Five years ago Friday, August 9th 2008, I posted for the very first time. I laugh every time I see it and the other posts from that month. I started writing to keep track of what I was learning so I wouldn’t forget. For those who have experienced the Gluten Brain Fog you’ll know what I mean. I thought if I found this info and saved it, well there may be others looking for the same information, so I thought I would share it. I’m a big believer of teach what you learn.
Over the years my blog and website has taken on many different looks, logos and directions. Through it all I’ve shared my original recipes to hopefully show that eating gluten free is anything but boring or tasteless. It’s actually the exact opposite.
I’ve had the honor and pleasure of getting to know some amazing fellow gluten free bloggers along the way. There are so many but these gals hold a special place in my heart too. They are amazing resources and I hope you visit their sites and read them often.
Alisa at Go Dairy Free (I think we helped convert her to gluten free)
Ellen at Gluten Free Diva
Elana at Elana’s Pantry
On my journey I also attended the Institute for Integrative Nutrition to become a Certified Health Coach. I wanted to gather even more information and help others who were making the transition to a gluten free life. It can be scary and overwhelming at first and I worked with so many amazing clients to help them see an easy, healthy, gluten free life was there for them.
I also met so many amazing health coaches along the way, especially through another program I joined with the Holistic MBA team of Carey Peters and Stacey Morgenstern. Through their Spotlight program I have met the most talented, dedicated and loving people. They are really wonderful.
Now I begin a new part of my journey and what I’ll share on this blog. As many have noticed I’ve not been posting much this summer. I’ve been on a summer hiatus. This has given me time to step back and focus on areas of my life that really needed extra attention, mainly my health.
I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend at the Chopra Center with Scott and learn from their wonderful instructors and Deepak Chopra himself, how to meditate using a Primordial Sound Mantra. I’ve been “trying” to meditate for the last 10 years. It’s always on my list to learn. I’ll try this or that and would think I’m doing it wrong or let other things in life step in front and push meditation to the back. During this weekend I learned there is no right or wrong way and I also learned the power of my personal Primordial Sound Mantra. They said it would be powerful and something I could take with me anywhere. I thought they were just trying to get me to attend. Well it did both, I attended and they were so right. Already I can see how it is changing my life in amazing ways.
If you’re like me and either have tried to meditate and felt like you failed or had it on your to do list but it kept getting pushed to the bottom, I suggest you contact the Chopra Center and find out when they are giving this instruction again. They have many options and a great description of what is meditation. Also if you want to dip your toes into meditation, they have started a 21 Day Meditation Challenge in partnership with Oprah. It’s not too late to join in.
So moving forward I am going back to posting recipes that I make and don’t want to forget and think that you may enjoy too. It won’t be on a specific day or twice a week or any other pattern. It will be when I have something to share. At this point all of the blogging experts just shuddered, “what will that do to your SEO and readership will drop off”. Others who get too many emails will be happy to get less. Good, bad, who knows.
I’m hoping those who find what they need will stay. You will be nourished and get what you need when you need it. All of my resources and everything here will remain.
As I learn more about Ayurveda and cook more along those lines working towards Perfect Health, I’ll probably share that information and recipes too. My hope is we will continue our dialog, just not every day. I also am no longer seeing clients as a health coach. For now I am happy to be working one job with our Executive Coaching firm, Eblin Group and taking care of my family, my health and seeing friends.
So at this point you’re wondering about the title of this post and did I really answer that. So here it is in a list format to keep it simple.
5 Gifts from 5 Years of Gluten Free Blogging
1. There are many talented and amazing gluten free bloggers out there and I’ve been honored to share the gluten free world with them.
2. Blogging can lead to other careers that one had not even imagined in the beginning.
3. Running two businesses, a website and blogging many times a week while moving across country and taking care of a family is a little hard on my health. Stop trying to be Wonder Woman.
4. Meditation is not as hard as I thought and the benefits are reaching into every aspect of my life. Wish I would have really started it sooner. I wonder what blogging would have been like then?
5. While blogging gluten free, one can explore other areas that can include gluten free but go way beyond and have enormous health benefits such as Ayurveda. Be open to where your journey takes you.
Thank you all for being a part of my 5 year journey of blogging. You have made this a wonderful experience. I love to hear from you and your wonderful stories of how you used a recipe or something you read that helped and all the wonderful things you’ve shared over the years. I hope you will continue to visit here and share with us.
Thank you so much!