Hey guys! Phew, it’s been a crazy week. Or half-week.
I never thought I’d say this, but I was actually wishing for a regular week instead of a short one, just because I was feeling so behind. On work, on my NASM studying, on housework, on blogging…so. much. to. DO.
Oh well. I’m working on letting it go, and appreciating the break like a normal person.
One major setback from the week: I got into a fender-bender yesterday on my way home from work. In rush hour. On my way to pick up Mason. Ughhh.
It was Jillian Michaels’ fault. 100%. If she hadn’t been going off on such a boring tangent on her podcast, forcing me to try to switch podcasts while driving, I never would have glanced down at the wrong second and rear-ended a minivan. Doh!
So I’m recovering (mentally) from that episode and very ready to focus on something else—like eating lots and lots of good food.
And giving thanks.
Of course I’m thankful for the usual suspects—family, friends, a comfortable life. But I wanted to take a minute, today, to talk about a few of the reasons I’m thankful for this blog.
I won’t hesitate to say that this blog has changed my life. It’s a hell of a lot of work, of course, but worth it. And not just for the fame and fortune (HAHAHA!). Unless you’re a fellow blogger, you might not realize just how much I’m getting out of this personally. Here are just a few of the big ones:
So many articles on happiness talk about journaling as a form of therapy. My journal just happens to be public.
Not that I’m quite as open as I’d probably be if it was just me and a little notebook with a lock on it, but I do put stuff out there (I can tell by how nervous I am when I hit publish sometimes).
And vulnerability is powerful. (If you’re not sure why, Google Brene Brown and I’ll see you in two weeks when you resurface.)
Not only is it therapeutic to force myself to put my thoughts and feelings into words, but it’s also very grounding for me to hear people’s feedback on my wacky tangents. (Especially when the feedback is: “stop worrying so much, you crazy person—it’s going to be fine.” I could use a T-shirt of that.)
When I first heard about “blends” (blog friends), I thought, “Oh, that’s nice. But they’re not real friends, right?”
One of the best parts about blogging is the people I’ve gotten to know.
These are people I think about throughout the day, just like I think about my non-blog friends. I worry about them during tough times, celebrate with them during exciting times, and wonder what’s up with them if I haven’t checked their blogs in a few days.
They’re also some of the people who inspire me the most—to do better and be better. They encourage me when I need it, and keep me in check when I need it.
If that isn’t real friendship, then I’m not sure what is.
I *think* I’d be just as committed to fitness without a blog, but it sure doesn’t hurt the cause. I have to practice what I preach.
(Does anyone else see my reverse hunchback in that picture? What is that??)
One thing that might suffer without this blog is the variety of my workouts. I’m a huge creature of habit, so switching things up has always been a challenge for me. With the blog, I’m inspired to try new things—both because I know it’s good for me, and because it gives me things to talk about. (More examples of this will be popping up in the next few weeks! Stay tuuuuned…)
Blogging has been HUGEly beneficial to me as a writer.
Turns out that the best way to improve as a writer is to write. And write. And write some more. And then keep writing.
Both when you feel like it and when you don’t. When you’re inspired and when you’re not.
For example, as I write this, we’re in the car on our way home for Thanksgiving. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, had a long day at work, just ate a bunch of Swedish Fish (so my stomach feels like crap—worth it), and have a new book from the library I’d much rather be reading. But I’m still showing up, and as usual, the more I write, the easier it gets.
One of the primary reasons I started blogging was to introduce “creative” writing into my life as a habit. After working as a technical writer for almost 5 years, I felt like the creativity was getting sucked out of me, along with my love for writing. Thanks to blogging, I’ve gotten both of those things back.
I thought long and hard about the subtitle of this blog. It was very important for me to express that I’m just living my life, and learning along the way. That’s all this is.
I’m also learning a lot about myself through this blog. Having to sort through the jungle of thoughts in my brain, organize them, analyze them enough to understand them, and present them in some comprehensible way is a huge learning process.
What’s something outside of the usual suspects that you’re thankful for today?
Fellow bloggers: what does blogging do for you?
Happy Thanksgiving. :)