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Scott Dinsmore is a huge motivator to me.
Happy Birthday Scott.
I planned my SE Asia backpacking trip based on his live your legend goal setting guide. My to-do list is modeled from his daily/weekly/yearly planner.
He died hiking mount Kilimanjaro last year. It would have been his 35th birthday today. His wife sent out this video to the Live Your Legend network which I am still a part of.
I think his legend is pretty inspiring.
I climb to the top of mountains because I can, and I enjoy the way up and the way down. Thank you Scott for showing the world that we all can follow our dreams if we figure out what our dreams are, and have the courage to pursue them!
Easy Social Media Video Share Link: https://vimeo.com/208496125

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Letter to Live Your Legend Network from Scott’s Wife Chelsea…

Click here to read the full post on the Live Your Legend

Dearest Legends,

It has been awhile since I have written from my heart because my heart has been doing a lot discovering, and often times during discovery a voice needs to remain silent for a bit…

But today, April 3rd was Scott’s birthday, and I felt compelled to express my gratitude for this community. Scott was one of the most grateful and gracious people I have ever known and in honor of him (and because of all you have done for me), I say thank you – to each and every one of YOU.

I thank you for being here and remaining a part of this community through the bumpy ride it’s been to continue it since Scott’s passing. You all welcomed me with open arms as I found my way last year and continue to do so as my own personal journey evolves.

There are so many beautifully challenging things that reveal themselves in every journey and I am doing my best to find the purpose in all of them. So, a quick update on what’s been going on behind the scenes… At the end of 2016, I (what felt like overnight) began to feel out of alignment. I felt a calling to continue to honor Scott through keeping Live Your Legend going strong but also felt called to honor myself and my own dreams, in addition.

To get back to feeling aligned, in January of this year I made the decision to bring on two partners to help me run Live Your Legend: Lonnie Rush and Jake Taylor, who were close friends of Scott. They were a part of the Lake Tahoe mastermind sessions that shaped Live Your Legend and were with Scott in Omaha every year to learn from Warren Buffett at the Berkshire meeting.  Their strong operational and financial backgrounds will be a big help to Live Your Legend and allow me more time to do what I’m best at in growing and interacting with our amazing community.

Now I recognize how deeply fortunate I am but want to address the fact that this wasn’t the easiest decision to make, for number of reasons, but mostly because it meant is that I am now forced to face me…

Keeping Live Your Legend as my sole purpose would have undoubtedly been an honorable thing to do. Helping people lead better lives is a reputable and enjoyable way to spend your days. But in making the choice to step aside from actually running the business, (not back, just aside), I have to answer one of life’s biggest questions:

“Why are you here, Chelsea?”

I wasn’t ready to answer that last year while processing the deep loss. And trust me, since making that decision, I’ve many times wanted to backpedal from it, haha. But while it would have been much easier to continue to ride Scott’s wave, I am not here to live an easy life, I am here to live a meaningful one. And, if I have learned anything from surfing, it’s that catching your own wave is so worth it in the end. #yeeeeeew

So, I practiced what we preach at Live Your Legend, and instead of running to something else to fill an emotional void, I relinquished the pressure of Live Your Legend needing to be my sole source of income. Neither myself nor the partners are likely taking a salary this year because we wanted to be driven by the motive to keep Scott’s mission alive, rather than by stressing to meet certain revenue goals. I tapped into my savings account and came out to spend a few months in Australia becoming my own self-expert all over again.

Because my life changed so drastically and suddenly, it only makes sense that who I am and what I want out of life may have also changed… So, that’s what I came to discover. And once again, I recognize how fortunate I am, but also want to note that the decision to welcome change in a fairly comfortable situation does require some level of courage.  Much more on that in a post coming soon…

Meanwhile, as Scott’s birthday was nearing, I have had many in our community approach me about ways to honor Scott on what would have been his 35th birthday. And I personally believe that there is no greater way to continue to love, thank and remember a man who impacted so many than to, not only live and breathe what he stood for, but to also spread the message that he believed in so deeply.

And that is why I am honored to share this compilation that Live Your Legend member and How to Connect With Anyone graduate Ryan Foss put together to tell the amazing Live Your Legend story (so far!).  Thank You Ryan!

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Scott said it time and time again: when you do the things that inspire you, it inspires others to do the things that inspire them. That is how we create a ripple effect that becomes unstoppable.

If you believe in this mission, this community and what Scott set out to do, I encourage you to first and foremost, live it, but also to share the message with those around you and inspire them as well.

We each have an opportunity to do our small, but meaningful part to change the world.

So today (and everyday), I do my part to live my legend but I also share what Scott stood for with the world around me. If you believe in the Live Your Legend mission, I hope you’ll feel compelled to do the same with your friends and family – who knows, maybe it’ll make a massive difference to spark the change in someone’s life…

Happy birthday to the amazing Scott Luckey Dinsmore…

Here’s to continuing to fight the good fight,

Chelsea Dinsmore

P.S. Here’s a link for easily sharing the new video on social media: https://vimeo.com/208496125

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TRUTH. MATTER. LIFE. LIGHT. LOVE. SOUL.TRUTH
That is what my ToDo list is called. And everything that is included on the ToDo list must be aligned with the following intentions:
Review your overarching purpose and timeline: SIMPLE*JOYFUL*CONNECTEDNESS
  1. Passionate & actionable progression towards my degree & Career goals- Don’t get stressed about school work /Time Mgmt with Center
  2. Maintain strong relationships with cherished and unique people in my life- say NO to projects so I can say YES to friends (When I want!!)
  3. Deepen my practice of sound health via heart soul mind and body – YOGA/Meditation/Morning Core/ Aerobic Commitment
  4. Life basics- TAKE CARE OF ME! Work/School/CommitmentsMe ~ Chores/Finances/Personal GrowthPlay/FitnessOther-What am I doing for Others?
  5. Start a family ? Take care of Dilly!! (and FiFi and Ryan)
  6. Progress with yogEEE foodEEE funEEE Philosopheee
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Check out this forum…

EEE Forum: Diverse Perspectives on Earth Stewardship
Under the theme of “Religion and Theology in the Public Square,” three panelists will present quite different perspectives on caring for the earth from 1:30 to 3:30pm in Shattuck Hall at the Iliff School of Theology on Tuesday, January 17th. The event is co-sponsored by the Ethics and Ecological Economics (EEE) Forum at Iliff and Colorado Interfaith Power & Light.
Parking info is here<http://www.iliff.edu/connect/contact-us/map-directions>.

 

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  1. BE YOUR CONNECTED SELF. America is founded on the freedom of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. You are a strong, courageous, open, accepting individual and just because your ideals may not match with those of our new president, does not mean you have to concede to those ideals. That is part of the glory of our country. You are an individual who makes America great, and can make America greater- together, united. No more hate on either side. You are in control of your attitude, perspective, and action regardless of the powers that be. Choose to move forward as a positive, contributing, open member of society. Remember that happiness is not circumstantial (aka dependent on who the president is). You can choose to find joy through your resilience, your respect, your care, your belief in yourself and your connectedness to fellow American citizens.  
  2. DROP YOUR EGO AND LISTEN. We all need to listen to each other and stop being so inclined to judge one another based on a check mark on a ballot. Remember that majority of the country was not voting for who they believed to be an ideal candidate anyway- red, blue, green, or otherwise. Ask without judgment, Why? Converse with the purpose of understanding. Drop assumptions on what it means to vote for a candidate other than one you identify with.  Maybe you will even learn a thing or two and can take this as an opportunity to better understand yourself.
  3. TAKE ACTION, BE ENGAGED. Accept this as an imminent sign that massive overhaul to our political system needs to happen. Bring on a bigger and brighter grassroots progressive agenda. Our system is set up for engagement through collective action and one individual can make that happen. Local candidates can be swayed by your opinion if you find enough constituents to stand with you. Call, meet, interact, and be involved yourself. That way, you are empowering change directly- or at least you can know for yourself that you tried your very hardest. 
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This article is a culmination of all I am learning in my international development program, all I have experienced in my travels, all my motivation for Food System Change! Listen America. Kudos to Civil Eats, Author Jenifer Lentfer, and Yonas Yimer for your leadership in food sovereignty and spreading the word.

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Guest post by Andre Roux, Director of 25 Farms, My CSA go to and Chef of Hunger, Faith & Food Conference…

Butter Lettuce
Kale

Hot off the heels of the Hunger Faith and Food Conference. 

Well, the conference was a success! In partnering with about a dozen non-profit organizations around Denver, we were able to make a meal for about 200 people. The only problem we ran into was that the biggest storm in a decade hit Denver and the city basically shut down. That put a damper on things. We still had about 100 people in attendance, but the meal moved forward nonetheless.

Above, are two pictures from the event taken by someone with a cellphone (weather prevented the professional photographed from showing up). The pictures and the plating aren’t great, but I’m confident we had the busiest lunch in Denver that day, so I won’t complain.   Both meals are made from rice and beans and the same base ingredients, but are radically different from one another. The basic meal is a SNAP benefit meal of rice and beans with commonly available condiments (a Have-Not meal). The other meal (a Have’s Meal) is a rice flour ravioli, stuffed with fermented black beans, creamy risotto cooked in a vegetable stock, smoked shiitake mushrooms, served with a sundried tomato mousse, and tomato-infused pepper oils. Again, the ingredients were almost identical for each meal, but we wanted to show-taste-touch-smell-swallow, the difference that access to resources makes in the lives of those who live in poverty and those who do not. 

Food is a very powerful communicator. How we eat can say more about how we live than what jobs we have, cars we drive, and friends we keep. For some of us, our eating habits can compete with our closest family and friends in describing who we are; the grab-and-go foods, the midnight-fridge-raids, family dinner nights, comfort food, and the junk food dancing in our mouths like nobody is watching! All of these are just a few ways food betrays our deepest intimacies and relationships with the outside world. Tell me HOW a person eats for 25 days, and I’ll show you everything you would want to know about that person. Our identities are right there in front of our noses: income levels, world location, education, job type, stress-level, free-time, family-time, food allergies, I can go on for a while and I bet you could too. There was a study a while back that demonstrated a correlation between people who parked by reversing into the parking space and people who were successful in life. Reverse-parkers demonstrate a higher than average ability to delay gratification and therefore are on average more successful in life.  Just imagine what your food says about your ability to delay gratification and be successful.  In a country struggling with an obesity epidemic, food is the biggest struggle we face with self-control while at the same time also the most masked systemic exploitation of eaters by corporations providing low-cost unhealthy food to the public and then claiming it’s just the public’s responsibility and lack of self-control that leads to obesity. These two pictures encapsulate food for me and express the tensions of it. While I’m not aiming for an art project here (some James Franco thing), I feel this tension in a food system that is both broken and beautiful, and cannot genuinely do one without exposing the other. It is the Ugh and Mhmm of Food. Jekyll and Hyde on a plate. 

In closing, I ask: What does the food of 25 Farms say about our daily lives? Our value of living wages? Of healthy eating? Of convenience? Of relationships? 

André

IN YOUR DELIVERY THIS WEEK!
Butter Lettuce
Kale
Swiss Chard
Green Star Lettuce
Romaine
Tatsoi
Mint
Blank

From The GrowHaus:
Butter Lettuce
Kale
Greenstar Lettuce

From Colorado Aquaponics:
Tatsoi
Rainbow Chard
Mint
Romaine Lettuce

WHAT’S COOKING?

Here’s what every salad needs:

Vegetables [Greens/Raw/Grilled/Roasted/Pickled]
+ Dressing [Vinaigrette/Creamy]
+ Crunchies [Seeds/Nuts/Croutons/Granola]
+ Optional Protein [Meat/Cheese/More Cheese]
+ Optional Extras [Herbs/Fruit/Grains/Etc.]
= Salad!

summer-squash-slaw-with-feta-and-toasted-buckwheat
Is Summer Squash Slaw a salad? You bet it is. Photo: Christina Holmes

The Veg
Look, it’s a salad. You’re going to need to put some veggies in there. 

Choose at least one, or as many as you want:
Greens: Raw greens are what most people think when they hear the word “salad.” And with good reason: Most greens are better eaten fresh. Choose tender lettuce leaves and greens, like spinach, Bibb or Little Gem, for more delicate salads; spicy or bitter greens, like arugula, dandelion greens, or chicory, for bossy vinaigrettes; or sturdy greens, like thinly sliced kale, for marinated and massaged salads.

Raw: Lettuce and greens aren’t the only ones who can go raw. Try using a vegetable peeler to make fibrous veggies more palatable (looking at you, asparagus). For crunchy vegetables, like kohlrabi, just chop them into bite-size pieces and throw them in. For usually-cooked vegetables, like beetsand squash, either slice them very thinly or grate them to make them easier to digest. 

Grilled: Grilling vegetables like alliums, squash, eggplant, and more, adds smokiness and, depending on how aggressive you get, a nice char. If you can dream it, you can grill it (yep, even greens)—so provided your Weber is at the ready, feel free to toss those veggies on the barbie.

Roasted: And, as the saying goes: If you can grill it, you can roast it. At least, it’s a saying now. Go easy on the oil, so your vegetables aren’t weighted down with grease.

Pickled: Pickled vegetables add a funky, fermented note, and bump up the flavor in a big way. Combine them with raw vegetables or greens for a one-two punch; they’re a bit too intense to make up an entire salad.

grilled-zucchini-and-leeks-with-walnuts-and-herbs
Grilled veg, a bracing vinaigrette, crunchy nuts, and fresh herbs? Yep, it’s a salad. Photo: Ryan Liebe

The Dressing
Without a dressing, your salad is just a sad bowl of vegetables. 

Choose one
Vinaigrette: A classic vinaigrette is made with fat and acid; traditionally, olive oil and either vinegar or lemon juice. But these days, you can get crazy with your vinaigrettes. Feel free to add warm bacon fat (it will solidify at room temperature), or experiment with a variety of vinegars and citrus juices.

Thick and Creamy: Hearty salads with big flavors can stand up to creamy, rich dressings like ranch or buttermilk. Not sure what dressing your salad can handle? This guide breaks it down.

collard-greens-salad-with-ginger-and-spicy-seed-brittle
Spicy seed brittle takes this collard greens salad to the next level. Photo: Nicole Franzen

The Crunchies
Having something to really sink your teeth into makes any salad feel more satisfying.

Choose at lease one, or as many as you want:
Seeds: Some of our favorite options: Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds (go easy on ’em; too many can taste fishy), sunflower seeds, and hemp seeds.

Nuts: Toast them first to bring out their flavor, and chop them for easier bites.

Croutons: We like homemade. Use any old loaf you have on hand. Or, pita bread!

Savory Granola: We always keep a batch of this close-by. Cayenne and fennel makes it savory.

pomegranate-molasses-chicken-with-bulgur-salad
Chicken! Bulgur! Pistachios! This salad has a little bit of everything—and not too much of anything. Photo: Peden + Munk

The Optionals
You could certainly stop there. But why not make it a meal?

Choose as many as you want.
Fresh herbs: Add big handfuls of tender and soft herbs, like mint, parsley, cilantro, and basil. These work better with lighter vinaigrettes than thick dressings.

Fruit: Think beyond the berry. If it’s ripe and ready, why not? Choose fruits that are complementary in flavor to the rest of your ingredients. Yes, avocado counts. Equally tasty: dried fruit, like raisins, dried cranberries, or dehydrated apple. 

Protein: Cold leftover roasted chicken, hot and crispy ground lambpoached eggs, basically any cheese ever… a little protein goes a long way when it comes to rounding out a salad. But let the vegetables be the star; there’s a time and a place for an ax-handle steak, and it’s not on your kale.

Grains & Carbs: The easiest way to bulk up a salad is with a small addition of cooked grains, like quinoa, bulgur, couscousbarleyfarrowheat berries…you get the picture. Be mindful that the grains will soak up more dressing than the veg, so adjust accordingly.
Originally written by Rochelle Billow, published at Bon Appetit: http://www.bonappetit.com/test-kitchen/how-to/article/how-to-make-a-perfect-salad

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As president, I lead a group of Korbel Grad Students towards internationally focused sustainable development efforts.

SIDI

Sustainable International Development Initiatives

Damola, our marketing wiz, just created our logo and wanted to share….

Sidi Logo

Here is the meaning:

The simple yet meaningful and comprehensive SIDI logo is designed to encompass the four pillars of development:

  1. Green – “environment”
  2. Blue – “social”
  3. Orange – “economic”
  4. Grey “culture” (but can also be “institutions” or “governance”)

 

The pillars represent the cross-cutting contextual issues of international sustainable development.

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