When I started this blog, I was a full time graduate student and was working full time while trying to find balance. I found that focusing on my fitness and health was the best way to take care of myself during stressful times. It caused me to create set aside time for self care, whether that was an hour workout or hiking on my (very limited) days off. I also began learning a ton about nutrition and eating well, which was partly inspired by the heath conscious, farm-to-table values of the city I had just moved to. Taking the time to focus on my physical health had an incredible effect on my mental health. When I moved to Portland, I was overweight, anxious and depressed – and I was furthering my education in a field that could perpetuate those problems if I wasn’t consciously looking for ways to combat them. By the time I finished graduate school in February 2014, I was no longer experiencing depression or anxiety, I was 35 pounds lighter, and I was training for my first marathon!
As I began to change my habits, people started noticing and asked what I was doing. I started sharing my meals on Instagram and Facebook and told people about new ingredients I was trying. I would post about when I would squeeze in a workout during an extremely long day. With the desire to talk more about what I was learning and cooking, I started this blog. I wanted to show that even though I was swamped with school work and trying to make ends meet financially, I was still able to change my eating and focus on my physical health. I also wanted to promote a healthy lifestyle as a way to improve mental health.
So, now I am done with school. I work that regular 9-5 and don’t have tons of school work to do when I get home each day. I have thought about whether the original intent of this blog is still relevant with my new way of life and whether I am still a busy girl getting fit. After some thought, I have ultimately decided that yes, it is still relevant. My work is stressful, my days still feel hectic and are often longer than 8 hours. I am still really busy outside of work too, maintaining my relationship with my partner, family and friends, and finding time to take care of myself. I am still striving to improve my health and become to best version of me in all areas. I am still not rolling in the dough so I need health and wellness to fit within a budget. I am nowhere near perfect. I eat cupcakes when they are delivered to my work. I drink lots of wine when hanging out with my girlfriends and some Fridays, Nick and I are just too exhausted to do anything for dinner except order a pizza. I want fitness, health and wellness to fit into a realistic, “everyday person’s” lifestyle. And I want to talk about how that can be possible.
In 2015, I am re-committing to this blog and I hope to learn as much as I can about the art of blogging to bring you better posts about recipes and wellness tips. To start off, I am completing the Blogging 101 training hosted by WordPress (I am already behind on assignments – typical for my learning style! I’ll always be a procrastinator!). This year, you will find more posts with:
- Tips and tricks on preparing healthy meals for yourself and your family
- Ways to fit fitness into your everyday life
- Suggestions on how to create overall balance in your life so you always feel fulfilled
- Plus some recaps of our adventures in the Pacific Northwest and beyond 🙂
I look forward to meeting more people who are interested in similar topics, so please reach out! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂