7 Tips for Becoming a Better Food Writer by Rebecca Coleman

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This has been a really interesting summer for me, in terms of my growth as a writer.

First off, I took Don Genova’s Food and Travel Writing class through UBC. I have been blogging for years, but I just sold my first freelance magazine article, and I wanted to do more. I took Don’s class because I wanted to learn how to pitch to traditional media, like newspapers and magazines. But I learned a lot more than that. I learned that I was stuck in a bit of a writing rut. That was a good thing, but a little hard to take, y’know?

Don uses Dianne Jacob’s Will Write for Food: The Complete Guide to Writing Cookbooks, Blogs, Reviews, Memoir, and More, as the textbook for his class. When I learned that Dianne was going to be one of the presenters at the International Food Blogger’s Conference in Seattle in September, I couldn’t buy my ticket fast enough.

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Sharing Hollyhock Love by Laurel House

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Looking for Love (even for yourself)? You Need This

I want to share a place with you that has always been my secret retreat, a place where I go to get away, reset, and rejuvenate.

Literally, I want to share it WITH you. Yes, join me for a retreat that will renew you, empower you, and make you feel like the strong feminine woman that you are (you may have muted her). HOLD ON… if you are a “I can do it myself. I don’t need men…” type of woman, I want you to be honest with yourself as to if you are a feminine woman. Do you voice your needs in a feminine way? Do you feel beautiful? Do you allow a man to take care of and do for you?

THAT’S exactly what this retreat is all about. Click here to learn more about it.


But I want you to read below about my experience at Hollyhock. Continue reading Sharing Hollyhock Love by Laurel House

The Best Hashtags for Food Bloggers by Rebecca Coleman

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If you are anything at all like me, you love to take a good photo of your lunch (or breakfast, or dinner, or brunch, or snack, whatevs) and post it to Instagram.

I’m now running two food blogs, which means two Instagram feeds to keep up with (@rebeccacoleman and @brunchcouver).

Now, one way to get followers and likes on Instagram is to use hashtags. There are literally millions of them, so how do you choose?


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On Ram Dass & Hollyhock by Lauren Walker

I met Ram Dass when I was three years old in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was still Richard Alpert then and he was brought, as so many seekers were, to see Karmu. Soon enough, all the seekers were also coming to see Ram Dass.

I remember seeing his big blue book, Be Here Now, on our bookshelf while I grew up. And I remember looking through the pictures in it, from time to time.

But it was many decades later before I met Ram Dass again, and was able to speak to him beyond my limited three year old vocabulary. Continue reading On Ram Dass & Hollyhock by Lauren Walker

Dancing with the Moon by Vanya Laporte

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It was a glorious full moon, big and bold she was, low on the horizon.

Each full moon something ancient inside of me wakes up, remembering the expansive, fullness that I am connected to, that I am. This allows my daily worries to fall away, bringing me into the precious present moment where I can feel how alive I am and dream into my full potential.

This particular night I was feeling stuck and anxious about the future, about making decisions and moving forward in a way that would bring me more happiness and health. All day my mind was racing, spiraling into catastrophic thoughts and scenarios. I was being swept away by my emotions, the ‘what ifs’, feeling irritable and disconnected from the people and places that are usually of great comfort to me. Continue reading Dancing with the Moon by Vanya Laporte

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