What words would you use to describe your life in 2018? Personally my words cross a whole host of mixed emotions. Exciting, hopeful, scary, worrisome, tiring, jubilation, blessed, grateful, prayerful, faith, anxiety, relief, joy and happiness. Not in any particular order – emotions around here were all over the place – quite often all in the same day. Hubby Tom and I started the year off with a vision for our mission in retirement to spread the word about the amazing health benefits of a whole food plant based no oil, no sugar, low sodium lifestyle. We were encouraged by our dear friend Linda Middlesworth to teach WFPB no oil cooking classes in our home to serve the local community. We had a plan and a vision and with support of our friends a new adventure was underway.
Our friend and also PCRM instructor Bethany Davis invited me to speak at one of her classes and do my first public cooking demonstration. This was one of those anxiety filled days! You may not know that I am truly an introvert who is able to compensate when in social situations and appear to be outgoing but really I am so nervous inside. I much prefer to be on the sidelines not front and center and certainly not the focus of everyone’s attention. My friend and mentor Chef AJ texted me the day of my first cooking demonstration and told me to remember that I am the expert in what I am sharing and how I am cooking. That advice really helped me to put things in perspective and once I started talking my nerves calmed right down. It also helped to have my friends Donna and Dixie in the audience smiling back at me and giving me nods of approval.
We had fun with our in home cooking classes. The response was overwhelming – the community embraced the opportunity to learn about a WFPB lifestyle. We met the nicest people in our classes and formed some amazing friendships.
I think Tom and I spent more time in the kitchen together in 2018 than all of our marriage combined!
Our good friend Chef AJ came and stayed with us for the weekend and she was a guest speaker at the Get Healthy Sacramento Event hosted by Linda Middlesworth who is a leader in the plant based movement as well as an animal rights activist.
What a special treat to have my dear friend Heather from the The Butterfly Plant Based Facebook and Youtube channel come with Chef AJ and stay with us for the weekend. We made a cooking video together – Heather’s Sweet Cherry Berry Oat Muffins.
I spent a lot of time in the kitchen with my little Sweet Pea whipping up all kinds of plant based healthy foods for us to enjoy. When her momma (our daughter) started having a difficult pregnancy with twins we put our cooking classes on hold so we could help run their household and care for our granddaughter.
We had the most amazing blessing in the fall when our daughter gave birth to twins! I have mastered the art of rocking two babies to sleep at the same time. Being grandparents is such a joy – we are loving this phase of life. All three of our grandchildren are the loves of our life – we enjoy every minute spent with them. We feel blessed that they live nearby and we get to be hands on grandparents in all aspects of their lives!
In the New Year we plan on having more videos for our Nutmeg Notebook YouTube Channel. We have already filmed four new ones so we are off to a good start! We have plans to make another cooking webinar that will be available for purchase later in the year. We have so many ideas for things we want to do – wish the days were longer so we could get it all done!
Some of my readers favorite posts from 2018!
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