We all need to go through changes at some point in our lives. I realized I needed a change almost a year ago. I had been with my husband over 16 years, more than 10 years married and we had become comfortable with each other and our life. Comfortable is not necessarily bad, bad I felt we were in a rut, watching our lives go by but not really living…..this required a change.
It’s very easy after being together for a long period of time to fall into a pattern where you are comfortable with life but not actually living life. Taking each other for granted becomes a daily occurrence, all appreciation for the other person is lost. We knew that this needed to change and that is exactly what we did, changed our perspective, looked at each other and appreciated the person sitting in front of us….for better or worse. We needed that change.
I had always wanted to be a writer growing up, I was going to write a novel…..but time passed, responsibility of “real” life reared it’s ugly head and instead I became a nurse. Don’t get me wrong, I love being a nurse, taking care of people is what I do and is what I was meant to do, but I always loved writing too. This required a change.
In January 2011 I started this blog. This blog began as a way for me to chronicle my path to a sub-2 hour half-marathon, but it became much more than that, this blog gave me back my passion to write. I blogged my way to a 1:54:36 half-marathon on May 1st an achievement I am very proud of and with that achievement I gained a way to have my writing inspire others to run or be fit…..an accomplishment in itself. From this, I changed.
At the end of May 2011 I did something I thought I would never do, I applied to be a Fitfluential Ambassador. I made a video, I put it on you tube and I put myself out there for the world to see, wow have I come a long way. Check out my Fitfluential video. Although at his point I was not chosen as a Fitfluential Ambassador, I still know I would be a great asset to Fitluential team and this requires some change.
I moved my blog from blogger to a self-hosted WordPress blog due to issues with blogger and also because I wanted freedom to post whatever I pleased without having to worry about my blog being taken down for an unknown reason by Blogger (this does happen). As stressful as this was, my friend Gautam Hans, made it 100% easier by moving my blog for me. This was the best move I made but with it I lost my about page, which I never replaced, and my blog just looked blah. I continued to blog without changing anything until I was not picked to e an Ambassador by Fitfluential. This required change.
I have since worked on my blog to make it more “appealing”, I added and small about me section on the sidebar and will soon be adding a complete about me section in the tabs. I have also added a header (self-created) and tweaked the colors and format, but this is just the beginning. In the next few weeks I plan on making my blog more reader friendly and in the process making it look more appealing. Please bear with me while these changes occur, I promise if you stick with me through these changes you won’t regret it.
Changes are good. We should not just live life but embrace it for all that it is….a gift. Each day we take a breath is a gift, we never know when the final cut will occur, hopefully when we are very old. Live your dream now because you may never get a second chance, reach for the stars and never look back.
While Running, Loving, Living is going through changes I would appreciated any feedback, good or bad. What do you like? What don’t you like? Any suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated.
In addition please let me know any topics you would like to see on Running, Loving, Living. Thanks all!!!
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