First of all....GO BRUINS!!
Okay now thats out of the way...
I can't begin to recall all the times I've sat in front of this screen with the intention of blogging and just didn't feel it. This past month or so I've been very...uninspired, to say the least. Just now, I started writing then walked away & made coffee, tried on clothes, scheduled some bills & browsed some blogs, even though I sat down with the goal of writing a coherent blog post.
I feel like I became wrapped up in finding the latest duds and making them my own, instead of seeing them on someone else and then wanting it, even though these beautiful things were not always in the budget. So then this happened:
I had to dive into work for a bit and forget about my feelings towards blogging and my literal addiction to shopping. And then this:
And that is when I kind of gave up. Then one day my mom said "let's go check out the new gym near the mall" and I said 'yes' because I wanted to spend time with her. I had no intention of working out or anything like that. I was too depressed. (side note: Anyone ever play the Sims? Remember when you'd neglect your little guy or gal and they'd be too in the red to do anything productive- thats exactly how I felt. Like there was a flashing red diamond of doom above my head at all times. strange but true.)
Well she convinced me to be her bud at the gym and because she's been doing so well on her health journey lately I could not say no.
I've never been a fan of a treadmill or elliptical but this is where the magic happened. We were in the middle of catching up on TV show season finale gossip (we share a penchant for Scandal and Nashville) and I got this urge to run. I've never in my life ran on a treadmill because I'm too afraid of this:
Now clearly, all of these people are going faster than I would ever dare but still, I'm scarred just watching this. So I broke into a jog and I didn't.fall.down. Imagine my surprise.
And I've been running ever since. I downloaded a couch to 5k app on my phone, even though I've ran in a 5K before, I never really trained. And I didn't run the whole time. I sorta fudged my way to completion in under a hour. I'm in no way saying I want to run a 5k anytime soon, but I like being able to measure my improvements through the app however tiny they may be.
A friend of mine uses the app too and our goal is to participate in the Tinkerbell 5k...someday. Cause who doesn't want to go to Disney and run in a tutu??
Now that things have settled down and I've found an outlet and have started doing better things for myself, I've worked up the courage to go shopping again...in moderation of course. I pulled out all of my summer clothes....and some of them don't fit as well as I remember. When I put them in the vacuum packs for the winter I must have sucked out some of the material and threading....right?
Either way, when I go shopping I'm making a conscious effort to add versatile pieces to my wardrobe that I am purging weekly, much to the delight of SJL. I don't have an iPhone (for Poshmark) so be on the lookout for some items I'll post on Instagram and Twitter.
Nothing fancy, just be trying to stick to a budget.
All things in moderation.
So ladies, tell me how you balance it all-- Friends, family, fiances/bfs/hubs, work, budgeting, home, health and blogging. How do you stay grounded with so much influence around you?