Every time I get a comment, “like,” or link-up from someone about my little ole’ blog, I get all sorts of excited. Whenever someone IRL (in real life) comes up to me and says they’ve been reading my blog and love it, I’m always in a bit of shock. I’ve been blogging for a little over a year and a half now, but it still surprises me that people take the time out of their day to come read what I have to say. It’s really exciting. What’s more exciting is that I’ve been nominated for a Versatile Blogging Award from My Happy Happenings. Yay! Here’s what she posted to let me know how she feels about my little space on the Web:
So sweet! I never intended for a bunch of people to read my blog, I just wanted to share what I’ve learned and hold myself accountable by publishing something online. After a while, I hoped to inspire someone to start their own fitness routine and perhaps make changes they need to get on the path for a healthy lifestyle. So with this award, I guess I accomplished that. Now I just hope to do it more! #ImgreedyandIknowit
- Thank the award-giver and link back to them in your post. (Done! Thanks again, TK!)
- Share seven things about yourself.
- Pass the award along to seven others.
- Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.
- I live in New York City, but I’m a big country girl at heart. I love where I live and what I’m doing with my life, but there’s nothing quite like a small town. I always look forward to going home to visit my family, where there’s wide open spaces, tons of rolling hills (great for running!), bonfires, big backyards and more cows than there are people.
- I was born a writer. I work at a national magazine, I love writing on this blog, I have a few non-fiction and fiction short stories that I started in college and continue to work on, and a part of me is extremely in love with screenwriting. One of my secret dreams (not so secret now) would be to have one of my creative writing pieces, whether it be a screenplay, novel, or short story, published.
- I’ve only had one surgery (to repair my torn ACL) and have never broken or sprained anything. *knockonwood*
- I have a blood disorder called Factor V Leiden, which basically means my blood is prone to clotting. A lot of people actually have it (it’s genetic), but most go their whole lives without ever knowing it. How did I find out about it? The aforementioned ACL surgery resulted in 7 blood clots in my left leg. WIN.
- I love to read. I used to plow through 10 or so books a month when I was in middle and high school. College textbooks consumed me, but I always read a lot over the summer. Now I’m finding my groove and get to read a lot on my commute to and from work. One of my 2012 goals is to read at least one book a month (magazines don’t count – I read a lot of those). I’m finishing up my second of the month soon!
- I really enjoy yoga, but never make enough time for it. I wish I knew why I do this. I know you reap awesome benefits from it, and I love how I feel afterward, but it’s the first thing I pass up when time is tight. If someone can enlighten me, please do.
- I’m a magazine hoarder. I get rid of basically everything else every season when I do a big apartment cleaning, but I hang onto those puppies for a long time. Makes no sense to me because after I’ve read it once, I usually won’t pick it up again.
And now for my nominations! In no particular order, some bloggers I love:
- Losing Weight in the City - I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Theodora IRL and she’s just as great in person as she is on this blog. Love her attitude and she’s very smart.
- Life of Blyss – I’m pretty sure Alyssa and I would be BFFs if we lived near each other. She’s smart, sassy and motivated. Triple threat. And she loves Ke$ha. BOOM.
- Knack for Nutrition – Jennifer is completely honest and details her love for fitness as much as she goes into her struggles with weight loss. She’s great at laying it all out there and letting you know you’re not alone in your struggles.
- Ali on the Run – She’s awesome and that is all. She loves running and is amazing at it, even if she doesn’t always realize it. I wish I ran as well as her. I also wish we hung out more. Let’s change that Ali, mmmmk?
- Meals and Moves – Janetha is fantabulous and I love her blunt, “I say what I feel and that’s just the way it is” attitude. Her recipes are really helpful, too.
- Fit Chick in the City – Jess has been sidelined from running with an injury for quite a while now, yet she’s been awesome at fitting in all of her workouts still. She’s extremely motivational, and with my looming injuries, I know I’ll always turn to her blog for the self-esteem boost I may need.
- Run Stronger Every Day – I heart Abby, on her blog and IRL. She rocks my socks. And her blog is extremely informational, so go there whenever you want to learn more about becoming a better and stronger runner.
Thanks again to My Happy Happenings!
Now you tell me: What blogs do you love? If you’re looking for more of my faves, head to my Check ‘Em Out page!
As you all know by now, I love surveys. Maybe it’s the sixth-grade middle-schooler in me coming out, but I just can’t ever get enough of them. So to continue with tradition, I’m answering Caitlin’s third round of personal questions. Let’s get crackin’!
What’s the nicest random thing someone has done for you?
This isn’t super random, but I honestly think it’s the best thing someone has ever done for me in my entire life. After I tore my ACL and meniscus during my sophomore year of college, I had surgery to repair it. Fast forward about a month, when my physical therapy should be having more of an effect than it actually was. My leg was still in an incredible amount of pain and I could barely move out of bed, much less go through a full PT session. I hobbled into my therapist’s office anyway and hopped on the table for him to start stretching me out. One touch on my shin sent me reeling into pain and I nearly kicked him in the face. He immediately handed me a business card with science-y words written on them, told me to go to the hospital right away and give them this card. He was calling the hospital before I walked out the door. All I knew was that information, and the fact that he recommended someone take me instead of going alone.
With Dustin in class and baseball practice immediately after, I called my roommate, Meghan. She was in class too, but I didn’t know who else to call. Telling her all I knew, she walked right out of class, sprinted to our dorm room and drove me to the hospital.
At the hospital, I found out that I had seven blood clots in my left leg and that I was at a severe risk for a heart attack or stroke. Greeeeat. Oswego isn’t the best hospital, so I signed an AMA form and decided to go to University Hospital in Syracuse, which was 45 minutes away. My mom, a nurse, said I needed to get there immediately. Without another word, Meghan put me in the backseat, strapped on both of our seat belts, and drove like a bat out of hell. We made it there in 25 minutes.
It’s a long story, and I won’t give any more details to save time, but Meghan dropped everything for me. She forgot about all the plans she had that day and simply made me her number one priority. At times, I think she was more scared than I was. But she put on a brave face and did every little thing she could possibly think of to make sure I would be alright. I’ll never forget how amazing she was that day and how much she proved that she truly is an amazing friend.
What’s the worst thing about being your gender? What do you envy about the opposite sex?
The worst thing about being a girl is dealing with periods and pregnancy, in my opinion. I don’t have children, and I do want them some day, but man – girls’ bodies go through a lot just for being female! I once read a sticker that I think is perfect. It said, “Women are superheroes. They bleed for 3-7 days straight once every month, but they don’t die!” So true.
I envy that guys can just roll out of bed and be ready to leave for the day after tossing on pants and a shirt. Girls put in way more effort than guys do, and they do it on a daily basis. Well, almost a daily basis.
Have you ever fainted?
Only once, after being dropped in a cheerleading stunt. That was fun…not.
Describe one of the most scandalous things you’ve done.
I went to a party one night that was BYOB, but I didn’t have any of the B. I didn’t know the people having the party, so I didn’t care too much about playing nice. After a while, everyone moved to a party down the street, but I didn’t know right away because I was in the bathroom (hey, sometimes ya just gotta go). When I walked out, the place was empty, but the people’s beer still remained. I high-jacked it, then went down the street. A few more hours passed and the people from the original party ran out of beer. Thinking it was time to make a profit, I sold them back the beer I took. Not super scandalous, but at least I’m a savvy business person
Do you ever want to contact someone from your past to say hello?
Honestly, not really. If someone isn’t in my life now, then I believe it’s happened for a reason. And if they wanted to contact me, they could. It’s really not difficult to find out my contact information, especially since I have this blog!
How did your hometown shape who you are today?
Growing up in the country really taught me about tight-knit communities and how to keep strong bonds with the people that matter. It taught me about the beauty of nature and taking the time to enjoy the little things in life, like the quiet lull of a moving stream or the sheer beauty of a summer thunderstorm. Most importantly, I learned how to appreciate the things in life that aren’t handed to you. I had to work for everything that I have today and growing up in my town motivated me to get out there and explore everything the world has to offer. I love being a city girl, but as the saying goes, “you can take a girl out of the country, but you can’t take the country out of the girl.”
What would you change about our political system/government?
I would invest more of our resources into our educational system. And I would focus more on the problems within the United States. I 100 percent support our troops, but I think our country’s leaders need to spend a little more time helping the people while we’re going through such tough times at home.
What’s currently in your purse or backpack?
Umm, a lot of crap. My sweaty spin clothes from today’s class, all of the beauty stuff I needed to get ready for work after spin, my tupperware container from the lunch I brought to work, my wallet, passport (random trip, maybe?), pens, a book and business cards.
What’s the most awkward pickup line you’ve ever received?
I was at a house party during my sophomore year of college and some guy that I’ve never met before randomly walked right up to me while I was hanging out with some of my friends and said, “You should be arrested.” Uhh, why? “You just stole my heart from across the room.” Everyone just looked at me and I had no idea what to do. I sheepishly said, “I’m sorry…I need to get another drink.” And walked away.
What’s your party trick? IE: Random talent that you can bust out to impress a crowd of strangers.
Wow, I’m super lame and have no talents. I make awesome jello shots. That’s about all I’ve got.
Your turn! Answer all or just one of the questions!
Hi, everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous Tuesday. I know mine was busy, busy, busy! But I’d rather be busy than bored
Caitlin posted another round of personal questions on her blog last week, and I really like the series, so I’m going to continue it over here at Check My Pulse! If you’re interested in round one, you can check it out here.
Let’s get crackin’!
What are you really good at? What are you really bad at?
I’d like to think that I’m really good at:
- staying organized
- taking care of people
I’m not so good at:
- being patient
- calling people to check in on the phone (mostly because I hate talking on the phone for no reason)
Have you ever been in a car accident? What happened?
I have been in two car accidents, both of which were not my fault. First, I was T-boned by a drunk driver when I was 17 and on my way to work at 6:30 a.m. I was waiting for a car to pass so I could make a left-hand turn, and as I turned, the driver behind me tried to pass me on a double-solid line. I saw her car fly into the nearby field, I bashed my head against the window and saw chunks of my car fly, and then I blacked out. Luckily, both of us were okay. The sad part is the girl was under 21 and had just gotten her license back two nights ago for driving under the influence. I didn’t go into work.
Three weeks later, I was riding with my friend Brittany to softball practice when a huge truck backed out into the street (a main road, which is illegal) without looking. She flew out right as we were passing, so she hit my side of the car (go figure) and crushed it in. Fortunately, I was able to see this one coming and moved my legs over enough so they weren’t crushed by the impact. There were three of us in the car and we went flying into the ditch, but none of us were seriously hurt.
I avoided cars for a little while after that.
Why did you attend your college?
It was the one that won me over. I visited, fell in love with the whole place, and knew it was where I wanted to go. It helped that Oswego is a state school, so tuition was much more affordable. I already had some friends there and they all loved it, including the communications department. Plus it was only about 2 hours away from home, so I could always drive back on short notice if ever necessary.
Describe your morning routine today.
My alarm went off at 5:45 a.m. and I quickly threw on my workout clothes, washed my face, brushed my teeth and blended up a fruit/protein smoothie to take with me. I was out the door by 6:15 a.m. with breakfast in hand so I could hop on the subway to go to spin class. I had class from 7-7:50, showered and got ready, then got to work by 8:45.
Have you ever snooped through someone else’s things? Did you find anything interesting?
I totally check out people’s bathroom medicine cabinets. So if you invite me over, beware. I don’t know why, but for some reason it’s a compulsive need.
What do you think happens when you die?
I was raised in a Christian home and I do believe that God exists. I won’t say that I’m religious, but I definitely have faith. I believe in Heaven and Hell. I believe I’m going to Heaven when I die.
Are you superstitious?
Eh, not really. I’ll make a wish on 11:11 if I happen to catch it, but that’s about it for me.
Do people think you are younger or older than you actually are?
People always think I’m older! A bunch of us were talking about this at the office the other day, and my boss told me I have a very mature demeanor, which I’m going to assume is a compliment because she was saying it in what seemed like a positive way. She followed it up with “I never would have guessed that you’re only 21 because you don’t act like a typical 21-year-old.” Yay for professionalism!
It’s funny that this question is brought up now — I took Bikram yoga yesterday and at one point in the class the instructor asked how old I was. When I told her, she said she thought I was 16. That’s the first time that has happened to me. Ever.
How did your parent’s relationship influence you?
My parents got divorced when I was very young and it was not a happy parting. Watching all of it unfold, I’ve learned that marriage is something that should be taken very seriously and I want to know for sure that I want to spend the rest of my life with someone before I say yes to his proposal. I don’t want to get divorced because I don’t want to put myself through it and I don’t want to ever have to put my kids through it.
That said, both of my parents are happily remarried now, which has taught me that new beginnings are possible and can be amazing. You just have to wait for the right one to come along.
What were the three happiest moments in your life?
The three happiest moments in my life so far are:
- The day I found out I was accepted into the ASME summer internship program in NYC.
- The moment I finished my first half-marathon.
- The day my best friend got married.
Play the game with me! Answer one (or more) of the questions in the comments!
A little while ago, I saw Caitlin do a fun post answering 10 personal questions. I decided to follow suit and answer the questions myself. Here’s to getting to know each other more!
1.) What do you have on your bedside table?
Digital photo frame, flowers from Liz’s wedding day in a cup, lamp, vitamins, bottle opener, knee brace, headband, ear buds, Garmin, candle from Liz’s bridal shower, glass of water, TV/DVD remotes, phone charger, notebook, daily planner, and a book. (Good thing I cleaned it today…at least it looks organized.)
2.) Do you have a tattoo?
I just got a tattoo this summer! It says 13.1 on my left wrist, symbolic of the first half-marathon I ran in April. That event was so much more than a race to me, and you can read about the meaning behind my tattoo here. I’m contemplating a second tattoo, but know that I won’t get it until at least May of next year if I go through with it. I won’t reveal the idea though, so you’ll have to wait and see!
3.) Do you believe in abstinence prior to marriage?
I was taught that sex is a very intimate, personal thing and that you should truly wait until you are ready to participate in such an act. I don’t believe being ready for marriage equates to being ready for sex. I know many people (in my family and outside of it) who believe in waiting until marriage, but my mother was also wise enough to talk to me about sex beforehand. I definitely believe that you can teach young girls about birth control without condoning meaningless sex. In today’s society, I think it’s a much better idea to teach your daughter as much as you can about safe sex so that she is at least informed. You never know what they’re learning in school from their peers, and you don’t want her getting the wrong information because she’s too afraid to talk to her mother.
4.) What is your worst habit?
Dustin would probably say my addiction to technology. I’m constantly checking Facebook, Twitter, blogs, my cell phone etc., but I also think it’s important to my career. I’m learning to find a balance!
5.) How do you handle finances in your relationship? Or, how would you like to handle money in your future relationship?
Dustin and I have separate bank accounts right now, mostly because we’re not living together yet and we’re not married. I don’t believe in borrowing money from him, nor does he borrow from me because god forbid, if something goes awry between us, I don’t want money looming over either of our heads.
When we move in together at the end of summer, we’ll split the costs of living, such as grocery bills, rent, etc. But for now, we’re remaining independent of each other in terms of money. If and when a ring is put on my finger, then money consolidation will become an issue.
6.) If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
I actually don’t think I would change my name. I love my first and middle name, and think I look like a Samantha. Mom and Dad did a good job
7.) Where do you want to go on your next vacation?
I’m going to New Orleans in November! It’s kind of a vacation because I’ve never been there before, and I’m going to run a half-marathon to celebrate my birthday! As for a full-blown vacation, I really want to go on a cruise.
8.) What is one political cause you feel strongly about?
Females and their right to choose what happens to their body. You never know what has happened to a woman, and I would never want to force someone into a pro-life situation when it could mean their nightmare morphing into a reality. I’m definitely pro-choice.
9.) Have you ever stolen anything?
Umm, I’m sure I have taken something small from a frat party or something. I pick on Dustin and his klepto condition for koozies.
10.) Tell us something embarrassing about yourself.
I’m a total creeper. I love checking people’s Facebook pages, looking at photos, obsessively checking blogs, all of it. Oddly though, I don’t really care about celebrities. I only like to creep on you if you’re my friend. Or I’ll creep on you until you become my friend
Your turn! Answer one (or more!) of the above questions so I can get to know more about you, too!