Umbrellas and Silver Linings: Reflections on 2013

Hard to believe it, but 2013 is coming to a close.

This has been a rough year—a year full of opportunities, yes, but with every silver lining came a cloud. So many of the people in my life about whom I care deeply have had their own share of struggles—and I know that, while Wednesday is just another day that we’re imbuing with arbitrary significance, it will be nice for all of us to have a metaphorical clean slate to which we can look forward.

All of that said, I just want to take today to express how grateful I am for all of the silver linings AND all of the clouds in the last year. Every cloud blew in on the same wind that pushed me forward on this journey, and every rainstorm watered the seeds are now taking root. And being forced to look for silver linings taught me how to truly embrace gratitude.

Happiness—gratitude—is a practice best cultivated on a cloudy day. 


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In 2013, I’ve been hit by a car. I’ve missed a trip to Israel. I’ve re-torn my tendon. I’ve lost an opportunity to get MovNat certified. I’ve spent holidays alone. I’ve dealt with incredible stress at work and even turned down my dream job. I’ve suffered disfiguring acne, continued not to menstruate, and lost thousands of hundreds of dollars on seemingly unfixable health issues.

In 2013, I realized how lucky I am to be alive. I stopped having to commute and gained the time and ability to focus on my blog and podcast. I started studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I met some of the most incredible people from all over the country and the world who have become some of my best friends and biggest supporters. I’ve gained so many new skills and honed others in my current job, and I’ve realized how blessed I am to not only be employed, but employed in a profession that actually (surprisingly) excites me and continues to present me with new professional challenges that spur my growth. I’ve learned more about nutrition, genetics, nutrigenomics, bio-individuality, and diet because of my own health than any school could ever teach me. I’ve been forced to confront and cope with my exercise addiction and compulsive eating—and continue on this path to recovery. I’ve been able to support some of the most incredible men and women in their own struggles with disordered eating and exercise.

2014 will bring with it new silver linings. It will also bring with it new clouds—and new chances to be pushed forward and new chances to start sowing the seeds for the future. (And new opportunities to mix metaphors, because, gosh darn it, that’s what I like doing!)

2014 is an arbitrary number. It’s just a way of ordering our reality—the same way we can categorize an event as a cloud or a silver lining. But I hope that you take the opportunity to use Wednesday as a way to reframe the way you look a the world outside of your metaphorical window. There will always be cloudy days. There will be rainstorms. But there will also be the promise of sunshine, blue skies—and people who share their umbrellas and sit out the storm with you.

And 2014 is going to be a big year for In My Skinny Genes. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be traveling, moving, and going through another tendon repair surgery. I’ll be keeping up the podcast, and I promise to be here to answer emails, write more blog posts, and tweet as many articles as I can on health, nutrition, fitness, disordered eating, and happiness.

And after that? Well, I’ll be officially offering my services as a health coach to a select few clients who are ready for additional support on their journey from disorder to wellness, from depression to joyfulness, from addiction to freedom, and from injury to health.*


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Will you let me share my umbrella with you?

Stay hungry,


* Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and my coaching should not be taken as a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or prescription. Please consult a medical professional should you require those services.

2 thoughts on “Umbrellas and Silver Linings: Reflections on 2013

  1. I’ve been following you for awhile as I love your writing (even if I sometimes disagree with what you write). I’m sorry you suffered so much in 2013 and sincerely hope that 2014 is much, much better.

    That being said, the thousands of hundreds of dollars is a really big problem and maybe it’s time to just try seeing what a rheumatologist has to say about the MTHFR results (bringing him the genetic data from 23 and me as well as the blood test). Maybe, just maybe, he/she will be able to put it in perspective better than internet searches and potentially quacky doctors can? It might seriously improve your life… Also, as much as you hate the idea of birth control, PCOS does seriously increase cancer risk, so after a certain point perhaps it might be worthwhile to try to find an obgyn you really like and trust? I’m just worried about you!

    Where are you moving?

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