Sunshine Blogger Award

A huge thank you to the Dragon’s Picnic for this nomination. I was completely humbled by the recognition and shout out! I believe Dragon’s Picnic began blogging around the same time I started my blog in June 2020. I was first intrigued by their blog name, and then I saw all the healthy, plant-based recipes. I am always striving to eat more whole foods, and I have found the blog inspiring. It also has a great resources page for anyone interested in plant-based eating.

The Sunshine Blogger Award is given to bloggers by fellow bloggers who are creative, positive, and inspiring. After receiving the nomination, the blogger has the honor of writing a post that thanks the nominator, answers some fun questions, and nominates more bloggers for the award.

Here’s what the nominees have to do:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and include a link to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions asked of you.
  3. Nominate other bloggers for the award and ask them 11 questions.
  4. Notify the nominees in the comments of one of their posts.
  5. Include the request and logo of the Sunshine Blogger Award in your post.

These are the 11 Questions from the Dragon’s Picnic:

1. What did you learn about yourself during 2020?

I learned that I do not know how to relax! I left my law firm back in May 2020 due to the school closures and lack of childcare resulting from the pandemic. I felt very defeated, but as I reflected further, I realized I had so many goals and dreams that this career break would allow me to pursue, including this blog and sharing my plant-based journey.

2. Do you have any specific goals for 2021?

I will eventually need to go back to a paying job, but I also have a few passion projects I am working on. I would also like to enhance my blog content with better pictures and step by step instructions for my recipes. Persian cooking is definitely complicated and a labor of love. I would like to make the process clearer and easier for others wanting to try Persian food.

3. Do you prefer your food sweet or savoury?

There is nothing I enjoy more than chips and guacamole. So I guess I prefer savory food!

4. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be?

I really love being in nature, but with access to big city (vegan) food, art and culture. Vancouver is one of my favorite cities so maybe live in a small quiet suburb within 1 hour drive from Vancouver.

5. Do you have an all-time favourite book or film?

I can’t think of an all-time favorite, but a book that I truly love to read to my children is the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. It has so much meaning and depth. It chokes me up a little every time I read it, and I think of how we exploit our planet and its animals.

6. If you could eat only one food/meal for the rest of your life, what would you choose?

I feel terrible saying this since my blog is focused on Persian food, but I personally love Thai food. I could probably eat Thai food everyday.

7. What mantra or quote inspires you?

I was once told that my compassion for animals was not “normal” and that I should see a therapist. It was incredibly hurtful. A few weeks later, I came across a quote from Maya Angelou, “If you’re always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be.” It was exactly what I needed to hear and what I remind myself when I feel the challenges of going against the status quo.

8. What motivated you to write a blog?

I became vegan for the animals, but I believe we need to move toward a plant-based diet for our health and the health of the planet. From zoonotic diseases to climate change, our continued exploitation of animals is not sustainable. We reap what we sow and industrialized animal agriculture is sowing disease and destruction (not to mention completely inhumane practices). As a vegan for many years now and raising my 3 children vegan, I felt inspired to teach others how to eat plant-based, especially in the Persian culture, which is very meat heavy.

9. From your experience blogging so far, what is the most important tip you would give to a new blogger?

Do not rush to post blog content! Quality is more important than quantity. I pushed myself to have a blog post every week when I really needed more time to edit and finalize my content. I am now going back and trying to polish my posts, which I wish I had done originally.

10. Have you found any other social media helpful to your blog?

I do use Instagram a lot to post quick and easy content, especially if I make infographics using Canva.

11. If you could spend the day with either your great great grandparents or your great great grandchildren, who would you choose and why?

I would love to spend the day with my great great grandchildren. As a mother of 3 young children, I am constantly trying to instill certain values in my children such as compassion, empathy, and hard work. I have such high hopes for their future, and I would want to know where it all leads for my grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren. How do they fit into the world? What are their interests? Who did they become?