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Each Monday, Tiffany posts a message that provides positive energy and tips for eating more mindfully. The purpose of the weekly message is to reinforce the ideas from the talks and classes that are a part of the Como Water Membership, and to further support those living the veg-centric lifestyle. To receive our Mindfulness Mondays posts, Become A Member today.


This Life

A couple of weeks ago someone on Instagram posted a quote saying “I was given this life because I am strong enough to live it.” I read tons of quotes, but this one really, really, really spoke to me.

Many of us have asked ourselves “why me?” at various points in our lives. Truth be told, I asked myself that more in my youth than in adulthood. But even as an adult, with significantly more control over my life than I had when I was young, I’ve found myself intermittently wondering “why me?’, sulking, saddened, near defeated, at times bordering on bitter when situations have looked unpromising or bleak.

But this quote sheds a completely different light on life’s circumstances. It implicitly frames the situations in our lives as assets, even our trials and tribulations. It suggests that our adversities–whatever they are: tough family relations, trauma, ill relationships with food, job problems, health issues, you name it–these adversities have been bestowed on us because we are strong enough to manage them. And if we’re really lucky,  not only will we be strong enough to live this life, we’ll be able to learn from the situations we overcome and to share our lessons learned with others who may be going through something similar.

I still haven’t figured out whether I believe in fate or whether I believe our lives are ruled by chance (I think perhaps, it’s a little bit of both!), but I’m convinced that if I’m able to really embrace this quote, I’ll be able to view each and every thing that happens in my life (or doesn’t happen) as a challenge. A challenge that with practice and support, I’ll be able to overcome.

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Tiffany M. Griffin is the woman behind Como Water, Washington DC’s premiere veg-centric cuisine consulting company. Through cooking classes, demonstrations, catering, and consultations, Como Water gives people the opportunity to learn how to prepare veg-centric cuisine that boasts maximum flavor, with minimal effort. Tiffany is quickly becoming a go-to expert on the future of veg-centric cuisine, and is a regular contributor to Como Water, the blog, as well as to vegetarian and vegan sites across the Internet. For over a decade, this self-taught, entrepreneurial expert has developed a set of tried and true techniques for making simple, delicious, and sometimes decadent veg-centric dishes. Featured on the Steve Harvey Show and other leading media outlets, Tiffany was born and raised in Springfield, MA. She then earned Bachelors degrees in Psychology and Communications from Boston College and a PhD in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan. She now resides in Washington DC, where she has worked in the US Senate and at a federal agency on issues around health, food, nutrition, and international food aid/development, and of course, as the owner of Como Water. Tiffany gets culinary inspiration from the food she grew up eating, and from her travels throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Western Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is dedicated to sharing her wealth of knowledge on veg-centric cuisine with others and to help others live by her mantra—love life, live long, and eat veg-centric cuisine!

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