Why I Blog

 

If there is one thing that my mother has taught me that really sticks like glue in my brain it’s that making memories is so important. These days memories are captured on a phone and shared on social media for the world to see, and that’s okay, but it is also important to make memories offline, too. Today I wanted to chat about why I blog, and making memories is a big part of my WHY.

When I first started blogging during college I did it for the sake of having something to do. I would read fashion blogs mostly, before I was introduced to health and fitness blogs, and I thought. Hey. If she can do that, why can’t I? This attitude has branched out into other areas of my life as well (Hey, if she can run a marathon, why can’t I?) and it has given me the opportunity to try things I may not have dared to try in the first place. While I draw inspiration from a number of different places, I would be lying if I said I didn’t feel inspired by things I see online, too. There is something so powerful about social media, both in a positive and a negative way, but for me I hope to showcase more of the positive side on my blog. Or as I like to call it, my little corner of the Internet. My blog is MY place to share what I want to share. Yes, I want to be mindful of what my readers want to see too, but at the end of the day, my blog is an extension of my own voice. I do not try to be someone else. I type the way I would speak. And to be honest, it is a lot easier for me to put down in words how I feel or the point I am trying to get across than it is for me to speak those things outloud. Throughout elementary and high school, writing was my thing. I was an English nerd, and I think it’s safe to say that I still am. I am passionate about writing about things that mean a lot to me, whether it is writing about a weekend with Ryan and Nala, or a camp fire with my family. Writing is probably the biggest way I can express myself, and most of the time YOU get to read all about it after I hit publish.

My blog is like a journal, though it is no replacement for putting pen to paper. Believe it or not, I still do the old-school journal entries from time to time and let my thoughts pour out. Sure, it’s a lot faster for me to type than it is to pen my thoughts, but on a similar note it does serve (kind of) the same purpose. For me, blogging is a way for me to share my life with people. I am not here in the blog world sitting on a pedestal with my holier-than-thou attitude, because at the end of the day, we are all human. We have blood running through our veins and we all have our own special set of skills and talents. In a way, blogging can be a funny thing. I used to look at blog posts or Instagram posts from my favourite “influencers,” we will call them, and think to myself that their life is perfect. Newsflash: social media can oftentimes show a person’s highlight-reel, not their REAL LIFE. My blog shows my ups and downs. I talk about being in funks, having a great run, having a crappy run, being so sore and exhausted that I skip a workout. Yes, it’s fun to show all the good stuff, but it’s important to me to share that my life isn’t perfect either. I am extremely blessed in my life to have the family and friends that I have, the most amazing partner & fur babies, and a home that keeps me warm at night. However, who am I to say that I never cry or get upset? I am no different than anyone else who has a bad day. Perhaps other people just share less of those moments on their blog — and that’s okay, too.

Blogging is a fun and different way for me to connect with people. It’s not that I am anti-social (although, I would say I am an introverted-extrovert, which I believe is a real thing). I actually enjoy sitting down with my laptop and tuning in to Healthy Living Holly. Plus, I can do it anywhere. I can pack up my laptop and sit out on the deck in the sunshine while sharing my weekend with you. I can hang out in a coffee shop with my thoughts and spill them all out onto the blog for you guys to read. Some people don’t understand WHY a person would blog, and hey. I get it. I had a coworker once ask why I blog. I didn’t go into this big long song & dance, but I basically said that it’s just a fun way for me to journal my adventures and life for those who want to read it. Her reaction: “Why would anyone want to read it? I don’t mean that in a mean way, but I mean, what do you talk about?” Instead of reacting I just shrugged it off, then probably wrote a blog post that evening because here’s the thing. Even if someone doesn’t understand why I blog or why I run, I will do it anyway, because at the end of the day it makes me happy. So, why wouldn’t I? I think it’s more important to do less of the things you dislike and more of the things that make your soul and heart shine. Blogging and running are just two of those things, and that’s just part of the reason why.


So, long story short: I blog to share my memories with you guys. While this blog is for YOU, it is also for ME to look back at my races, my adventures, my marathon training – you name it. This blog is equally ours, and I am thankful that you are part of my journey : )

Running Lately + Changes to the Blog Schedule

Hey everyone!

It has been a little while, hey?

I think today’s title is fitting because I wanted to do a recap on my training lately because it has been going really well, but I also wanted to touch on my sparse blogging. As I alluded to in my last post, I will not be posting every day anymore for the sake of wanting to bring you all content that is truly meaningful to me and not just posting for the sake of posting. That being said, I am taking some well needed downtime for the next couple weeks to figure things out in my personal life (disclosure: I’m fine, Ryan is fine, Nala and Simba are fine, and nothing dramatically life changing has happened), as advised by my doctor. I will explain more later as I get more clarity, but if you are a friend or a family member that is reading this, you know what is happening : )

So, I will stop being so vague eventually and hop into the good things that have been happening! I have been making a huge change to my routine this last week-ish and it has been great. I especially like getting cute Snaps like this from Ryan because there is nothing cuter than Nala. Nothing.

 

We have been having a mix of hot weather and fall crispness which has made morning runs so much more enjoyable. Plus, I haven’t been doing them at the buttcrack of dawn which is even better! I don’t know if it’s been my pre-run coffee (which I almost never do) or the fresh morning air, but running has just been perfect this week.

 

 

This picture was snapped after Friday’s run. I needed that run. Running has been such a RELEASE lately. I had negative splits during this run of 10:02, 9:20m 9:11, 8:42, 8:35, and 8:30. I felt amazing, and yesterday’s run was equally fantastic.

Again, I had coffee pre-run, and ended my run on the trail near our house. I am so grateful to live near this trail! It sees (almost) all of my good runs, bad runs, mediocre runs, fun runs – you name it. Plus there is something about nature and running that just feels so right. I’m not sure if I’m even explaining that properly, but trust me. It is the best.

 

 

Although Saturday’s run was a bit slower than Friday, the miles went by in a flash and I felt fantastic when it was finished.

 

 

Running is like a moving meditation and can be so therapeutic. I know I have said that before on the podcast (which is coming back soon – just trying to get everything figured out still!), but you can go for a run with a million thoughts and questions in your head, and then as soon as your run is finished you suddenly have all the answers. I highly recommend trying it! It’s cheaper than therapy ; ) Ha! But of course therapy is always an option should you feel you need it. Just thought I would put that disclaimer out there before people jumped all over it.

 

 

I’ve also been enjoying breakfast out on the deck when the weather allows! Today is a pretty rainy day so I made a speed run to Costco for staple items and The Running Room where I purchased a new pair of my marathon shoes to break in before the marathon in 21 days (OH MY GAWD!), then spent the rest of the day baking an oatmeal banana loaf and lots of couch time with the dog. Sundays should be spent either a) running some kind of race or b) recharging for the week ahead, don’tcha think?

 

I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I am off to grab a slice of banana loaf, maybe have an Epsom salt bath and relax. Don’t worry, friends. I will be back on the blog sooner rather than later : )

When to Push On or Dial it Back

 

Good morning, friends!

First off, I am super excited because I am blogging to you this morning from my NEW LAPTOP! Yes, I’m freaking out over here. I’ve had an old Samsung laptop that has done me so well for the last eight years, but it was getting to the point where I couldn’t use it without it being constantly plugged in because the battery life was… Well, not very lively.

So, yesterday Ryan suggested we go to Best Buy. I have been looking for a new laptop on and off for the last year-ish, and so I finally broke down and decided to bite the bullet. I mean, I’m totally going to use the shit outta this (excuse the language – sorry, mom!) and it is worth the investment, but OH the price tag is painful when you are standing at the register, Visa in hand. Yikes. I mean, I get cash back points so there’s that, right?

Anyway, getting to the point of today’s post. I had an interesting run yesterday morning that sparked this idea in my head, and I wanted to share it with you.

Pushing hard is great and all, but when do you dial it in?

I originally had 7 miles on my plan for yesterday morning’s run. Now, after the 32km I ran on Monday, this was sure to be a piece of cake, right? Well, I woke up and my legs were still sore. Not unbearably sore, but noticeably tender still despite the fact that I hydrated pretty well after my run, stretched and took an ice bath. I thought to myself, “I’m just going to do five miles and give my body a break.” Then as I was getting into my running gear I decided, “Nope, six miles will be okay and I will just keep it nice and easy for an even hour.” That would mean a ten minute mile which is more than doable. BUT! This is the point of my story. What is the point of dialing it in and cutting back my run? Sure, I could swap a run from later on in the week (as some get shorter as the week goes on), but WHY? To stay in bed a little bit longer and then feel bad about it after work? Here’s the thing. It’s one thing to be TIRED and burnt out. I get it. I have been there, and it isn’t fun. However, when does it become skipping a workout out of sheer laziness? I’m all for rest days, but there is a time and place.

 

For me yesterday, as soon as I started running I made the commitment to do my seven miles because I owed myself to stick to my training plan. I am 31 days out from the marathon, and so every workout counts. Yes, I got a late start because I DID sleep in past my alarm thinking I would scale it back to five miles, but at the end of the day I got it done, and I feel 100x better that I stuck to the plan. I mean, what was my excuse not to? Much like there is a time and place for rest, the same can be said for pushing hard. Not every run has to be balls to the walls. That’s why it’s important to vary your training plan with a good mix of long runs, hard efforts, and easy runs. It all helps prevent injury to ensure we are not exhausting the same muscle systems over and over again, day in and day out.

I have probably said this before but I think it’s worth repeating. I think it’s important to stick to a plan, but you also have to have flexibility in that plan as well. Fail to plan, plan to fail. Having a training plan helps keep me accountable, and it helps to write things down so I can look back at my progress and learn from the runs that perhaps didn’t go so well. This also visually shows me if I should be scaling it back after a few hard runs in a row. Strategy, my friends! Obviously if you are sick or injured then you should for sure dial it in, but otherwise you owe it to yourself and your body to at least TRY. And if you’re not feeling it, then you’re not feeling it and sometimes you just have those days. BUT. Like I said. At least try.


I hope you guys have a great rest of your day! Let me know in a comment when YOU think it’s okay to dial it in. I’d love to hear your stories!

Q&A with Erica from Bring Your Own Kombucha

Hey everyone! Today I am super excited to share a fun interview I did with my friend Erica from Bring Your Own Kombucha. Erica loves kombucha, wellness, and sharing her journey with her readers through her posts. She has a fun series all about #BOSSBABES and has some seriously inspiring women featured. I know you guys will love Erica’s blog as much as I do, so be sure to check it out & also follow her Instagram and Facebook. Without further ado, here’s the interview!

1. Tell us about yourself. Where are you from  & what do you do?
I’m 29 years old. I’m a jersey girl, born and raised. I went to college in NJ and studied journalism. I then went to law school in PA. After law school, I moved home and worked in NYC for a bit. Most I purchased a home with my husband just outside of Princeton, NJ. I’m an attorney full time and my blog is my side hustle. I love yoga, listening to podcasts, researching anything and everything health and wellness related, and drinking kombucha every dam day 🙂

2. BYOK is all about your journey to wellness. Was there a specific moment that your wellness journey started? If so, when was that and what did it look like?  
I have never really been comfortable in my own skin. I think everyone has that kind of internal conflict. And at the beginning of 2017, I had had enough and I wanted a change. I knew I was turning 30 this year and I want to have kids in the near future. So I really wanted to be the healthiest I could possibly be. I started with taking prenatal vitamins (honest company, non gmo & plant based!) because i wanted those nutrients to be in my body already when I get pregnant. I started taking care of my skin – using Aragon oil, using an ice roller, etc. The fear of aging and wrinkles is REAL! Most recently, I’m really starting to shift my focus on my fitness routine. I use to just fit in a workout when I have “free time.” But its becoming more of a necessity. I like to run (which is why I love your podcast so much!), get a good flow in at hot yoga, and recently I’ve been using The Skinny Confidential guide to target my legs, butt, and arms.  It’s a journey. I certainly haven’t mastered anything yet – but I do think I’ve made some positive changes so far. Health is wealth. I have been blessed thus far in my life to have had good health and I just want to make sure my future is blessed with good health as well.

3. On the topic of kombucha, do you have a favourite brand and flavour?

I can sit and talk about KOMBUCHA ALL DAY. So Kombucha was kind of my first “health and wellness” obsession. I stumbled upon it randomly on someones blog. I read about the health benefits, started drinking it and then forced all my close friends and family to drink it. I would post pictures on snap chat and people would ask, uh what is that stuff you drink? SO I would explain all the amazing benefits of Kombucha. That’s what gave me the idea to start the blog – I loved talking about the health tricks and tips I was learning about on my wellness journey. My favorite is Health Ade Pink Lady Apple or Kevita Lavender Melon. I find those brands are the most effective. However, I don’t discriminate, I’ll try any Kombucha once 🙂 When you are at the store deciding between Kombucha brands, it is important to take note of the sugar content. Sometimes company’s add a ridiculous amount of sugar to it so its always good to check.

4. You feature a lot of interviews with #BossBabes on your blog. What are a few things you have learned about wellness from these gals?

Literally each and EVERY boss babe I interview has said: JUST GO FOR IT. The only thing that is holding yourself back is…yourself.

Organization is key. Find your passion. Consistency. Stay in your own lane. Two of my favorite interviews so far have been Jordan Younger of the Balanced Blonde and Lauryn Evarts of TSC.

Each and every one of these boss babes have made an impact on my blogging. Each one has taught me something new.

5. What’s your favourite part of being a blogger? What are a few things that you have learned throughout your blogging journey?

My favorite part of blogging is the growth. I think the key to success in any facet of life is to always grow and to have that hunger for knowledge. I’m always trying to improve. I’m not an expert, but I do my research and I only put out there what I know works (for me of course).Collaboration is key. Never fence yourself in.Collaboration has been so key in this blogging journey. I kinda went back and forth with the #BOSSBABE features. I was worried it wasn’t “on brand” enough. But at the end of the day, I learn SO MUCH from interviewing these ladies. This growth is a part of MY JOURNEY. So if it fits into my journey, why wouldn’t I include it?

I’ve also learned that I need to proofread like five more times before I submit. I wish y’all saw my first blog post. I went back like 8 million times to correct it. After that, i created a process. I write it a week in advance so I have time to review, revise and perfect it.

I’ve also grown SLIGHTLY more comfortable in my own skin. That first blog post was PAINFUL. Putting yourself out there is….tough. I use to get sick to my stomache every time I posted something. But now it’s a bit easier. It feels good to be comfortable and happy in your own skin.

6. What are your THREE best wellness tips that you can share with us today? Any die-hard tricks of the trade you have?

Here is where I am going to nerd out on you.

  1. KOMBUCHA EVERY DAY – sooooo good for digestion and gut health. Personally, it helps de-bloat me so I love it. But on the more scientific side, it helps reduce inflammation, high in B12 which supports mental health, acts as an antibacterial agent, and supports a healthy liver and gut. #BOOCHEVERYDAY
  2. Save your skin and use Vitamin E – slather that ISH everywhere. I use it on my face and body after I shower. It has an immense amount of antioxidants and can reduce/prevent wrinkles.
  3. Use Nontoxic products. It is important to eat organic, nongmo, blah blah blah. BUT if you’re eating organic and then cleaning your house with conventional cleaning products – you’re still ingesting toxins. These chemicals are linked to asthma, cancer, reproductive disorders, hormone disruption and neurotoxicity. I find my nontoxic cleaning products at Thrive Market and Honest Company – I order products every 2-3 months and get all my cleaning products delivered to my doorstep.

7. Finally, where do you see Bring Your Own Kombucha in the next five or ten years?

I hope by then BYOK is a podcast. I am all about podcasting lately. I think I need to get my feet wet and go on some podcasts first but I think that would be a really fun adventure. Once my husband and I start having babies, I want to use that time at home to write a book. I am all about not keeping myself fenced it. I’m open to new opportunities and seeing where BYOK will take me 🙂