It’s hard to believe that four years ago, I took a risk – beginning to write from the soul; truly taking the first step in my healing journey. Through this blog I have not only discovered the healing power of writing, but through each new experiment and dish I created, I reconciled my relationship with food and discovered its healing potential.
Life is full of transitions, and as I learned from my dear friend Mary Fran, “your blog will grow as you grow.” This blog grew every step of the way, but who would of thought a blog, would promote growth in oneself. I for sure didn’t.
My readers have become a family, and this blog has allowed me to connect with some amazing people who I wouldn’t otherwise have in my life. I have also been fortunate enough to connect with so many individuals at great events. Whether it was a staff member of the NFCA, an amazing company representative at a trade show, or someone such as Erin Smith of Gluten-Free Fun/ Gluten-Free Globetrotter; an individual who has been an incredible mentor to me since the beginning.
Despite never even ‘meeting’ some of these dear friends, these friendships have been one of the many blessings of this blog.
There is a connection I have felt with my readers which is indescribable. You have journeyed with me through a medical mystery, kitchen successes/ failures, and the joys of two graduations. I am not the same girl who began this journey four years ago.
Embrace G-Free ignited a passion. Embrace G-Free has allowed me to become empowered and in turn has inspired me to want to help others in their own healing process. This blog was the first step I took to begin to live my life .
But some of the best things reach a natural end.
Embrace G-Free has entered this chapter.
As I am going through a new life transition, I began to realize that Embrace G-Free was coming to a natural end point. As I write this, I have joyful tears in my eyes and a bittersweet feeling in my heart. It is a decision which I have been contemplating for a few months now and something I wanted to wait to announce until I was 100% sure.
My healing journey has taken a wild turn and has become much larger than just following a gluten-free diet. Over the past few months I have found myself still enjoying the release of writing, but every time I sat down to write a post, I struggled and found myself wanting to be less “connected” via social media. While enjoyable it was becoming exhausting and draining. I took a vow day one, that every post would come from my soul and would be enjoyable. Every single post has come from the heart, but as I am trying to find a new balance in life, I found myself becoming exhausted trying to keep up with a blog, twitter account, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest page.
As much as I love gluten-free blogs, am still passionate about celiac/ food allergy awareness, and advocating, I also found that I don’t want to solely write about gluten-free content, as this has become less of a focus and more second nature. Instead, my focus has really been to look at my healing holistically. It has been a wild ride since August! My life has become less about my food intolerances and CRPS, and trying new products, and more focused on clean eating, yoga, and essential oils.
As I am transitioning into the working world, I continue to have my eye on the long-term goal of one day having a private practice, specializing in children with chronic illness/ pain. This blog helped me realize this life purpose.
It has been a joyful ride, a gift, and a blessing that has opened up so many opportunities for me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have provided me over the years.
And now for the final time, with a grateful heart, I will close this final post the very way I ended my first post four years ago….
Whether you are gluten-free yourself or know someone who is, I hope that you found this blog helpful. Thanks for coming on the ride. Life is a journey so why not embrace it!
Peace, Happiness and Good Health,