I planned a giveaway today, but it is time to break some big personal news. In early 2016, I am moving to California with my boyfriend who is starting a new job. I am taking my gluten-free consulting business bi-coastal and will continue to be a strong celiac advocate for our community no matter where I live. This blog will continue and is going to be bigger and better than ever from the West Coast!
I love New York City so much which makes it so hard to leave. I have always lived within 90 miles of the city and I really never imagined living anywhere else. But life throws you a curve ball sometimes and this one has actually been in the works for about 10 months now. With a new year, the approaching winter, and the excitement of trying something new, the timing was right for this move to California.
One of the hardest parts of leaving NYC is leaving the New York City Celiac Meetup Group that I have been leading for more than ten years. This group has given me much more than I could have ever expected. I've met so many great people that were brought together by our gluten-free connection. Our group has grown to more than 2,000 members and we've had more than 400 events which continues to both impress me and surprise me each day.
I have seen friendships bloom between group members, marriages, births, and sadly even deaths of some of our members. I've met gluten-free travelers from around the world who've made one of our Meetup events a stop on their itinerary. We've shared hundreds of wonderful gluten-free meals together while supporting our fellow celiacs. It really has been an enriching experience for me and I hope for you as well.
If you are in NYC on December 15th, please join me at my final Meetup event. Details here.
One of the things I am most excited about is connecting with the gluten-free community in California. I am going to the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco in January and Expo West in Anaheim in March. I also hope to make it to the Celiac Disease Foundation Expo in May. I cannot wait to meet all of you west coasters that I often miss being on the east coast. It is time for me to grow my gluten-free empire on both coasts!
2016 will also bring a HUGE redesign to Gluten-Free Fun. It's time to modernize this blog. Stay tuned for a new look, new icon, and so much more.
Thank you for all of your support now, over the past 8 years I have been blogging, and for the future!