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Jill Leslie, Ayurveda Alchemy

COLUMN = HEALTHY LIVING

Jill Leslie is a certified Ayurvedic practitioner, herbalist, wellness chef, and yoga teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area who, for more than two decades, has been immersed in the study and practice of natural healing.

The entrepreneur, who has owned her own businesses since graduating from the University of Maryland in 1986, founded the award-winning retail shop Milk & Honey in Sebastapol, CA, in 1999. She sold it in 2006 so that she could dive deeper into her study of yoga and Ayurveda.

As she discovered the life-changing wisdom of these ancient practices, she began sharing her knowledge at wellness retreats, yoga studios, and through cooking classes. Her passion for herbal medicine and nutrition, and her love of sweets, inspired her to found Ayurvedic Alchemy, in 2008.

In addition to hosting classes and events, and providing consultations and dietary advice about Ayurveda, she has created a line of healthy and delicious confections, which are available online at Kitchen Alchemy Treats. “When I learned the adage of Ayurveda, ‘Let your food be your medicine,’ I put on my apron and said, ‘Let your medicine be delicious,’” she says.

Learn more about her services at www.AyurvedaAlchemy.com.

The best reason to start an organization is to create a product or service to make the world a better place.”

– Guy Kawasaki

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.”

– John F. Kennedy

Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!”

– Andrew Carnegie

The person who makes a success of living is the one who see his goal steadily and aims for it unswervingly. That is dedication.”

– Cecil B. DeMille

The best hobbies are the ones that take us furthest from our primary occupation.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. 
Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

– Mary Jean Irion

The great use of life is to spend it on something that will outlast it.”

– William James

I always maintained that the greatest obstacle in life isn’t danger, it’s boredom. The battle against it is responsible for most of the events in the world — good or ill.”

– Dr. Evelyn Vogel, Dexter

Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

– Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows slowly endures.”

– J.G. Holland, novelist

‎The biggest flaw in our existing theory of capitalism lies in its misrepresentation of human nature.”

– Muhammad Yunus

Entrepreneurs are willing to roll the dice with their money or reputation on the line in support of an idea or enterprise.”

– Victor Kiam

Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love.”

– Jalaluddin Rumi

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

– Anita Roddick, founder, The Body Shop

It is possible to fail in many ways…while to succeed is possible only in one way.”

– Aristotle

Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.”

– Benjamin Disraeli

Do not be afraid of mistakes, providing you do not make the same one twice.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.”

– Basil King

No man will make a great leader who wants to do it all himself, or to get all the credit for doing it”

– Andrew Carnegie

Whatever you do may seem insignificant, but it is most important that you do it.”

– Gandi

Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence.”

– President Calvin Coolidge

Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

How do you stay resilient? It’s about momentum. Like riding a bicycle. If you stop you fall over. So I keep pedaling.”

– Diane Lane

This is the age when magical technologies make more and more radically fun ideas plausible, even easy. You’re only limited by your creativity.”

– Martha Beck

A great secret of success is to go through life as a man who never gets used up.”

– Albert Schweitzer

The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”

– Carl Rogers

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly. Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go, life is a barren field frozen with snow.”

– Langston Hughes

If you were independently wealthy and never had to work a day in your life, would you still choose to spend your time attempting to become a successful entrepreneur?”

– Steven Schussler

If your success is not on your own terms, if it looks good to the world but does not feel good in your heart, it is not success at all.”

– Anna Quindlen

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try going to sleep with a mosquito in your room.”

– A wisdomism

With ordinary talents and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”

– Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton

You don’t love someone because of their looks or their clothes or their car. You love them because they sing a song only your heart can understand.”

– L.J. Smith

We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
 And then, if we are true to plan,
 Our statures touch the skies.”

– Emily Dickinson

I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

– Thomas Edison

The goal of Life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature.”

– Joseph Cambell

When a dog runs at you, whistle for him.”

– Henry David Thoreau

Entrepreneurs need to search purposefully for the sources of innovation that indicate opportunities for success.”

– Peter F. Drucker

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Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now.”

– Jack Kerouac

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


– Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries

You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing.”

– Maya Angelou

When we speak we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak.”

– Audre Lorde

There is only one success – to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

– Christopher Morley

A diamond is a lump of coal that stuck with it.”

– Norwegian proverb

It is only when the mind is free from the old that it meets everything anew, and in that there is joy.”

– J. Kristnhamurti, The First and Last Freedom

Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true.”

– Leon Joseph Suenens

Confidence is the most important thing you can teach someone… if you can teach them confidence, you don’t have to teach them anything else.”

– Vin Diesel

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, I know I can achieve it.”

– Jesse Jackson