Spring cleanse. It is the perfect time of year to renew not only our spirits but our bodies. Drinking plenty of green juices and a adding a squeeze of lemon to fresh water first thing in the morning cleanses the liver and removes some of the sluggishness we might feel from eating some heavier foods to keep us warm and spending more time indoors during the long winter. That puts a spring in our step and the longer days motivate us to get outside and get our mojo working again!

If you’d like to know more about how to be the healthiest you can be, why not sign up for our Science of Raw Food Nutrition™ series with those inimitable gurus of green – the Drs. Dina! Honestly, the feedback we get from students about their classes is amazing. Drs. Rick and Karin have a way of making even the most complicated scientific information seem accessible and even fun! And they are both approachable – no question is too complicated or too simple – you’ll see! Series begins March 16!Rick and Karin

February 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm 2 comments

So Shiny by mary elizabeth

Artiste - John Atkinson GrimThe weather is so nice here in Fort Bragg right now I can’t stand it.  It’s sunny and bright and not windy – just lovely.  It’s been like this for, like, twenty four hours and already I can’t remember what a pain it was to defrost my car window for about a million mornings in a row up until now.  Everything’s beautiful today and that’s all that matters.  Valentine’s Day was lovely, too, by the way – just as I suspected it would be.  We hadpretty poppies yummy, heart-themed treats here in the office and my sweet boyfriend took me out to a lovely vegan dinner at the Ravens Restaurant at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino.  It’s funny how sometimes life seems rather dismal and then all of a sudden it seems shiny and full of potential.  I know, I know – it’s me, not life that fluctuates like that.  But still – I’m sure at least some of you can relate to what I mean.  And I’m proud to say that I’m getting better at moving through the dismal times as quickly as possible in hopes of getting to shinier ones.

shinyIf you are feeling a little dismal, why don’t you go ahead and make that call to Living Light and sign up for our next Associate Chef and Instructor training today.  We’re extending our deadline for all the super fabulous discounts we offer, so it’s not like it’s too late.  Sometimes, the way to making our days shine is by getting into action.  Procrastination is a sure-fire trick for prolonging the darkness.  At least I know it is for me and so often, taking the necessary step isn’t half so scary as I thought it would be and the next thing I know – all is well.  Try it!  Embrace the light!

February 15, 2013 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

I Love You by mary elizabeth

juiceAre you one of the people who love Valentines Day or could you take it or leave it?  I’m one of the ones who loves it, but I have plenty of friends who don’t – so I guess I get both responses.  Well – no I don’t.  Seriously?  What’s not to love?  First of all, don’t you have any sweet childhood memories, oh cupid haters?  Like – making valentines out of pink and red paper and doilies and stickers and glitter?  How about the little paper ones you got at school?  I have to say some of my sweetest, most favorite rosy valentinememories are of my dad coming home from work with big heart shaped boxes of chocolates for my mother and me.   Now I  make sure my kids get something from me.   Maybe it’s always been more of a family holiday for me so I don’t associate it with a bunch of heart hurts and disappointments – just love and pink and flowers and chocolate.  All good things!

innporchIf you are feeling up against the wall to make sure this isn’t one of the disappointing sort of Valentines Days, how about a romantic coastal get away?  The Living Light Inn is offering a Sweetheart Special this Thursday through Saturday: buy two nights, get one free.  Pretty sweet, huh?  And what better way to say “I love you” than a few nights on the prosperity2coast in our all organic, planet-friendly inn?  You could get some super delicious raw chocolates from our café, too.  Sounds perfect, doesn’t it?  And sometimes last minute plans are the most romantic of all.  So there you go – give me a call and reserve your room today!  Happy Valentines Day!

February 9, 2013 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

Live Your Passion

What are you passionate about? Here at Living Light most of our students are passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, feeling energetic and inspired, and making a difference in the world. Pretty wonderful goals – we’re lucky to work among such people – they’re good role models.  Heart in the pathWe’ve found over the years that the secret ingredient for living an inspired life is always the same – it’s love. And since it’s February, the month of love, we are especially happy to welcome a new group of students – starting today. They are arriving to start at the beginning of their path to becoming raw food chefs, with the  FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods course. It’s always an exciting day for us. Welcome beautiful people – we love you! Meanwhile, Dan and Cherie are continuing the Raw Rocks Tour. They are in Florida right now, but after stopping to catch us up on their latest adventures, they’ll be moving on to magical Sedona, Arizona and the Raw Living Expo, rawlivingexpowhere Cherie will be a keynote speaker, and Dan and Cherie will do a talk, a culinary demo, and a special workshop on how to create a successful raw food business in today’s economy.Love apple We’ll be raffling a few tickets to the Raw Living Expo very soon, so stay tuned to our Raw Food For Dummies  Facebook page and look for an upcoming bulletin to enter for your chance to win! Exciting times here at the school and on the road. Don’t forget, it’s never too late to Live your passion at Living Light!

February 8, 2013 at 4:11 pm Leave a comment

The Boss of Me by mary elizabeth

imbolc2Here we are again at the second of February.  That’s Imbolc for the pagans, St. Bridgid’s Day for some of the Christians and Groundhog Day for all.   I have written so many blogs about it, though, I’m going to let it go this year….but happy February 2nd everyone!

I’ll bet most of you think this blog is my only creative outlet.  Well, it isn’t.  Living Light Executive Assistant Terilynn Epperson and I have been working on an art project for a few months now.  Every Monday we draw a card from a tarot deck and have a week to recreate it using collage.  It’s been very fun and very rewarding.  We wanted to come up with a plan that would force us to create something every week that wouldn’t be so cardsbig we wouldn’t do it.   So far – we’ve been dedicated and successful.   It’s sort of like a Sunday School project for grown ups.   And we’re enjoying ourselves immensely, thank goodness, because it’s going to take us, like, a couple years.   Anyhow – I’ve been all about commitments these past few months, like the new juicer, the gym membership and this project and it feels really good.  As I’ve said before, I’m better at  sticking to things when I’m bossed around, but lately it seems like I’m getting to where I can boss myself around.  Progress!

teach learnSpeaking of progress, next week Jennifer Cornbleet will be teaching her class Advanced Instructor Training.   I spoke with Jennifer this week about this advanced level class and let me say, if you’re at all interested in being a raw food educator, this is the class for you.  Especially if you’re anything like me, and maybe need some direction (bossing) to get you started.  Jennifer’s experience is invaluable – she can edit your recipes, get your demos television ready and make your website the best it can be!  This class is a great jumpstart for your raw career.  Unless you want it to be a years long project like the cards, I suggest you sign up today!

February 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm 1 comment


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