How amazing is this!? Our new little crew member (who we've nicknamed Kitten) has been growing for the past three months and will join our family in September!
I hope you can respect that this is why I've been so quiet online lately. I was so exhausted during my first trimester and rather than push myself to finish my ebook and stay on top of blogging, I took extra special care of my body and Kitten and allowed myself to rest as much as I needed to. I haven't gotten too sick (as in, I haven't thrown up) but that doesn't mean I haven't had challenging days. I also learned that prepartum depression is very real, a topic I'll expand on in a future post.
Now that I'm over the first trimester hump though, I feel like myself again and it's amazing! I'm fascinated by my changing body and have this innate need to protect and care for Kitten. It’s a beautiful feeling to experience this blessing and I'm very grateful!
So what about the restaurant? And the ebook? And the future of this space?
When I first found out that I'm pregnant, I planned to continue working hard on the restaurant, take a very short mat leave and then open the doors by the time Kitten is three months old. An amazing opportunity had fallen into my lap that involved a great space in a fantastic location that would have be perfect for my restaurant. Everything was coming together so naturally but as much as I wanted it to feel right, it didn't. I wondered if I was just afraid or if my intuition was telling me something.
After listening to a few Lively Show episodes, I thought deeply about my intentions and values and decided to put the restaurant on hold indefinitely. Maybe forever? My concept is solid, my menu is amazing but right now it doesn't feel right and I need to honour that. This decision was surprisingly easy for me to make and I feel at peace with it.
When I shared my Kitten news with one of my colleagues, she told me that being pregnant will actually give me the biggest boost of confidence in myself and my dreams because now whatever I choose to do has to work out. At the time, I wasn't exactly sure what she meant, but now I fully understand.
I've been re-visiting dreams I've had my whole life that I didn't think were possible for myself but now seem realistic. I'm taking my time to plan my next move and feel confident that I'll make the right decision for myself and our family.
As for the ebook, I’m super happy and excited to share that 4 Weeks of Sunshine will be available on Monday, March 28th at 9:00 am CST! I've been working on this book since October 2015 and have poured my whole heart into it. It contains everything I know about eating a whole food, plant-based diet, everything you need to know to clean up your diet, a four week meal plan, grocery lists, 16 new recipes and 11 old (and improved) recipes. I’m so excited to finally share it with you!
Lastly, I'll still be popping in and out from time to time, but to be honest, I don't have any desire to develop recipes right now. Pregnancy does really weird things to the body and food and some of my absolute favourite things, like bananas are green smoothies, are disgusting me right now. Even when I've felt really sick, I haven't skipped a meal because I'm taking my diet and nutrition very seriously but I've also been eating weird things like bowls of white rice, peas and avocado. When I feel like spending my time preparing food and writing recipes again, I'll be back!
That's about it for me! I hope you've all been well!
Lots of love,