Posts tagged ‘World Vegetarian Day’
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!
You know how certain strains of philosophy encourage us to enjoy the journey rather than fret about the destination? I think that’s a way better system than the more “end result” based ones, but it takes some practice. Sometimes it just doesn’t come naturally at all. I do my best, but if my mood isn’t in ship optimistic shape, the journey can seem pretty suckish. I have to think of it as a big, scary roller coaster. We don’t get on those for the end result – we get on for the ride. I guess it’d be easier if life were always as exciting as a big scary roller coaster. The tricky part is to enjoy the journey even when it’s just hungry kids, overdue bills and lingering head colds. Maybe we need to bring along the emotional equivalent of a coloring book for the more ho-hum periods – making the journey more fun for ourselves. Or maybe I should just paint the wall of my cube with chalk board paint. What do you think?
Speaking of journeys – three intrepid travelers set off from Living Light to staff a booth at World Vegetarian Day in San Francisco last weekend. Martine, Amber and Brenda handed out yummy raw treats, recipes and information about Living Light. They also had a raffle and one lucky winner will get to come and take FUNdamentals here. It’s a great class, and it goes on journeys itself sometimes. It’s held on the road a few times a year, so if you’re not local keep an eye on our website – maybe FUNdamentals will come to you!
After cruising up the coast to the Newport/Lincoln City area of Oregon to spend time with my sister for her birthday, I’m back at work. It’s funny how just a little time away helps to refresh our spirits, especially if the time away includes people that we love. And so, coming back to work this morning, I decided to resume a positive habit that I’d somehow lost track of in recent years. I started a new gratitude journal, which is really just a little notebook that you can carry along with you, and include five things that you are grateful for each day. My first two things for the day were as follows: 1. My favorite parking space was open 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 deceptively simple, can bring quick and amazing results.
Speaking of amazing results, we love the new people who have come to work at Living Light. It seems that our family is getting even better and more loving, which translates into a great atmosphere for our students, angels and staff. And even people who go away for awhile often come back to join us and keep the positive energy going.
We are going to be doing some great FUNdamentals of Raw Living Foods™ on the road classes coming up soon with three top notch Living Light Chef Instructors, including the ever delightful and talented Amber West, the personable and erudite Bennett Mclellan, and the energetic, inimitable Brenda Hinton. Stay tuned for more details….meanwhile, close at hand is the upcoming annual event World Vegetarian Day in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. If you are anywhere in the area, don’t miss this event! The weather has been superb lately, and the eleventh annual ode to all things veg should be loads of fun. Our own Martine Lussier will be there, along with the aforementioned Amber and Brenda, and they’ll be passing out samples of delicious Chocolate Pecan Bites on Saturday from 2:15 to 3:15 PM. Delicious desserts including those yummy Chocolate Pecan Bars, Coconut Dream Bars, and Chocolate Cardamom Cake will be for sale both days!