For months I asked myself:  Does the world really need another blogger?  The answer I kept coming up with was: not likely.

Eventually though, somewhere along the way, I decided that wasn’t the question that needed to be asked.  The question that needed to be asked was:  Do I feel the need to be blogging?  And, well, since I’m here, I bet you all can guess the answer to that one.

So, welcome to Move Eat Create – my blog that aims to be an informative and entertaining place to share my appreciation for fitness, food, and creativity.

I’m Shannon and I live in Portland, Oregon.  A city which, I must say, I absolutely adore.  It’s also a city that lends itself well to my pursuits of being active, eating well and fostering inspiration.  A lot has changed for me over the last year or so and those changes have led me here – to this blog.  You see, in March of 2011 (it’s May of 2012 as I write this) I was . . . well, to be perfectly honest . . . pretty much a mess.  I’m not going to bore you with all the details, but some points relevant here are that I was working at a job that left me feeling uninspired and left my pocketbook empty.  I had seen myself gain over 30 lbs in recent years.  I was completely out of touch with what I loved to do for fun and to stimulate me.  I was, overall, physically and mentally unhealthy in many ways.  A few months earlier I had turned 30 and this sort of sent me over the edge.  It seemed like such a milestone.  Such an important year in my life, and yet I felt positively unimportant in so many ways.

In March of 2011 something changed.  I can’t pinpoint exactly what shifted in my thinking, but something absolutely did.  I started to work out.  I started to cook more often.  I read about health.  I tried all kinds of new things.  I learned wholeheartedly how to knit (a hobby I had started to learn a few months before, but hadn’t fully been able to embrace due to wrist problems).  I began to discover that I LOVED these things.  And, I changed my entire way of living.  I have since gone from being a very sedentary person to working out actively on average 5 days a week.  I’m a runner.  And, I’m in the best shape of my life – literally (plus, I’ve lost those extra 30 lbs – in fact, I’ve lost around 50!).  I stopped eating crap and learned that there is a world of delicious, natural, healthy food out there that is amazingly fun to cook with.  I knit scarves, mittens, hats, toys, blankets, socks, and so on, learning that I really, really loved to create usable items with my own hands.  And, while there are some things I’m still working on (I’m still at a job that leaves me uninspired – though it is a different one than before), I am thoroughly excited every day about something – adding an extra .5 miles onto a run, personalizing a recipe for a healthy Mexican casserole, or learning a new way to make an increase for a shawl. These are the things that bring me joy.  And I want to share them with you.

So, here’s what you’ll find on this blog:

  • Move

Posts in this category are all about fitness and activity.  I’ll share my personal experiences from being inactive, to finishing my first 5k, to my current training for my first half marathon.  I’ll include reviews of books, fitness DVDs, and products.  Also, there will be links and information to reliable information about how to achieve a variety of fitness goals.

  • Eat

I love to eat.  I love to cook.  And, I love to read and learn about food.  All of this will be covered.  I hope to include tasty and nutritious recipes, recommendations for cook books, blogs, magazines, and websites, as well as information on healthy, delicious ingredients.  You’ll likely also get to view my own personal cooking successes and failures (they happen to all of us, right?).

  • Create

This category is pretty broad.  As I mentioned, I love to knit.  It really is a passion of mine and I’m sure I’ll share some of it with you.  But, I also believe in fostering creativity anywhere we can find it.  This category of posts will include anything that I find to stimulate imagination.

Overall, this is a blog with a mix of personal experience and professional expertise derived from various sources.  It is a blog, ultimately, about the creating of things – healthfulness, food, crafts, and meaningful [not capitalistic] abundance.

Welcome to Move Eat Create!

191 comments on “About

  1. Petra Caruso says:

    Thank you for creating a blog with healthy recipes, resources, & inspiration, Shannon! I’ll share it with patients who are looking for ideas/support. Keep up the great work!

    Dr. Petra Caruso

  2. kpetro13 says:

    Always love to find another Portland blogger. I went through a similar “health makeover” during my freshman and sophomore years of college, coincidentally (or not) when I moved to Rose City.

  3. Thanks for the like/follow! The above sounds very familiar – I shall look forward to your posts!

  4. I look forward to reading more of your blog – I’m also training for a half and LOVE to knit (though I only taught myself through YouTube, so I’m ultra-beginner). And thank you for checking out runningkattales… hope to see you back again soon 🙂

    • Thanks so much! I have found You Tube to be incredibly helpful with my knitting. I learned by taking a couple of beginner classes and have relied on books and the Internet as I go!

  5. Shannon, Hi! I always check out the blogs of folks looking at mine – love yours! I am bringing my little “top chef” out to the Portland area (out along the gorge, actually) next week, any good suggestions of food related or outdoor things to do with a little one?

  6. emesereka says:

    Thank you for stopping by my blog, Your like made me check out yours and I am enjoying what I see 🙂 I know I will be checking back often.

  7. Hi Shannon! Just wanted to say thanks for letting me know about Eat To Live… I’m busy reading it and also Dr Fuhrman’s Disease-Proof Your Kids which is also very interesting. More importantly, I’ve been loosely following the diet now for two weeks and I’ve lost 7 pounds! Feeling amazing too!

  8. Lynne says:

    Running, eating, knitting? My three passions as well! I only write about running, but maybe I should expand. : )

  9. I am from Portland and MISS IT SO MUCH! Thank you for visiting my blog. It’s nice to connect with someone from home.

  10. AlwaysMe1 says:

    Portland Marathon is the best Marathon! I may be a bit biased since I have not run one outside of the city, but still, I can be biased if I want, yes? 🙂

  11. Laura says:

    I just nominated you for the Sunshine Award! Here’s the link to my post if you are interested in re-posting: http://cooktolove.com/2012/11/15/blog-awards-accolades-and-a-great-big-chocolatey-thank-you/

  12. I’m glad you decided the world could do with another blog. I’ve been enjoying your posts, and have nominated you for a Liebster Award.

  13. I have nominated you for The Super-Sweet Blogging Award http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/2012/11/29/thank-you-sumithra/


  14. livedreamrun says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog so I could find yours. I’m glad you took the leap into blogworld…both because you enjoy it, and as you see, so many of us enjoy reading what you have to say.

  15. mirseven says:

    You seem to have come so far – I admire your journey and love the fact that you “found” yourself again. Very much looking forward to reading more!

  16. I look forward to following your blog, I had a similar experience – running has turned my life around!

  17. More Than Greens says:

    Hi! I really enjoy your blog and have nominated you for the Liebster Blog Award. You can check out the post here:


  18. isaac976 says:

    Happy New Year.. and yes the world do not need another blogger.. but it sure needs another person to share its views and interest (Be it running or knitting) or anything so.. thanks for visiting my site and following as well.. you have a great year ahead.


  19. pursuitofhappieness says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Yours is fantastic, I look forward to reading lots more 🙂

  20. it all comes down to food says:

    Inspiring blog, I have recently started leading a healthy lifestyle and I will def hav a lot to read from your blog

  21. You seem like my kinda people. That’s awesome! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog…

  22. I don’t know what it is but as I was heading towards 30 I had similar reflections….I didn’t really act on those till a number of years later though. For me at least it has to do with milestones in my life when I tend to stop and reflect on whether I’m where I want to be (or not). At each milestone there are new opportunities – to change, to divert or to accept. It’s a while since you wrote this bio and I haven’t read all of your journey since but I look forward to doing so and to be inspired as I continue along my own exciting adventure. All the best.

  23. Kinpatsu Oneesan says:

    Thanks for stopping by–and I hear you with this! This is the place where I’m at too 🙂

  24. We are runners as well! Where are you in your training? Thanks for checking out our blog 🙂

  25. michelle kim says:

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award!

  26. Your blog is so interesting and I always enjoy reading it. I’d like to nominate you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. If you’d like to participate, you can find the rules here: http://hotspicyandskinny.com/2013/02/11/inspiring-blogger-nomination/

  27. Hi MEC. Just started checking out your blog, you’re writing about all the stuff I like! And lucky you, you live in Portland! I lived there for 4 years, it’s a great little town. I really miss running on the Esplanade. Anyway, I look forward to reading more from you.

  28. berealyoga says:

    Wow, your story is very similar to my own girl. AND I love Portland (AND THE SWEETPEA BAKERY, HELLOO!!!). Kindred spirit! xo

  29. Mileage Mama says:

    Thanks for being such a great blogger! I’ve nominated you for a Liebster award: http://mileagemama.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/you-like-me-you-really-like-me/

  30. I just discovered your blog and felt validated to find another runner who turned a messy life into something worthwhile through running. I had a similar experience of a mysterious change of mindset that has changed my life. I won’t go into it here. It’s just nice to relate to that aspect. I don’t know anyone else who has transformed in that way. My new fitness friends have been fit and active and healthy all of their lives. I still feel a little like an imposter with them. Thanks for writing.

  31. reedwords says:

    Thanks for the Like on my Marathon training blog!

  32. Shannon, I love your blog. The theme is cute, but not distracting while your photography is simply beautiful! Thanks for checking out my blog– I look forward to getting ideas from your blog in the future (and also providing you with some as well).

  33. bdsbrown1 says:

    Thank you for stopping by simplydaisies! Come back anytime.

  34. Thanks for visiting eastingininstead.com. I love your blog and will definitely use it for my own running inspiration!

  35. nataggart says:

    I nominated you for a Super Sweet Blogger Award! I love your blog 🙂 http://smartyplateclub.com/2013/03/11/super-sweet-blogger-awards/

  36. Global Girl says:

    Wow, congratulations on the weight loss and new healthy lifestyle! That’s fantastic and very inspiring!

  37. Greg says:

    Hey, I nominated you for a Liebster Award! Please visit my blog at animalsdeservetolive.com to read about it under the post titled Wow!.

  38. lediae says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 I love to run, eat, cook, knit and crochet! I don’t create recipes much. Right now Im trying to increase my running distance from 3 miles to 5 miles.

  39. avalon8wellness says:

    Thanks for the like on my blog! 🙂 I am a new blogger! I will be sure to check yours out too!

  40. Angie says:

    I’m SO happy to have met your blog. I too am a wholesome food junkie, kitchen-lover, runner, knitter and writer. it’s lovely to meet another blogger that finds joy in these pursuits, and absolutely refreshing to read and digest your wonderful and well-presented recipes. Thank you, and I’ll visit again soon!

  41. I have nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger award. You can read all about it here: http://slowgirlfastdog.com/2013/04/14/inspiring-versatile/. I really enjoy your blog!

  42. herbivorousgeek says:

    Thankyou for visiting 🙂

  43. So glad to have come across your blog! Thanks for the like on my recent post!! Reading this resonated entirely with me and I’m so excited to be following you now. Looking forward to seeing what other treats I find in here. Thanks!!!

    • Thank you, Strongfitswell! Welcome to my little corner of the internet. I’m enjoying your blog, too!

      • Thank you!! I’m always amazed when other people are able to even come across my little bloggy. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be around your neck of the woods (in blog-world) quite often, you can be sure of that. 🙂

  44. What a lovely and inspirational story! I’m glad you decided to blog 🙂

    When I turned 30 (erm, almost 8 years ago!) I had a moment of crisis too, but it sounds like you really worked through it!

    Looking forward to following your blog,

  45. Meenakshi says:

    Looking forward to your posts, Shannon- inspiring story behind the blog. While I do enough of ‘eat,’ I do need to ‘move’ more so I will be looking her for inspiration!!

  46. Hi,thanks for the like/ follow! I’m enjoying your blog too 🙂

  47. Geneviève Blanchet says:

    Hi, thanks for the like/follow! I am enjoying your blog too 🙂

  48. v8mile says:

    I know you’ve been nominated once, but I’ve been digging your writing, so I nominated you again for a Sunshine Award. If you want to repost:

  49. Hi, thanks for liking my post. What a fabulous blog you have! 🙂

  50. Jim Brennan says:

    run, eat, create, three of my favorite things… how can I not follow you? You are also the second blogger from Portland I follow. I’ve been all through California and Washington state, but never the Oregon. I feel a need to get there some day.

  51. Shannon! I am nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. To accept this award, come check out the rules at http://wp.me/p3buyd-jc !

  52. Hey Shannon, I love reading your blog! There is so much great information here and you are very inspiring! I wanted to nominate you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Thanks so much for sharing with us!

  53. pfstare says:

    Thanks for the like 🙂 I’ve entered a half marathon three times now and never made it to the start line of any of them for various reasons…. I’m determined I’ll get there in the end!

  54. Wow! I’m impressed! Congratulations and keep it up! Thanks for the like and a chance to meet you! 🙂

  55. Love your blog! That’s why I’ve nominated you for the Bouquet of Three Award. Congrats. http://thescarredrunner.com/2013/05/20/bouquet-of-three-award/

  56. Kristin says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog Shannon – so happy to have found yours this way! Looking forward to reading your posts – move, eat, and create all resonate with me. x

  57. Just sending a little love your way – I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check it out in my latest post. Thank you for the recipes, and for sharing your personal struggles and triumphs. I always enjoy reading your posts.

  58. Hi there. Thank you for stopping by my blog this morning. Indeed Portland is a great city. It is my second favorite…I live in Seattle… 🙂 You have a great blog and I look forward to checking in with you often.

  59. sweber5580 says:

    Shannon, thanks for stopping by my blog – I used to live in Portland for about 10 years; great city………. 🙂

  60. cdouglass96 says:

    Shannon, I nominated you for something on my blog. Check out my latest post to get more info!

  61. Thanks for the like, MoveEatCreate! And judging by the first comment here, I think we share the same name…so even more win! I’ll be sure to check out your blog – looks like something I’d be into!

  62. frisblue says:

    hi, a very belated thanks for liking one of my posts on my newbie raw vegan blog http://freshbyfriska.wordpress.com – i used to live in the USA however have never been to portland. funnily enough, I watched a documentary about it last year, and it’s now on my Top 10 Places to visit. The sustainability and eco-centric focus of the film resonated so strongly with me. I am yet to classify myself as a runner.. but hope I will follow in your footsteps 🙂 Much love from Australia

  63. veedine10 says:

    Hello Shannon!

    I have nominated you for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. I really enjoy your approach to blogging.

    You can find all the details over here: http://veedineintervention.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=298&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    Keep up the great work! 🙂

  64. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m very glad you did! Now I have an insider in Portland! I love Portland and if it wasn’t for that whole border thing…..I would live there in a second!

  65. […] http://moveeatcreate.com/about/  does exactly what she says on the tin. It`s hard to keep all that moving, cooking and creating going but somehow, she manages it all. […]

  66. Laura Alonso says:

    Thanks for coming and visiting us at M&MRunningClub! Love the title of your blog and reasons behind it. I like moving and eating and creating so I hope to be back!

  67. sophiazerg says:

    Hello! I really enjoy your blog and I have nominated you for the Shine On Award – please feel free to participate!
    Check it out here!
    Sophia 🙂

  68. MiyoWratten says:

    Hi there! I wanted to let you know that I really enjoy your blog and have come to look forward to reading your posts. Your recipes and stories about your runs are so inspiring, I love reading about them. I’ve nominated you for the WordPress Family reward as a result. Thanks for all you do! http://reluctantvegetarianblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/thank-you-wp-family/

  69. Hello there :)! I have nominated you for the Shine On award for blogging because I think your blog is pretty darn fantastic. Please see the link below, and tell us 7 things about yourself, then nominate 7 bloggers. Those are the rules of the award “competition,” i am told. Good luck! Keep being awesome!

  70. Prateeksha says:

    Hi, you have such a wonderful blog, each and every post is worth reading without missing even a single word……I love to follow healthy diet and love to stay fit. Thanks for sharing wonderful recipes TC Cheers !!!

  71. bdsbrown1 says:

    Thank you for stopping by simplydaisies. Great work here! Keep it up.

  72. D.J. Lutz says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! You may not realize it but you have an inspiring message with your blog. I can’t run anymore (bad feet, knees, and back from too much running in combat boots, but I have been drifting more and more into healthy, fresh vegetable-centric recipes. Not quite vegan yet, but…

  73. Falyn says:

    I love reading your updates 🙂 I wanted to let you know that I nominated you for the Shine On Award. http://wp.me/p3GI4p-4f

  74. zilbeth says:

    After reading your “About” page, the general bones of it eerily seems similar to my own story. I’m inspired to run more!

  75. marob23 says:

    Shannon – I don’t think I had ever read your about page before, what a great story, and congratulations on your achievements. I have followed your running tales mostly and am in awe of your 9 min mi pace. But I totally agree with the satisfaction from knitting and cooking -always good writing.

  76. Kim Prucnal says:

    We have similar interests! And you have a wonderful story. I’m glad you decided the world ‘needed another blogger!’

  77. Hi Shannon! I love your blog, your recipes, and your running philosophies! I nominated you for a Liebster Award, but I just noticed you already have one, plus you’re WAY overqualified. That being said, please know that the work you do is still appreciated! Don’t ever stop!

  78. Danielle says:

    I love your blog, so I have nominated you for The Sunshine Award! 🙂

  79. Abby's Kitchen says:

    I love your blog and I am passing along the Sunshine Award to you. As usual, participation is optional. If interested, please visit this link: http://tohealthblog.wordpress.com/sunshine-and-liebster-awards-2013/

  80. Hello and thanks for visiting! Please do let me know if there are any particular posts you’d like to see from me. Never heard of spelt flour before – I read it as “spilt flour” at first! Messy!

  81. I’ve nominated you for a Sunshine Blogger Award! You can get more information here:)

  82. Hi Shannon thanks for stopping by my blog and for the like..glad to have found yours..im now a fan 😊

  83. Tammi says:

    I love your philosophy and blog Shannon. The world always needs more positive people like yourself sharing their stories. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you haven’t already been nominated and want to accept it, you can do that here: http://gmofreegirl.wordpress.com/2013/12/02/versatile-blogger-award/ otherwise, keep up the great posts. SO glad I have found your blog 🙂

  84. Viki says:

    Hi Shannon,

    You’ve created an interesting blog with amazing recipes :)))))
    I have already found several recipes to try ;)))
    Keep up a great work!



  85. Hi Shannon! Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award :). If you’re interested, here’s my post: http://wholefoodrunner.com/2013/12/30/versatile-blogger-award/

  86. Shannon says:

    Hi Shannon, I have enjoyed reading your blog. I am also a runner and creator. I struggle to call myself a cook although I deeply enjoy cooking and baking. I look forward to reading more blogs.

  87. wordsavant says:

    Congrats on running and writing! Both are wonderful outlets and deeply satisfying. I look forward to reading more of your posts!

  88. I know you’ve been nominated a couple of times, but I really like your blog! I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award, should you choose to accept this award check out my post! http://runningtalltails.wordpress.com/2014/02/05/we-could-all-use-a-little-sunshine and happy blogging!

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