Friday Faves: The Blog is 1!!!

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I can’t believe it’s been a year since I took this leap into the blogging world.  Technically it’s been a little over a year but still.  Time flies does it not?  I kind of always said I didn’t do blogs.  Didn’t read them.  Didn’t get the hype.  I love to write but never saw that translating to a screen.

Until I did it.

From the beginning I knew I had found something that I’d love.  Something that clicked.  It’s taken a lot of time and commitment.  There are days I’m so completely and totally over it.  And then I get a message from a reader or a comment that makes my day and makes this whole crazy process seem worth it.

I’m not the world’s best blogger.  I may not get famous or gain millions or even thousands of followers.  But I seriously dig this.  Crazier things have happened.

We leave for the beach in a week.  Last year when we headed to the beach I had just started the blog so this time of year will always remind me of the beginning.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite posts with you from the past year, to have them all in one place.  I get that you have LIVES and way more to do with your day than read tons of posts, but here are a few of my favorites for when you have a minute of peace and quiet.  Do you get those?

Here’s the thing.  You guys make it worth it.  For those of you who pop in here and read what I have to say, thank you.  You don’t know how much your comments and encouragement mean to me.  So, here are a few of my favorite’s.  Some simply because of feedback you gave and the impact that had on me. 

How I became a Runner

This post was one of my first.  Then I revised it a bit.  I think it’s important to share how I became a runner.  It is not a natural part of my DNA.

Owning It

This probably goes down as one of my favorite posts to actually write.  I was asked to do a guest post on A Little Bit of Everything blog back in October.  Such a fun series on owning your crazies. Since I have a limitless supply of material on crazy, this was a perfect post for me.  And it was so beyond fun to write.

Finding Joy in the Journey/Giveaway

The finding joy in the journey post was the most impactful as far as reader response.  Ya’ll were amazing.  Sharing how you find joy, even in the sorrow’s and valley’s of life.  For those of you who shared your heart, thank you.  The comments on this post had me in tears and it was heart wrenching to have to pick a winner.  But we big time bonded over this post.  And I sincerely hope that doesn’t creep you out.

Let’s All Be Real

This was hands down the most popular post of the year.  I don’t often expect a lot of feedback or exposure.  You never know what’s going to generate attention so I try not to make that my aim.  Write what’s on my heart or mind and let God take it from there.  This post generated a lot of traffic but my ultimate hope is that it encouraged a lot of people, especially women.

When Pigs Fly

This was my very first post.  I haven’t even gone back to read it.  It had no pictures because I didn’t have a clue how to add photo’s yet.  Glad I figured that out.  I had no idea then how much this blog would come to mean to me. So thankful for this first post that spun the wheels into motion.

Another aspect of blogging that I LOVE is taking photo’s.  I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite captures with you….

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compression sock buddies

"Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway." ~Earl Nightingale  3.5 miles of speed work today with legs that wanted nothing to do with running. Got her done anyway as well as my review of @phenoh7.4 today #ontheblog. Check out my thoughts on this awesome new sports drink. Happy THURSDAY friends!!! #sweatpink #findyourphenoh #runner #runchat #runfast #chicagomarathon #basetraining #newtonrunning #speedwork

This is probably one of my favorite gopro pics I’ve been able to capture.  It was for a campaign I did for Phenoh and I love how it turned out.  Plus, a good shorts shot is hard to come by.  Trust me, the out takes when I’m wearing shorts are enough to admit me to an institution.

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A good shoes shot is always a winner
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Sunrise is the best

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we had so much fun with the gopro in the snow!

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Sun captures are some of my faves

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This pic generated the most likes on my IG account.  I have no idea why lol!!  I mean I like it but I don’t get it at all!  It’s a little dreary to me but I have to say my Newton’s are the star of the show.
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This girl and the sun are a total win.  That was a hard day though for real.

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Hill repeats.  Shoot me now

Today...there will be no sweaty run or workout of any kind. Because today....I GOT A HAIRCUT. Since it won't look this good until the next time I get it cut I'm not doing anything to mess it up. I really wish I had hair skills like @anneheck. I just don't. So, for today I'm enjoying clean, styled, wavy hair. What's making your day?? #haircut #6monthsoverdue #thatsalotofponytails #restday

Hair cut day always needs to be documented.  Always.  Because the next day the hair is in a bun. Don’t judge me.

Hello Barcelona! Doing some sight seeing with friends. And drinking loads of espresso

Our first pic in Barcelona!

Black tie night!

Black tie night in Spain

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Beach club day in Spain

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My girl and me

4 hilly miles today for #nationalrunningday. That is all. Because this week is CRAZY. #itsalmostsummer #toomuchbaseball #dowhatyoucan #betterthannothing #run #fitness #runner #motherrunner #GoPro #goprorunner #goproathlete #momslife #saucony #kinvara6 #fitfam #fitlife #sweatpink #fitfluential #girlsgonesporty

So there you have it.  A few highlights from my first year in blogging.  I pray this thing continues to grow as something that encourages.  Something that’s relatable.  Something that is helpful.  Something that is fun, and funny.  Something that is insightful and meaningful.  Something that continues to bring me joy as it has this year.  Happy Friday and thanks for being so faithful!!

Any highlights from your year?  Favorite race, favorite run, PR or just some personal progress that you’ve made?  Who says we can’t reflect in June anyway?

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15 comments on “Friday Faves: The Blog is 1!!!

  1. I’m late responding to this but I love following you too. Found you when you did the Owning it post. LOVE all your pics! I’m a red head too and I try to run…maybe one day I will be better at it. LOL.

  2. Thanks Kelly!!! Crazy it’s gone by so fast!! And thanks for following along and reading. It makes the whole thing worth it and I’m not even kidding=) Appreciate you!!

  3. aw thanks Kylie girl!! You’ve been so fun to connect with!!! Thanks for being so sweet and faithful and encouraging!!

  4. Thanks so much Shelly. I love following you as well. You are my fashion inspiration=) THanks for being so faithful and encouraging and I LOVE that we started blogging around the same time!!

  5. Chelsea, Girl I get it!! Even after all these years running I have trouble at times with my breathing. Asthma and humidity don’t help. It just takes consistency=) Thanks for reading!!

  6. thank you Tara!! You are so sweet and faithful! And no, we’re headed to Seagrove in the Destin/Sandestin/Seaside area.

  7. Your blog is one of my fav! Happy 1 year!! Have fun at the beach! Any Chance it’s Corpus beach? 🙂

  8. I love this!! I wish I could run more.. That is my goal to start off little at a time.. I need to get my breathing right
    Chelsea@ thewilliamsjourney1.blogspot.com/

  9. Happy Blogiversary….had no idea you had only been blogging a year! My one year is approaching as well. The owning it post was the very first post I read and I instantly started following along. Keep it up…you are connecting with people.

  10. So glad you wrote an Owning It post in October! That’s how I found your blog 🙂 I love keeping up with your life and running adventures 🙂 Thanks for writing!!

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