I love to hear amazing unique success stories. My unique writing story is that I grew up hating vegetables––except canned green beans––I still like them. But now I go to the Farmer’s Market almost every week and enjoy seeing, touching, and smelling all of the wonderful colors and textures. My love for vegetables started in grad school. Sure I learned to force myself to eat them as an adult, but never had a taste for vegetables. I studied psychology and personalities and although skeptical about putting people in a box, found it fascinating. I trained and was certified with True Colors and since I love analogies, I was looking for an analogy with an emphasis on why you need all of the personality strengths on your team at work, home, and community. My work with counseling gave me an appreciation of diversity and how all the personality styles are important––not just annoying.
After looking into several analogies I hit on vegetables. Their color, texture, and growth patterns were fascinating. And the nutritional value didn’t hurt. As I read, I kept saying to myself, “I need that!” Vegetables found their way into almost every meal. Soon a beige meal needed color. Now most meals have at least three colors. Colors are fun and healthful! Not to mention easy. Vegetables are fast food. How could I resist. The more I read about vegetables, the more I ate them, the more I enjoyed them, and then I wrote about them.
I developed the Vegetable Personality Styles and presented workshops for families and professionals showing how all of the styles are important and how we can be a vegetable. It was so much fun showing each of the vegetable styles through activity. I started blogging and writing a book on the Vegetable Personality Styles and then decided to use the analogy in a children’s book first because I thought it would be quicker. A year later Vegetable Kids in the Garden arrived in hardcover, then came eBook, and soft cover. In 2016 I will get back to using my love of vegetables to work on the eBook or print book Color Your Style with Vegetables.
Nancy J. Miller, M.S., Career Counselor/Coach
Author: Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success
Vegetable Kids in the Garden