2018 in review… It’s not all sizzle

The end of the year is a time for reflection and appreciation of all we have. And maybe a look to the future, of what we want to create next.

So here’s the good, the bad, and some hope…

Life is not always easy. Maybe you can relate.

This year:

  • Our websites crashed and the hosting company still has problems (I’m grateful for everyone’s patience and kind words)
  • Our car was hit and totaled while parked on the street and we still don’t have a new one (but I’m grateful no one was hurt)
  • I’ve had my share of sadness and overwhelm

Why do I share all of this… because too often we see people’s “sizzle reel” on social media and we can start to think maybe it’s “only us” that struggles. And it’s really important for me to be authentic in my expression, so simply sharing my accomplishments would feel so superficial on their own.

It’s been a hard year; honestly, I’m glad to see it go.

This year, I suppose my blessing in all of this is… learning to have faith and to “go with the flow.” To surrender to what is. To learn to love and forgive myself.

On the other hand, I’m so grateful for the things that I do have and that I’ve accomplished this year:

  • Our autism nutrition study was published!
  • Our daughter had her dream of singing at Davies Symphony Hall come true!
  • My father-in-law, who despite a major stroke 18 years ago that rendered him unable to speak, is still with us and we get to share our love (where love speaks louder than words)
  • My friends – new friends I have made, and old friends that have supported me through the tough times (you know who you are, and I have tears of gratitude in my eyes as I write)

And in the future, I look forward to:

  • A new book I’m writing
  • New courses and tools I’m creating for parents and practitioners
  • Where this journey is taking me and a renewed sense of hope
  • I hope your reflection of 2018 serves you, and that your hope for 2019 is bright.

Sending you and your family love and peace of mind for 2019.

Here are some photos. Hint: Ruby is right behind the violin.


Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Author, and Published Researcher. I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism, ADHD, and related disorders can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their learning and behavior. With 18 years of experience and my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives. Join us.

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