I’ve been blogging for nearly four years. My blog has changed direction several times, and only recently have I found my voice, thanks partly to my discovery of a whole community of people who have similar interests, problems, and goals: Healthy Living Blogs (HLB).
1. Support and interesting discussions.
I have some pretty awesome real-life friends, but not all of them want to hear about running and recipes all the time. Since fully embracing the Healthy Living Blogging community, I have received an outstanding amount of support in my endeavors to live healthfully (mentally and physically) and have been more open and honest with topics I never would have thought to post on my blog — including motherhood, my future plans, and body image, to name a few.
2. People with similar interests who post ideas for things I want to try and direct me to new things that I love.
Nevermind the countless recipes and workout ideas I’ve gotten from this community. Can we talk about Lululemon for a second? I wouldn’t have known this incredible company existed if it weren’t for fellow HLBers.
Before you comment about how $50 for a sports bra is insane, I’ll have you know that this company has a 5-year warranty on its items, and has the incredible customer service to back that up. As a design geek, I’m compelled to mention that all their clothing abides to the “form follows function” rule with pockets and supportive bras in running gear as well as vents (that look like lace) in other gear. AND some of their items are easy to sneak into your regular wardrobe. 😉
I recently went on a search for a Chaturanga Tank in a size 6. I don’t have a lulu here or within 200 miles, so I talked to customer service who suggested I talk to MN and NE stores. Meanwhile, my HLB friends were stopping by local stores to see if they could find one for me, but unfortunately had no luck. I finally found one tank at the Grand Ave. store in Minneapolis, and they allowed me to purchase over the phone with my credit card, though they normally don’t do that. I got this in the mail a few days later (complete with a handwritten thank you):
So yeah. HLB friends — thank you for introducing me to Lululemon. My wallet does not thank you, but my wardrobe does
3. Two words: Blend Retreat.
Blend was the brainchild of three lovely ladies (Lindsay, Janetha and Katie). It was a weekend in Colorado I’ll never forget. You could read through my countless recaps (seriously, I wrote five — here, here, here, here, and here), or you could just imagine climbing a mountain in Colorado, eating a tub of Chobani topped with Xagaveat the top, and returning to the bottom to a giant sweaty group hug. Basically, that was the weekend in a nutshell.
The girls I met that weekend are not only inspiring, but are smart, beautiful, and have been a great support group (even after the event). I learned so much about myself that weekend and found people who have been going through a lot of similar things as I have. Hell, one of my blends is even privy to my super secret blog (basically my diary of crazy thoughts. you don’t want a subscription. trust me.)
There’s another Blend semi-planned for next May, and if I don’t get to go, I will be beyond sad (Lindsay: How about NOT the first weekend in May).
Do you blog? What do you blog about? Can I read your blog? 🙂
PS: Another reason I love this community is being able to guest post on some of my favorite blogger’s blogs. Here are a few guest posts that I’ve done recently:
AND I have my own column on Twenties Hacker called Fit Your Fancy (FYF), which you can find under my “sweat” tab up top: