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End of day 4 and feeling great. I was able to curb my usual cravings of ordering in by making a simple, wing it as you go salsa on top of greens with avocado. This was a fabulously fulfilling meal that didn’t leave me stoned and bloated on the couch. Not only has the bloated feeling subsided, my energy level has improved to the point of contemplating running.  Even though it is only day four I believe that I am doing the right thing. I have been wanting to make a change in my life for quite some time and what better way than starting from the inside out. I hope to continue blogging about my experiences as I challenge myself to a raw food change of life.  Aidan

Bloom to Life – Two Friends 90 day Raw Food Adventure!

Bloom to Life!

8 months has passed since I opened Sun In Bloom to the public on January 2, 2010.  With the help of friends, I pulled together this project within two weeks, turning what had been an idea for many years into physical reality.  The vision bloomed and I was in a state of ecstasy!

My story feels complex, like I never know where exactly to begin.  It’s filled with achievement and failure, light and darkness, everything extreme.  I cannot say I am proud of all the stories, but I am grateful.  Truly grateful.

Here I am, 8 months into this project, Sun In Bloom.  The challenge of going from a lifestyle of living, breathing, and being yoga everyday to opening a physical space for Sun In Bloom to grow in has been a greater challenge than what I anticipated.  My imagination led me to believe the space for Sun In Bloom would expand upon my lifestyle and the suit I felt so comfortable wearing, to create a nourishing space for the community I love.  And, with the main ingredient being LOVE, I imagined this experience would be rainbows and sunshine, with time for back bends and pranayama breathing.

What reality do I live in?!

I never did open the textbook on “How to Open A Restaurant.” Gosh, I did not even call one of my closest friends, who has opened several restaurants for advice.  My dream was not to be a restaurateur, it was to share my excitement for delicious living food that nourishes every cell in our body and raises our vibration, our ability to connect with each other, with animals, with nature, with the planet.

It’s been 8 months since my last back bend, 8 months since I last meditated, 8 months since I ran 5 miles, 8 months since I’ve had an 8 hour night of sleep, 8 months since I’ve felt ALIVE.

How did this happen?

I opened a restaurant.  Unless I’ve overslept my alarm, I am on the clock for about 16 hours a day, 7 days a week.  I’ve had a total of 6 days off.  I know – this is NOT normal.  I’ve allowed the restaurant to control my life.  I try to be perfect.  I want to ensure everyone is 100% happy, without disappointment.  My spirit is so alive doing its life work, but internally, I’m crumbling.  Feed the public is a tall bill to fill!

After reading Yelp reviews, I can relate to a celebrity who sees their face on Star Magazine.  Do we really have time to cast so many judgments upon each other?  How do we rise above this to create peace, beauty, happiness, love?  Isn’t this what we all desire to experience?

I can spend another 8 months feeling sorry for myself or I can do the work required to be awake and realign with my life purpose.   Yes, time to cleanse!

In fact, Sun In Bloom is what manifested after a 5 week cleanse I did in Europe.  I traveled with a Breville juicer in my backpack  (thank you Abbas!!!), took a 90-minute Bikram yoga class everyday and meditated.  My intention on this journey was to be present.

So, now I’m very ready to turn the page and return to a place of balance that brings me so much joy so that I can step out of the contradiction that brings me so much anxiety.  My colleague, Aidan and I embarked on a 90 day raw food cleanse 3 days ago. My personal goal is to exercise discipline and mindfulness with what I choose to put in my body with the intention that this focus will guide me toward a more balanced life.

This is going to be a marvelous journey full of stories.  I will be candid and honest.  I will share with you what I am experiencing, the lows and highs.  And, I hope my story is one that can help inspire and create more space for happiness, joy, health, balance, and love among everyone who chooses to chime in.

With Love,