In 2007, I discovered the power of a community and have been building on it ever since.
As a first time mom, I joined a mom’s group and loved having the support of other women who had just embarked on a similar journey. We bonded close together and cheered each other on through each milestone or heartache. I truly realized how powerful and enjoyable life can be when shared with others.
In 2009, I had my second child Clare and we moved to a whole new town and I didn’t have that community anymore. Clare quickly turned out to be a wildflower little girl who had some serious colic, and my days got shorter and more chaotic. Our family meals got quicker and less healthy. It got to a place where I felt like all the energy had been sucked out of my body, yet I still had to get up in the morning, make meals, run errands, work, take care of the kids and survive the loooooong day.
I was purely surviving… and all I dreamed of was thriving.
I relied on Starbucks coffee to get me through the days… yet even that didn’t really work. I needed a lot more energy than my exhausted body seemed capable of giving me. So I went on an epic Google self-diagnosis search and realized I was experiencing the effects of the Standard American Diet (SAD). My daily eating habits of 4 cups of coffee, bean burritos and grilled cheese sandwiches had finally caught up to me. I was nutritionally deprived and my body was unable to give me the energy that I once had.
Then I discovered green smoothies thanks to a friend, Jadah Sellner (from that same playgroup from years back. #fate). I loved how simple that first green smoothie was to make, how it tasted… and I was instantly hooked. I started drinking at least one green smoothie a day and my energy levels soared.
Transformation from the inside out
The more I drank green smoothies, the more fruits and veggies my body craved. It was like, “yes, give me more of that please.”
I began to effortlessly lose weight (without counting calories and depriving myself), my energy skyrocketed and I started to get excited about what I could do with my life. I started dreaming about what I wanted to do… and then actually go after it. I started running and eventually trained for a marathon… and then another… then another.
In 2011, my family sold everything (including our home in California) and moved across the country to Florida so my husband could be a pastor at a church. We’ve embraced a small farm town community and have a backyard farm with raised beds, chickens, a duck and a dog. It’s become a magical place for us to raise our kids, connect with nature and discover my passions.
Last year, I took flying lessons and would soar through the skies in a Cessna 152. I just ran my first ultramarathon, which was 31 miles through forest trails. I never would have dreamed of all this before drinking my first green smoothie— and my hope is that you unearth your own passions through your journey with Simple Green Smoothies too.
I started Simple Green Smoothies with my awesome friend Jadah Sellner in 2012. For years, we traveled the country, spoke at events and spread the green smoothie love as partners in kale. It was amazing and so much fun! In 2016, Jadah chose to step away from SGS and focus on her passion as a speaker and coach in the business world. SInce then, I’ve stepped into running it myself and have an amazing team helping me. Together, we are SGS. I couldn’t do it without them.
If want to learn about the exciting things I have dreamed up for SGS in 2017, read this blog post.