Wow, the Gorge book tour was a whirlwind! I met so many amazing people and saw some amazing places.
I'm now home in Summit, setting up my speaking schedule for the fall and spring and writing my next book, Family Plot.
The most beautiful outcome of exposing my issues with food via a memoir and speaking engagements is I found it so healing for me. The more I talk about it and am in the open about what I have struggled with and sometimes still do, the more honest and brave in my own life. The bravest thing I can do is live in the moment, to not sugar coat life.
For example, many of you know my father died this spring, right before my book came out. I thought I was handling it rather well. The book release and tour kept me busy and happy but when I settled back home, I started to feel glum. This was made worse when it came time to sign the mortgage papers to settle his estate. There was about a week and a half where I was essentially paralyzed by grief. I sat at home and just fell an anchor of sadness that he was gone and knowing I would never fill the hole he left in my life. But I felt it and all its lousiness and I got through the other side.
So sometimes victories aren't about mountains. Sometimes they're just getting through the day without annihilating a bag of tortilla chips. I have much to celebrate from going to family swim with my girls to planting my community garden before I went on tour so we have a summer bounty of intentionally nutritious and delicious fresh food.
There are many journeys and adventures ahead but it's a beautiful thing to know you're just on track. Happy trails.