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Hope is the knowledge that change is possible, even when it seems hard to imagine. In a world that very much feels like it has been thrown into a cuisinart, there are so many opportunities to be part of the solution. You bring a unique combination of heart and talent to the world that no one else possesses! While the world tends to favor the status quo and conformity, there is so much fun to be had in the experience of living, growing and finding the courage to live a purpose driven, rewarding life.

It won’t be without challenges and growing pains, but it is those very challenges and your ability to overcome them that will give you such a tremendous confidence in your own capabilities to adapt to change and succeed!

If you embrace the journey, fulfillment will come in knowing that you are doing what you are here to do. You will learn that every stage of your life prepares you for this work – every accomplishment and every setback, a lesson to be learned, making you complete as you evolve in your role of advocating for your life’s work and message.

Sometimes the biggest challenge may be believing in your own ability to overcome challenges and to affect remarkable change – in a world that constantly messages otherwise. It is a challenge to silence the noise and the headlines that are constantly pushing the status quo, reinforcing conformity and the norm, and to hear your heart speak. It therefore requires tremendous discipline, strength, courage and tenacity to silence the cultural “noise” in order that you may hear the message that is inspiring you from within.

And as you listen, weighing the pros and cons of whether or not to embark on your purpose driven mission, ask yourself “What do I have to lose?” Sure, maybe you’d lose “face”. But more importantly, ask yourself, “What do I have to gain?” A sense of purpose, of being, of fulfillment, of energy… that will inspire your life and the lives of those around you!

But be aware that those around you may feel threatened by the energy and emotion that you feel towards your life’s work, having not found that same energy themselves. They may feel threatened or displaced by your newfound “love affair”, as jealous as if you’d betrayed them with a newfound love.

So surround yourself with those that share your passion and embrace them as family. And be grateful for everyone, the naysayers who challenge you and strengthen your resolve and courage, to the support system that nourishes you. Attitude and gratitude can work wonders!

And as you write your life’s story, it is so important to not make “the perfect” the enemy of “the good”. Allow yourself the grace to do all that you can with what you have and embrace the change that the journey brings! And think of the stories that you will one day have to tell of the life you lived!

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Robyn O’Brien is not the most likely candidate for an anti-establishment crusade. A Houston native from a conservative family, this MBA and married mother of four was not someone who gave much thought to corrupt government agencies and chemicals in our food. Until the day her youngest daughter had a violent allergic reaction to eggs, and everything changed.

In a first-person story as shocking as it is inspirational, The Unhealthy Truth reveals the alarming relationship between the manipulation of our food and the increase in dangerous allergies in our children and cancers in our families-and offers a road map to healthy living.

The Unhealthy Truth is both the story of how one brave woman chose to take on the system and a call to action that shows how each of us can do our part and keep our own families safe. O’Brien turns to accredited research conducted in Europe that confirms the toxicity of America’s food supply, and traces the relationship between Big Food and Big Money that has ensured that the United States is one of the only developed countries in the world to allow hidden toxins in our food-toxins that can be blamed for the alarming recent increases in allergies, A.D.H.D., cancer, and asthma among our children.

Robyn O’Brien is the founder of She has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, and the CBS Early Show and Evening News. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado.

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  1. Robyn,
    Thank you for your essay. If you haven’t already, check out Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms in Virginia.

  2. Robyn- nicely stated. Yes, we are responsible for writing our own life story. We choose our thoughts and actions which in turn govern our experiences. Why not look on the brighter side to do our best to make them good?

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