Since I last wrote I have:
Been to a raw potluck and met fellow Brit Christy there
Been to Au Lac restaurant, and met Chef Ito
Worked a LOT – eZine, blogging, announcements and more recently letting people know about my Raw Food Classes Training teleclass tomorrow
Met many wonderful people and eaten wonderful food!
By day I am staying with a raw connection I hadn’t even met before I flew! I’ll protect his privacy, but suffice to say, I couldn’t have asked for a better space to work in or a more compassionate, thoughtful host. Although I am simply a "roomie", G has taken me out to the restaurants, to meet his friends and shopping too... and while he is at work during the day I have the time and space to do my thing, which right now is actually way more than normal (read: lots of work!), as there are so many things in the pipeline and each one is taking more time and attention than I could have predicted!
Having said that, this past week I have been literally overwhelmed with gratitude. This has come from a place so deep I didn’t even know it was possible.
This has come about, I think, because right now, literally and metaphorically, I am straddling two worlds, both wonderous and wonderful, specifically: my English life in the countryside, back thousands of miles away, containing a gorgeous little boy who I love with all my heart and a landscape currently covered in snow, and this one, here and now, in LA where it’s sunny, the culture is so so different, fresh young coconuts are a short hop away and the front door is wide open.
And I miss my boy terribly. I’ve been away before and it’s always been tough, but this time I really miss him badly. Hearing about his wobbly teeth and his snowball fights makes me love him all the more and realise how lucky I am to have him waiting for me when I get home Monday... and then there’s my fabulous home which I love so much - so spacious and yet so homely, and Katie turning up every day, come snow or shine, working overtime to help everything stay ticking along perfectly while I'm busy sleeping in a completely different time zone!
Meanwhile, as she and the rest of my fellow Brits are now busy sleeping, I'm here in Marina del Ray for another couple of days, busy tapping away on my keyboard watching the numbers stack up hourly for my big teleclass tomorrow. This is the biggest call I’ve ever run and the one I am the most excited about to date. (I just checked and we're at 404 in less than 48 hours!! I can hardly believe it...) You see, I have made a commitment to step up and lead the charge for the movement that results in there being at least one raw food teacher in every town in every state in every country. No kidding! Yes, it’s a huge project, but it has to start somewhere. And NOW is the time that a project like this has a real chance of succeeding. And classes are, in my opinion, THE most powerful way to get people into raw foods – when they’re done right! (If you’d like to learn more about becoming a raw food teacher on any scale, you’ll want to be on this FREE call or be on the priority list for accessing the recording – it will be packed full of info and inspiration!)
So back to me in my temporary office and these dreams just keep getting bigger...
More recently I have made it more public that I consider everything I do in my work to be originated and motivated by my connection to God/ Spirit/ What you will... and I feel compelled to write more about that right now because I feel it's so important. Every day it's getting stronger that my message is as much about soul as it is about food - something I've known since forever, but it just didn't seem like the right time to really speak about it before. Now it's just wanting to pour out of me...
Back in the day - circa 1995 - I used to be embarrassed about raw food and spirituality. Both were considered off the wall to say the least. Part of me resented both ("why can't I be NORMAL?!") while the other deeper, more real me adored and inwardly prayed and gave infinite thanks at the altar of both. Among friends, family and work colleagues I felt that I may as well just stick a label on my forehead that said “weirdo” and be done with it!!
No more : )
Just as raw food has proved itself and its validity to me over and over and over again, so too has my faith. Every time I have felt too small to make something happen, or have feared something wouldn’t work, my faith has literally pulled me to my feet, propped me up and moved me on – in the most amazing, sweet and eternally loving way. And it has always, but always delivered! And raw food has done exactly the same.
So that’s why more recently the things I’ve been taking on, or have been considering taking on have been so huge.
I’ve proved to myself that I can manifest to the point of craziness! (We all can!) I know that when I set my intention and that intention is birthed from this wonderful faith-filled and inspired place, that miracles can and DO happen.
I really am so blessed in my life right now, and that is why I’m so grateful.
You know, some people have taken this trip at face value and said “Woohoo, you’re living it up in LA!”... Well, that’s not untrue exactly (although the living it up is as much internal as it is external!) BUT what’s important to pass along is that the energy that underlies this trip and that has made it so synchronistic and magical is possibly the most magnificent and pure I have ever carried in any chapter of my life so far...
Because I've had to...
I’ve been taking big risks and stepping out anyway. I’ve had times where I’ve questioned what I’ve taken on and stepped out anyway. And the reason why I’m in LA to begin with – which only just a handful of people currently know – is the biggest stepping out of my life so far.
And what’s happened is truly humbling and amazing.
Even writing this I am pinching myself, yet knowing that magic happens when we come from a good place, a great place, a grateful place.
As I said on Rawkathon at the end of last year, I committed to service when I was just eight years old. That underlying drive - beautiful, loving, committed and courageous, has brought me here today, and though I may be nearly 30 years older, I have rediscovered an infinite peace and beauty in this third-time surrender of the most innocent nature.
This is living magically on raw, and this is what I want to share with you and help you have more of in this next chapter of YOUR life, no matter how good or "bad" it may be showing up for you right now. Stay tuned via my eZine as not only is the fab new Starter Kit soon to be published and sent to all subscribers, but I also have some other as-yet-unadvertised treats laying in store for you starting very soon.