the lively show: volunteering abroad & food blogging with lindsay ostrom


Happy Lively Show day to you!

Today I have an awesome new episode with Lindsay Ostrom, the blogger behind the incredibly popular Pinch of Yum.

Lindsay’s food blog has tons of great recipes, eCookbooks, and helpful income reports (great for those looking to monazite their blogs). She and her husband Bjork – the business half of the blog – also have a site called Food Blogger Pro where they help food bloggers take things to the next level.

In today’s episode, we are talking about Lindsay’s recent decision to go full-time as a blogger after deciding to stay in teaching last year, her experience teaching abroad at the Children’s Shelter of Cebu, and what she would recommend for those who want to give back either through travel or donations as well.

This episode is perfect for those who love their day jobs and are trying to pick the right time to go full-time with a blog, or for those interested in getting involved internationally in a greater way.






  • Why Lindsay is now choosing to go full-time with
  • How a two week trip to the Phillipenes turned into a year-long teaching position at the Children’s Shelter of Cebu.
  • The shift in perspectives and viewpoints living and serving abroad has had on Lindsay as a person.
  • The struggle between her priorities as a food blogger and as someone passionate about making a difference internationally.
  • Where Lindsay recommends finding volunteer travel opportunities.
  • What Lindsay would tell someone just starting out on this journey.




Food Blogger Pro

Children’s Shelter of Cebu






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  1. JoAnne Henein

    Hey, I’m really smitten by this episode! Wow, from volunteering internationally and the culture stress, to being a foodie and the pursuit of blogging, I relate all around. I’m wrapping up my time volunteering internationally in Thailand/Asia for nearly 5 years, and embarking on a new entrepreneurial journey. Thanks for speaking to my heart today.

    1. Wow! That is a lot of similarities. You and Lindsay are birds of the same feather. : ) Have a great weekend, Hun!

  2. Avalon

    Another great podcast by you! Everyone you feature is so authentic and now Pinch of Yum is bookmarked as one of my recipe-go-to sites. Yay!

    1. That is great to hear, Avalon! Thanks for sharing. I’m glad you discovered Lindsey and her awesome site, too!

  3. Thank you for interviewing someone who highlights the FIlipino culture! As a Filipino American, I love seeing and hearing my heritage represented. BEAUTIFUL!

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