The Blog Hop

Hi there! I’ve got a bit of a different kind of post for you today, but I hope you’ll enjoy it!

I’m sure you know about (and have probably been invited to participate in) the many Facebook challenges that have been circulating. Well, we bloggers aren’t immune!

Welcome to the Blog Hop. It starts with a blogger answering some questions about his or her blogging process. Then, that blogger invites another blogger to participate, who will answer the same questions and then invite ANOTHER blogger to participate. So you can see how the thing gets going.

Well, I was invited to participate by the wonderful Dr. Terry Segal over at The Enchanted Blog! As a fairly new member of the blogosphere, I was really touched that such an impressive writer with such creative ideas asked me to participate! You can read her post where she tagged me here, and make sure to check out her other posts and subscribe!

Let’s get staaaaarted!

What am I working on/writing?

So far I’ve mostly posted recipes, interspersed with information about how awesome Italy is. I’ve got big plans for the future, though!

I’m going to try at least once a month to post about what I’ve been up to recently, like mass brunches with friends at our apartment and stalking our favorite local band at the Bloomington Farmer’s market. I want you to get to know me better! Plus, Bloomington, Indiana is a pretty cool place, so hopefully these posts will help you get a better idea of what is has to offer.

ALSO, how do you feel about me highlighting healthy, seasonal ingredients? ‘Cuz that’s been in da works, too. I’m thinking of choosing an ingredient that’s in season, telling you specifically why it’s healthy, and giving you tips on choosing and preparing them! Because honestly, who even knows how to choose a good acorn squash, much less how to cook it?

We’ll learn together, and gain a better idea of seasonal foods on the way! Sustainability, yo.

How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?

You’ve probably noticed this, but there is a MASSIVE number of food blogs on the internet. Like, it’s scary.

A lot of them are really similar. As in, here is a recipe for something yummy, maybe it’s healthy, maybe not, here are some pictures make it eat it okay bye.

I try to make more of an effort to connect with my readers, and make things more personal. I want you to feel comfortable with me, and I want you to understand why I’m sharing recipes. I’m not a perfect cook, (blueberry sweet rolls… ha), and I want to convey that, too. I don’t want this to be some artificial space where I lecture at you and pretend to have all of the answers and everything I make ends up spectacular.

I like keepin’ it personal, and I like you, so let’s be friends!

Why do I write what I do?

Well, it goes without saying that my ultimate goal is providing you, my readers, with DELICIOUS noms to make and enjoy.

But in the beginning, my only stipulation was that the recipes I shared be dairy-free. I wasn’t concerned with added sugar or refined grains because my writing didn’t have a purpose outside of making yummy recipes available to you. I saw cooking and baking as simply an appetizing and enjoyable hobby.

NO LONGER!! Between my nutrition studies in college and my illuminating study abroad in Italy, my views have been completely reshaped.

I now appreciate food like never before, from its ability to nourish and transform our bodies to its ability to alter our moods and bring us closer to one another. Food is AMAZING! And it should be treated that way.

Food is the first and most significant way we dictate our health. If you want to improve your health, start with what you put into your body. After all, it’s MEANT to support and sustain a healthy body!

Not all the food available is the best at nourishing us, however. (See: refined grains stripped of nutrients, processed foods saturated with chemicals, anything with a novel for an ingredients list, etc.)

It’s hard in this industrialized world to know what foods are helpful and what foods don’t benefit us. We’re bombarded with misleading labels and health claims and fad diets and it drives me CUH-RAZY!

So, my goal is to help you cut through the nonsense and realize that healthy, nurturing food doesn’t have to be hard or complicated or *shudder* yucky. And being healthy doesn’t have to be a chore.

My wish for my recipes is that they are fun, nourishing, balanced, simple, AND STILL DELICIOUS! (Read more about my food and lifestyle philosophy here.)

And obviously we’re not kicking dessert. Have you seen the dessert section of the recipe index? Much filled. So yum.

How does my writing process work?

In all honesty, it is probably the most unrefined thing ever. I pick the recipe I want to share, come up with what I hope is an “engaging” way to start off the post, and then I just sit down and spit out words as they come to me.

You are witnessing the raw, unfiltered thoughts of Mo. (Especially in this post. Hello, stuggles.) Congratulations on the drop of your IQ! Just kidding. (Hopefully!)

I don’t know, I hate planning my posts out completely because I want them to be conversational and casual. And funny. I like funny. And funny just doesn’t happen when I plan it out.

Well, that’s it about me! I hope I didn’t put you to sleep, and that you’ll forgive me for not posting a recipe this week. I promise it will be an extra delicious one next week!

Now it’s my turn to introduce the next blogger who will be participating in the Blog Hop! And let me tell you, she is one cool gal.

She has the most wonderful outlook on life, and that comes across in everything she posts. She’s a great inspiration to me. If you want to appreciate all that life has to offer and find happiness and beauty in all that you encounter, Lisa is just the one to help you do it! Check her out at her blog, Life is in the Details, and subscribe!

She can explain herself better than I can, obviously, so without further ado, here’s Lisa!

Lisa Head Shot

Lisa’s Bio

I’m a foodie, gastronaut, mom, yoga teacher, kitchen gardener, fitness enthusiast, and artist mesmerized by creating something from nothing. Endlessly inspired by real, honest food in it’s purest forms, I weave natural ingredients together to create delicious and healthy meals that nurture my soul and nourish my loved ones. As a lifelong learner and lover of life, I am an ever-evolving work-in-progress who is always dreaming about food and can most often be found cooking in my kitchen, reading cookbooks, or trying to convince my kids to play Rummikub.
 
I’ve designed my life around the key beliefs of nutrition and exercise because living a healthy lifestyle brings vitality and energy to my days. My father had a quintuple bypass in his 30s and I witnessed the difficult recovery involved as well as how to choose transformation for wellness. From a young age, I saw the effects that your lifestyle has on your health. When I went away to college, I was fortunate enough to be placed in a quad room equipped with a kitchen and my experiments with healthy cooking evolved from there. I have been blogging for more than a decade and aim to inspire others to live well, feel great, and get the most out of life. 
 
A vegetarian since 2008, though I’ve never been a big fan of labels, most of my meals and snacks consist of plant-based wholesome foods like vegetables, fruits, beans, lentils, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. When I decided to make this switch, an entire new world of flavors opened up to me and I found myself eating tastier foods than ever before. I never focus on what I’m not eating because there’s too much amazingness in what I AM eating! The abundance and deliciousness of in-season produce, simply prepared made a believer out of me and I’ve never looked back.
 
I get so excited when I try a new recipe or discover a new technique or ingredient that I have to share it with others immediately. I blog to help inspire others to take good care of themselves and share what I’ve learned along the way to wellness.
 
I am a 200-hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) and healthy lifestyle coach. I am also an ACE-certified personal trainer and Spinning-certified indoor cycling instructor. 
 
Personal Manifesto
  • Eat real food.
  • Learn to cook. It doesn’t need to be complicated. Simple is so very satisfying.
  • Life is in the details. The small moments are what add up to the richness of our lives (it’s no surprise that this is what I named this blog).
  • Be conscious of the sacred in the everyday.
  • Practice gratitude daily.
  • Your thoughts, feelings, and actions can move you in any direction you want to go.
  • Surround yourself with people that inspire you to be a better person.
  • Always be a student (even if you are a teacher!) and realize that there is much to learn from every situation.
  • Read and live deep. I first heard of this concept while reading Twyla Tharp’s The Creative Habit. It’s essence is to to continually try to learn more about subjects you are interested in and follow the path all the way until you’ve exhausted your interest. If you are reading a book that you love and the author is influenced heavily by another author then go and read a book by that author. And if that author mentions a book that they loved, go and read that book. And keep doing this so that you learn all that you can about a person, subject, or field.
  • Do something that makes you happy each day.
  • Set goals and intentions for how you want to live. Then continually evaulate, re-evaluate and refine your goals as necessary. 
  • Taking a deep breath is a great tool for calming down (thanks to my Mom for this; she was notorious to counting to 10 before telling me what to do when I misbehaved, even though it annoyed me at the time!!)

 

http://lisacohen.typepad.com || Life is in the Details
Twitter: @lisacohen

5 thoughts on “The Blog Hop

  1. Thank you so much, Mo, for your kind and loving words! It was my pleasure to feature you on my Blog Hop. Lisa, I’m looking forward to reading your blog! Have fun. Healthy living and happy eating to all!

  2. Mo and Lisa, two of my favorite people! You inspire me with your passion for good, healthy, living and eating. I have learned and continue to learn so much from you.

    1. It’s because of one of MY favorite people that Lisa and I even started communicating! Thank you for being so supportive and a great role model for me 🙂

  3. Thank you for tagging me, Mo!! I loved learning more about your process and what great things you are up to! It was so nice to find Terry through your blog too. Hi Terry ! Okay, I’ll be posting soon! xoxo

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