Blogging. It’s a not-so-new hobby and profession that many people hold and participate in about any number of subjects. I started blogging when my husband was diagnosed with hodgkin’s lymphoma as a way to share with everyone how he was doing and what we were processing. From there, it evolved into our adventures together as cancer took more of a backseat when hospital visits became (thankfully) more infrequent. Blogging has continued to serve as a creative outlet for me and also a way to keep recording our adventures but has morphed into something I’m more passionate about: fitness and healthy living! I love encouraging others to take control of their lives and be healthier.
I got to thinking today about why I love blogging and thought I’d share… Just a few thoughts on a thunder-and-lightning kind of Monday afternoon for you all!
First off, I’m a people person, and bogging helps connect me to others. I have come to appreciate the blogging community (specifically the healthy living/fitness community) so much and value the friendships I have made. It’s such a different and neat kind of community and has opened me up to so many different opportunities, points of view and given me different experiences.
Secondly, I’m a story-teller. In fact, we all are! Stories are the stuff of life and come out daily in our lives, whether it be through sharing about our weekends, a funny thing that happened to us, writing a letter to a friend or even posting a short status update on Facebook. Blogging is a way for me to share my stories and the stories from mine and Mikey’s lives and also process what’s happened in our journey together.
Telling a story…
Moreover, blogging provides an online journal for me to go back and reference. I can see growth, change, tough moments and joy in the different experiences I’ve recorded and I love that!
Social media connections helped me workout and chill with Tony Horton!
The main thing that brought these thoughts on, however, is a class I recently taught: Blogging 101! I had the opportunity this weekend to teach for a few hours on the basics of blogging. Although I was a bit nervous because it was my first time teaching others about something that is mainly a hobby for me, it went fairly smoothly and I had a blast! Mikey and I are connected with an organization called Wellspring and have facilitated a few courses with them on different topics. Wellspring’s mission (from their website) is:
“Wellspring Calgary is a warm and welcoming community that provides a comprehensive range of support, resources and programs so anyone living with cancer and the people who care about them can improve the quality of their lives.”
It’s a great use of my time (when I don’t use it when I should be doing other activities!) and has been a fun thing to invest in as it’s opened up other communities to me and given me unique opportunities to partner with brands and companies I believe in.
Would you ever blog? Why or why not? If you do blog, what’s one thing you love about it?
On that weekend note, I also got the chance to connect with some good friends and their cute, cute kiddos and celebrated Father’s Day with my father-in-law, Maurice. Our gift to him? A GIANT bag of kettle corn! What else do you get for a man who has or creates it all?! 😉
I also squeezed in a what-feels-like-short long run of 8.5 miles – my last real run before the full next weekend! I have a few shorter runs this week and then I’m putting my feet up and resting well before the big day on Sunday!
Well, I’m 4 clients in and have 4 more to go to finish off this Monday! Have a great rest of your day and I’ll catch up with you guys later! Live well & be well,