“Summit of Greatness 2018”

Published October 8, 2018 by Maryanne


Summit of Greatness, Columbus Ohio, 2018

I was beyond ecstatic to attend the Lewis Howes’ Summit of Greatness in Columbus, Ohio. It truly was a life changing experience. (Next year’s is in September and I highly recommend going!) It was two days filled with motivational speakers, inspirational stories, and entertainment. But it was more than that. It’s one of those things that you truly had to be there. I slept so minimal because of all the excitement and the realization of life’s potential. (www.summitofgreatness.com) ‘

Here are some of the quotes that truly resonated with me over the course of the event.

“Self doubt is the killer of dreams.” — Lewis Howes

“You can’t be everything you want but you can be everything you are.” — Jay Shetty

“You’re not good enough yet. Failures do not define you.” — Lindsey Stirling

“These mountains you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” — Najwa Zebian

Shaun T. on what fear is: False Evidence Appearing Real

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.” — Eric Thomas, the Hip Hop Preacher.

But  the story that truly stole my heart was that of Amy Purdy (http://amypurdy.com/). A woman who lost her legs at the age of 19 because of a form of bacterial meningitis. However, she went on to be a great success — a true Cinderella story!

I was also ecstatic to meet Mark Hymen, author of “Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?” I’m a health advocate myself, and his book inspired me to really get back on the right track. A year ago after getting a physical and blood work, finding out I was in great health at 55, I started slacking off and eating grains and sugary items again. My goal is to get back to paleo — or as Hymen says, “pagen” which is paleo and vegan because you should be eating a lot of vegetables!

In addition to the event, I was happy to explore the town of Columbus, Ohio. There was plenty to experience, like the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. There were many great restaurants, but I have to give a big shout out to The Angry Baker which was vegetarian and played 1980s favorites like The Cocteau Twins and New Order.  I had these super carrot pancakes with cashew drizzle. They also had kombucha, which I can’t live without!

There’s a possibility I may return to the Summit of Greatness in 2019. Or then again, by then I may become so great I’ll be too busy to make it! You never know what life may bring. When I checked my emails this magical Monday morning, I was bombarded with good news. My favorite was from a publishing company asking me to write another book! Coincidental or greatness manifesting?

Maryanne Christiano-Mistretta is an international author. Her latest book, “I Don’t Want to Be Like You” (about anti-bullying and empowerment) is available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Dont-Want-Be-Like-You/dp/1726273261

Maryanne is also available for motivational speaking events. For pricing and availability, contact her at: maryannechristiano@gmail.com 


9 comments on ““Summit of Greatness 2018”

  • Hello Maryanne !
    It’s been a while I’ve been following your posts on your blog with great interest (I’ve suscribed to the newsletter). But I don’t post any comment because I never know what to write, I guess I’m probably not the best at writing comments !
    The summit of greatness must have been a great moment. As a lacking-of-confidence person (not sure if that expression exists !), I wish I could be there, to hear all those inspirationnal stories too. It might help me feel better and be more self-confident.
    By the way, you talked about being vegan (or “paleo-vegan aka pagan” !). As a newly-vegetarian, that’s something I’m really amazed to discover. I’m curious to know : how did you get into paleo/vegan diet ? What motivated you ? Sorry if I’m too curious, I always like to chat about that !

    • Hi Eleanor! So nice to hear from you. Here’s my health story in a nutshell.

      As you may know, or not know, I am 55-years-old (yes, looks are deceiving!) I became a vegetarian when I was in my 20s and stayed a vegetarian about 28 years. Then I reached my 50s and was becoming sluggish. I started eating meat — grass-fed beef not conventional — and soon felt optimal again. Mind you, a portion of meat should be small, and the rest of the plate should be vegetables.

      The mistake that vegans and vegetarians make is that they get dogmatic about not eating meat and go for all the fake meats, the pastas, processed vegan foods, and they gain weight and are unhealthy.

      So, all that said, while I eat a little bit of meat (red meat once every few months, and mostly chicken, from a good source), I eat a lot of vegetables, especially sea vegetables. I make my own smoothies with chlorella, spirulina, etc.

      Limit sugar to a “treat” (like on the holidays) as well as bread and pizza.

      I do oppose one thing that is paleo. Paleo minded people limit fruit. I say, eat fruit! It’s very good for you. It hydrates the skin and helps you feel optimal. At 55, I can honestly say I have no aches and pains in my body.

      Hope this helps 🙂

      • You’re very brave because you became vegetarian when – I guess – it was not as widespread as nowadays, so I’m very admirative ! It must have been a bit difficult sometimes, isn’t it ?

        You’re right regarding fake meats and “vegan junk food”. I must confess I sometime eat soja steaks/fake chicken but I’m more into cereal wafers, starchy food (pastas, rice, potatoes) and – of course – vegetables : salad, tomatoes, peppers… every evening (and eggs, also) ! For fruits, I eat them less because we’re no longer in the summer so there are less fruits but I like to have my grapes for desert.

        For sugar, I like to have my bio biscuits or chocolate for the week-end, while I’m watching my japanese dramas and my movies (with some beer, please !). Since I moved in another city for job training, I haven’t seen many friends so I allow myself a few treats for the week-end !

        Pizza, bread… it’s been a whiiile I haven’t eaten any of them (except soft bread for breakfast but that doesn’t count !).

        I also try to avoid milk as much as I can, but I know that when I go back home, it’s going to be hard because my mum buys a lot of cheese, so temptations will be here ! By the way, what’s your thoughts on (animal) milk ? And vegetal milk ? Some people say veggie milk as soy milk are unhealthy and unecological but there are so many contradictory points of views that I don’t know what to think…

      • Hi Eleanor! Sounds like you have it down. I’m not a fan of dairy unless it’s raw (unpasteurized, like raw milk, which is illegal in some United States, but not in others, so I get mine in other states but don’t drink it too often. As for anything soy, as long as it’s non-GMO. There are so many disputes that they all contradict each other, so I say find a plan that you can live with. Nothing is 100 percent right anyway. What I’m not a fan of, in the USA, is almond milks, etc., because they are packaged with bad things like xantham gum, sugar, etc. It’s best to make your own in a blender. Now that is delicious!

        As for when I started being vegetarian, in 1986, yes, it was hard to eat out unless I just had vegetables or salad. Though New York was always ahead of the game with vegetarian restaurants. Both New York and New Jersey had some amazing health food stores back in the day.

      • I personally like all vegetal milks but yes, we have to be careful on how they are made. My favourite ones are coconut and hazelnut milks, but they’re more expensive than the others !

        You were lucky enough to live near big cities because where I come from, a little town in western south of France called Montauban, it would have been nearly impossible in the eighties ! Okay, I’m a bit exaggerating because we have a market every week full of fresh vegetables and fruits but people wouldn’t have understood for most of them…
        Fortunately, things have evolved a lot and nowadays, there are more and more vegetarian/vegan people everywhere and veggie/vegan products are quite common in supermarkets… but at a higher price !

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