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Let the Blog Tour Begin – Take a writing and creativity trip with me

 

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand - Image owned and copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Grand Palace Bangkok Thailand

Hello Creativity and Wonderful Words,

Step right up folks and enter the Blog Tour. Yes, this is a bit of departure from my regular posts about wellness and instead, focuses on my writing process.

Andrea Sevsek from The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition asked me to participate in this blog tour.  When I read Andrea’s email my first reaction was, “I am too busy with recipe development and testing and classes” so I wrote “no” and then I thought about all of you dear readers. I was “blogstipated” as my friend Lynne at Design the Life You Want to Live has coined. I needed a push to get me going and this blog tour was the answer. But before I could do this post, I needed to celebrate my two year Green Juice and Feeling Amazing anniversary on Saturday, April 19. So this blog tour was the answer I was looking for. Thank you, Andrea.

Traditional dancers in Thailand - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Traditional dancers in Thailand. I hope this blog inspires you to do a happy dance too.

 

A bit about my writing background. I have a BA in English, took advertising and copywriting at college and have spent 25 years writing, editing and curating digital and print content for clients and large technology companies. To me, writing is about the entire creative concept. It is about the images, the words, the fonts, the colours, that overall balance of a piece of creative and most importantly did it elicit a response. The response could be that you made an order, accepted an invitation or tried out green juice for the first time.

For some, writing is about the craft of writing but for me, it is part of a creative process that delights the senses and creates emotion. Good creative and good writing can make you angry, cry, smile or dance. My personal goal in this blog is to make you smile, dance and leave you inspired to believe in yourself. You are amazing and I am so very grateful that you have joined me again today.

Elephant rides in Thailand - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Elephant rides in Thailand.  I hope you are enjoying the tour so far.

 

I will be answering the four set Blog Tour questions and introducing you to two of my blogging friends who will carry the blog torch next week. So grab a glass of green juice and start reading about my creative process.

The Blog Tour 4 Questions on my writing process:

1) What am I working on?

I would like to say writing, but I will be real. I am doing two classes right now. The first course is a Plant-based Professional Certification from Rouxbe.com. I have created so many amazing foods and meals from this program. As a result of this program, I purchased all new spices so all my spices are now fresh. I also have fallen in love with three spices that I had never used before: Sumac, Chipotle powder and Sweet Smoked Paprika. You will be seeing the “three amigos” as I like to call them in a few recipes coming your way soon.

The other course I am taking is the Culinary Nutrition Expert program by Meghan Telpner. In this program, I am refining my teaching skills so I can share my love of food with all of you. In this course, I have made my own curry spice and tried new approaches to teaching that will delight you. Meghan also had me do some recipe testing for her new book. So, my kitchen is getting a lot of action and you will find me more on Instagram these days as it takes me a few minutes to share what I am doing rather than the 2-4 hours it takes me to do a blog post. A photo does say “a 1,000 words” and when you are blogstipated, that is a great thing.

A traditional welcome meal in Thailand - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

A traditional welcome meal in Thailand

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I want to have people in the kitchen having more fun and I like to teach you how to make a recipe and use lots of “how to” images. That is why the posts take so long for each recipe. Worse yet, if you are waiting to enjoy the delicious food I make, you have to wait for me to take photos of it from every angle and in different lighting conditions. Only when the magic photo happens, can we enjoy the fruits of my labour.

I also focus on the journey of being well. I don’t tell you that you need to eat vegan, vegetarian or paleo. My goal is to have you eat more veggies and fruit and get back to whole foods. I also love a good story around food. So my blog has lots of stories, images, and inspiration so you can follow my journey or use the content to inspire and to embark on your own personal journey. Oh and did I mention, it has to look great too.

Mango Sticky Rice in Thailand Cooking Class - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Mango Sticky Rice from a Cooking Class in Thailand

3) Why do I write what I do?

Such a good question. I like to share what I have learned with others. When I was in the corporate world, I loved to have everyone share their knowledge so we could all grow together and learn from each other. Here on my blog, I share my journey and information that I come across so that others can learn and grow too. I also want you to create your own opinions on what I share. Do your own research and create your own set of beliefs. Through my blog, I hope to motivate, inspire and cheer people on. I also want readers to know that I am in business to create wellness journeys and that I will be doing wellness inspired cooking classes.

Cooking classes in Thailand - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Cooking classes in Thailand

4) How does my writing process work?

This is the interesting part. My writing usually starts with my photographs I take while we out on adventures or while reading cookbooks.  I get inspired to create my own version of a recipe.  When the adventures images are done, the recipes are made and photographed, this is when the real magic happens. I store them on my hard drive and then one day while I am searching for another item, the image shouts out at me and the story inspiration of how to weave my adventure stories with my recipes and images comes together. I have a lot of images waiting for stories. Living life for real is where my best images and posts come from.

A more methodical method is planning out my inspiration with an editorial calendar which is something I am working on so you get more consistent blog posts from me. My images are shouting from my hard drive “pick me, pick me”.

Creativity is every where in Thailand. Elephant Statues - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Creativity is everywhere in Thailand. Elephant Statues

 

So speaking of “Pick Me”, here are my hand-selected next stops on the BLOG Tour.

Both of these lovely ladies are members of the Food Bloggers of Canada with me so it brings me great joy to share their blogs with you.

  • Anita Marie Griffin writes the lifestyle blog The Organic Experiment. The Organic Experiment is centered on the theme of living a kind and creative life. Kind to yourself, to others and the planet. Anita shares recipes, inspirations, fashion tips, organic insights and her take on creativity.
  • Marlene Cornelis is a London-based food blogger and local freelance food writer who believes life is better when you have fun in the kitchen — and then write about it! See her philosophy — Real Food, Real Simple, Real Flair — in action at www.lifethroughthekitchenwindow.com.

Alright, it is the time the big yellow school bus or as in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the compact red songthaew leaves this stop and moves on to my food-loving buddies sites so you can see their writing and creativity in action. You will see their posts on Monday, April 28th.

Songthaew travel in Chiang Mai Thailand - Copyright Jo-Ann Blondin

Songthaew travel in Chiang Mai Thailand

 

What inspires you to write or get creative? What is the tool you need most to make it happen? Leave me a comment below.

To sharing the tour with friends,

 

Jo-Ann Blondin

Your Holistic Culinary Nutritionist, 9 Cup Challenge partner, and Wellness Cheerleader

Jo-Ann Blondin

Hello Gorgeous.
So glad we connected. I truly believe that in order to change the way people eat, you need to provide great images and stories that inspire people to change their current habits.

I am a Holistic Nutritionist, a Culinary Nutrition Expert, a plant-based professionally trained cook and I have over 25 years of marketing experience in programs that drive results for all kinds of businesses.

It is my goal to help spread the wellness message by helping wellness businesses with their marketing so we can inspire many people together.

Read about my journey, wellness tips and recipes at JoAnnBlondin.com and follow me daily on Instagram @JoAnnBlondin

Please be sure to check with your medical team before you implement the ideas in this blog. The owner of this blog takes no responsibility for any action that you may take as a result of reading this blog. The reader takes all responsibility.

This Post Has 14 Comments
  1. […] My good friend Jo-Ann Blondin is someone who has been with me through much of my creative journey.  She’s a marketer extraordinaire,  registered holistic nutritionist and author of The 9 Cup Challenge.  Jo-Ann was kind enough to invite me to join this blog tour centered on the writing process.  You can follow this link to Jo-Ann’s post on her writing process too. […]

    1. Hi Andrea, Glad you enjoyed reading about my writing process as I enjoyed reading about your writing process as well. Thanks for asking me to be part of the blog tour.
      To the process, Jo-Ann

  2. Hi Jo-Ann! What a beauty of a post – gosh I love your travel photos 🙂

    It’s always so interesting to learn how others work through the creative process. Thanks so much for sharing and inviting me to the tour. I’m really looking forward to reading everyone’s posts.

    1. Hi Anita, Thanks for the photo loving. Travel is so much fun. Agreed, learning about how other people tackle the creative process is very enlightening.

      I look forward to seeing your creativity in action next week!

      Jo-Ann

  3. Ahhhh ! Loved your blog tour and so happy that you are making your way out of being blogstipated 🙂

    I love the mention of Anita too ! She rocks out loud. LOVE that gal and her gorgeous bloggy !

    Big hugs from your fellow Canuck 🙂 xoxox

    1. Hi Lynne, just love not being blogstipated any more and even better that you created a word that expressed my challenge. Both Anita and Marlene will impress next week. I wonder who will be after that?

      Big hug accepted. Does it come with a knitted blanket too?

      Jo-Ann

  4. I’ve always enjoyed your writing and photography, Jo-Ann, so it’s great to see your behind-the scenes process. I’m looking forward to my turn on the tour bus next week (elephants have only appeared in my blog once, and are unlikely to be part of my post, lol). By the way, loved the pigtails!

    1. Hi Marlene, So happy to have you on the tour and sharing your love of food creativity. What no elepants……I am sure you will delight us with some great images. Can’t wait to read your post next week.

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