Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

In suburban Philadelphia at Delaware Valley College, a three-day symposium called The Precarious Alliance kicked off with a screening of the 2009 Academy-Award nominated Food, Inc.  As an alumni of Delaware Valley College (affectionately known as DelVal) and someone increasingly interested in sustainability and eco-friendly or planet-friendly practices, I eagerly signed on to learn more about the first in a series of symposia, our food system and how we adapt to a changing world.

I learned new nuggets of information today.  From the movie, Food, Inc., I had no idea so many products contained a corn derivative.  Also, I suspected workers who processed our food, particularly meat, would be affected by how mechanized the food processing systems are.  However, I did not realize the apparent disregard for the care of the product (e.g., animal for the meat) was also extended to the workers.

The highlight of the evening was hearing from the Director, Robert Kenner, who graduated from a Bucks County high school, fielded questions from the attentive audience.

Day two begins bright and early tomorrow.  I look forward to new insights on this timely topic.

 

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Well, the Next Food Network Star show ended its sixth season last Sunday.  I am just writing about the finale now because frankly, I was underwhelmed with the winner.  I understand the choice the Food Network made.  I just do not agree with it.  I am seriously not excited about it.

The two other contestants in the final three would have sparked more excitement from me.  I like the idea of cooking healthy with flavor.  That is actually how I got started cooking.  While in graduate school at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I used Cooking Light magazines to cook healthy and as an affordable means of entertainment (not that I had much time on my hands for that).  Plus, cooking with big, bold flavors with my chosen winner would have made me jump and shout!

It appears that the Next Food Network Star, whose new show kicked off yesterday (needless to say, I missed it), had a unique perspective that was different than her fellow finalists and other Food Network stars, I never got excited about her food.  My view of her was clouded by week after week of her doubting herself.  That was the storyline I got from the winner, not food that "wowed" me. 

I do wish her well, though.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

When I travel for business, my young son stays with a family member, usually my mother.  I miss him while I am away and I know he misses me.  I always leave behind a "While I'm Away" box (made by Once Upon A Family).  On the top, I insert a photo of my son and me.  Inside, I place a few goodies, including a special note from Mommy.

This time, I saw a quote from the wise, old Pooh bear, Winnie the Pooh.  I included it in my letter and plan to reproduce a framed photo with the following quote on it:

"If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together, there is something you must always remember: you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart, I'll always be with you"

That powerful message is what kept me focused and my young son loved and cared for by me while I attended my sales conferences.  He loves the "While I'm Away" box and the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh made it extra special this time.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Over the last three weeks, I am have been engaged in an interesting challenge from the direct selling companies I am aligned.  Since 2006, I have been an Independent Distributor with Scent-Sations, Inc. and started as an Independent Chocolatier with DOVE Chocolate Discoveries in 2008.  National Sales Conferences for both companies were held recently and I attended them.  Although the business model, structure, and culture of each company are different from the other, I received the same challenge - a "Dare"; that is "Dare to Dream" and "Dare to Discover".

I am taking the "Dare"! Both companies have a uniqueness that is unmatched in the marketplace.  I derive great pleasure and fun from marketing their products.  Because my full-time position is quite serious, I receive the best of both worlds with important, serious work during the day and fun and yumminess at night and on the weekends.

The "Dare" I am taking is:

1. To excel beyond my wildest dreams

2. To play full out, no matter the outcome

3. To savor the journey to my destiny

 

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 
Posted By Aimee Wilson - Occasions To Savor

Well, you know that the Next Food Network Star show is winding down with Sunday's episode featuring the final four finalists.  In this episode, the four of the Iron Chef America's judge the food of the Next Food Network Star finalists in Battle Shrimp and Battle Bacon.  I love Iron Chef America.  I especially like the cross-marketing when they bring in other Food Network stars.

The standards of the Iron Chefs were too much for this week's eliminated contestant.  I agree that it was time for her to go.  In a way, she peaked early and had limited growth.  Even though she expressed a consistent culinary viewpoint, I did not see anything special about her food.  You know what kept her around?  I believe it was her ease in front of the camera and during the camera challenges.  So many of the finalists had quirky personalities or seemed ill at ease when the camera came on.  The eliminated contestant's personality kept her afloat, so to speak.

I definitely am intrigued to find out who will be the Next Food Network Star.  If it is who I think will win, I am not so sure a confidence coach would not be needed on the sideline.  If it is who I would like to win, I cannot wait to see the new show.

Savor life's best,

Aimee


 

 

 
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