I remember walking this path in Arches National Park on a cool October evening in 2016.
(Yep, that’s me and Z. Photo by the wonderful Dallas Hartwig.)
We’d just watched the most amazing sunset overlooking the postcard perfect Delicate Arch…
…and the light quickly slipped away on our return trip.
Luckily we had a well worn path to safely guide us back to the car.
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the metaphor of paths and journeys…
…and how the very well-worn trails that keep us on course can also keep us too comfortable, prevent us from ever veering off into the unknown, and ultimately mean we play it too safe. Walking your path is tricky.
Following a path or having a goal…neither of these are bad, per se. But at what point do we begin to bind too tightly to what we “set out to do” that we struggle to pivot, to see new opportunities or to follow our damn hearts?
It’s like the balance between self-care and taking care of others, focusing on a purpose outside ourselves. Neither is wrong, but when the balance tips too far in either direction, we suffer those effects.
(Delicate Arch in the long shadows of a late fall afternoon.)
For a couple years (!) now, I’ve been wrestling with something, my heart being drawn in new directions, away from the path of being “just a paleo blogger” and only writing about food.
Last January, I even wrote about it here on the site. The TL;DR is that I started a different website and was trying to run both, got confused and tired…and so did most of you.
I have a lot to say about what it takes to build stronger, more resilient, harder to kill humans.
Yes, that includes nourishing foods…
…but it also means strengthening your body, recharging your energy, mastering your mindset, and connecting with your tribe.
It’s about adventure, creativity, learning new things, and standing up for what matters.
It’s about calling yourself on your own bullshit, examining your beliefs, and moving toward your best version of self so you can make the world around you better.
It is, in essence, walking your path long enough to get yourself to a stable, strong place…
…but then straying from the path to discover what else lies beyond it.
Complacency = the stagnancy of mind, body, and soul. Comfort zones aren’t bad, but staying there too long means we don’t grow.
(All smiles earlier on our walk in Arches National Park.)
Over the past year, I’ve kept saying that I want to be more me…but here on the blog, I’ve not followed through. It’s been a lot of “good content” but not a lot from the heart, like this post. Secretly, I think it’s because I’ve been afraid to lose anyone, to put people off with non-recipe content…and to change.
Recently, I’ve felt something shift inside me. (Please, no jokes about having gas lol!) And I realize that while high quality SEO-friendly recipes and articles matter on paper, they aren’t necessarily good at helping us – me and you – connect.
New things are on the horizon (including a book early next year 🙊 and it’s not a paleo cookbook), and while I don’t know exactly when things will start rolling out, just know that it’s coming.
I’m ready to venture off my well-trod trail so that I can help you be your most #GZF self. Let’s do this.
I guess all of this is to say: Nobody has things all figured out (not even famous people)…
and we’re all on this big, messy, exhilarating life path together, taking it step-by-step, hand in hand.
I’d love to hear about your thoughts on walking your path versus stepping out into the unknown. Leave me a comment about a time you left the comfortable path.
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