Find Your Inspiration

chocolate donut and 100% whole wheat roll

When the calendar flips to January 1, many people resolve to change their lives for the healthier. They munch on wheat toast for breakfast instead of donuts or lace up new running shoes after work instead of reaching for the remote.


If that’s you, way to go!  


It takes courage and determination to modify any aspect of our lives, but by the middle of the month, most of us start to lose our motivation to stick to that new healthy lifestyle. To give us all a little inspiration boost, I’ll start a mini-series soon on sweet and sneaky ways to eat a few extra veggies every day. So stay tuned!


eat your vegetables!


In the meantime, check out these other inspirational bloggers! Sara Ann at Act Like a Lady, Eat Like a Man nominated me for an Inspiring Blog Award, so I have the pleasure of passing the honor along to these wonderful people.


As for the rules…

Thank and link back to the blogger who nominated you.

Share 7 facts about yourself.

Nominate 15 bloggers.



1)   My favorite color is purple. Any shade… Lilac, lavender, plum, eggplant, orchid, violet — I love them all!

2)   When I was 7, I tried baking by myself for the first time. I surprised my mom with strawberry-filled muffins… Except the batter was raw! I wasn’t allowed to touch the oven, so she baked them for me. But we ate every last bite!

3)   In 6th grade, I picked a stuffed animal bug as my White Elephant Exchange gift. Mr. Buggy still sleeps with me most nights of the week, and he always travels with me on vacations.

4)   I climbed to the top of the Sydney Harbor Bridge in Australia as a 13-year-old. We wore these rather flattering gray jumpers that allowed a cable to strap us to the bridge the whole time. Super safe, but extremely exhilarating nonetheless!

5)   I’m allergic to my favorite vegetable, red bell peppers. So unfair! Also pineapple (very sad too), mushrooms, water chestnuts, and shrimp.

6)   I bike to work most days of the week. (Unless it’s raining…) I pretend it’s a long enough ride each way to justify eating dessert after dinner every night!

7)   I love crosswords. While the NY Times variety generally stump me, I really enjoy the slightly more manageable ones in the local paper or over at Stan Newman’s Crossword Land.



  1. just a little bit louder now
  2. Adventures of a Cake Diva
  3. I Love Lemon
  4. The Bean Bake Blog
  5. The Cook’s Life
  6. The Railways
  7. Ridha’s Kitchen
  8. Kitchen Mason
  9. Bakers, Bicoastal
  10. The Suburban Soapbox
  11. My Pantry Shelf
  12. Square One Notes
  13. Chockohlawtay
  14. Mix It Up
  15. Nutritionist in the Kitch


Thank you for the inspiration!




January 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Awards.


  1. Karen @ My Pantry Shelf replied:

    Thank you for the nomination!

  2. paprik4te replied:

    Can’t wait for the new mini series!
    Congrats on your nomination. 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! I’m really excited about eating my veggies now, so I can’t wait to share my recipes either!

  3. Christal replied:

    Thank you for the nomination!! 🙂

  4. justalittlebitloudernow replied:

    Well thanks for the nomination foods for the soul – an inspiring blogger! Congrats to you – I’ll get around to the criteria for the award in a speedy fashion – I hope!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      You’re welcome; you deserve it with everything you do! And thank you too. No rush, it took me months to finally get to posting this. Better late than never though! :]

  5. Square One Notes replied:

    Touched by the shout out! Flattered to be in such good company!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Of course! I’m impressed by the way you’ve approached parenting; you should be inspiring to us all!

  6. BekAtCrave replied:

    Oh no allergic to mushrooms? What a sad life. Haha jokes! Congrats on your award 🙂

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! And no complaints from me about mushrooms! I thought they were slimy and weird anyway… But now we have a bunch growing in our front yard that I can’t seem to get rid of. They’re following me!

  7. Claire Harrison replied:

    Hi, thanks so much for the nomination for my Bean Bake Blog and congratulations on your award! And the NYT puzzle is hard!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      You’re welcome; you deserve it! I’m amazed at how dedicated you are to bean bakes. You’re so creative with them! I only ever finished one NY Times crossword… And it was a Monday one, of course!

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