I have returned from a wonderful weekend in New York – my first trip back since moving to Colorado Springs six months ago. Why New York? To attend, and speak at, The Seed!
Tofu Scramble and a New York (!!!) Bagel with Vegan Herb Cream Cheese
Vegan Pancakes and Banana-Chocolate Bread
Don’t you kind of want to move in with Ethan and Michael? I do and Dave totally understands.
Saturday morning we three hopped a train into the city and enjoyed a fun-filled day at the vegan expo in SoHo. Jasmin and Mariann wowed the crowd during their talk “Fed Up!”. Immediately after, Jenny Brown spoke on her work to save farmed animals. I had to duck out early because I was on a panel discussing starting or sustaining a vegan business.
Here’s one tip from my remarks: Think about where you stand on your veganism and how that will play out in your business. Meaning I’m very clear that I am an ethical vegan but when I’m teaching classes or coaching my opinions are not the point. I focus on where my client or student is and if she’s not vegan and doesn’t want to be, that’s fine (before I was vegan, I was not). I’ll do whatever I can to encourage her to eat more plants knowing each time she has a vegan meal it’s good news for animals.
Saturday night I met Jasmin and my friend Megan for dinner at Blossom (on 9th Ave.). I feasted on chickpea latkes, seitan scallopini and a chocolate-banana pudding.
On Sunday I caught Gena and Kathy’s talk on smoothies before I headed to do my own presentation. Last year I was on a panel discussing vegan blogging and this year I was invited back to talk specifically about how to move one’s activism beyond the blog.
I can’t lie – I was pleasantly surprised to see a full room of people, most of whom identified as bloggers (or intending to blog). Their smiling faces put me at ease and I went for it!
I focused mostly on the importance of self-reflection- know your own blog niche/voice and your own skills and interests. Once you have identified those you can begin to think about how you can use your voice and skills to work on behalf of animals. My concluding advice included the notion that while social networking is key for blogging, at the local level newspapers and radio matter so get to know your local media. I also encouraged people who choose to move their activism into a paid profession to never apologize for wanting to make a living by following their passion. Even though some of what I do for animals is now part of my career, I still volunteer and donate my skills and services. You can do both!
After my presentation I had some quality time with Gena
I returned to Michael and Ethan’s completly wiped out. But I am never too exhausted for a pressure cooker lesson! )I’ll save that adventure for a post later this week.)
It was wonderful to return to New York. It was even more wonderful to return home, to Colorado Springs. I’m doing laundry right now, however, so that I can pack again tomorrow…Portland and Vida Vegan Con, here I come!
Yesterday I asked you to share what types of cooking classes you are interested in and/or cooking topics you’d like to see addressed here on the blog. I got several emails last night with awesome suggestions. Please continue to let me know your Hot Cooking Topics of interest (and thanks)!