More on The August Challenge & Friday Links

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on August 3, 2012


The August Challenge is in full force! I hope you are well on your way to making August a fear-conquering month.

I decided I need a way to keep myself accountable online throughout the month of August, so I created a page just for this challenge where I’ll be logging my daily feats. It’s going to function as a personal diary of sorts, only you’ll be able to follow along throughout the month. I encourage you to leave comments on the page documenting your own daily accomplishments. I see some of you have already done that, so thank you!

The page is found under the main menu “Popular” category and then under “Challenges”.

You can find my daily log here –> Do One Thing A Day That Scares You

I have so many things I want to tackle this month head-on and for the first time in a while, I feel inspired rather than just thinking about the fear associated with it.

Last night, I asked you on Facebook what fears you have overcome so far and I was blown away by your comments. You are all doing amazing things and I find myself inspired when I read how you are doing. Let’s keep the conversation going all month long!

A few of you mentioned that committing to one thing a day for an entire month is intimidating. Rather than feel intimidated, I encourage you to modify this challenge to suit your own needs. Maybe you’d rather set one overarching goal each week and work towards that. It’s really up to you how you want to go about it!

This Week’s Veg Link Round Up

New Canadian Food Labeling Rules to Take Effect – via Globe and Mail

25 Ways To Move More This Weekend – via Huff Post

Cantaloupe in Coconut Rose Cream via Kiran Tarun

A Decade of Decline for US Meat Consumption – Have We Seen “Peak Meat”? via IDA Blog

USDA Retracts Meatless Monday support after outrage from meat industry – via ABC News

Oxfam talks about USDA’s retraction and why they still support Meatless Mondays as part of their Grow Campaign – via CNN

Food Styling 101: Soup – via Bittersweet

The Forks Over Knives Cookbook is already featured on Amazon Bestseller list 2 weeks before release –  via VegNews

VegNews hosts the 2012 Veggie Awards highlighting vegan businesses, products, and people. I am thrilled to be nominated in the blog category next to so many bloggers I admire. To casts your votes, see here.

Study Suggests Genetic Clue Why Women Live Longer – via Globe and Mail

Have a lovely, fear-conquering weekend!

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Shundara August 3, 2012 at 9:47 am

I find this challenge very interesting. I have so many fears that I let them control me and consume my life I wanted to write one fear but I have another one so I have decided to write them all down and conquer them this month.. Thanks so much!! I am looking forward to this challenge I will be documenting on your fear page asap. :)


The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

Ooh girl, I see some good links in there I want to check out!

I need to think of the fear I’m going to face today.


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

I love this challenge Ange! There are several personal fears/challenges that I’m facing this month and I can’t wait to check out how others are doing so we can spur each other along!


Morgan @ Life After Bagels August 3, 2012 at 10:19 am

I think I successfully beat the HUGEST fear – admitting I need to lose weight and posting my “before” pictures … that seemed like the hard part but this weight loss thing is sure to be far harder


Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Not to discount the challenges of losing weight, but I wouldn’t underestimate the difficulty and bravery of posting “before” pictures! Taking the first step is always the hardest. Congratulations!


Judy August 3, 2012 at 10:22 am

Could you help me with something please? My ‘adopted’ daughter is getting married in a few weeks and has asked me to bake shortbread cookies for their favours. She would like three cookies for each guest (175), one with each of their initials and one with a heart (in icing). The cookies will be stacked in little boxes. I am thinking that the icing will smear. Also, what do we wrap them in so they don’t get stale? In addition. . . . I have never made shortbread cookies and hear they can be tricky. Any ideas or helpful hints?


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Hi Judy, I baked ginger cookies for my wedding so I can understand the undertaking! I didn’t have any icing so that wasn’t an issue. I wrapped them in celophane and ribbon because I was worried they would get stale if in a box. I have seen many people use boxes though so Im sure it’s possible. I don’t personally have a shortbread recipe on the blog unfortunately. I haven’t had much luck with a vegan version yet. I would start with searching for best shortbread recipes online and go from there. test a few out and see which you prefer. As for the icing, royal icing is usually used for piping. Not sure if the cookies need to be vegan for the wedding, but it contains egg whites. Im sure a vegan version is possible though.
I think what I would do is check online and see what wedding favour bakers are doing – maybe poke around their website or even shoot them an email or call for advice. Let me know what you end up doing! Goodluck.


Judy August 3, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Thank you very much for the ideas Angela. Several people have told me that shortbread is very tricky and delicate and they have suggested a sugar cookie. I also thought about your ginger cookies. I have called our local bakery and she is doing samples with some different ideas. I will check out all the options. We will have to wrap them in something before we put them in the box. Thanks again and I will keep you posted.
Have a great long weekend!


[email protected] August 3, 2012 at 10:57 am

it’s interesting how different things work for different people. for me, the only thing that really motivates me is to commit to something for a certain time frame. guess i’m just a schedule type of gal, but this usually is the method that works best for me!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 3, 2012 at 11:10 am

I fearlessly-ish jumped into a leg workout last night that I was more than a little scared of… and you know what? I proved to myself – once again – that if you tell yourself you can do something, you probably can. It’s all about the attitude. Thanks for the reminder to thake the plunge. :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Nice work Laura!


[email protected] for the Soul August 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

Thank you for those great links!! I totally am going to check out the food styling 101 link. :)


Emily @ August 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Glad to hear you are off to a strong start-can’t wait to see the amazing things you do this month!!!


Averie @ Averie Cooks August 3, 2012 at 1:39 pm

I think your challenge is great and I love that so many people are excited about it. And great links (love Hannah – she is such a doll and great photography!)


Lisa @ The Raw Serenity August 3, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Its great that you have a page that we can follow your month long challenges.
Very inspiring. Ill be sure to participate x


Kiran @ August 3, 2012 at 2:55 pm

I love that so many are excited about the Aug challenge :) And thank you for including my recipe on the list! Have a great weekend, Angela :)


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2012 at 4:21 pm

My pleasure, thanks for your great blog!


ashley August 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

I love your blog! You have such a wonderful & warm personality!


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Thank you Ashley! :)


Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana August 3, 2012 at 5:27 pm

You are encouraging so many people through your August challenge, including myself! It’s very scary to face your fears, but so empowering to know that they don’t have to control your life or that it really isn’t as bad as you imagined it to be. Thank you for putting yourself out there!!


Chelsie August 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Today, I went to a job interview for a position that I REALLY, REALLY want (coroner’s assistant in the hospital in which I currently work). I think that it went well, but it will still be a LONG wait until Tuesday when I find out one way or the other!! :)


Lisa August 3, 2012 at 8:02 pm


Thank you so much for doing the August challenge. It’s kind of sad to think how much further people and the world could possibly be if people weren’t so scared to put themselves out there because they could possibly fail in the process. I am joining your August challenge by trying to not have so much anxiety about school and trying to be perfect. My anxiety in the past had caused to not do well during my undergrad, gain weight, and cause my depression to be worse. So far I have done much better dealing with my anxiety during grad school.
On another note, thank you for including the ABC news story about the USDA and meatless Monday. I was very saddened to hear that the USDA succumbed to pressure from the meat industry and is not encouraging “Meatless Monday.” The USDA definitely knows what goes on in the meat industry. Also, the majority of the US population is so unhealthy right now and many of the proposed “Meatless Monday” meals that I have seen are very healthy.

So again, thank you for everything!! You have such a lovely, informative blog.


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Thank you Lisa, I appreciate your comments so much!
I agree about the USDA’s retraction – very sad. If we look on the bright side, it has brought Meatless Monday into the spotlight & back on the news. Most people don’t seem to support their retraction from what I’ve read, so that’s a great sign. If anything hopefully it will only further strengthen the resolve of those committed to MM.


Lexi @ You, Me, & A World to See August 3, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Awesome challenge! It’s so easy to get stuck in a comfort zone


deirdre August 3, 2012 at 8:49 pm

Thanks for the roundup and that awe inspiring photo! You can do it! We can do it! Rah, Rah, Rah!


Bek @ Crave August 3, 2012 at 10:58 pm

I guess I have been doing my own challenge today- eating when I’m hungry not around the clock. I am eating lunch as we speak (tut tut multi-tasking) and it’s a bit nerve racking eating so early for me but oh well- my body will appreciate it :)


Kayla August 4, 2012 at 9:44 am

Thanks so much for posting the link to the Oxfam article on CNN. Have you heard of Oxfam’s GROW Method? I think you’d find it interesting…


Angela (Oh She Glows) August 4, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Thanks for sharing Kayla! Do you know if they have an article that elaborates on the 5 principles more?


Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy August 4, 2012 at 10:05 am

Great challenge!


Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy August 4, 2012 at 12:07 pm

congrats on being nominated! You definitely deserve it:)


cindy August 4, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hi Angela:


cindy August 4, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Hi Angela: Your blog is also mentioned in the August Today’s Dietitian. They only nominated 3. Congratulations


Kate August 4, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Angela, thank you so much for this challenge. It couldn’t have come at a better time. I have always struggled with anxiety, but I moved to a brand new city – all by myself – just this past Wednesday. It’s been hard to step outside my apartment without being crippled with unreasonable fears. Just the simple tasks of finding the grocery store or driving to the post office seem insurmountable. However, I’m using you as my inspiration and I’m going to really work on conquering my anxiety! Next up: finding a new running route :)

Again, thank you!


Suzanne P August 4, 2012 at 9:22 pm

I signed up for my first race (a 5k) in four years! I stopped racing because I became terrified of failing/not finishing etc but I have challenged myself to give it another try and eventually work myself up to a marathon!!


yoga and bacon August 5, 2012 at 12:21 pm

so interesting that you are doing some “fear-conquering” over here!! i have been thinking so much about fear lately and how to start embracing it. i am liking the idea of thinking that fearlessness is not the goal, but rather to learn how to be afraid and move forward anyway. i am starting to welcome fear, and see it as an opportunity to do something really challenging and meaningful! i love your august challenge and am on definitely even more inspired to welcome fear into my life and be proud that i am NOW the type of person who does things EVEN THOUGH she is afraid of them!!
As always, thanks for your perspective, motivation, and uplifting spirit!!
glow on!!


Rachel F August 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm

This does not pertain to this post, but I just went to another blog, and she had some great pictures of “Corn on the Cob, 3 Ways.” I don’t know if it was the photos or what, but I *thought* I had gone to your blog. I was SO confused about the recipe with feta cheese. I thought, “Surely in the instructions she will mention that it is vegan, or give a brand name or something,” but instead, the caption was something like “Feta cheese is my favorite!!” I finally scrolled back up to the top to see that it wasn’t Oh She Glows (duh).

I guess I do have something about fears, though. I am a huge procrastinator in general, but definitely when it comes to school stuff. I realized in the past year that I think I procrastinate b/c then if the product isn’t great, I can blame it on last minute work. SO, this month, I need to research and write a lit review for a case project. I want to conquer that fear of failure and get it done asap!! I’ll let you know WHEN I do! :)


char eats greens August 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I kinda love how the meat industry is outraged at Meatless Monday. I just wish meat wasn’t subsidized so much and then they could see the reality of how much meat is really needed. I really hope the Meatless Monday campaign continues to grow and grow!!


Hilary August 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm

My focus this month is to stop calorie counting and to only eat when hungry. So far, 5 days in I haven’t counted any calories…still working on only eating when hungry, but doing better. I love this challenge. :)


Cami August 6, 2012 at 10:02 am

I am new to this whole thing. I have some health problems that have brought me here. I am not fat, just average, but I have developed food intolerances, and I have gained 20 lbs, a lack of energy, and brain fogginess. I don’t know where to start. I am trying to find recipes, things that I can change now instead of waiting until I understand what it is to be vegan or vegetarian. I want to learn that, but I don’t want to be eating what I am eating now. Does anyone have suggestions? Maybe someone can’t just lay it all out for me, but where is a good starting place? Please help…?????


Peanut Butter Bunny August 6, 2012 at 12:22 pm

This is a great challenge. I want to do it too, but first…I have to write a list of what I’m fearful of. ^^’ Everybody here has such great goals too! I hope everybody faces their fears with a fistful of courage. ;) Thanks so much for posting, Angela! For now, I’ve actually taken to the Gratitude Challenge, and I’ve found it to have a wonderful positive impact in my life… =] Thanks again, for everything!


T August 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

You have always inspired me with your blog! You are one of the main reasons I switched to a healthier lifestyle. I now eat healthier, practice yoga, and even went vegetarian for lent. Now I always bake vegan and eat a mainly vegetarian/vegan diet! This challenge inspired me to now start my own blog, something I have been too afraid to do in the past. Thanks for your never-ending inspiration! Because of you, I am now glowing.;-)


Addy August 6, 2012 at 7:05 pm

I love this challenge, Angela, great choice! It is so hard and humbling to do what you’re afraid of, but so empowering as well. I’ve just started training for my first ‘sprint’ triathlon, which definitely scares me! We’ll see what happens…


Moni Meals August 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

I am in! I started surfing and Ang, it is terrifying for me! I am talking panic attack scary because those waves will seriously get you. However, I keep and keep going and it is slowly getting better, relaxing, and FUN. ;)
Great challenge!


Kara August 8, 2012 at 3:45 pm

I also have terrible anxiety and it stops me from trying or enjoying new things (particularly if I have to meet and speak to new people). I have signed up for an archery class, and while I am scared to do it by myself, it is something I would like to try.


Erin August 14, 2012 at 2:57 pm

I am a “vegan newbie”..going on 5 months. Thanks for your great recipes and advice on pantry items. Is it my imagination or does vegan seem to be everywhere now? Maybe I am just looking for it now, but it is encouraging to see people taking control over their own health. :)


Jillian August 20, 2012 at 1:29 am

Thanks Angela! I just posted about running today and taking inspiration from you! :)


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