Kevin and Stephanie Cottrell. They not only opened their home to complete strangers (Me and Mr. Paleo) but they made sure we were well taken care of. They made us feel comfortable in their home, fed us and worked out with us -- We will forever be indebted to them because of their kindness. It may seem like a small thing to some, but it meant the world to us.
Tara: Tara blogs over at Primal Girl in a Modern World and to say that we connected would be an understatement. Tara is AH.MA.ZING! Her story blows me away every time (yes i have read it more than once) I read it. She is a gifted writer, a hard worker, a talented seamstress, and just an all around GREAT person. She'll be speaking at PrimalCon 2012 - can't wait to hear what she has to say - i know it will be great!
Day 1 Highlight:
Besides getting to hang out with paleo rock stars like Robb Wolf, Jimmy More, Nora Gedgaudas, Chris Kresser and Diane Sanfilippo, Dr. Jack Kruse of Optimal health gave an opening speech that was beyond inspiring. I must admit that I was a little afraid of what he was going to say because he admitted to scrapping his original speech in favor of 'winging it'. His talk was inspiring. He called upon each of us to stop burning each other within the Paleo community but instead to light the fire for those who need us - those who need to see the Paleo light - to be the old man that would make a difference for the starfish. As if i were not hyper enough, his speech took it to a new level. I LOVED IT!
Day 2 Highlight:
Mark Sisson talked about choices -- what I loved about it was that there was no judgement of the choices - there are no good or bad choices - just choices. Your choices determine your outcomes and it's up to YOU to perform your own science experiment. The outcomes can then be judged as good or bad for YOU. I loved it because it not only resonated with the whole 'unity' theme but it stuck with me because i am all for empowering people to make choices. To give them control of their outcomes. Then and only then can people be held accountable. Accountability is... well that's a whole other blog post...
Day 3 Highlight:
Dean Dwyer! Dean blogs over at Being Primal, is an amazing success story and has a book that he's about to release.I got the chance to chat with Dean on day 1 and instantly wanted to talk to him more. He's not a scientist and wasn't an athlete looking to improve performance. He was a normal guy trying to heal himself and found Paleo. I had read his blog and re-posted his posts because there is great stuff to be found there but meeting him in person brought a whole new level of awesomeness to him! In his talk, entitled "Paleo that Lasts", Dean outlined 21 points to make paleo last. You'll have to get the Paleo FX dvd to see the whole thing but what an awesome way to end day 3! I was even MORE fired up (if that's even possible) to help people make this thing last. What an inspiration!
I left this conference saddened because i honestly did not want it to end. The concentration of positive energy in that place was so inspiring that i wanted to stay there! Good news is that it's NOT going to end! I've decided to take flight... stay tuned. Big things are coming from Mrs. Paleo - aka starfish :)