Hello and welcome to my brand spanking new blog everyone!
My name is Laura, and I’m the writer and creator of One Dish Away. Most of you probably already know me from my old blog The Healthy Little Hippie, but for those of you that don’t, I took some time to write up a little bio here about my story and how I got into the wonderful world of food blogging if you’d like to check it out!
For those of you who do know as the Healthy Little Hippie, I guess I have a little explaining to do here. For the last month or so, I have been posting less and less on both my blog and my Instagram page. And when I did, it lacked my usual enthusiasm. I don’t know if you could tell it as a reader, but I could definitely feel it as a writer.
I guess I had reached what is known as writer’s block. It wasn’t just limited to my writing though. It affected everything. I couldn’t create. And I couldn’t motivate myself to do so. Then it hit me. I had lost my joie da vivre.
Let’s backtrack. When I first started the Healthy Little Hippie blog, it was focused only on “healthy eating.” When I made my Instagram account with the same name, it followed the same concept, but with fitness and yoga thrown in. This went well for about a year. So well that one day I woke up to 15,000 followers on there. I couldn’t believe it! Here was little ol’ me, with 15,000 people wanting to know about my life. But there was something missing for me. I know what you’re thinking. What more could I possibly want, right?
Well, I guess I just felt like I had grown up a lot in that time. Not physically, but over the course of the year I had grown mentally and I felt like my direction in life was changing. To be honest, being the “Healthy Little Hippie” made me feel like I had to live this persona all the time, and so I was under this weird pressure to only ever eat, create and write about “healthy food.” I lost count of the times I had heard friends or readers saying to me “but you’re the Healthy Little Hippie, you shouldn’t be eating that.”
It was frustrating. It was limiting. It got dull. And if I’m being honest, I was creatively bored out of my skull.
Please, please don’t get me wrong here. I love beautiful, nutritious food. I love the way food heals and nourishes. But for me personally, I don’t like labels. And “healthy” felt like another label.
I used to be all about salads and smoothies. And I still am to an extent. But now my focus is more SLOW. As in Seasonal, Local, Organic and Wholesome food. Think farm-to-table, sustainable, ethical, simple, made-from-scratch eating.
But not only that. I also like traditional types of food and cooking. I like modern types of cuisine. I like the stuff in between. I like food from all cultures. I like Asian food. I like Italian food. I like Japanese food. I like food from all around the world, made in all different types of ways, using all types of ingredients and eaten in various manners. And while we’re at it, I also like beer, wine, cheese, chocolate and pastries. Oh pastries, boy do I love pastries.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that I just wanted to expand my writing and creating to involve all types of delicious food. So if I want to make a vegan brownie, I will. But if I want to make a full butter pastry croissant with mugs of rich, traditional Spanish hot chocolate the next week, I’ll make that too and by god will I enjoy it as well.
To sum it up, I am still the same quirky and little-bit-lame food nerd that I always was. I just don’t want to have that “healthy” image to constantly keep up. I am a healthy person, and I enjoy healthy eating. But that is not all I am. What I actually am, with any doubts or second thoughts, is a person who just loves good food. Nothing more, nothing less.
With that in mind, I do really hope you like my new blog and my new direction in life. I’ve spent a couple of weeks putting my best efforts into building and creating this new space and as I mentioned on my About Me section, I promise that you won’t ever find anything but my heart and soul written through these pages.
Thank you once again for visiting and taking the time to read my story. Please stay tuned for my first recipe post which will be up in just a couple of days!