It was a momentous week for us. We bought a bed, started sleeping at the house we have been renovating, had appliances delivered and got hot running water – which means we can take bubble baths! It’s been a long road filled with hard work, sacrifices, stress and learning. At the beginning of the project, I was hopeful and excited. In the middle, I was in tears and thinking it would never work out. Nearing the end, I found a pace to keeping things on schedule and saw the light at the end of the project.
This is much like the process of meeting new members on Engine 2 Extra -E2X ( http://engine2extra.com ). Our online community is a thriving village of folks who have incorporated Engine 2 into their daily lives. We have over 2,000 members who are at various stages of excited, confused, finding success, working through stumbling blocks, finding support and thriving for the long haul. At Engine 2 Extra, we are there to guide members on their journey to better health. Helping some one figure out a recipe, overcome a hurdle like – the love of cheese, understand the detriments of oils and sodium, or just being there to listen.
I have had the pleasure of getting to know so many of our members online, having had the opportunity to spend a weekend with some of them at the Farms To Forks – Chicago event as well. It has been a joyful experience to watch them learn and grow as plant-strong beings. Finding success when it comes to improving your health is a big deal. Working through issues such as high cholesterol or high blood sugar can be life changing. Being able to be part of the process, for me has been the most rewarding.
I love meeting a new E2X member! Learning about what brought them to E2X, how they heard about our program, what issues they may be having and how to best help them reach their goals. Over the course of time, learning more about each person, what drives them, what talents they have and what might be their biggest hurdles. Watching our network grow and all the plant-strong events and meet-ups we have going on, so these online connections can become real-life friends as well is one of the many perks of membership. Just this weekend, several E2X members were treated to a grocery store tour all about Engine 2′s way of shopping by one of our E2X coaches. There are also potlucks and other opportunities to be part of the growing community across the nation of like-minded folks.
I was so excited to find a thriving community of plant-strong people in Saint Louis. I look forward to getting to know everyone here and hope to create some events soon. Online, watching our E2X members reach their goals, become more active, learn new skills in the kitchen, gain new understanding of their relationship with food and incorporate this lifestyle into their families lives has just been an incredible experience. So many healthy, vibrant, joyful experiences ahead of them.
Whether you are the sole plant-strong person you know, or your whole family is in on it, join us at Engine 2 Extra, you have a whole community of support and information waiting for you! Share recipes, find a local friend, gain support, knowledge and camaraderie with others like you.