I live in North Carolina and we definitely have all four seasons here. Mildish winters and summers. Breathtaking falls and springs. We are so fortunate but even with winters that rarely experience a blizzard, our local farmers markets tend to be ghost towns from November through March.
Summer however is a different story. You roll up in the parking lot around 9am. Cars are backed up down the street, and you circle for 10 minutes to find a parking space. People and strollers are everywhere. I’ve been coming to this market for years. Out of the 52 weeks a year, between my husband and I we might miss 4 Saturdays a year. In December you can roll right up, grab a space, and walk anywhere without bumping into another person.
So I ask myself where are all of these people during Winter?? It’s my duty as an “agtivist” to make sure folks understand that many cities have year round markets. Maybe the massive sign when you pull into mine that says open year round isn’t enough of an indicator. To encourage people to visit more often and not just when the weather is lovely I came up with these 10 reasons:
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Susan returns from Austin, Texas where she spent last weekend at the Paleo FX conference. In this week’s show she shares her experiences at the conference and tells us her favorite take aways.
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Recently we had a mindfulness podcast episode where we talked about feeling all of the feels when they happen. As alcoholics and addicts this has to be a constant work in progress. We learned to numb our feelings for so long that it can feel uncomfortable and foreign to suddenly force ourselves to feel them. Learning how to successfully feel everything is crucial to staying sober. I kept thinking about that all weekend after tragedy struck. On Saturday, nearly 4,000 people died because of an earthquake in Nepal. It reminded me of another tragedy almost 14 years ago.
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Sixteen years ago, on 4/20/1999, as everyone was glued to their televisions watching the devastating aftermath of the Columbine shootings, my little world was changing forever as well. That day I awoke from what used to be called a “crank coma,” meaning a meth and alcohol withdrawal-induced, dead to the world sleep, in a jail cell. Yep, that’s where my addiction took me…locked up with the key thrown away for quite a while. Continue reading Susan’s Tips for Long-Term Sobriety
Yesterday I celebrated my (mumbles her age unintelligibly under her breath) birthday! My birthday and my sobriety anniversary are forever linked together in my mind as 16 years ago I knew in my heart of hearts that my drug and alcohol addiction neared the end, but I didn’t want to get sober because don’tcha know I needed to celebrate my birthday. Looking back, it still makes me laugh because it wasn’t even a big birthday, I turned 32 (now I know you just calculated my real age in your head). At the time, I couldn’t get my noggin around having a birthday sober so I partied like it was 1999 because…well, it was 1999! Continue reading 7 Things I’m Grateful for on My Birthday!
No matter how far along you are in your sobriety, sometimes something seemingly inconsequential hits you like a ton of bricks – bringing back all that self-doubt you thought you’d left behind. Wham!
Recently, that happened to me and it brought up an important topic and feeling that a lot of us addicts and alcoholics have – the feeling that we don’t belong. For me, it started at a really young age; I remember feeling that I wasn’t part of the popular crowd in first grade. LOL, is there really a popular “crowd” in first grade?
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