1. Tell me a bit about yourself and where we can find you creating.
Hello! My name is Margaret Chapman and I'm a passionate vegan lifestyle blogger/chef over at ThePlantPhilosophy.com. I've been married to my soulmate for 4 years and we have two rescue cats, Hunter & Noodle. You can follow along with my day to day life on Instagram @PlantPhilosophy or Snapchat “psvegan”, both of which I update daily.
2. Why did you decide to become a vegan?
I decided to transition to a vegan lifestyle after educating myself on the harsh realities of the meat and dairy industries and making the connection. I couldn’t call myself an animal lover and not extend that compassion to my food choices. Ethically speaking, it made zero sense. A lot of soul searching went into this decision, I’ve never been happier with my lifestyle change. I know now that I’m living my life with compassion for all animals.
3. How did you start sharing your work and why?
I originally shared my content on Instagram under a personal account. Eventually I changed my name and turned my personal blog and IG into a place to share my journey living a plant-based lifestyle. I was so inspired by my transition that I wanted to try and inspire others, to take back their health, feel better and cause less environmental damage in the process.
4. You've grown a huge audience of devoted fans! How does your community give back to you?
Each and every day I read kind comments from friends and followers. They keep me motivated to share my passion by eagerly awaiting new recipe releases. Without this community, I wouldn't have readers that believe in my work and encourage me to live the best version of myself daily.
5. What drives you forward to keep developing recipes + creating beautiful photos?
Without passion this would be a job, because I’m able to do what I love I don’t see this as work. I’m merely sharing aspects of my life and creating content that genuinely reflects my soul. Never in a million years did I expect this to be my calling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to do what I love and have others interested in what I have to offer. That alone keeps me inspired to continue posting and engaging with this community.
6. Running a blog + thriving Instagram community must be a lot of work. How do you keep organized?
It can be a lot to balance, working from home has its challenges. Overall I stay organized when I focus on creating content I’m passionate about. I never force myself to write something that’s trendy or popular at that moment in time. I instead invest my efforts into being true to what fuels me. Once I have an idea for content, I write out everything I want to touch on and schedule out my work for the month. If I don’t pursue it, I wasn’t interested enough to elaborate on the topic.
Usually I give myself enough time to write, rewrite and edit everything down. The week before posting I’ll schedule time to shoot any photos needed for that piece. I work more efficiently when I invest smaller amounts of time and spread it out over multiple projects. If I focus on one particular piece, I get burnt out quickly and lose interest in finishing it. I guess you could say I’m somewhat ADD with writing. I love to work on lots on projects at a time.
7. What do you do outside of managing The Plant Philosophy? How do you take a break?
Outside of blogging I’m usually cooking or recipe testing. I hate to say that the work never stops, but I keep myself busy by pursuing different ideas and testing them out in my free time. As I mentioned above, I don’t really consider it “work”, but I am working every day.
If I’m not cooking, I’m catching up on shows I enjoy or spending time with my family. I like to test out recipes at my parent’s house and get feedback from others before posting it.
When I have even more free time, I’m finally cleaning the house and tackling the dreaded chores I’m guilty of neglecting. But all in all, I love everything I do and each thing has it’s own way of being an outlet for me to take a moment and step back from writing.
8. What do you do when you hit a creative block?
I love to listen to music. If I’m having trouble with creativity, I explore other creative outlets. Whether it be listening to new music or watching a beautifully shot show. Those two alone tend to snap me back into my groove and out of my funk.
9. If you had to pick one food to eat forever, what would it be?
Only one? That’s a very tough question. I have so many things that I love! I guess I’d have to go with pizza. You can always change up the toppings and sauces. Who doesn’t love carbs?! I know it’s not the best option, but pizza is my comfort food and go to for any given night.
And there you have it. I love how she talks about staying away from trendy topics in favor of things she feels passionate about and how she gathers inspiration not from other food bloggers, but from other creative outlets. So cool!