The Journey Has Begun.
I had only been back in the States for 21 days when I got ready to venture back to paradise. I had an awesomely productive few weeks which included a trip to Tulsa-Memphis&Back (Fun time with the World’s most amazing sister), a week at Canton Trade Days, and meticulously packing for 3 months abroad.
Monday morning I went to Allen High School for the first time since graduation, something I had been meaning to do for the past few months..I had to do it before I headed to Belize. It was a great experience, seeing the teachers who truly made an impact on me and thanking them for everything was a must. Mrs. Kulkarni, my sophomore Chemistry teacher and leader of the AHS Science Club has invited me up to talk with the Club about The Grassfed Way and the chemistry behind organic foods. Needless to say opportunities continue to flow in (Thank you Universe).
My plan was to leave by noon and make it to Missouri by 7 or 8 PM to get some rest and visit with family before we head to St.Louis to get catch our flight the next morning(Tuesday). If you know me, you know that I did not leave at noon. My whole schedule was thrown off whack when I picked up Angus to hangout, leading to me not leaving until 7PM. I figured it was my last time I will see him before New Years so it was well worth a sleepless night.
I was running on 4 hours of sleep(the previous night) when I finally got on the road..Logic on repeat helped along with chugging holistic energy powders and Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Energy Drinks.
I promised Aunt Birdie that I would not be late, “We are heading out around 4 so make sure you get here” rang in my ears.
I knew I would make it, it was just a matter of if I drop dead from lack of energy when I got there.
3:58AM- I finally pull into Aunt Birdie and Uncle Darnell’s house as Uncle Darnell is loading is the car waiting for me. Instantly I went from almost asleep to wide awake and ready for the adventure, his energy is incredible..One of my favorite people of all time.
By about 4:15 we were on the road and headed to pick up our next VIP, Jeanne(One of those non-blood family members that you like better than most of your actual kin, truly a joy to be around). Once we had our car loaded up we hit the highway from Poplar Bluff, MO to St.Louis.
The best part about traveling for me is the excitement that you get to see in others when they haven’t been somewhere. I kept telling Birdie and Jeanne that I couldn’t explain the life here, there is something that exists here that we cannot find in America. A Simplicity and quality of life that most have never experienced. Simply Paradise.
Our first flight was from St.Louis to Houston, it was cool to be at the airport that I grew up going to. Once in Houston we were escorted to our next gate by a man named Michael, his attitude made him one of those people who will stick in my mind forever.
Michael was a 41-year-old airport worker with 6 kids, and never have I ever heard anyone so proud of his kids. Just in our walk from one end of the airport to the other, he showed a passion and drive to be happy in life while still working and getting things done and bettering the people around you. 3 of his kids had gotten degrees in various fields while 3 more were at home. He talked about the quality of life that is achieved through how you think and that mindset is the key to life, while admitting that his health is the next step on the list. People like this are encountered for a reason, I learned a lot from him.
Once we were wheels up in Houston it was only a matter of 2 hours and 25 minutes until
Little did we think about the commute to the house as we load up 2 backpacks, 2 large suitcases, 2 medium suitcases, Mom, Dave, Jeanne, Birdie, Uncle Floyd, and I on a 5 seat golf cart. We looked like the Belizean Beverly Hills Hillbilly’s. But we made it to the house, dropped our bags and had an awesome dinner at MOJO’s.
So we made it, the feeling of not going back to Amercia for 3 months is something that I have longed for..and it is finally here. In a commencement speech, Jim Carrey talks about how you can ask the universe for something and with hard work, determination, and positivity The Law of Attraction will send things your way. Fear is something in your mind that holds you back from acheiving what you really want.
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance at doing what you love” -Jim’s Father
The Church of Freedom from Concern, what does the world need that you can provide?
“The effect you have on others is the most valuable currency that exists”
This speech gives me goosebumps everytime I hear it. Check it out.
Needless to say..LIFE IS GOOD.
As always, Stay Grassfed.
“Half way to 112”
Every year on this day I mention to my mom as a joke that she is half way to a certain age..kinda my ongoing birthday joke with her.
Yes today is my wonderful mother’s birthday and I couldn’t think of a better reason to thank the most amazing woman in the world for everything that she has done for me.
I often find myself at a loss for words when a friend mentions a lack of empowerment, support, or have a general complaint about their parental unit and ask why my mom is so cool and supports me on whatever adventure is at hand. I can only describe it as, “Dude you can’t compare her to other parents…she doesn’t count. You can’t put a major league team on a little league field and ask why they are so much better than the others..” She is simply the best. In a whole other league.
Pepper is the Dream Team, All-Star Lineup, and Hall of Fame all in one. I have never had an aspiration that she did not fully support me in or a dream that she didn’t tell me to follow. Never have I had to second guess whether I wanted to attempt something because she always says, “If it is really what you want to do then do it.”
In the process of raising us six crazy bastards most people would be nuts..some people may tell you that she actually is. But chances are they are just jealous of her awesome personality, beauty, and general amazingness. Easily the most spectacular mom I could ever ask for.
I have always been a Momma’s Boy and couldn’t be more proud of it. I can’t wait for the next 56 years of being her favorite son and traveling the world with her.
Thank you for empowering me to follow my dreams, be a better person, and providing a more than comfortable and blessed upbringing.
Happy Birthday Mom!
You are half way to 112..and the Grassfed Way will help you get there:)
I love you!
Check out her blog at: www.lessonsinbelize.com
I was in Sprouts this morning and found a new brand of Kombucha that was on sale so I decided to try it out. There were a lot of different flavors to choose from, I usually go with a gingerade but today I went with Miss Tang.
For anyone who doesn’t know about Kombucha, it is an incredible fermented tea with probiotics and sometimes assorted fruit juices. Health benefits include: improved digestion, boosted metabolism, promotes healthy gut flora(healthy bacteria in your belly), and usually gives a nice energy buzz.
Cultures for Health is a great source of info on Kombucha, with articles and steps in brewing your own at home (saves so much money!!).
My personal preference for Kombucha is a very strong flavor that sometimes has a bit of a bite to it, the flavor that keeps some people from drinking it. So that being said..everyone has their preferences for everything and Kombucha can be brewed many different ways.
The first thing that I noticed was the lack of culture floating in the bottom of the bottle, not saying that is a bad thing..just an observation. My first drink had a light tint of ginger and a more dominant citrus flavor. It was a pleasant taste that I think many more people will enjoy as it didn’t have that jaw-tightening bite to it.
Overall the drink is a nice light Kombucha with clean ingredients, not my personal favorite but that is completely preference based on strength of brew. I will definitely try other products from BluePrint Organic in the future and recommend them to anyone who likes a lightly flavored Kombucha.
Their website is : http://www.blueprint.com/
My official grade: B+ for Great flavor and clean ingredients but it doesn’t pack that Kombucha punch that I love to get.
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Adding one healthy drink like this a day can be an easy first step to boost your health and maybe even kickstart a new lifestyle.
After a few Days in Placencia we headed to San Ignacio, a jungle paradise close to the Guatemalan border. A few attempts and failures to successfully book a place to stay at other resorts landed us at Maya Mountain Lodge and Wellness Center. I immediately fell in love with the rainforest environment and delicious food.
Bart, the owner of the lodge and pro-organic activist in Belize is married to a Naturopathic practitioner and they work together with the community to support wellness education through a combination of Mind, Body, and Spirit. An instant connection sparked as our first conversations brought together many mutual interests. To say I felt at home was a huge understatement, I had found the empowering group of people that allowed me to thrive.
A few days into our stay I was offered an internship at the Lodge assisting the Pro-organic Belize, Belize Wellness Institute, and Maya Mountain Wellness Center programs. This was an opportunity that I could not pass up so after a few slight changes of plans I was officially an intern-to-be. I start October 7th.
One thing that I noticed is that the guests and lodge workers I encounter will be an equally amazing opportunity to gain experience and learn. Over breakfast one morning I had the pleasure to meet Chris from St.Louis, maybe it was the fact that we shared a hometown but that lead us into a deep conversation on the benefits of open mindedness and the adventure of life. Our conversation sparked an instant friendship that will hopefully lead to continued contact and maybe a podcast(we shared a mutual obsession for the idea).
I just returned to the States and am working on some marketing and educational plans before I return for my stay. I will be there for three months so there is quite a bit of planning that will need to be done to assure I can progress my certifications and business strategy during my time working. There is no time to stop, Grassfed must continue to spread the joy of healthy living.
I learned something on my trip..As you continue on your adventure, I have a challenge for you: In every situation that it is possible, take the time to talk to someone and explore their passion. Empower them to describe and strive for the things that make their life an ongoing adventure of exactly what they love to do. Chances are you will learn some lessons than can help you on your journey and allow them to enjoy own.
Remember to always stay Happy and live The Grassfed Way,
As I have searched more and more, I have found that the American Dream has become practically non-existent. After 2 hour walk on the beach with a local Belizean I have found a dream the dream I am looking for..The Belizean Dream.
After previous conversations with a close friend from home(Born in Zimbabwe) I was shocked to hear that there are so many families that move to the U.S. with a search of freedom only to realize that they are in a worse situation than they were before. Yes I understand that compared to a lot of places in the world the U.S. is a huge improvement, but what are these people coming here for? What is the dream that has people packing up and moving across the world?
Many say freedom, opportunities, or the overall ability to better yourself. But I have found that many of these perks aren’t achievable. Freedom of speech rarely shows its true purpose, Opportunities are based on the availability of money, and many ways to truly better yourself are hidden by the government as a way to continue the cycle of disease and corporate interests.
I first came to Belize last year as a graduation present from my mom and step-dad, San Pedro(the island) was our destination. Immediately I was blown away by the ease of life and down to earth locals that make the tourism possible. The week was filled with mixed drinks, fuzzy memories, hangovers and fun, but a lack of a true appreciation for this amazing country. I had a dose of the drunk island life which at the time was an amazing time but it seemed like something was missing.
This trip had one goal: Superfoods and Serenity. And that is exactly what I have found.
In the last year I have come to find the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and a positive mindset, I had created my own paradise long before boarding the plane.
So what is this Belizean Dream?
Freedom. True freedom. Love. Unity. LIFE. Not the bs that CNN or Fox tells you about when talking about your first amendment “rights”, but the freedom to live undisturbed from most common restrictions, toxic preservatives, polluted air, and a society of no.
In my walk with Nicholas, a life-long resident of Placencia and a descendant of one of the villages founding families..I saw that regardless of the situation there was still a smile on the faces of Belizeans. He talked about the local food, government, women, and everything else a pair of young men talk about..but our conversation turned a bit when I asked about the possibilities in the future. There seems to be such a desire to do but a lack of support system to achieve these dreams.
This is when I realized my Belizean Dream..empowerment.If everyone had the support system and empowerment to achieve the goals they desire, I believe we would be making progress as a society.
So what is it that you desire?
Now think of how you can empower the others around you to accomplish what they desire and watch change take place.
Empowerment. Love. Grassfed