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I am a writer.  I used to blog regularly.  That is, until I started my business.  In 2011, I launched my very own wine brand, Leah Jorgensen Cellars, in Oregon.  I’m still sailing that ship – and it’s why I have anchored the nickname “Pirate Princess”.  The name goes back to one of my very first harvests in the Willamette Valley and I have kept it – creating a whimsical persona on my business card and on the labels of my wine bottles.

I have a lot to say.  My life is entrenched in much more than winemaking and wine selling.  Wine is great.  In fact, I will write about it at length.  But, I am also a holistic nutritionist and I have a lot to share about food, nutrient deficiencies, digestive disease, inflammation, mood, whole foods cooking, and so on.  I am also a newlywed and we’re expecting our first child in January 2019.  I have a lot to say about being pregnant over 35, fertility, healthcare for women, and motherhood.  I am also an advocate for strengthening our communities and being an activated member of society.  It’s not enough to vote.  I support causes I care about and I will write about those experiences with hopes of inspiring others to get more activated, as well.

This blog will offer honest insight and study on everything mentioned above along with exploration into art, music, style, travel, culture, quantum physics and the cosmos.  These are the things that allow me to experience awe.  That, and I have lots of questions.

Writer Michael J. Geib introduced the 7 Principles of Leonardo da Vinci in his book How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci.  Those principles are:

  1. CURIOSITÀ (CURIOSITY)
  2. DIMONSTRATZIONE (INDEPENDENT THINKING)
  3. SENSAZIONE (REFINE YOUR SENSES)
  4. SFUMATO (EMBRACE UNCERTAINTY)
  5. ARTE/SCIENZA (ART & SCIENCE, WHOLE-BRAIN THINKING)
  6. CORPORALITA (MIND-BODY CARE)
  7. CONNESSIONE (INTERCONNECTEDNESS)

I take my inspiration from da Vinci’s 7 Principles – truly the tenants to a life well lived and explored.

Thank you for joining me!

 

EDUCATION CREDENTIALS:
B.A. from Sweet Briar College – Virginia
Major in English Literature & Creative Writing
Minors in Chemistry, Classics, Anthropology

Intermediate & Advanced Diplomas
Wine & Spirit Education Trust, Ltd.
Washington, DC

Enology Degree (Science of Winemaking)
The Northwest Viticulture Center
at Chemeketa Community College
Salem, Oregon

Certified Holistic Nutritionist (CHA)
The Wellspring School for Healing Arts
Portland, Oregon

Member, National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP)