“At the heart of our matter as human beings, really the best thing of all is passion. Passion for another person, for a job, a cause, an idea, a place…. passion for a book when it’s good enough to light up the inside of your head. Perhaps that’s what IT is all about— our Purpose: trying to furnish your life with so many different kinds of passion that everywhere in it there is something that fills you to bursting and makes you want to tell the whole world about it.” – Jonathan Carroll
“Allow yourself to be uncertain, but don’t let your uncertainty turn to despair. It can be wonderful to write when you’re sad and full of the dark bouquet of doubt, but misery leads itself to silence and one must get out of bed every morning and prepare for the great celebration of one’s own imagination, even if it doesn’t happen that day.”
Today’s Coffee Table guest is based (and plant-based) in Chicago and understands the importance of the little things in life: handwritten notes, unique gifts, and the moments and activities that make up one’s day. Give a big welcome to:
I just wrapped up a certification in plant-based nutrition and launched a new website/food initiative called One Part Plant.The website is a healthy foodie/ lifestyle site with recipes, tips, and practical advice. The site also features partnering hotels and restaurants that offer plant-based dishes on their menus (some for the very first time). There’s even a popular steakhouse on board! After avoiding a major surgery by changing my diet to a plant-based one, I am a huge advocate of using food as medicine. I am so passionate about this project and helping others get healthy, I get giggly just thinking about it.
I have always wished I liked coffee. Seriously. I even attempted to fake-like-it in college. But I just don’t. I make a green juice every morning – which is my version of coffee. And if I am not at home to make my own, I just discovered Suja. Their juices are so damn good.
It’s the Little Things
My husband’s patience & puns
I have the most loyal, inspirational, and loving friends/family on the planet (they inspired me to start So, How Was Your Day?)
I found my coffee table at a thrift store in Chicago. I love the scalloped edges and detail. After I bought it, I took off the top (the top is a separate piece – like a tray) and flipped it over to clean. There is a very fancy and pretty piece of metal (the size of the paper in a fortune cookie) that says “Made in Italy”. I would love to know the story of how it made its way to Chicago.
Some of these items I really have no idea where they came from. The spoon, I know I got at a flea market in Paris. The book was a gift to my husband I picked up at a museum in Madrid. But I was looking at the bird nest, crab necklace, and black apple and thought “where the hell did those come from?”. No idea. They are just little oddities I have picked up through the years that always move with me.
Words of Wisdom
My Dad’s classic answer to everything, “Live in the now”.
“Rejoice in other people’s successes because there is plenty for everyone”. – Louise Hay
I have been practicing this for the past 6 months. I used to get so competitive with other people’s accomplishments. But this new thought process has been a real game changer for me. Frees up so much space in the my brain to do more.