Movin’ and Groovin’ for 2 Years

This whole blogging thing is pretty awesome.

Drawing inspiration from other bloggers, gaining courage and motivation from readers, venting my emotions and thoughts, pushing past my comfort zone, making new friends beyond the screen, finding healing, growing in my faith…

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In the past, I tried picking up journaling as a hobby a handful of times, but I could never stick to it, because I can only have a dialogue with myself for so long before I get bored.

That’s where the blogging community has filled the space in my journaling aspirations. The best thing about blogging is that other people can read about my thoughts and experiences and draw me out of myself. This online “diary”is  not only about me, but about us as weird and broken human beings who are trying our darn hardest in this world.

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Today marks exactly two years that I’ve been writing here on Daily Moves and Grooves. I still use a WordPress preset theme, and I don’t have thousands of followers, but I am more than content with where my blog is right now.

Although I will always be an advocate for moves and grooves, I’ve moved a little bit away from the fitness realm of “healthy living.” I’ve learned how to incorporate a little more LIFE into this blog, with a sprinkle of healthy food and fitness. Just as my priorities in life have shifted, the focus of my blog has shifted towards health and fitness for living, not living for health and fitness.

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To each one of you who has commented, emailed, messaged me, or even texted me— you have truly touched my life, and for that I am so grateful. To each of you who has taken the time to read even one post of mine—I appreciate you.

You guys make me laugh, cry, and constantly re-evaluate my perspective on life. I’m a huge fan of you.

Here’s to many more years of movin’ and groovin’! God bless, y’all. (<— nothing says east coast more than that, right?)

Check out my previous post to see what I’m up to in the Midwest!

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What I Loved and Learned at Blend Retreat

Guys, I have enough snacks to last me the rest of summer.

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Just kidding, more like the rest of this month. Nevertheless, it is clear that Blend brings swag game to an elite level. This isn’t even all of it.

First of all, there are several people/places to thank for this year’s successful Blend Retreat:

  1. Janetha, Lindsay, and Lauren for being the most hardworking, badass, and helpful hosts! You ladies are awesome.
  2. The bloggers/blog readers/Instagrammers who attended. You’re inspiring, and you made the retreat a fun time!

    Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy roommates (all Instagram stars)! Meredith @MeresNuttyKitchen, Amy @Clap4Fit, Aly @RunningHealthy13, Colby @EatClean_LiveStrong

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  5. My family for letting me come and then coming with me to Colorado 🙂
  6. YOU, because you’re reading this.

Blend was an amazing experience. There were plenty of aspects that I loved:

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  • Being able to talk about health and wellness as much as I wanted

  • Doing active things

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  • The laid-back, no-judgement, supportive atmosphere and community

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Morning hike before yoga! #Blend2015

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  • Learning about health and wellness brands

Clark from the Quest team (his arms are almost as big as my legs, it’s fine)

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  • Being in the presence of the Colorado mountains

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  • The perpetual stream of swag

And there were plenty of things I learned:

  • Mental and physical investment in health and wellness varies significantly among bloggers in the healthy living blog sphere. Not everyone is equally “into” it as one another, and that’s all good.
  • I am so not in tune with the whole working-with-brands thing.
  • I’m not one to eat too many protein bars, but a lot of them are tasty!

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  • I sometimes forget that not everyone who is a healthy living blogger is recovering from an eating disorder. It made me slightly anxious when people were talking and thinking about healthy food/nutrition facts all the time, but I was inspired by my roommates who know how to eat well and trust their bodies.
  • I don’t really want to talk about health and wellness all the time.
  • You won’t get to talk to or hang out with everyone at Blend, which is kind of a bummer, but it’s still fun to at least say hi to most people!
  • The altitude still gets me, even after being here for a week.

All in all, I am happy I attended Blend this year. It was a fantastic opportunity to be with fantastic people. And now it’s time to go to sleep and head back to reality on the east coast today. I’ll miss you lots, Colorado! xoxo

So tell me:

If you went to Blend, what is one thing you loved and one thing you learned?

Do you like protein bars? Which is your favorite?

Do you want to go to Blend next year? I’m not sure if I would go again, but I definitely recommend going at least once if you’re even a little interested!

Spill It Sunday #5: Best of 2013

You may have noticed that Daily Moves and Grooves got a little cosmetic work done! I changed the theme of my blog to be a little more clean and simple. The header also has a new mascot drawn on the computer by yours truly 😉

Yes, year in review posts are probably plaguing your reader right now, and I might just be another addition to that. But please don’t leave me! At least stay for the new jumping mascot?

For this look-back on 2013, I’m highlighting the best experiences by category. I was contemplating doing top 13 of several categories, but that would have been total overload, and you would have surely exited out of my blog. So instead, here’s a more concise version of all the wonderful things that have happened in 2013!

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Linking up with the awesomeness that is Arman.

Best Travel: Florida

My family and I road tripped down to central Florida and just basically relaxed at our vacation home for about two weeks. The weather was beautiful and I got to make and eat delicious food like these fish tacos.

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Best Food: ALL the Breakfasts

You could say I’m obsessed with breakfast (and peanut butter + banana).

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Best New Endeavor: Blogging!

I started Daily Moves and Grooves as a spur of the moment thing this summer, and I am amazed at how many people I’ve “met” through it. Blogging is something that I’ve grown to love, and I’m even considering writing possibilities in college now because of it! Not only is blogging an outlet for my thoughts and emotions, but it’s also a source of new connections, ideas, and ways of thinking for me. Thank you all so much for your readership, “blend”ship (blogger + friend), and constant support. I still do a little dance in my head every time I get a comment (In my head: “People read my blog!!!”).

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Best Fitness Feat: Arm Balances and Burpees

Although I’m doing more arm balances than burpees right now, I still love ’em both! This year was the year I really took both of them head on. Accomplishing arm balances (as pathetic as they are right now) and 100 burpees in under 9 minutes has helped me believe that I have more strength than I ever thought I had. I just have to persist and dig it out from deep inside of me.

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Fun fact: I think my I Like Burpees post is my most popular post ever!

Best Lessons Learned/Reiterated:

1. Never, ever take advantage of what God has given you. This is easier said than done.

2. We’ll all float on alright. Don’t try to hold onto things that are out of your control.

3. Humans forget that other humans go through trials too. Be considerate and compassionate. Never assume.

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Best News: Pope Francis

I believe that God sent Pope Francis specifically because he knows how to approach today’s society with the Church teachings. Also, contrary to what the media always insists, he is NOT changing any Church doctrines or statutes. He is just making the faith more accessible and comprehensive, which is what our world needs.

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Well, that’s  wrap! Unlike other years, I can actually see myself getting used to 2014 quite quickly. It doesn’t seem as WHOA as other years…ya know what I mean? I’m praying that we all have a blessed year filled with experiences just as fantastic as those of 2013!

So tell me:

What are some of your “bests” of 2013? Travels, food, events, endeavors, achievements, etc.?

Are you finding it hard to believe that it’s almost 2014?