Oh my lovelies I have missed you so much. This summer was a tad busier than I expected, not an excuse I know, but I promise to fill you in on all the fun this summer.
I took a few classes over the summer which puts me on track to graduate in May, very excited! We also fostered three dogs
and ended up keeping one of them! Meet Jordan, the newest member of our family.
Jared & Jordan
I thought I would have an amazing garden this summer, unfortunately school and work kept me busy. Nonetheless, we got some nice tomatoes
A pumpkin! I don’t really remember planting this, it may be a kabucha that morphed into a giant, hope it tastes OK.
My peppers have done well, I didn’t think they would survive the transplantation and they took forever to bear fruit.
And a sunflower!
I have also enjoyed eating the dandelion and the plantains that have popped up in the vegetable garden. I don’t pull them anymore, I now cut the young tender leaves and eat them as salad greens. I only wish we had some purslane growing, we used to have tons.
I started volunteering at a food pantry, everyone should do this. It gives you a different perspective on the whole feeding the hungry issue. Remember people need food all year long, not just during the holidays. If you think only lazy people and illegals need food assistance then think again. I see people that work hard but don’t make enough, people that have lost jobs and can’t find work, old pensioners and young families. There but for the grace of god… It could be any one of us out there. OK rant over.
We had our annual Maine vacation and the drive up
Luke & Jordan
Jordan even went in the water at the little beach!
Jordan at the beach
The boys got to spend time with the grandparents
Dad H & Luke
In September I started the last year of my DTR program and a new job at a local hospital, the first steps in the process for my RD – yippee!
Of course I have to include a photo of my princess!
I hope all of you have had a great summer! Now on to Halloween – woo hoo!
Posted in Dog, Flowers, Foster Dogs, Garden, Health Coaching, Jordan, Kabucha, Lola, Luke, Maine, Middlesex County College, Nature, Peppers, Self-Improvement, SNAP, Sunflowers, Tomatoes, Vegan, Vegetables
Tagged Compassion, Food, Food Industry, Garden, Health Coach, Health Coaching, Healthy Lifestyle, Hunger, Jordan, Lola, Luke, Maine, nutrition, Peppers, Pumpkins, School, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Summer, Tomatoes, Vegan
As a lot of you know we really love our dog I mean really, look at this face.
I think to myself what a life he has and realized how much I have learned from him.
1. Stand your ground: Luke is a very persistent beagle, he knows what he wants (to bark at) and won’t stop until he is sure he has had the last word.
2. Shit happens, kick some dirt over it and keep going: Life is full of crap that may or may not go your way. Accept it, deal with it and then move on.
3. Unconditional love: This is a hard one because sometimes people are hard to love. Loving unconditionally can be looked at as compassion and having compassion is a lot easier than loving the jerk down the street.
4. Resting is important: Sometimes we forget how important a good night’s sleep is, this is the time that our bodies restore and replenish.
5. Loyalty: Being loyal and being there for friends and family when they really need you is what makes life just a little better.
6. Eat like it’s the last meal you will get: OK maybe we shouldn’t eat every meal like it’s the last meal we’ll ever get but we should definitely live each day to its fullest because we really don’t know what the future holds for us.
7. Share your bed: Well, maybe lend a helping hand would be more appropriate. Sometimes we may not like it but we know when it’s right to help someone in need.
What lessons have you learned from your pets?
Posted in Change, Compassion, Dog, Health Coaching, Lessons, Luke, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Stress, Vegan
Tagged Change, Compassion, Dog, Health Coach, Lessons, Luke, Passion, Self-Help, Self-Improvement, Vegan
Crocuses are popping up and I am getting antsy to get dirt under my fingernails, this could only mean one thing. It’s my Veganniversary!
It’s also this blog’s third birthday. So what have we been up to for the last three years? Good thing you asked!
In addition to going natural (as in hair), we have left the corporate world and embarked on a new academic world.
We have been to quite a few health and wellness conferences and a couple of vegetarian ones too.
We held our own workshops
We have planted and picked dozens of veggies.
We have encountered countless amazing people.
We have tasted and revised dozens of recipes, not all ours.
We have lost a few loved ones and brought some into our hearts and lives.
We have fostered dogs.
We have cried and laughed, sometimes at the same time.
We survived a hurricane and power outage
We entered a chili contest or two
And we think we might actually be able to start seeds indoors this year.
Thanks for being there through the thick and thin, here’s to another three or more like thirty years! I love you all!
Posted in Colleen Patrick Goudreau, Crocuses, Foster Dogs, Hurricane Sandy, Middlesex County College, Neal Barnard, NYC Veg Food Fest, spring flowers, Veg Festival, Workshop
Tagged Abundance, Friends, health, Healthy Lifestyle, Hurricane Sandy, Indoor Garden, Inflammation Workshop, Luke, New Beginning, Tomatoes, Vegan
It’s true, sometimes we really do need a little help from our friends.
When was the last time you asked someone for help? I’m guilty of thinking I can do it all myself. Yes it’s great to be self sufficient and there are times when you need to stand on your own two feet. What I’m talking about is those moments when you need to admit that you need help, you may think it makes you weak, not so! I say. Knowing when to ask for help is what makes you strong strong strong!
The next time you are feeling that you can’t get everything done, don’t. Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel like a failure and don’t wait for a helping hand to fall from the sky. Speak up and ask for help, whether it’s asking your kids to put away the groceries, your husband to clear the dinner dishes or your coworker their opinion on an important presentation, ask.
The best part is that it’s a win-win situation, you will get the support you need and you will make someone feel special. Don’t believe me? How did you feel the last time you were able to help someone? I thought so…
Posted in Help, Luke