Another 7 miler for my Monday!
As much as my normal self loves a good plan as far as training goes, I am really loving just running whatever my body wants to each day! I get excited whenever I see my bump shadow. I finished with a 9:10 pace and took plenty of stops anytime I came across a big tree that provided a lot of shade!
Came home and got to stretching (if I don’t stretch when I’m pregnant… I can’t run so I am highly motivated ha). Brooke joined me and got to work drawing some fish.
After a quick shower, we were off to my sister’s house. My niece had an appendectomy (she is home and feeling a lot better now after her surgery) so I went over to watch the little ones. Brooke jumped in my car and saw all of these flyers from my expo race packet and asked, “Mom, did you run a race while I was gone?” Brooke must be around runners a lot because she even knows what the typical SWAG includes from a race:)
He is talking SO much right now and it is a blast.
My sister has such a fun basement for the kids. Brooke is always more than excited to go over there.
We had some lunch and then the boys came over to our house to play for the afternoon. This was good practice for me to get back into the younger kid stage again! I’m going to need some refresher courses about newborns though:)
At my sister’s house I had a corndog for lunch (with some yogurt and fruit)… my tastebuds are all over the place.
We made a stop at Costco to get our meal planning going!
And of course the samples got me again. They had grilled cheese sandwiches with garlic butter to sample and it was so beyond good I had to bring this home with me.
For dinner I found this recipe for Chicken Bow Tie Spinach Salad and I had to make it! Brooke was just really thrilled about the idea of having bowtie pasta with our meal:) I seriously loved it… this will be something I make often!
We also had Rhodes Rolls because these are also amazing.
PS don’t you love Andrew’s Garmin tan line ha!
We finished off the night with a walk and then the Bachelorette. I am SO torn on who I think she is going to choose next week. I can’t wait.
When your dog hugs you back…
I’m coming up on SEVEN years of blogging. I am almost to the point where I don’t really remember what it was like to not share details and pictures from my life each day. I think over the 7 years there have only been about 3-4 days that I haven’t posted anything at all… two of the things I’ve been consistent with in life: running & blogging. Now if I could get that consistency to flow over to cooking at home, keeping my bathroom clean and strength training;) I’ve learned a lot over the 7 years with plenty of ups and downs (which you’ve all seen;) along the way! If there are any bloggers (people that want to start a blog or other forms of social media) I thought I would share 5 of the biggest blogging mistakes I’ve made (in my opinion… I’m sure you can think of a million more) and my best decisions too… that way you don’t have to make the same mistakes I have:)
PS remember when my blog used to look like this:
*For a while, I’m sure you remember… I did way too many sponsored posts at one time. I got carried away big time. I have a lot of products that I love and I didn’t see why I wouldn’t share them all with you. I learned that for my blog personally, it just didn’t work. I now stick to 2 sponsored posts a month (and maybe 3 if I REALLY love something else too) and that feels so right for me. I never want this blog to feel like a commercial and this way I can still share the products/things I’m obsessed with without it being overwhelming. I’m thankful to those of you that let me know what keeps you coming back to this blog and what doesn’t!
*Stressing out about writing two posts a day. I don’t know why I felt like THAT IS WHAT I HAD TO DO to keep a blog but I did. I finally have realized that my ideal set-up is one post a day (and a baby post on Wednesday afternoons). That way I can really spend a good amount of time thinking about what I want to write about and writing a post that is hopefully a little bit more interesting and also get to all of the other things on the blogging to-do list too. I think that this will help with the new little baby coming soon too… when Brooke was a little newborn I just wrote two shorter posts each day and that was doable but this time around I think this will work perfectly.
*Being TOO concerned about what I think people want to read/hear. I definitely think it is important as a blogger to obviously desire to cater a bit to what their audience wants to read but every now and then I have found myself too worried about that and not writing the way that I love to write. Or having one criticizing comment and thinking I needed to change my entire life game plan because of that. I think with blogging it is just really important to keep your personality and write/post pictures the way you want to do it:)
*I just learned this one the other day! When I talked about Andrew and I getting sealed, I had a lot of people tell me that they really enjoyed reading about my religion and different things that we do. For some reason I just thought that wasn’t something people wanted to read about (even though I love writing about it) and that is silly! I think that people want to get to know ALL of the different parts of people (not just the running and eating part) and so I am excited to share more about the different parts of my life now too.
*To let people affect the way I felt about myself. It seems silly to think that someone’s opinion that you’ve never ever met or seen from the other side of the country could effect the way I viewed myself but for years it really did. I can’t tell you how many times I called my mom to talk things through after a hurtful comment. I don’t even remember when it happened but one day I finally realized that all that really matters in this life is what God thinks of me and also if I’m doing the best that I can. Things can always be perceived a million different ways but as long as I know I’m trying my hardest and that God knows my heart… those words don’t hit me like they used to.
My best blogging decisions:
*Being open with you guys. I truly think this is why I have kept blogging for so long. I gain so much from sharing things with you, from being open and showing the good and the bad:) I’ve been able to connect with so many different people that have gone through similar things and I am so grateful for that. I love highlighting the great parts from each day but I really love being able to be open about the hard stuff too because as we all know, every human being has a whole lot of hard stuff to get through too. I learn so much from you in the comments and through emails, and during the really hard parts of life your support meant the world to me.
*At the same time, keeping some things personal. Over the years there have been a few things whether with myself, family or friends that just needed to stay personal… even though it would have been easier/felt good to share at the time. I’m very grateful that I didn’t.
*Writing about a niche that I love. From day one I have talked on this blog about three things I am passionate about… family, running and food:) Somehow those passions have helped me come up with 3,940 posts so far… I must be passionate about these things!
*Pictures, pictures, pictures. I love pictures and I love sharing them. I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to be able to look over the years of pictures and updates that I have on this blog. I have gone through Brooke’s baby pictures/videos on here way too many times and Andrew has been on here from pretty much the beginning of our relationship and I love that I have all of those stories documented!
*Sticking to my morals/values. I don’t even know how to explain this well but sometimes it’s easier to conform and do something everyone else is doing etc. I think for me and for my blog, sticking to who I am and what I believe has been really important for me over the 7 years.
Fun fact: it took me about two seconds to think of the mistakes and about an hour to think of the best blogging decisions I’ve made ha. Just know, I’m over here in Utah making a million mistakes every day but that’s okay, that is what brings about growth and learning. I’ll be still making mistakes until I’m 100 (I am set on staying alive ((and hopefully running)) until I’m at least 100).
Blogging people… what are some lessons you’ve learned while blogging!?!?
What was the last ‘new to you’ food product that you bought at the grocery store? What about the last ‘new to you’ meal that you tired?
Who has had their appendix removed?
Those of you watching the Bachelorette… who do you think Rachel will select? (ps if you have any spoilers, don’t share them with me… I am too invested but I do want to hear your opinions)!