Welcome back to the next instalment of Blogger Focus. This week, we are joined by the beautiful Mary of Mary in Marriedland. I have been reading Mary's blog for a few months now and I think she is awesome! Mary writes about a whole range of things including marriage, healthy eating and faith so please pop over and say hi.
Hi Mary, thanks for joining us, please start by telling us a little bit about yourself.
My husband and I were married last August (so we are quickly approaching our 1 year anniversary!). We live in the Tri-Cities in East Tennessee. We fell in love in college and knew that God brought us together to be married. I am a Registered Dietitian with a Masters in Clinical Nutrition. I work in Asheville, North Carolina, which means I commute an hour each way, which is a lot of gas money! My passion lies in Nutrition. In my free time I love to take photographs, read a good book, research holistic health, make a trip to our health foods store, be active with my husband, and have marathons of some of my favorite television series aka, The Newlyweds, The OC, The Hills, Laguna Beach, and Felicity. =)
What made you decide to start a blog and what do you hope to achieve from it?
Becoming a wife inspired me to start a blog. The reasoning was to capture our first memories. Honestly, that very quickly got old to me (since we were not doing too much). That was because my husband was in class or studying for his Master s degree, and I was busy working and commuting. So the blog became my hobby and gave me an outlet after work. After many blogging mistakes and stumbling around to find my direction I decided to write about what I m most passionate about- Nutrition and Faith. I also still write about what s going on with us though! I only hope is that this blog honors Jesus and brings hope and healing to others. Healing through a relationship with Jesus and through optimal nutrition.
You recently switched your blog from Tumblr to Blogger, what was your reasoning behind that?
The blogging world can be a bit overwhelming at first. I stumbled upon Tumblr and instantly loved its ease and unique templates. That was all I needed in the beginning. However, I am the type of person who gets OCD about my blog design, and I wound spend more time on Tumblr trying to find a new design template every night than actual blogging. That was stupid. I decided to make the switch to Blogger recently to take control of my own design. Blogger allows for more creativity and has excellent page elements that Tumblr was lacking. Switching to Blogger has helped me to refocus.
You also have a lovely photo blog and are a very talented photographer, what inspires you?
I really appreciate that, but let it be known though that I am no photographer. I am purely an amateur. As the definition of that word says I am an admirer or lover of photography. I bought a SLR over a year ago (if I can remember exactly) and fell even more in love. As far as my photo blog goes, it s mainly to just have a place for photos I am happy with. I do hope as time goes on to increase my knowledge of photography through more books and classes. Currently, I really just want a 50mm lens to take better photos of everyday life.
I know that health and nutrition are very important to you, tell us a little bit about your move towards "Whole-living".
Yes, I can do that! If you take a look through some of my posts you will read that I have had a journey with nutrition. I became a Registered Dietitian in 2009, but felt that I was truly lacking REAL nutrition knowledge. I m talking about the kind of nutrition knowledge that brings about real health and healing in a life. Both my bachelor s and master s degrees were excellent don t get my wrong, but they mainly focused on clinical nutrition. Clinical Nutrition is totally different from Holistic Nutrition. As a teenager I struggled with an eating disorder. When I started my education in nutrition in college my goal was to one day work with eating disorder patients or own my own consulting business. Clinical nutrition limits this I believe. Holistic nutrition is now my focus and it s where I spend most of my free time researching and applying to my own life. Holistic Health emphasizes the importance of the whole person. My move towards Whole-Living truly began after we got married. I say truly because I was always on that path, but it never truly clicked for me. Now my husband and I share this same passion for health and it s so much easier having a partner in the journey.
In 3 words describe your blog.
Food, Faith, and Wholeness
What is your favourite thing about being married?
My favorite thing about being married is marriage itself. Marriage is the greatest gift from God, besides Himself. It is a sacred union and a lasting commitment. It is less than perfect though. It s real life, and that s why I love it. It s doing life with your best friend. It challenges you more than you will ever know. It gives security and protection. It s the way God designed life. I love that God has blessed me with a Godly man who leads me and cares for me. An amazing Creator created marriage perfectly!
Tell us a fun fact about yourself.
Uh, that s hard. How about just this simple fact. The day I land in Paris is the day I might just pee my pants. Ha=)
Why should our readers check out your blog?
No one has to check it out, but I am writing it with others and myself in mind. It s about the journey I m on and what I m learning. I hope that through my own struggles and victories it can inspire others to grow. I want others to see Jesus and His incredible love for us all. I hope to share the knowledge I am gaining of natural, whole foods nutrition and to inspire others to take a hard look at their own health and realize that we each have a responsibility to take care of ourselves. I want people to realize that optimal nutrition can prevent and reverse most all diseases and drugs are not the answer. I just want to share my story with others!
Thanks Mary for joining us on Little Tiny Pieces. You can check out Mary here...