Good morning and hope you are having a great weekend!
Vida Vegan Conference:
I’m writing this on the morning of the last day of the Vida Vegan Conference in Portland, but I wanted to slip in a post here before I get completely overwhelmed by the photos, and information, and experiences I’ve been having.
By far, the best part of this event is getting to know more of the amazing people in our community. I feel that each and every person who is working on a plant-based diet in any form is a member and I absolutely love the interaction.
Both of these ladies are incredible forces of nature and have inspired me so much on my journey.
I knew ahead of time that Gena and Angela would be at the conference, but it was a surprise to meet the gorgeous Whitney from Eco-Vegan Gal. Talk about talented, Whitney’s website is incredible and I could spend all day watching her videos on healthy, eco-friendly living. What a treat to meet her in person:
I’ve also enjoyed meeting Jill Nussinow, The Veggie Queen! She was the inspiration by my still-developing love affair with the pressure cooker, and I refer to her book The New Fast Food on a regular basis; it is an amazing resource for everything and anything you want to know about making healthy, easy meals in very little time:
It was a true pleasure meeting Hannah Kaminsky again from Bitter Sweet and attending her class on food styling. She’s a true professional and I hope to incorporate some of the tips I learned into my food photos:
Lastly, do you know about the site Viva La Vegan? It’s run by an amazing activist named Leigh-Chantelle from Australia. We also met at the conference last time, but it was fantastic catching up with her:
Although it is hard to pick a favorite of the class sessions I have attended, I was so inspired by Jasmin and Mariann’s talk on incorporating an animal-rights message into your blog:
These ladies are behind the website and podcast Our Hen House. It was only my second time hearing Jasmin speak in person and my first time seeing Mariann present, and I was very moved by the thought they had given to communicating an ethical perspective on veganism. Jasmin got questions and input from the audience. At one point, there was a microphone in my face (yikes!):
I left this session with a renewed sense of why I am blogging and even my mission in life. In many ways, their talk came at the perfect time for me as I move forward in my career and start to think about what I really want to accomplish. I had some time to myself yesterday morning and came up with a very simple mission statement that sums it up: “to inspire healthy and compassionate living.” Should be easy enough, right? 🙂
Other Conference Adventures:
A trip to Portland would not be complete without a trip to the farmers’ market on the campus of Portland State University:
There aren’t a whole lot of fruits in season just yet here, but I ogled the vegetables from afar and enjoyed taking in the experience again.
I was so proud to see the ad for Vegan Delish, my healthy recipe app for iPhones and iPads in the conference program (get the app here!):
And, no conference would be complete without some swag. This is my vegan swag pile that has taken over my bed:
It’s been an effort to try and stick with the healthier vegan options here. I’ve had some indulgences, but for the most part have done pretty well with my choices. One of my favorite meals was last night at Canteen. I had the Southern Bowl with collards, brown rice, soy curls, black-eyed peas, and BBQ sauce that really hit the spot:
I’m off to enjoy the last of this adventure. Since I am traveling all day tomorrow, I will do my regular post on Wednesday of this week. In the meantime, don’t forget to enter my giveaway for Chef Amber Shea’s Practically Raw Desserts cookbook here (I’m picking a winner this coming Friday).
See you again soon!