Sunday, October 27, 2013

Back From the Blogging Dead #onesmallchange

I got a knock on my Facebook door the other day. Usually, I am out on my Facebook front porch, shouting my status updates and waving to you as you pass by, but lately, I guess I've been hiding out in the garage.

It's nice to be missed. Thanks to my friend at FitPsychology for checking in on me.  Where have I been?

I haven't been blogging much, in fact, for the first time since I started this blog I went nearly a whole month without a blog post. What's up with that?

This I not like me. I love my blog; maybe as much as you love your child. I don't have a child, so I love my blog and my dog (and oh yeah, my husband, I meant to put him first on this list). 

We've been so busy. We have been remodeling the only bathroom in our house. This means pooping in a bucket, which throws your whole life off balance. Just kidding though, my best friend lives across the street, so she let us poop and shower in her bucket, plus we runners are used to going to the bathroom outdoors anyways.

Worth it!
Then I started a new job. I finally got out of that toxic environment. I never talked about it here, but things went from bad, to really bad, to worse in a heartbeat. I was offered a new job with a great new company and instantly I felt like this giant weight was lifted off my shoulders. But a new job brings on a whole new set of challenges; trying to learn a new job combined with a new routine threw me off again.

Then there was the whole marathon thing. No, not that kind of marathon, a Walking Dead marathon! We had to get caught up before the new season started, which involved some Netflix binge watching. I have my priorities straight people!

But I am not making excuses. I guess part of the reason I haven't been blogging is that I have this all-or-nothing mentality about most things in my life. I know it is not right, it is just the way my brain works. If I didn't have something epic to write about, I didn't write at all. Then the more time that passed, it felt like the blog had to be even more meaningful. The more time that passed, the easier it was not to write.

Then I came across a blog from my friend Elle at Eat Run Sail. She was writing about an end of year challenge she is participating in called One Small Change #onesmallchange. You should read her post because her one small change is such an important one that all of us women should strive to do. You can check out the details from the host of the challenge, Marcias Healthy Slice. This was just the kick in the butt that I needed. The idea is each week over a series of 12 weeks (I am late to the party, so 9 weeks for me) you commit to one small change each week and build on the changes from the previous week. If you are coming from a place where you need to make some major changes, you don't have to change everything all at once (that never works anyway). One thing at a time, one week at a time. Everyone has room to improve, so even if you are rocking and rolling in your life, there is always one small change you can make to better yourself. I love this idea.

This realization pulled me out of a rut. I didn't have to write an epic blog post. I don't have to be perfect. I just need to make one small change. Thanks Elle and Marcia!

My one small change this week (week 3 of the challenge)?

Write at least one blog post!

So what do you think? Is there one small change you want to make next week? More importantly, do you think Rick Grimes and Darryl will survive another season?

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  1. Awesome! I missed you and Ollie too and am so glad to see you back. I love your new bathroom. The colors are so elegant! Lovely.

    Isn't it kewl how we never know what kind of an impact our actions or words are going to have on other people... especially (hopefully) in a good way? I love that my little blog post and Marcia's challenge touched you positively and got you out of a blogging funk. Hurray!

    And I especially like that you called my your friend. Thanks so much for that. I like you too? :)

    Hugs and pats to Ollie, of course.

  2. Your bathroom looks fabulous! Love the vanity that you chose!

    My husband and I are big Walking Dead fans too. I just can't imagine the show without Rick, Darryl or Glenn. They have killed off some of my favorite people though, so you just never know what the producers/writers have planned.

    1. I know. Once they killed off Shane, I realized NO ONE was safe.

  3. Yay! Lea's back! So glad to hear you're out of that toxic work environment. BTDT and life truly is too short. Thanks so much for linking up!

  4. If they kill Daryl, I will die.
    I'm glad you're back!! :)

  5. Congrats on the new job and the bathroom redo. That has been my mantra since the beginning of the year "Small changes for big impact." Welcome back to blogging!

  6. New reader (also a runner)! Daryl may die?! Time to start sharpening my samurai sword...

    1. Noooo! They can't kill off Darryl! I think there would be a serious backlash!

  7. Wow your bathroom is looking amazing! I'm totally stealing the rocked shower idea! That looks fabulous!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I hope Darryl survives another season! Pretty bathroom. This year we have completed two bathroom remodels and will be working on our third one very soon. I did a gray and yellow scheme also in my downstairs. Here's a picture.

  9. Wow love your bathroom and glad to have you back.

  10. Was wondering where you went. That bathroom looks amazing!!

  11. The tile in your shower ins AMAZING!!! You should blog about that :D

  12. The "one small change" idea is inspiring- thanks for passing it along. I love the things you've been busy with (bath re-do, great new job, Walking Dead- YES!), but also glad that you are re-inspired to re-visit your blog! :)

    Love, Joy

  13. I love this! Hmmm, what small change can I make...? :)

  14. Welcome Back I'm looking forward to more posts!


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