I don’t know if you’re ready for this.
I am bubbling over with excitement, because today you all get to meet one of my best blog buddies! Allow me to introduce Miss Colby Triolo!
Technically, I’ve introduced her before a couple times on the blog. I met this cool chick at Blend last summer. We were cabin mates, and we were also two of maybe three people under 20 on the retreat, so we connected on that level. Confession: I stalked her Instagram beforehand and was very intimidated — so many followers, so much success, so many ab muscles— but that was all nonsense on my part, because Colby is one of the most genuine and caring souls I’ve met through the blog world (and life in general)!
I also had the privilege of meeting up with her earlier this year for lunch + carrot cake (our true love).
Some of my favorite things about Colby:
- She takes her work seriously, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously.
- She has a passion for healthy food and fitness, but she doesn’t let fitness take over her life (← READ THIS!)
- Most importantly, she cares for others and works hard to make sure people know their worth and know that they are capable of not only overcoming setbacks, but also going above and beyond what they could have imagined.
Now why don’t I let Colby tell you about herself!? 🙂
What is your favorite breakfast?
No question—scones w/ a cappuccino (all hail Lactaid).
remember when I said there is nothing quite as good as a fresh baked pastry and coffee ☕️ in the morning?? I may or may not have (I did #PraiseTheMorningGods) set my alarm an extra 10 minutes early so I could sit down and enjoy this instead of shoving it down my face as I run out the door like I typically do, and now it’s bound to be a great day ✌🏻️ DO THINGS THAT MAKE YOU HAPPPPYY, it’ll go a long way 😊 – Gf/DF scones are two posts back, only difference is they are cranberry walnut so I added cinnamon, walnuts, and dried cranberries &&& also coated it in cinnamon sugar #LiveYoLife
What is your favorite way to move?
Call me crazy (you’re crazy -A), but I LOVE stadium workouts. ➔ Like this one!
What is your favorite word (just one!)? Why did you pick that word?
About a year ago, when I was going through my chronic pain issues, I decided to take the word “cannot” out of my vocabulary. I was constantly being told that I can’t run, I can’t sit without my back perfectly straight, I can’t go away to college, I can’t live ‘normally’, I can’t …
And for over two years I believed these things. However, the day that I removed “cannot” from my mind and replaced it with “can”, I stopped giving pain power, I gained my life back, and I proved that if you want something bad enough—you can achieve it by setting your mind to it. Anything and everything is yours to take.
A photo posted by Colby Triolo • YouMakeYou® (@colbytriolo_youmakeyou) on May 4, 2016 at 2:28pm PDT
Tell us about why you started your blog/Instagram account.
On a sad note, I started them in high school when I got a really bad concussion. After my concussion healed, post concussion syndrome set in and all I could do was work out and cook (and clean, yay). That was all my body could handle. So I decided to put it to good use and start a blog!
her pancake towers more appealing than the NYC skyline, honestly
What does your blog mean to you? What can we find on your blog? Has your blog evolved at all?
I have had many ups and downs with blogging/social media. There was a point where it was just a place for my mind to go, and then it took over my life, so I removed myself over the past year and now I can say I am back at a nice place of balance.
are you drooling like I am right now???
My blog is a place for me to go to share my knowledge and interact with you lovely people. It is also the reason I know this beautiful soul of a person, Alison! (Awww. I can say the same about you! ♥︎ -A) On my blog, you can find healthy recipes, workouts, and general empowering articles. I like to think of it as an online community for empowering others to empower themselves! There is a also a motivational wall where readers can anonymously post their goals/dreams to work towards!
What is one major lesson you’ve learned through blogging/your presence on social media?
As awesome as social media is and how amazing the relationships you can form are—social media is ~not~ real life. There is a distinct difference between being behind a computer screen and out enjoying the real world. In the same sense, it is essential to ~not~ compare yourself to what you see on social media because you are seeing such a small fraction of the real story.
What is one goal, and how do you plan to achieve it?
I have this dream of making the words “YouMakeYou” have an influence on millions of peoples lives. It saved my life, and it is so simple to integrate into your life that it can make a world of difference. When you realize that the answer is simply changing your mindset and believing in yourself/aligning your actions the right way, what can happen is amazing! I plan to achieve this by taking small steps on my blog and social media daily, and just sharing my knowledge while being true to myself and my story.
WHAT A WOMAN.
I am honestly honored and #blessed to know you, Colby. Thank you for your refreshing and honest presence in the healthy living social media community. You make the world a happier place.
For more of Colby’s fantastic recipes, killer workout challenges, fun vlogs, and empowering motivation, check out:
- Instagram: @colbytriolo_youmakeyou
- Facebook: You Make You Army
- Blog/Personal Training: youmakeyou.net
- YouTube: Colby Triolo
Also, head over to her blog to read her interview of me if you want!
Hope you all have a kick-butt day! Make a positive difference in someone’s life, no matter how small.
So tell me:
Are you going to follow Colby!?
What is your one favorite word and why?
Who are some of your favorite positive influences in the healthy living social media community?