Moreover, I am grateful for YOU! It's gratifying to think that I have paid it forward, gotten other people interested in this 80/20 Raw experiment. And it's comforting to know you are out there doing this with me. It encourages me to stay on track.
There's something about knowing I am not alone that makes this all seem more feasible, even when it's new and scary, and - if I'm really being honest - when I have moments when I ask myself: Is it all worth it? It's in those moments when I'm especially glad for my community.
After chatting at a party recently my friend, Theresa, emailed me a note saying she is glad to know she is no longer "the only mom packing spelt bread in her kids' lunches." Then she taught me a couple things: 1. Never let the kids see how much green stuff you're juicing into their glasses, and 2. Give the juices cool names like "Katy Pear-y" and "Jumping Juice for Energy" and they'll be more likely to drink them.
Just last night, my friend Emily told me she started this whole Raw Detox thing after reading about it on my blog and that reading The Naked Diary keeps her going - little does she know how much her perseverance and sense of humor (she was so hungry on Day Two she wanted to eat her arm and could barely refrain from grabbing one of the Dino-shaped chicken nuggets off her daughter's plate at dinner) in turn help me through the rough spots in my busy week.
Sara and Sarah are always giving me good advice on books to read, classes to take, shops to check out and recipes to try.
Elizabeth always has a way of saying exactly the right words to give me perspective and make me feel calm and in control, even when things seem super stressful.
These are the women who inspire me and who make me feel not so crazy and alone as I'm trying to establish a New Normal. Wouldn't it be cool if they inspired you too? Wouldn't it be fun if we made this blog a little more interactive and shared these thoughts and ideas, complaints and proud moments with one another? I really think it would.
So...I'd like to encourage you to please leave a comment. Post a recipe. Ask a question. I'm really trying to work on the "design" portion of this website to make it more user friendly (not my strong suit) but don't let that stop you from joining in now. Another thought...Guest Blogger Sunday? Would anyone else like to write about their experience and put it out for the world to see?
In whatever way, please stay connected. I need you!