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  1. Hey Crunchy Betty. I hope you are doing ok. I miss you. :) ~ Wendi

  2. nicole

    You are a genuine, beautiful soul. So real, refreshing, and inspirational. Your point of view and writing are truly a gift.

  3. laura hash

    Hi Betty,
    Its weird reading what you wrote because its almost a word for word realization, I myself had one morning. I would love to hear more of what you have to say, I just found out my cancers back but this time it’s in my bones, not going anywhere so I often lay awake at night and ponder over life which is what I was doing when crunchy Betty popped into my mind and I was curious if you had any new.wonders to share, I for one am thankful you did,I like where you were going with it …..bit of advice.. Can’t please everyone just post like a surgeon general s warning on the blog truth found here take it or leave it! Don’t apologize for feeling…or stating yours makes it a little less genuine.. Love ya…devoted reader

  4. Wow- I opened this up to read about cleaning my bathtub drain. Thank you so much for this! So there are more “regular people” waking up, not just Eckert Tolle and one or two others that have written books about it. What a wonderful thing to read first thing in the morning. Again, I thank you. And I wonder if you have read anything by Jed McKenna? Not that you need to now, but you might find it interesting, nonetheless. “Spiritual Enlightenment- The Damndest Thing” is the first of his trilogy. Enjoy your day- and I will enjoy my clean bathtub drain!!!

  5. Tjernagel

    Thank you for what you wrote the are few people I think who can write so honest. A random visit this sight and found something. To me that means you wrote this and it found at least one other person.

  6. CS

    Stumbled apon this site today for the first time and connected to this inspirational sign off. Laughed out load and cried a little at the mention of time. I wish you well with the continuation of your journey and would hope to hear more X

  7. Jennifer

    Miss you :(

  8. Audrey

    I haven’t been on this site in about 6 months prior to that I was probably going through the same thing you wrote about. I SO GET IT AND LOVED reading it so much as it hit close to home. I have learned to be more present and really realize that thats all we really have. Me worrying/obsessing about the future doesn’t make it go away or the time pass faster. I’ve learned to deal with it as it comes…Thank you for sharing this, I remain hopeful daily that others will continue to inspire me. Take care and all the best to you!!!!

  9. Darcy

    It’s been 10 months. Weren’t you going to reach out to those interested and try and teach us what you now understand?

  10. Jessica

    My life has undergone a complete metamorphosis since I used to follow your blog, and I lost track. Then I read something today that reminded me of Crunchy Betty and returned to find this intriguing post. I’ll continue to enjoy the archives, but I’m commenting in the hopes that you’ll share your epiphany. Some of us are still stumbling in our search for peace and enlightenment.

  11. Maggie

    Hi, I love your site! Question: Can the No Poo shampoo and Apple cider vinegar be used on color treated hair or will it take the color out?

  12. Casey

    Hi, I’m not sure if you’re still active with this blog, but I just feel the overwhelming urge to share that I can’t believe I stumbled onto THIS post. I’ve never heard of Crunchy Betty and this happened to be one of the first posts I read… And much like another comment… this post seemed to read, verbatim, how I feel my life has changed. Up until this point I’ve felt crazy, alone, and misunderstood. It’s difficult to believe in dualism and that there is beauty found in contradictions when even the ones I love and love me are so SURE that life needs to be this way or that. I also still find myself leaning this way or that on occasion even if I still believe it doesn’t matter.

    How do you explain the unknown, but known. (…If that makes any sense.) What you said in this post makes me feel like I’m not alone. I wish I could talk to you more and see how you’re doing now. I never had a blog (nor do I read them often), but I can relate to crippling world of worry and never ending angst. I finally started to just sit with all my worry and meditate on it and all of the sudden it’s as if it just vanished. I mean, it still creeps in with random spurts of anxiety, but overall this sense of freedom has taken over. That even in the anxiety, everything is going to be ok. But now, I’m confused as to how to move on from that? How do you ease the ones around you into accepting this “new” you? Even though that in itself doesn’t really matter, it is a bit difficult to know what to do with yourself after such a profound realization.

    Anyways, I hope you are well and I send so much love. I believe you have a wonderful gift in helping others and a beautiful blog voice. If you haven’t moved on to another blog to discuss this new perspective, I genuinely hope one day you will. All selfish reasons aside, I think you could help guide others to their own happiness through the truth of your life. Live truth and others will follow.

    Namaste, my friend.

  13. sherrie

    Hi Crunchy Betty. You wrote this almost a year ago now…I just read it this evening. It was very inspirational. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! I hope you are still as crunchy as ever and I appreciate the information you shared here. (I’m going to try the coffee scrub in the morning :))

    Peace to you…

  14. “Thank you for what you wrote the are few people I think who can write so honest. A random visit this sight and found something. To me that means you wrote this and it found at least one other person.”. I think too. Thanks again!

  15. Wow, I totally get this and I totally know that it’s been a year, but I wanted to say that I hope you keep the blog up on the interwebs because I can’t tell you how many of the things you posted about are things I find useful.

    So long.. .and thanks for all the fish.

  16. John

    Oh where oh where has my Dear Crunchy Betty gone?
    Oh where, oh where could she be?
    Wishing you all the best.

  17. Pooja

    You are so inspiring, honest, witty and insightful. I wish you all the best in your search and share your journey on the way… whenever you are ready that is :)

  18. Dear Betty,

    I was just searching for some tips on henna and ran across this post. This same sort of thing that you speak of, essentially cleaning and purifying the mind, is also what occurred with me last September. I too had grown tired of all the lies in my mind and not really realizing the power in it, I started practicing a spiritual austerity which I have since learned is called “neti neti” where you negate the thoughts in your mind. I practiced it for about 1 1/2 years. When I stopped last year, I saw that my mind was in a new place free from worry, past, future etc. Like you, I have also thought of what to do with this great discovery and have since shared my story on a website that I started. I’m still not sure where it’s going lol. I’m just taking it day by day. Tho American, I’ve been in India for the last 3 years so I’ve been in the perfect spot to learn from the best spiritual teachers of where I am now. What I can say to you about what I know now is that many people are def interested in realizing their true nature if you opt to help others in getting there. Lastly, I recommend watching some of Moojis videos. He’s great! This last March I shared my story in one of Mooji’s satsangs here in India and it was recorded. If you’d like to hear it, its on youtube and it’s called “no one can obtain enlightenment.” Anyway, good luck with you on your journey. I really enjoyed running across your post on this! In love and light, Melanie

  19. Nathan

    So you are growing and changing; that is all part of this dance called life. I don;t claim to have “Awoken” yet. At the most I am tossing restlessly in my sleep. I would Love to hear more about your journey.

    Perhaps someday you will be able to come back to this subject from a new perspective, one not grounded in worry or fear. But if not, it was still a good thing you did for the time that you did it.

  20. Christine

    Even though I have followed Crunchy Betty for only 8 months, Betty’s farewell has caused me to mourn the loss of a friend. The easy-reading, friendly, and humorous tone made me see you as a real person. A perfectionist myself, I have noticed your extra work and appreciated it.

    When did the blog begin? How can I find the first entry and experience the growth of Crunchy Betty from beginning to end? I want to read it all.

    Love to you and all your other reader/friends.

  21. whimsy

    Hi Crunchy Betty, have you moved to a new space? Would absolutely love to read about your journey and about the paradoxes and contradictions you were mentioning. Please don’t give up on writing. You have something that the world needs!

  22. m

    shine on! :)
    And thanks!! xxxxxxxxxxxx

  23. Minaz

    Hi Leslie, Love your writing. It’s so honest.

    The purpose of our life is to seek and find that ultimate truth. And I am glad to know that you are on that journey.

    Would love to hear about it. You can enlighten us from your search and we readers can contribute our experiences from our quest.

    Lots of love, Minaz

  24. Anne Git

    I feel like a voyeur. You sound like you’ve had some kind of episode, possibly brought on the stress of reconciling your style of blogging with the reality of it becoming an earning machine. And the fact that the two are irreconcilable, ultimately. Maybe by medication.

    Everything is not good. There is a lot of crap in cosmetics, and while you are under no obligation to continue your blog, nor should you do if it’s making you sick, there’s no point in using mindful enlightenment to justify saying it’s all good. It’s not.

    Sell products you wouldn’t have considered buying previously. It’s ok, we’ve all got a living to make. Your blog and it’s inspiration though will outlast the products you sell, because making is empowering. Buying is just a quick trip. I’m sad you’ve chosen the money over the inspiration. But I can’t say if I’d have done anything different. Success in life is quantified by earnings, sadly. And to turn your back on a good little earner is not as respected as it should be.

    Just don’t dress it up as enlightenment. It’s capitalism.

  25. Lisa O.

    Just stumbled on this site as I was looking for a DIY body powder. You have some fantastic things here, then I came upon your final post and was disappointed that you stopped over a year ago.

    I hope you are well and finding some clarity.

    Lisa O.

  26. Love your writing. It’s so honest.Thank you.

  27. I love your blog and so sad I found it by reading your last post. I hope all is going well and thankful you still have this site going.

  28. How could I imagine that a simple search about Borax would lead me to find such a marvelous soul?

    Good for you and for all of us to have you on the planet, Leslie!


  29. Grace

    Hi Betty – I’ve come across this post from you just as I’m searching again for ways to live in the present and stop beating myself up for all of my “mistakes..” Thank you for your honesty. It feels like I was meant to see this, to encourage me to keep the faith. I also just stumbled upon Buddhist chanting (the type that Tina Turner does) and I’m going to try it. I saw her on 60 Minutes years ago and have always felt like chanting would be helpful for me. There are so many ways to get ‘there’ and it’s supposedly simple but not easy. Making time for quiet has always helped me. I too, beat myself up for past “mistakes” all the time…Thanks again!

  30. Randa


    I am starting to experiment with homemade beauty products, and i wanted to achieve lighter hair in the sun. The recipe i have found was honey, lemon, chamomile, and olive oil. My question is, as some of the ingredients are actual foods i’m afraid they might expire. Does anyone have an idea about the rough amount of shelf life this finished product would have?


  31. Loro

    I discovered crunchy betty, oh jeez.. maybe 6 or so years ago now? I was really at my peak of a “fuck the mainstream and chemicals yadda” phase (I didnt consider it a phase then). Everything I read on here really coinsided with what I thought and felt. I used to make all my own soaps, lotions, massage creams(im a massage therapist), tooth pastes, lip balms, salves, cleaning products you name it, and for some reason I’d always find myself coming to check in with crunchy betty and as she would grow and learn i found I was in the same boat.. Fastforward to tonight, I have a 1.5 year old, my laundry room has 3 types of mainstream detergents, im not afraid to use regular hand soaps or washes anymore.. the last thing i made was a pan of brownies sitting on the stove. My son has eczema and I was thinking maybe I would make him a cream since im having a hard time finding one that works for him.. and to my surprise I feel as thought im on the same page as you. I think its almost a relief to read how your life has been the past while and the realizations you’ve come to. I feel the same. It isnt a bad thing, its just allowing ourselves to become something bigger.

    I wish you lots of happiness in the future, and if you decide to keep this – or something up and running, I’ll be following along :)

  32. Michael Hill

    Have you tried Bulk Apothecary? The sell all kinds of ingredients like oils and butters but much mu ch cheaper than mountain rose. I use their stuff all the time it always seems high quality and the have a great selection of sizes ranging from 8oz. Up to 50 gallon drums.

  33. Hey Betty. Hope you’re doing alright. We miss you! You’ve been a massive inspiration, especially to the next step of growing a business of my own. I just wanted to thank you for all that you’ve done, and wish you the best I could possibly wish.


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