A New Season for Simple Organic

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It seems unbelievable to me that it has already been ten months since Simple Organic launched last February.

I still remember when, in the summer of 2009, Tsh asked me to consider serving as editor of a new blog she was planning to launch under the umbrella of Simple Living Media. Along with Simple Homeschool and Simple Bites, she hoped that Simple Organic would join alongside Simple Kids and Simple Mom to become a blog network dedicated to helping people pursue simplicity in their lives.

I was surprised and honored beyond belief. For a number of years now, I have been passionate about the subject matter that we cover here at Simple Organic: sustainable living, natural parenting, health and nutrition, and green living in all its forms.

To have a platform like Simple Organic where I can share the things I’ve learned, build a community of like-minded folks, and continue to learn and grow because of that very community has been a truly amazing journey.

But like all journeys do, this one has come to an end for me. For a number of months now, I have been sensing that it is time for me to step down from the leadership of Simple Organic.

There are many reasons that I’ve arrived at this decision, and it has not been an easy process. There are other things I want to focus on; for example: my husband and I are in the process of adopting a child. We want to be more involved in our city and our community here where we live. We have a long history of involvement in the arts, and hope to re-kindle that. I am interested in writing in other genres. And I am, I confess, woefully inept at attempting to balance too many things at once.

I eventually realized that if I want to pursue simplicity in my life, then I need to step down from Simple Organic.

New Leadership for Simple Organic

However, I am so excited to announce to you that beginning on Sunday, Simple Organic will be under new leadership, and it is someone that you already know and love. The new editor of Simple Organic is current contributor Nicole Bennett, of Gidget Goes Home.

Nicole has served faithfully as a contributor for SO since the beginning, and her knowledge and input have been an enormous part of the success that SO has seen in its ten months. I am fully confident in her abilities, and Tsh and I fully believe that she will continue to create a wonderful community here, supported by her gifts and wisdom.

I want to again say that this has not been an easy process for me, and I will miss you all so, so much. I am so thankful for everything I have learned from all of you; you have taught me a lot and my time here at SO has been very rich because of you.

Thank you so much for your graciousness and your support. I hope that your upcoming holiday season will be blessed, and that our paths will cross again somewhere down the road.

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” ~Carol Sobieski and Thomas Meehan, from Annie

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About Katie

Katie loves to learn about natural living, and believes that caring for the earth and caring for yourself don't have to be mutually exclusive. She loves to help other people understand how they can both contribute to and benefit from a switch to a more natural and organic lifestyle. She is a stay-at-home mom and a native Texas girl, happily married to her best friend.

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  1. We will miss YOU, Katie! You are treasured, talented, and valued. Thanks for all you’ve offered to SLM and to your friends.
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  2. Katie, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you!

    I will always consider meeting you and getting to call you my friend one of the best blessings of writing for SLM :-)

    Thank you for all of the nurturing and care that you have given Simple Organic, including knowing when it was the right time for you to place it into the hands of someone else.

    Love you!
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  3. Good for you for choosing what’s best for you and your family. I have sure loved this first year at SO thanks for all your insight.

  4. Katie, you will be missed, but I’m excited to see what happens in this new chapter of your life! You led by example for all of us and it’s been a fantastic ten months.

    Hugs!
    Aimee @ Simple Bites´s latest post: Your Thanksgiving Menu and What You Have to be Thankful For

  5. I don’t comment very often, but I do enjoy Simple Organic!

    I have great respect for someone who gives up something great in order to pursue what seems best for them and their family. You are a wonderful example Katie!

    May you be blessed :)
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  6. Welcome Nicole!

  7. Thank you for gifting us with so much… you will be missed by your readers & fans! :)
    Wish you all the best in your new endeavors!
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  8. Thank you so much for your blog and wisdom. My family will not be the same, we are very blessed to have had your blog as a resource for organic living. We’ve been inspired and challenged the past 10 months. Thank you again!

    • I am so glad to hear that! It makes my day, really. I hope you will continue down the path of sustainable, simple living. Blessings to you and your family. :)

  9. Hugs to you, Katie. How well I know the difficulty of letting go. Maybe we’ll get to meet sometime as you become more involved in the city and community we both share. The adoption journey sounds exciting!
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  10. good luck Katie. reading this blog hast ruly changed the way we live. wish you all the bst and as an adoptive mommy myself have a wonderful adoption experience

  11. I’ll miss you Katie! (I might even have some tears in my eyes.) I wish you well on your future endeavors. :)

    Welcome, Nicole!

  12. I must ask where the photo for the opening of this post came from. It is STUNNING!

  13. Thank you Katie for your time with this website. I have learned so much! Good luck to you and your family. It’s wonderful to see someone pursue a calling and let go of things (even seemingly good things) if it becomes too much. God bless!

  14. Hey! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be ok. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new posts.
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  15. Hey there! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group? There’s a lot of people that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Cheers
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  16. Have you ever considered about including a little bit more than just your articles? I mean, what you say is important and all. However imagine if you added some great graphics or video clips to give your posts more, “pop”! Your content is excellent but with images and videos, this site could undeniably be one of the greatest in its niche. Fantastic blog!
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  17. Hi there thank you for your great article on A New Season for Simple Organic. It was very helpful for a report I am putting together for school.
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  18. Very entertaining information. found a lot of things for yourself useful. Thx!!

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