May 2014 - Julie Green and Keen
Looking back a couple months ago, I would have never thought I would be in the position I am today.

Yesterday I was offered a managerial position at a fabulous vegetarian restaurant near my neighborhood.

This morning, after discussing it with my family, I have decided to take on this new chapter of my vegetarian life. Unexpected moments like this make each day of my life something to look forward to.

Okay, now let’s rewind a little bit to where the seed of this fabulous opportunity was planted.  Last year I was at the World Veg Fest, one of the best events put on by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society, I met a brilliant woman very similar to myself.  She too, decided at a more mature age to become a vegetarian primarily because of her love for animals.  It also just so happened she owned a vegetarian restaurant near my neighborhood.  I had worked at a restaurant and always dreamed of managing or opening my own.  We got to chatting and it turned out we had a lot more in common than I expect.

We chatted all weekend at the fest.  She gave me some good cooking advice, ingredient suggestions, and we also exchanged different recipe ideas.  We had an instant connection from our vegetarian background to working in the restaurant industry, I knew she was a new vegetarian friend I wanted to align myself with.

Throughout the year I visited her restaurant quite a few times…maybe a little more times than I should have, but it is so delicious I couldn’t resist.  We also met up for coffee regularly and exchanged ideas on the latest veggie gossip…ha :)

Now we speed up to yesterday afternoon, I was having coffee with my dear friend just like any other day.  We were chatting about the days when I worked at a restaurant while in college.  She was oddly interested and asking a lot of questions about how quickly I rose in the ranks to become head waitress and assisted in small managerial tasks.  I assumed she was just comparing me to someone else who worked in her restaurant.  She began asking if I had spare time and if I was still interested in pursuing a manager position at a restaurant.  She explained she was looking for help in her restaurant because it was expanding so quickly and becoming very popular.  She continued to propose that I join her restaurant’s team and assist in managing her vegetarian restaurant!!

I was speechless!  It had always been a dream of mine managing or owning my own restaurant and now it could be a reality for me!  Dreams really do come true!  I was so excited I wanted to accept the position right away, but I knew I had to talk with my family about it this next venture.

Later in the day I discussed the proposal with my husband and he was all for this incredible opportunity.  It didn’t take much more discussing or contemplating until I decided to call my friend and accept the offer!  I found out I get to begin the next chapter of my veggie journey NEXT WEEK!  Words cannot describe how thrilled I am to start.

I am still in shock! I am so excited!! I can’t wait to pursue one of my lifelong goals, and be of help to such an incredible friend.  I can’t wait to share my continuing journey with all of you.  It’s going to be an exciting year, I can feel it already!

Happy thoughts and green vibes,


A new Veggie Journey

by on 5/02/2014
Looking back a couple months ago, I would have never thought I would be in the position I am today. Yesterday I was offered a managerial p...