Cafes of Gratitude To Frank Ferrante For Sharing His Dream

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May I Be Frank - The Movie

Remez Sasson says,

By thinking in a positive manner on your goal, and not letting any doubts enter your mind, your intuition starts working, you see opportunities, and you have energy at your disposal to follow your goals and dreams.

Dreams and goals . . . hmm.

Friday night I went to a screening of the movie May I be Frank. This documentary was nothing short of amazing.

It’s the compelling story of Frank Ferrante, a 54 year-old man living in San Francisco, who struggles with addiction and rage. He is depressed, overweight, and desperately seeking a way to change his life. His desperation leads him to wander into the very raw, vegan, organic Cafe Gratitude restaurant in San Francisco, where 3 of the staff decide they want to give him a life-makeover. In a leap of faith, Frank agrees to their plan, and what starts as a healthy living quest soon becomes a life-changing adventure.

I rather enjoyed the way Frank was not aware of his dream coming true. He just knew he desperately needed a change. The young men who coached him through this journey were definite products of the new parenting paradigm.

My daughter often tells me that “the rubber band of consciousness” is stretched to the max.

That it is going to zing back quickly, and the quality of a connected lifestyle will be a great reward for humanity. Those kind of statements lead me to believe that my kids wont have such a hard time defining and then living their dreams.

What did you learn as a child about making your dreams come true?

My Dad used to call me knot-head. I’d just follow him around blabbing about the raft I was going to build and the cool horses and dogs I was going to have. How big my barn was going to be etc . . . All of a sudden he’d rail out at me, something like

Gaaaaawd dammit, don’t be a knot-head.

I figured out later, he was trying to keep me from failing at things, getting hurt, taking risks, you know, all the things you must do to succeed. So I did my parents plan for me. Forget about my dreams, do what everyone else does. School, marriage, babies.

So I got married . . . over and over again. I swear, I had a f-ing wash and wear wedding dress.

What I’m getting at is it’s never too late. Look at Frank, really, go to a screening of this movie and watch Frank achieve a dream he had no idea was in his life plan. He went from a smack- shooting, boozing, womanizer to a man with an amazing transformational story.

And now he is traveling with his story, inspiring others to rise up and live their best lives.


So about that quote I started this post with, here’s the part to contemplate –

Positive thinking about your dream leads to tapping into your intuition. Ah Ha, intuition is the key. I’m sure Frank had no idea that his raw food eating, colonic getting, yoga doing, emotional roller coaster riding journey would ever, ever lead to his life purpose. Never the less, he intuitively new he had to surrender to this path. Wild stuff!

Here’s your rap mantra for the week –

I can do it, I can do it
I can do it, nothin’ to it
I can grow it
I can mow it
I can reap it if I sow it
I know what’s right intuitively
So I’m gonna be the real me.

Thanks Frank!

Dream on Sister Dreamstresses,

Big Love,


Laurie has several amazing dreams going on in her life at this time. She left 8 Women Dream in November of 2010 to work on Club B and her NIA business.

  • Toni Schram

    If you keep saying as soon I ___________, you’ll be dead. I’d love to borrow the movie and see
    Frank’s transformation.

    Love ya-


  • Laurie

    Oh yes! The linear thing. Why do people continue to think in this way. You get over that process pretty quickly when you have a kid. I used to say “as soon as I’m done nursing, as soon as they’re out of diapers, as soon as this divorce is final.” and my favorite….”as soon as I lose this weight!” Guess what, this moment is it Baby. I love how Frank calls everyone Baby. It’s amazing how being vulnerable and communicative, along with a little machismo makes a man sexy?… I made my daughter, her girlfriend and Tom watch it yesterday afternoon. The room was pretty quiet.
    See ya soon Baby!

  • It was fun sitting next to you and watching his amazing story. I thought the young men from Cafe Gratitude were amazing.

    Like you, I loved it when he was signing the contract and said, “Look I’m resisting, huh?” So self aware.

    I also liked in the question answer section where he talked about change “. . . it’s not linear . . .” It’s true that we often think of success as, this will happen, then this will happen, then this will happen in a certain order and then it doesn’t happen that way at all.

    Love this post –


  • Remy, Photographer & CEO of Cornerstone Creative

    Incredible story, sorry I missed the get together. I think he’s a great model for anyone who thinks it’s ‘too late’ – what a transformation! xox Rem