1. 8/1/2012

    amen, sista! so true, Brooke. I so resonate with every word your wrote on this page. Thank you for validating my feelings, sharing your insight, and for being so utterly honest! xxx

  2. 8/1/2012

    [exhales loudly] thank you for stating the obvious and for sharing so openly – we all need to spend a little more time being present and a little less time running in the hamster wheel of social media and blogging. Xxx

  3. You were wonderful this weekend and I’m thrilled that you’ve shared these thoughtful words with your readers. Mwah!

  4. And again, thank you for everything you said at Big Summer Potluck and here, in this space. Having the chance to hear your words, to speak with you (and your sweet husband) later…they were highlights of my experience at BSP. I hope we get to see each other again. Soon.

    ps – Ever in Florida? Open invitation to my house.

  5. Brooke, this is so beautiful! I’m so touched that you were so sweet and kind to me afterwards when I briefly told you about my own “AHA” moments, how my blog evolved, inspired by my sons and the family home cooking. Thanks for these valuable lessons. They are precious & timeless :-)

  6. 8/1/2012

    Thank you for your inspiration and words at BSP3! A lot of what you have said really got me thinking. I can’t remember the last time I baked something without planning on blogging it. I need to do that more often – less stress on getting it to look right 😉 I’m still thinking about where I’m going to be in 30 days because honestly? I don’t know. Looks like I need to practice mindfulness more often. Perhaps if I can get the words out, I will take you up on your offer to email it.

    Again, thank you. I don’t think I can thank you enough.

  7. 8/1/2012


    thank you so much for speaking at the BSP , you really got me thinking again….. you made me ask myself some hard questions for me, but ones I needed to answer. I am too guilty of not living in the present and that has to change.

    I truly enjoyed speaking with you and your husband, and I look forward to seeing you again.


  8. 8/1/2012

    I bookmarked this page so I could come back to it when I’m feeling rushed to dive in over my head and swim against the tide of social media, doubt, anxiety, comparisons and inadequacy. I can’t thank you enough for your honesty, openness, vulnerability, and for being present. I gained a lot from the weekend, but your words–both during your talk and afterwards at Pam’s house–have given me so much to reflect upon and I was (am) thankful to have been present (both physically and intentionally) to hear them.

    • 8/1/2012

      Thank you so much Kelly! This weekend was truly remarkable!

  9. 8/1/2012

    I wasn’t at this retreat but I really enjoyed your words. They hit home tonight as I am about to go to a family reunion (not sure if I’m looking forward to it). I am going to practice “mindfulness” while I am there and I am already convinced it will help me to deal with some of the frustrations of certain personalities. Thank you for your words, advice, and beautiful way with advice.

  10. 8/1/2012

    Brooke: I love this post, and I so enjoyed listening to your talk and speaking with you last weekend. I’ve been practicing being present in all aspects of my life for the past few months and it’s been pretty amazing…I spend a lot less time on social media but I don’t miss it one bit. I don’t think anyone misses me, either 😉

  11. I’m here because I read Chef Dennis’s Blog and he linked to yours. Really good post. I guess I feel lucky that I have a demanding full time job and a birdwatching hobby that I share with my husband. Even though my food blog posts automatically go to the social media sites, I simply don’t have time to get sucked in to being obsessed with them. I do sometimes have to remember to cook for the pleasure of us enjoying a meal rather than to cook for my blog. I’m glad I read this, as I’m attending my first food blogging conference in a couple of weeks. Your post will most certainly keep me “grounded”. Thanks so much for that.

  12. […] Woolf who gave an inspiring speech on mindfulness and being present, she does a much better job explaining it than I ever could. Joy the Baker helped us all to realize that we are in the same boat in […]

  13. 8/2/2012

    Hi Brooke, it was such a pleasure to meet you at the potluck, and to hear you talk about being mindful. It’s a great reminder for me that I need to practice living in the present moment more than ever. Thank you for taking the time to listen and tell me your story during our one on one. Meeting you was definitely one of the highlights of the weekend.

  14. 8/2/2012

    Hi! I’m visiting from Chef Dennis’ blog and I’m so thankful he provided the link. The concepts you’ve illustrated here (and also in your post about Mindfulness in the Digital Age) are a way of living that encourage “life” — not just the next blog post. I agree; life’s too short. Entirely fulfilling perspectives and excellent writing! Thank you.

    • 8/2/2012

      Kimby, I’m so glad Chef Dennis shared the link and you came by! Here’s to living life to its fullest!

  15. 8/2/2012

    Brooke, I really enjoyed this post. That conference sounds so inspiring and uplifting. There is nothing more important than learning to stop and smell the coffee, especially in a high-paced life we live in with messages bombarding us from every direction. Thank you for sharing!

    Bethany Parry

    • 8/2/2012

      Bethany, thank you so much for coming by and leaving such kind words. I love the company you work for and the work that you’re doing.

  16. carrian

    Amen. You have no idea how much I believe in this. Where was I? Gosh, I would have given anything to have been there. Maybe another time. This one, this one is more my type of conference/event

  17. […] jam demo, Brooke’s most inspiring talk on mindfulness in a digital age (catch the gist of it here),and the waffle breakfast on Sunday morning hosted by Kitchen Aid USA. I even won one of these most […]

  18. Brooke –

    It was wonderful to meet you and your husband at Big Summer Potluck this past weekend! Your words and advice have really struck a chord with me as I embark on another phase in my personal and professional life. I’m really looking forward at putting these concepts into practice and to seeing where they take me.

  19. 8/3/2012

    This is so wonderful, I wish I could have been there but the recap made me relax just reading it. I have lots of takeaway points!

  20. […] talks from the weekend really stand out to me. Brooke, of Food Woolf spoke of mindfulness and how to shut out the constant chatter–chatter that often makes us […]

  21. 8/3/2012

    Brooke, thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration you gave to me at BSP and with this post. Your talk truly hit home with me, and I regret I didn’t get the chance to tell you that in person. What you said about developing a vision has been weighing heavily on my mind, and you can expect an email from me soon. :)

  22. Emily @ Random Recycling

    What a lovely, honest post. Thank you for sharing this with those of us that couldn’t hear you at BSP. I love how real this is, especially as I sit at another conference and it’s the other end of the spectrum.

  23. This was the first year I heard about the Big Summer Potluck (maybe because I don’t keep up with social media hahaha) but after reading this post I regret even more not coming since it wasn’t that far from the house.
    I’m not a social media addict, and don’t think I’ll ever be, but I have days when I browse tastespotting/foodgawker/pinterest for more than I should.
    I’ll save this post and every time I’ll feel a little lost and overwhelmed will come back to read it and remind myself to live

    • 8/7/2012

      Roxana, Lucky you for not being a social media addict! Thank you for coming by and reading (in between your tastspotting/foodgawker/pinterest foray)!

  24. 8/6/2012

    Brooke, I’ve been meaning to write to you, so thank you for this lovely post. It was wonderful to reconnect with you on ‘different level!’ I am so happy for you and the changes you have made in your life and the new path you have chosen. It’s funny, I brought my camera with me, but right away made a conscious decision (before I knew the theme!) not to take photos or even write about the weekend, so I am really grateful to all those who did. It made it even easier for me to just relax into the whole experience with no particular agenda. One of the highlights was hearing your story. It is no accident that the lovely Andersons hosted an event with a different perspective from most blogging forums. Perhaps that is why so many people keep coming back. Everyone wants and needs support for channeling their energies into what is important to them , even if it goes against the tide of the social media frenzy and counting (stressing about) page views. No wonder your message was so well received. Thanks again for keeping things honest and real. Wishing you a wonderful year, until we meet again! XXOO

  25. Though I missed this wonderful event, thank you so much for the glimpse and to remind us all to take a breather in between the chaotic social media life.


  26. I’ve been meaning to comment right after you posted this! It was truly just a highlight meeting you and then hearing you speak, just took it to a whole other level. I’ve made a lot of changes over the years and then this pregnancy brought even more [changes] so this all resonated with me, but also inspired me. Thank you for speaking from the heart and being the person you are. So much love to you!

  27. Brooke, I can’t thank you enough for your amazing, honest, inspiring talk at BSP. It forced me to take a long hard look at some of the feelings and worries that had been bubbling below the surface for many months and that I’d been avoiding for far too long. I feel like you’ve not only helped us to find the way to being better bloggers, but to being better human beings.
    Thank you for helping to remind us of the things that matter, like finding joy in ice-cold slices of watermelon. :)

  28. 8/12/2012

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I am sorry that I missed such a great get-together (not saying a conference at all). I went to BlogHer Food Conference in 2011 and was so overwhelmed that I promised myself not to go to any huge conferences anymore. It felt like everyone had a script and an elevator speech about their blog, and it was not about really getting to know anyone, more about how many people you can meet in X minutes type of race. I had to walk outside many times to catch my breath.
    I made the same mistake about being absorbed in what I do and not live, and completely ignore my relationship with my husband when I first started my engineering career in consulting, worked day and night, weekends and holidays to shine among all the male engineers and to succeed in good ol’ boys club type environment. After two years of such hectic schedule, it took several painful “discussions” to set me straight and turn my attention to what is important in reality. That is why I am trying to “take it easy” in terms of blogging, since it is a hobby. I am determined not to take it over my life, I already have a full time job and can not do more than one post a week eventhough some bloggers told me that it will be very hard to get my name out there without 3 or more posts a week. I said so be it, thank you for the advice and I will do what is best for me, not for my SEO or Google ratings.
    It takes one deep fear of losing something/someone really important to know what is best for your life.

  29. […] I had the honor of being a keynote speaker at The Big Summer Potluck. I thoroughly enjoyed seeing my new internet BFF Maggy Keet and speak with all the good and big hearted people about Mindfulness in the Digital Age. […]

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