I can’t believe how the last year has flown by, but also how much has happened in that time. This time last year, the thought of starting a food blog was just an idea. I had no idea how to run a website or even take a half decent photograph on my camera. But it is amazing what we can learn through trial and error and teach ourselves! I have never really been one for expressing myself on social media, so for me this was one of the biggest challenges. The creativity came naturally. Unlike many health bloggers, my change in lifestyle did not come about as a way of healing. Perhaps it was more of a focus and a distraction that has, as a consequence, led to something I never imagined. Not only has my blogging led to a healthier lifestyle, generally free from minor illnesses and colds, but it has also been an amazing and productive creative outlet. I have always been into all things creative (art, design, fashion, cooking…) and blogging has allowed me to remain creative alongside a career and to hopefully inspire others.
I am so excited for what is to come in 2015. I have several ideas for projects I would like to work on and hope to continue meeting so many wonderful people through all of the events that are happening all over London at the moment. Judging by how quickly 2014 has gone, I expect that 2015 will be the same. Therefore, one of my goals for the next year is to slow down and enjoy the moment where possible, rather than always waiting for the next thing. Another of my goals is to make more time for yoga and walking; two things that I enjoy so much but do not currently set aside enough time for.
Here are my highlights from 2014. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of it!
Rediscovering pancakes in a healthy way. The ultimate brunch, and so many different varieties to be made. Brunch is my favourite treat at the weekends. My blueberry and coconut pancakes are my most viewed recipe this year!
Travelling to Dubai and Abu Dhabi where a healthy lifestyle is so accessible. I tried so many wonderful places to eat and drink, the highlight being brunch at Zuma where we had many courses filled with an array of fresh food and sushi. I travelled out into the desert and watched the sun set, drank cocktails in the tallest building in the world overlooking Dubai, tried Bikram yoga for the first time and accidentally got very sunburnt at the beach on my last day!
Running along Regent’s canal to Victoria Park, come rain or shine, with good friends. Lowlight: my lovely friend Meg moving back to the States
Being lucky enough to attend the very first Plantbased Picnic in Regent’s Park. This was just the start of meeting so many wonderful people and making great friends.
Seeing the picnic in Regent’s Park find a venue and grow into an event that over 5o people attended. Such a lovely day with so much delicious food!
Visiting my Grandparents in Wales and attending the Abergavenny Food Festival. Such a fun, relaxing weekend. My ultimate country break!
Sharing my food blog and recipes with friends. At first I kept my blog anonymous and eventually decided to share it when it had become such a big part of my life. It is so nice to see that friends are interested in my recipes and that I am inspiring people to make healthy choices. My classic hummus is a favourite amongst many friends who have tried it!
Launching my Advent calendar and creating twenty four Christmas recipes to share, one each day, throughout Advent. This was such a challenge, but the response that this received was worth all of the hard work. My most popular recipe was my Salted Hazelnut Truffles which have been tried and loved by many colleagues, family and friends. The perfect Christmas gift! This recipe has received over half the number of views as my blueberry and coconut pancakes in the eighteen days it has been on my website for!
A lovely pre-Christmas break in Paris. It was so good to see lots of new healthy eating options in the French capital that have appeared in the last few years. It was the perfect balance of trying new, healthy spots and enjoying delicious french pastries!
Attending the final Plantbased Picnic event of the year. Maxine and Natasha put on such a delicious brunch in collaboration with Neal’s Yard Remedies. It put me in the perfect festive mood with Christmas music, games and an essential oils workshop. I was even the winner of pass the parcel, a nice unexpected surprise!