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  1. TJ

    Dear Leslie,

    Please don’t ever stop sharing with us. This is what life is about – growing and EVOLVING. I loved every single word of this post and I felt like you were speaking directly to me. I can relate to this on so many levels. You are so blessed and lucky to have this awakening. Very few are sensitive enough to hear and actually listen to that voice inside themselves that’s telling them that something needs to change. It’s a beautiful thing when you actually come to the realization that one chapter is over and a time for a new one to begin has arrived. I love Crunchy Betty, and I love you Leslie! I wish you nothing but the best on your life’s journey and I hope you continue to share with us along the way!

    With lots and lots and lots and laaahhhts and lots of love,
    TJ

  2. Jamie

    Beautiful. Thank you, friend. Trust this new knowing. Blessings on your journey!

  3. Ann

    I love this post. I love where you are. Thank you so much for sharing with us all. You have a gift in your writing that you should use to help others along the way. If you write more, I will read it. I am so happy for you!

  4. I just wanted to say thank you for all the years of work you put into this blog. Even if you never add anything to it again, it’s an invaluable resource.
    I stumbled upon your blog years ago, and my life has never been the same since. You opened up a whole new world for me, and change my life, and my health, forever. It’s change me so much that I’m now working on becoming a herbalist in order to serve my community and help others find “natural healing.”

  5. Sheelagh

    I have read your blog on quite a few occasions and enjoyed what you had to say BUT just now I read “and that’s the story of that” and felt that I had met a kindred soul. I have been feeling like this for so long now and struggle between the two worlds both physically and mentally…..I live part time in the Middle East and part in Ireland, two entirely different cultures and adapting to each takes a lot of energy and patience. I have for years attempted to live my life a la Eckerd Tolle, each moment at a time. It takes a lot of work and I am striving to do so. I thank you for writing what you did and for encouraging me to continue to do so.
    Keep up the good work as you choose not we.

  6. LeeH

    Well this is a heck of a starting place. I found your blog searching for window cleaner. I plan on making your Alvin Corn concoction but more importantly, I love your writing style and I think I wou very much enjoy reading what you have to say. I like your humor and your take on life. That you have experienced this profound change is interesting to me, and I do hope you will continue to share.

    I hope the Crunchy Betty archives will remain because I’m interested in learning who you were along with the natural market stuff. So I’m climbing in, hope you stick around
    Sincerely, Lee

  7. thank you, leslie, for your candor.
    i, too, am leaving behind some of the things i thought would lead me to salvation! that said, i continue to use many of the recipes i got from your blog.
    thanks much and i would very much like to read more of your writing–especially in this new vein. not because i think you could save the world with it, but because it is beautiful to be allowed to look inside a beautiful bloom as it is opening.

  8. When we allow ourselves to just be, we find ourselves. We all must go thru this if we want to grow. Your story is my story and I am so glad you shared it in Leslie’s way.

  9. Asma Ahmad

    So happy to have you back Crunchy Betty!

    Have been following your blog quietly from way over here in Karachi, Pakistan and have embarked on my own crunchy path after having been inspired by you.

    Thank you for sharing and forever being in pursuit of the truth!

    <3 AA

  10. Jo

    I just found this website today when I was looking for a quick bit of advice about homemade glass cleaners. (Alvin Corn is indeed the best!) Since I haven’t explored the site, I don’t know what’s here or what brought you to this point, but I can tell you this much: whatever you have to do to take care of yourself is precisely what you should be doing. If it’s blogging, great; if it’s not, also great. Those of us who have come late to the party can still explore all you’ve done, and the rest of the group can start from where you left off. Either way, best wishes (and thanks for a great glass cleaner!!

  11. Joana

    Hello Leslie! I have been following your blog for a long time i have learned a lot from you. I am trying to make some chances in my live and you have helped a lot. Latelly i haven’t felt well emotionally and physically. I am bit scared but your writing made me smile and felt peace. Go on please. Keep on sharing with us. Blessings and love for you. Joana

  12. Cindy Anderson

    Hey, I’d love to hear it from you. Evolve away! Share away! There is a strong & consistent correlation between using oil cleansing & honey face wash & Diva cups and looking around & asking yourself “What do I really need?” (Seen things) And then really asking yourself “What do I really Need?” (Unseen things). We tend to get all wound up about both, but they are all good questions & worth our time & worth sharing.

  13. Precious Woman!
    It’s so good to have you back. The world, this internet thing might has gone on without you…but we certainly noticed your absence and missed your presence, your voice.
    Welcome back, and may your new journey bring with it an even greater freedom and joy.
    xoxo

  14. Chelsa

    Dear Leslie, (why do I want to call you Betty?)
    I see here that over 300 people have taken the time to not only revisit a blog that has essentially been inactive for over a year, but to also repond to your uncertain post in paragraphs of positivity and endearments….?!?! You have made a BEAUTIFUL splash in the world! Between your sharing, experimenting, and whatever other tangents your heart desired. I personally revisited today because I was feeling what you have described, (how did you know?) and I was tired of reading negative thigs and thinking about how not to think any more. I fear I have fallen victim to my own passions!! Painfully numb, as I lose more of myself in this search for…something. I wanted to read something tangible and uplifting and inspiring and lighthearted. So a little voice told me to check crunchy betty one more time. So glad I did! Sort of sadly I found a heavy peice of heart, but also here a broken heart that was so ALIVE, ever so passionate, loving, and willing to share ( using her amazing literary talent) the journey with others who may need that voice of hope and peace…. and you are asking permission to share? :-D You could guess my answer! :-)

  15. DS

    I just wanted to say that I love what you have shared here, especially this post(it is a beautiful reminder to be true to one’s self). I look forward to seeing what else is on your site, and I really hope you continue to share with us, no matter what direction you might take us.

  16. Sammie

    My dear Leslie,
    THANK YOU for all the sweat and tears you put into this blog. I truly enjoyed reading your entries and incorporated several of your crunchy ideas into my household and daily life. As for your personal circumstances, I commend you on your honesty and frankness and I wish you much happiness and serenity while you are on this journey. I trust you will follow your heart and always be honest with yourself, with that you can never go wrong. Take good care of yourself.

  17. heirloommaters

    It’s rather incredibly cool to look for how to clean some irritating laminate flooring and run across not only help for that but also the reassuring knowledge that someone out there who I have never met has been/is pretty much at the same spot on the journey I am. We’re all nuts. We’re all not nuts. Life is good. Cool. Thanks! And…Amen, Sistah!

  18. Kelz

    I needed to read this.
    Thank you.
    I’m where you were, and this gives me hope that I’ll find a way through.

    Always love
    xx

  19. Pat

    I think you’re lovely. Just lovely

  20. Bethanney

    Ummm…I really just wanted to know how to go “no poo”…

    I kid; I kid! I stumbled back over your little corner of the internet & have been reading for over 3 hours now! Not only do I love your site but I adore your voice. You have such an engaging and lovely and sparkling presence, and I speak for countless others that would be so sad if you were to go away!! So…please don’t. And take me with you on your next flight-of-fancy, wherever that may lead!
    Love you…mean it!!

  21. Kath

    Dear Leslie,
    Thank YOU for the all great posts and recipes!!
    Your recipes have made a tremendous difference in my life and my health. After struggling with Lyme Disease for years and now Hashimoto’s, your natural concoctions have helped to detox my home, my health, my entire LIFE.
    Going through life transitions myself, such a beautiful post. I was touched.
    Many blessings and love,
    Kath

  22. Nora Jeanne

    Leslie, thank you for writing to let those of us who loved you and loved your blog know that you are ok. We miss you! But I totally understand the need to take a break or to leave one room and to enter the open door to another reality. Sometimes permanently. Years ago, after being a bit of a news junkie, I had to take a break and stopped reading the newspaper or watching the tv news. After several years, I returned to the world of “news”. In the early-mid 2000’s, I was very active in anti-war and other social justice activities but now with the internet to add to the equation and my children! Again, I needed to take a break, and just did online petitions and occasional phone calls and letters to our “representatives” and the occasional financial donation to a worthy cause. Now I am once again more active because of the severity of our environmental/civil rights collapse. But I also allow those who have not been so active to pick up the ball and do their share. We can’t do it all. And when we are going through personal losses, whatever they may be, we need to be kind to ourselves and sometimes just forget about what is going on in the world and concentrate on all the good. And despite my knowledge of a lot of things going on that others don’t seem to know about (because the American Main Stream News MSM is not reporting) and I read/listen/watch alternative independent media sources; I know that MOST people in the world are incredible, amazing beings with love and kindness in their hearts. Take care my darling, Leslie, aka Crunchy Betty and I hope to hear from you again. PS- I returned to your site today as a fluke- my internet has not been working and I had a repairman over my house to fix it. He asked that I go to a website and although I haven’t been here in a long time, yours was THE site I chose to open! Take care Leslie! Be kind to yourself.

  23. Deb

    Thank you for your honesty. I want to still hear from you. I see you giving us the information and letting us do with it what we will. There are too many of us that have come to the realization that things need to change. No, we can’t save it all, but like snowflakes, imagine what we can do together!!

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