Time for a break. Time for a dose of real life and a little less virtual life. For taking all this theory of good food, better sleep, more movement, and more sunshine and putting it to work for me. I had a taste of it on vacation in Florida recently, and I want MORE.
‘Cause I’m tired y’all. I’m just not recovering very quickly and I have a sweet little thing who needs my full and unagitated attention. My husband needs a wife who isn’t wrapped up in a virtual dervish of garbage online. He doesn’t know who Jack Kruse is and doesn’t care (more on that here). And guess what? The rest of the world neither knows nor cares either. What a refreshing realization.
It was actually the whole cruise brouhaha that helped me realize it was time for a break. As I observed from the sidelines, it was entertaining to see players who weren’t directly involved get sucked in and start to insert themselves into the drama. And then perpetuate it for their benefit. I’m sure some folks have never had such great blog stats.
Which made me realize that I was no different, really. And if we’re all online hanging on every development of something like this, then we’re not actually living the Paleo life, are we? I received a bit of criticism for suggesting as much, which is fine. If you love the drama and it’s giving you something in your life that is beneficial, then far be it for me to tell you how to spend your time.
But I can almost guarantee with 100% accuracy that it’s not. All that life out there waiting for us as we typeity-type away? It’s all there is. The rest is noise. And I am in dire need of less noise right now.
Let’s think about this for a minute. If we all profess to love this lifestyle, then we should be DOING it, not talking about it. Granted, reading about it and discussing it with others can be an important affirmation and validation for our choices. After all, that was the historic function of church, right? To have a community of like-minded folks helping each other. It’s a beautiful thing—until it’s not.
In times like this, I like to imagine what Erwan Le Corre, the mastermind behind MovNat, would do. WWELCD? I’m sure he’s aware of the whole JK kerfuffle, but he’s out there in the world doing his thing. It makes me chuckle at all the silly insignificant obstacles and tribulations in my life when I think of him shirtless in a tree somewhere.
Which makes me pause to give major props to the leaders in this movement. They are non-stop with this stuff, and I hope they’re finding time for themselves in the midst of it all. I remember last year, several Paleo folks (Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness, Richard Nikoley of Free the Animal, and Robb Wolf of…Robb Wolf mofos!) had blog posts about how weary they were. I was only 5 months into this whole thing at the time, and I couldn’t fathom ever being tired of this. But now? Yeah, I get it.
It’s a distraction from all the things in the physical world. For me, those include house projects I need to start and/or finish, checking out a gym with CrossFit and martial arts classes, getting outdoors more often, working on some creative writing projects, hanging out with and being a good friend to my husband, climbing trees, reading some actual books, reconnecting with local flesh-and-blood friends, and being immersed in the beauty that is my daughter, Edie. What are you missing out on?
Let’s make Paleo more than just a pretty idea.
There are some positive reasons for a hiatus as well.
I’m in the process of setting up a new online presence for myself. I’m still in planning stages, so if you have any ideas for me, please share!
I’m planning for it to be a bit broader, not quite as focused on nutrition. It will feature my professional offerings (writing/editing) prominently and allow for my creative pursuits too. I want to provide some comprehensive resources for real food, evolutionary thinking, mindfulness philosophy, and real life. A blog will still be a part of it, but in order to better fit my chaotic, unroutinized life, I doubt I’ll be able to hold myself to any hard and fast schedule. This will better enable me to fit in the random work projects that come along as well.
I’d like to devote some time and energy to some larger articles. I have ideas for some roundtable discussions on certain topics where I would facilitate a discussion with other bloggers and Paleo folks. These require some research and sustained attention that I just don’t have right now trying to keep up the blog, so I’m looking forward to the possibility of fleshing those out. I have a few ideas for topics, but if there’s something you’d like to see, lemme know.
I’m hoping to have a more organized recipe index, and I’ll try to replace the crappy food photos with better ones over time. In fact, you can help me with this. If you feel so moved, let me know in the comments here what your favorite recipes of mine are and if there were any you didn’t jive with. I’m hoping to narrow them down and maybe even cookbook them someday. Someday…
I should have some news about all that sometime in June. I’ll keep you updated.
In the meantime, I’ll still be Tweeting occasionally. If you don’t already, you can follow me @PaleoPeriodical on Twitter. I’ll continue to link to things I’m reading. And I promise to continue being totally ridiculous and irreverent.
If there’s anything else you need, don’t hesitate to contact me at PaleoPeriodical@gmail.com. Happy to respond to every email personally.
Thanks to all of you for reading. You haven’t heard the last of me, so don’t get too excited. But I hope you find your own way to enjoy the quiet with me.