A new approach

This year, I’m choosing a word each month to use as my theme/intention/guide post. When I originally thought of this idea, I thought: January would be a great time to focus on simplifying. Yeah, totally, dude. The January word is totally: simplicity. Rad.

But now that I’ve recovered from my surfer-dude speech impediment, I realize that’s not my word this month. In fact, Wednesday’s post about being scared and doing it anyway has inspired the word for this month.

And that word is… drumroll, please… Courage.

Photo: the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz gets his medal of courage

Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage! What makes the elephant charge his tusk in the misty mist, or the dusky dusk? What makes the muskrat guard his musk? Courage! What makes the sphinx the seventh wonder? Courage! What makes the dawn come up like thunder? Courage! What makes the Hottentot so hot? What puts the “ape” in apricot? What have they got that I ain’t got? (~ The Cowardly Lion)


Darn tootin.

And just like the lion, we have all the courage we need already. So consider this your virtual Courage Medal.

“Read what my medal says: “Courage”. Ain’t it the truth? Ain’t it the truth? ” ~ The Lion

So that’s what you can expect from me this month: courage.
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chicken fried terror


As I mentioned in my new year’s post, I’m changing the direction of this blog. Expanding beyond food and writing about things that are important to me now (things like: hey! I’ve become a certified a life coach and a stepmom and have a whole new relationship to food and health… and you know what? I’ve got some interesting things to say about it!).

And none of this is really new. I’ve been thinking about making these changes for 2 years (just ask my husband, he’s sick of hearing about it). And yet, even after I “outed” myself with that announcement on January 1st, it still took me until today (January 9th, that’s over a week!) to write even one word.


“Write blog post” has been at the top of my ToDo list every day this week, and at the end of the day when I did not write it, I highlighted it in orange. After a couple of days of highlighting my failure and feeling bad about it, I looked deeper.
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