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I’m Stepping Into a Bigger Pond

I used to be the only vegan I knew. That was a lonely place to be, so I shared some information and books with some friends, and pretty soon a few of them joined me. Yippee! Not an only-vegan anymore!

My now-husband, Charlie, wasn’t vegan when we met, but I had made a commitment to a vegan household so he knew that being vegan came with the territory if he wanted to be with me. He jokes that it was a “prenuptial agreement.” He loved the food, so it was easy for him to make the change. And after learning the reasons for being vegan, he became as committed as I was – - – okay, almost as committed as I was.

Alaska Vegetarian Society logo

Then I began teaching vegan cooking classes, and the pond of vegans began to grow more quickly. It was getting more fun every day to be vegan! Vegan potlucks, vegan study groups, a vegan cookbook, and the Alaska Vegetarian Society eventually evolved from those early efforts.

Last year I decided to play a bigger game, so Charlie and I created an online nutrition and cooking course (Yes To Life Nutrition & Cooking Course) that is accessible worldwide, to anyone with an internet connection. I’ve added coaching programs, VIP days, and an Immersion program. The momentum is growing.

That brings me up to yesterday. Drum roll please . . . .

Yesterday I received an invitation to be a speaker in the online tele-summit, Veganpalooza. So now I’m stepping into a much bigger pond. I’m excited, honored, and grateful for this opportunity!

Veganpalooza logoSo what is Veganpalooza? Last year’s premiere Veganpalooza was the largest worldwide vegan virtual event in history. When you register, you’ll get to hear interviews with world-class leaders in everything related to plant-based diets and a vegan lifestyle: health, vegan cooking, vegan fitness, compassion for animals, concern for the environment, and spiritual connection.

This free 4-day event takes place August 15-18, 2013, and you don’t want to miss it. You’ll learn the what’s, why’s, and how’s of incorporating healthier eating into your life AND contributing to a healthier, more compassionate world. (I wish I’d had an event like this to support me 20 years ago!)  Click here to register.

Veganpalooza is free to attend during these 4 days, but if you’re like me, you can’t drop everything else in your life for 4 days. So you have the option of investing in the VIP program which gives you access to the recorded interviews so you can listen at your convenience. You know how it is . . . you listen in your car, while you’re on your bike, in the kitchen, while taking a walk. We’re so used to having access anytime and anywhere, and the VIP program gives you that, for just $97.

In addition, there are some bonuses that are ONLY available to those who get the VIP program.  And I’m one of those bonuses! I’ll be speaking on Friday night at 6 p.m. Pacific time. I’d feel really honored to have you there  ;-)

As a kid, I was painfully shy and would have been horrified to even consider speaking to an international audience. Now, because I’m so committed to my mission of helping to create a healthier and more compassionate world, I’m totally honored to be able to step into this bigger pond. (Okay, maybe a little nervous, too.) But I know that as each of us takes the opportunity to share our own healthy messages with others, this world becomes just a bit friendlier and healthier. Thanks for all you do!

Please leave your comments below.  I would love to hear from you.


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16 Responses to I’m Stepping Into a Bigger Pond

  1. Merada August 13, 2013 at 4:43 PM #

    I think that is absolutely wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Nancy Nurse August 13, 2013 at 5:09 PM #

    Hi Delisa,

    We met in Costa Rica this past January while basking in the shade! I’m the gal from Ireland. I’m very excited for you! Congratulations!

    Nancy Brady, RN

    • Delisa Renideo August 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM #

      Hi Nancy,
      Yes, I remember you. That was a wonderful week :-)
      We’ve been having a fantastic summer in Alaska this year, so I wouldn’t rather be anywhere else right now. But maybe next February . . .

      Thanks so much for your note!

  3. Dianna August 13, 2013 at 5:14 PM #

    FANTASTIC! You deserve it!

  4. Jaime August 13, 2013 at 5:39 PM #

    That is very exciting, congratulations :)

  5. diane August 13, 2013 at 7:15 PM #

    Well deserved!

  6. Ley August 13, 2013 at 9:56 PM #

    Great news, Delisa. I’m not surprised at all at the invitation. What is the topic you’ll be speaking on?

    • Delisa Renideo August 13, 2013 at 11:24 PM #

      Hi Ley,
      I don’t know what sorts of questions he might ask me, but I plan to focus on “Born to be slim and healthy, but programmed to get fat and sick.” But since it’s a live, interactive event, there are always surprises. :-)

  7. Becky Roberts August 13, 2013 at 10:23 PM #

    I knew you when.

    Good luck. I’ll be listening.

    Becky Roberts

    • Delisa Renideo August 13, 2013 at 11:23 PM #

      You’re sweet :-)
      I found out tonight that I’ve been switched to Friday evening at 5 p.m. Not Thursday as originally planned. I hope the word gets out to those who planned on being there.

  8. Beth August 14, 2013 at 7:42 AM #

    Congratulations! I look forward to hearing you.

    • Delisa Renideo August 14, 2013 at 10:32 AM #

      Hi Beth,
      Thanks! I’m glad you’ll be there.
      Just want to be sure you know that my time slot got changed. I’m now going to be speaking on Friday night at 6 p.m. Pacific time.
      Thanks for your support!

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