I've been reflecting a lot lately about what "success" really means. Not least because as I watch my son continue to grow up (as they tend to do...) my priorities in life continue to change - as he changes, and I do too - and so naturally we begin to ask ourselves...
So what matters? What REALLY matters?...
Well, apart from the obvious "being the best mum I can be" which is always going to be right up there at number 1, to me helping to make a significant difference in global health, wealth and happiness matters... Big time!
And today's post is about my next contribution to just that!
Now, this may not surprise you, but I've always been a very driven kind of person - right from babyhood according to ma! Being successful at whatever I did has only ever been "the ONLY option"! Failure was not in my vocab and as such very very rarely did it show up in my life. However, in my youth and adolescence I didn't always quite have the oomph to put all my great ideas into practise (a little bit chubby, foggy and junked-up you see), and while I did do well at almost everything I tried (bar running cross country, which I do my very best to forget!), no way did I have the ability to "go all day and then all night" (ahem) like I do today some 20 years later.
Why? Well you can guess that bit, can't you?! Since going raw I genuinely do feel how my little "Super K" icon looks.
And for the past 8 years, in fact even before then, I have felt driven to bring raw food to the mainstream for that reason, and many others besides. Quite simply raw food changes bodies, faces, health, energy, happiness and lives...
And since I came across that info and experienced it first-hand for myself I have said to myself that if I did contribute in some significant way to helping raw food go mainstream (I feel daft even writing it, I mean, why on earth isn't it already?!!!), then I would really consider myself a success. Success in "personal achievement and contribution to the world" terms anyway.
In fact, so driven, so passionate, so determined have I been, at times it has felt as if I was almost possessed by something bigger than me to do what I do. Whether it has been to reinvent and steer The Fresh Network, to publish Get Fresh! magazine, to put on yet another big event, to create the Fresh Festival (and make it happen), to do that one more "Oh my God I can't believe I'm having to answer this question" media interview or to write the next article or book, it has been unceasing in its power to move me to take often-quite-big-and-a-little-bit-scary action!
More recently that drive, for some reason, has gone deeper and more focused still. I - like you I'm sure, have seen a real shift in the general mass consciousness around food, health, diet etc. over recent times, and my attention has turned more and more to my own private and personal work, to explore and birth more of my own style of communicating and "getting the message out there" that is free of being quite so PC as my work through TFN. I've been driven, pushed, guided, moved and even harried to help more and more people really "get" raw food - and by that I mean from a sane, common sense, easy to implement, "no brainer", fun kind of way!
To this end, as many of you know I launched www.TheRawFoodCoach.com just 4 short weeks ago, have been sending out Successfully Raw eZine weekly to rave reviews for nearly 3 months, and launched my first, already highly popular eBook "50 Quick, Easy, Healthy & Delicious Raw Food Recipes (That Anyone Can Make In Less Than 10 Minutes)" when the site went live. And my God it has felt liberating to find my own voice within this work again! (And apparently, you like...)
But what's coming NEXT WEEK is, I believe, what's really going to be my biggest raw-related "success" to date:
This product is an eBook (a book delivered via the internet that you print off yourself within seconds of buying it - very cool!). This will be available online from early next week, once I've put the finishing touches to it. Aimed at those who are either completely new, have been dabbling for a while or who have never really quite got it or stuck with raw foods, this eBook will consist of roughly 150 pages of first-class easy-to-understand, super-easy-to-get-going-with, all-laid-out-for-you-and-ready-to-go raw food info, lists, charts, plans and resource lists that I genuinely believe is going to change thousands, if not millions of lives.
Yes, even though I am in the final throes of pulling Raw Food for Beginners together (a much bigger physical and printed tome), having now seen the power and speed at which eBooks can hit the world, this book has literally flowed out of me this past weekend like an absolute dream! I know that people have been wanting something like this FOR YEARS (including me!!).
The even better news? Even though the material within it is easily worth thousands of pounds (no kidding!), it's selling - between now and until midnight on 11 October (my birthday!) for just £9.99 - and then it will go up to £12.99 - still a complete and utter bargain. Yes, I know. Crazy, but true. (It will probably go up to £14.99 towards the end of the year, but we'll see...)
AND you get a FREE BONUS!
Such is the power of the Internet! And the bonus is "The 30 Most Frequently Asked Questions About Raw Food - Answered" which will sell separately in a few more days for £3.99, and which naturally fits in really rather well with a book such as this!
So if ever there was a time to celebrate "success" on the raw food front, then it will be next week! And I do hope that if you think it sounds like just what you need that you'll choose to bite the bullet and spend the best-invested £9.99 of your life! (You can pre-order NOW and be the first to receive a copy, just click here).
And as for other definitions of success in other areas of my life, that my friends, will have to follow on another day! Hope to be delivering one of these eBooks to YOUR inbox very soon!