June 21, 2011

So much to do, So Little time!

Hey everyone! I just wanted to take the time to let each and everyone one of you know how grateful I am to all of you for taking the time out of your day to read my blog. You don't know how much it means to me. I still can't believe this little idea I had last year has become a reality. You're all amazing and I just want to say thank you, thank you, thank you!

That being said, I wanted to let everyone in on a little bit of news. When I created my Facebook Fan page, I told myself that once I reached 1,000 fans I would start writing my first cookbook. I'm sure it will be a long process, but that process starts today! There are so many things that I want to accomplish in this life and so many dreams I want to experience. This blog has been one of them, my future cookbook is one, but they are one of many.

Music is my life. It's like breathing to me. I have never gone one day without singing. And when I say that, I mean singing. It just makes me feel alive every time. So, you can imagine that I would love to make a career out of music. How to even begin, I have no clue, but I know I have to start today. I've always seen myself up on stage singing in front of thousands of people. I hope that some day I can make that dream a reality.

Animals and Animal rights are also a huge part of my life. Being Vegan has been one of the single most rewarding things I have ever done with my life. Knowing that I save hundreds of lives every year just by changing my diet makes me feel like I'm changing the world for the better every day. Another dream of mine (a more recent dream) is to open a Farm Animal Sanctuary in my hometown here in Minnesota. Once I came to that realization, it just felt right. It felt like I had found a missing puzzle piece. Along with music and acting, I have always known that being of service and championing animal rights is my life's purpose.

I just need to find the time and energy to start. It's my 24th birthday on Friday and I'm going to make this 24th year count. No more thinking and procrastinating. Only doing.

I still think about Oprah's final show and the words she left us with. "You always had the power" has been in my head since that day. "I've always had the power"....I just need to use that power for good and change in my life. I want to leave this place better than when I found it. I want to make this life easier and better for my family, for these two little girls.

What do you all think? How do you find the time and energy to fit everything in to your day?


  1. I'm a relatively new reader to your blog, just wanted to say thank YOU for sharing your delicious recipes. Your blog is helping people see that being vegan can be simple and delicious, all it requires is a change in your frame of mind.

  2. You scared me for a minute...I thought you were going to say you had too much to do and weren't going to do the blog any longer. Phew!
    Congratulations on reaching 1000 Facebook fans! I hope you reach your goals and see your dreams come true. :-)

  3. Sarah - Thank you so much!

    Emily - I kind of wondered if people would think that when I posted this. Oops ;) Definitely not stopping! Thank you so much!

  4. Matt you are one of the most amazing people I know and I have been blessed to call you my best friend for almost 14 years now. I know you can do ANYTHING you set your mind to and I know your cookbook will be a top seller and you will have the most beautiful Farm Animal Sanctuary. Just remember you don't have to fit everything into one day, you have your whole life ahead of you so take it one day and one task at a time. You have always had the power.

  5. I will definitely buy your cookbook!

  6. Wonderful post! (Though I, too, was worried you were going to say you were stopping!) As corny as it sounds "Just keep swimming" and doing the best you can. When we are positive, good things happen. I have started focusing on things that make me happy (and trying not to procrastinate as much!) and am finding that things just keep getting better!

  7. "You've always had the power..." New mantra.

    Gorgeous baby! Looking forward to your cookbook!


  8. Beth - Thank you so much! Love you!!

    theravegan - I agree with staying positive. I've been so stressed lately, but I try to remind myself. Everything is going to be OK. No matter what happens, everything will be OK. I know that for sure.

    Amber - Great mantra huh? I still have her last episode on my DVR so I can re-watch it whenever I want to! And thanks about the baby...I'll let my brother know you think so!

  9. We should be thanking you because your blog is awesome!
    Suggestions from fitting things into the day...
    write a list of
    - must be done
    - would like to get done
    - not overly important!
    Aim to get all of point ones done, half of point 2s and then its a bonus if you get anything done from the third list!!!

    Can't wait for your cookbook!!!!

    PS - ur girls are GORGEOUS!