Jar of Lemons: Written by Jasmine Abraham
In a world where we are bombarded with images from social media, it is easier now more than ever to compare ourselves to one another.
“Look what she just made for dinner. I could never do that.”
“If I lost this many pounds, I’d be able to look as good as she does.”
Body image, dieting, weight loss- these are all topics that are very real and have become real to kids as young as elementary school. Many women feel the need to compete with each other, even if it’s just a subconscious thought. Often times, we forget that being a woman is already hard enough in today’s world, and sometimes, we just needed to be reminded that we are all in this together.
Jar of Lemons, created by Christine McMichael, is more than just a healthy recipe website. It’s about becoming the healthiest version of yourself and finding your own kind of balance! Whether this is through an easy, simple 30-minute healthy recipe, encouragement for the soul when times get tough, efficient workouts on the site, or even learning how to organize your pantry, the Jar of Lemons community is about being refreshed as we journey through womanhood together.
We at Dearly Magazine sat down with Christine to chat about her story and to get a closer look into Jar of Lemons.
1) Tell us about yourself!
That’s a big question! I was born and raised in Texas and am now living in Oklahoma. I’ve always had a passion for baking, but ended up going off to college and getting a degree in Engineering. I worked in that field for several years, but could never shake the desire to own my own business in the food world! I thought I wanted to bake cakes for a living or write a cookbook, but I couldn’t figure out how to get from where I was to where I wanted to be. After a lot of prayer and guidance, the Lord led me to both my amazing husband, Cody, and a career as a food blogger!
2) How did Jar of Lemons come to fruition?
When I met my husband, he was a worship pastor in a very small town, and there weren’t a ton of opportunities for jobs. I had been thinking about starting a food blog for a long time before this especially since I had always had a passion for that area and wanted to own my own business. Once we were married and I moved, I decided that it would be the perfect time to fully jump in and start Jar Of Lemons!
3) What make you feel passionate about food and healthy nutrition?
In high school and throughout college, I really struggled with my body image, weight, and with what I ate. I think I literally tried every diet there is out there (seriously!) and my weight would fluctuate between both extremes throughout those years. It was hard on my physical health, but it was especially bad for my mental health. I knew I needed to find balance in my life and that I would need the Lord’s strength to do it.
Before Cody and I got married, I had been living in my own kind of balance, but it still wasn’t healthy. I knew how to bake but had no idea how to cook healthy meals, so I mostly lived off of frozen microwavable meals, protein bars, and cereal. While it wasn’t the healthiest, it was what worked for me at the time! However, when I married Cody, I quickly realized he wouldn’t be ok with lucky charms for dinner every night. Can you blame him?
I decided to start Jar Of Lemons not just because I loved the food world and owning my own business, but because I wanted to make healthy meals for my family and find true, healthy balance. Having to make and post several healthy recipes every week forced me to stay accountable to my audience and taught me so much about cooking and healthy eating!
4) What would your advice be to women who are interested in starting their own food blogs?
Oh man… I would say just start! There’s no better time than the present. And while there are tons of food blogs out there, there isn’t a food blog that’s sharing your story, with your voice, your personality, and your calling. There’s a place for you, friend, and we all need what you have to contribute!
P.S: If you’re looking for a starting point, we have many blogging resources on our website!
5) How would you encourage women to live a fearless and impactful life?
Yes, times a million! At the end of the day, what do we have to lose?
God has called us all to live fearless and impactful lives. Whatever that looks like for you, whatever that specific calling is, don’t wait to pursue it with boldness. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day tasks and obstacles, but when you keep that vision and desire in front of you, you can do ANYTHING. And hey, I’m talking to myself here, too - we’re all in this together!
Story Contributor: Christine McMicheal of Jar of Lemons
Article by Jasmine Abraham
Photography by Water and Grace