Los Angeles was a time where I started to find myself, or try, at least. I learned a lot to trust my gut instinct, no matter how much they went against the status quo or what I'd been taught. It was also a time to have fun. There's a lot to do and see and eat in bigger cities, usually. When I moved back here, I was a little (lot) irritated that I couldn't go anywhere in this city for a shot of wheatgrass or thai food. And why no sidewalk cafes?
So, I first starting writing my first of many resaurant business plans, while carrying Walker, at the library every day, about a beautiful little Parisian-style bistro with sidewalk seating by day, Andalusian Tapas and silks acrobats by night. Le Ballon Rouge Bistro. The business plan was a masterpiece and I knew just the absolute perfect location downtown. On my birthday I finished my plan, and subsequently that day I learned that the building I planned on using had just been leased out. I actually cried for a second.
So, ten years later, here I am. The owner of a restaurant that some people think is just so crazy that it just might work. Yes, we don't serve animals. I'm proud of that. I think the reason that the universe didn't open up for the bistro or the brooklyn deli, among other of my plans back in the day; was that I wouldn't have the strength and wisdom I do now after the nightmares of the last ten years, but also because I decided to be kind to animals while still doing something I'm really good at. Wasting your talents, all of them, by not trying them, is what keeps the world at half-ass, and I don't want any part of that. I want to live, to love, to learn, to teach, to heal, to make the world a better place by my being here. Doing this restaurant accomplishes all of those things.
We've been dabbling in Yoga Thursdays a bit this summer and it's been absolutely wonderful. We're going to start offering Tai Chi Fridays, and Meditation Mondays. These are selfish reasons, for me, as well. There is nothing more awesome than an 8 a.m. yoga class to take me into my workday. I'd like to have it every morning if I could wave my magic wand and have a pile of teachers lined up.
Thoughts on a Thursday early morning. Now, back to work.