Monday, December 31, 2012

Looking Back

As I look back and reflect on 2012, I can't believe how far I have come!  In 2012, I discovered Paleo.  It started with food and ended up being so much more.  I started Paleo to change my body and found that my mind changed also.  What started as a diet, changed into a lifestyle.  Yes, the changes in my body were wonderful but the changes in my mind were even better.  I became happy.  It is hard to describe because I have always been an easy going happy person.  But, when I took out grains and sugar, my mood was so much better.  I found myself talking to people I didn't know (I have always been very shy), and just being more friendly and outgoing. I cared more.

I decided to take a leap and start my own Paleo page called Butterflies, Peace, Paleo.  I started this page thinking I would share with my friends what I was doing without clogging up my personal page with pictures of food and all the "crazy" stuff I was doing.  To my surprise, only a handful of my friends have liked my page.  I was a little hurt at first but decided to carry on.  As my page grew, I started getting nervous.  What if people realized I don't really know what I am doing?  Ha, ha!   What if they asked me a question I couldn't answer?  At first, I posted on my page what I thought people would like but as I grew, I realized I had to be me.  So, I post things that I like in hopes others will like it too.  I have had a few unlikes, but that's ok.  Not everyone likes the same things and I try not to take things personally.  I am really having fun with my page and never imagined it would grow to over 700 followers.  That is crazy!

I have learned so much the past year.  I attended the Balanced Bites seminar by Diane Sanfilippo and Liz Wolfe which was amazing!  I have listened to hundreds of Paleo podcasts.  Have read tons of books by various Paleo authors, and I have learned just by doing.  I have also been able to connect with other pages and found their is a whole community of us!  How cool!

So, all in all, 2012 was a great year! I am so thankful for everything and everyone in my life!   I am looking forward to an bigger and better 2013.

Happy New Year!