Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Please Make Lisa Nelsen-Woods the First Salada Green Tea Spokesperson!

Little ol’ me Lisa Nelsen-Woods from Columbus, Ohio, is one of the top 10 finalists in the nationwide search for Salada Tea's first-ever consumer spokesperson!


As the First Salada Green Tea Spokesperson I will be promoting green living and healthy eating in a cost conscious manner. In other words, I’d be promoting Green Living and Money Saving Tips – just like I do on Condo Blues!

It’s like we were made for each other!

Salada is a brand that I trust and can get behind. They chose me as their February Green Tea Spotlight because I reduced my home’s utility use by 32% using new habits and cheap home improvements. I couldn’t have done it with a hot cup of tea to keep me warm on cold winter days.

Your vote will help Salada pick the winner. Voting opened Monday, June 28th. You may vote once a day, every day from now until the contest ends on August 1st.

My Tea Story

I love to drink tea. I like to grow it. I’m learning how to cook with it. I keep it zero waste by composting the tea bag, paper wrappers, and cardboard box when I’m done. I even decorated my bathroom with tea stained books as wallpaper!

Tea helped me turn my health around. My doctor considered me healthy even though I was on medication to deal with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), allergies, and stress. I felt tired and worn out most of the time. I spend a boatload of cash on medications for my stomach and bowel issues. More often than not, I’d have a horrible case of heart burn. It never turned into an ulcer but I nicknamed it Chuck anyway because I often felt like I had to upchuck for no apparent reason.

Something had to change.

I gave up carbonated soda and switched to iced tea. I started to eat one vegetarian meal a day to regulate things in the IBS department. I stopped using coupons to buy processed food and save money (in theory.) I started cooking from scratch – which really did save me money. Cooking from scratch was a challenge because I did not grow up cooking. Most of the ingredients my mom used came from a box or a can. I experimented with spices instead of adding flavor to my food with salt and saturated fats.

It worked.

I am no longer spending $50.00 to $100.00 a month in prescription medications for IBS or heartburn or stomach problems. My food bill went down. I do not feel blah and tired anymore. My thyroid, blood pressure, cholesterol, heart, and sugar numbers are still very low. My doctor is impressed by this given that these issues run in my family’s medical history. By eating healthy, I hope to keep them that way for a very long time.

Why I Want to Win This Amazing Dream Job

Green living and saving money go hand in hand for me. One of the reasons I started Condo Blues to share my green and money saving ways because I felt battered by the YOU MUST BUY THIS TO LIVE GREEN message I saw every time I turned on the TV or read a magazine or newspaper. I grew frustrated because I knew that isn't always the case.

Many of the green living and money saving tips and tricks I share with you on Condo Blues came from my struggling student years where I had to save money by every means necessary. I was responsible for paying for my college education. My parents couldn’t send me to school, I didn’t have a college fund, and I wanted a college education more than life itself. I’m still paying off those student loans to prove it. In fact, that’s where my prize money will go – to help me pay off my student loans.

Please vote for me Lisa Nelsen-Woods at and help me win the the title of Salada Tea Spokesperson. Voting ends 8/1/10.

I Can’t Do This Without YOU!

Professionally I am a technical writer and instructional designer. I develop training programs for companies on a project basis. With this changing economy and hiring freezes (including the contract work I do) winning the Salada Green Tea Spokesperson contest would allow me to explore a new area of writing and take my career in a new direction by writing about lifestyle issues.

It would be a dream come true.

I can really use your help.

While I can jump on a stage and speak in front of a roomful of strangers without a second thought, I am shy when it comes to promoting or asking things for myself. I suppose that is one reason why I’m such a DIYer – I don’t think I’m worthy of asking for help from others. However if you ask me for help to promote or work for your worthy cause and I can and will do that in a heartbeat.

I have a hard time asking people for things, especially something this big – to help me win my dream job.

I’m going to be honest and ask for your help and your ideas on how I can ask people to vote for me that doesn’t sound like bragging or nagging. You see, there are nine other people that want this job too. Your vote helps determine who gets it.

I really with all of my heart want that person to be me.

Visit Salada Spokespeson Contest and vote for me, Lisa Nelsen-Woods and help me earn the title of Salada Tea Spokesperson. Voting ends 8/1/10. You can vote once a day every day until the voting closes on August 1, 2010. Please spread the word through your blogs and social media contacts. I created the Twitter hashtag #voteLisa to help me in my efforts.

I’d love to teach the world that small things add up and really do make a difference in the world that we live in for the better.