“Every one of us will go through a devastating experience in our life. It may look different for different people but every single one of us will experience some kind of a devastating loss. Many of us will go fetal position on the floor, if we are willing to accept and embrace the emotional outcome from that devastating loss. I was willing to go to that emotional place and sit there until I was done with it.” ~ Diane LaVonne
Diane LaVonne of Diane’s Market Kitchen in Seattle, wears her heart on her sleeve in this conversation. She speaks truth, she’s confident, she’s raw and she’s just simply lovely.
She’s an anthropologist/historian by education, she’s worked in the pharmaceutical industry, she’s owned a catering business, she’s raised a family, she served on a school board, taught martial arts and now runs her own business that’s pretty close to the heart of Pike Place Market.
Diane really is a bit of a renaissance woman and what I discovered is that she is probably the most tenacious woman I’ve ever met.
As you’ll hear in this conversation, she’s overcome odds that were against her but she’s managed to stay focused on what she WANTED to do and, really, what she NEEDED to do to survive. She learned to figure things out on her own and ask for help along the way. What I learned about Diane is that she does NOT take no for an answer. And I think it’s because she let herself be vulnerable during her lowest periods that people really come out of the woodwork to support and help her.
Diane’s story is one of vulnerability and resilience and I am so inspired by this conversation.
Our conversation started when I was doing a sound check for our levels and I casually asked her what she had for breakfast. But then the conversation bloomed and it turned to diet, nutrition, the importance of protein in the morning, gut health and how it affects our overall health, how important it is to make decisions and have opinions based on an informed place and then her story of coming from a dark place and rising up to create Diane’s Market Kitchen.
We also talk about the catalysts and her thoughts on it needing to be something dramatic before we’ll make a change.
I have to apologize to listeners up front because toward the end of our conversation, I had an equipment malfunction and heavy static drowned us out just as we were wrapping up so you won’t hear our final few minutes which included her recommendation for kitchenware.
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