I want to say how overwhelmed and honored I am to have been nominated for four blogger recognition awards!
I mentioned a few months ago when I first started on WordPress in August that I always second guess my writing (and you may have gathered from some of my posts that I’m a bit of a perfectionist) so this is truly exciting for me.
I’ve combined the request for information with some other questions people have asked into one post.
Why I started blogging
I started the Art of Being Fabulous in late 2015 and on WordPress in August 2016. I did it to combat what I’m going to call the “Kardashian Effect.” Making money and looking flawless at any cost seems to be what matters most these days. Social media shows it. I wanted to show another side of what I believe success to be, and I know many other do as well. Self-respect, health, confidence and intelligence are invaluable, and cannot be replaced by dollars. That being said, I clearly do put effort into taking care of myself but that’s part of health, confidence and the respect I have for myself.
So, if I can help at least one person improve confidence, and/or lead a healthier life mentally and physically, then it’s more than worth it to me.
Advice to new bloggers
Write about your passion and what you know. If you try to be anything else but authentic, it shows. Being you is the best thing possible, and everything will fall into place (this holds true for everything in life I think). I was never sure people were ever going to read my blog. I did it because I wanted to write my words down, not for a following.
What you love, someone else out there will love too. You don’t have to be the best writer; passion goes a long way in what people want to read and see.
Guest on other blogs if you’re not sure how to get started and want to get your feet wet first.
Some of the blogs I love
- Mack Marie
- Susie’s Opinions
- Southern by Design
- Malini’s Space
- Karen Viramontes
- Lifestyle for Your Eyes
- Lean Sixteen
- Healthy Living by Eva
- SK Vegan in the City
Some other facts others have asked
Why I started cooking
I love eating at restaurants, and I love other people’s cooking. I’ve always cooked but could eat anywhere, so I didn’t take it as seriously until I developed food allergies. They all came after high school.
I found out I had a gluten-intolerance first. One test showed I was celiac and another test came up inconclusive. However, I get ill when I eat gluten over a period of time, very sick, so I don’t chance it too often unless I’m getting retested.
Next came seafood, fish, and shellfish. My mother and sister are also allergic, so I’m not surprised. But I’m the only one allergic to tuna. Who’s allergic to tuna? Apparently not many people!
Then I found out I was lactose intolerant last year. Enough said.
So, with all of these challenges, I had to learn how to make everything because I needed to be more careful. And I had to learn a lot about nutrition and how it affects the body, which is why I wanted to get certified.
What I do: I founded The Hemera Group three years ago to provide e-learning programs and training strategies to hospitals and companies that are small to mid-sized (less than 1,000 employees). I focus primarily on relationship building skills for healthcare professionals and employee engagement and strategic planning for managers.
Favorite food: I have four that are probably tied. Dhal, chicken wings, chicken curry, and spaghetti
Favorite workout: Ballet because it’s an all over workout. Deadlifts are next.
Favorite movie: Princess Bride. I will watch that one million times
Favorite music: I hesitate to name anyone because my favorite musicians died! I love older music. Prince, David Bowie (what a horrible year last year was), Marvin Gaye, Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson. Still making music: Jay-Z, (in a really quiet whisper) Kanye, The Weeknd and I LOVE Bruno Mars.
Favorite shows: Murder She Wrote (best show ever!), South Park, Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, American Dad
What I like to do for fun: I love being around my family and friends, but also love my alone time. I love baseball and popcorn! Stay tuned for information about my baseball podcast with my best friend coming up in April. I’m extremely sarcastic so I love joking around and I will challenge anyone to do the robot; I don’t care how bad I look doing it. I will also bust out random choreography to any song that comes on. Unfortunately, I will sing anything – and I have a HORRIBLE voice (there aren’t enough caps to make this stand out enough) so it kind of sucks to be anyone that knows me!
Have a great day!
I tried a play on the daily word prompt “scent” in my title!