Letter From The Editors
When was the last time you took a moment to just take a breathe and turn off the never-ending ‘what-if’ gears churning in your mind? When was the last time you took a second to appreciate the meal you were having? Not just how good it tasted, but truly appreciate it. Appreciate the farmer who labored over the grains that were then hand cooked by a man who dedicated his life to making people smile with his food. Appreciate the cow whose meat will give your body sustenance for the next few hours and help your body to restore the essential nutrients and proteins it needs. Appreciate the soil in the ground that cultivated the vegetables on your plate that will help to give your mind clarity and focus throughout the next few hours. Appreciate the restaurant owner who followed his passion for opening a diner to provide people with a place they could comfortably enjoy a fresh meal. Appreciate the clean water in your glass that you didn’t have to walk 20 miles in the desert barefoot to get. Appreciate the people around you who share the same interests as you and the same desire to step out and try something new. Appreciate yourself for the hard work that you had put into this world and economy in order to be able to eat out. Appreciate the moment as it is, the gifts you are given, the privileges you have access to, and the food on your table that you are able to afford by the grace of God.
Try to remember that “If there is food in your fridge, you have shoes and clothes, you have a bed and a roof, you are richer then 75% of the people in the world.”
I am not here to get ‘hippy-dippy’ on you or to get ‘preachy’ either. I would like to give you a little reminder to not take anything for granted. I am a foodie, like hardcore! I eat probably 5 times a day, and I hate leftovers. Sometimes, I think especially as entrepreneurs, we get caught up in all of the ‘haves’ - in all of the fantastic things we have but also all of the fantastic things we want. We always want more and more, not always in a selfish way, but the more you have, the more you can give and the more you can do.
This edition of Life By Design Magazine is dedicated to all the foodies out there. The people who are just like myself and my lovely creative director, Jennifer Meim; eager to go out there and taste the next wonderous thing. The vision with this edition is to merge the foodie world with the entrepreneurial world - but with a little flare.
I hope that the articles in this edition will help you to not only look at food differently but look at business and relationships different as well! Take a minute to appreciate every article like a savory morsel of your favorite meat (or faux meat if that’s how you roll); let its aroma surround you, think of all it took to have that bite at that moment, savor it, appreciate all the wonders it will do for your life and body, remember it and share it with your friends.
Happy reading ;)
CASEY NICOLE FOX
Casey Nicole Fox is a partner in all of Stegela’s corporations and she is the “Bulldog,” the one to answer to if you mess up, our “Vice Principle.” Casey is a successful young entrepreneur.
In addition to being a partner at Stegela, she owns multiple businesses, is starting a nonprofit, and is starting her career in the Real Estate industry. All of her businesses are for-purpose and she really emphasizes the need to give back as an entrepreneur.
Casey is a prolific writer and an avid podcaster. She started her entrepreneurial journey only 4 years ago, having to radically change her mindset from employee (having 4 jobs) to entrepreneur (owning 4 companies).