Taking a Break

A break!? From what?!

I’m tearing a page out of Lindsay’s book and taking a break from the blog. 

Forever? Heck no! I’m stepping away for the month of August. I’m thinking of it as a summer break of sorts. I haven’t done this in the two and a half years that I’ve been blogging, and I think it’s needed.

I’m hoping I’ll come back in September with a fiery passion to pick up where I’m leaving off.

To my fellow internet voyeurs, don’t fret. I’ll still be on Instagram, Twitter, and maybe Facebook.

Enjoy the rest of your summer, my friends! I hope to see you back here in September! (If you subscribe to the blog, you won’t miss a beat when I return ;) )

Blogger Guilt

I don’t know if this is a real thing that anyone else can relate to, but recently I’ve been feeling something that I’ve coined as blogger guilt.

It’s this feeling that I get when I don’t post 5 days a week because I either don’t have the time, creative energy, or desire to do so.

I think it’s closely related to the comparison trap.

I blog because I like writing, but apparently there are a few of you who enjoy reading this blog for entertainment, and that’s where some of my guilt comes in to play. Not keeping up, not entertaining, not being as creative as other bloggers.

SO DUMB, right?

I’m in awe of bloggers who post every day (or multiple times a day!) Seriously, I don’t know how they find the time, or lead such interesting lives which can produce entertaining blog material that often.

(FYI: What a blogger had for lunch does not qualify as interesting IMO)

I mean really, to be honest, I am not that interesting! I go to work, I eat the same boring foods every day, I go to the same workout classes, and sometimes I put a crude and/or humorous spin on a casual situation and then write about it.

As much as I tell myself, “Colleen, don’t be a dumb bitch. Your blog is so underwhelming, it truly doesn’t matter when you post” I still have a tiny bit of nagging when I don’t get to it, or frustration when I can’t think of anything interesting to say.

…And now you know how crazy I am.

Have any other bloggers experienced blogger guilt? Maybe if you’re not a blogger, you’ve felt this way about another aspect of your life?

Or maybe I’m just a diva.

Strange Search Terms

When I first started blogging, I was totally obsessed with my “site stats.” I’d check them daily, sometimes twice daily, to see where my measly stats stood.

These days, I check my site stats once a week? While I clearly look to see where my stats are, my real joy and entertainment comes from seeing the most popular search terms that lead people to my blog and guessing where they ended up.

Below are my weekly favorites:

It’s no secret I have a total girl crush on Jillian. I mention her on occasion.

I won’t lie, for a split second, I was embarrassed when I saw that several people got to my blog based on my poor fashion choices. Then I recalled which kind of “ugly sweater” people are looking for. Good thing I have thick skin ;)

Next up, story of my life:

Not sure, buddy. But I remember my first spray tan. Sounds almost as awkward as being totally nude.

What can I say? I’m honest ;)

Caps lock, OMG. Right?!

Let’s chat – Bloggers, any favorite “strange search terms” that led people to your blog?  

I’m Back!

Hello, friends! Oh my gosh, I can’t begin to express how I truly needed that break from blogging and not being fully “plugged in” to approximately 17 social media accounts at all times.

While I stepped away from the blog world, I was still fully existing and functioning in Real Life ;) It’s amazing how much time I had to devote to other people and things when I took blogging off the to-do list.

- Cory and I made the trip up to Alexandria to spend Christmas Eve with my family. And I wasn’t overly concerned about snapping pictures for the blog. 

As a side note, my cousin Lindsay, who I adore, just chopped off all her hair and I couldn’t help but notice that we kind of sort of definitely look like sisters.

Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part.

- Cory and I hosted Christmas dinner at our new home! It was shockingly not stressful at all. While not everything went according to plan, I think we did a good job.

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I even had extra time to dedicate to making the table cuter than I normally would have.

- I started a new hobby as a Stella & Dot stylist. I can’t tell you how much I love this jewelry. Seriously.

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More on this later, but I have to gush about the fact that I’m able to work with ladies who want to host online shows. If you’re interested in hosting a jewelry show on your blog – email me!

- I’ve spent a lot of of down time here.

- I’ve spent time with my bestest friends, which is not something totally out of the ordinary, but I’ve been extra thankful and appreciative lately.

- And, because I dig honesty, I’ve also had a few struggles. We’re been beyond busy and I think I got to the point where I ran myself into the ground. More on that once we get into the New Year!

- Most importantly, I’ve indulged and not worried one single bit. Dessert? Sure! Sweet Frog twice in one week? Absolutely!

I know that I haven’t written a real post (unless you count this one) in almost two weeks, which is like, a year in the blog world. While I enjoyed every minute of my break, I’m ready and excited to be back. So, if you’re still here as a reader, I genuinely appreciate it.

HLB’s 2,013 by 2013 Challenge!

I’ve been writing down my thoughts since I was about 8 years old. Did you know, that before I started this blog, I never let anyone read anything I wrote? So as a timid writer, you can imagine how out-of-the-box it was for me to start a public blog.

In the beginning, I made some rookie mistakes. I wrote about things that I thought other people cared about. I suppressed my personal writing voice in attempts to sound like other people. I said “yes” to every and any free product and opportunity that came my way (seriously, Cory was like, “WTF? What’s with all this random food that tastes like shit?”)

Despite my missteps, I made one good choice early on. My very first monetary blog investment – as minimal as it was! – was becoming a member of Healthy Living Blogs.

I love HLB because of the infectious community. It doesn’t matter if your blog receives 10 thousand or ten pages views a day – it’s about connecting with people. As a member, you’re blog is listed under the Blogs A to Z tab. HLB makes it easy for you to connect with bloggers in your area!

I’m sure you’ve also heard about totally awesome Healthy Living Summit. I don’t really want to talk about it, because I’ve yet to attend. This makes me terribly upset. But if I put my jealousy aside, I can’t help but adore the amazing bloggers that put this weekend together!

 Another thing I love about HLB is the constant encouragement to help make each member a better blogger. Blog Tip Thursday is one of my favorite things. Seriously, you have to check out all the topics that have been covered thus far.

So why am I blabbing on and on about this? It’s simple. My amazing friends at HLB have set an awesome end of the year goal:

Gah, so awesome! I’m thrilled about this little challenge and they’re so close to hitting their goal! I’m hoping that if you’re not yet a member, you seriously consider signing up! For a mere ten bucks, you’d have access to this incredible community. That’s like, two Starbucks coffees ;)

Let’s chat – Are you a member of HLB? If not, are you considering joining?