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Life doesn’t always go as planned.

My grandpa passed away last week and so Regan and I ended up traveling to Salt Lake City for the services.

It was of course a sad and difficult event for our family and friends, and I’ve greatly appreciated the many condolences.

Grandpa lived a long, successful life and his unconditional support was the foundation of our family. His memory and legacy lives on.

And while heartbreaking, I think these difficult events also offer us a special opportunity. And that’s what I wanted to share with you today.

Life is a precious and fleeting affair, and the silver lining is the perspective that these events bring.

Sometimes we need a bit of jolt to shake us out of our routines and help us remember what really matters.

Times of tumult require deep reflection. And that crystallizes our deeper purpose and motivates us to make changes that we might not have made otherwise.

These moments help us discover or reinforce our Why.

I’ve found that many plant powered journeys are sparked by just such a moment.

It can be anything from watching an inspiring film, to stepping on a scale and saying enough is enough.

Sadly it’s often watching a loved one struggle with or even lose the battle to a serious health challenge.

Or a personal diagnosis, sitting in the Doctor’s office and hearing those words that you dreaded, wondering, “How did I get here?”

Whatever the situation, in an instant a decision is made, a new direction is taken, and behind that life altering action is the Why.

So today, I want to give you an opportunity to reconnect with your Why without the catalyst of an unfortunate life event.

Take a moment and remember what sparked you to make the decision to get healthy. Why did you make the decision to change your lifestyle?

Do you want to be around for your kids and grandkids and have enough energy to play with and take care of them?

Do you want to lead by example and leave a legacy of health and wellbeing for those who follow you?

Do you want a happy, healthy, and quality second half of life without the chronic health conditions that other loved ones have struggled with?

Are there items on your bucket list that you’ve yet to accomplish? Do you want to learn to play the piano, travel to Ecuador, or do life life changing, world-saving work?

Your Why is your most powerful motivator, so write it down and display it prominently.

Put it on the fridge or on the bathroom mirror.

Remind yourself daily why you have set a course for healthier living. Deep purpose is a powerful anchor when we are tempted to stray from the path.

If you don’t yet have a Why, take a moment and reflect.

Why do you want to get healthy? Why do you want to embrace a plant strong lifestyle?

Personal health goals? Compassion for all beings? Leaving the planet better than you found it?

Personal goals are great, but when we make the decision for a reason beyond ourselves the motivation is often even more powerful.

Connect your Why to your deepest values, the kind of life you want to live and the legacy you want to live behind.

My Why

I haven’t written out my own Why before this, and so I thought I’d take the opportunity and share it with you.

I choose to live in a way that uplifts the entire web of life on the planet, that nourishes my body, that supports the health of the planet and the ecology, and that helps me feel connected to all of life.

I choose a plant-based lifestyle for my own health and to lead by example, to support all people in living a life of health, harmony, and happiness.

Now That You Know My Why, What’s Yours?

I’d be so honored if you would share your Why with me in the comments below. I promise to read and respond to every one.

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