5 Reasons To Get Over Your Fear of Starting A Blog

A lot of people have really good things to say. They have knowledge on a topic, or many topics, and have thought about starting a blog. However, that’s as far as it goes for some. For one reason (or maybe many!) they have fears and reasons why they won’t actually take that next step and start a blog. Today I am hoping to ease your mind and get rid of some of those fears for you. Blogging has literally changed my life in so, so many ways and I absolutely love getting to share my life with you, my readers. I want you to have the same excitement and feelings I have as well if that’s something you desire, so let’s get over these fears together!

5 Reasons to get over your fear of starting a blog

Reasons to get over your fears of blogging. If you can do this, you can potentially…

1.) Make Money: Let’s call a spade a spade. A lot of folks get into blogging so they can make money and work from home. Don’t be afraid to speak out if this is your answer. ‘Aint no shame in my game, I definitely like to make money! Granted when I started blogging eight years ago it isn’t why I started…back then I didn’t even know it was possible to make money blogging, but things change and it’s definitely high on the list of motivating factors for me. I love being able to work from home, have a flexible schedule, and work with brands that I really love. It’s very satisfying to be my own boss and make my own decisions!

2.) Have a creative outlet for your thoughts and knowledge: This is kind of why I started. I wanted to start distance running, and decided to blog as a way of holding myself accountable, and a way to share my training with others, in hopes it may inspire them to do the same. Here we are eight years later. Many things have changed, but one thing remains: I love having a place to share and inspire and teach others. I have always loved to write, so this is right up my alley!

3.) Learn and grow as a person: If you asked me to tell you what I have learned about myself and about other topics in the course of the years I have been blogging, it would take me approximately 27 years to tell you all about it! When I look back at a lot of the ways I have grown as a person over the years, so many things stem from my blog and things I have learned, mistakes I have made, and people I have met. Heck, I even owe my husbands CAREER to a friend I met through blogging. It’s so fun and a little unreal to be able to trace back important life milestones, experiences, and decisions to your blog or someone you met via blogging.

4.) Meet great people: Speaking of people I met through blogging…some of my very best friends in the world I met all because of the internet. I love how it connects people from all over the world, and you can share a bond with people you have never met or don’t see that often. I have also made some amazing business contacts, met celebrities, and had mind blowing experiences all because of my blog. It’s awesome, and to think of not having them if I had never started makes me so, so sad.

5.) Have the chance to inspire and change the lives of others: This is definitely my favorite part of blogging. I have a folder in my email titles “happy emails” where I have saved emails from over the years where people have taken the time to write me and tell me that I have helped them, encouraged them, or inspired them in some way to make a change, get over a fear, or try something new. Those emails warm my heart and make me feel like I truly am making a difference in the world.

Don’t get me wrong, some days are hard or frustrating, and it’s not always happy emails, but I wouldn’t change any of it if it means I got to connect with or help someone through my written word. I hope that these reasons to get over your blogging fear have encouraged you to stop being a fence sitter! The best things in life are often the scariest, but come with the greatest reward. Who knows what your life could look like a year from now? You will never know unless you try.

Hey! guess what? Ready to take the plunge and get over your fear of starting a blog but don’t know where to start? You are in luck! I have a completely FREE 5 day email course on how to start a blog of your own. Every day for 5 days I will meet you in your inbox with tips, encouragement, and how to’s for getting your own blog up and running. You can sign up now and get going on that blog!

This Girl is Going to ShiftCon!

I know it’s a ways away, but I am super excited to tell you all that I will be attending ShiftCon in December! What is ShiftCon? It’s a conference for social media influencers that focuses on food, wellness, health, and the environment.

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This year, the conference is being held in my neck of the woods in New Orleans, LA!

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There will be workshops, parties, and lots of networking. This year, it will be held at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside and there is a special ShiftCon hotel rate available until October There are going to be tons of great speakers and great information. I can’t wait to get my nerd on and learn.

Want some even better news? You can use my special code at checkout to get $50 off of your ticket price.(Yes, five-zero, fifty dollars off!) Just enter FITLOOKINGGLASS to get your discount.

If you head over to the ShiftCon website, there is a great, short, video right there on the home page that will give you a glimpse inside the conference. I know it’s still several months away, but it has been awhile since I have been to a conference so I am excited! December is a great month to be in New Orleans. Not only will Christmas decorations be abundant, but the weather will be mild and perfect.

If anyone has any questions about the conference or about New Orleans let me know! I would love to meet up with some of you before, during, or after the conference in my old stomping grounds and show you my favorite parts of New Orleans. I hope to see you there, I would love to meet some of my blog readers.

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QOTD: Who wants to go to ShiftCon? Have you ever been to New Orleans?

Disclosure:  I receive a small commission if you purchase your ticket with my discount code and will be attending this event on behalf of ShiftCon.

ASICS Ambassador

Hey guys! As you can guess by the title of this post, I have some great news! I have been selected by my favorite brands ASICS to be a 2015-2016 ASICS ambassador! It’s been hard keeping the secret for a month but I am finally allowed to spill it!

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There are going to be some exciting things coming up this year with ASICS that I will be involved in, and I will share them as they come, but think product reviews, giveaways, I will get the chance to go to events, etc. Right know just know I AM SO EXCITED!

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ASICS was the very first shoe that I bought when I got fitted for running shoes back in 2010.

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I tried other brands throughout the years, but ended up with many different foot and leg injuries. Why on earth I thought it was a good idea to mess with a good thing, I will never know.

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I think I have worn about every color of ASICS shoe there is, and I love all the options!

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I have a high arch and I slightly over pronate, but I also need a bit of a wider toe box. I guess I have high maintenance feet?

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I am currently LOVING the Gel Quantum 360’s!

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ASICS not only has amazing shoes, but they have other great workout apparel as well.

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I had the privilege of running the LA marathon with team ASICS this past March, and while it was a tough race in 90 degree weather, it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I may have only been just a little over 2 months postpartum when they emailed me asking if I wanted to run, but I of course accepted! I was on a high for days. I couldn’t believe the brand of the shoes that I was already running in wanted to work with me. I had reviewed shoes for them in the past, but this was big.

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I felt so blessed to meet some of my running heroes and hang out in LA with such an amazing and generous brand.

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I think one of my favorite things about ASICS is that they “get” bloggers. I have worked with many different brands over the past almost six years, and some did a great job at relating to and working with bloggers, and some not so much. ASICS seriously knocks. it. out. of. the. park. It has been my pleasure to promote them, it makes me want to work hard for them because they have done so much for me. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store, but I know that no matter what it will be epic with ASICS.

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Check out my fellow ambassadors and their blogs!

1.      Eric Rayvid – Dirty Old Sneakers

2.      Heather Montgomery – Thorough Heather’s Looking Glass

3.      Megan Wood Copello – I Run For Wine

4.      Rachel Steffen- Running Rachel

5.      Megan Lee- Run Like A Grl

6.      Toni Church – Running Loving Living

7.      Katie McFarland – Moms Little Running Buddy

8.      Gelcys Castaneda – Runner Unleashed

9.      Linzie Starr- Sharp Endurance

10.   Julie Weiss –  Marathon Goddess

11.   Ryan Falkenrath – Triathlon Training Daddy

12.   Lisa Gully – Workout Mommy

13.   Grace Kim – Lean Girls Club

14.   Angela Simpson- Eat Spin Run Repeat

15.   Sadie Sabin – Simply Sadie Jane

QOTD: Have you tried different brands of running shoes over the years? Did you end up back with the brand you started with?

Time to Refresh

If you have been reading my blog for awhile, then you know that not only do I have a passion for fitness and social media, but I also have a love for encouraging and helping others. At the end of October, I will be heading out on a solo road trip to Tennessee for a couple of days. I was presented with an amazing opportunity, and I hope to see some of you there (hurry only a handful of spots left!)

That’s right, I will be attending (and speaking at!) Refresh Summit South at the lodge at Deer Run!

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My friend Bobbi has done an amazing job with Refresh, and I am stoked to be a part of such an amazing weekend where I will get to learn, grow, speak, listen, be inspired, and hopefully inspire others. my faith is so important to me, and sometimes a weekend away to reconnect and listen to God speak is needed, and it couldn’t have come at a better time for me and all the crazy things going on in my life!

I will be leading a workshop sharing from my personal experiences with social media, but not in the sense that you would think. I am going to be sharing my heart about the ups and downs social media can cause. The pitfalls, the comparisons, the haters, and how I handle it all. I by no means have it all figured out, but dealing with the damaging side of social media is something that has been on my heart for awhile now, and cannot wait to share what God has been teaching me.

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As I mentioned before, there are NINE spots remaining for the summit, and I hope you will consider going. We will be up in the beautiful mountains in Tennessee, working out together, eating together, learning and worshiping together, and having a lot of fun! Be sure to check out the website for all the important details. I hope if this is something that interests you that you will pray about it and consider coming!

QOTD: Have you ever been to a retreat similar to Refresh? Do you love the mountains?

Under Armour Ambassador

It’s official, I am a blog ambassador for Under Armour! Some of you may have guessed by the badge on my right side bar. Smile This has been in the works since they invited me up to Baltimore in August, and now things are official.

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You can expect to see fun things from me like giveaways, as well as information when new products launch, and my reviews on my favorite gear. There are a few things in the works I can’t wait to tell you about, so be sure to stick around.

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You can purchase product from Under Armour’s website through the photos/links on the right side of my blog. I will change up the photos when there are new promotions, sales, etc. so be on the lookout.

I am so excited to be representing such an amazing company with a great story. Their products are made of such great quality materials, and I especially love what they have done with the What’s beautiful movement. I’m sure more good things are to come from them and I cannot wait!

QOTD: Do you own any Under Armour apparel or gear?

RWS Features #38

 

Wow it’s been awhile since I have done a RWS Feature! Time to bring them back, since there are so many amazing bloggers to highlight! But first, what’s everyone doing this weekend? I will be watching football, working, cleaning, you know the usual. This past week flew by because I was so busy catching up after Disneyland. I hope things slow down a bit so I can enjoy the beautiful weather we are having this weekend! (By beautiful I mean highs in the upper 80’s instead of 90’s! Come on fall!

Today I want to introduce you to Lori from http://fitandhealthyjourney.blogspot.ca   Lori is quite the animal lover, she has 6 dogs and 3 horses! Wow! Check out her answers to my questions below then go to her blog and show some love!

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1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I have been following a few different blogs since becoming a Sweat Pink Ambassador, and decided that I could share my experiences in losing weight and getting fit.  Hopefully I can inspire others.

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences:

My Journey to Fit & Healthy is about my struggles and successes with trying to eat healthier and get fitter.  It also has some recipes and helpful hints.

3.)What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

I would like to inspire others and let them know that they can get fitter and healthier too.  It’s never too late to start on the path to heath and fitness.  I also use the blog to keep myself accountable!

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My decision to make exercise and healthy eating a permanent part of my life.  I will never “diet” again, this is a lifestyle change.

5.) What is your blog URL and twitter handle

http://fitandhealthyjourney.blogspot.ca

@envigeurfitness

Thanks Lori, love the photo with the horse, and #SweatPink!

QOTD: What is one small lifestyle change a person can make to get going on the road to health?

RWS Features #4

 

Good morning! I am actually away this weekend at another wedding. People just getting hitched left and right! I hope you all have a fabulous last weekend before Christmas. Soak up the season and enjoy this time!

Everyone say hello to Brigid! She blogs at Live, Breathe, Huzzah! 

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How/Why did you start blogging?

1.  I began blogging shortly before my 29th birthday. Like many people approaching a milestone birthday (Hello 30!), I started reflecting on my life, my fitness, and what health and happiness mean to me. I started Live, Breathe, Huzzah as a way to keep track of my progress and voice my thoughts about fitness and healthy living.

Sum up your blog in a couple sentences

2. Live, Breathe, Huzzah is about striving to live an active, healthy life full of fun! I aim to focus on the positives, eat more veggies, run more miles, try new things, and not sweat the small stuff. I talk a lot about running because running keeps me happy and healthy.

What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?

3. My biggest dream is that people will read my blog and find inspiration. Inspiration to run a 5K, go for a swim, try a new food, or even cut themselves some slack. I’m not perfect. I’m not particularly fast. I have a serious sweet tooth. But I’m challenging myself and aiming high. If I can do it, you can too.

What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

4. My biggest healthy living accomplishment is finally realizing that I am a runner. I’ve always held back from describing myself as a runner because I’m not that fast. I don’t look like a runner. One day I wrote down all the races I’ve completed, and it hit me: I AM a runner. Once I made that mental leap, I’ve become more confident in my running. I even recently made the big decision to train for my first full marathon in September 2012.

Thanks so much for sharing! Everyone be sure to stop by her blog and say hello and show some encouragement and support.

QOTD: What is YOUR biggest healthy living accomplishment?

Mine would be running my first marathon, almost a year ago!

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