1/2 Year Blogging Birthday: The 6 Things Blogging Has Given Me

Thursday flew by! And it was a pretty decent day. I got to head out of work a tad bit early and meet up with bb and his team at the hospital for happy hour. I have never met any of the people he works with everyday. I hear so much about them, so it was great to finally get see everyone. His residents seem really awesome, too bad tomorrow is his last day and then it is on to a new rotation. Hopefully for him, the next team is just as nice and close knit.

I did not drink because at 6 pm, I was already exhausted. I went with my go to bar drink: club soda with lime. I left like 20 minutes prior to bb because I was starving! I got home around 8 and whipped up a quick tofu scramble. I really wanted to eat a big bowl of cereal, but I left like I was lacking in the protein department today. I needed something quick – tofu to the rescue!

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I sauteed up some mushrooms in cooking spray and water, then I crumbled 1/4 of a block of tofu in the pan

Seasoned with salt, pepper. and red pepper flakes and added spinach at the end until wilted

Topped it with reheated roasted veggies from yesterday and roasted garlic hummus sauce (1 T hummus; 1 T water)

Quick, easy, and down right tasty! I also may have stopped at tasti-d-lite on the way home for an after dinner treat.

This month marks 6 months blogging for me, if you count my 1 month hiatus too. Hooray! I love celebrations, we should always celebrate half birthdays.

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The saying “you get out what you put in” rings true here. I have really tried to work hard on finding my voice and improve my writing, but in return I think my blog has given me more than I could have ever imagined. In only 6 short months blogging, it has really changed my life, as well as my perspective on myself. I want to honor my blog and these first 6 months with this post.

The 6 Things Blogging Has Given Me:

1. Confidence – This is the biggest one. I have always been one to just blend in and avoid social situations. I was not confident and comfortable with myself so I did not know how to act around others. Putting myself out there on this blog everyday and attending HLS has really given me the self-esteem I have always lacked. I feel more comfortable in my own skin now, than I have in my entire life.

2. New friends with similar interests – I love this. I never knew how much I really enjoyed meeting new people until I started going to blogger events. The community is so welcoming, and although we have a common interesting in blogging and/or healthy living everyone is so unique. I was talking with Jillian this weekend about how whenever you meet another blogger is it never awkward and you never run out of things to say.

3. A healthy relationship with food – I have alluded to this a little bit on the blog but I have had a strained relationship with food for as long as I can remember. I love food and I am an emotional eater. I did not understand why I cared so much about food. From blogging. I have really learned that I can enjoy food, good food for that matter, and still be healthy, and not be obsessed.

4. A place to continuously challenge myself – My blog has definitely served one of it’s main purposes to push myself to do new things. I now make written goals every months to work towards. Every challenge helps me work towards becoming a better person, having a healthy body, and ultimately happier with how I am living my life. I feel as though I have matured a great deal the last 6 months through the different challenges I give myself. It has really allowed me to grow as a person.

5. Creativity – This blog is definitely a daily creative outlet for me. I have always said I am a very left brain – more logical and analytical. Actually, I used to think I was incapable of being creative and I hated writing. Now, I love to write. I have a whole list of topics now that I add to everyday. I never would have thought I would have so much to express and talk about. I also never would have thought that I could learn to cook well and even start to imagine my own recipes. I am beyond thrilled with both these things. I have always liked to cook but my efforts were sparse and mediocre. Now, I just need to get more creative with my photography : )

6. Defining Myself – During any sort of interview the one question I have always hated is, tell me about yourself. I have literally always been stumped until recently. It seems so easy, but I did not know who I was or what I liked, and therefore, I never knew what to say. Through this blog, and the fact that I am constantly reflecting, I have really been able to discover myself and who I am. I am no longer defined by just my education. Yes, I am currently a research tech ,but I am also a writer, a fitness junkie, a clean eating cook, a lover of sushi and spicy food, a homesick daughter, the best live in girlfriend ever, a health and wellness nut, a closet dancer, an occasional control freak, and hopefully a motivator. I have been able to stop being so indecisive about my future. I know what I want to pursue as a career (more on that in another post), I have hobbies and interests again.

For these 6 things, I am incredibly thankful for this blog and myself. I can’t wait to see what an entire year will bring.

Sharing time -

What is the best thing you have been given lately?

If you are blogger, what do you love about it? I think I could have definitely come up with more than 6, but I can write more another day. I don’t think this blog is disappearing anytime soon.

 

 

Comments

  1. Happy 1/2 Year!!!

    I love this post, I can relate to all your points!

    Prior to blogging when I was in an interview and the question would come up “so what are your hobbies?,” I’d have to respond with some silly joke because I really didn’t have anything I considered strong enough to be a hobby! Now I can say with pride that I am a blogger, a runner, a fitness writer and food lover.

    I was also pleasantly surprised with how warm, friendly and welcoming the blogging community is; when I started blogging I really never thought it would lead me to meeting some awesome people that share my same passions, but it has!

  2. Yes, it has been a truly awesome experience the last 6 months. It makes me excited to keep going. I
    I’ve met so many great people it is unreal, and new running buddies to keep me going : ) Thanks for the feedback and the am runs. I think you are out pounding the pavement in the rain right now, hope you are in enjoying it!

  3. I totally agree with all of your points. I was just thinking the other day about how much blogging affects me on a daily basis. Not only my own blog, but reading other blogs — it keeps me motivated! Happy 6 month blog birthday! Mine’s coming up soon, I have to check!

  4. Congrats on 6 months! :) Your last part about defining yourself rang sooooo true to me! I feel like I could have written it. I was always pretty self-confident outwardly, but I’d still stumble with that question. And then I’d worry that something was wrong with me because I couldn’t pinpoint the answers. Now, I can rattle things off left and right given the chance! :)

    • Thanks! How awesome do you feel being able to answer that question now?? I know it has really helped me be happier with my life.

  5. Happy 6 month blog-iversary! I’ve been very lucky to find your blog as we have very similar struggles with food. Thanks for being part of my inspiration to start a blog. I look forward to reading you for a long time to come!

    • Oh wow! Thanks so much for the kind words. That really means a lot to me. I definitely credit a few bloggers, especially Daily Garnish, with inspiring me. I’m so honored to hear I’ve helped someone too. Congrats on starting your blog this month! Can’t wait to read more about what you have to say and your journey.

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