Every Goal Must Have A Plan

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on January 11, 2011


Good morning!

As you may have seen in my 11 in 2011 resolution list, one of my goals for 2011 is to write a vegan cookbook proposal and sell the idea to a publisher. During Project Food Blog, I was contacted by a few literary agents and I am currently in the process of figuring out my next steps.

I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed with the idea of ‘where to start’ with my cookbook proposal and these feelings have taken me back to my thesis days. My undergraduate thesis and my Master’s thesis were both huge undertakings and I remember how I used to feel so overwhelmed whenever I had to take the first step and get started.

For me, starting a big project has always been the most difficult part.

Once I have started and I have a plan, then it seems to get a bit easier. That is just how I work.

My fear of beginning large projects has something to do with the high expectations I place on myself. I tend to put off big projects for fear of not doing a good job; if I can put it off, maybe the right idea will just ‘hit me’ and then I can move forward. But, that is rarely the case. It takes work, and lots of it, to get big projects off to a good start. Sometimes, I wait and wait for the ‘perfect’ idea, when I already have very good ideas to work with. Every project needs a solid foundation and while they shouldn’t be rushed, procrastination doesn’t do any good. I am really guilty of procrastination with large endeavors.

I mentioned ‘once I have a plan’ things seems to flow more smoothly. Having specific and attainable goals are always present in my life, but every good goal must have a plan to go along with it too! The reason why I have felt overwhelmed with my cookbook proposal is that I did not have a plan to guide me.

Every specific goal must have a specific plan to go along with it.

I would like to share my experiences with this process as much as I can. I also want my book to be largely based on your feedback. What types of recipes do you want to see in a vegan cookbook? What ingredients do you like to cook and bake with? What questions do you have about vegan cooking and baking? All of these things are things that I think about and I hope to address many of these things as I go through the process. (Don’t worry about answering the questions now as I will be creating a survey at some point). I want the book to be not only a reflection of my fun approach to a vegan diet, but also a reflection of what types of things you would want to see in a vegan cookbook.

I thought I would show you how I was finally able to get this project off the ground and running.

I have been brainstorming cookbook ideas for over a year now, but my brainstorming never translated into much more than that. I finally realized that I needed to take the next step and create an outline, so I started a Word document and I created a chapter outline of how my cookbook may look. What sections do I want? What would I call them? What types of recipes do I want to focus on? How many recipes per section? How would the order of the sections flow?


While I always do my brainstorming on paper, I prefer not to use pen and paper when doing a large outline. I find an electronic Word document is much cleaner because I can easily delete things and have a clean looking document at all times.

I have half a notebook filled with brainstorming ideas from Project Food Blog!


and weird diagrams apparently! haha


Don’t ask. I really don’t know what’s going on in these diagrams. I think I wanted to make a raw layered pumpkin pie at one point. Then I realized the challenge was to make a BAKED good. Doh!

I worked on my outline this weekend and I am already feeling so much better about things. Once I planned out the chapters in my book, I started to place recipes or recipe ideas underneath each chapter that I may want to include. Over time, this is how my cookbook proposal will grow. Of course, what I plan now will likely change many times over, but at least there is a plan there to guide me and that is all that matters in the initial stages!

Do you have any big projects looming in 2011? Do you suffer from procrastination or fear of failure when big projects loom? Have you ever been intimidated by a large project? How did you begin?

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amanda January 11, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I thought, from the very first time I read your blog, that it would be great if you did a cookbook. I like that your approach to vegan cooking is so friendly – you don’t tofu in every recipe (I’m not a huge fan) and you use clean, whole ingredients that one can actually find in stores. I’m so excited to see what you do with this – and no doubt I’ll be one of the first in line to buy this cookbook!


Meredith January 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm

I definitely hear you re: intimidation! I’m exactly the same way, waiting for “perfect.” I’m writing my MA thesis right now and it has stretched and challenged me in so many ways.

Have you read “Mindsets” by Carol Dweck? It has great advice on how to approach challenges in a really positive way. I’ve found it hugely helpful.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

No I haven’t but I will be sure to check it out! :) Thanks


Kaleigh January 11, 2011 at 12:09 pm

I agree with Amanda – having lots of vegan cookbooks in my collection, most of them require ingredients that are not readily on hand. Plus I don’t like how they tend to rely on mock meats, tofu, seitan or tempeh as the main source of protein.

What you do is give us whole food recipes that are not only easy to make, but are actually nutritious. People think that once you go vegan, you must be super duper healthy – but I have the veggie pot pie from last night’s dinner to prove that this isn’t always the case.

A unique approach would be to incorporate your strategies and history with disordered eating. Not a “diet” book – but an actual book that tells us it’s ok to eat foods such as almond butter and avocados because of what they do for us. Really, you make food fun again!

(and just a comment about black-eyed peas – I’m the same way with black beans. I basically make one dish a year with them, and then they go back into the pantry! Oh and that dish is your enchiladas – which I really do like!)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I’m thinking along these lines too. Thanks for your feedback!


Maureen PLuthero January 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I agree with Kaleigh too many books rely on the processed protein. I would like a book that actually has the recipe for the entire dish there is nothing more annoying than to have a recipe where most is made from pre packaged products. So healthy, whole foods made totally from scratch is what I would like to see. Also in the recipt list in the back I prefer when they list the types of food like “soups” then list the recipes rather than just an alphbetical list of recipes because you do not always know the name of what you are looking for.


Bliss January 11, 2011 at 7:53 pm

I’d like to ditto Kaleigh’s comment about relying on ingredients not readily on hand. I”m not vegan, but I still enjoy vegan recipes – so long as they don’t have really expensive/hard to find items that I’ll only use for one or two recipes (although this isn’t limited to vegan recipes, I feel this way about all recipes).

I’d also like to see meals like the Protein Power Goddess Bowl (that may well have changed my life) or Back on Track Wheat Berry and Bean Salad – I really love simple, wholesome meals that are flexible in their ingredients and can be made with lots of readily available produce. The fact that you make them look so beautiful just makes them all the more appealing.

Another idea I’d be REALLY interested in is a cookbook sort of document your vegan journey – like early recipes you relied on, vegan re-creations, general tips/discussions about the learning process of vegan cooking – even if the tips are just little notes placed throughout.


Nicole @ yuppie yogini January 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Any recipe you include will be amazing, but I think my favorite OSG recipes are the ones with few ingredients. Especially baking recipes. Vegan baking is fairly challenging in my opinion, but I love the recipes you have that simplify the process and make it fool-proof. One favorite is the everyday spelt pancakes. I’ve used this so many times.


Stacy @ Every Little Thing January 11, 2011 at 12:14 pm

I like to think of my blog as a big project that just keeps on going :) Also, volunteering with GOTR will be huge but it will be consistent and scheduled, which will help. Good for you! I would love to write a book, so that’s always something I’m working on in my head :)


[email protected] Stepping to the Brightside January 11, 2011 at 12:15 pm

I’m A LOT like you when it comes to big projects. It’s as if I’m not only afraid of failure, but of success. By putting things off, we delay the inevitable life changes that come with the completion of such a huge endeavor. Attempting to get steady acting work in Hollywood is one of those ongoing “projects” that unfortunately lacks a clear cut plan. It’s a matter of persevering- sticking with it despite the constant negativity staring you face. I myself am going to try yoga/meditation to help release some of the pressure I put on myself… Me being so type A in such a chaotic world! I have no doubt your cookbook will be a smash success. Looking forward to the survey :)


Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit January 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

I’m totally with you on this! I struggle just the same.

What I’ve found really helps me is brainstorming and removing the grooming fact that I have to DO something with the information. For example:

I go to a comfy part of my house (or office, depending on where I am) and sit in quiet for a bit. Breath in and out and relax. Let go of your fears and expectations. I know you said meditation was part of your resolution too, so treat this like a meditation in a way.

When you’re ready, open your eyes, open your pad of paper and write down your goal. What do you want to accomplish by doing this? Okay… now that you have that. Just start writing. Anything. Don’t let anything get in the way. I like to call this a “brain dump”. Get it ALL out. Don’t get caught up with rules, can/cannot, just write.

If you get caught up with your fears again, go back to closing your eyes, get situated in calm, and start again.

After you’ve done this for awhile (40 minutes is usually my breaking point) you should have a couple of pages of pure GOLD. What I like to do is go through it, sort through ideas and organize them on the following piece of paper.

You’ll be amazed with what you’ve come up with when you just LET GO and use the talent that you obviously have…just let go, be creative, and let YOU flow through.

That’d be my advice, hope it works for you as it does for me :) Good luck Angela!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Wow this is so helpful! I love the idea of meditating before beginning…what an amazing idea!
Ive heard of the ‘brain dump’ approach before and I love it. No expectations, just thoughts on paper.


Anna January 11, 2011 at 1:12 pm

I love this idea – I really need to try it. I put so much pressure on myeslf to come up with something amazing and daren’t put anything to paper before that, that I end up not doing half the things I want to.


Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 11, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Angela I think your goal is awesome (wrote about it back then…that everyone better look out b/c your cookbook will rock!) and it’s natural for me to feel apprehension and anxiety before diving into something big like this. Sometimes it takes me a day, a week, a month to really commit myself to diving in…but once I do, I have a onetrack mind and cannot STOP working on that goal until…I do, and it’s done.

I am all or nothing many ways on my goals. And once I decide to do something, consider it done. I guess that would be stubborn, fixated…or else just dedicated and determined :) All depends how you wanna look at it.

I know once you get started you are just gonna rock this goal!!!

Thank you for asking ppl (in advance) what we want to see in a cookbook. That is SO SMART.. Rather than just writing to write, writing for an audience in mind. Thank you :)


thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 11, 2011 at 12:17 pm

SO psyched for you Angela! You deserve it so much. And I ike seeing some other posts than recipes again, not that I don’t love those of course (I make one of your recipes about every day haha, no kidding).

I am the same though, starting something big is scary and daunting, but once I am started there’s no stopping me.

go girl!


thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 11, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Oh and I had a question since I am about to purchase a Garmin: do you also run with the heart rate strap? And was it hard to calibrate it? thanks :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Thanks for your comments! Im trying to mix up my posts a bit more b/c I kinda got into a rut (sure it had something to do with what was going on in my life, but hey it happens).

About the Garmin: I have the 305 and I do not use the heart rate monitor anymore. I did at one point, but then I just kinda forgot about it and fell out of the habit. I do think the HR info is useful when training so I shoud bring it back…
I dont remember having to calibrate it. I think I just put it on and made sure that the HR function was turned ON in the watch settings.


thefruitpursuit (Sabine) January 12, 2011 at 2:30 am

hm that’s interesting, does it then track your speed by GPS or what? because it needs to be able to track speed somehow haha! I have a dingy one that needs calibration and I couldnt get it to work 2 years ago, which is why I am apprehansive of such devices.

thanks for replying and yes I totally get where you’re coming from. I just wasn’t sure if that was maybe a concious decision, in which case I would’ve been bummed ;). GREAT news on your grandfather, I wish him all the best :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2011 at 9:27 am

I may be mistaken, but I believe that it tracks speed via satellite.


Sarah January 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I’m so glad to hear you’re starting the cookbook b/c I think we’ll all buy one!! As long as you include the same things from this awesome blog in your book, I’ll be super happy! I’ve shared your site w/ so many other people who all get addicted to it. I think what sets you apart from many others is the “real” approach to vegan food. It’s easy and delicious and satisfies most cravings that all of us share. I’m rootin’ for you!!


JenATX January 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I need to find a job for the summer & I keep putting it off because its such a big undertaking and I have no idea what i want to do. Its a very stressful feeling :-/


Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) January 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Your goal is amazing Angela, and I literally have no doubt you’ll acheive it, and that your book will be a huge success! :D

I currently have a huge looming running project, in which I have to dramatically increase my speed in just a few months to qualify for something. It’s definitely daunting, and I think about how I mught fail every day, but I’m trying to stay positive and focused on my goal! :)


Kristy @ KristyRuns January 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I LOVE to see your notes and diagrams!

I am starting a business in 2011. It’s amazing how much work is involved, but it’s so much better than working for ‘da man. The “plan” is a big deal, but I’m finding that taking care of the details is the most complicated part so far. Still so excited! :)

And so excited for YOU!


Nichole (Flirting with Food Fitness & Fashion) January 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I can’t wait. I think your cookbook would be great just as your blog is. The fun, simple approach and the ingredients that I already have is what I enjoy most.


Leanne (For Health's Sake) January 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

I’m planning my fiance & my wedding in August. Although it’s fun and exciting, it’s also nerve-wracking. There’s 6 1/2 months to go and I feel like I’m in the weird period where it’s still far enough away but it’s also going to come so fast. I almost am waiting for it to be closer and then ill be in a time crunch and have to do things quickly.

In the past, with big projects that felt overwhelming.. I would leave things to the last minute so that if I failed at something, I could use the excuse “oh well, if I wouldve had more time.. i couldve done better.” <— after really looking at my habits, I found this out about myself.

I am determined to start getting things done and not letting myself be overwhelmed. One task at a time.. :)

I'm so excited for your cookbook… you're photography, the way you write out recipes, your humor… would be perfect for a book. I've tried a couple of your recipes and although some look challenging, you make it easy (by step by step pictures) for people like me to follow recipes and make amazing dishes that are healthy too, at home!


Alina @ Duty Free Foodie January 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations on your first steps with this cookbook! I always like to start my outlines on paper even though the paper inevitably turns into a mess, and then transfer to a computer. I am shifting slowly away from paper, but somehow it still makes a difference to me in the planning stages. This is so exciting!


Nicky January 11, 2011 at 12:26 pm

I love your blog and have made a ton of your recipes and am really excited about a cookbook! One of my favorite things about your recipes is the tips you give about the actual cooking process. I’m still a fairly new vegan and I’m experimenting with a lot of new ingredients and many cookbooks/recipes don’t give enough detail about how to work with them. You’re really good about giving tips about things like consistency and texture, cooking times, making substitutions, and not having things stick to the pan! This is great because not only do I end up with good food but I learn a lot more about cooking!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 11, 2011 at 12:28 pm

YES I suffer from procrastination when it comes to big ideas. I’m starting my own consulting business this year, but I don’t know what service I’m going to focus on or how to offer them, which is the same thing I’ve been saying for a year. Now I have no job and it’s becoming a little bit more important so I’ve started developing a plan


Amy January 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm

You should devote an entire chapter to LENTILS. Just sayin’! ;)


Trish @I_am_Succeeding January 11, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Good for you!! I look forward to seEing you succeed in this and to read and try your recipes from your cookbook out!


Sarah's Cooking January 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Angela-I just started reading your website about a month ago and I LOVE it! Your food easy to make with ingredients that are easy to find in my grocery store. I made Pumpkin Chia Spelt Scuffins and they were amazing! I really like how your recipes use whole, real ingredients, like a flax egg instead of egg replacer powder.


jen @ taste life January 11, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I tend to do one of two things: Jump in with both feet without enough information, only to find out I can’t do what I wanted to do and get discouraged, or think things through and set a plan but have a bit of trouble getting started because of feeling overwhelmed/fear of failure. Write out action steps and a clear goal is a huge help to me, and then just making myself DO IT. I usually say, “I’ll work on xyz for 20 minutes and then can stop if I want to”. By the time the 20 minutes is up, I’m usually deeply immersed in the le projet.


D January 11, 2011 at 12:38 pm

I would love for you to include tips about vegan substitute ingredients- what temperatures are they best baked/cooked at? what are the measurement differences? basically a general reference table or chart at the back maybe?! Just my two cents.
I am currently writing a master’s thesis myself- I know all about procrastination, fear of failure and feeling completely overwhelmed by a daunting task!! It’s funny how you can sometimes feel alone in that but it is such a common experience in writers and researchers.
I agree an outline is key! Feedback and input from other colleagues (or in this case, your blog readers) also really does give a sense of whether or not what you are working on makes sense and speaks to people.
Good luck Angela !


Stephanie January 11, 2011 at 12:39 pm

I love the recipes that I can “un-veganize” as it were. I’m not nearly vegetarian, and my husband is decidedly carniverous, so I love the recipes where I don’t NEED to search for vegan ingredients or go out and buy a ton of stuff (i.e. the pumpkin cinnamon rolls, the high protein mashed potatoes that have become a staple in my house). I eat way less meat than I used to, so spins on “typical” recipes and opportunities to sneak in veggies/legumes/beans work so well too.

Good luck! I’ll definitely be pre-ordering!


Shanna, like Banana January 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Congrats on this amazing prospect. Even if you simply printed out your blog recipes straight from the page, you’d have a winning book =)


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty January 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I think I would buy your cookbook for everyone I knew! haha You are totally the source of 90% of my foodie inspiration!!


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey January 11, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Congratulations on starting this process Angela! One thing I would like to see in a vegan cookbook is more gluten free options. I am a gluten free vegan, and many vegan cookbooks aren’t helpful in the gluten free department!!


Traci(faithfulfoodiefashionista) January 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

How exciting for you! I have always you would write an excelllent cookbook. I have enjoyed keeping up with your blog and trying your recipes. They are always so easy to follow and you give great direction. I can totally understand the intimidation. I unfortunately allow fear to keep from taking too many risks but I’m trying to overcome that. Good luck and look forward to reading your progress :)


Mel January 11, 2011 at 12:43 pm

Not sure if you’ve already thought of this, but what I’d like to see right at the beginning of the book is a list and explanation of the main substitute ingredients you will need to have in the store cupboard (e.g. the flax egg) and where you can buy these ingredients.

Perhaps target the book at people who would like to try going vegan for the first time, or just try the occasional vegan meal, and (this is what I think you do really well on this site) make it seem like it will be easy and fun.


Lindsay January 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I think that anything you do will be fabulous! But I think that the main things that attracted me to your blog in the first place are that you are an inspiration and yet you are totally real. You prove to people that a healthy lifestyle can be fun and empowering vs. difficult and limiting. I love pretty much all your recipes and make them several times a week…ok let’s be honest, probably more like every day :)
For me commiting to something big is very tough, for the same reasons you have a hard time with it. I also like to write and sometimes just putting my thoughts on paper of my feelings about the commitment and why I am fearful helps me to get to the root of the issue and inspires me with a new perspective.
Can’t wait to hear about your progress!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Thanks Lindsay! I think that is a great tip about listing feelings and why you are fearful.


Leanne January 11, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I think a cookbook is a great idea and yours would be very appealing (based on the pictures you put in your blog). I’ve wanted to try vegan cooking for a while. I really love seeing your recipes but am very intimidated by them as I’ve never really cooked with a lot of the ingredients before. A cookbook with items that are accessible at most grocery stores would be great. Also, nutritional information and pictures would be very helpful.


Cynthia January 11, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Good luck with your plan! I would be so excited to see a cookbook by you. I agree with Leanne that nutritional info. would be very helpful. Maybe also a few tips on cooking with vegan ingredients? I also get intimidated by some of the ingredients since I haven’t used them before. It would be great to get some tips on cooking (or baking) vegan.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm

I agree that plans are key! I like that you’ve got a strategy for this project and I can’t wait to see it come to fruition. My ‘big’ projects this year involve budgeting (properly), and completing some more fitness/nutrition certifications. I have plans to attack each one, but uncertainty in some of the details is something I don’t like so much!


Laura January 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

I would love to see a vegan cookbook that includes the nutritional information for each recipe… not the calorie count, but the other stuff. It would be so helpful for baked goods (to know how many grams of sugar) or savory dinners (to know how much protein). I struggle to get enough protein and iron so having that information would be ridiculously helpful!

That said, I’ve tried quite a few of your recipes in the last year and have loved every single one. The sweet potato-pear holiday soup is my favorite so far!


Paula January 11, 2011 at 12:55 pm

I don’t know if there is already a vegan cook book like this, but you really seem to love to take non-vegan favorites and veganize them. Transitioning to a vegan diet is hard – people just get really comfortable and like what they are used to. Drastic changes tend to make people feel deprived and the changes don’t stick. So, I’m sure newbies would really appreciate a cookbook where they can find vegan versions of what they already like!


Amanda (Eating Up) January 11, 2011 at 12:57 pm

“My fear of beginning large projects has something to do with the high expectations I place on myself. I tend to put off big projects for fear of not doing a good job; if I can put it off, maybe the right idea will just ‘hit me’ and then I can move forward.”

You and me are one in the same girl!


Sommer J January 11, 2011 at 1:00 pm

Wow, best of luck with your book! I hope you’re able to get it up and going, I can understand not know where to start with projects.

This year I plan to renew my vows. I am not girly and never thought I’d be married in the first place, so I am having a a difficult time knowing where to start. It’s a bit more difficult as we live in Germany so we have to find a venue SOON as the party is scheduled for this November! A good place I have started is reading your blog hoping to get inspired so I will have the “glow” in my vow renewal photos :) I had the glow when we were originally married because I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter :)

Sorry this is long! Looking forward to reading your progress.


Alex @ Healing Beauty January 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I would love to have some “30 minute meal” type recipes that are Vegan! I think quick and easy recipes are the ones I’m more receptive to.


Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman January 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Big projects give me hives, but I’ve found the best way to tackle them is to just do it. No more fear. No more worrying if it’s not right. Set aside a day and don’t go to bed until that project is started. Because, really, starting is the hardest part.


Maria @ runningcupcake January 11, 2011 at 1:01 pm

The process for you is so exciting! You are right, once you have a plan things are much easier as you can tick off each aspect as you complete it.
My goal is a marathon, and even though I have made the training plan, the thoight of some of the longer runs make me very nervous. So I am trying to look at one week (or one run) at a time, and not look further ahead! Then it isnt so daunting.


Sruthi @ Exercise, Food & Beyond January 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Good luck with the book! I am sure it will be great. All your recipes are great, and I love love love all your food pictures. I am not a vegan but I have tried all your salads, and they are a big hit in my house.


Beth @ DiningAndDishing January 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

My goal in 2011 is to really improve and grow my blog. I feel quite overwhelmed by the idea now – working a full time job does not lead to very much additional free time! But I think if I start to treat my blog more like a part time job and less like a hobby I can make it work…


Paige is Running Around Normal January 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

It’s definitely overwhelming thinking about where to start with a book. However, I can imagine your cook book would be one of the best out there! You can tell you devote SO much time, effort – and yourself to your projects.


Anna January 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I totally agree with the comments on your cookbook here – I think so long as it’s representative of the way you blog, you can’t go wrong. One thing I’ve found in cookbooks is that there’s no way to distinguish between the v quick and easy recipes, and ones that take longer/require more investment, so I have to read through each recipe that looks good to get an idea of whether it is suitable for a quick 30-min no stress meal, or for a gourmet dinner for friends. It’d be great to have some way of distinguishing. Also, it would be great to have a suggestion as to how long things can be kept in the fridge/freezer or how leftovers could be used in another meal. These are all things I have to try to work out myself once I’m done cooking.

As for putting things off – I am 100% too afraid to start big projects a lot of the time. I am a procrastination expert and always find the first step the hardest. This year I’m hoping to start a jewelry design business but it seems like such a huge task I barely know where to start. And your post gives the answer – with a plan!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Awesome ideas :) I was thinking that too re: Q & E and storage.


Out To Lunch Creations January 11, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I too would like to write a cook book and I would love to hear all about your journey. At the moment I’m considering self-publishing however I haven’t done much research yet because I only have a handful of recipes I’m happy with.

Good Luck!


Beach Bum Beauty January 11, 2011 at 1:11 pm

If something intimidates me then iI always put it off, it’s a big weakness of mine. I think a big part of it is down to self-esteem e.g. feeling good enough for the task at hand. I do find that thinking about starting something is usually A LOT harder than actually getting on with it. Having recently discovered your blog and considering taking the step to be vegan, I personally can’t wait for this book and have no doubts whatsoever, that you will find a publisher quickly.


Charlie January 11, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I am exactly like you with big projects! I always procrastinate because I don’t want to fail. It actually took me a lot of courage to create a blog because I didn’t think I would be good enough!


Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks January 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I’m sorry to say that I’ve never been capable of starting a project right away. I never wrote even one paper in college with more than 8 hours to spare before the due date….and I was an English major! So, no tips from me!

I did want to stop and congratulate you on your offers and for getting your proposal started. I voted for you all of the way through Project Food Blog, and I think you’re amazing! :)


melanie January 11, 2011 at 1:14 pm

oh my gosh! this post resonates with me so much right now. i have followed you for a while, but rarely (if ever) comment, as, i suppose, i’m prone to lurking. :-) but i have just recently finished my coursework for my master’s and am now facing the seemingly impossible (and ginormous) task of writing my thesis. i am seriously in the throes of some paralysis right now… but i agree that, if one just sits down and devises a plan of attack, everything seems more manageable. one step at a time is how things get done- no need to look at the entire picture at once! good luck with the book proposal! i’ll look forward to hearing how that’s progressing over the year.


Becky January 11, 2011 at 1:21 pm

Your cookbook MUST include as many green monster smoothie and vegan overnight oats recipes as possible!! So easy, and with ingredients most people have on-hand or can find easily.

One thing I have to add – PLEASE have your cookbook proofread VERY carefully. I’m currently working my way through the Color Me Vegan cookbook, and I’ve loved every recipe I’ve tried – but the book contains SO many errors (missing words or punctuation, listing an ingredient and then never mentioning when to add that ingredient in the recipe, even repeating multiple names in the Acknowledgements) that I find it incredibly distracting. (I was an English major – can you tell?)


Freya January 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Oh gosh, I would buy your cookbook in a heartbeat!
Big projects for me this year? My final year dissertation for my psychology degree (it’s going v v v badly) and organising summer camp in america/culinary school in ameirca! Scary times :s


CathyK January 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

oh, congratulations on plunging into your cookbook project, angela!
i so agree: it’s overwhelming to think about what lies ahead/what needs to be done before you start on a major task. i tend to think in all-or-nothing terms, try to have everything “perfect” before beginning a big project…when really you need to just jump in the pool and start swimming!
i really look forward to hearing about your progress…and for sure will get myself a copy of the final product!


Anna January 11, 2011 at 1:31 pm

As a commenter above said:
‘A unique approach would be to incorporate your strategies and history with disordered eating. Not a “diet” book – but an actual book that tells us it’s ok to eat foods such as almond butter and avocados because of what they do for us. Really, you make food fun again!’

I like this idea – not suggesting that you go into too much detail over your past disordered eating, unless you want to obviously, but just that yeah, ‘this does this for you and it’s totally great to eat it’. I love it when you include just a few reasons something’s good for you, or you know, otherwise awesome (like, spelt flour. I bought it on your recommendation, and I feel like it’s such a ridiculously simple way to make a better choice. And I made my own almond butter, inspired by you, as well)

Also, I’m English, and a lot of American recipes (not just vegan) call for ingredients I can’t get here – vegan cheese, vegan cream cheese, egg replacer; and that’s just the vegan stuff. So I love that you call for whole foods, but we can’t even get stuff like flax seeds, chia seeds, canned pumpkin, coconut oil, nut butters besides peanut, here without ordering specially off the internet. So maybe like, ‘how to make your own pumpkin puree’, even if it’s just a footnote, or a ‘order this off amazon or similar’ note for a couple of things. But on the whole, yours is one of the sites I’ve had least trouble with getting ingredients (I have a lot of trouble with Pioneer Woman, for instance, when she uses things like Cool Whip – which is what? I don’t even know? Is it cream? Is it mayonnaise? – and pudding mix and stuff). So mostly just keep doing what you’re doing.

Generally I love almost everything you make, I think we have very similar tastes – so just putting in my two pennies worth to say that I’d definitely be interested in a cookbook from you, and actually I’m super-excited at the prospect. I hope this is helpful!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm

great ideas Anna, thank you :)


Angela January 12, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Anna covered my first suggestion with some of the stranger American/Canadian ingrediants (seriously what is Cool Whip?) and my second one is having a section somewhere that states what a cup of something is. It’s easy to do flour and sugar but what is a cup of butter? Is it melted, cubed, packed right in? I know butter won’t matter in a vegan cookbook but there might be similar ingrediants.

P.S. Anna check out Holland and Barratt as they have most of the things you mentioned. They do 4 or 5 different nut butters as well. Waitrose do canned pumpkin in autumn/winter and it is in the canned fruit/baking section and loads cheaper than the internet. Haven’t found coconut oil in the shops yet but I’m working on tracking it down!


Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition January 11, 2011 at 1:32 pm

I’m the same way! I have really high expectations for myself and a bit of perfectionism which sometimes causes me to not try new things or big projects! I need to learn how to push through and realize that I’m never going to succeed or do anything if I dont’ try.

I’m so excited about your cookbook– you have quite the loyal fan base because your good and passionate about what you do and it shows!

You rock! Looking forward : )


Rhona January 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm

Like you, I often put off large projects for fear of failure. I have been doing it for years and only realized what I was doing about a year ago. For example, I am going back to school (pt) and because I had so much to do when applying; getting university transcripts, writing letters, getting $ orders in order; I kept putting it off and off. I got so discouraged. When I finally sat down and competed the task, it was actually a lot less stressful than I thought and I was finished within a month!
In terms of your cookbook, I would love to see a few low or no fat vegan recipes. To me, being vegan is also abt being as healthy as possible and I feel that fat (added) is not very healthy so a few recipes on this would be nice.
Also, a way to make most recipes vegan would be a giant hit, I believe. You had a post up with a fake book called, How to Veganize everything, or something along those lines. I have to admit that before I knew it was fake, I jumped on google looking for the book. I was so excited because I thought it was real. So, this might be a good thing for you to do.
I have to also say I love how honest you are on this blog. I can totally relate to you on a few levels as I have high levels of anxiety and love to travel and am Canadian so it is nice to see such a successful blog like yours. Keep up the great work.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

that is such a cute story about that fake book! lol


Emily January 11, 2011 at 1:35 pm

For a big project to be a success, I need to set deadlines for myself. I loved high school and love college because I am forced to get things done by a certain time. I definitely produce better work under pressure. I used to have an art teacher that set very vague deadlines and that led to pieces that were never up to my full potential… Also, like many people I think, I find that getting started is the difficult part, not the actual work.

I can’t wait for your cookbook!


Allison @ Food For Healing January 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Best of luck in the planning process! Getting started is always the hardest part.
my big thing for 2011 is to focus on myself, getting healthy and in-shape. I would love to write a cookbook one day as well, maybe next year. and also a more personal one that will not be revealed here. Those will probably be my 2012 goals, but first i need to focus on ME right now.

i love your diagrams, they are awesome! haha


Alyson January 11, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I’m not a vegan, so my approach to eating vegan meals comes merely from the fact that I like eating and don’t feel the desire to eat meat every night. So… as a omnivore (or maybe I’d be called a flexetarian, I don’t know), I don’t want to eat vegan food that pretends to be meat. If I wanted to eat meat, I’d eat meat. Or if I wanted to eat cheese, I’d eat cheese. Does that make sense?

The recipes that I love the most are your ones that don’t try to replace something I could make as an omnivore. I love your recipes that incorporate vibrant colours and balanced nutrition (the spicy rainbow black bean salad is amazing). There’s a lot to be said for targeting non-vegans with the cookbook, keeping the recipes accessible to as many people as possible.


Therese January 11, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’m going through my thesis right NOW (well, admittedly, it’s not a thesis per say, it’s my “advanced research methods” class which is, quite frankly, my thesis) and I have to have to do a presentation on my proposal this coming Thursday and I’m not overly confident in it. However, your reminder of having a plan has calmed me down some!

Other big things this year include launching my own business, my 30k race and my own possible book proposal (although I may hold that off until 2012) but all of them require a good plan!

Your cookbook is going to be amazing, Angela and it’s because you put such heart AND hard work into everything you do!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

you are amazing! I know you will rock your proposal. Goodluck :)


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) January 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU (and your future book!!!)!! :D:D:D:D:D:D

I also get intimidated by large projects. When I finished my coursework during my master’s, I spent quite a bit of time panicking about my thesis. I set rough milestone dates for myself, like “by this date, I will have my lit review draft complete”, “by this date, I will be aiming to propose”, and “hopefully by this date, I’ll be graduating!” ;). I even structured my days a bit so I would say Monday to Friday, I’d make my thesis my job and be in the library researching for an x amount of time, but I would be sure to relax that a little on the weekends. That way I didn’t feel like it overtook my life, and I was still able to take each day one step at a time.

Things change though, and timelines sometimes need to be adjusted – that’s okay! As long as you have a rough idea of where you want to go (even if the next step is “figuring out the next step”), then it’s easier to stay on track. I find this helps me the most because otherwise I end up procrastinating big time!


Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen January 11, 2011 at 1:45 pm

1. Yayy!! for you and the cookbook! haha and 2. I always have to have a plan…if I don’t – I get way too overwhelmed.


Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The way I start a big project is to just visualize and think about it in my head. What do I want it to look like, what do I want it to contain, what makes it so special? Then I sketch or write a few things out by hand, and eventually it will go to the computer. For some reason, its harder for me to get the original ideas out when typing on the computer.


Jessica Engel January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

I experience the same challenge with procrastinating… it seems the MORE I want something, the more perfect I want it to be the harder it is to start. I think, as you said, it stems for the OCD perfectionists in us.

I think you’ve already been give a lot of amazing advice. Personally I think there are a few key things that I do: 1. setup a plan (as you are doing) and break it into major milestones and smaller steps and assign timings or due dates to those steps and milestons… then share that plan with someone (like us :)) to keep yourself accountable. Personally, this works for me b/c even after I have a plan I sometimes will procrastinate on certain steps that are overwhelming in themselves. 2. Whenever things get too complicated take a step back and review your initial goal/vision… keep it simple, always.

Best of luck!!


Adeline January 11, 2011 at 1:48 pm

The cookbook project is so exciting! As most people said, what I love about your site is how you show people eating vegan is easy and accessible. Most cookbooks suggest dozens of ingredients, half of which are impossible to find and will never be used after that one recipe.
Reading your blog shows that a salad can be feeling and give me energy, that a (vegan) cake can be easy to make and taste delicious, that mac and cheese don’t have to be a “sin” or that a “healthy snack” doesn’t always equal an apple and three almonds. The way you approach your blog and posts is the same approach I’d love to see in a cookbook.

As for ideas, I loved a line from your notebook photo (what would people want to eat on a fall day): food isn’t just food and calories, it’s comfort and atmosphere too/
I’d also love to see a seasonal theme in a book (I often go back to Jamie Oliver’s Jamie At Home because it’s organised by seasons): for me veganism (or in my case vegetarianism) isn’t simply about cruelty against animals, but about finding tastier meals and understanding where food comes from. It’s my pet peeve to see winter recipes recommend dozens of fresh tomatoes or peaches! They may be organic, but getting those in December most likely means they didn’t grow in a very natural process!

As for the projects question (sorry for the long comment), I usually delay tackling a project because I feel overwhelmed by how much work it’s going to be. When I finally sit down and start working, I realise it’s actually not a big deal and I really enjoy it!
Thanks very much for sharing your tactic, Leanne, that’s exactly what I need!


Maria @ Oh Healthy Day January 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

So excited that you are finally moving for with this dream. No doubt that it wil be a fantastic cookbook! I’d suggest, if you need inspiration, do just look at cookbooks that you enjoy and make a list of things you like about them and things you don’t like.

I personally love cookbooks with photos of the cooking process, not just the end project. I’m a visual learner!


lindsay January 11, 2011 at 1:56 pm

you definitely have the orginzational skills to tackle any project. I get overwhelmed at first, but then once I nail down a plan, i am better. Love the diagrams! hehe.


Alison (Fueling for Fitness) January 11, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Oh man this is such exciting news!!! I can’t WAIT for your cookbook!

I had this whole comment written up just now about how I conquer huge projects that I’m scared of and it seems to have disappeared. Uh… if you get a comment in a different post about setting rough milestones then know that it’s meant for this one. ;) Looks like you’ve already gotten spectacular advice from other readers though!


Heather (Heather's Dish) January 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm

wow, congrats on being contacted by some agents! that’s a huge first step in writing a book, and you totally deserve it :) i have some big things up my sleeves for this year, but you’re right in that planning it all out is a HUGE part of being successful!


Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans January 11, 2011 at 2:06 pm

I am so glad that you are doing this. I have wondered for a while how you don’t already have a cookbook out there! You are going to do great, I know it!


Carolyn January 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hey, Angela! I am really excited to read about the progress of what I am sure will become a WONDERFUL cookbook! =)

You asked for our input, and I haven’t read the comments, but if this hasn’t come up, I think it will be an important one to address in your cookbook.
My mother and I are almost always at loggerheads because of my vegan diet. Quite simply, she doesn’t feel comfortable with the idea of “vegan food”, and doesn’t feel confident baking or cooking it. Thus, I am almost always on my own when it comes to making meals at home, and I don’t get to share meals with my family.
Recently, she baked a cake for my sister’s birthday. However, even with my help and written instructions, it was a challenge for her to substitute ground flax seed and almond milk in the cake, and make a vegan ganache (the latter of which I actually did, because she didn’t want to).
I think it is still hard for many people to understand the vegan lifestyle, much less live with or have to cook for someone who is vegan. It would be great if you could devote a chapter of the book to “No Fear Vegan Cooking”, or some equivalent, that would address the issue of becoming familiar and comfortable with vegan cooking, as well as a list of substitutions and tips for those who are unfamiliar with the lifestyle.

(Note: This story has a happy ending. The cake was a delicious success! =) )


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm

awesome idea!


Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) January 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I’m so similar to you, I get intimidated by big projects and therefore, don’t start them for far too long. This has been the case with applying to nursing school this year, I meant to get all my apps done way ahead of time, but haven’t been able to accomplish that. I get overwhelmed if I have so many different things to do all at once! Really liked this post–needed it today, because I told myself I was going to finally get started on one that I have been avoiding!


Wendy (Healthy Girl's Kitchen) January 11, 2011 at 2:18 pm

The best advice I ever got was from my husband. He said two things, “Just show up every day and do the next right thing.” Most people can’t do that. You know what, he’s right! I built a successful business that way. But the going gets tough, really tough, sometimes. But if you show up the next day and you do the one, next right thing, you will get there. I see that you are on the right path and doing the next right thing–the outline–you don’t need to do everything all at once.

And take a deep breath, that one comes from me!


Sabrina January 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

My goal for 2011 is to finally get my B.A. degree. Not such a huge task you might think, but it actually is very hard for me to start writing my last term papers and finish! them. My stomach hurts when I think about it – and I don’t even know why exactly. I really love reading your blog, even though I don’t live a vegan life. But I want to start cooking some of your mouth watering recipes and really look forward to your book. Good luck and a lot of success of course! Best whishes from Germany!


Lucy January 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Hi, Angela!

One thing you clearly excel at is adapting new and intriguing/your former favorite non-vegan recipes into new (better?!?) vegan versions thereof.

So. Here’s my pitch. “Vegan Without Sacrifice: A How-to Cookbook sharing My Favorite Tips for Veganizing Any Recipe and some of My Favorite Recipes” . . . or something. :)

In terms of format, you could either have a whole section at the beginning devoted to tips/techniques, or perhaps more entertainingly, you could accompany each recipe with your “inspiration” non-vegan recipe, and then discuss your trials/tribulations in veganizing the recipe (in your uniquely entertaining manner) followed by the successful vegan recipe. Just like on your ‘blog! ;-) OR, you could start each section (bread baking, or something) with a discussion of the specific issues one faces as a vegan cook/baker working in that genre — how an egg substitute in a cookie recipe will not be the same as an egg substitute in a custard recipe, etc.

I think you would rock. this. out. And I would buy it. Looks like other have suggested something similar in the comments.


Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes January 11, 2011 at 2:32 pm

Good luck with the book! It’s such an amazing opportunity and I know without a doubt you will do great.


Lucy January 11, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Yeah. I take it back. That other suggestion should be for your _second_ cookbook. This one should definitely be called:

“Oh She Glows – Vegan Recipes to Help Get Your Glow Back”

Or something more branded. Right? Like a self-titled first album? Okay, I’mma shutup now. :)


Candice @ChiaSeedMe January 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Congratulations Angela! I had no doubt you’d be writing a cookbook soon, but I’m so glad to hear that it’s actually happening!

Thanks for sharing your process of writing it with us – I’ve always wanted to know what it would look like to write a book. Also, this post is really helpful to me. I totally agree that taking the step to actually put stuff down on paper is huge. That almost always gets the ball rolling for me.

Can’t wait to follow along on this project with you!


Wendy January 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I am a long-time reader of your blog, and I LOVE making your recipes at home! Unfortunately, I am allergic to peanuts and almonds, so many great vegan recipes are off limits for me. Can you suggest substitutions for those of us with allergies to nuts or gluten??

Lots of love & good luck!


Maddie (Healthy Maddie) January 11, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I would love it if you wrote a cookbook! All the recipes I have made from your blog are simple, delicious, and fast. Good luck!


Clare @ Fitting It All In January 11, 2011 at 2:52 pm

I cannot WAIT for your cookbook! All of your recipes are amazing so I’m sure that any format you come up with will be fantastic.


MaryZ January 11, 2011 at 2:53 pm

How exciting! I can hardly wait for the book to be done. I have used so many of your recipes and even though I’m not vegan, I love how easy you have made it to cook delicious food.


Gina January 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Congrats! I absolutely love your recipes and will be first in line to purchase your book! I made the In A Jiffy Spelt Burgers for the second time last night and I just can’t get over how delicious they are! Plus there are so many ways to enjoy them…over salad, wraps, in a quinoa bowl. I would love to see you incorporate different ideas or ways to eat the final product in your book. Or even ways to use left-overs in the next days’ lunch or dinner. I love when you blog about that!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I love those ideas :)


kim January 11, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I too am writing a book. Mine is about the relationship between food and the gospel. I need 50000 words. I am at 3800 not including Scriptures and quotes I have told myself I need to write 1800 a week and I already have an editor. Those are two goals.


Katie January 11, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Um, yeah. I’m writing my dissertation this year. I have started it and I found that the best thing for me to do is to just start writing so I’m not staring at a blank screen. That’s the worst feeling ever. You can always go back and re-write or edit, so I just throw something on the screen to get over the intimidation.

Good luck with the cookbook! Can’t wait to see what you do!


Amy January 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

I have to have pictures in my cookbooks. I am very visual and ususally won’t attempt to cook something if I don’t have a visual. I love the idea of making foods veganized. I love that you don’t use all the fake meats, tofu etc. Just good clean food. You inspired me to veganize a dish that I had been craving. Dumplings and noodles (chicken & dumplings) no chicken, no fake meat and it turned out wonderful. Just keep doing what you do and it will turn out great!


Lynne January 11, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Oh my goodness, if there’s one thing I excel at it’s procrastination! I am currently writing my dissertation proposal, and it is taking me forever. It took me far longer than it should have to settle on a topic, because I kept waiting for the ‘perfect’ idea to occur to me. Now, it’s such a rush and a stress to get it finished on time! So glad I’m not alone in this. :)


Kara January 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

I have this vegan cookbook that includes ingredients like veggie scallops and veggie lamb. Ew.

I love your whole food, real food approach!!


Michelle January 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm

This year I am living the motto- Take a Risk, Take a Chance, Make a Change that I saw on operation beautiful. So every week I need to do one thing that would qualify in each. Plus I am blogging about it all.

So today I was given a great project idea for my business- create a community health and wellness program (a challenge sort of event) At first I thought NO WAY! To hard. But then I thought of my motto and this would be one big mother risk that would lead to get ideas. So I am going for it. But like so many of those above me….. I will be chunking it down into doable piece and give it all deadlines.

As well I would LOVE to have kid friendly vegan recipies!!


Dawn January 11, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Hi Angela,
Just this past weekend, I filled up my new 2011 planner with everything I have on the go. It took almost all day, but when I was finished I felt so much better about everything!

When I saw your drawings in your notebook, I was thinking that was your subconscious telling you to have a MARTINI!!!!

Your new cookbook will be amazing, just like your Glo Bars and your Blog! You’re so creative and word everything so nicely (and your recipes are so easy to understand), that it will be a sure best seller!

Have a great day!
ps. Sending positive vibes to you and your Grandfather that all will be well.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm

lol @ the martini comment! ;)


Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 11, 2011 at 4:02 pm

As someone who loves ‘planning’ I think your approach is just BRILLIANT!!!


Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg January 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

How exciting!!!! And not at ALL surprising ;-)

I’m bad about procrastinating with big projects too…I just have to force myself to jump in and START, and then it’s usually pretty easy from there!


Corey @ the runner's cookie January 11, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I have confidence that you will work hard and create an amazing vegan cookbook! I think you already know what your readers like – you show that everyday! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
In 2011 I hope to start a new chapter of my life with grad school. I don’t really know what it’s going to be like to be in school again, or what it will lead to afterward, but I’m trying to learn to embrace the journey and take it one day at a time.


ARPL January 11, 2011 at 4:15 pm

I’m curious if you are still trying to build your Globar empire – or if that has taken a backseat to your cookbook dream. There hasn’t been much chatter about the bars lately, which is why I ask.

In other random news, I tried your salt & vinegar chips and they turned out great. I read tons of food blogs and although I make mental notes to try different recipes, I am rarely motivated enough to hit the kitchen. So bravo to you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm

After the Glo bars made it successfully on their ‘own’, I made a decision not to blog about them on OSG as much as I did when I was in the initial stages.


Kristen January 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I am SO excited for you to come out with a cookbook! I just KNOW it will be wonderful and I will be picking it up the day it comes out! I am working on a Social Media Makeover and am feeling a bit overwhelmed, but making lists of everything I need to get done and when, and also doing research is helping me feel less overwhelmed. I’m so nervous and intimidated because I just want to do a good job since there are other people counting on me. But, also, RUNNING helps clear my mind and helps me manage my thoughts!

Good luck on your outlines! Again, I’m so excited for you to have a cookbook!


Kathryn January 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Oh boy do I identify! Procrastinating is a toughie!

I love your open approach to recipies, trying different flours, veggies, and what not, but you almost always offer the option of using what ever one might have on hand (spelt instead of whole wheat, etc). I love that. I also LOVE that you seem to cook seasonally. I think that is really important and I’ve really only come across a couple of cookbooks (SOUP LOVE is a great example), that are organized by season. I’m a big farmer’s market person and I hate a mealy tomato so cooking seasonaly is my fav way to cook!

You also seem to be amazing at saving money and cooking on the cheap but with amazing ingredients. Maybe another idea!

I could see you having SEVERAL books!


Andrea B. January 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm

What exciting new Angela! All your hard work on Project Food Blog is going to pay off!
I agree with lots of the comments above – vegan recipes with ingredients that are on hand are my favourite…it’s discouraging when every recipe you look at has odd ingredients that you have to seek out at a specialty store….maybe you could do something similar to Rachael Ray where she lists the ingredients she uses all the time, so people who try alot of her recipes know to have their pantries stocked and that stuff gets used in a bunch of recipes not just one random recipe and then never again. You also must do lots of photos because your photos make the recipe so much fun!
In the meantime, while we are all anxiously awaiting your FIRST cookbook of many, would you give us a list of your faves (the ones pictured on your shelf)….I need to get some more cookbooks on vegetarian/vegan cooking and would like to see what has inspired you for so many great dishes!
Good luck….can’t wait to see how this new journey unfolds for you.


laura January 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm

I haven’t read all the comments but you could maybe make the book in the layout of how you got healthier… i.e. from betterish (good english eh?) simple things to cook for yourself to really healthy stuff then anyone reading the book can start off at page 1 making the transition slowly to more healthier lifestyle… just an idea but i’ll definitely be buying it

P.S. I hope you will still blog once it is published


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Oh yes I will still blog of course :) OSG is my baby!


Elli @ 16 and Losing It January 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm

I know some other people have mentioned this too but as far as the cookbook lots of vegan recipes call for some strange ingredients that i wouldn’t normally have around. I want a cookbook that I can just pull of the shelf and cook from on a day when I want to make something new and not have to go shopping first. Also as someone trying to lose weight vegan I am always looking for recipes that aren’t loaded with nuts or oils or other high calorie things! I’m sure any cookbook will be great, just the recipes on here are great! Good luck and I can’t wait to see what happens!


Audrey January 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm

I can’t wait for the book! Some things that I think would be great to include would be quick, easy, AND delicious recipes that call for simple ingredients. Maybe that’s kind of a tall order, but those are the recipes I look for when I open a cookbook. I also love the idea of making old favorites vegan–though I’m all for being introduced to new dishes as well. I guess I like a mix. :) Good luck, Angela. I know that it will be amazing. Like everything you do!


Sara January 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

I can’t wait for your cookbook!! It will be genius just like your blog!! This year I am graduating with a Bachelor’s in Nutrition Science and will begin looking for a job in my field and a place to live. It seems overwhelming! I also plan to run my first half marathon in September! Good luck with your plan! I can’t wait to see the results!!


Cara Craves... January 11, 2011 at 5:21 pm

I think it is so easy to have that looming intimidation feeling…
Sometimes things seem so big and unreachable, but if you take
it a little bit at a time things seem to fall into place.


Pearl (Crunch and Chew) January 11, 2011 at 5:22 pm

This is so exciting Angela! It’s great to see how far you’ve come since the start of OSG and I’m sure with all the hard work you’re putting in that the cookbook will be a huge success.


Hunter4086 January 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

I’m happy for you! What an opportunity, and how it must feel so in sync with what you desire to do and what comes naturally. All I can say is this is one of my “go-to” sites for recipes. I am a vegan and my boyfriend is extremely fussy (well, ‘refined palate’ might sound nicer!) and everything I try based on your recipes goes over so well. You make *me* look like an awesome cook, and for that I must thank you, and reassure you that you already have all the talents and resources you need to make an awesome cookbook. It’s just a matter of overcoming those twin demons of overthinking and procrastination, and letting the Awesome out to play!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for such a nice comment!


Carrie (Love Healthy Living) January 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

Awww, the problem of being a perfectionist: if you can’t do it perfectly, why even start? I struggle to get over this type of thinking because it isn’t healthy or productive. I love that you’ve started an outline just to make a simple start. Even spending a few minutes a day working on a giant project is a good idea. Keep up the good work!


Freya January 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm

I’m currently writing my masters thesis and I swing between feeling I’m never going to hand anything in, to being totally pumped and on top of it all (sometimes within the same hour!)
With big things like this I think half the challenge is mentally getting your head around the goal, and breaking it down achievable chunks!


Maria Schade January 11, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I cannot wait to buy your cookbook! It’ll save my computer from being spattered with batter when I bring it into the kitchen with me. Good luck!


Katie January 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

hi angela! i’d love to see a cookbook that incorporates how to change regular recipes to vegan recipes, so possibly including non-vegan recipes alongside the same dish vegan recipe. does that make sense? i think that would be so cool!


Silvia @ skinny jeans food January 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

Angela, although you did not win the Food Buzz Blog top prize, I love your recipes and look forward to the book! And…. I nominated you for a Stylish Blog Award!


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 8:11 pm

thanks Silvia!


Lia January 11, 2011 at 6:46 pm

I just wanted to applaud you for taking the steps you HAVE taken! This is an exciting goal to work on! I find that if I tell myself that the outcome is insignificant, whether I fail or not, whether it is good or not, doesn’t matter and won’t affect anything or anyone in a life changing way. When it doesn’t feel like a big deal, I can relax and enjoy the process which let’s the creative juices flow too!


Sarah January 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm

This is so great, Angela. I wish you the very best of luck!


Celina January 11, 2011 at 7:07 pm

Im assuming the majority of your blog readers are predominantly female.
And a lot of vegan cook books seems to be aimed at females (my brother would never pick up “the kind diet” for example)
I think it would be great to have a chapter on how to make the “manly meat-eaters” of the household (or maybe just those who are afraid to try vegan cooking like *cough* my brothers/dad/uncles etc) enjoy vegan cooking (maybe talk about how you got eric to enjoy your healthy life style habits?)
I want my dad to be able to look at a vegan recipe and not think “how can I add meat to this dish?”
haha I hope this comment kind of makes sense ;)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 8:10 pm

that is a great point…thanks!


Amber K January 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I do the same thing! I keep waiting for inspiration to just strike me or for some idea to just pop into my head before getting started. But almost always the work has to start before some of the best ideas come through.

Personally I’d love to seen some vegan gluten-free recipes. I am not that creative when it comes to recipes and I seem to find a ton of meat-heavy gluten-free things or yummy looking vegan things that are in no way gluten-free.


Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

“Starting a big project has always been the most difficult part.”

SO true! Congrats on making a start on your outline! It’ll just get easier from here now. :D


Kate January 11, 2011 at 7:10 pm

I love your recipes – and although blogs are great, a cookbook is something tangible and real, that you can hold in your hands and look back on! It will be very exciting!

I’ve got one question. You use Earth Balance an lot in your cooking. But Earth Balance uses palm oil, which is often-times horrific product that is decimating the orangutang populations in South East Asia. It’s a very ethically dubious product (I’m not entirely sure it is vegan… given that it is directly responsible for the Orangutangs deaths…). Would it be possible to include a vegan alternative to Earth Balance?? Or perhaps, Earth Balance uses organic, or ethically responsibly produced palm oil (I couldn’t find anything on their website)?? In which case it might be a good idea to include a note on that (It’s something that is a big issue, particularly in Aus/NZ etc because we are closer to SE Asia).

http://www.palmoilaction.org.au/index.html (a link on palm oil)


Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn January 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm

I get SO intimidated by some projects, for example my term paper due tomorrow…let’s not talk about that;)

But what I find especially helpful is doing bites and pieces at a time instead of attacking it all at once. For example, when I write papers I often to little tidbits, sometimes writing a paragraph, sometimes finding information, etc. When you stop and look at your work, eventually, you realize you’ve done a ton! It just goes to show that “it all adds up” :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm

I too love that approach!


Livvie January 11, 2011 at 7:24 pm

HI Angela :)

I would have a little blurby of

1: why it is okay to be vegan. 2: how to slowly become vegan. 3: how you can get a glow by being vegan (You have really inspired me, I must say :)). and a list of swaps.

You could have it like this:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert, Snacks, Sauces


Hot, Cold, Anytime, Downtime.


Baked, Bubbled, Raw.

The best thing is to catch the eye. A big bold title and a little “why this is special, etc etc” and then if possible, I’d lay it out how you do it here in the blog – recipe blat. and then the little details (where you shine and we sort of get to know you better!). Then maybe see if you can have a picture of the finished product on each recipe. (this might be very costly though).

I would like to see everything. like a little on breakfasts, a few green monster recipes, a few sauces, a few main meals, a few raw.. etc etc. and then maybe put together a few meal plans or “this goes really well with THIS….” etc.

I hope some of these helped. :)


Sassy Molassy January 11, 2011 at 7:39 pm

I think some comments have eluded to this, but one thing I love about your blog is the elaborate, beautiful recipes. That being said, in a cookbook, I’d like a nice balance of elaborate and easy to whip up vegan meals.

And, I’d love to see some “on the go” delicious lunch options that a full time office working person could make in the early morning or the night before to take to work with them. I’m often envious of yours and Ashley’s (edible perspective) beautiful meals and then remind myself that you do this stuff for a living in addition to loving it. ANywho, just an idea to pass on.


MelanieF January 11, 2011 at 7:46 pm

I just recently started reading your blog and I have already made 2 of your recipes (Lentil Walnut Loaf and Vegan Alfredo sauce – both delish!!!). A cookbook would be a terrific idea. I am not into fake meats and other processed vegan foods, I prefer vegan whole foods and recipes. I am looking foward to your cookbook :-)


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm

This is really neat to read – thanks for posting! I am so impressed!

I am a HUGE procrastinator (same thing with the being overwhelmed at the size of some projects), but once I get going I am a one-track mind. :)


Cami (Health & Happiness) January 11, 2011 at 8:40 pm

So exciting!! I would love to have a cookbook that would teach me how to use the vegan substitutes/ingredients. So if I saw a regular non-vegan cookie recipe or a mac & cheese, I would know how to change it and incorporate the vegan ingredients! Also, I work in a corporate environment and pack my lunch almost every day… quick and easy meals would be good too.

I think my husband and I cook one of your recipes at least once a week if not more, so I can’t wait to see what you come up with! :)


Jessica Sinclair January 11, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Yay! I’m sooo happy to hear that you’ve been contacted….your cookbook will be awesome! I love your recipes, and the fact that you don’t depend on make believe meat. I like tofu, and have no trouble finding it in my small town, but I can’t find tempeh or seitan (unless I order online or make it myself). I tend not to eat them in many recipes (except the tofu bacon that my family LOVES that is super simple).
I would love it if you would include some sections that are allergy sensitive (I am allergic to tree nuts (almonds,walnuts, cashews, etc..). I’ve figured out some substitutions on my own, but it would be nice to be able to turn to a recipe and follow along without having to think about substitutions.


[email protected] January 11, 2011 at 8:58 pm

How exciting! I think you could write a fabulous cookbook :-)


Jeanne January 11, 2011 at 9:01 pm

I’ve been reading your blog for about a month now and tonight finally tried one of the recipes (I’ve printed off about a dozen). Angela, I have to tell you that if your recipes for the book are all as delicious as your Holiday Soup for the Soul, then you will sell a million copies. This soup is truly magical. I think it’s the best soup I’ve ever made. Thank you!


Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) January 11, 2011 at 9:09 pm

I know you haven’t written/ completed it yet, but I will totally be buying your cookbook. I have made so many of your recipes, and they always turn out perfectly.

I think it is important for cookbooks to have pictures and sometimes ingredients that carry through (if I have to buy an expensive ingredient for one recipe, it would be awesome if other recipes in the book used the ingredient too).

I am so excited for your book because I know it will be incredible! You are amazing at everything you do :-)


Andrea January 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

I don’t have any specific projects on the horizon, but I do know the feeling of having big things on my plate and no real idea where to begin. I feel that way at the beginning of every semester when I get all of my syllabi and see everything in front of me at once. What tends to really help me is to break it down into smaller parts and write everything down. Organization is most calming for me, and then I begin to see that everything will happen in time, and that I have plenty of opportunities to succeed. :)
As for your cookbook, I’m so excited for you and I’m sure it will be amazing- I have always had great success with every recipe of yours I’ve tried, especially the baked goods. Everyone is always amazed that the baked goods are vegan!


Alyssa @ fashionfitnessfoodie January 11, 2011 at 9:37 pm

I am very excited for your cookbook :) I really enjoyed reading your project food blog! You did a great job


Kristilyn January 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

Angela, you’re such a star! I can’t believe how organized you are when it comes to your life. I went back today and re-read your ‘A Year Can Change A Lot’ series. I’ve been contemplating a change in my life, but I’m so worried – mainly about what my parents will think, and then about what I would actually do with my life if I made said change. Sometimes I feel like such a chicken, and sometimes I feel like I don’t truly know who I am – I hope I can figure it out because I don’t know how long I’m going to be here for and I want to say, when I reach those pearly gates, that I enjoyed my life and what I did with it. Thanks for having such an accessible blog and for being so real. You’re definitely someone to look up to!


Liz @ IHeartVegetables January 11, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I’m GREAT at starting big projects… but not so good at finishing them ;)

Good luck on the cookbook! I’m sure it will be amazing. Everything you create seems to turn out fantastic! :)


Krista N. January 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm

First of all, you have the BEST recipes and ideas. So, I would love to see a Vegan cookbook with an emphasis on Entertaining. Kind of like Martha meets Eat Drink and be Vegan. I LOVED your Thanksgiving meal ideas, mason jar cakes, etc. So basically, a Vegan Domestic Goddess cookbook :)


Kathleen @ Kat's Health Corner January 11, 2011 at 11:26 pm

To me, a big project is just like an essay — once you get a strong “thesis,” the process get a lot easier. :)


Ashley January 11, 2011 at 11:36 pm

Congrats on starting such a big project!! It must feel so good. :) Wishing you the best of luck in getting a book deal. I definitely know you can do it! xo


Camla January 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

I want EASY (you asked). My favorite cookbooks are 4-5 ingredient cookbooks with simple ingredients. Good luck!


Allison January 12, 2011 at 12:23 am

Oh man, big projects can feel overwhelming, but I bet the payoff will be amazing.

I have just recently turned vegan (which I am so happy about), but I am also a soon-to-be graduate with an inevitable financial burden to bear. Perhaps a chapter about affordable healthy living would be cool? Just a thought.

Much peace and best wishes to you! Thanks for the inspiration.


Beatrix January 12, 2011 at 12:35 am

Hey Ang,

come check out my blog…you got an award today :)


Casey Thomas January 12, 2011 at 12:52 am

In my experience most people suffer from procrastination and fear of failure. I think it’s something you just need to keep working on improving and over time it does.
I have one trick which has got me very, very far and I always share it with clients: just start. The thing is the best ideas come from taking action, not just thinking about what to do. Once you start something, even if the idea isn’t great or you are not sure where you are going with it, more and often better ideas come up and form the project/task even better. It’s all about momentum really.

I think of it like life…you never do know what is going to happen so just start and then the next step will come to you.

Awesome job on doing the chapter outline!


Tania January 12, 2011 at 1:17 am

So excited for you!!
I think having a list of simple substitutions would be helpful–milk, eggs, butter and their vegan equivalents. I’m in agreement with everyone on using easy to find ingredients. And while you market yourself as a vegan baker, I have always appreciated the fact that you are accepting of other lifestyles and that you don’t ram any hardcore PETA vegan ideology. You keep it light, fresh and accepting of all. This is your appeal. A lot of us who read OSG aren’t vegans or even vegetarians, but still love the focus on healthy, fresh food. Oh, and also some dishes that could be prepared as a veggie side dish (in conjunction with whichever protein is used) would be amazing! So excited for you. I know the execution of this will be flawless, as usual.


Zestful Lou January 12, 2011 at 1:20 am

I just recently started my own blog and I think I have already linked to your page at least twice! I just love your blog so much!


Connie January 12, 2011 at 2:30 am

Hi Angela! How about include some video links for the cooking process (especially difficult recipes)? I’m sure your cookbook will be a major success. All the best :)


Marit January 12, 2011 at 3:29 am

What a fantastic idea!
In norway we have an expression: “the threshold mile is always longest” meaning that it’s always most difficoult to make a start. once you’re over the “threshold mile” it’s not as hard or as much work as you thought it would be.
I love your blog! as a recent follower i’ll definatelly continue following.
My oppinions are as follows.
Personally, i quickly loose interest in a cookbook if it’s only got recipes and if the recipes repeat themselves by continually using the same ingredients.
Someone above mentioned a scale of how difficoult and timeconsuming each recipe would be and i second that.
I would also like a chapter on child-friendly recipes as my daughter has acute food-phobia in some periods and refuses pretty much everything so a section where kids can help cook and the results are tasty and visually apetizing would be a big plus as most cookbooks totally ignore families. Advice on child nutrition and other things parents worry about would be helpful too. Not many raise their children vegan, but many wish to add variety to their childrens diet and food experience. expand their horizons you might say.

The stykle of your book ought to be like your blog. Interspersed with anecdotes and small snippets about healthy living in general. That is how we all know and love you!

being a vegan book you really need a nutritional advice bit too so people who use your book are aware of what a animal-produce-free diet entails. (just in case a few newbie vegans buy it…)
I am too much of an omnivore to ever become fully vegan but I would welcome your book as a suplement to my growing range of various recipes and to get some variety into my life.

I think i read somewhere that if all western people dropped one meat-dinners a week the pressure on meatfarming and the environment would drop enough to stop the devastation of the rainforest for pasture. That freaked me out a bit…
keep blooging tho. we are all right behind you!


Rochel January 12, 2011 at 4:01 am

This might be my favorite post of yours. (And that’s saying a lot because I’ve been reading it for as long as I can remember.) I feel like it’s speaking right to me. Big projects are daunting. At the same time they are exciting and motivating. We all know you have the talent, drive, and confidence to publish an amazing cookbook. All you have to do is start.

I have a few massive projects on the horizon for 2011 and am facing the same challenge of getting each one started in the proper way. I sat down with a huge binder and wrote out a business plan with goals, methods to achieve the goals in the short and long terms. Give yourself a schedule; but, be flexible. Remember, it’s a creative project and sometimes you can’t rush creativity.

Good luck.


Johanna January 12, 2011 at 5:35 am

I am sure you`ll do great! i love the way you present your recepies, and i will definately buy the book! I wish you all the best with this project!!!


Annie January 12, 2011 at 5:59 am

Hi Angela,

I have been using your blog to help myself and my family (Hubby and 3 boys under 6) on our path to Vegan.
Your recipes and advice have been invaluable and many of your recipes are regulars every week – we ‘eat oh she glows 5 out 7 days easy’.

The boys love to look through your site and pick what to make and then follow the pics whilst we (well, mostly I) cook – although I am not quite at your level of presentation !!

I have said to my husband a million times you need to do a book so I can easily find recipes (sorry, but unless I print up a recipe as soon as I see it I find it difficult to find again – time is always short in my house!!).
I agree with the others that your niche is your whole approach to food as part of a positive lifestyle, eating a wholesome, well rounded diet that makes food fun and not the enemy.
And thankfully you don’t rely on TOFU !!! eeergh!!
I think your book will be fantastic, Best Seller !!

P.S.You also converted my boxed cereal addicted husband to VOO, he is disappointed if I don’t do them in a Tupperware for him to take to work – Result !!
The kids are finally getting their greens thanks to your Green Monsters – and think its a treat!!

It would be no exageration to say you are largely responsible for helping improve the lives of 5 very appreciative Dubliners (Ireland)


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2011 at 9:33 am

Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words!


Natasha January 12, 2011 at 6:23 am

All the best with the book! I already know it will be amazing :-) xxx


Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun January 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

First of all, thank you so much for the congrats on my site. :)

Second, I always have the hardest time starting things out too. Once I have a path I can just go in, get it done, and adjust along the way as necessary. I need an idea on what I’m doing first though. I have no doubt you will reach this goal and I can’t wait for it to happen for you. Very exciting!


Autumn Tao January 12, 2011 at 8:10 am

While you’re brainstorming your chapters and recipes, have a separate document going about features you’d like to include. I have some cookbooks I gravitate towards because of layout, pictures, side commentary on how to vary a recipe for seasons or to add more costly ingredients (or cheaper ingredients), and because of the actual language used.

The brainstorming phrase can be so much fun, just allow yourself to keep track of all ideas along the way and edit out later on. And study the cookbooks to you do love–why do you adore them? I, for one, much prefer one recipe to page. I don’t like broken up recipes where I have to flip pages. It doesnt’ stop me from cooking from books with that layout, but I’m less likely to buy a new book formatted that way.

Also, if you can connect a few recipes together and suggest meal plans, that’s a fun feature to include. Lastly, I so wish my vegan books had calories listed. There’s lots of new moms who are watching calories or gals looking to tone up, and having that info available is extremely helpful.

As I’ve said before, I’m waiting for the tester invitations :) Your recipes are already a hit in my home. Namaste.


Kristin (Cook, Bake, Nibble) January 12, 2011 at 8:44 am

What an amazing opportunity, good for you! I will be first in line to buy your book when it comes out :D… and it will. You have a plan and that is great!!

I have a super big project looming in 2011… starting my personal chef business! I may have to email you with a couple food biz ?’s ;) It’s daunting, but also very, very exciting!!



Angela (Oh She Glows) January 12, 2011 at 9:32 am

so excited for you!


Meaghan @ ohreillywrites January 12, 2011 at 10:20 am

I loved all of your Project Food Blog entries, but I never really considered how much planning went into them!

While your vegan dessert recipes are definitely my favorite, I think it would be great to see a cookbook with a lot of great vegan entrees :)


Eileen January 12, 2011 at 10:21 am

I have been reading your blog for over a year now and I just wanted to say how excited I am you are pursuing this cookbook goal. I’m not vegan, but eat many vegan meals and am always turning to you for inspiration. Your food not only looks beautiful, but tastes amazing and is healthy. I know this is a huge undertaking, but if your book is anything like your blog it will be wonderful.
Take it step by step and it will all come together!
btw…I recently made your almond butter brown rice balls for my snacks for my daughter and all her friends loved them so now I’m making double batches.


Alex @ Healing Beauty January 12, 2011 at 10:23 am

As a senior in college, I am in the process of writing my thesis for my philosophy major. It was difficult to do so especially since I had to work on it during inpatient treatment for an eating disorder, but I took things day by day and set small goals for myself. Because I am now taking a semester off to continue my recovery, I have more time to work on my thesis, and myself! My plan is to continue reading for it and set goals for myself.

My other big project is trying to really improve my blog. I recently changed it from a beauty blog to a healing blog, and it was a difficult decision to share that personal information with my readers.

Oh and I made your snickerdoodle cookies last night…Angela, they were UNBELIEVABLE…and made my family and a friend rethink their preconceptions towards vegan cooking! Thank you!!


[email protected] Sweet Life January 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love that you have those notebooks–when you’re 80, you’ll love looking back at them. Seems smart to make a plan as you work to move forward. Good luck!


[email protected] Sweet Life January 12, 2011 at 10:24 am

I love that you have those notebooks–when you’re 80, you’ll love looking back at them. Seems smart to make a plan as you work to move forward. Good luck!


Allie January 12, 2011 at 10:39 am

Hi Angela,

What a great post and a great question. I am very much the same way as you. I need a strong outline of where I am heading when I tackle a big project. Writing the outline is always the hardest part! Then you can feel relax in a way once you have it, because you can go down the checklist of what you need to do. At least that’s how I feel. My current project right now is figuring out how to keep up my blog and expand it, because I only just started. Your blog is clearly a wonderful example (especailly all the vegan info), and I would love any advice!


Melissa @ Vegan CacaoBee January 12, 2011 at 10:49 am

Congrats on starting your cookbook proposal! I look forward to seeing all of your delicious recipes and great pictures in a cookbook soon…as well as here on OSG too :). I always love the simplicity of your recipes and the beautiful presentation in all your photos. It will be the kind of cookbook I want to leave out on my coffee table for everyone to see when I am not using it for a recipe. And I am just curious, are you going to include your Road to Health and other experiences throughout your cookbook too?


Melomeals: Vegan for $3.33 a Day January 12, 2011 at 10:50 am

I’m in the process of organizing my business plan and getting everything down on paper. It’s amazing what how much falls into place when you can get it out and organized.

I am not an organized person by nature.. I am very much an artist type who likes to go on intuition and creativity.. so this is challenging for me.. but very very needed.


Lara January 12, 2011 at 11:48 am

I have trouble getting started too. I think that the creative side of me thinks that outlines are too left-brained. I have to trick myself to get organized so that I have the freedom to create. My best trick is to write thoughts on post-its and then arrange them into groups on a wall. This is a great visual aid and tool to help me see all the parts, and it’s easy to add new things and re-arrange as you think of things.

What I have liked best about your blog is that you give directions and different options for your substitutions. I would like to see a reference section in your cook book that explains what makes great substitutions, i.e., chia seeds for eggs, avocado for tofu…etc.


Stefani January 12, 2011 at 11:57 am

I can totally identify with procrastination in fear of failure. I desperately want to start my own jewelry business like you started your bakery and do that full time, but I just can’t seem to get myself rolling on it. The hardest part is getting started. I cannot wait for you to put out a cookbook! I use your recipes all the time. Your Holiday Soup for the Soul was a huge hit at my house! I’m really excited for you and excited to see it all come together!


Emily January 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

I am so excited for you Ange! I know that you will create an incredible book; your blog oozes with creativity and life! I think my approach to big projects is always to take it in small doses. Sit down and brainstorm one bit or work on one part and then take a break and come back to it when you feel inspired. You will be amazed at how easy it feels to get it all done when you allow yourself breaks and do it in little pieces. I cannot wait to follow you on this journey!


Abby @ Have Dental Floss, Will Travel January 12, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I love this post, and I’m so excited for you! It sounds like you’re off to an awesome start. I totally agree – outlines and list have gotten me through pretty much every big project I’ve ever done. I’ll be interested to hear about the process as you go through it. My big thing for this year is turning my academic dissertation into a published book-length narrative history. I’ve been staring at the computer for weeks trying to put together a formal proposal for a particular press (I’ve got a draft of the project already, which I know helps), and just yesterday morning I finally began to see it clearly. All of a sudden, after months of thought and weeks of puttering, I was able to bang out a complete draft of the proposal in about six hours! I love when that happens…


Nour A January 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Hello. My name is Nour and I am the queen of procrastinating out of fear of failure! Nice to meet you.

It sucks sometimes to get started on a project. I find it worse when these projects don’t have a lot of direction to them. I like open ended assignments at school that let you do what you feel is best, but those are also the worst to get rolling because you have to create your own plans and outlines and that is the hardest.

I am not vegan but I would totally buy your cookbook, and even pass along a few copies to friends as a gift. Your recipes are fabulous; you truly are talented in the kitchen :)

Good luck!!


Christina January 12, 2011 at 2:16 pm

I’m really thinking about writing a cookbook as well but I have no clues as to how to pitch my idea. Did you pitch your idea prior to creating an outline? Any tips you can forward would be absolutely amazing!


Sarah January 12, 2011 at 5:55 pm

I think we are very similar people–type A, big dreamers, (it’s hard when those things go together, right?!!), optimists, similar Master’s degrees, similar research interests, similar interest in getting a book published. At the end of November, I went to a lecture by a published author called “Unleashing Your Creativity.” During the lecture, I realized that one of the biggest things holding me down is my perfectionism and fear of failure. He shared some very helpful suggestions and a great motivational video for helping us to realize that failure is okay. One of the best suggestions he gave was to start REALLY small, like you’ve done here, and not to pressure yourself beyond a small task each week. With his suggestions, I’ve been able to get a LOT accomplished since then, including devoting over 50 hours in December to researching how to get a book published. I thought I “don’t have time to research this,” but he said to start with a 5 minute task and build up to an hour long task. Within a week, I had found 30 minutes to 3 hours of every day that I didn’t think I had. I can’t recap everything he said here in this comment, but I wrote out some of his thoughts and my reflections in this post: http://muchfruit.wordpress.com/2010/11/24/a-commitment-to-trying/ (I hate it when people link to their own blog posts in comments, but really, I promise that it is relevant.)

I would also really recommend the book “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published” by Arielle Eckstrut and David Henry Sterry. It makes the process easier to understand and helps you break it down into achievable steps. I think you would be really excited about how many of the steps you actually have completed just by having this blog. You definitely have a built in audience and clearly defined voice and personality! You are awesome and I know we will be seeing your cookbook in stores soon! :)


Kari January 12, 2011 at 7:01 pm

When I was doing my PhD, the automatic Table of Contents feature of Word was my salvation. I had fun setting it up, and then it served as the document outline and plan, which I just (“just”!) had to write to. So I agree wholeheartedly with your approach :)

I would buy your book no matter what goes in it – I am very excited at the prospect! – but dishes that aren’t too complicated; that you’ve had good feedback on from non-vegans; and / or that can be tweaked if someone doesn’t like certain ingredients, or doesn’t have particular kitchen appliances (I don’t have a good processor, sadly), would be great. Best of luck with the project Ange – and congratulations on making it possible!


Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble January 12, 2011 at 8:19 pm

Good luck with your cookbook! I love how much thought and planning your scribble in your notebook. I do all my ideas in my head and then when my foods prepared I’ll go “dang, I forgot to add the spinach!”.


[email protected] January 12, 2011 at 9:19 pm

It’s funny I just read this post a couple minutes after posting about my own frustration.
Two big projects I want to tackle this year are:
– write a book
– start my own counseling business (I’m a teacher now)

Just like you, I have always wanted to do both these things but with the book, I just kinda waited for all the ideas to be clear to me, which as you said, just doesn’t happen! I had a miscarriage in October and that heart break ignited my realization that I just need to take action and make my passions and dreams come true.

Here’s a link to the post I wrote tonight about my epiphany. No big deal if you don’t get the chance to read it, I know how busy you are!

I just found it funny how similar our posts were!

I’d wish you luck with the cookbook but I know you won’t need it, you’ll be successful without question!



Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am

Wow amazing! Loved this part

‘When we look only at the destination, everything in between can seem unattainable to us. When our focus is only on the long road ahead, we can be so overwhelmed that we quit before we have started, or we will start with feelings of reservation and defeat before even one foot has stepped ahead. Either will lead to undesirable results. You need to focus on where you now stand in relation to where you were. Regardless of how much longer it will take you to get to your goal, or how much more effort is required, know that you have moved forward and where you stand now is progress nonetheless. If your final goal is that important to you, then I recommend you do what I did today – focus on the steps you take (regardless of how small), and enjoy your journey. Or at least appreciate it for where it is taking you.’


Elena January 12, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I must stop reading your blog! It is just wrong when I read through your post in the Google Reader and almost every one of them goes back into my UNREAD pile, so I can look over it again. What’s up with that? Must you be really that good? ;)))


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

awww ;)


Diana January 13, 2011 at 9:41 am

Hi Angela!

I’ve been lurking for about a year now, first time joining in on comments. I’m constantly inspired by your attitude, passion, and determination. I especially love your series about how you bravely broke away from the day job you hated to follow your passion and start your business.

I just want to encourage you that your instincts and follow-through are right on and will get you where you need to go! I’m finishing up my certification in life coaching (through the Coaches Training Institute) and have been linking some of your blogs to send as inspiration to a few of my clients. Life coaching is all about asking clients what’s truly important to them and what their values are. From there, we hatch a plan for how to live that out and the coach provides accountability, helps with brainstorming, and provides support to help push the client forward in the most effective and energizing ways. We also help deal with what we call “saboteurs” – the voices inside our heads that hold us back. From what I’ve read you are extremely self-aware and have got all those elements well-handled! Please know that if you’d like some extra one-on-one accountability, I would love to return the favor of your inspiration. Feel free to e-mail me anytime if you’d like some free coaching – I’d be honored.

Thanks again for your inspiration!

Basking in your glow,
: )


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 13, 2011 at 10:55 am

Hi Diana! Wow you are so sweet, thank you so much for the offer and for sharing your story!


Lou January 13, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I am so delighted for you, if you need a tester, I’d love to help! although I know you have about a squillion other people who’d climb over my cold dead salad leftovers to do it! I will be preordering your book the Instant it goes on Amazon :D


Catherine January 13, 2011 at 2:45 pm

I would definitely buy your book! Two things that you’ve been doing lately that I would love to see incorporated in your book are 1) quick, easy snacks or meals that only use 5 ingredients; and 2) wheat- and gluten-free options or modifications for your dishes. Good luck with the journey!


(what runs) Lori January 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

This could, quite possibly, be one of the most insightful and helpful posts I have read- and NEEDED to read in my life right now. I’m struggling with wanting and needing change and trying to find that change but have had a major case of procrastination (or waiting for my “idea” to just come to me)- so again, SO HELPFUL!

I love your incredibly creative meals and recipes- seriously, the recipes you have now on your blog are by far what would sell an amazing vegan recipe book.


Angela (Oh She Glows) January 14, 2011 at 3:12 pm

so happy to hear this!


Allie January 14, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Hi Angela! Also a vegan, I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now. I really enjoy following your culinary and fitness adventures, but this is my first comment so far. What you wrote about taking on a huge project, such as writing a cookbook, really resonated with me as I am currently writing my Senior Thesis. Getting past the initial overwhelming feeling was certainly a challenge. Once I got past that and set up a plan, I have been making much more progress. I completely agree that formulating a specific plan rather than a vague outline makes the project seem manageable. Thank you for posting this as well as all of your other inspirational stories, recipes, and endeavors! Best of luck on the cookbook! I’m very much looking forward to seeing what you create :)


Ffion @ Chocolate and Raspberries January 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

I definitely suffer from procrastination or fear of failure when big projects loom! What usually gets me started is that I am running out of time! There’s nothing quite like an old fashioned deadline to get the creative juices flowing!


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