Three Year Blogiversary

 

WOW. I can’t believe I have been blogging for three years. It’s so funny how something can not be a part of your life at all, and then in a blink of an eye it becomes so important and special to you, that you can’t imagine NOT doing it!

Check out my one and two year blogiversary posts, too!

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photo from my first half marathon, don’t I look thrilled?

This my friends, was my very first blog post. It cracks me up to go back and read it now. When I first started I was in my first year of teaching and did not blog steadily/every day like I do now, but it was a start, and my oh my the places it has taken me! I am so grateful for a good friend of mine who said she was starting a blog and encouraged me to start one too. I wonder what I would be doing today if I hadn’t started RWS? So odd to think about.

I am going to get all sappy for a moment so stay with me. Reading back on my two anniversary posts and thinking about where I was then and where I am now…it just blows my mind in so many different ways. So many things have changed, some for the better and some for worse unfortunately, but I can see how much I have grown up in my writing and as a person thanks to my little blog.

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Gulf coast half October 2012

I have made some amazing friends, had awesome fun times with other bloggers, grown some thick skin, and branched out in ways I never could have imagined. However, I take no credit for the places my blog has brought me. Everything I have and am blessed with is all because of God’s awesome grace and love. It hasn’t always been an easy road, but we learn the most when it gets bumpy don’t we?

I have so many ideas, so many things I want to do and accomplish and I am so so very blessed to have this platform from which I can share my heart with you guys. Some of you have been with me from the beginning and I am forever grateful. I have learned that that some tasks may really seem impossible, and sometimes its discouraging and you feel like you aren’t making a difference. But all it takes is a good attitude and a willing heart and you can be used in so many ways.

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Friends, God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. YOU can do anything you set your mind to, don’t ever think you are too small or insignificant to be great, to be used, to be a rock star.  Some are great writers or speakers, or athletes, and some are great friends and listeners. We all play a part, and don’t ever shy away from a dream or a goal because you think it’s impossible, because it’s not!!! Take risks, follow your heart, and be kind.

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I can’t wait to see what this next year of blogging brings, so I hope you will stick around RWS and stop in for a visit from time to time. I have the best readers ever, and I am so thankful for you all….you brighten my day with your sweet encouraging words and I appreciate you so much, even when I don’t have time to reply to every comment, know that I read them all!

So, Happy Birthday Running With Sass, may you celebrate many, many more.

QOTD: Bloggers, what is something you learned about bloggers this year? Non bloggers, what is something you love seeing on blogs you read?

Stay Fit at the Computer

Hi everyone I’m Renee’ Benda I blog over at http://Bendifulblog.com. I am very excited to guest blog for Heather! I’ve enjoyed reading about her running & travel adventures for some time now and jumped at the chance to guest blog. I’m a 30 year old mother of two working hard to stay fit and healthy while balancing a my family, life and fitness. I hope you share with you some great recipes, workouts, and fun finds from across the interwebs.

We’ve all been there whether you’re in cubicle farm or a freelance writer, we find ourselves sitting in front of a computer for hours a day! This has become normal for many career tracks and often wreaks havoc on our healthy- living goals. There are some simple steps you can take to staying fit while at the computer.

The obviously solutions would be a walking work station, but who has $300 for one of those? Plus not all employers are yet on board with alternative solutions to the ole’ desk, chair computer set up. Save yourself $300 and try these easy and inexpensive options.

Posture Check! Sitting for hours in s slouched position can be destructive for back and your heath! I like to set posture check reminders in my outlook calendar, you can set them on your phone too! A simple quick reminder to check your posture. This will remind you to sit up straight and push back your shoulders. This simple instruction will help you engage your core. Feeling extra ambitious add in some tummy pulses.

Pack your lunch and your sneakers. How close is the nearest park to your office? If you can’t answer this question it’s time to find out. During your lunch break get out and explore. Pack your lunch and your sneakers. Taking a walk around the closest park or even just taking a stroll around the block gets your heart pumping, feeds your brain fresh air, and can help burn a few extra calories. Chances are good that by packing your lunch you will make healthier choices than the vending machine. You will have more time to walk at lunch when you aren’t waiting in line at the fast food place. Getting fit is about making a healthy decision and then making another.
Standing during conference calls. Conference calls can be long and boring, we can all admit that right? Take a break from your chair and stand up during the call. It’s a simple solution and also a healthy one. You burn more calories standing than you do sitting. If you’re comfortable standing mix it up! You can bring in a 5 pound weight and do curls while standing and listening.

Play Ball! Have a fur baby or a real baby? Then you probably have a small ball kicking around your house. Bring it to the office, place it under your feet. Trying to balance the ball under your feet helps engage your core and work on stability. This is also a great solution for those of us who are not allowed to sit on a stability ball as a chair. The best part about this exercise is most of the time you can do it without anyone noticing!
HYDRATE. The office atmosphere can lend itself to overeating. It’s Sally’s Birthday, a client dropped off cupcakes, you know the drill. You can offset the amount you eat by hydrating. Drinking water is a proven step in staying healthy and active. I have a friend who packs two water bottles each day full of ice cold water. Throughout the day before 5pm her goal is to drink them both. The water helps her stay full and keeps her hydrated for her after work workout. If you’re full you will eat less of the snacks around the office.

Making these 5 simple adjustments to your work day can help you stay fit while in front of your computer. You will still need to schedule regular sweat sessions but these small steps can help you make healthier choices during the day.

QOTD: Any suggestions to add to this list? 

Blogging Made Easier

 

Blogging takes up a LOT of time. First there is the blogging itself, research, picture taking, then there is social media presence, answering e-mails, etc. I absolutely love all the things that blogging brings, but if my computer or internet and phone speed are not working with me, it can make all encompassing “blogging” very very frustrating.

As many of you know, I am a Verizon Wireless ambassador and have been testing out the Samsung Galaxy S3 for the past couple of months. I have talked about how awesome the device itself is, and all it’s cool features, but I haven’t yet shared with you about the 4G LTE service itself.

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First of all, this service as expected is FAST! One of my biggest time sucks used to be trying to look at something on my phone and having to wait forever for a page to load, going outside on the porch holding my phone up trying to get more bars (oh come on you KNOW you have done it!) and then getting frustrated when a page times out or a call drops. I can honestly say I have been spoiled by just how fast this service is. There is no way my old service can “keep up” with this one.

As I have mentioned before my favorite thing is the mobile hotspot. One would expect a mobile hotspot to “work” but be very slow. Well I can tell you my friends, this is not the case. As a daily blogger, I obviously need to be on my computer a lot to get posts written, but sometimes I am just not home long enough to get this done, and am on the go a lot. The mobile hotspot and the speed of the 4gLTE service has made my new favorite, blogging in the car, possible. (Obviously not while I am driving!)

We go back and forth from Mississippi to Louisiana a lot, and I do a lot of traveling with work. Instead of letting this time be unproductive and a waste, I let my husband drive, and crank out a blog post while we are getting from point A to point B. I used to have to type it out and wait until I got somewhere to upload photos, or publish, but not anymore, and it’s awesome!

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So, especially for you my blogger friends, you should seriously look into this as a necessity to your job of being a blogger/social media lover and be more efficient with your time with 4G LTE!

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*Just a reminder that in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness month (October), Verizon is hosting a photo contest to share the message of hope. Please enter their best photo symbolizing hope (taken with their Verizon Wireless smartphone or tablet, please). For each submission, $1 will be donated to HopeLine from Verizon. Visit this link for more information and to check out the gallery of inspiring photos so far.

*Disclosure: I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided
with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the
product.

QOTD: If you are a blogger, what is something about technology that has made your blogging life easier? If you aren’t a blogger, what is something about technology that has made life in general easier?

Pingraphy

 

Who loves Pinterest!?!? (Are you waving your arms wildly in the air like I am?) If you do, then you will love this new-to-me tool that you can use to schedule your pins. Some of you may know of my love for Buffer from Healthy Living Summit and using it to schedule tweets and Facebook updates, but we should schedule out pins as well. Just like you don’t want to bombard a Twitter feed with update after update in a short period of times, you should space out your pinning as well. I know it’s hard, because if you are like me, I get on there and see a ton of cute things I want to repin and I go to town! This is fun, but not getting your blog or pins a lot of exposure since it’s condensed into such a short period of time. So, what’s a social media junkie to do?

Enter Pingraphy. If you are familiar with other scheduling platforms, this will be a breeze. Simply sign up using the same email and password you used when you signed up for Pinterest. Them be sure to drag the pingraphy button into your toolbar up top below your address bar for easy scheduled pinning, and you are ready to go!

Ok, so say you are on my blog and you really want to pin a sweet photo of my awesome new pink running shoes.

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Simply click the Pingraphy button in your toolbar and all the photos from my post appear—with checkmarks.

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Click the “uncheck all” button unless you want to pin eeevveerrryyy image, and just click the one or two you want to schedule. Hit next, then a box will pop up asking you to schedule the time/date and what board it should be pinned to, or upload it to Pinterest right now. After you schedule, click confirm and you are done! So simple.

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Not only is this tool important for spacing out pins, but it’s also a time saver. Say you know tomorrow you are super busy but you want to get pins up, you can schedule a bunch for the next couple of days, and then not worry about it tomorrow when you are too busy to pin, are on vacation, etc.

Please let me know if you have any questions!

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DON’T MISS THE 5TH ANNIVERSARY OF DISNEY’S PRINCESS HALF MARATHON WEEKEND
FEBRUARY 22–24, 2013
Register today before the price increases on September 26 for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon (54% Full). Whether you run for yourself, or for the women in your life, you’re sure to get the royal treatment as we celebrate the 5th Anniversary of this special event. (Anniversary BLING!)

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QOTD: What is your favorite thing to look for on Pinterest? I like home organization pins and decorating ideas, especially for holidays.

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 #37

 

Good morning friends! I have gotten a few inquires on Twitter and in emails about my foot, and about my cold. Both are doing better. I slept for eleven hours the first two nights I was home and went through two boxes of tissues (my poor nose is so raw!) But I am feeling much better!

As for my foot, it is doing better too! Bobby and I ran eight miles yesterday morning, and just like last time, I had a few twinges going up hills, but other than that it was fine. I did have some serious hip pain and am wondering if it’s my new shoes, so I am going to try running in my OLD shoes Monday (with my inserts to help with support) and see if I have hip issues.

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We got an earlier start than we have been, and it was so much nicer and cooler/shadier than it has been in the past. As much as I hate getting up early, we will definitely be starting earlier for now on!

Today I wanted to introduce you to another blogger. Be sure to go visit their site and show some love. Everyone, say hello to Danielle from http://itsaharleyyylife.com/

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Look at those adorable dogs! I got a chance to catch up with Danielle at the Healthy Living Summit this year in Boston, she is super sweet!

 

1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging in March of this year. After reading blogs for about a year I decided to finally start my own. It helps me stick to a workout plan and to eat healthy if I am telling people what I am doing. It will also be nice to look back on one day.

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

It’s A Harleyyy Life is where I share my day to day activities of trying to live a healthy lifestyle by eating right {for the most part} and working out.

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

I blog for me first. I would love to just keep the mentality I have from blogging and not fall back into the trap of concentrating on my weight. Blogging really has changed my life around. I also blog for my readers. I would love to make close friends and maybe just affect one persons life one day.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

It may not seem like much but I gained the freshman 25 in college and worked it off. I never want to go back to that weight.

5.) What is your blog URL and twitter handle

http://itsaharleyyylife.com

@itsaharleyylife

Thanks so much Danielle! Everyone be sure to stop by her blog and say hello!

QOTD: Do you have a pet? What kind? name? I love pets and fun pet names!

RWS Features #32

 

Good morning and happy weekend! A HUGE HUGE thank you for all of my birthday wishes! Between the blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, my fan pages, texts, and phone calls I was overwhelmed with the love from my family, friends, and readers. You guys sure know how to make a girl feel special. You are all amazing! The fun is continuing for us this weekend, so while I unplug a bit and enjoy my family, I wanted to share another blog with you!

I am sure you already know who she is, and she needs no introduction, but here she is! Amazing mother of 4, veteran YouTube-er, and all around awesome girl!

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Bex from Bex Life (and baby Summer!)

1.) How/Why did you start blogging?

I’ve been blogging since I became a mom at 19-years-old. I was looking for a community that I could connect with. The internet was brand new and there was no such word as “blog”… the good old days!

2.) Sum up your blog in a couple sentences

BexLife.com is all about family, fitness, and urban farming. In a lot of ways I’m just a ordinary Jersey girl who likes the mall and the beach, but I’ve made sustainable living and the politics of health my life.

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

I’m primarily a YouTuber, so my blog is more about revealing more of my personal views and an intimate look at my family life. BexLife.com is a community of devoted fans and respected health & fitness experts, all supporting each other. I hope that the community only grows larger and more dynamic with time.

4.)What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?

My proudest and most triumphant physical accomplishment was delivering my fourth baby at home 16 months ago. I practiced and taught yoga up until two weeks before her birth to prepare for labor, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve never done something so difficult and rewarding in my life.

Thanks so much for sharing a bit about yourself Bex! To learn more about this awesome lady, be sure to check out her blog, find her on Twitter, and subscribe to her amazing YouTube channel. You will be glad you did!

QOTD: Do you vlog? Why or why not? Do you watch vlogs/You Tube channels? Why or why not?

RWS Features #31

 

Good morning! We are loading up and will be ready to go soon! House sitter is coming, and beach, here we come! We have been dealing with a few stresses lately I am hoping I can share with you soon, and so this is a welcomed mental break for me and Bobby.

If you want to check out recaps from last year’s beach trip, check out the links below:

Beach Part 1

Beach Part 2

Beach Part 3

Beach Part 4

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While I am on the road to the beach, be sure to check out the newest installment of RWS Features. Meet Krysten from Darwinian Fail. Krysten has had quite an interesting journey, so read on!

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1. When did you start blogging?

I am a new-ish blogger. I just started blogging in April 2011.

2. Describe your blog in a few sentences:

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail is the story of my battle with my genetic suckiness. If Darwin were to look strictly at my genetic makeup married with my family tree I would expect that he would predict that I am already dead. I am, by all medical accounts, a Darwinian Fail. However, I believe Darwin also qualified his idea of genetic fitness to include more than just biology. Fitness is also defined by adaptability, perseverance, and strength – and this is the definition I want used to define me. I have not exactly been dealt a winning hand when it comes to genetics, but I am determined to lead a healthy happy life despite the setback. Maintaining a healthy diet, a regular exercise routine, and creating a balanced lifestyle is all part of my Genetic Battle Plan.

3. What do you wish to accomplish on your blog?

I want to encourage women (and men alike) to embrace a healthy lifestyle despite all the obstacles. Prevention is the key! I have experienced my own health struggles both with heart disease as a result of a rare arrhythmia and Breast Cancer as result of the BRCA genetic link. This year I will undergo a preventative mastectomy and reconstruction to ensure that I remain in control of my health. It so easy to say this is someone else’s story. It is someone else’s struggle. It is someone else’s problem. But the truth is Heart Disease is the #1 killer in North America. And according to CDC’s 2007 stats 27 million American’s are diagnosed with heart disease annually. Not to mention that there will be 178 thousand new cases of cancer diagnosed this year in Canada. And Breast Cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer among women of all ethnicities. The reality is that my situation is not that uncommon. I want to beat heart disease, breast cancer, and genetics with a healthy lifestyle and positivity.

4. What is your greatest healthy living accomplishment?

I ran my first half marathon! As a preventative treatment for my positive BRCA 1 (breast cancer gene) diagnosis I will undergo a double  bilateral mastectomy. My surgery date was March 5th. In preparation for my 2 month hiatus from exercise during recovery I decided to go out with a bang. I ran my very first half marathon Burlington’s Chilly Half Sunday March 4th.

Thanks so much for sharing! Be sure to stop by Krysten’s blog to learn more about her and be sure to follow her on Twitter: @darwinianfail

QOTD: What are you doing this weekend?

Passionate

 

You can tell when you are reading an article or blog written by a person passionate about their subject matter. The joy and excitement overflow onto the page, and is woven into each sentence or idea. Having a desire to share, motivate, and inspire is evident in their work, making each new story exciting to read.  It’s not just about writing, but about the fire that burns within the author, desiring to get their point across to help inform and share with others. Running With Sass is my baby, and I deeply enjoy sharing stories, tips, and motivation with my readers everyday. To be able to do so on an even larger scale would be a dream come true.

True, I am just an average girl, but that is part of my draw. I attract a lot of readers that are new runners, bloggers, and those just starting out on their fitness journey. I have received countless e-mails from readers thanking me for being real and honest, and for showing them that anyone can be fit and healthy.  They enjoy my message of not having to be the fastest, the strongest, or the best…but just striving to be the greatest version of themselves.

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Growing up, I played multiple sports, and even moved on to coaching after college. I have coached basketball at the middle school level, and volleyball at the high school varsity (6A) level. I am very knowledgeable of both sports, and fitness in general. Running is my most recent passion of three years, and I recently have added weight lifting and yoga to my always growing fitness practices.

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My job allows me to travel to several races throughout the year, so I believe having a fresh perspective on the health and fitness of different cities would be a great benefit to readers. Not only have I learned a lot working at health and fitness expos, but also in partnering with several companies to review and share their products.

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Other passions of mine include putting a stop to childhood obesity, and furthering cancer research. I shared my thoughts and experience in a vlog last month on the matter of childhood obesity. As a former teacher, it broke my heart to see so many children struggle with their weight and be bullied by other students.

Don’t forget about my 6 second “fail” that went along with the above vlog. Oops! At least I can laugh at myself, right? (I’m saying “fail” at the end of the video).

I also love social media, and spend a lot of time each day interacting on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube, as well as several forums, message boards and other blogs. I have a large twitter following, and a fan page for my blog on Facebook as well as a personal Facebook page. Participating in Twitter chats and social media conversations is something I really enjoy. Meeting new people, reaching out and making friends is an encouragement and inspiration.

My mother is a stage three non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor. She is an amazing woman with a lot of fight, and a great inspiration to many. I have learned so much watching her, and as a family we have all taken steps towards a more healthy lifestyle to help prevent certain types of cancer. My husband and I ran a half marathon this fall with Team in Training benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. It was a great experience and I was thrilled to be a part of raising money for cancer research and treatment.

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In closing, I think the name of my blog says it all. Yes I run, and yes I try to live an active, healthy life…but I do it all with a touch of sass. Who says healthy living and fitness have to be boring and bland? Spicing up your fitness and health as well as your life in general, can help you to be a success story. I have faced obstacles, criticism, injuries, mental defeats, and trials. Through it all, my husband and I are dedicated to a healthy and fit lifestyle, against all odds.

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Below is a video I put together last summer documenting my healthy living journey. I hope you enjoy following along.

QOTD: What are you passionate about?

RWS Features #3

 

Happy hump day everyone! I hope your week is going ok! I know everyone is gearing up for Christmas parties and seeing family, but I hope you will still have time to visit RWS during your hectic holiday schedules. I say that because mine is about to get a little hectic, too! Don’t worry, I will still be posting every day, but every weekend until after Christmas I will be really busy and not around as much on Facebook, Twitter, or your blogs, but I’m still “here!”

Yesterday it was more ab work, and I finally got a peppermint milkshake form Chick-Fil-A. I go crazy every year when these babies come out. I am so glad they wised up and made them in the smaller size. I would get such a bad stomachache after eating the large ones in years past!

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Today I am posting my third RWS features post, please show some encouragement, visit their blog, add them to your reader, share the love! (Speaking of which, if you use Google Reader and haven’t downloaded the new super reader you are missing out! You can see everyone’s FULL blog in reader and you can comment, and it still counts as a page view. So exciting!)

Meet Karien from Running the Race!

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1.  How/why did you start blogging?
Writing and running are two of my big, big passions in life, and so I thought: “Why not combine the two?”.  I also started blogging as a means to share and record some of the day-to-day joys, frustrations, blessings and lessons that come my way – love learning from and sharing things with other like-minded blogging friends!

2.  Sum up your blog in a couple of sentences.
Running the Race is about all of the things I’m passionate about: Running; racing; healthy living; good, wholesome food; friendships; relationships; and finding joy in the small things in life.  I truly believe that life is a blessing and a gift and that, despite all the challenges, heart aches and frustrations that come as part of the package, we need to focus on the good things and learn from the rest.  Not always easy, but certainly an adventure!

3.  What do you wish to accomplish/achieve by blogging?
At first my blog was all about me sharing things, but later it grew into something much more fulfilling: Interacting with so many amazing people from all over the world and all walks of life.  It’s fun to share my views, experiences and opinions, but also so interesting to learn that there are so many different (and opposite!) opinions and perspectives out there.  Definitely therefore a place to share, learn, encourage, be encouraged, build friendships and sometimes win some amazing swag!

4.  What is your biggest healthy living accomplishment?
Finally, after years and years of emotional eating, weight struggles and self-image issues, lots of lessons learnt and even more grace, reaching a point where I feel truly happy in my skin.  What an awesome blessing!

Thank you so much for sharing a little about yourself and your blog!

QOTD: What is your favorite thing about the blogging community?

*Email me a picture of your Christmas tree or Outdoor Christmas lights with your blog link and I will post them on my blog! ([email protected])