And so we say goodbye.
6 years ago Lisa and I met in Australia. This is where an amazing journey began (or well vegan) for us both. For the last four years we have completely dedicated ourselves to one thing and one thing only: Foodprintz Cafe. We had a clear vision and we brought that vision to Lisbon, Portugal. We have worked day in, day out. We have put our own lives on hold for all these years now the time has come for us to re-focus, to start our own projects, we will always be working together we know that but for us both the time has really come to change, to shift, to take a minute to catch our breathe, to really process all we have created and build and then continue to build even bigger, incredible things in our lives. We both have other talents, we both have other dreams we now want to create and we will.
For me personally this has been something I wanted for a while. Many of you know that I am indeed a workaholic I always have been and when I give myself to something I give 200 percent. But during my time of running the cafe I have had a burn out, I have been so extremely exhausted and especially towards the end I started to hate what I love. When you do so much of it, when you always have to keep going, when making 14 hour days is like a normal thing, you just start running out of energy & excitement. So I am super excited about the change, the shift, the decision to focus on my own life, my own projects and to really take in all I have build. My vegan cheese project: Gopal Vegan Cheese has been growing so much and is such a huge success I am going to keep going strong with that, I also am focusing on what I love most of all: teaching Jivamukti Yoga. I will continue to teach classes here in Lisbon and I am focusing on my Advanced Board Exam in September which is bringing me back to a lot of study and a lot of self practice something I just love so much. And I will start coaching inspired, encouraged and supported by Barbara Berger who I just simply adore her books and method will be my focus point, this will all start happening in 2020, so stay tuned for that.
For now I focus on closing this beautiful chapter with my best friend who has become my wife really. I will miss seeing her everyday and sharing my life with her on a daily basis. But I see so much for her as well in the future and I know she will always be my wife & we are always connected in such an unique & profound way. All this I could have only done with one person & one person alone and thats Lisa Dickmann. She is the best partner one could ever wish for and her I am going to miss the most. I am going to miss my team, our customers who have become family and I am going to miss serving the the wonderful people of Lisbon. (I still will with my cheese anyway) For all of you who have supported me and Lisa I love you all and am forever grateful! Luis and Miguel you are our rocks none of this could have existed without your solidness and love in our lives. Dad, I know you are watching from above and I know I made you proud with the cafe, I hope I continue to make you proud when I continue to strive.
Foodprintz Cafe will close the end of this month we look back with such pride of the beautiful space we build from scratch with our own hands, with our devotion and our love.