In 2015 I took a chance. I am a fulltime working married mom of two young kids but I hopped on a plane by myself and flew 3,000 miles across the country to fulfill a dream. What resulted was the motivation, education and desire to change my family’s life forever.

I will be honest; the trip was not cheap, but it was worth it. It sparked something inside of me that is still on fire to this day.

In 2015, I attended Plant-Stock (now called Camp Plant-Stock) on the Esselstyn family farm for the very first time. I traveled alone but I was nowhere near alone once I stepped foot into that conference.

Every person that I talked to or sat next to, was on a journey. They all had been brought to Plant-Stock for different reasons. For some, it was to thank Dr. Esselstyn for saving their lives, for others it was to educate themselves and learn how they can transform their health and live longer than they think their genes determine and still some, were dragged there by a spouse or loved one hoping to insight change.

Regardless of their reasons, they left feeling like they had found the holy grail, the secret to longevity and in truth, they had!

Fast forward to 2016 and I had friend tell me she wanted to go to Plant-Stock. Could I do it? Could I actually go again? If you want something bad enough, you make it happen. I put money aside when I could so that I could attend Plant-Stock 2016.

I was afraid it would be the same but it was not. New speakers, a different agenda and even some group exercise!

I fulfilled some long-time dreams on that trip and the memories we shared make me smile even today. The speakers we heard and met were amazing once again.

Two Plant-Stocks in a row should have been enough but then the impossible happened. My husband told me that he wanted to go. Did I just see pigs flying outside my window? Nope, it was real. Again, we saved what we could when we could. I am lucky to have family on the east coast to watch our kids but to this day, it was one of the best trips I’ve had with my husband.

It is one thing to hear your spouse telling you how important it is to eat a plant-based diet but it is a whole different story when doctors, athletes and people who were on the verge of death share their stories and more importantly, share the science. He was sold. He was mostly plant-based before that trip but attending Plant-Stock changed him in ways I did not see possible.

Now Engine 2 has Camp Plant-Stock. The dates are set for 2019. Click here for more information. It is bigger, better and so incredible that I have started saving my pennies already.

With all the Valentine’s Day gifts out there, it is time to sit down and think about YOU. What do YOU want to gift yourself that will spark some needed change in you or in someone you love? Engine 2 puts on all kinds of events throughout the year. Check their Events Page and see what speaks to you and what you can manage. Remember, if you want something bad enough, you can make it happen. Maybe it means foregoing that coffee shop coffee to save some money or selling some items that have been sitting in your closet for years. However you manage it, trust me when I say, you won’t regret it.

Stay Plant-Strong!