Over Your Oats #34

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Life

7 Girl Bosses Share Their Best Career Advice

The Full Time Job Is Dead

How To Start A Habit You Don’t Like Yet

10 Reasons Why What Others Think of You Is Not Important

6 Toxic Beliefs That Hinder Your Success

Health/Fitness

Is Exercise Causing You To Gain Weight?

Why You Should Workout In The Dog Days of Summer

How To Make Healthy Habits with Positive Association

What Every Runner Should Know About Running Hills

19 Reasons To Workout

Funny

Men Tried Out Women’s Swimwear, and Felt The Struggle

Over Your Oats #33

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Life

Forgetting Fear & Starting

5 Ways To Choose Happy

10 Lessons From Over A Dozen Jobs

7 Questions Millennials Should Be Asking In Interviews

4 Tips on Doing What You Don’t Want To Do

How To Fix Your Text Neck & Improve Your Posture

Hunger Shame

5 Signs You’re Getting In The Way Of Your Own Success

Food

Mexican Layer Dip

Raspberry Coconut Newtons

Fitness

Hip Stability Exercises for IT Band & Knee Pain

The Move Happy Challenge who’s with me?

Get More Out Of Your Core Workout

Half Marathons Worth Traveling For

The #1 Thing You Can Do To Stick With Your Fitness Goals

Funny

Comedian Pretends To Work At Whole Foods

21 Of The Best Made Up Jobs From The “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette”

Blend Retreat 2015

Ah Blend. By far my favorite blogger event I’ve been to, both this year and last. To be honest, I was nervous going in this year. Partially because I felt like I should have sold my ticket since money is tight and this seemed like such a luxury, and partially because most of my close blogger friends weren’t coming and I was nervous about not having that group with me again! But silly me – turns out this weekend was exactly what I needed. Not only did I make some new, amazing friends, but I also got the sunshine, fresh air and laughter that I didn’t even realize I was missing.

Blend is a blogger (or non-blogger!) retreat with mostly food & fitness bloggers. Blend means Blogger + Friend. There were 100 girls, plus our three amazing leaders who put the whole event together: Lindsay, Janetha & Lauren. This year Blend was held at Chautauqua Park, which is just outside of Boulder. I thought it was just a park, but they have a little neighborhood here with tons of lodges, a general store, a restaurant and soooo much more. And of course amazing hiking trails!

If I try to re-cap the entire thing I think we’ll all be here for hours, so instead I’m going to do a bit of a photo dump of my amazing weekend with blends:

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(some photos stolen from Lindsay & Lauren’s Instagram!)

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the sponsors of Blend this year. This amazing weekend would not have been possible without them, and it was so great to meet some of their reps at Blend!

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Have you ever been to Colorado? 

Have you ever been on a “retreat” of any sort? 

Blog Updates!

Hey readers! These past couple of days I’ve been doing a lot of blog updating and adding new pages. I’ll be doing a lot more over the next week or so, such as updating my book reviews so it’s easier to find books, recipes, and all that fun jazz. I’ll also be adding a “Join My Team” page under “Coaching” if you’re interested in doing what I do. I just want to make this site easy to navigate and simple for all of you to understand me and that I want to be here for YOU! PLEASE let me know if you have any ideas – you’re the reader so this is for YOU!

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I added my “Heath & Weight Struggle” to my About Me section so that people can get a good idea of my story when they first find my blog.

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I’ve also added a whole new section for coaching so that you can get a better idea of what I do and what I offer.

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My free “Be Your Best Self” Facebook Community

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Bootcamps (aka accountability groups or challenge groups)

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And more to come! Please let me know if there’s anything YOU’D like to see!

Writing Process Blog Tour

Hey everyone! I hope your week started off well! A little bit ago, Ari, from Ari’s Menu and a good friend of mine, invited me to do the Writing Process Blog Tour, which invites bloggers to let readers in on some behind the scenes information. I thought, why not!?

When I sat down to answer the questions, I realized that my answer is completely different from what it would have been 3 months ago, a year ago, or two years ago. It’s always changing as factors in my life change, such as free time, inspiration, and what I choose to write about.

Let’s get started!

1) What am I working on?

Quality over quantity. My blog is almost three years old and for most of that time I thought it was so important to blog at least every weekday. Nowadays, I just don’t have time for that and I don’t always have that much to say. I’m learning that it’s okay to post 2-3 times a week and focus on writing better content. Also, my life is so much busier now than it ever was before. I was supposed to get this post done by yesterday, but I had an amazing weekend instead.

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2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?

This might sound corny, but my blog is different from any other because it’s just my voice, and no one else has my voice. Most of the time my posts are just the ramblings that are in my head; whether that’s a Thursday Thoughts post, or a more meaningful reflection post. Each post that I write is a reflection of what’s happening in my life at that time.

3) Why do I write what I do?

I started my blog because I wanted to write about my life and topics that other women could relate to in hopes that they might not feel alone. I wanted other women to feel connected, learn from my mistakes, and maybe smile every once in a while.

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4) How does your writing process work?

BAHAHAHAHAHA. WHAT? I have no writing process.

As I said, it’s purely what’s on my mind. If I think of something I want to write about, I sit down and write it. Sometimes it will be days ahead of time and take a little more extra effort with graphics, photos or editing, and other times I’ll write it in the morning, hit publish and there you go! I went through a period of planning ahead and scheduling posts, but that just doesn’t fit my writing style right now

 

Now that you’ve heard from me, I’m passing the torch along to Emily from Perfection Isn’t Happy! Emily and I have been reading each other’s blogs for years and have gone through some very similar “quarter life crisis” feelings, which definitely gave us a connection. I’ve been lucky enough to see Emily not only a few times in Chicago, but also at a couple blogger events as well!

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Why do you read certain blogs?

If you’re a blogger, what’s your writing process?

Did you do anything fun this past weekend?