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The Common Denominator

I'm often asked the question of why I became a dietitian and my response is always the same: I love food!

However, my response is often mistaken to mean that I love to eat food. Which I do - but there is so much more to it than that. I love the story, the culture, the history of food. What I love most is food is the common denominator between people.

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The Thankful Game

At a conference I attended this summer, a keynote speaker gave a talk about thankfulness. She referred to a study which found people who meditate on five specific things per day they are grateful for are 25% happier. I'm not exactly sure how happiness is measured (although it's explained in the full text), but I can tell you from personal experience that focusing on the good happening around me rather than the negative changes my perspective.

So I came home from the conference and excitedly told Patrick about this new piece of information I learned and thus was born The Thankful Game.

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Dream Big & Shop Small

This year I'm participating for the first-time-ever as a seller next week on Small Business Saturday. If you haven't heard of it, this is the holiday squeezed in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It's a time for you, the Almighty Consumer, to support me, the tiny, hobby-like wannabe entrepreneur.

In a world of cut-throat capitalism, why would I put a plug in for small business? If you can't make it, get out of the market, right?

But if you've ever played (and lost) the game Monopoly, you might understand why putting all the power (i.e. money) in a few huge companies is a rather short-sighted pleasure. So here's how and why I hope you shop small this post-Thanksgiving season.

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Vignettes of Community

Where I sit typing in this busy coffee shop I watch lives briefly intersect. Coming, going, coming; humans are social creatures, but sometimes we can be so isolated. The more people I encounter the more evident it becomes that people need people.

I am a product of my community. I have been either incredibly lucky or incredibly blessed to know the people I do.

Let me share a little how my community has touched me.

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Every Purchase Matters

We live in a global society. In fact, you're probably using a device right now whose components were manufactured in six of the seven continents on our planet. In our modern society, the surplus harvest in Russia affects the US wheat markets and widespread drought in the Midwest can cause famine in developing nations.

Likewise, the clothes we buy affect everyone from the cotton-growers in Alabama to the seamstress in Bolivia to the CEO behind glass doors.

Every Purchase Matters. This is the mantra of Fair Trade USA, an organization and movement dedicated to identify producers who respect both people and the environment.

You may have noticed many of the products on my site are Fair Trade Certified. If you've never heard of this concept, I want to share with you what brought me to decide to make this a central part of my business model.

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Suck it, 2016 (Alternate Title: Glass Half Full)

I don’t know about you, but 2016 was a rough year for me. I can’t remember any other time in my life that had so many consecutive days of dry-heave crying.

So suck it, 2016. You tried to bring me down, but you didn’t. And no matter how many days I had tears streaming down my face and my heart was full of sorrow, the laughter and love still overcame.

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Love Wins

I don't know about you, but this election season was the absolute worst. Granted, I haven't participated in too many presidential elections in my adult life, but from what I hear and read, it seems we've never been more divided as a country (except maybe the Civil War? But that seems like a low bar to set).

We may not be united in thought, in creed, in race, or in politics, but we must be united in love against hate of any kind. As a collective, let's change this world's heart.

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Sweet Corn Season

Sweet Corn Season. It's a capital-letter-phrase in our household, and it's an experience that I've been looking forward to sharing. Let me tell you the story.

When I turned 12, my parents bought me a cheap, above-ground pool for my birthday to replace the old stock tanks we used to swim in (hashtag farmlife, am I right?). It came with a catch (of course): my brother and I were going to help pick and sell sweet corn the following summer to pay for it.

And thus was born the annual Sweet Corn project.

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Rain or Shine

Well, I did it. I'm officially a finisher of the Colorado Half Marathon. What can I say about it? It was fun(?) It was hard. And really cold.

For a May 1st race, I expected to be wearing a tank top and shorts. Mother Nature had other ideas.

We ran the race as if living in the old Window's screensaver, with snow falling on us the duration of the 13.1 miles. It was cold while we were waiting for the start, then glorious as we warmed up, then absolutely frigid once we cooled off and the wet weather chilled us to the core.

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