Retiring BOW: Why It's Time
Author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, Douglas Adams, once wrote:
I rarely end up where I was intending to go, but often I end up somewhere I needed to be.
If I were to choose the quote that summarized my life, this might be the one.
In the 8 years since I began my journey into health activism and the start of my coaching business, my mother died, I divorced, I've lived in 5 different homes, and worked in 7 different jobs to supplement my work.
I've traveled to D.C. and the state house; marched to protect the very science I rely on to share information with you, and served on boards and committees purposed with protecting the consumer.
I've written my own health column, published in a number of magazines, and finally saw the publication of my first book.
What a long, strange trip it's been.
And I would not trade any minute of it.
But now and then come the proverbial forks in the road and you have to decide whether to go to the left or right, or maybe straight ahead, up or down. Often I've tried to move in more than one direction at a time but that never seems to go well because you've got one foot kicking the rock down one road and your other foot trying to skip and you end up getting all tangled and not making much progress on either path.
Some of you know that a year ago I accepted a position working for The Confidence Project, a media company run by Author and Motivational Speaker Mel Robbins and her business partners, Mandy Burgan and Chris Robbins. It has since become a full-time position that includes coaching, community management, assistant production, and writing.
It's an incredibly rewarding experience where I'm learning and growing all over again.
Better Off Well has been on life support for the past year, and I feel like I'm doing a great disservice to those of you who've been my staunchest supporters by not giving you the content you deserve for sticking with me.
I also know there are plenty of health resources out there for you and harbor no illusions that you need me to make your best choices.
So I have decided to pull all my body parts together and continue down this unexpected full-time path. In this way, I can commit 100% to my current role and reach people in a meaningful way through that outlet. I will still be dipping toes into other areas, like in the non-profit I have founded with Julie Kinney to get kids excited about eating real food, and the additional books I plan to write, but my focus will largely be in one place and far less scattered than it is now.
It is time to retire Better Off Well.
And so this is where I say, wholeheartedly, thank you.
Thank you for being with me all these years, or even these past few months. It takes courage to be healthy in a culture that seems to value all that isn't but you are doing it. One step and one day at a time. Because you know that health is way more than food. You know that it means time to laugh with your friends, smiling at a stranger, noticing a ray of sun on your wall, and asking for help when you are struggling.
You know that a healthy life isn't perfect and the path is not straight. It curves and dips and swerves. Sometimes you go up, and occasionally you slip back.
It's all okay.
You know that it's important to remind yourself, every single damn day, that YOU matter. Not because you own a certain something or look a certain way, but just because you are.
Never forget that you have the power to make a difference. Just as the flapping of a butterfly's wings can potentially influence the details of a tornado, so too do your small actions impact those around you.
I know this. Because without you, I would not be where I am today.
Thank you. And I hope to see you again in the book store.