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  1. Devyn

    Everything about this post resonates with me. I would really love for you to share more.

  2. Bridgette

    I came to your blog this morning looking for guidance – though I didn’t realize I would get the best kind. Your words are poignant and yet simple. And girl, they ring true to so many of us. Self evolution is heart wrenching and scary and beautifully raw. Thank you for Crunchy Betty, she was great and we loved her! And thank you, thank you for the you NOW. I would love to keep reading, keep sharing, keep settling into this new (ish) space with you. It sounds like a couple hundred others would, too. Your words and current experience resonate so clearly, my dear. Your energy is shining through, and I’m sending some of mine back at ya. Please keep it coming – we all need to know we are not alone, or completely off our rockers. :) thank you again! Xo

  3. Joelle

    Hi Leslie,

    About three years ago I began to “wake up”, it started with a nervous breakdown (I work for the federal government by day) and became an obsession with the end of the world, I was eventually led to the Freeman movement and on to Russ Perisky (YouTube) and Marcus’ interpretation of the writings of the Bible took me from an agnostic to a believer after spending my childhood rejecting what I was told by the priests in Catholic School. I was able to asimilate His word and find a peace my husband could not. My husband rejected the idea of God, not being able to fully separate Him from the images given us by religion (ptooy). He essentially allowed his vision of a One World Order and the corruption of business and government (it is real, it is not a joke and it is scary) to overtake his psyche to such an extent that he lost himself and his ability to love. We recently separated as I was getting nowhere in aiding his journey and his negativity was dragging me down into despair as well; I am glad to say he has finally seen the light (although perhaps not faith) and is bringing himself out of the pit. Freedom is tricky as anger and hatred breed the negativity that kills freedom. It can make you so desperate to expose the truth you forget to live, you forget to love and lose the whole point of freedom and the reason to fight for it.

    Do not give up the struggle, keep informing those who do not see. Governments and pharmaceutical companies suppress the cures for most diseases in shrouds of obscurity in order to keep pumping us full of their chemical drugs (natural ones without side-effects are not patentable), the best example is the fact that something as simple as Hash oil cures Cancer quickly, completly and without side-effects (including getting “high” since you don’t ingest enough). There are studies all over the place including Government agencies which have been skewed and re-written to say the opposite (I have read both pre-edit and edited versions working in Health Departments); thankfully there are those brave enough to put it out there.

    The trick is to find a balance. Live your life as God intended (and as you may observe in nature) by taking only that which you require, sharing space freely with both your friends and your enemies, be honest and do no harm. Meanwhile speak out when you see autrocities and enjoy every tiny thing that makes you smile. This is how I have managed to keep up the struggle and still find peace.

  4. Nancy

    I love your statement about paradoxes and contradictions. I’ve been on a similar journey and would love to hear your thoughts. No scientific data needed. ;)

  5. Daria

    Dear Leslie,

    I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all your work on this blog – it was thanks to you that I switched to oils as my skincare a year ago and I wouldn’t go back for anything. I used to put food on my face even before I found you, but I had never thought of using oil as face or body cream. I look better and my skin in healthier than it’s been in years, even though I experience the occasional breakouts. Your style of writing is what convinced me to try, not the scientific proof :)

    I am truly sorry to hear that you have experienced such anguish writing your posts, as they were always such a pleasure and an inspiration to read. If you decide to keep posting, I would love to read you, but that is entirely up to you and what makes you happy. Don’t know if it helps or not, but just thought you should know your work on this blog has reached far beyond your own country (I’m from Eastern Europe) and for at least one reader (me) you have made a TREMENDOUS difference – and through me, you have made a difference in the lives of my best friends, because they too are now fans of your ways. I’m pretty sure that you have made a difference for countless others who have visited your blog.

    THANK YOU once again and may you have a truly blessed life,


  6. Sherry

    Thank you for sharing ;) sorry for what your going thru, please continue ! I have missed you ;)

  7. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you so much, However I
    am having difficulties with your RSS. I don’t know the reason why I
    cannot subscribe to it. Is there anybody else having the
    same RSS issues? Anybody who knows the answer will you kindly respond?

  8. Darcy

    I have too many things to say, and they are too personal to post here. I loved the Crunchy Betty site as it was but if you can somehow teach me to stop worrying, I’d be interested in experiencing that. How does one simply accept their awful life? It was the worrying of a friend that caused her not to believe the diagnosis of cancer that would have prevented being on a transplant list that caused her to demand proof. That worrying lead to the proof that has now allowed her husband to be on a transplant list which is now offering hope that he might live.

  9. Ang

    I’ve loved this blog, your enthusiasm, your humor and your style. Whether it be here or another site, “Crunchy Betty” material or insights related to the new path you follow, I look forward to more of your work and can only hope that someday you do too. Best wishes on your journey.

  10. connor gujwin

    jayuh. that sounds that. blog about how to not worry and see joy in life. millions of people need that

  11. Just tell me that you will not leave your Crunchy Betty’s Fans, many of your recipes changed my life & I know you are here for passion. I mean give me a break, who gives the recipe of their products when selling them !! ?? You are awesome & many of your readers trust in you, no matter if you make mistakes we know you are not an alchemist & everything here is very healthy & harmless.
    There’s people out there wearing commercial brands that they should be worried about & not worrying about putting baking soda on their scalp.
    Thank you so much to bring unite to your crunchy readers who now claim themselves “crunchy’s”.

    P.S. Again don’t stop posting !! Don’t you dare ;) Use this low energy on your side to be more creative, you changed some minds & this minds change others (I did with some of my friends around the world & my german boyfriend).

  12. Meg

    What you shared is SO interesting. Read it through several times. I keep starting and stopping and starting on a similar journey, always getting sucked back in to daily life and all the minutiae. Would love to know more about your experience, would love inspiration and pointers. Please share as you are moved to do so. Thank you.

  13. Erin

    This post stopped me in my tracks and moved me in a profound way. I just discovered your website about six months ago, loved all the information about natural products. However, I, like you, had some feeling that maybe all this effort is still about chasing something outside myself to make my life better. And, of course, we know down deep our lives are only made better by looking inward. Please, please, continue to share your journey. If you continue to share posts like that I will follow you anywhere. Thank you!

  14. Hi Leslie,
    Let me just say: I found this blog post in an old email account (that I thought I had closed–but was doing a review for a friend’s business on yahoo and saw that I had “100 new emails”!)…and I believe there are no coincidences…we’re all connected in this Universe :)

    I live just down the street from you (in Old Colorado City), and I discovered your blog when I lived in Durango–about 6 hours away. I thought it was so awesome that you lived so close! And now you’re even closer! I feel like we are destined to meet (not in a stalker-ish way…just as what is supposed to happen). :)

    Everything you wrote is resonating so deeply with me, as I’ve been diving deeper into this type of thinking (or not thinking and staying in the present moment!). It doesn’t sound like a psychotic break at all…it sounds like you read ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle :)

    I’d love to have a chat with you about all of this…maybe while hiking the Incline (no–actually I’d be sucking too much wind to talk!), or over some tea…or beer…or wine :)

  15. I just discovered you last week (looking for and reading your oil cleansing articles). I am looking forward to seeing the direction you are taking – but I am also going to dig into your “now” blog because you have helped me living as natural as possible.

    You have a gift for writing and connecting with people – don’t lose it, not quit using it – go whatever direction you need to go because I can tell, we will all be going with you! Inspire and Inform!!

  16. Weird. Lately I keep stumbling upon blogs for the first time that are in flux…today it was yours. I am still trying to figure out the place that blogging should have in my life and it’s so interesting to follow along on others’ journeys. I’d like to stick around and see what you have in store. :)

  17. Dear Leslie,
    Someone sent me some links to your site just after I decided to attempt to stop cutting out chemicals, and you have been a constant source of reference, guidance, and motivation. I won’t say I don’t miss the CB posts, but I’m overjoyed that you have told all of us who wondered what happened to you, where you’ve been and what you’ve been up to. Personal joy is of the utmost importance (as long as it causes no one else harm, of course), so as long as you’re happy I’m happy! It would be great to hear more from you, here or elsewhere!

    Take care, pretty lady!


  18. Aurora

    I only found Crunchy Betty today. I will be the first person to say that I am not a huge blogger, but I follow Pinterest like a religion.

    So imagine my surprise, and great relief, to come across this website merely because I was reseraching a teeth whitening remedy more before I just went out and blindly bought whatever the picture on Pinterest told me too. It happened with a small chance, and that small chance has continued to grow.

    Admittedly, I am sitting at work, and have been flipping through all of the different “How To’s” and recipies for home remedies for the past two hours, easily. But the explanations, and the personal experience thrown into the stories comfort me in the way that finding a picture on Pinterest just could not.

    Coming from someone who has been dealing with the new found Anxiety, and depression of my own, I can relate as to WHY you’ve decided to move on. It is completely admirable, and understandable. I’m just sorry that I just missed your blog when it was too late. Granted, you have mentioned other sites, that I’d be willing to check out and visit when I need someone with a little bit more know how on trying to make my skin or hair more healthy and beautiful; but I am seriously hoping that they have just as much animation as you have put towards your articles here.

    Good luck to you, and you obviously have tons of support no matter what you do or do not decide to do!

    Just a little too late,


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