This post is longer than my “basic” post, but today I don’t want to be a basic bitch! Four years ago after my first seminar on healthy eating (included 8 coworkers in a tiny upstairs conference room, a terrible PowerPoint and flash cards for notes), I was so fired up that nothing was going to stop me from sharing my passion! Since that day I have made it my mission to get in front of as many people as possible to share my approach to a healthy life!
I didn’t skip a beat when I was asked to do a cooking demo at an event with expected attendance of 5,000. Hell yeah, can I do both days?!?! I know without a doubt this is my calling. But I’m human and for a split second as I drove to Phoenix on day one, I thought “Wow, I’m speaking on the same stage as people that have been speaking at these events for years (often getting paid), have been vegan waaaaaaaay longer than me and I’m a self taught chef. Who am I to think after only being vegan a year I can share the stage with these people?” Who am I???? I’m me! I’m not afraid to say I don’t have all the answers. I’m the person that can get on stage and talk about how much I love the fact that beets turn my pee orange and how maple syrup makes my armpits smell good (and that’s exactly what I did). I’m the person that has a message to share. I’m the same person an old insurance boss thought wasn’t polished enough. I’m the person who wants to help others succeed. I’m the person constantly evolving. I’m the person who speaks before thinking sometimes. I’m the person who can simplify a complicated concept. I’m the person turning a small idea into reality. I’m a person with occasional self doubt just like every other human being, but I stay true to myself!! Next time you find yourself having negative thoughts about your capabilities-stop-and ask yourself “Would I speak to my child or friend this way?” At first positive self talk feels weird AF (almost as weird as me typing this long ass post), but the more you do it the better you get. And if you’re anything like me you’ll get busted self talking out loud “I nailed it, I’m fucking amazing!!” Big, huge 😀