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Leigh Kramer
Nashville
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For the first 30 years of my life, I didn't have to be strategic about Christmas plans. I stayed in my hometown after graduate school, about 10 minutes away from my parents and one set of grandparents and 45 minutes away from the other set of grandparents. I worked in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Leigh Kramer
What really helped me was having friends who had already done it and could walk me through it. My friend Jen was especially instrumental- she showed me how to make mayonnaise, answered all my questions, and gave me a heads up on what to expect. I highly recommend the Well Fed cookbooks. Great recipes and my friends with families swear by them too. But if Whole 30 seems too overwhelming, maybe try cutting out one group at a time. Like cut grains out for a month or gluten and then see if you notice a difference.
Proud of you, Keri! I'm so sorry you've been dealing with food allergies but glad Whole 30 has been a helpful experience. I have a couple of friends who have stuck with Whole 30 after it ended because of how much better they felt. The reintroduction phase might give you some answers so you can at least narrow down the culprits but I totally understand why that would make you nervous!
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A year ago I had just finished the 10 day reintroduction phase of Whole 30. Whole 30 is a nutritional reset, an elimination diet. For 30 days, you cut out sugar, grains, gluten, dairy, legumes, and alcohol. You focus on balanced meals and healthy fats. You make sure to eat... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Leigh Kramer
Oh, wow, Christy! That is high praise. Thank you!
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Photo source I'm conceding defeat. California is not in my future come January. I'd hoped to celebrate my 35th birthday there but it turns out paying my bills and affording to eat is more of a priority. Ho hum. My cousins have lived in San Francisco at least 15 years... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Leigh Kramer
Proud of you. xoxo
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Rita, I'm in love with your work! I'll be making some room in my budget in the future so one of your pieces can make its way to my home. I'm amazed you fell into this by accident!
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The hopes and fears of all my years met in the living room that night. A few years back I sat beside my two best friends and their husbands, reunited for the weekend. We watched a Nicholas Sparks movie but that wasn't the reason I wanted to cry. I had... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
Hope you enjoy it, Lib!
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Thank you, Diana!
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Not every book is for every person and I totally get how complicated it can be when you don't like a memoir or don't enjoy it as much as you'd like. Don't feel bad about that! Preston and I are very different people but having experienced God's silence in the past, I'm fairly certain his book would have resonated with me, even if we weren't friends.
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That's exactly why I wish this book had been around a decade ago. It would have been so helpful to know someone else had walked that road and come through it or just to have an idea about how to persevere. I came upon Sue Monk Kidd's When the Heart Waits toward the end of that season and it certainly helped but there needs to be more literature on the subject.
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A few years ago I made a card featuring pictures of me flambeeing a steak for the first time. I'd challenged myself to learn how to flambe that year and my best friend took pictures of the process. My friends and family got a kick out of it! Like you, I'm a fan of a good Christmas newsletter but I rarely write one. I usually stick to a short highlight list. And I have to say, your Christmas cards are some of my favorite! I look forward to seeing what you have in store for us this year.
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You won't regret it, Kristi!
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2014 on Why I Owe Preston Yancey at Leigh Kramer
So glad you enjoyed the book, Kim! I'm not surprised it resonated with you. xo
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2014 on Why I Owe Preston Yancey at Leigh Kramer
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I owe a good deal to Preston Yancey. When I first happened upon his blog a few years back, I had little idea how much his words would come to mean to me. Last spring I took his Sacramental Baking e-course. The combination of baking and spiritual disciplines was impossible... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
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It's working now.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on When You're Underemployed at Leigh Kramer
Oh no! There must be a problem on her end. It was supposed to publish at 2 am.
Toggle Commented Nov 12, 2014 on When You're Underemployed at Leigh Kramer
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Photo source I couldn't sleep the other night. I lay in the dark and swiped at hot tears careening toward my pillow. I tried to distract myself with other thoughts but they made a quick beeline back toward job searches and budgets and all the false starts two months can... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
Mark, you absolutely get it! Grateful for your encouragement.
Thanks, lady.
Sometimes it seems like it would be best to cut off or ignore our pain but it always comes out another way. I'm glad you're honoring the longing you have, even though it's not easy. I have had to mourn the dream I had of being married in my 20s. That's not how it will happen for me and it's sad. But grieving that loss has helped me embrace where I'm at now. I hope the same will continue to prove true for you.
Thank you for letting me know this resonated, Jenna! I hope the books in that post minister to you.
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Photo source We sat in the hotel hallway the last night of the conference. She sat across from me and wiped tears away as she told part of her story. She was in the midst of many changes but her tears boiled down to this: she was single again and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at Leigh Kramer
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