I have had many angels sent to me along my path. A dear friend, Michael Rosen, who introduced me to plant based whole foods veganism and supported me in choosing a lifestyle which has helped me shed illnesses that could not be defined by doctors. The Blue Zones, by Dan Buettner, greatly shifted my perspective on how I wished to live my life more in flow with nature. Dr. Michael Greger, plant based doctor and author of How Not to Die, lays out chronic illnesses the human race is riddled by and how plant based eating can help prevent and even cure these illnesses. My dear friends Maria Robson and Suzanna Urszuly, vegan activists, bloggers, and creators of a vegan skincare line, encouraged me and connected me with those in the vegan community when I re-entered the culinary space as a vegan after a 7 year hiatus from cheffing. I also had the honor of working in social activism with David Carter, former NFL football player and vegan while actively playing. He opened my eyes to systemic flaws that are keeping certain demographics from thriving (and as a result, the collective whole) and put his heart and efforts into educating these demographics. Jane Velez-Mitchell, newscaster and activist, and Lisa Karlan, nutrition consultant with Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, acted as mentors and always made time for me through the aches and pains of living vegan in a mostly non-vegan world, while also connecting me with others in the community. Paul Stamets, the mushroom maestro, who has written countless books on mushrooms, including Mycelium Running, opened my eyes to the underground network of mycelium which grows organically, giving back more to earth than it takes, using connection and expansion for good, and inspires me to support that network with fellow humans above ground. Mark Shepard, author of Restoration Agriculture, whose story reveals how interwoven the flaws of the system are with industrialization of farming, highlighting the critical expansion of permaculture. The list goes on. And as I write, I am filled with gratitude for all the angels this Universe has sent to guide me back to Mother.