• INSTAGRAM: May 04, 2017 at 12:22AM

    via @nayyirah.waheed. simple. powerful. and something the women in my life remind each other of often. thank you for showing up. thank you for creating greatness. thank you for holding the standard: @lacie_mackey, @gigemlindsey, @createsplendor, @codiesanchez, @pendergrasskp
    @susanyara

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  • INSTAGRAM: May 03, 2017 at 03:24PM

    I have a Valentina. My Valentina Bad. My Valentina Hood. My Valentina does stuff your Valentina wish she could. Like, make these Banana Hazelnut Cupcakes w/o any added sugar/sweetener. Yes, please.
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    What is a Valentina? Or rather, who is @createsplendor? She is my first official hire! Up until a couple of months ago, my businesses (Mary, The Paleo Chef + Phat Fudge) have been started, scaled, and run by just me and my occasional eye-twitch.
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    Valentina reached out, sharing a story that sounded very familiar about saying BYE to corporate life in SF, selling all her belongings, and starting over in LA to pursue her own entrepreneurial wellness dreams. RESPECT.
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    Knowing my story, she offered up her services to me in any capacity I might need it to continue scaling up. We met, and as with most decisions in my life, my gut knew the moment we sat down at Erewhon that she was special…and that I couldn’t afford her.
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    Which is precisely why I had to hire her and challenge myself (and her) to really level up the business so I could have her on my team. Your first hire is THIS important, and rather than outsource it or try to find someone to pay as little as possible, I needed another rockstar who gets it, gets me, and knows how to rally in an unpredictable environment. Finding that is difficult and priceless.
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    The gratitude I have for her cannot be articulated properly, so I guess we’ll just have to show you via the continued growth of the business, my maturity, and her business, too. That’s really important to me, that she can grow while working with me, not simply for me.
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    To call her an assistant is a massive downplay of her skills as she speaks 3+ languages, is a martial artist, talented graphic designer, coder, photographer, writer, and speaks fluent Mary…meaning when I’m confused, short, unmotivated, whatever, she knows exactly what I need. Basically, she is family now whether she likes it or not. #pleasedontleaveme
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    Jokes aside, I am thrilled to introduce her to you all. If you get the pleasure to interact with her via @phatfudge or email or otherwise, know you’re interacting with a rockstar. Awesome begets awesome, after all. #eatplaycrush

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  • INSTAGRAM: May 02, 2017 at 11:06PM

    PLAYOFF SALAD!!!! I CAN’T NOT USE CAPS RIGHT NOW. DUBS! JOY! SPORTS! #hypetype
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    Check it, locked and loaded: Shrimp. Butternut Squash Fries. Sautéed Shiitake Mushrooms. Arugula. Cilantro. Jalapeño. Avocado. Walnuts. Pepper. Smokey Seasoning. Creamy Garlic & Pepper Dressing. 👌
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    Spent a good chunk of time at the camera store seriously upgrading the set up which means I will be putting in late hours catching up on all that I was going to catch up on so, double catch up.
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    But first, BASKETBALL! And then a pot of coffee. Don’t try this at home, kids. I’m a professional…at nothing, but do need to wire-up to handle my stuff. Ole! #eatplaycrush

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  • INSTAGRAM: May 02, 2017 at 11:07AM

    woke up this morning. that was rad. 🙃 via @theawkwardyeti #eatplaycrush

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  • INSTAGRAM: May 01, 2017 at 11:02PM

    A place to sit and think. Or un-think, rather. 🤔
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    Venice Beach, after some Mezcal tonight and before oysters and tartare. Trips are fun but I love being home. 💜 #eatplaycrush

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  • INSTAGRAM: April 30, 2017 at 12:12PM

    Bruuuuuunch. 😍 Ribeye & Huevos at @fourseasons con mi amigo nuevo @karmahouston. Did I say that correctly? #eatplaycrush #teachmespanish

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  • INSTAGRAM: April 29, 2017 at 08:11PM

    This is different. Or is it? 🙃 Brought to you by YouTube tutorials and designers I cannot pronounce.

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  • INSTAGRAM: April 29, 2017 at 12:56PM

    Life Hack Numero Uno: Gratitude 👌 #eatplaycrush

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  • INSTAGRAM: April 29, 2017 at 10:34AM

    Good Morning from Mexico City and my pork belly breakfast plate. ☀️
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    Spent the morning speaking broken Spanish (really, really broken Spanish) with locals about food as medicine. There is a huge focus on organic, anti-inflammatory foods, and the gut-mind connection here so even with the pauses to look up translations back and forth, we are totally speaking the same language.
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    After learning about popular naturopath facility nearby, shared a list of book recommendations to pass on, particularly Wired to Eat so I hope @dasrobbwolf has a translated copy coming out soon!
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    One more day of wedding related things before I head back home. Fun/funny tidbit, even in my introverted-sitting-solo-glory last night, I somehow became the official digestive enzyme slanger. Probably because as soon as I hear someone concerned about their tummy in relation to what they are eating my knee-jerk reaction is to blurt out: Hey! Need some enzymes?!
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    That’s not weird or anything. #eatplaycrush

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  • INSTAGRAM: April 28, 2017 at 01:41PM

    😍 From @porchettadf, Pork loin, rubbed with fennel, sage, and rosemary. +greens +tomatoes +onions +avocado +evoo dressing
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    Bonus: Roasted potatoes with garlic, parsley, and black salt.
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    Powered through most of what needed to get done for @phatfudge + events/restaurant consulting. Power walked through the city for a bit. Powered through this delicious meal. And now about to power nap before tonight’s festivities. 💃🏻
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    The little piglet in the photo is an inside thing with my friend. She has one too (her gift to me) and we carry them on us, sending little ‘hello, ilu’ photos back and forth. Yay, connections. 💜 #eatplaycrush

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