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  • Words Of Wisdom

    Tuesday, September 24, 2013

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    I just returned from the International Food Blogger Conference and, while I came away with some great insight and ideas for making what I do on this little blog better, perhaps the biggest takeaway came from a diminutive (but powerhouse of a) lady named Dorie Greenspan.

    She’s a pretty big deal. I didn’t know that before seeing her talk. I totally know why after seeing her talk. 

    Dorie is a firecracker of a woman with a passion for cooking and life. Although I only saw her speak for 60 minutes, I walked away with a clear understanding of who she is and, more importantly, I got a glimpse of the path she took to get to where she is. 

    Dorie is a renowned cookbook author and food writer (she’s won many prestigious awards and has even cooked with Julia Child!). Like many of us, the path she took to her present was one made up of many twists, turns and curve balls. While I was at the conference to learn more about food blogging, I walked away from Dorie’s presentation with many morsels that have more value than any of the tasty tidbits I had all weekends. Here are my favorites:

    1. Say yes to everything. Even if it terrifies you. Especially if it terrifies you. While many of us attribute success to luck (and, let’s face it, sometimes it really is just luck), the fact is that opportunities present themselves to people who put themselves in the position to experience something out of their comfort zone. What does this mean for your quest to eat and live healthier? The next time someone asks you to go to a Zumba class, set aside your fear of jiggling body parts mid-shimmy and just say yes! 

     2.  Sleeping is a great way to come up with ideas. I know this is the classic “sleep on it” approach, but it really can help you achieve a goal or find a solution to a tough dilemma. What does this mean for your quest to eat and live healthier? Before you go to sleep at night, make a mental commitment to the one or two healthy things you will do the next day.

    3. Be curious. Dorie talked fondly about Julia Child. One of the things she attributed Julia’s success to was her deep and sustained curiosity in many things. Even well into her later years, Julia would read several newspapers each day. She would strike up interesting conversations with many who crossed her path. She asked questions–lots of questions. What does this mean for your quest to eat and live healthier? Try foods and recipes that intimidate you, read anything you can get your hands on about healthy living and eating, be engaged with your community. 

    Getting healthy is a forever challenge. Like success, it doesn’t necessarily get easier the further you are down your path. What does happen is the healthier (and more successful) you become, the better prepared you are to sustain on the path to where you truly want to be. 


    Words Of Wisdom

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    1. Tara says:

      Great post, Nancy! I totally agree. She may be petite and adorable, but she is most definitely a powerhouse! So glad to have been able to hear her speak.

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