That’s right people, I was on the radio! (Not quite Radio 1, obviously, but still a big deal).
On the Tuesday just gone, I joined the lovely Claire Wolf at Pulse Hospital Radio on her show, Groove with Me. We popped our headphones on and chatted away about food, health, and general wellbeing, as well as what being a food blogger and recipe developer entails and how I started my blog in the first place.
Here are my top 5 takeaways from the whole experience.
P.S Apologies for the generic images. I had so much fun I forgot to take any photos.
I’m stronger than I think I am
I worry a LOT, I overthink things constantly and I cringe when I jumble up my words, so chatting away on the radio is not something I imagined myself doing this week, let alone this year. But the truth is I know so much more than I think I do and I can do so much more than I think I can! And that’s the beauty of a big fat challenge; it reminds us what we’re capable of when we set our minds to something.
I should do more stuff that scares the crap out of me
Holy shmoly I was nervous. Like proper ‘I’m not sure I can breath’, ‘pass me a bucket’ kind of nervous. Which is funny because a) I really didn’t need to be – it was so much fun and just like chatting to a friend in the studio – and b) the adrenaline rush after signing off and sitting back to think about how COOL IT WAS to have done what I’d just done was amazing. So yeah, more scary stuff my way please.
Friends are everywhere
London can feel lonely at times, especially when you don’t know anyone living in the city, and it’s easy to feel unsettled with the idea of putting yourself out there and making new friends. But just an hour in a studio with my new radio buddy (plus a 3 minute car journey to and from the station) and my Tuesday night suddenly felt like Sunday afternoon fun!
I’m still learning
This was the biggest takeaway for me. I’ve learnt so much about food and health (and myself in general) since starting this blog, but I’m still developing my own style and my own way of doing things. At times I’ve been so concerned about reaching a particular target market, or creating free-from meals so I can tap into the hashtags, and not necessarily cooking what I love the most. But talking about the whole process on the radio, talking about my inspirations, my goals, the reasons I started in the first place; it all reminded me why I’m doing this, and that’s to promote healthiness and happiness to everyone.
I’m also still learning to adjust my mindset to ensure I never associate shame or guilt with what’s on my plate. (Or what’s in the packet as the case may be – I’m talking about those pesky chocolate digestives). I think that’s something a lot of us are still trying to figure out.
I love radio
Turns out it’s just like chatting to a friend, albeit with funky headphones on and a whacking great mic in front of your face! But what’s so great about it is no one could see us, so I didn’t have to worry about what my hands were doing, or if I was sitting funny, or what to do when I had an itchy nose. I just listened to and smiled at Claire and chatted away about the things I love most.
Oh and I can definitely dress for radio. I’ve got that down 😉