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How to Get What You Want Through Hard Work & Determination (Guest Post by HH Team Member Jamee!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guest

Over the years I've blogged numerous times about getting what you want, especially when it comes to pursuing something you love. (If you want to learn more about how to follow your dreams and live your passion, I cover this in detail in my second minimalist book, Zen Life.)

Since I've already shared my story, I've asked HH intern turned team member, Jamee, to write about how she got the job she wanted through hard work and determination. (If you've ever emailed support about a meal plan, etc. Jamee was likely the person helping you out!)

Hopefully it will inspire you to go after what you want :)

I'll let Jamee take it away...

During my sophomore year of college, I was enrolled in a class on writing for new media and internet journalism. One day we had a competition focused on who could take the information our professor gave us and distribute it among the various social media platforms most quickly and effectively. I kept winning. Even better, the dean of my college picked that day to drop in and observe the class. He looked at me and said, “Whatever you do…it’s going to be on the Internet.”

It was such a short phrase, and arguably more of a statement than a compliment, but I always decided to be proud of it. After this experience, you’d think I wouldn’t have been surprised when I found out I’d gotten an internship with Happy Herbivore last year. But I was! (In case you missed it, I wrote about my internship and just how excited I was here.)

While interning at HH, I was also working at Whole Foods Market, and I’ll never forget this phrase I picked up from them: “Run it like you own it!” The idea behind the phrase is to take your job (no matter how small or “low on the totem pole” it may be) seriously and be the expert at whatever your assigned tasks are.

As an intern, my primary job was managing the recipe-testing group for Lindsay’s upcoming cookbook Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings (Hi, testers!). I decided immediately that I would take a page from WFM and run the testing group like I owned it! I made myself available at all hours of the day to answer questions, and was always checking in with the group to see if there was anything I could do to help. I re-evaluated my tactics every day to find out what could be improved about the process.

My efforts paid off when Lindsay asked me if I’d be interested in working for HH after my internship ended! I was thrilled. It felt like all of my hard work – not just during my internship, but also throughout college and leading up to that – had paid off. If I hadn’t have been enrolled in college, honing a specific skill set, I wouldn’t have gotten the internship at HH. Without the internship, I wouldn’t have been offered a job!

Everything was coming together, and I knew working for Lindsay and the entire Happy Herbivore team was what I wanted my next step to be. So when the end of my internship didn’t line up with an open assistant position, that didn’t stop me from expressing my intention to work for HH when the time was right. It ended up being only a few short months before an email from Lindsay popped up in my inbox, asking me if I wanted to come work. The answer was most definitely yes!

I graduated in May with my bachelor’s degree in health communication, and I had my job with HH before I even put on the cap and gown. I’m 22 years old, have an entry-level position in a field I love, and am finally at the point where I feel like anything is really possible. You just have to set your sights on a goal, and never take no for an answer when you reach the setbacks. There will always be hurdles and challenges, but that’s when you find out if you really want it badly enough. The path you take may not look exactly like you thought it would, but there’s always a way forward.

So far, the dean and his prediction for my future have been spot on. Without the internet, I wouldn’t be able to sit at my desk in downtown Salt Lake City, doing my part to make Happy Herbivore run smoothly, while Lindsay and the rest of the team work hard at HH Headquarters. In fact, without the internet, there would be no Happy Herbivore at all!

Sure, there’s a sea of wastefulness to be found on the Internet. But amidst that sea, there are lighthouses of wonder and joy that draw people in. Spreading light and love to those who are looking. Happy Herbivore has been one of those beacons of light for me from the moment I first found it. A welcoming, nonjudgmental approach to healthy eating and living, that I now get to be a part of. How does it get any better?

Black Bean Tortas, Chickpea & Vegetable Tagine, Chipotle Pinto Beans & Kale Tostadas & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

This week's meal plan is loaded with exciting new flavors and healthy eats!

Enjoy tastes from around the world with these brand new recipes: Black Bean Tortas (NEW!), Chipotle Pinto Beans & Kale Tostadas (NEW!), Chickpea & Vegetable Tagine (NEW!), and Indonesian Stir-Fry Noodles (NEW!).

Chipotle Pinto Beans & Kale Tostadas

Individual Highlights

  • Chipotle Pinto Beans & Kale Tostadas (NEW!)
  • Black Bean Tortas (NEW!)
  • Balsamic Sweet Potato & Spinach Salad
  • Indonesian Stir-Fry Noodles (NEW!)
  • Polenta & Black Beans
  • Chickpea & Vegetable Tagine (NEW!)
  • Chocolate Cherry Shake (NEW!)

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Chickpea & Vegetable Tagine

Family Highlights

  • Chickpea & Vegetable Tagine (NEW!)
  • BBQ Tofu Nuggets
  • Indonesian Stir-Fry Noodles (NEW!)
  • Chipotle Pinto Beans & Kale Tostadas (NEW!)
  • Southwestern Bean Burgers
  • Veggie Club
  • Black Bean Tortas (NEW!)

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Black Bean Tortas

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Herbies of the Week: Jill & Gloria (They've Lost 45lbs Together!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

Meet our Herbies of the Week: Jill & Gloria!

Earlier this summer, Gloria left this comment on the Happy Herbivore Facebook page:

"My partner and I went vegan March 6th 2013. We educated ourselves with books, documentaries, and articles off the Internet. We came across your 1st cookbook. And now we own all of them. It has helped us with eating healthy and our weight loss. We haven't hit our goal yet but we're closer than ever. We have never felt this good before. We not only feel good physically but mentally as well. Knowing we are doing good for the animals. Knowing no animal has been exploited for our food and clothing. And no animal had to be experimented on for our beauty products. Thank you Happy Herbivore. We just wanted to share our story."

As soon as I read that, I knew Gloria and Jill were the perfect candidates for the Herbie of the Week series!

Here's their story in their own words...

My partner Gloria and I decided to transition into a vegan lifestyle in March of 2013. It all started after a week-long marathon of watching "Forks Over Knives", "Earthlings", "Food, Inc.", "Supersize Me", etc. I was awakened at about 2 in the morning by Gloria pleading with me, “I want to go vegan!!” My response was that we could talk about it in the morning, and rolled over and went back to sleep. She was skeptical that I would be okay with all of this.

I have always been plagued by horrible allergies. To the point of an almost perpetual sinus infection and weekly allergy injections on top of medications. When I awoke that morning, I started researching. I read that one of the biggest attributes to bad allergies was dairy consumption. This alone was reason for me to give going vegan a try. So, we talked when she woke up and made the decision. We were going to go vegan. Her reasoning was largely from an ethical standpoint, and mine was from the health side (in the beginning).

Initially, we were going to start to phase out the groceries we already had in the refrigerator and freezer and make a slow transition. This process lasted only a couple of days when we made the decision to get rid of all food products we had that were non-vegan and just dive in. From there, we headed to our local Whole Foods and began the process of veganizing our lives from pantry to closets.

The first book Gloria got me was "The Happy Herbivore Cookbook”. This book was the beginning of so many changes to be made in our everyday food preparation. From the no oil usage to the mouth-watering sauces, we were hooked! Since then we have purchased all of her wonderful cookbooks, and use them to guide most every meal we make.

In the last year, Gloria has lost 30 pounds and I have lost 15. We both feel so much better in every way imaginable. From our mental clarity to our clearer consciences. Gloria was recently diagnosed with an endocrine disorder and we know that things would have been so much worse for her had we not already adopted this healthy change in our lives.

I have been 100% off the allergy injections for well over a year now and feel great! We most definitely attribute Lindsay’s books and contagious positive attitude through social media to our continued success. We feel better, look better, and are looking forward to living the rest of our lives in exactly this fashion! Thank you and best wishes to everyone who is traveling down this same path in their lives.

Thank you so much Jill & Gloria for sharing your story with us!