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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!

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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

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

Commitment vs. Obsession by mary elizabeth

weirwoodHave you ever become caught up in a book or television program or anything, really, that consumed you?  And even though you knew it was going to end and you were going to miss it when it did, you just couldn’t stop until it was over or used up?  According to my kindle, I am 46% of the way through the last “game of thrones” book.   And seriously, on so many levels – what a relief!   I mean, I’m enjoying them wholeheartedly and am sure that this last book will leave me hanging on a cliff of excruciating torment and I know I have to wait, like, three years for the next one.  But… I feelamanda and me like I’m giving a whole lot of my disposable time, which isn’t that much anyway, to this series.  What about trashy TV?  And writing? And art projects?  Not to mention my kids, my boyfriend and Amanda.   Oh well – 54% to go.   Look for a follow up piece on the separation anxiety I’m sure to experience when I’m done.

earth handsSometimes, we have to make a choice to put the rest of our life on hold for a greater purpose.  That’s what Living Light students do.  They come here and spend all day every day for up to nine weeks in class, preparing themselves for new lives as raw food chefs.  It’s overwhelming, and I’m so inspired by all of them.  Their commitment is commendable.  And I know that most of them, at some point, wonder if it’s all worth it or if they’ll even make it through.  But – it is and they do – hundreds of them each year.   As I’ve said before, it’s a labor of love – for themselves and for the planet.  I’m proud of our students and am honored to be a part of their commitment.

January 17, 2013 at 4:09 pm 1 comment

Remember the Three by mary elizabeth

2013Well – 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 setGiving_flower 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!

raw food wrapsThe 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 salad in a white bowlraw 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.

January 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm Leave a comment

Almost Xmas by mary elizabeth

outside treeToday it’s officially winter and the winter holidays are upon us. I’m actually feeling kind of excited about Christmas being so close.  At least I am right now.  This morning I was feeling quite differently.  Sometimes it just seems like there’s so much pressure and so much to do.  Anyway, my morning got off to a marginally rocky start which was enough to put me in a holiday hating mood. more gift wrap I’m over it now, and since we’re all still alive today, I think I can soldier forward with a big fat holiday smile on my face.  I’m feeling pretty good about the commercial part of it, which this year just includes my kids and my boyfriend.  Every year I scale back a bit more.  Obviously this is about as far back as I can go, so let’s call that a success!

gift wrapHow about you?  All done with your shopping, wrapping and all that stuff? If you aren’t, you know what would make a great gift?  Cherie and Dan’s new book Raw Food for DummiesIt’s such a complete, comprehensive guide to raw food, I guarantee you it’ll be perfect for anyone you know who’s new to raw.  Dan and Cherie’s combined experience makes them the perfect guides to this planet friendly lifestyle.  Get a copy in our Marketplace along with one of our pretty green gift bags – shopping done!

December 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm Leave a comment

Winter’s Coming by mary elizabeth

winter's comingIt’s beginning to look a lot like winter.  First of all, we have quite a storm system blowing through Fort Bragg right now.  It’s very wet and although we have sunny skies in between storms, the down pours and winds themselves are quite impressive.  If you’re headed our way, be sure and check the roads for closures because there’s been some flooding.  I’ve been lucky both here at Living Light and at home as far as power outages – I’ve been all powered up so far.  Anyhow – it’s “between storms” right now and it’s a lovely day out.  Far out for now!

And secondly, looking forward to the beginning of winter means, of course, the holidays.  There’s soretro family xmas much to do every weekend this month!  This weekend’s holiday cheer is a benefit concert by Willits Brass (featuring my sweet boyfriend) at the Company Bar (featuring sweet Amanda) for Project Sanctuary.  All good fun for a good cause.  The weekends coming up will have lighted truck parades and lighted botanical gardens and more parties and gosh – what a whirlwind!  Sometimes…. I must admit…. I feel a bit overwhelmed by all of it and kind of wish I could just hide at home and read.  But, I always have a good time once I get myself to these things and I have such wonderful friends with whom to do them.  The holidays are winterall about connections – to your community, your family and your friends.  I’m feeling so good about the connections in my life right now I just know this winter will be beautiful.  As we near the solstice, let’s connect to all those things plus the planet.  As we move through these dark days, let’s light our worlds.

November 30, 2012 at 4:43 pm 2 comments

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