The Last Week of Three New Leaves

Paleo, I guess, won’t let me sugarcoat it: my work with Three New Leaves is coming to an end.

This Friday, in fact, I’ll publish the last post on this blog, a small video I’m recording now that covers in full every emotion—every word of thanks—I’m feeling as I stare down the last leg of this journey. I’ll save most of my words for then, but I wanted to kick this blitz week off the best possible way that I know I can. Here it goes:

Thank you.

Before anything and everything else, before any words on what I’m up to next and what’s going to happen to 3NL, I wanted to say thank you to every incredible, sweet person who has ever read these posts. I want to say thank you to every reader who reached out and made a connection beyond the blog, and I want to say thank you to every single person who has stuck with me for the last two years.

When I look back, now, at how I started, and who I was as a person when I first began, I can’t even believe how much I’ve changed. I frankly can’t believe how much this community has helped shape me, and I frankly can’t overstate the mix of excitement and uncertainty I’m feeling about moving on to my new virtual home.

And I gotta be honest, folks: it feels weird writing this. Very weird.

This decision wasn’t easy, no, but I know it’s right. Health (and a simple, practical approach to it) will always be an important part of my life, but my attention has been shifting to broader ideas over these last few months of living. You’ll see the result of that come Friday when I announce my next eHome and get the ball rolling for my Next Big Thing. I don’t want to spoil anything just yet, though, so let me take a moment to lay down the schedule for the week to come.

Tuesday through Thursday, I’m pulling out the big guns and publishing an Everything I Know series about 3NL’s three main focal points: food, fitness, and technology. To say that I’ve learned a lot through blogging, reading, and interacting with all of you over these last (almost!) two years is an understatement. To say that I’ve learned everything there is to know would be an utter lie. I hope, in any case, that this last series will prove useful as both a knowledge bank and a launching point for anyone looking to simplify those three areas of their life.

On Friday, I’ll publish the video I mentioned earlier. It’s fitting, I think, to wrap up Three New Leaves with a chance to thank all of you the most personal way that I can — to let you see and hear me, maybe for the first time, and roll your eyes when if I turn weepy at any point in the recording.

And what comes after that? Three New Leaves will stay online indefinitely. I’ve lost count of how many people have found this blog via a google search for Paleo Banana Bread, and I’m not so cold-hearted as to deny the people their delicious faux Paleo treat. The hope, again, is that any future ‘net surfers will stumble upon 3NL and be able to dig back through the archives in search of something worthwhile.

My blogging, however, will move to a new home — one that I genuinely hope (and think!) you’ll enjoy. I’ll still be talking about health at the new place, never fear, but in the broader context of living a simple, meaningful life in these increasingly chaotic times. In some ways, too, I feel like this will be a return to form. My very first eBook, Simpler, advocated a simple life in ways that I still affect me now, and I’m incredibly excited to use those ideas as the groundwork for future writing.

So sit tight, folks, and please stick with me throughout the rest of the week. The Big Damn Blitz Week, as I’ve taken to calling it, is only just beginning.

And About That Book

I want you to go this link:

And then I want you to be in my next book.

The book, entitled Happiness Is, is meant to be a short, fun piece about the simple pleasures in life — 50 of them, in fact, complete with brief (and often goofy) descriptions. Rather than having 50 straight pages of blurbs, however, I thought I’d try and include illustrations of each pleasure.

This is where you come in! My own drawing skills are earth-shatteringly bad at best, so I had the wild idea to open it up to friends, readers, etc. and see if anyone has any interest in picking an item off the list and drawing it.

What’s in it for you?

A few things:

  1. You’ll make me incredibly happy. A secret hope of mine is to turn this into a community art project of sorts.
  2. Your name pops up in an ebook! Your name will accompany your illustration (alongside a link to your website if you have one), and you’ll also get to write a blurb about yourself to insert into a section at the end of the book. If you’re not already a subscriber, too, you’ll (of course!) get a free copy of the book to put on your digital bookshelf.
  3. The knowledge that you saved the world from exposure to my artistic ‘skills.’ The planet thanks you.

So here’s that link again:

You know what to do. The goal is to have these illustrations (at least this first round) by Wednesday of next week, so act now if you’re interested! And thanks!


  1. Allison says:

    Excited for you, Matt!

  2. Faith says:

    I just want to say thank you for 3NL. I have truly enjoyed all your posts. I look forward to your next journey.

    • Matt Madeiro says:

      And I just want to say thank you for reading. :) I hope you stick around to see what I’m up to next!

  3. Melissa "Melicious" Joulwan says:

    WOW! Good on you, and sigh. As a fairly new reader, I’m sad to see 3NL wrap up. BUT I’m excited for whatever your next venture is going to be. As long as we still get your insight and writing, I’m not overly concerned with the specific subject. Congratulations to you!

    • Matt Madeiro says:

      Thank you! And thank you so much for the kind words. :) I’m excited to unwrap the stuff I’ve been quietly working on for the last few minutes, so fingers crossed it’s just as relevant as what I’ve written about here.

  4. Alejandro Reyes says:

    This one caught me off guard!
    It’s awesome to see a friend grow as much as you have done. Thank you for sharing your journey with us Matt.
    I’m looking forward to see what you will come up with and i will tell my brother about the illustrations you need. :)

    • Matt Madeiro says:

      Thanks for taking that journey with me, man. I hope you’ll stick around for what’s next. :)

  5. Gaye says:

    Awesome blog…has been an inspiration on my own primal journey as well as my own blog. If I could draw I would so illustrate one of your 50 things.Looking forward to seeing what’s next!

    • Matt Madeiro says:

      Me too! Thanks for being a long-term reader, Gaye, and for finding inspiration in what I’ve written here. :) Hopefully the new blog will prove just as inspiring!

  6. Michelle says:

    I think there’s something in the air lately as you’re not the only person I’ve heard of moving on to their next big thing. Congratulations, can’t wait to see it. :)