“The Journey to a Million Followers” with My Nguyen

What if you believed in yourself more than anyone else? In this episode of the Lead with Love podcast, I get cozy with my friend My Nguyen, founder of My Health Dish. We talk about building with intention and not letting the critics (which are sometimes the people you love the most) stop you from going after your dreams.

You can find her recipes with a healthy twist on the food you love over on her Instagram account @myhealthydish_ which she grew to over one million followers. So we definitely cover some Instagram tips and strategies in today’s episode.

My actually was the person who encouraged me to start an Instagram account in 2012 for Simple Green Smoothies. If it wasn’t for her nudge and encouragement, my life would look a lot different today.

My started posting Instagram photos of simple and nutritious meals she made for her twin daughters. She sparked so much interest by sharing her recipes and healthy lifestyle, so she turned it into her life’s work to educate others about what they put on their plate. All of her recipes are dishes she makes for her own family, and as a busy mom, she has to find ways to take shortcuts in the kitchen- without taking shortcuts on flavor.

Tune in and listen below:

What you'll hear (and don't want to miss!)

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Resources + links mentioned:

My Healthy Dish

Connect with My on Instagram and Facebook!

My Healthy Dish: More Than 85 Fresh & Easy Recipes for the Whole Family by My Nguyen

WhenToPost App


Key Quotes:

“All that engagement back from my followers, I appreciate it because they’re taking their time to tell me that they like something I did.”

“I really saw the potential of what Instagram was, and I attacked it like it was my full-time job. From Day One I knew there was something there.” [21:27]

“The only thing that helped me was to prove them all wrong.” [33:33]

“I don’t see likes and engagement as validation, but that was proof that what my followers really wanted was me, and not just food.” [45:03]

“Content is key. So if the content is not valuable, the people won’t engage regardless of when you post.” [57:08]


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The Lead with Love podcast is hosted by Jadah Sellner (that's me!). I help entrepreneurs build their tribes with the online program, Build Your Challenge. I'm also an author, international keynote + TEDx speaker, poet, and creator of Love Over Metrics™, a Business Growth Incubator and Mastermind for women with big ambitions and even bigger hearts. #LeadWithLove

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