Ten Questions, Ten-Word Answers with Life Cleanse Author Katie Tallo

by Belinda Munoz on October 31, 2010

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Knowledgeable. Compassionate. Sincere. Kind.

These words come to mind when I read fellow blogger Katie Tallo.

Katie is a writer, director, motivator, runner, vegetarian and mother who writes a blog called Momentum Gathering where she seeks to inspire simple, joyful life change.

She recently released her first e-book, The 7-Week Life Cleanse where she helps others make simple, manageable changes with maximum impact. Her methods fit any lifestyle and she guides with gentle persuasion that is hard to resist.  In this e-book, Katie gives us eye openers for wrenching open our awareness, do-ables for hammering out some solid actions and take-aways for leveraging change and momentum.

Katie has a way of breaking down the elements in life that become complicated over time. In her own words, simple steps bring the greatest change. She writes clearly and steers clear of sweeping generalizations, allowing the reader to take away what speaks to her or him. Her reassuring voice and soul-centered approach peppered with clever metaphors feel like a warm hug — you get the feeling that everything will be alright. Not surprisingly, her favorite season is summer for its heat, beach volleyball and sun-sparkled landscapes.

I have never met Katie in person but her down-to-earth personality comes through in her writing. After reading a few of her posts, you just know she’s fun, easy to like and genuinely loves her life. When I asked her to share in 10 words what there is to love about life, she said, nature, love, babies, sunsets, writing, friends, fudge, peace and moms.

A woman full of energy and a healthy sense of adventure, if she had to be on reality TV, she would pick The Amazing Race because of the travel, experiences and camaraderie. I invited Katie to answer 10 questions using 10 words and she graciously accepted.

1 How has the seven-week cleanse been good for you?
It has helped me to live more mindfully and joyfully.

2 What have you learned since launching your e-book?
There are people out there in pain who need kindness.

3 You wrote about womentum and as a self-confessed feminist, I loved it. Tell us what kind of momentum, if any, you see gathering around manmentum or malementum.
Manmentum is male power used for goodness and for love.

4 You’re a filmmaker. How has filmmaking shaped your beliefs about how fiction and reality affect each other?
Filmmaking is storytelling, voicing truths, reflecting reality back at ourselves.

5 Name one of your favorite places in the world and tell us why.
Sandbanks beach because my family spends our summers together there.

6 What do you think every person has a right to?
To be themselves without hiding or being subjected to hatred.

7 What should every person realize for her/himself?
Their potential and how boundless and awesome it truly is.

8 As a Canadian, what should the world know about Canada?
It is a beautiful, vast, safe, free, compassionate, multi-cultural nation.

9 The blogosphere is abuzz with Rainer Maria Rilke’s quote “…live the questions”. Name one question in life that’s worth living.
Are you loving your children for who they really are?

10 Name one answer to a life question that you live passionately.
I serve by inspiring real, joyful change in others’ lives.


What’s Inside The 7-Week Life Cleanse?

Here’s a quick peek:

Week 1: Creating Space and Time
Week 2: Moving Differently
Week 3: Gathering Ease and Flow
Week 4: Taking Stock and Letting Go
Week 5: Pushing Yourself Forward
Week 6: Soul-Searching
Week 7: Sustaining Change

Click HERE to read more.

What do you think about a life cleanse?
If we’re supposed to get a haircut every six weeks or so, shouldn’t we also do a life cleanse with regularity? Why or why not?

Images provided by Katie Tallo

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1 TheKitchenWitch October 31, 2010 at 5:52 am

I’m intrigued! I may just have to check her out! Thanks for sharing with us.


2 Belinda Munoz October 31, 2010 at 9:58 am

Kitch, I think you should. She offers a sneak preview chapter that is so easy to follow.


3 Katie October 31, 2010 at 6:01 am

I’m truly honoured Belinda. You are such an amazing writer and human being. It’s a real treat (this Halloween) to share this inspiring space you have created.


4 Belinda Munoz October 31, 2010 at 9:55 am

The pleasure is all mine. You’re an inspiration and everyone should know your work.


5 ayala October 31, 2010 at 3:06 pm

Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to check it out!!


6 Elle November 2, 2010 at 12:13 am

Thanks so much for sharing this. I’ve been feeling overwhelmed with some things in my life. With what I’ve read on her site, it seems like something I’d like to do.


7 Belinda Munoz @ The Halfway Point November 2, 2010 at 4:14 pm

Elle, I highly recommend it and I think you would really benefit from it having just moved to a new home.


8 rob white November 2, 2010 at 6:16 am

Thanks for this Belinda. Looks like a great formula for well balanced physical, mental and spiritual living.


9 Giulietta Nardone November 2, 2010 at 8:24 am

Hi Belinda,

Nice Q & A. Canada sounds lovely. will check out Katie’s blog. I’m going to adopt “alivementum.” Fun to customize the word!

Have loved that Rilke quote for awhile. Our life consists of the questions we ask. Unfortunately, folks don’t ask enough questions about anything. Boggles my rebellious mind!

thx. G.


10 Belinda Munoz @ The Halfway Point November 2, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Ha! From womentum to alivementum — am loving the creativity from bloggers like you and Katie. And do check out her blog. I think you’ll really like her style.


11 Sara Healy November 2, 2010 at 9:31 am

Wow…I was really impressed with Katie and you for conducting this wonderful interview. I loved Katie’s answers and to do it in 10 words. While I loved them all, my favorite was #9…”Name one question in life that’s worth living…” and Katie’s answer was “Are you loving your children for who they really are?” That’s a question every parent ought to consider:~)

I also sensed exactly what you said, Belinda, about the compassion and kindness of Katie…it comes through in all her answers. There’s also a sense of durability — someone who knows how bend like a tree without breaking. Great post, great interview and thank you for introducing me to Katie:~)


12 Katie November 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Thank you Sarah for your kindness and enthusiasm. I’m humbled by your lovely words. I look forward to visiting your blog and finding out more about you. All the best.


13 Belinda Munoz @ The Halfway Point November 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Thanks, Sara. I just knew Katie would kick ass in this format. Her answers are fantastic and genuine.


14 Patty - Why Not Start Now? November 2, 2010 at 4:46 pm

You and Katie make a good team, Belinda. Great questions and insightful answers.


15 Rudri November 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Thanks for sharing this Belinda. I will definitely check out Katie’s blog.


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