Karen McLean

This Secret Squirrel makes healthy eating a lifestyle choice
Sunday , 20 March 2016
Karen McLean
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Karen McLean
• Last year I made the decision to leave the corporate world to pursue my love for healthy eating and began food blogging full-time. I’m really proud of what I have achieved with Secret Squirrel. I’m still overwhelmed by the response and all the lovely comments and emails I receive every day. It always puts a smile on my face. 
• Over the past year, I’ve been identified as a key influencer, which has led to me working on campaigns for Visa, Microsoft and Ikea.
• For me, Jamie Oliver is a major influence. I love his bubbly personality and his food revolution that is bringing healthy food into schools. He is really passionate about health, and I love his values.
• I think if you’re passionate about what you do, then you will always be successful. Eventually all the pieces fall into place. Until then, laugh at the confusion, live for the moment and know that everything happens for a reason.
• I love experiencing the different cultures of Dubai, which open my eyes to trying new, different and exciting things. Dubai is very diverse and creates an environment where everyone has a really interesting story to tell.
• It’s beautiful to see different nationalities living alongside each other. There are expats from all over the world here and so the world becomes your family.
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