Tell us about your roots. What has guided you to be the person you are today?
I was raised in Portland OR with the extended family roots from Oklahoma. We were close with both sides of my grandparents and would visit for a month or so there every summer. I would say at the core of it, my roots are embedded in deep love and appreciation of the natural world which comes from traditions in both places, and also a strong affinity of cooking/eating/sharing meals/laughing/enjoying time with a large boisterous family (I come from an immediate family of 6).
What returns you to these roots?
Cooking for family and anyone else I can cook for :), prioritizing having friends and family over to just share time together casually, camping, seeking out peaceful natural spaces.., choosing to surround myself with people who have a good sense of humor and salt of the earth spirit.
What are your favorite ways to nourish your body?
Clean, delicious, flavorful simple home-cooked foods… A LOT of fruits and vegetables. I’m a huge fan of vegetable stir fry’s, root vegetables medley’s, roasted chicken, wild rice and vegetable salads, a good pot of beans (always soaked/sprouted), simple but hearty is my favorite way of eating/nourishing my body. And shared with people I love as often as I can.
What’s always in your kitchen?
Tons of vegetables and fruits, healthy but salted nuts and chips for snacking, lean meats, and fish.
Imagery / Manda of Ancient Vibrations
What does “feeling good” mean to you?
Feeling grounded, aware, rested, clear thinking, open, curious, not in a hurry, inspired, ready, playful, helping be a part of solutions to suffering, being loved and loving others.
What supports you in feeling your best? Any daily rituals (morning and evening) that support this?
Exercise every morning (walking/running/weight training/dancing), Meditation, Listening to music, Spending time with my husband *morning coffee/dinner/evening relaxation time, Weekly coffee dates/walks with my sister
What are you currently listening to?
Deepak Chopra 21 Day Meditation Challenge, Michelle Obama’s podcast (new today!), On Being with Krista Tipett - Ross Gay interview, Talking Heads, Prince, Nina Simone, Leon Bridges, Black Pumas, Jungle, Ethiopiques, Elder Island, Miles Davis, R. Carlos Nakai, Michael Franti.
What are your sources of inspiration?
My daughters Anna and Maia (20 and 23), humanitarian leaders, mindfulness leaders, artists - but by this I mean anyone who lives by choosing to be free through their own expression, Jared Schwartz (our CEO) and the whole team at Honey Mama’s.
What are you currently excited about?
My daughter is currently visiting from NYC and I am over the moon excited to be with her spending a week at the Oregon coast next week. Honey Mama’s new packaging and single-serve bar line launching this fall!
What’s one of your favorite quotes?
The river must be calm in order to reflect the full moon - Thich Nhat Hahn
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. - Maya Angelou