About Namely Marly

Hi! I’m Marly. Welcome to my site, Namely Marly. I like to have fun. Wanna join me?

A photo of Marly looking down and laughing.

On this blog I love to share about creativity, health and wellness, living an authentic life, and yes, recipes. My recipes are targeted toward the transitioning, secular vegan diet (otherwise known as easy vegan recipes!). You can also find entertainment ideas and tips for inspired and soulful living.

Inspired, soulful living. Yeah. That sums it up nicely.

So, what’s a transitioning vegan? That’s someone who is either contemplating a vegan diet, brand new to a vegan diet, or simply yearning for a plant-based way to prepare and eat vegan recipes that are easy, accessible, and affordable.

What is a secular vegan? In my mind that is a non-dogmatic vegan. That’s who I am too, by the way. I’m not impressed with dogma. I’d rather stick to the fun, open-minded side of vegan diets. I’ve written about my views on veganism in a few posts. Here’s a couple of them:

Hopefully you get the idea. If you’re looking for a rigid approach to a vegan or plant-based diet, I’m not your woman. It’s ok if that’s what you’re about. I’m just saying you might want to keep looking. However, if you’re into a more laid-back, secular vegan diet like me, eureka! You’ve struck gold!

Here are our top 10 Recipes at Namely Marly just so you can see for yourself how tasty vegan can be:

As you can tell, these are not your hippy mamma’s vegan recipes. There’s no nuts and twigs in our recipes. Ok. A few nuts, but definitely no twigs. Just lots of great, flavorful ingredients to make some of your favorite homestyle recipes…veganized!

A Little About Me

I found myself a few years back in a toxic, corporate job that I hated. Well, actually, I didn’t hate the work so much, in fact, I really liked it. What I hated was the terrible way our company went about doing business. Think Dilbert in 3D.

In fact, our CEO confessed to creating a “dog-eat-dog” environment because he felt it “brought out the best” in everyone. In reality, it fostered a lack of trust and manipulative behavior. There were those of us who did our best to set things on track, but when you’ve got such duplicitous motives coming from the top down, you’re in a no-win situation.

It took me awhile but eventually I left that corporate job and have been working hard ever since to create a new path.

My goal has been to find ways to change my life from the inside out – so I don’t carry around any of that toxic behavior from my previous corporate world days into my new life.

It’s easy to do, you know. In resisting what we hate, we end up drawn to the very thing we were trying to avoid in the first place.

Once when I took my daughter, Adee, skiing, she was heading down a steep slope with a sharp dogleg curve at the bottom. Also at the bottom was a resting place with a picnic bench. There was a man sitting on that bench and it was obvious to all that Adee was fixated on that bench as well, because she was screaming and simultaneously clutching her poles as she began flailing about her way down the slope.

She was scared.

I don’t know how, but some how she was able to stop at the bottom of that turn. We were all so relieved. When I caught up to her we found our way over to the picnic bench and sat down for a moment to catch our breath (and our nerve).

The man sitting there said to Adee, “What were you looking at when you were feeling out of control?” And she answered, “This bench. I was so afraid I was going to hit it.” He replied, “I noticed that. Next time, don’t look to where you don’t want to go. Keep your eyes focused on the trail where you want to be. That will help guide you in the right direction.”

Keep your eyes focused on where you want to be and that will guide you in the right direction.

Words of wisdom!

I don’t know about you, but I’ve spent too many days looking fearfully toward the bench at the bottom of the hill. Wanting to avoid it, but feeling locked in on the path.

It’s a terrible way to live:

  • Toxic work environments
  • Sedentary lifestyles
  • Bad food
  • Monkey mind
  • Clutter

These are things I refer to as heavy energies. You know what I mean? They create a feeling of heaviness in your life.

Kind of like how you feel after Thanksgiving dinner.

But when you think about where you want to be in your life, the path you want to be on, can you begin to feel that high energy version of yourself appear? It’s sort of a Mary Tyler Moore, flip your hat in the hair, my life is great moment. I’m here to say that those moments are real and there are ways to cultivate more of them in your everyday life.

You see, I’m on a journey to create a high energy life. My goal at Namely Marly is to help you connect to Your High Energy life too! I have 6 categories that I focus on to help build a High Energy Life:

  • Physical energy
  • Spiritual energy
  • Creative energy
  • Entrepreneurial energy
  • Finding the Beauty energy
  • Food energy

I find when these are in balance then I’m a happy camper. And guess what? When I’m a happy camper, you can bet the people around me are feeling it too.

So, join me as we learn more about living High Energy Lives with these Six Categories of living.

Why Recipes?

I grew up in a super small town (around 1,000 people) in Missouri. As a result, I wasn’t exposed to a lot of fancy foods. The idea that someone could be a chef was foreign to me. So, why are recipes my passion?

I look at my early middle school years, when I was around 11 or 12. My family was going through some tremendous problems. We moved from my family home to a small apartment, my brother was diagnosed with schizophrenia and bipolar (at the time it was referred to as manic depression), my mom fell on the ice and broke her hip, and my dad was an alcoholic. In fact, my dad’s response to all these stressful family events was to go get drunk, get on a horse, and fall and brake his arm/shoulder. So, in the midst of all this family trauma, there was me.

I recently heard an exchange between Steven Colbert and Billy Crystal about how they both lost their father at a young age. And they both chose humor as a coping mechanism. More specifically, they wanted to make their mom laugh as a way to help her feel better. As a result, comedians were born.

When I heard that, I realized that was my preoccupation with food. I couldn’t fix my brother. In fact, he scared me sometimes so I mostly avoided him. I couldn’t fix my mom’s hip or my dad’s arm, but I could feed them. That’s where the very beginnings of my passion for food began.

My parents split up and reunited many times after that (too many times to count). Eventually the “staying apart” stuck and it became me, my mom, and my brother. Then my brother succumbed to his mental illness and he died, leaving only me and my mom. That’s when the home chef in me really took over. I loved surprising her with different recipes every night. Although on Friday’s we always had the same thing: taco salad. It was our thing.

I would get recipe books and hand-write the recipes into a notebook to help me decide which ones to make next.

After I went vegan, my desire to return to the kitchen returned full force. And that’s what you’ll find here on this site — my passion for food, for healing, for nurturing, and for creating community!

Namely Marly in the Press:

Our work has been featured on The Costco Magazine, The Huffington Post, BuzzFeed, Parade Magazine, Women’s Health, Gluten Free Living, Shape Magazine, and SheKnows, among others.

The Namely Marly Team

Marly and Shawn

We’re actually more than just marly around here. To be exact we’re made up of Marly, Shawn, and sometimes even Adee. Family. Together we are Namely Marly and our goal is sharing with you a message: you can find happiness each and every day in some way shape or form. Now, let me tell you a little bit about the Namely Marly team:

Marly McMillen

Marly McMillen Beelman

Founder and Creative Director, Marly is a former consultant, executive director and COO turned entrepreneur! She has an MBA from the University of Missouri-Columbia and worked her way up the corporate ladder, but all the while had her eye on creating her own career path. She’s passionate about living a high energy life and earned a certificate in Plant-based Cooking/Health from Rouxbe Cooking School to help better hone her skills in developing and sharing vegan recipes. Marly’s creative flair doesn’t only reside in the kitchen. Marly has a background in business including former executive experience, she’s a volunteer member of her community Parks and Recreation board of directors, she’s the director of the Chopped Conference and the host of the Chopped Podcast, and a previous volunteer for the Small Business Development Center.

Favorite Snack: Peanut butter on a banana with chocolate chips. Try it!
Favorite Movie: The Princess Bride, Under the Tuscan Sun, Something’s Gotta Give
For Fun: Painting brown furniture white. Yaass!
What Superpower do wish you could have? Super Eater. I would eat all I want, save the world, and still look fabulous in a bikini. Hey a girl has to dream.

Shawn Beelman

Shawn Beelman

Shawn Beelman

Shawn is more than just hubby, friend and tennis hitting partner to Marly, he’s also the photographer, website developer, and graphic designer at Namely Marly. Beginning in 2015, Shawn’s been the man behind the lens snapping up photos of our food, DIY, Entertainment, and more. He’s also the tech guru. He writes, performs and records the music for the Namely Marly podcast and does all the technical setup for recordings and processing as well.

Shawn has been a professional graphic designer since 1990. His specialty is designing and programming websites for small- to medium-sized businesses and organizations, but he has experience in other areas of graphic design as well, including logo design and 4-color process printing.

Favorite Snack: Apples
Favorite Movie: The Matrix
For Fun: Watching tennis
What Superpower do wish you could have? Flying would be nice.

So that’s our team (and family) here at Namely Marly. We hope you find some inspiration to take your life to the highest energy possible.

If you’d like to connect, use our contact form or drop me a line at Marly at NamelyMarly dot com or leave a comment on one of our posts. We read every one!

Health + Happiness,

Marly