2018 was my year for doing a lot of internal work. My focus has been on making mindfulness a forever habit and finding a centeredness deep within me, separate from all the tornado-like busyness going on around me.
In 2018, I found my way to Iyengar yoga (90 minutes, three times per week). I participated in an intense class on consciousness and learned how to get out of my mind (in a good way). I started reading a whole lot more, sometimes up to a book per week. I am back to journaling and write letters to my inner voice, like all the time. I’ve cried a lot too–because all this internal work brings up tough stuff–and the crying is good: to release intense emotions in the moment provides real relief (rather than create blocks that may hold onto me for a while).
In 2018, I also laid a lot of ground work for the three big projects in my life: (1) creative business coaching, (2) opening an in-real-life food market, and (3) making my second cookbook, A New Way to Food. Between visioning and meeting and writing and meditating and hustling, a lot of ground work was laid, people.
If 2018 was internal, 2019 is all about going external. I just launched a new website dedicated to all the non-food things in my life. I’ve enlisted new coaching clients through that site and hope you’ll take a look, especially if you think I can be helpful to you. I’m way close to opening my first food market in Boston and will make an announcement about that any day now. And, probably more emotional than anything else, my new cookbook goes out into the world next week.
In just six days, my self-help cookbook hybrid is going to debut and, oh my gosh, I’m nervous and excited and nervous. I put a lot of heart into A New Way to Food. Certainly, there are about 110 recipes that I developed and tested over and over again. But in tandem with the recipes, I wrote a lot of words that take you through my transformation to self-love (which, in my humble opinion, is a far bigger win than any weight loss).
In keeping with my external theme, I’m going to visit select cities to share my cookbook this spring. But it all starts in Boston–my hometown! And I want to let you know that Harvard Bookstore is hosting my book’s launch party on Tuesday, February 12 from 7-9pm. There will be wine and snacks from the book and a book signing and a short interview. And it’s all free. RSVP right here!
I’m looking forward to getting way more external in 2019 and can’t wait to hug each of you on February 12! (For those of you elsewhere, I will be visiting a few cities this spring and early summer. Those dates and venues will be released soon.)
Eat Boutique is an award-winning shop and story-driven recipe site created by Maggie Battista–shop girl, writer, author, and creative business coach. After hosting pop-up markets for 25,000+ guests, Maggie is working to open her first permanent Eat Boutique–a food-retail concept space with a new way to the very best food–as well as coaching women in food to reach life and business goals. Her second cookbook, A New Way to Food: 100 Recipes to Encourage a Healthy Relationship with Food, Nourish Your Beautiful Body, and Celebrate Real Wellness for Life, will be published by Roost Books on February 5, 2019.