Episode 16: Pursuing More Than One Passion + Protecting Your Work With Julie Lee Of Julie’s Kitchen

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Food-photography queen bee, Julie Lee of Julie’s Kitchen, is this week’s guest! Julie’s been on the site before, sharing one of her beautiful recipes and hosting the first ever LA For Reals Meals, but this is the first time we really dig deep into the path she followed that brought her to success. And that path might not be what you think.

Julie and I discuss juggling five jobs at a time in the early days, how it’s ok (and actually pretty healthy) to pursue more than one passion, and the action she took to protect her work after a big company used it without her permission. A lot of heart and a little bit of scandal…sounds pretty good, right?

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Show Notes:
Julie’s Kitchen (website)
Julie’s Kitchen (on Instagram)
Julie’s SkillShare Class (take the class with me!)
Smashed Celeriac by Jamie Oliver
Registering Your Copyright
Julie’s Lawyer
Body Of Work by Pamela Slim

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My Adoption Story, Take Two + How To Respond & Not Respond To Shit-Hits-The-Fan Moments

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Just this past week, a potential adoption fell through. This one was particularly hard because it was pretty damn close to happening. A month of meetings and planning and talking about it a lot. It felt so for sure that I even did what my counselor told me not to do…buy a crib. I know, I  know. But Restoration Hardware was having a sale! And you know, I thought it would be cool if the baby had somewhere to sleep.

Not sure we need to dive into all the emotions here, because as I am sure you can imagine, it felt pretty bad. Disappointment (in letting myself get attached), empathy (I couldn’t stop thinking about the birth parents’ hard decision), and regret (for buying stuff) come to mind. I also felt pretty angry. I was mad at the time that was lost. I felt angry that I invested so much emotional energy in something that didn’t even happen. And if I’m being totally real, I’m angry (and a little nervous) that I have to go through this process again. But that’s not really what I want to talk about. I want to talk about how other people reacted to the news.

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One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from this experience is how people react to difficult situations like these. Your friends and family want to be supportive and say the right thing, but sometimes you don’t want them waxing philosophical or giving you the standard “everything happens for a reason” or “this will pass” or “the universe has a plan for you.” Some people like to hear these things. And maybe I’m a total dick for saying this – but I don’t. I’m so grateful for all of the people in my life that care about me, and maybe most people have no idea what to say – so they stick to the standards. But in that moment, a response like that feels like it minimizes what I’m actually feeling. It feels like putting a little Hello Kitty Band-aid on my big ugly wound. And if this is the plan from the universe, let’s just acknowledge that the plan doesn’t feel all that cool right now.

In a perfect world, people close to me would respond with ”F*CK, what can I do?” or “Damn. Ok. You ok?” or “Want to go drink tequila?” or “Let’s go to Hawaii, my treat” (ok, that one is a stretch). Or simply, “I’m here. And I love you.” And there were definitely a few that did. Which was really nice.

It also made me think about how I react to other people’s shit-hits-the-fan situations – losing a job, a breakup, an illness. What do people actually want to hear? Maybe not what I think they want to hear. Maybe it’s just letting them know we can talk (or not talk) and that I love them. Or that I’m not sure what to say, but that I’m here when they need me. At least that’s what I want right now.

And all of this today reminded me of this awesome Brene Brown video I found last year. It goes through the six types of friend reactions to your shit-hits-the-fan stories. It’s real. It’s touching. And for some reason, it just felt so perfect for today. Watching this again made me really think about the peeps I like to share with and how special they are. And how I might be a better friend on the receiving end next time. Please click on over, watch it for me, and then share with someone else.

Love you guys.

Read part one of my adoption journey: My Decision To Adopt.

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Episode 15: Finding What Speaks To You + Creating Big Change With Heather Crosby of YumUniverse

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Heather Crosby is this week’s guest. Remember her? She was on the site earlier this week to give away her new cookbook (it’s so good!). Clearly, I’ve got a thing for Heather and her message. And maybe her spicy taco recipe too. After hearing this episode, you’ll understand why I dig her so much.

Heather and I discuss how she took her health in her own hands when doctors weren’t giving her answers, how she went from eating her first salad at 19 to becoming a wellness expert, tips on getting a book published, and why she’s not as perfect as you might think. Sounds awesome, right? Dive in there!

Here’s Heather:

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YumUniverse
Pre-Order Book Bonuses
Book Release Party (you’re invited!)
Creamy Millet & Quinoa Salad
Brendan Braizer
T. Colin Campbell Plant-Based Nutrition Certification 
Missing Microbes
Eating On The Wild Side

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YumUniverse’s Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Brownies + A Book Giveaway!

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I’m a huge fan of YumUniverse and Heather Crosby. She’s smart. She’s a cooking whiz. She’s cool (she’s the guest on this week’s podcast, so tune in Thursday and you’ll see what I mean). Heather is all about whole foods and feeding your body the good stuff. She knows that changing your diet can be hard as shit and approaches change with real kindness. Oh, and her recipes are freaking delicious. Basically, Heather rules.

Heather is also an incredible designer, so I when I heard she had a book coming out, I was excited. And when it finally hit my mailbox, I freaked. This book is GORGEOUS, with a capital “G.” And yes, I had to capitalize all the other letters, too. It’s a beautiful book with a cool approach, and I’m so proud to have in my library. And I want it in yours too. Oh yes, it’s giveaway time!

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But before we get to the giveaway, I’ve got a little sneak-peek recipe from the book. I had a couple options to choose from, but (duh) I went for the brownies. I’ve had black bean brownies before, but never with sweet potatoes. Heather is really smart when it comes to making old school comfort foods planty.

Here’s what Heather had to say about these brownies:
I do love to sneak unexpected, nutrient-rich ingredients into treats, and this gluten-free recipe is a perfect example. Black beans, sweet potato, and dark chocolate combine into bona fide fudge-like decadence. You can use canned beans for this recipe, but I recommend starting with dry beans (soaked and then cooked by you) to reduce aluminum intake, boost flavor, and optimize digestion and nutritional benefits.

{Dark Chocolate, Sweet Potato & Black Bean Brownies}
By Heather Crosby of Yum Universe
   12+ Servings

Dry Ingredients:
1 ½ cups almond flour
1/3 cup Sucanat
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Wet Ingredients:
2/3 cup sweet potato, diced and steamed
2 1/4 cups black beans, cooked (1 cup dry)
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1  3oz. dark chocolate bar
1/3 cup maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil*
3/4 cup water

Preheat oven to 325°F and grease a 9″ x 13″ or 9″ x 9″ baking dish or line it with parchment paper. Sift or whisk together all dry ingredients in a large glass bowl. Set aside. Place all wet ingredients into the food processor and pulse until super-smooth. Fold together wet and dry ingredients and transfer to the parchment-lined baking dish. Bake for 60-70 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool in baking pan before serving.


Now you want this book, don’t you?!
To enter the giveaway: Since we’re talking sweets, tell me the sweetest person in your life in the comments below. It can be your best friend, your momma, your stinky pooch, or that favorite barista who always knows your order. Just someone that makes you feel good inside. I’ll pick a random winner and announce them next week. THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. Congrats Virginie! 

Also, if you want to pre-order Heather’s book, you’ll get lots of fun extras. Head over to her site, and she’ll tell you all about it!
*And one more thing! Follow Heather’s blog tour with these hashtags: #YUBlogTour, #ILoveYU, and #YUHealthyHalloween. You find more about the tour here.

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Episode 14: Real Talk On Risk Taking, Growing Your Brand + Motherhood with Dana Gordon of Dana Rebecca Designs

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Dana Gordon of Dana Rebecca Designs (DRD) is my guest this week. One of the reasons I love Dana is that she never disappoints in the “real talk” department. She cuts through the bullshit and is always genuine, honest, and practical when comes to conversations on business and tricky life things. And she knows what she’s talking about. She’s built one of the most successful and popular jewelry brands out there today. Over the years, we’ve had a few of these talks, but this is for sure my favorite one (and YOU get to hear it!).

Dana and I discuss the giant risk she took that decided the fate of her career, the importance of creatives being business-minded, her advice on growing your brand to the next level, and the clash between working and stay-at-home moms (and what to do about it). There are some real game changer nuggets of wisdom in this episode, and I can’t wait for you hear them.

Here’s Dana:

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Show Notes:

Dana Rebecca Designs
DR-Did She?
First Oprah Cover
Letter From A Working Mom To A Stay-At-Home Mom
Fruit Cobbler Recipe
Tedi Sarah
DRD Cobbler Instagram
Spring

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