The Weekend Send-Off

July 11th, 2013 - filed under: Furthermore » Feedback

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Harvesting carob pods for a [hopefully] upcoming project.

Yay, it’s Friday! Great glorious Friday and the dawn of another weekend. And this one is gonna be EPIC!

This evening I’ll pick Waits up from preschool, and then drive him up into the mountains, over the crest and down into the lush valley beyond, to see The Mutineers play a show at dusk on the garden lawn at Firestone Vineyards.

My favorite local band, my favorite little boy, and an evening picnic in wine country? Yeah, that’s a big fat slice of summer heaven, I think.

And then . . . and then! Starting first thing Saturday morning, Damian picks up Waits and I am OFFICIALLY on a 3-day stay-cation. Relaxing, beaching, hiking, sleeping, and maybe some creating. But definitely NO WORKING, for a full three glorious days. Oh man, it’s gonna be so good.


A few weeks back, Waits and I got the June installment of our Vegan Cuts Snack Box. Well, we had so much fun making that first unboxing video, that we decided to make another one. We were both a bit sick and raspy but we sure had a good time. Like I said, it’s always such a treat when that box shows up on the doorstep. Just brightens up the day, even when your’re coughing and wheezing!

I seriously heart Vegan Cuts and I’m so happy to be working with them (note – I pay for my own snack box every month, because I was a customer long before I partnered with them, and I adore that snack box and I’m more than happy to pay for it!). You can check out their bulk-buying blowout sales here, or their monthly snack box delivery program here, OR you can just click on that banner over there —–>


As you all know, I’ve spent the last few months working as a Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, working with individuals to help them along on their path to a plant-based (or partially plant-based) life. To say that it’s been fun would be an understatement – it is the most rewarding work I’ve ever done, and such a rush. I love it!

Anyway, my clients seem to come in waves and right now I’m finishing up with a whole round of them. Which means, I’ve got lots of spots opening up!

So hey, if you’re at a place in your plant-based journey where you feel yourself teetering on an edge, or maybe you’re just curious to dip a toe, or if you wonder what the next step might look like . . . well I would love to work with you! Here’s what one of my former clients had to say about the experience:

“I loved my vegan coaching experience with Sayward. She really got the heart of the issues I was asking about – she really heard what I was struggling with. Once she identified my core concerns, she went out and got me exactly the information I was looking for. She totally nailed it. I feel so much more empowered now, with the knowledge she was able to give me.

Equally important, my work with Sayward was totally a judgement free zone. Never once did I feel belittled or criticized for not being as far along my path as others may be. Sayward responded to any question or concern I had with compassion and understanding, and then followed it up with rock-solid knowledge and education. My experience working with Sayward was so positive and I feel really lucky to have found her!”
-Emily, VLC client

If coaching sounds like something that could help you, please do shoot me an email at info AT bonzaiaphrodite DOT com. I’d love to chat!


And now for the fun stuff, the gold, the great big shiny cherry that I look forward to EVERY Friday -

Le Love List!

Waits and I built a rocket ship in the living room. then we blasted off, flew through space, and ate our breakfast picnic-style on the moon. that was a great morning. .|. sleeping in .|. this quote from my godsister: “Maybe our work here is not to get comfortable but to get free, not to become someone but to understand the one who is becoming. How free– to let myself be in the discomfort of not-knowing.” .|. learning how to be a better mother (little lesson by excruciating little lesson, haha, but it sure is nice when you have those epiphanies) .|. touching up my tresses with hand-me-down hair dye (free hair dye is the best hair dye!) .|. the Junebugs have invaded and I love watching Harley bounce around the house, hunting and snapping at them just like when he was a young buck .|. this EIGHT FOOT TALL sunflower that my son grew, I’m so proud! .|. taco night, and actually homemade Mexican in general has been seriously rocking my world this summer. tacos and nachos for the win. .|. helping to move the old preschool stuff to the new preschool site, and driving across town with eight hens in the back of my car. I was glad that I could be there to handle the chickens during the move. .|. late night phone calls that take you to unexpected places .|. Twitter. I’m finally getting into Twitter .|. but really? Instagram. I always and forever heart the Instagram. .|. Really, really, really exciting potential future projects, the kind that make your head explode as you cry “OF COURSE, THAT’S PERFECT!” Yeah, pretty stoked on that one . . .


Alright guys, now it’s your turn – let me know what you’re loving this week!

This happy little post will stay at the top of the page all weekend, so stop by any time to leave your Love List, ask a question, or offer some feedback! Or if you’re new, feel free to just introduce yourself and say ‘Oi!’! This is your community, so get involved!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend, my dears!

  • Rebecca

    Oh those Waits videos make my heart melt!. Good job! I am looking to order my first vegan cuts box but its a bit more of an investment as I am living in Norway so postage is expensive. BUT it looks worth it. I’m quite tempted by the beauty box too….Do you get a kickback if I order from clicking through the ad on this page? I’d love to do it this way if so!

    So onto Le Love list!

    Networking. I have always been completely confused as to how it works but somehow sussed it this week without trying. * meeting with new veggie friends and sharing dosas and chai * beer gardens in the sun * thistles opening * going camping(!!!) * making homemade trail mix * creating work I am proud of * summer weather * cycling all over town

  • Sonja

    The video is so adorable! “The cookie!” – awwwww! You guys are too cute!
    So here’s my love list:
    - sunny weather
    - cashew-banana-carob-shake
    - cooking with a friend
    - signing my new job contract
    - planning a trip to Stockholm with my lovley colleagues
    - audio-messages from my bf
    - vegan instagram ;-)

  • coconutandberries

    Great to hear how well your coaching’s going. So pleased for you :) I love the mutineers, hope they were awesome, and that you enjoy your break.
    Love list this week:
    - Getting my finals!
    - Summer fruit
    - Open air theatre on a beautiful evening
    - Vegan barbecue party this weekend
    - My garden veggies getting bigger by the day
    - London time!
    - cuddles with my Mumsy :S (never too old…)

    P.S Love the vid- just as cute as the last one!

  • Kate

    Sayward, I recently found your blog through Choosing Raw, and I simply wanted to say how sweet and wonderful and helpful it is. As a fellow vegan, a lover of Tom Waits, and an Aunt to two young kids, your blog, your stories and your voice are new sources of inspiration and fun for me :)

  • Deirdre

    Your posts make me so unexpectedly happy- you’ve been shining from the inside friend.

    Mi loves: tandem beach trips/behaving myself/sleep/my kids laughter tinkling in from another room/summer/sparkles

  • Rachel in Veganland

    Hi Sayward! I always adore these lovely Friday posts of yours! I’m recently very into Twitter too–and I’ve been writing lately about how much I love it and how to use it for vegan activism. But I agree–Instagram for life!!!

    Writing and ruminating over my week, new opportunities for employment, my tiniest kitty sleeping on the pillows behind my head at night…

    Thanks for another great week of Bonzai posts!

  • Tracy
    I love making Mexican at home too… Made these this week. Thought you may love them too…

  • Cécile

    tu me fais voir la vie en rose !
    thanks Sayward for these lists that put a smile on my face each time !

  • Brie

    Here is my love list of the week:
    - A job that invests in me despite my young age – the loneliness of travel that makes you realize how valuable relationships are – travel adventures – beds – and finally my mother who guides me through the roughest even from 3,000 miles away -

  • Kate

    Remember when you were sad that one time that Waits didn’t want to share a muffin with you? haha, I smiled thinking of that as he exclaimed COOKIE! when he opened this box :)

    Love list:

    I came out (….ladies?)

    That your little post came up in my facebook feed

    My mastermind group called ‘Ladymind’ continues to inspire me every week

    Bringing my whole self to work


    Supportive friends

    Brave crying



  • Monika {windycityvegan}

    Ohmygoodness, love that video!! Especially how Waits zeroed in on / made off with that cookie.

    Short love list for me this week.

    Returning from vacation to find that all of my just-starting-to-bloom plants are exploding with produce! .|. Letting Nina do online research by herself (I was in the same room), and seeing what she’s interested in when left to her own devices (1. how to bring the Tasmanian devil back from the brink of extinction; 2. Portlandia sketches) .|. quietly, mutually coming to a very important decision without having to discuss it .|. Nina’s helping me teach a vegan baking class tomorrow, eeeeeeee!

    Happy weekend, everyone!

  • Lynn

    Whew! It’s been a busy busy week, clocked 90 hours between two jobs and I’m staring down another 14 hour day tomorrow. BUT! There’s always room for a Love-List!

    1. A perfect iced chai and delicious sandwich from a local, all organic coffee shop :)
    2. Having moments of genuine connection with my theatre students and feeling like I might actually, possibly, be a good teacher :)
    3. A new book that I am devouring :)

  • Alexandra

    Oh my God, little Jim Morrison!!!

  • Kathryn B.

    Love list!
    Today we get to celebrate the union of my brother-in-law to my new sister!! My husband is so excited for his little brother to get married and we couldn’t ask for a better addition to our family then our new sister-in-law!!

  • Andrea B

    I love the element pillows in your sponsor list! I am going to collect all the pillows from elements discovered at Berkeley. So cool!

  • lysette


    ~strong coffee black as a moonless night/ gooseberries/ laughing till every fiber hurts/ pilates rehabbing my knee/ adam gnade’s “diy guide to the big m*therf*ucking sad”/ making it to the other side/ giving jason the clydesdale a bath/ northern lights/ starry nights so big I feel so small/ good books/ good people/ good times