Introducing the lovely Hayley Richardson. Hayley first entered the blogging sphere as a health coach, before finding her groove as The Blog Whisperer, inspiring bloggers and health coaches the world over.
Hayley's blog is an incredible resource jam-packed with words of wisdom and creative inspiration for the health-focussed blogger and entrepreneur.
You're making waves as The Blog Whisperer and inspiring health bloggers from across the globe. What inspired you to take this path?
My own blogging journey started when I became a health coach at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in 2013. I was quite uninspired and frustrated with my life and career at that point in time, and I decided to start making a change to my health for the better, which is when I began my blog. I’ve always loved writing, and studied and worked in marketing roles that allowed me to be creative, so starting a blog was also something I’d really wanted to do - actually for seven years before I had the courage to try something and share it publicly!
After a while, I started to realise that I loved analysing what made some bloggers really successful, and what makes a good blog, and I wanted to share my observations with others. I’ve always been really passionate about women creating careers they love, and I felt like stepping into blog coaching and using my previous marketing, writing and blogging experience combined would be something that could really help other bloggers make a greater impact in the health world. I have to say I love it, because I now get to work with happy and healthy people while also doing work that comes really naturally to me and makes me feel happy and satisfied to do!
WHAT DOES YOUR DAY ON A PLATE LOOK LIKE?
For the most part, my day on a plate is quite average - I’m sorry in advance if it bores you! I used to buy a tonne of super foods and make smoothies and raw desserts because I thought that’s what you had to do to be healthy, but I found that it was all a little too rich for my digestive system and often had me feeling bloated and lethargic.
These days, I take a very simplistic back to basics approach to food and will mostly eat meat and vegetables at meal times, and snack on fruit or chocolate if I’m hungry. I’ve also relaxed a lot around foods I used to be scared of like milk and bread, and although I don’t eat them often, I won’t freak out if that’s all there is to eat. I believe above all that food is there to be enjoyed. I’ll admit though, when I’m stressed I do reach for chocolate a little more often that I probably should, so that’s something I’d like to work on reducing (the stress, and the chocolate!).
I’d also really like to get back into cooking for enjoyment and creating meals that inspire me to be creative in the kitchen. Food is so much more pleasurable and enjoyable when it’s cooked mindfully and with love, so that’s one of my big intentions for the near future - to reconnect with the part of me that loves to cook!
Breakfast: Usually something that looks a little like a Paleo-inspired meal. My family think it’s weird that I eat meat and veggies for breakfast, but most of the time I do because it’s so filling!
Lunch: Depending on how busy and/or hungry I am, I either skip lunch and graze on some snacks, or I’ll have some meat and veggies again for lunch. If it’s meat and veggies, it’s usually chicken at lunch time with some greens and carrots
Dinner: Again, dinner is something pretty basic, but what I eat largely depends on where I am for dinner. My boyfriend Will and I have been together for four years, but we haven’t lived together before, so we’ve spent most of our time travelling between his place and mine during the week and we eat differently according to which house we’re in. At my place, it’s all very basic, as above. At his place, we often have very creative meals, like cannelloni, rissoles, meatballs and soups. My main aim at dinner time is to eat as many vegetables as I can!
What's your favourite...
Organic, grass-fed beef sausages (I don’t mean to sound fussy, but unless they’re organic, I’ll rarely eat sausages by choice!), steamed broccoli or broccolini and Himalayan rock salt.
+ TRAVEL DESTINATION
Well, I’m just about to move overseas, so I’m sure there’s going to be plenty of new travel inspiration spots to be enjoyed, but to-date I’d have to say it’s an even tie between Bali and the Philipines - the parts that are less explored like Uluwatu in Bali, and the island of El Nido in the Philipines.
+ TED TALK
I don’t think you can go past ‘Start With Why’ by Simon Sinek.
I love quotes! I’ve got so many favourites so for today my favourite is this:
IF YOU COULD ONLY SHARE ONE NUGGET OF BLOGGING WISDOM, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Blog first because you love to write, connect with and inspire others. When you pour your love and attention into something you love and that feels easy and effortless, your readers will pick up on your good vibes and naturally magnetise towards your work. There is definitely an element of smarts involved in growing your blog too, and I believe it’s important to be proactive, but the love has to come first.
Second, focus on building relationships with other bloggers and be willing to support others on their merry way too because what you give out will come back to you tenfold, and having a group of like-minded sisters you can turn to is an incredible feeling!
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Artistic, free-spirited and full of heart, Hayley Richardson is The Blog Whisperer. With self-awareness, self-expression, strategy and soul as her guiding light, she helps creative and spirited blogpreneurs breathe life into their blogs and reach more people with their mission.
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