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Favorite Spring Gear

Somehow I never did “a favorite products”: winter edition. I waited for winter weather to buy winter gear and that never happened.  We had a few cold days but not enough to justify buying a new winter coat.  I did, however, buy a gym membership to get out of the snow.  That’s a story for another day. 

Now that Spring is springing, I can justify writing about products I am currently enjoying in the Spring.  I’m sure there will be a few more as we get more into the season.  I’m not being paid to tell you what I like.  Here are some products I’m thinking about.

Shoes:

Saucony Triumph: I’m now on my fourth pair of Saucony Triumph ISO 2, and it’s safe to say they are my favorite running shoe.

Saucony ISO 2 review feat overrun

 

I’m looking for a cute pair of Oxfords to kick around in but haven’t found any I love!  If anyone has a favorite, let me know. 

(Running) Clothing:

Saucony started making seamless clothing, and I’m obsessed with them.  I like the feel and how stretchy it is.  I just wish they made more colors.  I don’t like that certain brands only make a few different colors of an item.  I want the variety to have blue, blue-blue, light blue, dark blue, cerulean blue, navy blue, seafoam blue…or ROY G BIF is fine too…

I have the long sleeve, short sleeve and tank in the “dash style” and I like them all.

(NonRunning) Clothing: 

Lululemon Vineyessa Scarf

Oh look: my favorite scarf and Saucony dash long sleeve together

Oh look: my favorite scarf and Saucony dash long sleeve together

Roolee leggings

I originally saw these on Janae’s blog in green.  When I saw the pants existed in a few colors, I chose the dusty pink.
moto dusty rose leggings

 

TV Wise: This Spring I have found several different shows that interest me.  Since I fall asleep at 8pm…9pm, I normally DVR the shows and watch them in the morning. 

  • Restaurant Impossible
  • Bar Rescue
  • 60 Days In
  • Awkward
  • From Fit to Fat to Fit

Questions for you:
What new workout gear are you loving?
Do you follow any TV shows?

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Blogging about Blogging

The last 5+ years of blogging have been enjoyable.  I’ve learned a lot about social media, blogging, running and, of course, myself.  Through blogging, I’ve met incredible people and done amazing things.

If that isn’t the most cliché and kissass introduction, I don’t know what is.

Blogging about blogging

Just thinking out loud, like every blogger, I started by blogging for myself.   I never expected to blog five years later, and I never expected to enjoy it as much as I do.

Obviously, I’ve grown as a person since blogging.  I started LOLZ blog as a 20-year-old junior in college. Like any college student, I was confused with life, school, sports and training.  I began blogging as a way to document my personal journey.

As I continued to blog and connect with others, I even had a few readers.  I was no longer blogging just for myself because I had an audience. Whether I knew each individual in real life or not, I had readers.  My tone didn’t change, but it did make me think more about what I said on the internet.  Whether you delete something or not, the internet never forgets.

With or without readers, I blog for myself, but I also blog to share my journey in hopes someone can learn from me (both my success and mistakes).  

In blogging, twitter, facebook and social media in general, people enjoy feedback…that is why we do it.   

Would I blog as much if no one ever commented?  I’m not sure, I could have a personal journal at that point. 

I enjoy blogging, and it’s a fun hobby to have.  Life is too short to do things you don’t like.  Right now I like to blog and run…so I will make time for those hobbies. 

There is a lot more to blogging than write a post and make it public. 

It’s a lot of time, effort and commitment.  I’m far less “active” in the blogging world these days, but even the simple task of writing a post takes time.  Now there are so many platforms to promote and engage readers.  Those platforms were small or didn’t even exist five years ago.  Blogging has also become a huge advertising channel.  Sure it’s great to make money from blogging, but many people seek blogging out as a full-time income versus starting a blog “because they want too”.

Do I think it would be awesome to make more money from LOLZ blog?  Sure, but do I want to promote products every post or promote ANY product I don’t personally try or care for…no.

I don’t want to blog for giveaways, paid reviews and advertisements.  They have their time and place, which is not every post.

Six Lessons I’ve Learned From Blogging:

Not everyone will like you, and that is fine

Many people won’t agree with your training, writing style or for whatever reason they just don’t like you.  That’s fine! In a world where everyone is brought up winning a trophy and taught “you do no wrong”, it’s a harsh reality.  Don’t mistake not agreeing with hating.  Constructive criticism is something I value greatly.  We don’t grow as humans if we are told we are always told we are perfect.

Don’t lie to promote something

Lying to promote yourself, your blog or product is just dumb. What’s the point? As people and bloggers, we are allowed to change our minds about issues, products and life but not every other blog post.

People (and bloggers) grow apart

I’ve grown apart from several blogs I followed.  There are two blogs that were blogging when I began in 2010.  People change and grow, it’s fact of life. There is no need to read every single blog in the “blogging world”.  If a topic doesn’t interest you, then it doesn’t.  I’m sure several readers could care less about diner reviews, and that is fine!  Believe it or not, some locals only care about diners!  I never blog with the expectation that people care about any and every post. Believing that only sets us up for failure.  I don’t read every blog post by every blogger I follow either.

Blogging is not a profitable thing to do.

Unless you want to shill products you don’t care about or sell yourself out for trivial items, it’s not worth it. You aren’t going to become a millionaire from blogging.  To be honest, if you want to be a full-time blogger, you will also have to insert multiple ads, products reviews, and trivial nonsense that you or your readers don’t care about.    I’ve been contacted by several companies to promote things as adult diapers, maxi pads, vitamins that aren’t FDA regulated and even pet products.  None of those products match my blog, so I don’t promote them.  Sure I turned down money, but it’s not worth it to me.

I’m going to use my blog to shill out things that I could care less about.  I’ll promote products I like and my readers could find useful. It’s a big reason I’ve chosen not to be a full-time blogger.  I couldn’t take myself seriously if I turned my personal blog into a billboard for women’s hygiene products or other random junk.  Yes, they are important but not relevant here.

Just because you can use Google, does not make you an expert

If I am looking for an expert medical advice, I will seek someone who is qualified.  I read blogs because they are light hearted and fun.  I don’t read because I expect the blogger to be a medical professional.  Google does not make you as qualified as a nutritionist, dietitian or medical expert.  In this blogging day and age, it seems most bloggers are either a coach, online nutritionist or some sort of life coach.

Every blogger has chosen to omit something from their personal space online

It’s smart.  When reading a blog, you don’t see the full life picture.  For instance, when my husband and I chose to live together a few years ago, it wasn’t as if I woke up and wrote a post titled “I’m moving” and shotgunned a move.  We had discussed it for a while but I didn’t announce it until it was final.

Maybe a person is struggling because they ended a relationship, maybe they are having financial problems, or maybe someone just doesn’t feel like sharing a personal tidbit.  Blogging is a fine line between sharing and oversharing.

I am a part of an important volunteer campaign that I’ve chosen to omit.  Does that make it any less important?  Absolutely not but it isn’t relevant to my blog.

Click to tweet: Don’t overshare.  The Internet never forgets.  

For better or worse blogging has come a long way since 2010.  It’s far more commercialized, and people expect to be compensated for their “time” blogging.  No one is forcing you to blog, and it should be something you actually enjoy.  Don’t start a blog if you think you’re going to become rich, famous or an internet sensation.

In any case, I love to blog, and I’m not going anywhere. 

Questions for you: How long have you been blogging?  How has it changed?  

Flights From Hell

Many people asked about my travel experience last week to Phoenix.  Since I’m back home and in a better mood about it, I thought I would share.   We flew US Airways.

We got to the Philadelphia airport perfectly.  There were no delays, the weather was good and I had decent coffee.  I felt confident we would get to the Phoenix on time.

When does anything ho according to plan though?

Our flight was delayed in Philadelphia because the pilot wanted to get rid of fuel.  After waiting on the runway for an hour, the vehicle that was supposed to remove our fuel never came…so we left.  We waited an hour for nothing.

Once we arrived to Atlanta, and we saw our connecting flight leaving.  Our first flight pulled into gate D21 and we looked over at Gate D23 as our next flight pulled away.

Tim, myself and 4 other passengers missed our connection by about 5 minutes.  The Atlanta airport staff printed us a piece of computer paper to get on the flight two gates down to Charlotte.  We were told we would go to Charlotte and connect to Phoenix that way. I boarded the flight with no boarding pass and just sat down in an empty seat. I felt like a plane ride bandit!

We got to Charlotte and they finally printed us another boarding passes to Phoenix.  This travel left me no time to fuel accordingly for a marathon.   We got into Phoenix around 3 am Eastern Time and had been traveling for 14 hours.  Our travel time was supposed to be 7 hours but was 14. 

After all of the change in flight connections my bag had actually made to Phoenix too.  One look at my bag and I wish it had not made it.

The bag look like it had been thrown from a 2 story building or a plane had run over it.  The exterior of the bag was ruined as well as multiple items (including exploding gels, two tattered tops and brand new leggings from lululemon).  It left me needing to find a bunch of new things the day before my second marathon. It ended up being about 250 dollars’ worth of damage including the ruined bag as well as a couple articles of clothing.  The photo doesn’t do the damage justice, the bag which was new was torn apart.

suit case

Do I think the delayed flights, longer traveling and being awake so long affected my marathon?  Of course I do.  I have mentioned several times I’m a high maintenance sleeper.  I don’t do well on little sleep and I don’t thrive on being awake for lengthy periods of time.  Four days after the entire experience, I’m still finding myself catching up on sleep.

Edit to add: I sent an email March 3 to US Air/American and have not received a response.

Question for you:  What is your worst travel experience?  

VMA Talk

I’m not sure if I have an excess amount of time right now or I was legitimately into the VMA’s this year.  My gym has a “current music videos” section on the cardio machines so I had actually seen all the nominees.  Since I had nothing better to do on Sunday night, I decided to watch.  While watching I jotted down my thoughts of the night.  I’ve always thought the VMA’s was more about entertainment versus music quality.

Then I went to bed because it way past my old lady background.  Imagine my joy when I got to read it back on Monday morning.

Incase you didn’t know, the Video music awards gives awards to various artists based on their video’s corresponding to recent hits. While their music must be decent, this award show is all about the videos and how interesting, crazy and entertaining they can be.

Is the song “Anaconda” the greatest song you’ve ever heard?  

No, but is the video probably one of the most interesting?

These days a lot of songs are more visually interesting than musically creative.

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Just to preface: I have no musical experience.  I am tone deaf and all of these opinions are my own. I have no credentials to be judging music videos or music…

Some thoughts I had while watching:

Gosh I just love Swift more and more.  (I’m currently obsessed with her newest song: Shake It Off)

I loved her onesie (I think I was the only one who did) but I loved her performance outfit too.

It's so bright I forgot my pants...but I'll shield my eyes.

It’s so bright I forgot my pants…but I’ll shield my eyes.

My exact thoughts during her performance:

Oh my gosh, did she mean to panic like that mid performance.  Quick, ask the twitters what is going on.  Oh okay good she did to not jump off the stage and take a dig at Nicki Minaj.  #womancrush

VMA Taylor swift

During the VMAS, I concluded Taylor and I must be twins because…well she dances like I dance…Really awkwardly and all the time. .

Thoughts during Nicki Manaj’s performance

OH. MY. GOSH. I guess Anaconda was real life.

I don't think they sterilized this waxing cream at the nail salon...

I don’t think they sterilized this waxing cream at the nail salon…if you know what I mean. 

She has really pretty hair but I guess no one really looks at that.

Oh no, I bet she totally meant to have to hold her dress…yeah I don’t believe you didn’t have time.

WTF is that white thing she is wearing (With Usher).  Nicki, no, just no.

Thoughts about Miley Cyrus winning best overall video:

She really did come in like a wrecking ball.  I mean I do have to say, there isn’t anyone that hasn’t seen it.  I think it’s well deserved.

I had no idea she was so involved with that but that is truly great.  She has grown up from the twerking of last year.  Good for her.  (I was sad she said she was retiring the twerk.)

That is really awesome she wanted that guy to accept the award for her.  My views for Miley changed a lot during that video.

Beyonce closing:

Personally I think they gave her too much time to close the show.  It was at least 1/3 of the actual aired portion.  I’m happy for Beyonce and I do think she is an incredible performer but I would have liked to see other awards being given out.

beyonce

Lastly some fun links to VMA information:

Woman dominate VMA’s (I have to agree, there was little information about male awards this year)

Best and Worst Nominees

VMA Recap in Photos (Great quick celebrity gossip)

15 Most Crazy VMA Moments of All Time

Enjoy and I hope I have caught you up on your current celebrity gossip for the week.

Questions for you:

What is your current favorite song?

If you watched the VMA’s what were your thoughts?

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