After so many motivating posts from friends I began to regret declining the opportunity. After a good night sleep I decided I could get up at 4 am and still be able to function as a teacher later in the day. I would just have to have everything prepped the day before. I was prepared to write an email asking for another chance. I was pleasantly surprised to see that they wanted to know what other weekend day I could be available, so I let them know when I was available and when my other class dates were and we set it up for Sunday morning in the 8 am hour. I talked on the phone with the producer and sent her some notes and started figuring out how to prepare.
I’ve been on the news a few times as a volunteer at the Roseville Utility Exploration Center, talking about non toxic cleaners and how to wrap gifts without waste, but for me this was different. I’m standing in front of my community and declaring that I know something about being healthy. I worry that people have high expectations of people who step up to claim they know something about health. I worry that people will see me eating at a restaurant and think I’m a hypocrite. When I have doubts I remember what Laura Jacobs said many times in her Holistic Healing course, “You know enough to help someone”. That I believe completely. I know what has worked for me with my family’s health challenges, so I can speak from experience. Some people will listen to me and others will dismiss me and that’s OK. I want to be an example of a real person who has made changes over time to improve my health, and I believe I am.
One of the things I love most about The Green Smoothie Girl is her realistic approach to eating well. She doesn’t like to use labels and she doesn’t expect perfection. She understands that we are up against an entire culture of bad eating habits. She instead likes to focus on adding great things to your eating habit knowing the more high nutrition foods you put into your body the less room you have for edible items that don’t feed your body. I believe success breeds more success. One good habit can improve how you feel and motivate you to take the next step.
Dina said she was so excited to learn more about smoothies because she just bought a Ninja blender for Christmas. She made sure she had my name correct and a few details and we waited. Finally it was time I actually don’t remember much of what was said, I know I had somewhere between 2-4 minutes to get a lot of info in. I had a check list in my mind of things I wanted to say and I think I got most of them in. I was looking at Dina most of the time, but I think I saw the smoothie recipe on the monitor when I did the very brief demo. When it was over they asked me to leave the stuff up to take a picture. I was so happy to get a chance to get a picture. When the show was over Brittany took pictures for us. I really think I need a new phone, my iPhone 3 didn’t take a very good picture.
The best part was after the show was finished, I gave each of the newscasters a sample of smoothie and they all liked it. Dina and Tracy were very excited about how easy it was and asked a lot of questions. I didn’t really plan on offering them any tools, but I sold them a few of the books I had for display and talked about smoothies and other things they can do to improve their health. They both said they want to start drinking smoothies and will keep each other accountable.
This was such an amazing opportunity and it was so much fun. I’m not sure what the results will be, but I’ve had an increase in likes on my Facebook page and a few new people sign up for classes. If I can help one person change a few habits, it will be worth all the nerves and self-doubt that I went through to talk myself into putting my self out there for all to see and judge.