Happy Hump Day! So how is your week going so far? Did you make your vote count yesterday? I actually voted on Saturday while I was out and about running errands, which meant that I didn’t have to worry about getting to work late or having leave early yesterday. I actually want to leave a little early on Friday afternoon so that I can get to Orlando with plenty of time to start enjoying the weekend.
Only two more days until the weekend. I am seriously excited about this weekend because I am running the Wine and Dine Half Marathon. This race weekend is my absolute favorite runDisney race weekend and I can’t wait to be running my fourth Wine and Dine. Unfortunately, Pete isn’t able to come with me this year so I will be spending the weekend with my family. One of my sisters will be running the race too so I am really looking forward to seeing what she thinks about my favorite runDisney event.
Besides running my third half marathon in as many weeks, my family decided that they wanted to check out Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Pete and I went last year so I know what it is all about but they haven’t been before. I am seeing hot chocolate and snickerdoodle cookies in my very near future. We ate so many cookies and drank so much hot chocolate last year that Pete hasn’t touched either for almost an entire year! I am also a little excited to see the new stuff that has been added based on the movie Frozen.
Finding my Voice
As blogger/writer, one of the things that I always struggled with is finding my voice (and staying true to it). Knowing you voice is the best way to let your authentic personality shine through in everything that you share. I read an interesting article today about finding your authentic voice as a writer. As I read the article, I realized just how much I had lost sight of my authentic voice and how much I need to find it again.
When I started my blog, the only thing I was focused on was sharing how my healthy lifestyle change was going. I wrote mostly about my workouts and sometimes I shared stuff about food or my travels. Over the past 3+ years of blogging, my writing style has morphed and grown into what it is today. Last month, I really struggled with finding time to write and not exactly knowing what I wanted to write about. At some point, I made the startling realization that I wasn’t the writer that I wanted to be anymore. Somehow, I have lost sight of my authentic voice and personality. My writing has become more about what I think that people want to read instead of being about what I want to share.
For some reason or another, I have spent the last 3+ years trying to replicate the magic touch that other bloggers seem to have. I figured that if I could do what they were doing then I would have the same amazing opportunities that they did. It wasn’t until I started to question my desire to continue blogging that I realized what I was doing. By trying to be someone that I am not, I was losing sight of who I really am and I stopped being true to myself. I was so afraid that no one would want to read about my oh-so-boring life as a cubicle dweller that I had stopped writing about my life all together. I had lost sight of what my blog is actually about.
My blog is about my oh-so-boring life as a cubicle dweller. It is about finding a healthy balance between work and play. It is about learning to love the skin that I am in and becoming comfortable with the journey it takes to get there.
As I refocus my writing efforts to being authentically me, I am planning to share a lot more about my everyday life. I want to talk about the struggles I face daily trying to balance my work life and my play time. Plus, I am supposed to be planning a wedding! Pete and I want to share most of that on our wedding website so that our family and friends can be apart of that process with us. There will be plenty of things that find their way over her though. I will be trying to get into the best shape of my life, losing the excess weight I am carrying around, and trying not to lose my mind in the process. I am told that planning a wedding can be a bit stressful. My life can be boring most of the time but there are also moments of joy, happiness, sadness, and excitement. All of that is truly worth sharing because learning to balance it all is what a healthy lifestyle is all about.