We took a poll and the consensus is in, being a food blogger can be overwhelming. No doubt about it. And feeling overwhelmed has a lot of bad things associated with it, like increased stress levels, decreased creativity, and higher than normal mindless cookie consumption. My latest guest, Kristen Doyle of the blog Dine and Dish, has something to say about this. In fact, she and I talk about the important issue of Finding Happiness as a Food Blogger. The result? We have good news – it is possible. Read on, my friends!
Today I’m talking all things happiness with food blogger, photographer, lifestyle writer and person extraordinaire, Kristen Doyle. You may know Kristen from her blog Dine and Dish where she talks about food, recipes, lifestyle, coffee, and happiness.
I read this quote recently that really got me thinking about the topic of happiness:
People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly. — Elizabeth Gilbert
The idea of fighting for happiness may seem a little bizarre, but there is some truth to it. Kristen shared a story at the 2014 Chopped Conference that had us all in tears – it was an aha moment with a little bit of gripping fear involved. But it’s one that left a memorable impression on us all. Find ways to be happy each and every day. Spend time with family. Enjoy your life. Blogging can be all consuming if we let it, and so we have to fight to find the happiness we deserve.
Featured Content – Finding Happiness as a Food Blogger with Kristen Doyle
Here are some of the highlights of my discussion with Kristen:
- The impetus for why Kristen began her food blog
- Her signature dish before her passion for cooking began
- The things that make Kristen happy and why it’s so important
- The exciting thing that Kristen keeps in her Happy Bag! That’s right, she keeps a happy bag. Don’t you?
- How Kristen celebrates happy hour…in the morning!
- Kristen’s great story about #shotofcoffee
- Kristen’s creative way of using her favorite social media platform, Instagram!
- Kristen’s participation in the Imperfect 365 project. Fun!
- How she found a place of peace for content development for her blog
- The unexpected outcomes of blogging, such as Kristen’s recent trip with her friend Amanda that led them both to meet Adam Levine, Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Melina, and more! Oh the places you’ll go!
This episode includes references to several resources you might find interesting. Here they are:
- Check out Kristen Doyle on Food.com
- Here’s an example of one of Kristen’s Happiness Report posts.
- Memory Keeper insights and journaling tips via Lifecapturedin.com
- Kristen mentions the Shot @Life non profit organization that’s providing immunization to needy kids around the world.
- Kristen mentions the Project 365, that encourages participants to take a picture every day of the year.
- Why not give Kristen a shout-out on Twitter or Instagram and say thanks for the Chopped Podcast interview.
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- The next episode of Chopped Podcast will feature an interview with Liz Della Croce of The Lemon Bowl. Liz and I talk about maintaining your personal health goals as a food blogger. You know, that’s not always an easy thing to do when you’re photographing cookies or pasta! Liz is an expert and provides lots of great tips! Subscribe to the podcast to be sure you don’t miss it!
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