Since about 2009, the idea for The Canary Files has been simmering in my consciousness (and probably longer in my subconscious).  It's a wonder that it took me so long to find an outlet where I could share so many of my passions all at once:  food, cooking, writing, photography, helping others.  And even though all of those things were at my fingertips, I was still missing a vital ingredient to bind them all together.

Confidence that my voice was worth sharing and being heard.
Confidence that I would be taken seriously and not be mocked.
Confidence that I would be able to find other "canaries" like me.

Today, that ingredient is no longer missing. And with confidence finally came affirmation...from within.

Discovering what a gluten-free, and eventually dairy-free and then vegan, lifestyle could do for my health and physical wellbeing was nothing short of amazing.  But the real miracle was experiencing what it would do for my mind, and most importantly, my soul.  For the first time in my life, I know that I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be doing precisely what I'm meant to do.  I'm finally able to "tune in" to my body, mind, and spirit, and truly listen, with every day bringing new lessons on how to work with myself as opposed to against myself. 

I realize there are people who may consider the path I walk to be "demanding" or "difficult to maintain."  I won't disagree.  But from my perspective, it is also "extraordinary," "beautiful," and "enriching."  Things worth having rarely come easily.  And a life that is vibrant, uplifting, and full of promise, after so many years of living in the opposite extreme, is something that I finally can say that I have .  And when you're given a gift like that, you can't help but want to share it.

The Canary Files is one of the ways for me to share this new chapter and the bliss and truth that's come with it .  What I see, what I feel, what I've learned, what I'm learning still - I want you to be there with me every step of the way.  Because at the end of the day, this blog isn't just about me.  It's about us, and how we can help each other live our lives to their utmost potential, not only as individuals, but as a community dedicated to sharing, learning, teaching, and growing.

I know that I'm not the first person to walk this path, and I know I won't be the last.  So while I'm able, I hope to leave an impression, so other "canaries" may see the beauty before the burden of this journey. 

Enjoy your visit to The Canary Files and Thank You, as always, for reading.