2018 was a tough year for us in many ways. Yet it was the year one of our biggest dreams came true: visiting beautiful Italy! Just in case you’re dreaming the same dream, I thought it would be fun to end 2018 with our dreamy trip come true. We covered a lot of ground, learned a few things the hard way, and had so many spectacular experiences, and I’m happy to share what I learned and loved with you!
I was lucky enough to hang out with leaders in healthcare last week at the International Plant-Based Nutrition Healthcare Conference. I learned a lot from the speakers - you would recognize many of them if you've seen documentaries like Forks Over Knives (available now on Netflix. Check out Cowspiracy while you're at it.) Superstars including Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Robert Ostfeld, Dr. Scott Stoll, Dr. Brenda Davis, Dr. Robynne Chutkan, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Michael Klaper, and more - plus athlete Brendan Brazier and Chef Chad Sarno (I am FOK plant-based certified thanks to him). These are people who inspired me to take action to improve my own health, and it was beyond an honor to be in the same room with them, let alone have conversations with them! (I encourage you to click on their names above and check out their websites. Amazing people doing good.)
We knew we had practically arrived at our vacation destination, Whistler, BC, so began our ritual of looking for a bear. It's now our "thing" since we usually do see a black bear when we visit Whistler. Just walking along, minding bear business. Once even crossing on the highway crosswalk. "Woaaah, look kids!! Do you see that?!" I was excited, so I think the kids thought I'd seen one. "Look at the rainbow! It's welcoming us to Whistler! See the sign?" There was the rainbow, framing the first sign of Whistler. My kids were as excited as I was. We were officially in Whistler, where magical wonders like this rainbow were prevalent.