Dear Reader, welcome to 2016! I always love a new year. It’s a new chance, a fresh start, an opportunity to rethink and reimagine. I mean, 2015 had some amazing highlights, but I’m not looking back. I’m looking ahead to all the supercool stuff happening this year.
First, you may have heard I am “back in the saddle,” as I’ve decided to return to a more hands on role running the day-to-day at my family’s business, Rodale Inc. Well, the truth is, in the past two years I actually never got out of the saddle; I was extra active in pursuit of new adventures, perspectives and ideas—both professionally and personally. So as we open up a new year, fresh with ambition and optimism, these adventures and research have shown me some new paths forward, and throughout the year you’re going to be seeing and hearing about them. Nothing to announce today, except that I am excited about this year, even though the challenges ahead are immense. My focus is and always will be on what you, our readers, our customers, and our friends need and want. So never hesitate to let me know!
Second, I know that many of you have appreciated my recipes over the past six (!) years. Well, this October, get ready for MY FIRST COOKBOOK! It’s called Scratch. In it are more than 200 recipes, many of your comments and suggestions, and lots of tips and techniques for “home cooking made fun, simple, and totally delicious.”
But that’s not all! 🙂 After I finished the manuscript for Scratch around Thanksgiving 2015, I had that tiny fear that I might never want to cook and make up recipes ever again. I thought maybe I’d blown my recipe arsenal. That turned out to not be true. After about five weeks, I started up again with that desperate need to figure out how to make food that’s both super simple and delicious. So you’ll continue to see recipes here that aren’t in my cookbook. Which means that one day I will have to write another cookbook: Scratch, The Sequel.
Lastly, I feel that in the past year, I’ve grown in ways I never thought possible. I’ve grown in my understanding and appreciation of almost everything, from being a woman (and a woman in business) and a writer and artist to being a human being fascinated by the mystical and spiritual possibilities that surround us. I believe we are on the frontiers of understanding the ways in which our own hearts and minds and creative power influence our health, our environment, and our lives together on this planet. You’re going to hear lots more from me about those kinds of things this year. But here’s something I know for sure: This year, we are all going to shine!