I thought about this blog back in November and launched it in January. The goal was to mix my passion for feminism with my professional knowledge of food as a registered dietitian. Fitness was thrown in for good measure – something I struggle with as well as something that is always linked with healthy eating and healthy habits.
The problem with my plan was that I am much more passionate about feminism, sex positivity and self care than any other topic mentioned. My career as a dietitian is clinical – not based on community guidance – and I love the clinical aspect. Translating that to a blog… just doesn’t happen. I work at a specialized hospital, which means my specialized nutrition knowledge isn’t appropriate for a blog. I do enjoy normal, general nutrition – but it turns out I don’t enjoy it enough to have it be a focus on my blog.
The good and bad part of having a blog is that you can make it whatever you want. If I wanted you to think that I workout every day and only eat organic smoothies – I could easily do that. I could curate my words and my photos to make you believe that I was living an admirably healthy lifestyle. But then I tweet about drinking wine. And post Instagram photos of midnight outings and public protesting. And Pin quotes about travel and adventure and being weird. And write a LOT about feminism and sex positivity and self care.
The hard part about having a blog is that you see successful lifestyle bloggers and influencers talking about make up products and picture-perfect dinner dates and their morning HIIT workout that didn’t break a sweat. You see their gorgeous flatlays and ‘caught-off-guard’ poses and think: “If I did that, people would come to my blog“. But then you realize that you really can’t be bothered with buying cute bowls and posing food mid-cooking or getting someone to take fashion photos of you after carefully applying the trendiest lipstick of the season. Well, it works for some people but it just doesn’t work for me. I don’t even own concealer and I honestly enjoy takeout dinners way too much.
All of these beautiful marble backgrounds, Insta-stories from inside coffee shops, and t-shirt-clad photoshoots in the middle of winter – are gorgeous. Stunning… but just not representative of who I am. And that is okay.
My reality is a messier one, a more colourful one, and a more do-what-I-want one. My authentic self is someone that has been in the making for 28 years and I really like the person I turned out to be. There were some bumps along the way, but my authentic self is one I am proud of. A lot of my core is talking about issues like feminism. A lot of my core is working on self care and compassion. A lot of my core is talking about sexuality and gender. My authentic self expresses all of these things in a quirky, messy, radical-ish way.
So that’s what I’m going to do!
You may have noticed that The Radish Society logo has changed to a bright red and green radish. I love bold colours. I love drawing. I love putting those two things together and representing my blog with a logo that feels like my soul is showing.
From now on, The Radish Society will mostly discuss things like feminism, sex-positivity and self care. Of course, I’ll throw in a little bit about food and fitness, cuz I still am a dietitian. The site is going to be bright! My Instagram is going to be filled with illustrations! My Twitter is going to be more of a reflection of who I am.
I invite you to join me on this journey of representing my authentic self in my writing. It’s tougher than it looks, but so totally worth it! I hope you enjoy the new refined version of The Radish Society.
As usual, I would love to hear what you have to say! Tell me below about your authentic self and how you put that forward on the Internet.