Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Food Cart Pod!

This Wednesday evening June 26th from 6 PM – 9M there will be a friends and family preview of the Barley Pod and you are invited!

The Barley Pod is Portland’s newest Food Cart Pod located at 6035 NE Halsey St, Portland, Oregon 97213.

The Barely Pod will be home to the Baerlic Beer Beerhall and Garden, and a number of fantastic Portland Food Carts including Hapa PDX, Bing Mi, Bam Pow Burgers, Namu Korean Hawaiian,  Smakken Waffle Sandwiches, and more!

During this event Baerlic will be selling beer, and a number of the Food Carts will be serving specials!

I love Portland Food Carts and I love Portland Breweries and I am delighted and honored to be hosting this event!

Here is a link to the Facebook event page –  www.facebook.com/events/417536138721968

I  hope to see you there!

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler  Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Ben Parsons and Rik Hall Baerlic Brewing – Portland Beer Podcast Episode 39

Also – If you want to know more about Baerlic Brewing check out this episode of the Portland Beer Podcast – Ben Parsons and Rik Hall Baerlic Brewing – Portland Beer Podcast Episode 39 .

www.portlandbeerpodcast.com/ben-parsons-and-rik-hall-baerlic-brewing-portland-beer-podcast-episode-39

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

 

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven ShomlerFriends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven ShomlerFriends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

Friends and Family Preview at the Barley Pod Hosted by Steven Shomler

 

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Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi

On Tuesday June 26th from 5 PM – 7 PM a very fun Oregon Cider Week event is happening – Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler!

Where – Verde Cocina Mississippi is located at 3476 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227

Event Page – You can go to the Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night event page here – www.facebook.com/events/208527713306047

Cocktails + Donuts

This event will feature Cider Cocktails and Cider Donuts!

Black Currant Cider Cocktails!

During this event Verde Cocina on Mississippi will be serving three Black Currant Cider Cocktails made with Finnriver Black Currant Cider!

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Pajaro Limon

This is the “Pajaro Limon” – a Gin/Cider Cocktail!

“Pajaro Limon”
Finnriver Black Current Cider
Aviation Gin
Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
Organic Agave Syrup
’12 Mont-Marcal Brut Reserva

 Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Manzana Negra

This is the “Manzana Negra” – a Rum/Cider Cocktail!

“Manzana Negra”
Finnriver Black Current Cider
El Dorado Rum
Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
Organic Agave Syrup
Club Soda

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Maul Mule

This is the “Maul Mule” – a Tequila/Cider Cocktail!

“Maul Mule” 
Finnriver Black Current Cider
Fresh Beet Juice infused Altos Tequila
Ginger Beer
New Deal Distillery Ginger Liqueur
Organic Agave
Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Pictured is Adriana Alvarez who made each of the incredible ciders photographed for this article

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Black Currant Cider Donuts!

Blue Star Donuts has crafted the official Donut for Oregon Cider Week and they made these donuts with – that’s right – you guessed it – Finnriver Black Currant Cider!

These donuts on hand for you to sample!

PLEASE NOTE – Verde Cocina is a Gluten-Free restaurant and these donuts are NOT Gluten-Free.

These donuts will never see the inside of the kitchen at Verde Cocina and they will not affect the wonderful food Gluten-Free that Verde Cocina will serve the evening of the 26th.

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

 

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Where

Verde Cocina Mississippi is located at 3476 N Mississippi Ave Portland, OR 97227

On Tuesday June 26th from 5 PM – 7 PM a very fun Oregon Cider Week event is happening – Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night at Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler!

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

Oregon Cider Week: Black Currant Cider Cocktail Night Verde Cocina on Mississippi hosted by Steven Shomler

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Reflections on Gratitude

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

Reflections on Gratitude

“Gratitude is to your heart like oxygen is to a fire”

Last week I was lucky enough to be in Bozeman, Montana for Bozeman Craft Beer Week.

I had an amazing time. If you’re a craft beer fan, you have got to go to Bozeman. They have nine breweries right there in Bozeman itself, and just down the road in the town of Belgrade, there are two more breweries.

In addition I have been told that two more breweries are coming to Bozeman this year, and that two more breweries are coming next year. I think it’s eventually going to be a celebrated craft beer destination.

While I was in Bozeman I recorded six on the road episodes of the Portland Beer Podcast and five on the road episodes of the Portland Culinary Podcast.

I met a lot of wonderful people, had a lot of great food, and enjoyed terrific beer.

I am already planning on going back for Bozeman Craft Beer Week next year.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler  Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

Waking Up With a Deep Overwhelming Sense of Gratitude  

One morning when I was there, I woke up with a deep overwhelming sense of gratitude and I started thinking about gratitude.

A day later, I found myself at the Wild Crumb – a wonderful Bozeman bakery.

That morning I had an Orange Pecan Roll and it was phenomenal! I also had a cup of Ghost Town Coffee Roasters coffee. FYI – Ghost Town Coffee rocks!

I spent an hour at Wild Crumb journaling about gratitude, and what was going on in my heart, and I’ve been journaling about it about for a week now.

Six Thoughts on Gratitude 

I have 6 thoughts for you on gratitude and the rest of this article lays them out.

#1 What is Gratitude?

#2 Three Life Affirming Traits that Gratitude Deepens and Three Dark Traits that Thrive in the Absence of Gratitude

 #3 A Simple Doable Way You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

#4 Something Precious That You Cannot Have Without Gratitude

 #5 The Awfulness Coming Your Way and How Gratitude Can Play an Important Role in the Midst of That Awfulness

 #6 What Melted Butter and Gratitude Have in Common

 #1 What is Gratitude?

I love me some Dictionary.com. I looked up “Gratitude” on Dictionary.com and they say that “Gratitude is the quality of being grateful or thankful.” I love that definition! Simple and easy to understand.

Below are a couple of more ways to define gratitude.

Some people are head people, some people are heart people, and some people are gut people.

I don’t know which one of those you are, but I think at least of one of these next three definitions for gratitude will resonate with you.

Gratitude is a feeling – I don’t mean to say that gratitude is an emotion, but I mean like a feeling where someone might say “I feel so grateful.”

For others gratitude is a sense – those people might say “I have a sense of gratitude around me.”

Thirdly (Thirdly? Is that even correct grammar? I don’t care, it works for me) for some people gratitude is a perspective that they have.

Gratitude is kind of how they approach life, how they see things, and how they’re thinking about how what’s going on in their life. They have a perspective of gratitude

I don’t care if you are a head person, or a heart person, or a gut person – there’s something there for you with regards to gratitude; whether it’s a perspective or outlook you have, or it’s a sense you have, or it’s a feeling you have.

I think gratitude can be each of those things.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

At the beginning of this article I mentioned that gratitude is to your heart is like oxygen is to a fire.

If you take oxygen away from a fire it can’t burn, it can’t give warmth, and it can’t give light.

I think the same thing is true for your heart.

If you take gratitude away from your heart it’s not going to shine, it’s not gonna burn, it’s not gonna have warmth & light to give to others.

Do not miss out on having gratitude in your journey. Your journey just won’t be the same without it.

#2 Three Life Affirming Traits that Gratitude Deepens and Three Dark Traits that Thrive in the Absence of Gratitude

Kindness Vs. Meanness

In my life I have observed that people who embrace gratitude tend to be kinder, and kindness tends to be part of their journey.

Conversely, people that don’t have much gratitude in their life seem to be meaner.

Mean people – oh man, they can leave a lot of wreckage in their wake.

I knew someone once and they self-proclaimed that they were a “mean girl” and sadly they were vindictive, and divisive, and kind of an adult bully. This individual hurt people. That’s what meanness does. It hurts people.

I don’t want you to be that kind of person, and I am certain that you don’t want to have meanness in your heart or in your journey.

Embrace gratitude, and let it touch your heart and deepen your kindness.

Compassion Vs. Heartlessness

People that have a sense of gratitude, tend to be more compassionate.

Conversely, people that tend not to have much gratitude in their life, people who are not thankful for much – they tend to be a lot more heartless.

They just don’t seem to care about anyone else.

In my opinion, having compassion for others is such a much better way to live. Gratitude will deepen your compassion.

Hope Vs. Fear

Gratitude can impact how people approach the future.

I’ve observed that people who have gratitude in their life, and who have cultivated gratitude tend to be more hopeful.

They tend to approach the future with a more positive outlook.

Whereas, I have observed that people that are don’t have much gratitude, they tend to be more fearful.

They tend to approach the future with a more negative outlook.

Granted, hope brings with it it’s own set of heartaches, however, hope is so much better than fear. I encourage you to cultivate gratitude in your life.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

#3 A Simple Doable Way You Can Cultivate Gratitude in Your Life

Speaking of cultivating gratitude, here is a simple doable way that you can cultivate gratitude in your life.

I love doable steps! Life change happens one doable step at a time. Dreams come true one doable step at a time.

This is a very doable step and it’s very high-tech!

Hopefully you have a yellow pad and a blue pen. You can’t have life change without those two tools!

Tear off a piece of yellow paper from your pad and fold it in half. Fold it in half a total of three times.

Take that folded piece of yellow paper, and on one side write the word –

“Gratitude”

On the other side write the question –

“What am I Grateful For?”

Carry this piece of paper with you for a month. Put it in your pocket next to your phone.

A couple times a day get out that piece of paper and ask yourself “What am I grateful for?”

Ask yourself – “What good thing has come into my life today that I have I have missed or overlooked?”

Do that for a month, and I guarantee that at the end of the month you will have cultivated gratitude in your life.

You will have a lot more gratitude going on and you’ll start to become aware of things that you will want to be grateful for that you have previously overlooked.

You will most assuredly increase your awareness of what you can be grateful for.

Reflections on Gratitude by Steven Shomler

#4 Something Precious That You Cannot Have Without Gratitude

You have gratitude and you can have this very precious thing. You don’t have gratitude. You can’t have it.

When I work with people I teach them to “Walk the Good Life Path.”

For me, the good life path has three components and I call these three components the “Good Life Elements.”

Good Life Element Number One is Enjoy Life.

I often have to teach people about enjoying life, and I often have to teach people how to enjoy life.

Good Life Element Number Two is Make a Difference.

Somehow, someway, I don’t care how you do it, go make a difference in someone’s life and embrace this practice as an ongoing part of your journey.

Good Life Element Number Three is Pursue Wholerness.

I don’t think people can get whole, however I do believe that people get can “wholer.”

Yes – I created both the word “Wholer” and the word “Wholerness.”

What can I say, I have the same special writing permit to create words that Seuss and Shakespeare had.

If you Enjoy Life, Make a Difference, and Pursue Wholerness you will be Walking the Good Life Path and as you Walk the Good Life Path you will find The Four Treasures!

The Four Treasures are Joy, Serenity, Adventure, and Fulfillment.

I have to say – I have deeply fulfilling life now.

My life is much more fulfilling, especially when compared to when I started the journey to change my life, 7 years ago, back in the summer of 2011 when I decided to go live the life I imagined.

Trust me on this – Fulfillment is very, very important and you don’t want to miss out on having it in your life.

Here is the deal – You can’t have a fulfilling life and without gratitude.

Every person I have met who has a fulfilling life, also has gratitude.

Do not miss out on living a fulfilling life.

Getting to do that one of the BIG reasons you really want to cultivate gratitude in your journey.

#5 The Awfulness Coming Your Way and How Gratitude Can Play an Important Role in the Midst of That Awfulness

There’s some awfulness ahead of you in your path and it is coming your way.

I apologize for telling you this, but it’s a fact.

I teach the people that I work with the Five Fulfilling Journey Life Lessons.

If someone wants to have a fulfilling journey, they have to master these five lessons.

One of these five lessons is learning how to handle loss effectively.

I promise you this – you have got some loss coming into your life down the road – at some point in the future.

You will experience loss and some of it is going be tough, in fact, some of the loss you are going to experience will be gut wrenching.

For example – death is coming for the ones you love.

I teach this terrible truth that because it happens and I care too much not to prepare you.

I’ve had the kind of gut wrenching losses I am talking about.

For example, on Feb 8th 2015 my 17-year-old son Zayne passed away.

No parent should have to bury his or her child. It’s fucking brutal.

Learning how to effectively handle the losses coming your way, and learning how to grieve are two very, very important life skills that a lot of people just aren’t taught.

Here is where gratitude comes in.

When you experience a loss, that loss is either going to increase your gratitude, or it’s going to make you bitter.

People I’ve seen that have experienced loss that don’t effectively handle that loss, and don’t grieve that loss – often end up more bitter and less grateful.

I’m working on an article right now about how my son Zayne’s death has impacted my journey.

It’s been a little over two years now since he passed and that loss has impacted me in a number of significant ways.

One of the things that gut wrenching loss, did was make everything that’s left more precious, and it’s helped me be more grateful for what I have.

You may be wondering how gratitude will fit in when you experience gut-wrenching losses.

Once you are there, you will remember these words and begin to see how gratitude can make a positive difference in the midst of all of that darkness.

Don’t let those future losses make you more bitter. Let those losses make you more grateful.

#6 What Melted Butter and Gratitude Have in Common

How is gratitude like melted butter?

Well, here’s the deal. I love me some melted butter. I even own HappinessIsMeltedButter dot com.

My son Zac is home from college this summer.

Zac and I are going to go see some blockbuster movies this summer, and we when we do that we will get some popcorn!

Mark my words – we are going to put melted butter on that popcorn!

When you put melted butter on popcorn you are enhancing that popcorn and making it that much better!

I love lobster and when I dip lobster in melted butter, I’m enhancing that lobster.

Some people like crab – when you dip really good crab in melted butter it enhances that crab!

How about vegetables?

Grilled or sautéed vegetables are wonderful and when you put some melted butter on them they are that much better!

Melted butter enhances a lot of things and gratitude does the same thing.

The more gratitude you have in your life, the more that your life will be enhanced.

Gratitude can turn a meal into a feast and gratitude can even enhance beer!

It’s one thing to drink a good craft beer.

When you are grateful for that craft beer – it will taste that much better.

Many people enjoy drinking a really good IPA.

Gratitude can turn drinking a really good IPA into a phenomenal experience.

Gratitude will enhance everything that you have going on in your life.

The relationships you have, the people you love & care about, the more gratitude you have, the more that those relationships will be enhanced.

I am Steven Shomler I encourage you to Go Live The Life You Imagine!

I can’t fathom that the life you imagine is going be one that doesn’t have gratitude as part of the journey.

Start cultivating gratitude now, trust me, you be will super happy you did.

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

Steven Shomler

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National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker! National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

If you love Grilled Cheese Sandwiches we have a fun event for you!!!

Thursday April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day and I am delighted to be partnering with StormBreaker Brewing and Cardamom Hills Trading Co. to celebrate this fun day!

StormBreaker Brewing has a wonderful Grilled Cheese sandwich on it’s on menu all the time.

For National Grilled Cheese Day StormBreaker is going to be offering THREE very special Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and each one will be made with  Cardamom Hills Trading Co. Chutney!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!   National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!   National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Three Incredible Grilled Cheese Sandwiches!

#1 Creamy Goat Cheese and Arugula w/ Apple Ginger Chutney on Yukon Gold Potato Bread

#2 Sharp Cheddar and Bacon w/ Spicy Tomato Chutney on Old-Fashioned Milk Bread

#3 Gouda, Grilled Mushroom, and Caramelized Onion w/ Stout Apple Chutney made with StormBreaker Opacus Oatmeal Stout on Brioche

StormBreaker Brewing will be offering these amazing Grilled Cheese Sandwiches all day on Thursday April 12th – while supplies last of course!

StormBreaker Brewing will be offering the Apple Ginger Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich and the Spicy Tomato Chutney Grilled Cheese Sandwich all day on Thursday April 12th.

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Sophie Rahman Founder Cardamom Hills Trading Co

Sophie Rahman is the Founder of Cardamom Hills Trading Co. and thanks to my girlfriend’s wonderful cooking skills I have enjoyed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches made with Sophie’s Chutney many times over the past 6 months! Sophie’s chutney is soooo good on a Grilled Cheese Sandwich!

From 7 PM – 8 PM Sophie Rahman herself will be at StormBreaker sampling and selling her wonderful chutney!

I will be there from 5 PM – 8 PM enjoying one of these Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with one of StormBreaker’s wonderful beers!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Tomato Soup!

Yes! Stormbreaker will be serving tomato soup!

Nothing quite like dipping your Grilled Cheese Sandwich into a bowl of tomato soup!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Where

StormBreaker Brewing is located at 832 N Beech St Portland, Oregon.

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

Stout Apple Chutney made with StormBreaker Opacus Oatmeal Stout

By the way — later this year Cardamom Hills Trading Co. will be releasing a special chutney made with StormBreaker’s Opacus Oatmeal Stout! Stay tuned!

Cheers,

Steven Shomler

#GrilledCheese     #Chutney

 

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker! National Grilled Cheese Day at StormBreaker!

 

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Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Four years ago in 2014, Marica and Justin opened the Paiku Food Cart with the hope of someday being able to make the leap to brick and mortar.

I am delighted to share with you that their Food Cart Dreams have come true and later next week they will be opening the Paiku Brick and Mortar Restaurant!

Tuesday March 27th from 6 PM – 8 PM they are having a friends and family preview event and YOU are invited!

I am so honored to be hosting this wonderful event celebrating this dream come true!

Come by Tuesday evening and sample some of the wonderful food that they will be serving at Paiku and cheer Justin and Marica on!

Here is a link to the Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview Facebook event page  – www.facebook.com/events/1428234223948720

Also – For those who enjoy craft beer – the taps will be working and excellent local craft beer will be available for purchase!

The brand new Paiku Brick and Mortar Restaurant is located in the St John’s neighborhood and the address is 7425 N Leavitt Avenue Portland, Oregon 97203!

I hope to see you Tuesday evening!

Steven Shomler

#CheersOthersOn

#FoodCartDreamsDoComeTrue

Paiku - From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar Restaurant – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 26

Paiku – From Food Cart to Brick and Mortar Restaurant – Portland Culinary Podcast Episode 26

Marica and Justin were featured on Episode 26 of the Portland Culinary Podcast.

Here is a linkwww.portlandculinarypodcast.com/paiku-from-food-cart-to-brick-and-mortar-restaurant-portland-culinary-podcast-episode-26

Or if you prefer you can listen here –

 

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

Paiku Food Cart Goes Brick and Mortar!

If you are looking for the Great Food Great Stories article about Paiku see this link here –
www.greatfoodgreatstories.com/paiku-food-cart-goes-brick-and-mortar

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview! Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview! Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

Paiku Restaurant Friends and Family Preview!

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Few People Have Changed My Life More…

Few People Have Changed My Life More…

I got word this morning that Carolyn Hunsinger passed away last night.

Carolyn inspired me to pursue life change when I was a very young man.

I had a brutal, very dark childhood at the hands of my mother made up of every type of abuse you can imagine, and some things you really don’t want to imagine.

The perspectives and skills I learned and used to survive my childhood like — don’t ever talk or open up, don’t trust anyone because they will hurt you, and don’t feel any emotion, were greatly hampering me as a young adult.

I don’t often hear about a bad childhood that was worse than mine.

Carolyn’s childhood was even more brutal than mine, and she had invested years doggedly pursing her own life change.

Carolyn gently shared her story with me and lovingly encouraged me to face and overcome the hell I had been through.

I invested a number of years in my early 20s in counseling where I faced and processed the darkness and trauma I had endured during my childhood.

To this day I am so grateful for the time I spent with Bryan Van Dragt — my counselor.

None of that would have happen without the wisdom, guidance, and encouragement that Carolyn gave me. She “gave me permission” to begin counseling and she helped he to begin to see that I really, really needed it.

I am so grateful for life change that she modeled for me.

While it’s a story for another time — The 3 Z’s — Zac, Zayne, and Zeke knew Carolyn as their quirky and wonderful grandmother, and Carolyn was the closest thing to a “Mom” that I ever had. Today will be a day marked by tears.

May Carolyn rest in peace until the trumpet sounds. I am so grateful for the words of hope found in Rev 21:3-4.

Steven

#RIPCarolyn

#ThankYouForChangingYourLife

#ThankYouForChangingMyLife

 

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Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure!

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure!

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

 

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure!

For more than 5 years now Steven Shomler has been enjoying and celebrating the wonderful Georgian food that Sean and McKinzie – Founders of Kargi Gogo have been creating and it is time for you get your hands on some of it!

This, an event is happening that will give you the rare opportunity to fall in love with this wonderful food!

A Rare Opportunity

Why is this a rare opportunity? Kargi Gogo used to be a food cart, and sadly it closed back in 2015.

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler   Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Kargi Gogo was such a great Portland food cart that it made the cut to be a chapter in Steven’s first book – Portland Food Cart Stories and Steven has even eaten their wonderful food on the cooking channel.

Saturday Evening Feb 24th 10:30 PM – Midnight

This Saturday evening Feb 24th at 10:30 PM you can join Steven as he devours both Khachapuri and Khinkali at the popup that Kargi Gogo is doing at Basilisk.

Basilisk is located at – 820 NE 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97232.

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler  Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

What is Khachapuri and Khinkali?

Khachapuri is the best cheese bread that you will ever have!

Khinkali are wonderful juicy dumplings!

You do not want to miss this!

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

Discover Khachapuri and Khinkali! A Late Night Culinary Adventure! Kargi Gogo Steven Shomler

 

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Drink Beer – Eat Pizza – Make a Difference!

Updated Date -- Tuesday 2/17  Drink Beer - Eat Pizza -  Make a Difference!

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer ~ Eat Pizza ~ Make a Difference!

New Date — Tuesday 2/17 

Due to the snow we are moving Drink Beer ~ Eat Pizza ~ Make a Difference back one week to Tuesday evening 2/27!

Cheers,

Steven 2/20/18

On Tuesday evening February 27th from 4 PM – 10 PM Steven Shomler is hosting a very fun event at the Widmer Brothers Tasting Room that you are going to love!

Address – The Widmer Brothers Tasting Room is located at 929 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227

$15 – A Beer and All The Deep Dish Pizza You Can Eat! 

From 4 PM – 10 PM you can get a pint of beer and all the Chicagoland Food Cart Deep Dish Pizza you can eat for $15!

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

The Oregon Brewshed Alliance 

From 4 PM –7 PM Widmer will be donating ALL pint proceeds to the Oregon Brewshed Alliance!

Great Music

We are also going to have the incredible local Portland musical artist – Ronnie Carrier performing Tuesday evening as well!

Deep Dish Pizza! 

Here are some photos of the amazing Chicagoland Food Cart Deep Dish Pizza that you will be enjoying –

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

 

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

Drink Beer Eat Deep Dish Pizza Make a Difference Chicagoland Pizza Widmer Brothers Brewing Steven Shomler

 

#DrinkBeerAndMakeADifference

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Welcome to 2018! Stoke Your Own Fire!

Stoke Your Own Fire

Welcome to 2018! Stoke Your Own Fire!

Welcome to 2018! Today is Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018 and for some, this is the first work day of 2018.

As we begin the New Year I wanted to touch on one of the MOST important achievement skills you can have.

This skill is foundational to any achievement that you want to make happen.

I am talking about Self-motivation.

Self-motivation is one of the single biggest differences between successful and unsuccessful people.

YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO STOKE YOUR OWN FIRE!

If you lack self-motivation then you will not be able to succeed. Period.

Let me say that again – if you lack self-motivation you not be able to succeed.

This is some thing that my “dad” Peter would have called a cold hard fact.

 

How Can You Motivate Yourself?

So how can you motivate yourself?

Here are five simple tactics for Stoking Your Own Fire:

#1 Do You Love What You Do?
If you love it, it will be much easier to motivate yourself to do it. If you don’t love what you are doing, you will find it very tough to succeed at it.

#2 Do You Have a Want or a Whim?
Ask yourself if you really want what you are battling for. If you don’t really want it, then self-motivation will be tough. Go to WantOrWhim.com for more about this.

#3 What is the Payoff?
If you accomplish your goal what will the payoff be and does that payoff motivate you? If it does, keep the reality of that payoff in front of you. Post a photo of the payoff where you can see it everyday.

#4 Get Rest
If you are in the hunt for your dream and working very hard on a regular basis, and putting in the hours, and all of the sudden you find yourself struggling to be motivated, GET some rest!

Sometimes the biggest reason you lack motivation is because you are exhausted. Once you get some rest,  you will find that you will be more effective and more efficient. I am looking at you Zac Shomler!

Zac Shomler  Zac Shomler  Zac Shomler and Steven Shomler Zac Shomler

Zac Rocks

Speaking of my son Zac Shomler – he has a phenomenal  work ethic and he excels at self-motivation!

Check out his YouTube channels here –

What’s Up Shom – www.youtube.com/channel/UC7Mlk7eNxQDxEBvZHotmcFA

Strong Opinion Sports – www.youtube.com/channel/UCN0jY4_se9VmRJLFne3OrBA

You can also follow Zac on Instagram – be sure to check out his Instagram stories! They are awesome! @zacshomler www.instagram.com/zacshomler

 

#5 Have a Battle Winning Soundtrack
I use music to stoke my fire. I have a playlist of songs that motivate me that I listen to when I am working at my desk. I also have certain well-curated stations I have created for myself on Pandora.

One of my fire stoking songs is the Moment of Truth by Survivor from The Karate Kid (1984)

Read these lyrics and then listen to the song below and tell that you are not ready to take on the world – or as it was in my case – write your first book or write your third book, or start that company etc.

Moment Of Truth

When your alone
You ask yourself
What are you searching for

Deep in the night
A dream is born
One that you can’t ignore

If you think you can find the passion
And your ready to take a chance
If you really believe you can make it
Then the power is in your own hands

It’s the moment of truth
Your giving it all
Standing alone
Willing to fall
If you can do it
Get up and prove it
Get up and show them who you are

It’s the moment of truth
It’s all on the line
This is the place
This is the time
You’ve waited forever
It’s now or it’s never
Nothing can stop you now

Once in your life
You make a choice
Ready to risk it all
Deep in your soul
You hear a voice
Answering to the call

Though you know that it won’t be easy
It’s a promise you made for love
For the people that keep believing
And the one that you’re thinking of

That’s it!

I am Steven Shomler and I believe in the beauty of your dream!

#GoLiveTheLifeYouImagine

 

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Stoke Your Own Fire

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Happy 2018!

Happy 2018 Steven Shomler

Happy 2018!

The New Year is upon us and I hope that you have begun to think about what 2018 will look like for you.

I believe that within each of us is a yearning to have healing come to some of the more broken parts of our lives — to be able to joyfully say, “this is how life was meant to be”

I know that some people have quieted that yearning so that they rarely sense it, or worse yet, some have come to believe that life change can’t happen and they hinder and hassle those who want to live a better life.

I know first hand that:

Life change CAN happen, that

Dreams DO come true, and that

People CAN go live the life they imagine.

Let 2018 by a year where you purposely seek healing in those more broken areas ( in the brokener parts of you life if you prefer) and go live the life you imagine!

I am wishing you a 2018 marked by Joy, Fulfillment, Adventure, and Pleasure! These are The Four Treasures and throughout this year I will be telling you more about them.

As for myself – I am going to continue to seek healing in the brokener parts of my life, and I going to continue to pursue the life I imagine, and enjoy this deeply fulfilling life I have built over the past 6 and half years.

I already some awesome adventures scheduled for this year and I hope that do as well!

May you many times this year exclaim – “Fuck Yeah!”

 

I so hope that 2018 is filled with hope and joy for you and that as you look to the New Year that you are “Feeling Good”

I love this version of that song by Joe Bonamassa –

 

I am honored to be your friend & ally, and I believe in the beauty of your dream,

Steven

#GoLiveTheLifeYouImagine

2018 is going to be epic! Steven Shomler!

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