My Raw Food Faerytale

Real Food Reboot

Hi there! It’s been awhile since I wrote to you, and a lot has been happening behind the scenes at the Raw Foods Witch and in my personal life. Since starting this website and business in 2009 I’ve… Tried every type of raw food eating plan out there Done some detoxing, rebounding, and hot yoga-ing…

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Winners Announced + Something’s Brewing…

Contest Winners Announced I had a really hard time choosing the summer wrap up contest winners. That’s why I brought in my magickal assistant Christina to help me decide on the winners. (And so I could be held accountable too!) We went with our intuition, and relied on people’s passion as our selection process. It…

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Summer Personal Update + Contest

Important: Please read to the end of this post for a special summer wrap up contest! It’s super easy to enter, so read on! It’s been awhile since I wrote a personal update about what’s going on in my life. A lot has changed in these past few months, and I wanted to give you…

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5 Conversations that Influenced Who I Am Today

Influential conversations

Me, getting ready for work

Recently I was thinking back on some of the people who have had the biggest impact on me as a person. We are all connected and we all influence each other more than we realize.

So here are a few of the conversations or sayings that have really opened up my mind, changed my perspective, and got me where I am today.

“Have you ever tried making cookies from scratch before?”

The situation: My instructor and I had just finished a grueling day-long Tae Kwon Do competition, and I was famished. I reached for a box of “home made” cookies and we both dug in. She asked me how I made the cookies and I gave her a puzzled look.

I had never made my own cookies from scratch before, I always bought the premade dough. These days I obviously make my food from scratch… all the way from whole mostly raw foods.

“Practice every day, so that you can make your weakest move into one of your best moves.”

I was training for the US National Tae Kwon Do competition, and I was practicing a tough pattern with my instructor. There was one move that was bringing me down.

The simple thought that I could practice this move until it became my best move changed my life.

I was able to stop fretting and start doing, which put me miles ahead of my competition. And more importantly, it showed me that I can do the same in other aspects of my life too.

“Oh, you just got those interviews because they need to fill their female quotas.”

During my first year of University, my female Software Engineer friends and I were discussing how many interviews for internships we got when a professor overheard us.

Instead of giving us any advice on how to ace those interviews, he made us feel like we didn’t deserve them by saying outright that companies had to fill their female interview quotas.

Luckily I didn’t take it personally, I just got even. I practiced a lot and asked for advice from more experienced friends. I aced those interviews and got a great internship right off the bat.

“Mandarin will become one of the most widely spoken languages on the planet.”

My grade 7 math teacher was awesome at teaching math, but he also introduced me to learning Mandarin. At the time I didn’t know the difference between Chinese and Japanese languages, let alone cultures. I was a small town girl with little “real world” experience.

After hearing that Mandarin was the next language to learn, I made it a goal. I already spoke French and English, so Mandarin didn’t seem too crazy.

My goal didn’t manifest right away, but bit by bit situations in my life arranged themselves for it to happen. In University I was able to take Mandarin classes, and in 2008 I traveled to China for 4 months with my boyfriend Robin.

“Are you sure you want to eat that?”

This question will probably haunt me (and possibly you too) for a long time.

As some of you know, I used to eat a 100% junk food diet… lots of processed stuff, tons of soda, candy and sugar like you wouldn’t believe. I ate cookies for breakfast. (Do you notice a theme with cookies yet?)

Well my Tae Kwon Do teacher couldn’t believe I was going to compete by fueling myself with nothing but fake food. At the time I didn’t get it. Now, I’m on board with the lesson… and I’m sharing it with you.

What conversations affected you the most?

We all have events and conversations that shape who we are as people today, share yours in the comments below!

Remember that no matter what, your actions and words do have an influence on others, so don’t be shy!

Love, Nathalie

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I’m a geek girl. There I said it.

Geeking out, computers, programming, graphics design, Joss Whedon, anime, video games… Yep I may share my healthy eating side on this blog, but the truth is that I’m a multifaceted person.

Just like you. :)

Geek-o-lantern
Photo by Neal Gillis

I’m a geek girl. Other terms I’ve associated with in the past include: nerd, freak, Software Engineer, and gamer.

I’ve got a thing for bad puns.

Okay, maybe not bad puns. But I like giggling over the choice of a word.

I like that this site can be read as Raw Food Switch and Raw Foods Witch. It tickles my geek fancy.

I’m also a book worm. Like woah.

I love reading. In 2008 I read 52 books. In 2009 I read 62. Who knows how much I’ll read in 2010. Honestly I’m trying to tone down the reading so I can relax a little… and be gentler on my overstimulated eyes.

In high school my two favorite classes were English and Computer Science. (Though Physics and Calculus rocked my knee-high socks too.)

In the end I picked a Computer Science related field for college, but the artsy literature part of me never went away.

I wrote geeky articles in college.

I’ve always had a thing for writing. From angst-driven teenage poetry to participating in NaNoWriMo in 2007.

One of my employers encouraged me to publish my poetry, but other than a few personal web sites I’ve keep a pretty tight lid on it.

I did muster up the courage to write a few geeky articles for my University’s MathNEWS publication. (If that isn’t geeky, I don’t know what is.)

One of them was even selected as best of issue, and I got some geek cred to add to my arsenal.

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Me and some classmates during frosh week.

I cry because of Joss Whedon. A lot.

A lot of my life has been influenced by the writing and works of Joss Whedon. He’s the creator of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly, and Dollhouse.

I may have over-identified with some of his characters while growing up. Willow the witch comes to mind here. If she had been raw, I think this site would make even more sense.

Last night my geeky boyfriend Robin and I were watching an episode of Firefly. And I cried.

Part of me cried because of the brilliance of the show. The characters, the emotions, the story. But part of me cried because I feel there is so much left to explore.

And somehow that just reflected my life and what I see out in the world. It feels like there is such a huge potential, but somehow it’s not being expressed.

I guess that’s why we live for more than a few hours… so we can truly express our potential and make a difference in other people’s lives.

Or make them cry. Thanks, Joss Whedon.

If there was a point, this would be it.

I would like to make this site a place where other geeks can come and giggle together. Over bad puns, tricky intellectual problems, or health tips. Who can resist laughing about bowel movements, anyways?!

I think there’s so much for us to explore, so much potential in each of us. In you.

This place is safe for you. It’s a geek’s haven. There’s no dogma, no judgement, just an open sharing of information.

Other Geekgirls I Love

Share Your Favorite Geekgirls!

Know someone who seems to fit my description? Wanna share your favorite geek girl crushes?

I’d love to connect with more like minded people. If you’re a closet geek girl let me know in the comments or @ me on twitter too. :)

Love, Nathalie

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