I virtually met Sanura Weathers around a year ago, thanks to the power of social media. We crossed paths through some common interest, most likely glorious food. I only recently discovered that Sanura and I are in the same profession when it comes to our day jobs – graphic design. It's phenomenal that Sanura has managed to create and successfully maintain not one, but two juicy food blogs, on the side: My Life Runs on Food and Kwanzaa Culinarians. What's more, she's also prepared a lot of the wonderful meals that she shares on them!
My Life Runs on Food has earned Sanura accolades such as PBS's Top Food Blogs of 2012 and a Black Weblog award for Best Food Blog. Her story goes to show that making time to nurture your passion pays! Even if you can't devote your regular working hours to it, there is scope for it to develop into a satisfying side hustle that can change your world (and that of so many others!).
What's your passion?
[Besides food] I'm currently decorating my apartment. So, I'm obsessed with how to organize it, make it look comfortable and beautifully simple. Decorating is a very slow process, but a girl can dream about the distant future, right? It's all about baby steps… a small piece here and there. Once our apartment is ready, I can't wait to start hosting intimate dinners and parties with close friends and family.
What inspired your love of food and blogging about it?
My love of food started when I was very young and sitting in the kitchen with my father as he cooked, and reading his cookbooks. As a teenager, I knew working in a kitchen wasn't going to be a happy career path. Luckily, my creativity (I used to know how to draw and studied art in my undergraduate college) led to graphic design. When I first started as a designer, the internet was very new, and it would eventually lead to blogging. Blogging about food combines my professional design, amateur photography and writing skills. As a food blogger, it has created an alternate career path yielding to more opportunities. Design is my day job, blogging (now writing) is my weekend job.
What has been your greatest obstacle/challenge?
My greatest challenge is about finding time. MyLifeRunsOnFood.com started when I was unemployed or partially employed. Now, I'm working full time and having a job in this economy is more of a blessing than an obstacle.
How have you dealt with/overcome it?
Having better time management but, it's also about recognizing what to prioritize. My full time job is my 'bread and butter,' and I work out at the gym three to four times a week after work. By the time I get home, it's kind of late and dinner (which is my lunch the next day) has to be quickly made. Then, it's off to bed and I'm learning that more hours of sleep is better for my health. Blogging is now a weekend activity and my stories are less frequent. I now try to blog a story at least twice a month.
What is your greatest achievement?
Winning a Black Weblog award for best food blog, being PBS's top food blogs of 2012, increasing my food writing and having the opportunity to travel. And, I love how blogging and social media has enabled me to connect with many people who have the same passion about food.
Where will you be in 10 years?
A girl can dream, right?… A traveling food writer with an amazing salary paying off my student loans.
How does Africa inspire you?
I'm intuitively connected to the continent, because it's who I am as an African-American. As a creative-thinker, I see Africa's colors, art, symbolic patterns, textiles, pottery, music, and architectural influences everywhere.
Anything else you'd like to share?
This summer is all about getting proper rest and relaxing from work. In my downtime, I'm creating a monthly newsletter for MyLifeRunsOnFood.com.
Anything we should look out for in the coming weeks/months/year?
I'm looking for writers, chefs and food bloggers to share their thoughts and memories about Kwanzaa and food for my yearly holiday project, KwanzaaCulinarians.com. New stories and/or recipes are published from December 1 to January 1. If you're interested in participating, please email sanura at myliferunsonfood [dot] com.
Images courtesy of Sanura. From top: Tarragon Sweet Potato Crepes with Roast Shrimp topped with Parmesan Cream Sauce; Creamy Cheesy Yellow Grits with Roast Brussel Sprouts and Sausage; Duck and Turnip Stew with Dandelion Greens; A Sweet Salad of Medjool Dates, Oranges and Gorgonzola Cheese and; Strawberry Lavender Sorbet. Find the recipes on My Life Runs on Food.
- Principles of Kwanzaa & Guest Post on Kwanzaa Culinarians – Sanura invited me to participate in last year's installment
- Paleo recipes – A curated collection on my Pinterest page
- Deliciously Stylish: Shola Yissau & Zizzi Fresh Talent
- Interview with Blogger, Minna Salami, aka MsAfropolitan – another passionate woman whose blog has turned into a profession
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