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Dick Gregory, from the bottom of my heart — THANK YOU.

Oh, how do I begin?

Few people truly shine bright on many levels, & Dick Gregory is one of those people. He has shone inside & out, as well as across the board since the late 1950’s. And even now in 2012, you can see him at almost every major event that speaks on behalf of people’s rights.

His list of achievements is too long to list here. We are talking about almost 80 years of living fully. And when I say living fully, I don’t mean living a full life — I mean putting your life on the line! Living out loud & speaking your mind; doing all you can to find the truth; standing up for yourself & others; experimenting & testing & investigating; being an artist (first black comedian to break the color barrier); being an author (of 13 books, as either writer or co-writer); being an athlete (ran from California to New York City, averaging 50 miles per day for 71 days); being vegetarian since the 1960’s, and in more recent years raw vegan (he chose to not eat animals or animal products, because of his dedication to non-violence); fasting on water for 70 days straight (Dick Gregory is well known for his hunger strikes); running for president in 1968 (garnered 47,097 votes, including one from Hunter S. Thompson); feeding the hungry (shipped 10,000 pounds of beans to feed people in Marks, Mississippi); cancer survivor (cured himself of lymphoma with natural methods); I can go on & on.

Peter Barry Chowka summed it up perfectly when he said, “Gregory’s name, is synonymous with progressive social and political causes. He is that rare combination (like Gandhi) of activist and healer, one whose own life illustrates how real change first must come from within oneself.”

Thank you, Dick Gregory. Thank you for taking a stand. Thank you for having the courage to think for yourself. Thank you for putting yourself on the line. Thank you for looking deeper. Thank you for leading the way. Thank you for teaching others how beautiful & powerful they are. Thank you for reminding us to love & to be fearless. Thank you for showing us how much can be accomplished in one lifetime. Thank you for being you. Thank you, thank you, thank you…



HOT, Raw & RICH! Wrap-Up


Well, it’s summer now & it’s time to wrap up the Hot, Raw & RICH! challenge. Like  Therese De Wolf, lots of stuff came up that got in the way. This always happens when someone has plans. The most important thing is to stick it through. It wouldn’t be a challenge if it were easy! The e-mail below sums up where I’m at. It was written mid challenge.

From: AimeeLovesYou
Subject: Grateful
Date: May 29, 2009 1:35 PM

I’m gratful that I am still here!

I can’t believe it. I stopped working in December 2007! It’s now almost frickin’ summer 2009! Yes I have debt, yes new obstacles (challenges) have come up, yes I’m still behind on things I thought I would be WAY further along on. -BUT! I’m still here god dammit! I’m still following my dreams, I’m still giving it a shot, I’m still moving forward. I have money in the bank, I have support, I have health, I have LOVE, I have friends, what more do I need? I am living proof that things will never be ‘perfect’ but YOU CAN follow your dreams. Who cares what the dreams are, the fun part is following them! I’m grateful that I am still here, still here following my dreams.


It truly blows my mind that I have everything I need. I live my life my way and I still live as well as others that live for Friday & spend all of their time working at a job they do not love. It basically means the sun shines on us equally. (No matter what we do.) But does it shine on the inside equally? That part is up to us. Also, what we do with what we are given is very important. It will rain, it will shine, but it’s up to us to make the most of it. -Inside & out. I’m really getting this little by little. It sounds simple, but it’s not. It takes a lot of faith and a greater understanding of the whole.

Here is where I stand on the following;

Work- Daily work on creative projects that are important to me.
I let go of past artworks (literally), past ideas about what it means to be an artist, & past methods of making a living. I got support. Two people are now working with me. This is helping a great deal. I’m always more motivated when I’m working with others. I eliminated one blog (that was in the works) & got more focused. I’m currently purging the last bit of old art studio equipment & making room for the new ideas I have.

Diet- Daily 100% raw vegan meals (mostly 80/10/10 style, lots of fruit and mono-meals) and drinking water as a priority.
I wouldn’t say I have been 100% raw vegan during this challenge. I might say I’ve been 100% -90% of the time. I did eat lots of mono-meals (mostly breakfast, sometimes lunch) & I did make a habit of drinking plenty of water daily. I have been a cleaner eater since starting the HR&R challenge. I’ve learned more about eating fruit & food combining. My system is working much better now. (-like clockwork *wink*) I’ve also met new friends that are fruitarian or 80/10/10 & thriving. I’m grateful for my food blog. It has kept me on track. I can always review the months or weeks past & see what my patterns have been. It’s been a joy for me to record everything I eat & to share it with others. This week I will post where my diet is headed next.

Exercise- Daily vigorous movement, as much as 1-3 hours (in total).
The thread that I started on 30 Bananas-a-Day has helped me with this. There were so many days that I didn’t feel like exercising, but since I had to post daily what I was doing (sometimes announcing it before it was done), I had to do it. Or at least do something. I also teamed up with friends for a park run or a yoga class weekly. This was also very helpful. I am so clear that community & support are the keys to success. I perform much better when I am in the company of others. I am going to continue to post my exercise daily.

Spirit- Daily moments of allowing and flowing.
I’m getting much better at this. I’ve felt so much more peace lately. There was one (or two) weeks were I was emotionally all over the place. But for the most part I’ve been balanced. This summer I am looking into taking a few workshops in Lily Dale, New York. I feel like I need some inspiration & guidance on tuning into spirit. I know there is another level that is at my finger tips. I just can’t reach it yet. But I am working towards it.

Education- I have so many books I am dying to read right now. Most of the books are health related or discuss the creative process.
I did really well with this in the first few months. Last month I didn’t read as much as I wanted to. But now I’m missing it & would like to catch up on my reading. I’m planning a trip to Chicago. I have a feeling I will be doing lots of reading there. I’m very excited about this.

And that all folks. It’s a wrap.

..Of course you know that I am planning another challenge for myself. What would my life be like without them? Not as silly as it is now. -I love it!



HOT, Raw & RICH!


I am creating a 100 day challenge for myself. I want to devote time and space daily to 5 areas of my life where I would like to see progress. I’ve named the challenge “Hot, Raw & Rich!” because I was inspired by Therese De Wolf‘s Raw, Hot & Rich Experiment. It’s quite interesting. She was doing AMAZING, then all of a sudden, she fizzled out. Mid challenge she was a powerhouse [video link] and really funny, then at about day  80 the energy went down. The downhill slide started with a foot injury [video link], then she started falling prey to the media’s negativity about the financial crisis [video link], by the end she was back to eating (some) cooked food. 

I would like to pick up where she left off. I think it was a brilliant idea and should live on. 

My “Hot, Raw & Rich!” 100 day challenge…

Work- Daily work on creative projects that are important to me. I will create two new (additional) blogs. One will be centered around health, the other will be centered around the creative process and being an artist.

Diet- Daily 100% raw vegan meals (mostly 80/10/10 style, lots of fruit and mono-meals) and drinking water as a priority. I find that my days are transformed when I drink 1 liter first thing in the morning, before any food. Then another 1-2 liters before the day is over.

Exercise- Daily vigorous movement, as much as 1-3 hours (in total). It sounds like a lot, but it’s not. In New York City people walk everywhere. A combo of yoga classes, trampoline jumping, dancing, trail running, and strength training will be sprinkled through out the week. 

Spirit- Daily moments of allowing and flowing. Letting go of extra stuff in my life (this includes, dis-empowering vocabulary and unproductive habits). Creating more with less, feeling more with less. Taking time for beauty acknowledgement, experiencing subtleties and  listening to silence. Trusting the universe and it’s perfect process. Getting out of my own way (and the universes way) so that magic can happen.

Education- I have so many books I am dying to read right now. I have a box of books that I am currently reading (it sits right next to my bed) and I have another box of books arriving shortly in the mail. Most of the books are health related or discuss the creative process.

I will keep you posted on what I am reading, eating and doing via Twitter, I will also post a SIFL blog entry every so often about the 100 day challenge.

I just want to say a few words about the word rich. I’m not sure how Therese meant it in her original challenge, but I’m clear about my definition for this challenge. I am looking to BE rich. To embody it. (I think Therese de Wolf wanted the same.) The definitions that describe the rich I’m referring to are; Yielding large returns; productive or fertile; fruitfulhighly valued; preciousabounding in agreeable or nutritive qualities; sweet, luscious, and high-flavored; full of sweet and harmonious sounds; abounding in beauty; gorgeous; abounding in humor; affording an abundant supply; strong; intense; marked by great fruitfulness; pleasantly full and mellow; containing large amounts of choice ingredients; of great worth or quality.

Wish me luck! Better yet, ..join me!

Sending Therese the biggest hug of support and gratitude ever! I’m sure she is doing AMAZING and living life to it’s fullest potential. Infinite LOVE from me is being sent her way! Xo!Thank you.