You know the song…
Monday night was my oldest daughter’s college Graduation. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree – Cum Laude.
Her commencement speaker was columnist David Brooks. His speech was essentially excerpted from his new book: The Second Mountain.
I didn’t know he was going to be at the commencement. I happen to be a fan and long time reader. He made this interesting distinction in his talk (which prompted me to buy his book) about the difference between joy and happiness. Here is an excerpt from his book:
Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy—who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view . . . unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn’t my mountain after all. There’s another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain.
And so they embark on a new journey. On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.
I liked the way he illustrated the distinction between joy and happiness – saying the families felt joy for their loved ones graduating and the graduates felt happiness for their accomplishment.
As for myself, I hope to become one of those people that radiate joy. I am in pursuit. Working hard on who I am – not just what I do.
Pursuing joy in the Arizona desert,
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We believe – as so many of you do – that food is either your safest medicine or slowest poison.
Grace Farms, in Chandler, AZ, created The Handmae Charms project.
The goal of this fundraising project is to raise money to build three things:
- A Small Scale Farm that will raise fruits, vegetables and livestock in an integrated manner.
- A Farm-To-Table Restaurant serving the food grown on-site.
- A venue to host special events designed to bring attention to the health benefits of eating properly grown local food.
About Tiffany Houston:
By age 15 I was 5’9” and 250 lbs and on my way to the grave if I didn’t make a change. Sounds dramatic but its true. So I began taking nutrition and weight lifting courses in high school to educate myself on living a well rounded healthy lifestyle. After high school I attended Arizona State University where I fell in love with group fitness and became an instructor. Fast-forward 10 years later and I am a healthy 160lbs. Along my weight loss journey I have helped 100’s of people change their lives and my goal is help and encourage as many people as possible. I understand the physical and mental journey one must go through to drastically change their life for the better and I am here to help!
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Andy Petranek has been a health and fitness leader, inspirer, and coach for over 25 years. He was a United States Marine, a sponsored athlete (Red Bull) in the endurance, team, obstacle sport of adventure racing, founded one of the original 10 CrossFit Affiliates in the world, CrossFit Los Angeles, and is the co-founder of the Whole Life Challenge, a world-wide, 6-week, online and in-your-life game you play with friends and family to address your daily habits and improve your long-term health & well-being.
Andy’s been largely responsible for nurturing the growth of the WLC from its inception to the global phenomenon it’s become today, with over 135,000 participants world-wide. He’s been repeatedly praised for his unique ability to inspire others to access their courage, joy, and community to “do the impossible.” He’s been featured in Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal, Muscle & Fitness, and Greatist.com.
Each week, thousands of people tune in to his podcast (Breaking Ordinary), where he talks to exceptional people about their experience and expertise in one of the WLC’s 7 Daily Habits – nutrition, mobility, exercise, sleep, hydration, well-being, reflection.
Throughout the Challenge, you’ll practice the 7 Daily Habits,
With the ultimate goal of incorporating them into your life.
We’ll focus on what you eat and drink, how you move, your sleep, and even your mental well-being,
Keeping you socially connected, self-aware, and more in control of your day-to-day. The end result of this effort can be profound, leaving you feeling rested, healthy, physically strong, and more open to new experiences.
You’ll keep score, but the power of the Challenge is not in the points.
Rather, it’s in the results that come from the 7 Habits working together to improve your days, your relationships, and your overall well-being — an effect that is best understood through experience.
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The Modern Revolution and A Well Run Life believes that proper eating is the foundation for health. However, everybody needs medicine on occasion to help bring the body into balance and health – and sometimes out of pain. Before looking to chemical, pharmaceutical products, we always look to natural remedies first.
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Shea Butter does more than moisturize, it delivers anti-aging and anti-inflammatory components directly into the skin. It is naturally rich in vitamins E, A, and F and also provides UV Protection to where it is applied. Shea Butter provides the skin with essential nutrients and fatty acids necessary for collagen production. Overall, Shea Butter is primarily known for moisturizing, reducing inflammation, and smoothing skin.
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Coconut Oil has been around for thousands of years and has countless benefits. Coconut oil is an effective moisturizer for all types of skin and is commonly used to prevent dryness and flaking of skin. Due to its antioxidant properties, Coconut oil delays the appearance of wrinkles and sagging skin that usually comes with aging. Coconut Oil can aid in the healing of damaged or infected skin by forming a protective layer over the skin, preventing dust, air, fungi, bacteria, and other contaminants that could delay the healing process from entering the infected area. It is highly effective on bruises because it speeds up the healing process of damaged tissues.
Hemp Oil has a composition similar to skin lipids due to its high content of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids. It will naturally energize and hydrate skin while improving skin oxygenation and health. It is extremely useful for dry, dehydrated skin because it increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity. Many studies show that the linoleic acid contained in hemp oil can slow the signs of aging and also fight psoriasis. Another study shows that it may help in lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress, reducing the risk of organ damage and dysfunction. Oxidative stress and inflammation contribute to many different diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, and atherosclerosis.
Myrrh Essential Oil:
Not only is Myrrh great for aromatherapy, it has countless health benefits as well including smoothing of skin! Due to its antiseptic properties, Myrrh can help prevent the infection of wounds and has no adverse side effects, unlike other antibiotics that can contribute to the weakening of liver or digestive malfunction. Myrrh also has astringent properties that helps to stop hemorrhaging in wounds. This powerful essential oil has been shown to stimulate blood circulation and ensures proper supply of oxygen to the tissues.
Lavender Essential Oil:
Lavender essential oil is extremely well known for its relaxing and therapeutic aroma, which helps relax your nerves and reduce anxiety. Because of its ability to relax nerves and anxiety, it can also be helpful in treating migraines, headaches, depression, or even emotional distress. It is also used to help treat various skin disorders like psoriasis, acne, wrinkles and other inflammatory conditions. Lavender Oil has been used to speed up the healing process of wounds, cuts, burns, and sunburns because it improves the formation of scar tissues. Lavender Oil induces sleep and is commonly used as an alternative treatment for insomnia. According to dermatologists and aromatherapists, Lavender EO is one of the most beneficial oils in the treatment of acne because of its ability to regulate some of the over-excretion of sebum. Lavender Essential Oil can also help with various types of aches and pains, including pain caused by sore and tense muscles, sprains, joints, and rheumatism. The vapor of Lavender oil has antibacterial qualities which can help battle respiratory infections or disorders. And the list goes on!
Arnica Montana Essential Oil:
Arnica Oil can soothe inflammation, eliminate pain, relieve headaches and help prevent chronic disease. Arnica Oil is commonly used by people who are needing relief from arthritic pain, back pain, chronic inflammation, bruising, headaches, oxidative stress, acne, and even those recovering from a serious illness or surgery. Due to the monounsaturated fats found in this oil, along with thymohydroquinone, It is mostly used for inflammatory conditions such as acne, rosacea, eczema or even psoriasis. The high content of antioxidants in this oil help prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles and blemishes.
Sweet Marjoram Essential Oil:
Sweet Marjoram essential oil reduces the pain associated with inflammation, overexertion of muscles and headaches. Unlike other analgesic pain relievers on the market, marjoram oil does not have any adverse side effects. This oil is also helpful in curing nearly all types of spasms and convulsions throughout the body while preventing sepsis. Marjoram also acts as a vulnerary by promoting the quick healing of wounds, both internal and external. Marjoram can even help reduce your stress level. This oil induces a calming, relaxing effect on both mind and body while relieving stress and anxiety.
Peppermint Essential Oil:
When used externally, Peppermint essential oil can reduce joint and muscle pain caused by inflammation. People who have been injured use peppermint oil topically on affected areas to reduce swelling and relieve pain. Peppermint Oil can also help improve energy levels, focus, and concentration due to its analgesic properties which help those with ADHD. Peppermint oil contains menthol which provides a cooling sensation when applied to the skin which also has the ability to relieve headaches. This oil can also help clear up acne naturally by keeping the skin free of bacteria.
Juniper Essential Oil:
Juniper Essential oil relieves swelling, promotes and improves blood circulation, and helps remove toxins from the body. Being an antispasmodic, this oil also helps relieve all types of cramps such as intestinal, respiratory or muscular. Juniper Oil acts as an astringent. It can make blood vessels contract, resulting in a lesser chance of hemorrhaging. It helps tighten loose muscles and provides a firm feeling to your muscle structure. Juniper Oil has been considered a tonic, because it tones up everything, including the muscles, tissues, skin, and other various systems throughout the body.
FRANKINCENSE ESSENTIAL OIL:
Frankincense essential oil is highly antiseptic. It can be applied on wounds to further protect them from tetanus and becoming septic, without any side effects. The astringent properties this oil has can result in tighter skin, contracted muscles and even blood vessels. It can also reduce the appearance of wrinkles and helps prevent the loss of abdominal muscles and limbs associates with age. One of the most significant properties this oil has is acting as a coagulant, which helps to stop wounds and cuts from bleeding. When applied topically this oil can reduce scarring and stretch marks at a much faster rate. Frankincense oil also promotes regeneration of healthy cells, while keeping existing cells and tissues healthy. The list of benefits really goes on and on when it comes to Frankincense!
SAGE ESSENTIAL OIL:
Sage Essential oil works wonders when it comes to skin care. The components in Sage oil provide protection against fungal infections and also provide a defense against microbial infections as well. This oil is equally useful at battling bacterial infections because it kills bacteria and inhibits their growth in the body. The most valued aspect of this oil is its antioxidant properties. Antioxidants act against free radicals in the body which are the main cause of aging. The antioxidants in this oil help to slow and prevent the signs of aging such as wrinkles, sagging skin and muscles, age spots and more. This oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
TEA TREE ESSENTIAL OIL:
Improve the appearance of blemishes, age spots, scars, and other beauty marks with this antioxidant rich oil. Tea tree oil (Melaleuca oil) can leave your skin looking young and smooth due to the powerful antioxidant properties this oil has. Many people struggle with irritating skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, and acne. Melaleuca oil works by clearing sebum glands, which eliminates bacteria and results in smoother, healthier looking skin. Tea tree oil can speed up healing and effectively protect wounds that are prone to contracting bacterial infections. This oil also offers protection from microbes and viral infections due to its powerful antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Just like Frankincense, this oil has countless health benefits.
CINNAMON BARK ESSENTIAL OIL:
Cinnamon Bark oil has many health benefits due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. This Oil is an anti-inflammatory substance, so it helps relieve arthritis, sore and tense muscles and stiffness of joints. Because of the anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties this oil has, it is effective for treating external and internal infections. Cinnamon Bark oil also acts as a coagulant, facilitating the healing process by helping stop excess bleeding.
BALSAM FIR ESSENTIAL OIL:
The health benefits of fir needle essential oil include its ability to reduce pain, prevent infections, improve respiratory function, and reduce body odor. Thanks to this oils high concentration of antiseptic organic compounds, Balsam Fir oil can stimulate the immune system and prevent dangerous infections. The soothing properties of this oil make it an ideal choice to help reduce pain and relax sore and tense muscles. The stimulating nature of this oil can also help bring blood to the surface of the skin, increasing the rate of healing and recovery.
CEDARWOOD ESSENTIAL OIL:
Cedarwood essential oil has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that can aid in treating a number of skin conditions such as seborrhea. This oil helps by reducing inflammation, moderating sebum production, and also prevents wounds from becoming septic. Because of this oils strong antiseptic properties, cedarwood essential oil relieves the white blood cells and immune system of the extra stress, which allows them to protect the internal functions. Relieving spasms is yet another important medicinal property of cedarwood oil. Nearly all types of spasms and related conditions can be relieved using this oil. Cedarwood has plenty of health benefits, but this just names a few.
CINNAMON LEAF ESSENTIAL OIL:
Just like Cinnamon Bark Oil, Cinnamon Leaf oil has many health benefits due to its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antimicrobial properties. This Oil is an anti-inflammatory substance, so it helps relieve arthritis, sore and tense muscles and stiffness of joints. Because of the anti-fungal, antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral properties this oil has, it is effective for treating external and internal infections. Cinnamon Leaf oil also acts as a coagulant, facilitating the healing process by helping stop excess bleeding.
Meadowfoam oil is one of the most stable carrier oils we have available today. It contains over 98% long-chain fatty acids and can keep other oils from oxidizing and going rancid even when exposed to heat, light and/or air. Meadowfoam oil works by helping skin create a natural barrier that locks in moisture and delivers nutrients and antioxidants directly into your epidermis, which makes this oil great for aging skin. Meadowfoam oil is slightly waxy and closely resembles sebum, which allows it to quickly penetrate deep into the skin.
Jojoba oil is a powerful natural skin conditioner. It closely resembles sebum, allowing it to quickly soak into your skin. Being a waxy substance, jojoba oil can seal in moisture and create an effective barrier to block out external elements. Bacteria is constantly looking for access points into the skin and jojoba oil helps to block these entry points by keeping your skin hydrated. jojoba oil also modulates the production of sebum, which helps control oily skin that could result in acne, dermatitis, or dandruff. Due to the strong moisturizing properties this oil contains, it can aid in the treatment of many different skin disorders.
BLACK CURRANT OIL:
Black Currant Oil is rich in gamma-linolenic acid and omega 6 fatty acids which makes it effective in treating joint related pain, arthritis, inflammation, and soreness throughout the body. With high levels of omega 3 fatty acids this oil is also great for the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and age spots.
SACHA INCHI OIL:
Sacha Inchi Oil is rich in omega 3, 6, and 9, alpha tocopherol vitamin e, and even vitamin a. The anti-inflammatory properties of Sacha Inchi make it a good addition to help ease joint pain and rheumatoid arthritis. Some impressive health benefits of this oil include its high content of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids as well as powerful antioxidants, which also help reduce fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and blemishes.
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Kimber Lanning is founder of Local First Arizona and Local First Arizona Foundation, two distinct statewide organizations working in tandem to strengthen Arizona’s economy. Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and community development specialist who works to cultivate strong self-reliant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona. Lanning’s passions, which are seen throughout her work, include fostering cultural diversity and inclusion, economic resilience and responsible growth for Arizona.
Lanning has grown Local First Arizona into a widely respected organization that is leading the nation in implementing systems and policies to ensure a level playing field for entrepreneurial endeavors of all sizes. With nearly 3,000 business members and four statewide offices, Lanning leads a team of 17 who work on a diverse array of programs ranging from healthy local food access, entrepreneurial development in underserved communities, and rural community development, each of which plays a part in building sustainable and resilient local economies.
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THE MODERN REVOLUTIONARY: OREN MOLOVINSKY
Opreating Partner OF Farmboy and Molovin Farm
Farmboy is a casual, counter-service restaurant that fuses the mouth-watering taste of smoked meats (aka barbecue), with the quintessential sandwich, soup and salad menu. Offerings include pulled pork, chopped beef, and smoked chicken salad; while also featuring house-made veggie burgers, veggie chili, and 2-3 soups daily.
Guests can expect a completely made-from-scratch kitchen, with quality rivaling most fine dining restaurants. All dishes are prepared to order, and a variety of local meats are constantly emerging from the rotating wood-fired smoker, which is at the center of the restaurant.
Guests at Farmboy enjoy authentic Smoked Meats and Sandwiches, in a rustic and comfortable environment. The restaurant is designed specifically to ensure an engaging dine-in experience or a quick and efficient carry-out experience. The meats are primarily smoked or grilled, using real Arizona wood, ensuring a “low and slow” approach to barbecue.
The traditional culinary elements of Farmboy are accentuated by locally sourced ingredients, with meats that are raised and butchered nearby. Long fermentation sourdough bread is baked on site, with Heritage grains grown in Arizona. Fresh fruits and vegetables are grown by local farmers and are typically harvested right before they are delivered. Farmboy strives to purchase whole foods and ingredients that are not processed, and if minimally so, they are handled by small family-owned operations that handle as much of the process as possible.
Price points for farm-to-table cuisine are typically very high, and available only in upscale restaurants. Farmboy solves this omnivore’s dilemma by utilizing the “nose to tail” approach to meat purchasing; taking advantage of the “lesser cuts” by using traditional smoking methods, which turns top rounds into tender roast beef; chuck roasts and briskets into rich cuts of smoked beef; and the trimmings for wood-grilled burgers (sliders). Local poultry is smoked whole, one of greatest delights of smoked meats. Pork is smoked by the “half hog”, with almost all the delicious cuts blended into pulled pork; all prepared in front of the guest in a large wood-fired J&R smoker; displayed for all guests to see the entire cooking process unfold.
Arizona Craft Beers and Wines are offered and are carefully selected to pair well with our menu items. Farmboy also offers a traditional Margarita cocktail, over ice, made with “Naked Juice” and 3 Amigos Organic Tequila, which is farmed and distilled in Jalisco, Mexico by an Arizona farming family.
Farmboy highlights the best of Arizona; with an emphasis on excellent quality, and a menu that appeals to all diners. However, behind the menu lies a deep-rooted passion for building the local family farm economy; and bringing farmers and producers together with their community.
Farmboy Market, Meats, Sandwiches
Oren has been working in restaurants since 1986; and in foodservice management since 1990. With a rich career working his way up from a dishwasher and prep cook, through the ranks to Vice President of Operations for two large restaurant groups. Prior to opening Farmboy, Oren has opened and operated well over 70 restaurants in his career; including Delicatessens, bagel cafes, hotel restaurants, fine dining restaurants, and most recently has been the largest operator of the rapidly growing Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers. Oren has led the opening of over 25 Freddy’s; and has operated Freddy’s in 10 states throughout the US.
Prior to moving to Arizona with his wife Diana, and their 5 kids in 2011; Oren was the managing partner of several fine dining restaurants in the Washington, DC area for over 9 years. In this role, Oren led a group of restaurateurs and chefs to form a local buyer’s group, which purchased meats, cheeses, eggs, vegetables and fruits from local farmers and producers; mostly in Virginia. Oren personally coordinated the farm tours, purchasing agreements, processing, and logistics of getting all of these meats from “farm to table”. This group, known as Farm to Table DC, purchase an average of $1,000,000 per year of local, natural & organic products. All of these funds went directly to the producers, there were no middlemen. Oren became an expert in developing “nose to tail” menus; which is a culinary term for purchasing all the meat and edible items from the cattle, pigs, lamb, and chickens that the group could purchase. This led to many farms and farming communities expanding their capacity to provide for the many chefs who were clamoring for local products.
In 2011, Oren and his family had the opportunity to move to Arizona, to be closer to family. He and his wife Diana purchased 3.5 acres in Chandler, AZ on a Maricopa County island, which is now Mo’lovin Farms. Installing an irrigation system that feeds off of the Roosevelt Water District Canal, Oren & Diana have planted over 350 fruit trees and plants. Additionally, they have successfully planted and harvested heirloom vegetables and will continue to do so. The Molovinsky’s are committed to farming organically, without the use of any chemicals. Growing organically ensures superior soil, and the result is superior produce.
Oren serves on the Advisory Board for Playworks-Arizona, a non-profit focused on anti-bullying and inclusion in Arizona schools; specifically focused on Title-1 schools. Oren has been involved with Playworks-Arizona since 2011.
Oren is also a partner, and the President of a critically acclaimed restaurant in Arlington, VA called Mala Tang. Together with his operating partners, Oren has been able to bring authentic Sichuan cuisine from the revered food city of Chengdu, China, with an emphasis on Hot Pot dining. www.mala-tang.com
DIANA MOLOVINSKY PARTNER & FARM MANAGER
Diana manages all aspects of the farm operations at Mo’lovin Farms (aka Farmgirl Produce); and also, has started selling the product through local farmers markets. Diana will continue to be in charge of planting and harvesting fruits and vegetables that are core components of the Farmboy menu. Many of the vegetables are able to be grown year-round in the warm Sonoran climate of Phoenix. However, Farmboy’s menu will adjust seasonally based on what varieties of heirloom vegetables and fruits can be grown at that time of the year.
Diana has a worked in restaurants and hotels throughout her career; and is a graduate of the Hospitality and Restaurant Management school at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ. Diana has worked for large hospitality companies as a manager, including Marriott Hotels. Most recently, Diana has operated farmers markets in both Virginia and Arizona. Sourcing sustainably grown local produce, by cultivating relationships with farmers and then selling the produce in an open-air market environment. Diana helps to manage the retail operations of Farmboy, which includes a fresh produce section. Diana also coordinates the sourcing of local produce and other ingredients from local farmers and producers.