One Lesson Learned from 2013

A pyramid of GF Sourdough

This past year was the true beginning of making my living with authentic, responsible, values-centric food (like you’ve seen for years on this blog). I made my gluten-free sourdough bread recipe 5 days a week, continuously made bone broth, and served a rainbow of eaters; all while managing a start-up business. This time warp of condensed experiences urged me to learn and grow exponentially faster than I ever deemed possible. Faster still, I became wrapped up in a loving triangle of loyal customers, committed farmers, and purposeful food businesses. My heart is full of sincere gratitude as I think of the strong foundations my business has built this year. Yet, by all measures – physical, emotional, spiritual, financial – this has been one of the most trying years of my life. As I look back on the year, it is hard to reconcile – even some of my major professional victories – with the sacrifices I’ve made in my personal life.

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Love Farm Organics Strawberry Pie & Muffin

During 2013 there were times when I entirely neglected myself and my household. I lost track of my personal life and put all of my resources into my business. I felt hollow – finding inspiration in anxiety and caffeine. In my exhaustion, my days began to bear less and less resemblance to the life I knew as my own. Eventually, I forgot a lesson I had already learned, perhaps once or twice (or more) before, that of Martha – that ‘only one thing is necessary’.

I forgot that when my priorities are right, everything else is able to fall into place. I began to be overly motivated to make people happy. And somewhere in the fog of living lop-sided, smiling faces daily morphed into the objects of my most primary service. And as much as this all sounds icky and horrible to me, written here on this page, I think that this is a really common trap, one that you might find yourself in – more or less – in this busy, demanding, exhilarating, and rewarding world. And, even if that’s not quite the case, I need to tell you about it, because this has been a lesson re-learned for me, and letting you in on it seems like the right thing to do.

At my core, I always know that service to all others is a function of my service to God and my love and care for myself. I just wasn’t sure how to fit it all in. I was trying to serve two masters. And truthfully, in my disregard for myself, I was actually not as helpful as I intended to be! If I don’t truly understand and practice self-care, then how can I truly understand how to best serve you and your family?

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My “Faith in Food Collage”

So, I have begun to reconnect with practices that have made it possible to pursue the work that I love dearly. I’m cooking for myself and my family, reading, praying, sleeping, and taking walks with my dog. When I work, I am hyper-focused; but I’m working less. I’m writing and teaching. I’m letting go of things that I love, but don’t ‘fit’ right now.

And while straightening out this less-lop-sided life I’d love your support and encouragement! I’d also love to never disappoint you, but in truth I know I won’t be able to accommodate everyone. This endeavor to create a truly sustainable, truly kind, truly responsible business is in-progress. And I truly believe this is the work I’m called to do, and that folks will overwhelmingly support the business as it is shaped into a truly ethical service to the community.

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Best wishes,

Dori

 

 

 

About Dori

I develop recipes, blog, teach, and consult about gluten-free recipes, fermentation techniques, and nutrient-dense foods. Visit NourishingFoodways.com. (Some posts contain affiliate links which help to pay for this site.)
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2 Responses to One Lesson Learned from 2013

  1. Geanna says:

    Dori, I recently closed a Portland-based gluten-free business that I founded because, after 2 years, I had had enough. It was taxing in all ways: emotionally, physically, and mentally, and I found myself growing depressed, withdrawn, and unable to have time for anything other than the business. I’m glad you are adjusting your life to take some of the focus off the business. It’s so difficult to ride that fine line between doing what’s best for the business and doing what’s best for you. I hope, as you continue with your food cart, that you can learn even more how to create the balance that’s right for you.

  2. Dori says:

    Thanks for sharing your story Geanna! Best wishes to you as you continue on your journey!
    Hugs,
    Dori

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