When I started my blog in January of 2010 it was a way to write out my thoughts, because somehow they made more sense that way. There was a deep sense of self-revelation that came when my fingers started typing. I was majorly preggo and freaking out about having a kid. and trying to figure life out.
and then she came. and life got busy. and this place became somewhere to share my memories and life. and then there was that one time I thought I was going to be a craft blogger. ha. that was funny.
then began my “lose the baby weight/weight from before the baby” project. I documented it along the way. I started to enjoy running, despite the fact I was horrible at it. I even signed up for my first race, which just so happened to be a marathon. I dove into healthy living blogs. The “popular” ones that I found seemed to feature the women who had already made it… who had a “before and after” story. or the runners “struggled” with their 9 minute miles. I never imagined that I would ever find my after… I figured I’d just always be on this journey.
My running times started out at, no joke, 18 minutes a mile. But you know what? I was trying. and I knew that there had to be others out there trying to. and maybe if I wrote about my struggles along the way then just maybe I could inspire others to join me on the journey.
and so I shared my journey. and I was honest. I put my “before” pictures out there. it was scary. but you know what? people related to it. i made amazing connections with groups of women striving to be their best selves. i found so many others who inspired me. and it made me want so desperately to keep inspiring others.
And then companies started noticing. I got to do some awesome reviews and have awesome experiences. and I’m thankful for that. but I want you to know, that is not what this is all about for me. It is about the community. It’s about showing you that you can do it. You can run a half-marathon. It doesn’t matter that it’s not “fast”… I ran mine in THREE FRIGGIN HOURS. That’s a good FULL marathon time for a lot of people! But I finished. To show you that you can love yourself on this journey.
and that…. that is why i blog.