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Just Be Yourself with Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats

Jessica Merchant is a full-time recipe developer, content creator and blogger. She has been writing the food blog, How Sweet Eats, since 2009, when she finally discovered a way to mesh her passion for building recipes with one of her other favorite things: writing. She is madly, outrageously, inexplicably in love with food. In 2014, she released her first cookbook, the best-selling Seriously Delish. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pa with her husband Eddie and son, Max. In her spare time, she loves reading, writing fiction and practicing yoga. And margaritas. Obviously.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

    • How Jessica got the idea for How Sweet Eats
    • Where she finds daily inspiration from.
    • How she stays balanced.
    • Her proudest moment so far in her business journey.

How did you get the idea for How Sweet Eats and how did you get started?

I truly got the idea because I was stuck in an office job that I swore would never work from the time when I was little. I knew that I didn’t want to work in an office or in a cubicle and that is what I found myself doing. And I didn’t have much to do. I think that I came across blogs but I really wanted to start a lifestyle blog and at the time I didn’t really have the means of doing one. I mean I didn’t have any photography, I sat at this desk from 8-5 and so I decided that I would just write about what I was cooking for dinner. I guess sprinkle in with some lifestyle things and I didn’t tell anyone that I started it. I didn’t know anything about blogging, I didn’t know anything about the technical side, I didn’t think about a name… I truly didn’t know. I just started like a little personal diary on the internet. But the way I truly got started is when I went to free Wordpress and picked a line from my favorite James Taylor song and went from there.

Biggest flop.

“I am such an all or nothing person. It’s a horrible thing but I am just so passionate about the things I love and so just don’t care about the things that I don’t.

I definitely fell into comparison trap at the beginning that even though everybody else is doing something, every other blogger is doing this and maybe getting cool opportunities from something. It just might be not right for me. I need to continue to stay true to myself. If it doesn’t feel right in my gut then I know that I shouldn’t do it.”

Major advice and take aways

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What has been your most proud moment so far?

“My proudest moment is being consistently genuine in the internet and really staying true to who I am. I really have not done anything that am not super passionate about or believe in.”

How to find inspiration!

Where do you get your daily inspiration from?

“Truly, I get it everywhere. I get recipe inspiration anywhere from maybe eating out a restaurant. I get it from seeing a billboard when I’m driving, from seeing a magazine cover, through looking through a magazine, from a beautiful cookbook. Having a creative mind it’s easy to pick up inspiration from anything. You kind of look around and see it.”

Where do you see yourself and your company in five years?

She sees herself writing a novel and she is also working on a tween fiction series right now. She would love to see these things as her main career but still be able to do her blogging.

How do you stay balanced?

That’s definitely my biggest challenge since having a baby. Before having a baby I could work 80-100 hours a week and never felt burnt out. Now I’m definitely struggling to find that work-life balance.

What do you do that makes each day successful?

Obviously I look forward to a cup of coffee every morning but what I’m really into is bullet journaling, which is creating my own planner with a notebook.

Jessica finds inspiration on the DAILY and works hard to avoid the comparison trap. Want to hear how? To hear more from Jessica, listen to her masterclass from the Food Entrepreneur Summit for free here.  If you’ve been stuck in the comparison trap, or are there right now, then you need to get out! You need to figure out how to move on, get inspired and get back to creating great content for your audience, then watch the summit masterclass for free!

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Jessica is a completely self-taught photographer and recipe developer, has a true way with words, and shares herself through recipes, daily musings and, of course, on Snapchat. Jessica loves neon colors, lip gloss, bacon and most importantly is a mom and wife. 

 

 

 

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A Little Catch up on Blissful Bites

What a whirlwind week! The Blissful Bites Podcast has gone off and it’s on it’s way to 500 downloads. I would love to hit that before the week’s over. This podcast has been all about your help and support…seriously. Without you, it wouldn’t be doing so well! I posted a few posts here this week, so I wanted to kind of play catch up to make sure you saw them all! The Blissful Bites podcast launched this week with 3 episodes, the About Me episode and interviews with Jenna Wolfe and Nikki Frezza from Nikki’s Coconut Butter.

You can listen to them here. 

Just a note: This blog will not be all things podcast, all the time. Next week you can expect it to go back to wellness, family and business, with two podcasts posts a week added in! So if the podcast isn’t your thing…no worries (except I secretly hope it IS your thing!)

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Blissful Bites Podcast Show Notes:

The show notes for each episode will always be under the podcast tab…or you can directly go to NicoleCulverblog.com/podcast. I’ll have interview highlights as well as the images and promo videos. So in the past week I’ve published Jenna Wolfe’s show notes, Nikki’s Frezza from Nikki’s Coconut Butter’s show notes and my About Me show notes. I’ve also published a compilation of fantastic tips from all 10 interviews I’ve done with all of their best advice on how to get started. It’s a great print out for motivation!

So now…I’m asking you all for a few favors! The beginning stages of a podcast are SUPER important...so I could use some even more help.

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Blissful Bites Podcast: Episode 000 About Me

I’m SO psyched to launch this podcast today! Its been a lot of sweat and hustle over the past few weeks interviewing AMAZING women. I want to tell you all about why I’m starting this podcast and what you can expect today.

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I’m starting this podcast because we all need some motivation and inspiration. When I started Blissful Eats I was always researching, reading and looking for stories of how entrepreneurs got their start. This podcast is it for you. You’ll hear entrepreneurs share their successes, struggles, lessons learned. I have no doubt you’ll walk away inspired and with something to go do! My goal is to share information, ideas, and just be transparent. I want this to be a place for you to hear stories, inspiration and navigate the craziness of the food industry.

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If you’ve been reading my blog, or following me on social media any where you know I’m passionate about helping other women get their start. My goal is to share information, ideas, and just be transparent. I want this to be a place for you to hear stories, inspiration and navigate the craziness of the food industry.

I’ve got amazing guests lined up. Each week I’ll be sharing video promos to get to know our guests plus inspirational quotes. I’ve interviewed Nikki Coconut Butter, Jenna Wolfe, Lindsay Skye, Jessica Merchant from How Sweet Eats, Lee Hersh from Fit Foodie Finds, Katy Widrick and so much more. Each week I’ll bring you two people, a food entrepreneur and a business episode.  My favorite thing about laughing this podcast is connecting and chatting with these amazing women.

You can find the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher and here on my blog.

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Just Get Started with Nikki Frezza from Nikki’s Coconut Butter

 

Nikki’s the owner of Nikki’s Coconut Butter and she is a self-described workaholic and loves a good challenge. She is the co-founder of Nikki’s Coconut Butter with her husband Andrew together they enjoy coming up with new and innovative ways to grow their business, develop new flavors and creating a business they truly love.

 

Getting to Know Nikki:

3 Pieces of Advice from Nikki

  • “I see a lot of little mistakes as part of the learning process. If it costs you a lot you’ll know, for sure, you won’t make it in the future.”
  • Don’t overestimate your production power. Don’t over sell if you don’t have a plan for it. Plan out your best case scenario. Can you handle the demand?
  • Make sure you look over your expenses and stay on top of them regularly.

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Why you shouldn’t try to make a product that works for everyone:

Think about a Radio DJ. If he tries to please everyone and plays jazz, rap, country. He’ll please nobody. The whole idea is to try to target that small niche group.

Company or Business You Look up To:

Justin’s nut butter. “He has really been a pioneer in that sort of nut butter industry doing a lot of things differently and I really admire that.

Mary’s Gone Crackers, she sells this gluten-free crackers and she’s been doing this since the 80’s and this lady, back in the 80’s gluten-free wasn’t a thing, so she really pioneered that.

Book Recommendation

Cooking Up A Business by Rachel Hofstetter

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

What do you do to make your day successful?
  • Early 530-630 wake up
  • Take time for meditation.
  • Keep a gratitude journal – write down 3 things your grateful for.

What’s your advice to those starting out?

Don’t wait for that perfect idea. Don’t wait for it to be “ready” or perfect. A lot of times your customers will help you make it better. Let your customers give you feedback and let them make it better.

Best online tool?

My favorite tool right now is boomerang at gmail and its basically something that you can download and add to your gmail account and it helps basically just like a boomerang kind of brings your emails back. So if you are scheduling a follow-up, if you are writing an email to someone that you are hoping to get a response from soon. This boomerang feature allows it to come back to you whenever you want it to.

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Change Doesn’t Happen In a Day with Jenna Wolfe

Jenna Wolfe is a TV journalist and Lifestyle and Fitness expert.  She’s been sharing her passion for fitness (and fun) with America for the last 20 years, most recently at NBC’s Today Show, where she was the first ever Lifestyle and Fitness correspondent.  Jenna was a sportscaster from 1996-2007 and saw firsthand how treating and training your body can lead to dynamic results on a playing field. As a certified personal trainer, she’s now focused on taking that passion and knowledge and sharing it with you. As a mother of two little girls, she knows the burdens of baby weight, of making the most of the precious time we all have and of the struggles with eating well on a daily basis.

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Jenna recently published the book Thinner in 30: Small Changes that Add up to Big Weight Loss in Just 30 days. This book offers an accessible, extensively tested program focused on making small changes (1 per day) for maximum results. It’s intended for a wide audience, from the health conscious to those who wish to lead more healthful lives to parents and many others.

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What is your favorite tip in the book?

Brushing your teeth the second you are done with your meal. Mint curbs that craving. Whether you put a piece of gum in your mouth after lunch or you brush your teeth, it will stop you from eating more.

What is the biggest takeaway of the book?

It doesn’t matter if you’re man, woman, athletic, non-athletic, in-shape, not in-shape, we’re all in a different journey. We’re all made up of different bodies. Every single body works, responds and reacts differently. What works for you might not work for anybody else.

I put this book together with all different tips and little ways of convincing yourself, they are small, easy digestible, doable things. There’s something for everyone.

How has your life change since the Today show?

I used to work 5-6 hours a day and now I works 5-600 hours a day. It’s constant.  There’s a lot of responsibilities now that digital has met Broadcast TV. I’m constantly trying to battle my social media sites, my personal website, touring with the book, trying to get the message out there, be available for like Microsoft and be still doing TV for Dr. Oz. It’s just a lot of balance but most importantly I’m there to spend a little more quality time with my kids.

What’s the number 1 piece of advice you give to someone starting out on their journey whether it’s losing weight, getting healthy or just starting to exercise?

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Major advice and take aways:

If you decide to do something crazy adventurous and daring – you’re either going to soar or you’ll be proud of yourself for taking that chance.

Change doesn’t happen in a day, and if it did we’d all be perfect from day one.

What do you do to make your day successful?

Morning routine – Coffee and the news with my partners and two daughters. It literally drives me.  I look forward to that time more than anything else.  It’s really what gives me my drive, energy and fuel. The emotional fuel, where I can say okay I have my fill and I can go on with my day.

What’s your advice to those starting out?

There’s no game plan in life that’s fool proof. Somethings will work like a charm and some things won’t. Deal with the lows the same way you deal with the highs. You have to adjust your expectations.

You cant always close up shop and go home because things didn’t work out like it was supposed to. we all have to fall before we stand up.

If you have something you believe in whole heartedly, own it. Drive that thing and don’t be dismayed at no. It’s a tiny barrier before someone says yes. It is doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Cultivate. Let it grow. Believe in it. and have confidence.

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