Being a part of the Healthy Living Summit last month really got me thinking about why I blog.
And I’ve realized that I blog for several reasons…
First of all, were any of you around for the first year of my blog’s existence, when it had a (slightly) different name?
(for the record, this isn’t meant to be a rhetorical question, I’d actually love to know!)
My blog started off with the name: It’s Progression Not Perfection
I chose this name because it summed up all of my health goals into one mantra, which I still live by today – make one healthy choice/ goal at a time. Practice it until it becomes a habit, then part of a lifestyle, then add on another healthy choice or goal. By doing this, I created a significantly healthier lifestyle for myself – I didn’t rush it, I didn’t aim to please or be perfect, I educated myself and made the choices I knew would be best for me in the long-run.
I started my blog about 5 months after I made the decision to start living a healthier life. I made this decision on January 3rd, 2011 (I remember right where I was, too!) and I started blogging on May 1st, 2011. I was learning a lot about exercise and was slowly “cleaning up” my diet at the time…
I thought a blog would be a great place to not only record my workouts, but also to share what I was learning about healthy living, all while keeping my family and close friends up-to-date on “life things.”
It seemed like an easy place to record it all, and since I had so much fun reading other blogs, I figured I would have fun writing my own – and I did! (still do ;)
I view my blog as an online scrapbook.
It’s a fun place for me to document what’s happening in my life, especially the little things. For example, I can easily look back on our engagement announcement, wedding planning, college graduation, my first (emotional) half marathon, Christmases, weddings, birthdays, when our godson Preston was born, date nights, trips/vacations, bringing Zida home, and so much more.
I love to write, and this is an awesome outlet for that.
Writing is extremely therapeutic for me.
And if sharing my writing with my readers can impact their lives too, I’m all for it.
I still enjoy sharing what I learn about nutrition/exercise/health.
Knowledge is power, right? When I learn something that positively impacts my health/life, I can share that same piece with all of you and maybe it’ll have the same effect?! which leads me to my next reason…
I love that I have a public platform to inspire people to make healthier, happier choices.
I’ve said this before, but it is my true goal that I can impact at least one life by writing this blog. I know the “scrapbook”-type stuff I write about may just be for fun, but it’s posts like this, this, and this in which I hope to strike a chord with someone.
If I can make a positive difference in even one person’s life, then all of this time spent blogging will be absolutely worth it.
I write this blog to connect with all of you.
Meeting people (both online and in person) because of this blog has been a truly priceless gift, and it’s opened up a lot of really awesome opportunities for me! Thank you so much for reading, commenting, emailing me (thanks again, Kelsie <3) and going on this journey with me.