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So – due to holiday driven financial constraints plus a broken juicer part, I have been in a wintertime retreat from fitness and fasting. There’s something about these cold dark days that makes curling up in bed with a full belly very attractive. It’s been kind of nice, actually. I mean, who doesn’t want to stay in bed until 7:00 rather than rolling out of it at 4:30? Who wants a dumb old green juice when there’s such a thing as homemade macaroni? Usually I do, actually, but I’ve been spending the last couple weeks sleeping in and eating heartier fare than usual and it’s really kind of growing on me. Tomorrow is the first pay day of 2013, though, and the juicer part will be ordered and the fitness club membership will be purchased and the hibernation will be over. I know for a fact I’ll feel better once I start working out and juicing again, but there’s definitely a part of me that couldn’t care less. I am proud to say that amidst all this hedonism, I have kept pretty fit emotionally and spiritually, so climbing back on the physical fitness horse will be easier. There’s nothing quite like balance and clarity. The more clouded with fear or self-pity I allow my mind to get, the more difficult any sort of attempt at health becomes. That being said, I’m positive that when my alarm goes off at 4:30 Friday morning I will be cursing at it with all my body, mind and spirit.
Living Light has been hibernating in a way, too. School’s been out since mid-December and it’s been super quiet around here. This Saturday will be the first training of 2013 beginning with the Fundamentals of Raw Living Foods. We’ll be checking in our first group of students since last October on Friday evening. Hooray! It’s really been too quiet around here. I’m ready to get this year started – personally and professionally. I want to get all my healthy routines going. I want to jump in with both feet so as to be ready for all this year holds for me. I just know this year’s going to super fantastic – so long as I’m awake for it.
Well – here we all are in 2013. The world didn’t end and we’re all good to go. The new year is a great time to reassess. We make resolutions and set intentions. We look forward to new possibilities. Of course, the fact of rolling over to another year doesn’t actually change anything – we all know that. We also know that change only comes from within, though, and if it takes remembering to write a three instead of a two on everything to kick off that change, then far out! Let’s set our hearts and minds on what it is we really want and let that three be a reminder to focus on it. Let’s stay open to all the positive possibilities we see ourselves realizing this year. By the time the three becomes automatic, I bet we’ll be closer to our dreams. Just think where we’ll be when it’s time for the four!
The new year means nine new sessions at Living Light – nine new groups of students, nine new sets of possibilities. Our first session starts on January 12th – super exciting! What better way to start 2013 than putting your focus into planet-friendly, life prolonging food? If part of your vision for the new year is to become a raw food chef, set your intention and check us out. Give us a call and set up a tour or just request an information packet on-line. It’s easy – just like remembering the three. Happy, happy new year everyone – really and truly. Let’s have a beautiful, abundant 2013 full of love and dreams come true.
I have so very much to be thankful for right now. Oh my goodness – it’s ridiculous! This week’s holiday really helped me to put it all in perspective. First of all – I have some wonderful, beautiful, amazing friends. I had the honor of seeing some of them on my holiday journey this week and it was such a fun reminder of why they’re my friends in the first place. I’m so grateful to an often benevolent universe for these special gifts! Second of all – I’m grateful for the opportunity to actually connect with my father. I don’t do it very often, but have made the Thanksgiving journey so many times now it’s a real tradition. It was just my daughter and me this year – no brother, son or boyfriend. But – that’s okay. If we felt a little lonely, so be it – we also felt connected to the past and were present for this year’s small celebration. And thirdly – I am so very, very grateful for my coastal home and the people who fill it. I love all of you!
Tonight is our Living Light holiday party. This is always a good time. It’s a chance to get dressed up and hang out with work friends. I’m looking forward to it. We always play games and have a white elephant exchange and yummy food. It’s another connection for which I’m grateful today – a chance to connect in such a festive way with the people I see almost every day. And it’s another chance to be present for my life today and be honored by the opportunity to work for and with such wonderful people. The holidays have begun in earnest and I’m happy to say I’m right there with them!
Last Friday, Living Light participated in the Fort Bragg Food Bank’s first annual soup and chili cook off. And guess what? We won!! Our Corn and Sweet Potato Chowder beat all others – quite the vegan victory, if you ask me. We were up against some local heavy hitters, too. I’m so proud of Joe and his whole kitchen/café crew, especially Living Light Gourmet Raw Food Chef grad, café employee and chef extraordinaire Elyse who made a most beautiful hostess at the Living Light table. I’m also proud of our own Amanda who planned the event and sits on the food bank’s board of directors. I got to witness this sweet victory from behind the bar, where my boyfriend and I served local beer and wine to the soup-hungry attendees. If you missed the event, you can come in and try this award winning treat in our café – just call ahead and see when we’ll have it available. But be sure and come next year. We’ll be defending our Golden Spoon against all comers and it’s for such a worthy cause – especially at this holiday time of year.
Speaking of the holidays, I think it’s time for fellow blog goddess Kristin and me to start rocking our holiday blogs for 2012. We like to use this time of year to reminisce and share holiday stories and ideas. It’s pretty quiet here at work as the school closes for a few weeks and the new year rush doesn’t usually kick in till after Christmas. It gives us a chance to highlight some of the more personal sides of Living Light and its employees. I bet we’ll have more examples of the role Living Light plays in the local community, too – more reasons to be proud. The Golden Spoon is a great start, though. I can’t wait to see how we’ll top it next year!
Halloween is next week and I just love Halloween! A couple years ago I wrote about it being the second largest commercial holiday here in the good old U.S. of A. and I think that’s great. I mean, there aren’t any gifts involved or anything – it’s just decorating and dressing up and candy, candy, candy. Anyhow – if we insist on making our holidays big, commercial blood baths, I’m glad this one is right up there at the top. There’s a far less commercially successful holiday right on Halloween’s heels, though, and I’m just crazy about that one, too – maybe even a little bit more so. It’s All Souls Day, or Dia de los Muertos. This is a day to remember those who’ve gone before us and honor their memory. You can do this with an altar or just in your own heart, of course. I’m pretty much hard wired for this kind of activity every day, what with my obsession with saints. But – I love this special day and I love the whole altar making ritual. We have two here at Living Light every year. We are all encouraged to bring in items or pictures that represent some one we admire or want to honor or just miss. Once the items are collected, we set up the altars and decorate them in the traditional style. The altars are on display in our Café and Marketplace and it’s such fun to see what people bring in, and so interesting, too. The altars are so pretty with colored cloths and tissue paper flowers. We decorate with beads and fruits, too, and those little electronic candles. Come on in next week and check them out! You’ll just love them, I promise.
Not long until I’ll be winging my way to France – next Thursday to be exact. And since it IS Friday, I thought I’d bring out that old French phrase we all know and love: “Grace à Dieu c’est Vendredi! Thank God it’s Friday – what a Friday it is, indeed.
We just got Joe, our Marketplace manager, and Dan Ladermann off to San Francisco this AM , driving “Gracie” our Living Light mobile home and pulling “Gratitude” our refrigerated mini- kitchen packed with supplies for World Veg Day in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. They are in Petaluma with a flat tire, but we know all will be well, and for that we are thankful.
Martine Lussier and Cherie followed this afternoon, and will be the divas who cater a beautiful raw vegan meal for 150+ people on Saturday night. Speaking of thanks – we are delighted that Martine and Cherie will be assisted by several able and talented Living Light graduates (more on that later). We know who is well-trained! (Sigh of relief). It’s not only the 13th Annual World Vegetarian Day, but it’s the 40th Annual International Vegetarian Conference. It’s held all over the world and this year in California, so the gathering in Golden Gate Park this weekend should be especially memorable. Our whole staff has been busy for weeks preparing for the event. For those attending – have a great time, and be sure to report back on the festivities!
We had some unusually chilly weather here for the first few days of September, but today the sun came out and it is warm and mild, with nary a wind (other than a gentle breeze from the ocean). More like it! Fall is always just gorgeous here on the Mendocino coast – by far the nicest time of the year. More like a real summer than summer is sometimes (unless you’re partial to fog). Did I mention that fall is MY favorite season? Most definitely invigorating and inspiring, too. Fall classes here at Living Light are in full swing, and we’ve got two tours coming up – The Science of Raw Food Nutrition Tour with the Drs. Dina in September and October, and The Raw Food Revolution Tour will head to Florida right after Cherie, Martine Lussier and a group of volunteers wow people who love vegetables with a spectacular Saturday dinner at World Veg Day in Golden Gate Park October sixth. Cherie is featured in two new online magazines – one out this month: VegWorld, and a great interview will be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of a magazine from Australia, Living Foods Magazine. Cherie also blogs once a month on Kevin and Annemarie Gianni’s Renegade Health site; she’s putting the finishing touches on her new book, and has just completed a new e-book for kids. Also, Cherie and her dog Winky just won the look alike contest at our local labor day dog show! Of course, behind every great woman is a supportive man, as you know, and Cherie’s husband Dan Ladermann, tech guy, photographer, dog lover, and Cherie Soria enthusiast, fills that bill nicely, thank you.