• Earth loving weekend in Berkeley!

    Posted on May 7, 2012 by in COMMUNITY

     

    Hi friends!

    It’s been a few weeks since I posted an update. Hope you all are on our facebook page for snapshots of what we are working on : )

    One of the most exciting updates is that I was a part of the 2nd annual Berkeley Vegan Earth Day event. It was SUPER fun! First, I’d like to thank Karine Brighten of Karine Brighten Events for inviting me to speak at the event. It was an honor to be a part of this very special movement.

    Coming from Las Vegas, I knew I had landed in the right place when I spotted this social activist art gallery in the Oakland airport. Love it!

    My hotel ended up being the cutest hotel ever! Just a quick snapshot of how I travel… I found my hotel after I landed in Berkeley. It was a true adventure just to make this trip possible. I am a traveling rebel. I ended up staying at Hotel Shattuck Plaza which was perfect. It’s a historical building that was updated with modern details. One day, I want my apartment to look like my hotel room. Loved the peace sign on the floor in the lobby.

    living the life ; )

    After settling in to my hotel, I set out to roam downtown Berkeley. I really loved the fusion of energy from all of the cultures in the city. Here are some pictures from my adventure. My journey was fueled by this vegan pad Thai… yum!

    It was so fun seeing all of the posters for the event during my walks.

    On Sunday morning before the event I had breakfast in this super cute cafe that reminded me of New York City. It was crazy busy and full of good energy. They had a delicious tofu scramble that I ate up every bit of. Visit The Sunny Side Cafe on your next trip.

    delish!

    The event was filled with trailblazers in the vegan movement like Dr. Klaper, Dr. McDougall and Janice Stanger, Ph.D. There was tons of wonderful speakers in a workshop style like from Lauren Ornelas, founder/director of the all-volunteer for Food Empowerment Project and Whitney Lauritsen, journalist of Eco-Vegan Gal. I learned so much from everyone’s authentic talks on why they are passionate about this lifestyle and how they are leveraging their skills to grow the movement. I felt a super charge of pride and honor to be surrounded by such strength and knowledge.

    Lots of great vegan small businesses too!

    I spoke after Dr. Klaper and Dr. McDougall in the auditorium about my passion for the conscious lifestyle and the conscious living movement growing in Las Vegas. Not going to lie, I was a bit nervous following those two vegan super stars. As I have shared about my journey in the past, I still can’t believe at times I live in Las Vegas and it blows my mind with joy that there is a conscious living movement to speak of. Whenever I talk about it, I get choked up because it’s such a blessing to be a part of. My talk was not the longest however I worked in all my passion and information for the time I had. From the crowds reaction, I know they felt the energy which is the BEST feeling.

    After my talk, Whitney of Eco-Vegan Gal and I got a change to hang out over yummy vegan cinnamon rolls and Indian food. In my world, I talk a lot of people online and it’s always wonderful to connect with those people offline. It was so fun getting to know Whitney and other friends who I talk to often online. I also met some readers of the blog and it felt wonderful to thank them in person for supporting this project.

    Here is a picture from our Indian buffet experience. This was round one of our endless buffet…

    Before leaving on Monday morning, I went for a snack at Green Earth Cafe & Bakery and I’m glad I did.

    This chocolate chip cookie was a step above all other cookies!

    On a personal note, before I left town I met my second cousin who I haven’t seen since I was like two years old. She is a professor at UC Berkeley, Catholic nun and is doing amazing work around the world. After sharing with her about Vegan Consultant, she totally understand the vision and supports my goals. She highlighted the importance of treating God’s earth with compassion and I couldn’t agree more. She told me that her department is going to start exploring more classes to address the the relationship between food and faith. I’m interested to see how that program develops.

    Long story short, it’s no surprise that I had a BLAST in Berkeley! I realized how much I love public speaking and re-sparked my love for traveling. I hope for many more trips like this one in my near future. Also can’t wait for next years Berkeley Vegan Earth Day. This weekend really showed me that I am on the right path and there is an extended network of people who value what I am working towards. It was a needed boost of love.

    To close off this post, here is a video Whitney and I taped from Cinnaholic. Good times!

    Till next time.