Left to right: Julie Knell, Homa Woodrum, Kelley Lindberg, Joanne LaSpina, Dr. Ruchi Gupta, Lisa Rutter, Colette Martin, Jenny Sprague, Keeley McGuire, Elizabeth DiBurro, Ruth LovettSmith, Kimberly Pellicore, Lindsey Steffensen, Kristen Rutter, Rachel Hayden, Tracy Bush, Lauren Kashtan
Spring is upon us. Mother’s day is almost here, we have a new puppy at home, and both baseball and T-ball most nights. So you probably will find this as no surprise- but I find myself limited in my writing lately because of the constraints on my own time. I was able to attend a Mylan Blogger Summit on April 11th, my 3rd Mylan Summit; a gathering of advocates from national programs, and bloggers. I often think of the feeling I experienced at the first Mylan Summit, how I wanted to take the sense of connection and make it open to everyone, not just a select few. Attending this year reinvigorated that spirit. It took a while to come back to earth after last year’s #FABlogCon (The Food Allergy Bloggers Conference) but being with so many new & beloved familiar (notice I didn’t say old!) faces in April was wonderful. I got to be a little more present (and less frantic) as an attendee instead of an organizer. I learned a lot that I could bring back to the school board, my home, and my readers when they reach out but most of all I was reminded of why we do what we do and how we can communicate as effectively as possible about it.
As I see the thoughtful posts pop up from the other attendees from the recent summit (for example: Lisa Rutter, of No Nuts Mom Group; Rachel Hayden, Mom Vs Food Allergy; Homa Woodrum Oh Mah Deehness😉 I wonder how or if my words can lend much to what others already shared. See, the truth is, I am a little overwhelmed of late. I am having a hard time catching up on walking our new puppy (a Golden-Doodle). I knew puppies were hard work, but this is a whole new level! You just can’t tire him out. I’m just glad I got a Roomba, it’s been really useful in keeping the floors clean and dog hair free. I’ve also been so busy going to school board meetings, 504 plan meetings and trainings (I have a great training I really wanted to share with you all but still haven’t found the time!) or trying to connect with sponsors for the second year of the Food Allergy Bloggers Conference. Hoping all the seeds I’m sowing are getting tended the way they need to so they can blossom and thrive but still not being able to shake the migraines week after week or the feeling that I’m treading water even as I am trying to help others.
I will be having a post I wrote printed by MediaPlanet in the National Asthma & Allergy Awareness Campaign which will include an insert to be in the Washington Post this month. I am amazed that my post will be seen and read potentially by millions!!! It is a post I’m proud of, for the conversations sparked and for the catharsis I experienced writing it. But as I was editing it for the national stage, it made me think of the power of blogging. I am all for good editing but love the freedom to have a space where you can form thoughts freely and unconstrained by word counts and space limitation. I can share all My Hard Truths here and connect with people at different stages of their journey.
I am speaking at BlogHer Food on May 17th on a panel called “Turning Food Ethics into Action” with Unprocessed founder Andrew Wilder, Vani Hari a food activist and blogger, AKA the FoodBabe, and Jessie Johnson, a food blogger at Life As A Strawberry and the founder of Sustainable Seafood Blog Project. I hope if you are at the event you will come and say “Hello” -no matter how busy I seem. I promise, your greetings and hugs mean the world to me.