A recent conversation at the dinner table went like this:
Jack, my 4-year old: “Mom, are you or aunt Ginny a gooder cooker?” (pronounced: /ˈyo͝okər/)
Me: “Oh, I think your aunt Ginny is by far, Buddy.”
Jack: “Yeah. I think so, too.”
Eva, my 5-year old: “I think you both are good cookers, Mom.”
Me: “Ahhh. Thanks, Eva!”
Jack: “Yeah. I think you both are good cookers.”
Me: “Thanks, Jack.”
And so it begins. Pete and Repeat. Talking about Aunt Ginny (some people know her as Virginia)… my sister, R.D., and mom of three.
My kids LOVE their aunt Ginny. Jack wishes she’d live next to us again. Eva wishes she’d live WITH us. And I agree.
You see, my whole life I have had the privilege of being Ginny’s younger sister. Some people don’t like following in their sister’s footsteps…. but they must not have a sister like mine. With Ginny, it’s like she willingly paves the path because she wants the journey to be easier for those behind her.
“Liz. There’s this new major at SDSU. It’s called Health Promotion. I think you’d love it!”
“Liz. I asked my professor, Dr. Melby, if you could do your college internship with him this summer. He said, yes! Do you want to? You could live with me in Colorado, get your residency, and then go to graduate school like you want!”
“Liz. There’s this training in corporate wellness that I am hosting. You can come, learn about corporate wellness, and maybe make that your career route.”
“Liz. Larimer County joined the Fort Collins Well City Initiative and will be hiring a wellness coordinator. I think you should apply!”
And so it goes.
My years in Colorado with her were some of the best years of my life.
My sister and I lived, worked, and had fun together. I married her good friend Elliot; she married Halden, one of my graduate school classmates. She directed a large-scale community health initiative. I coordinated a smaller corporate one. We had kids at the same time… all literally within weeks or months of each other. Eventually, our families moved out of Colorado… hers to Nebraska, mine to Minnesota. But even though we live a few states away now, I still find myself referring to her all the time.
For instance, when we have friends over:
“Liz, I don’t usually like cauliflower, but this is really good!”
Me: “Thanks, Alex. It’s my sister Ginny’s recipe. Just roasted with olive oil, salt, pepper, and Lawry’s seasoning.”
Or, when people see the cool Bible verse on my wall.
“Liz, this is so cool! Where did you get it?”
Me: “Thanks! My sister Ginny made it for me. Fence posts, paint, and carbon paper… I guess it’s not that hard.”
Or, when people ask about my kids.
“Liz, how is Jack doing? I know he was acting out a lot last time I talked to you.”
Me: “He’s great! My sister Ginny told me about a book that offers advice on how to use a heart-centered approach to discipline. It’s changed my life… and my kids.”
Seriously… she is amazing.
So much so, in fact, that I recently asked her to work with me!
Ginny, more than anyone, knows and shares my heart for helping people end their struggle with health… particularly their struggle with weight.
She has so much to offer people… and I am so excited to share her strengths with you, which include everything from meal planning and cooking to corporate wellness and so much more! And although she is a Registered Dietitian, she is NOT the food police… she’s the furthest thing from it, in fact.
As you may have guessed by now, I’m referring to her work as a “Lil Taste of Gin.” 🙂
(I thought about calling it a Lil Shot of Gin, but decided “‘taste” is more appropriate.) Because while I don’t think everyone needs a shot of gin, I’m certain everyone needs a taste of Gin in their life… this kind anyway. I know I do.
Get your first Lil’ Taste of Gin by downloading: “What’s for Dinner? How to Create an Awesome Meal Plan in 3 Simple Steps. (pdf)” Enjoy!
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