I’ve been blogging for years and years under many different names. As Janene put it, a blogaholic.
Blog name: SheWillBeL0ved (or: Maroon 5 meets emotional high school girl)
In high school, I started a blog on LiveJournal as a way to keep my thoughts in order. I didn’t know anyone else blogging at that point and didn’t use it to connect with people. High school was a rough time for me – turmoil at home and not feeling like I fit in at school created the perfect storm for me to take my sadness and confusion out on myself. I started cutting myself in high school to make the emotional pain ‘feel’ real. It was a silent cry for help that I kept hidden from the world. My blog in high school served the same purpose – a way to put my strong emotions and depression into words, to get the darkness out of me and ‘onto paper’. It was my (public) private journal and an online cry for help. In the back of my mind, I wanted someone to find it and to reach out and be a friend, give me a hug.
I kept blogging on SheWillBeL0ved through high school and into college. On LiveJournal, I became completely enamored with blogging: the words, the designs, the layouts, the people, the infinite possibility. Though the first years of college, I’d ‘outgrown’ the depression that held me in high school – I’d taught myself effective ways to cope, how to relieve my stress and anger without harming myself. I made friends who really cared about me and surrounded myself with positive people. The days of SheWillBeLoved were numbered. No longer did I ‘need’ this anonymous outlet for my feelings – I had a great support system in real life.
I ended my LiveJournal sometime in the last year and a half of college. After college, I packed up my car, drove west and landed in Denver. No job, no apartment and just a few friends. Enter: MidwestMeetsTheMountains.
Blog name: MidwestMeetsTheMountains (or: Stories of an unemployed/newly employed college graduate)
When I first moved to Colorado, I started this new blog to keep my family and friends updated about my life so far away from them. I am the first of my immediate family and was one of the first of my friends to move out of Cincinnati. I’d just figured out how to use my computer’s webcam so most of MidwestMeetsTheMountians posts were vlogs. I wanted to show my family where I was living and I wanted it to feel like a personal conversation, like they were in Denver with me.
I didn’t keep up with this blog as much as I thought I would – I was too busy hanging out with my roommate and exploring Denver!
Soon, I got onto Twitter and found a whole slew of Healthy Living Bloggers, posting about races and training plans. I started commenting and regularly following – I wanted to share my training and race goals too! It was back to the blog. This time, it’s stuck.
Blog name: lgsmash (or: How to Pass Time, Make Friends, Stay Healthy and Get Inspired While Dealing with Injury)
This blog was born last year, on my 25th birthday. I’d gotten the itch to blog again – this time about running and staying healthy. I’d planned to run the Flying Pig Half Marathon in Cincinnati that year and my blog was going to follow, along with my other adventures in Denver and through travel. Unfortunately, I felt my knee pop in February 2010 and I knew all race plans were out the window: Osteochondritis Dissecans was back. (More about my long history with OCD here) But I continued to blog.
As I started searching for information about treatments for my condition, I quickly realized that there is no one else blogging or talking about Osteochondritis Dissecans. No one talking about symptoms, treatment, outcomes. I found one person, Marc Rubin of 10 Hours, on a forum posting about the DeNovo implant I received in both of my knees. Finding Marc was the inspiration I needed to keep blogging – he received the same implant I did and was well on his way back into fitness.
Throughout this past year, I’ve strived to keep myself healthy, physically and mentally: cooking and eating healthy foods, exercising as often as my knees would allow (and even when they haven’t!), remembering how important mental health is and sharing my injury story. I’ve found a community of people - men and women, young and old – who support and inspire me through my blog and social media. I’ve joined an incredible network of people striving to live their best life possible through FitFluential and encourage me to do the same.
This blog brings together the best of my previous blog worlds: awareness about mental health and the incredible support system I was so desperately looking for from SheWillBeL0ved and the vlogging and fun, active lifestyle we Denverites have from MidwestMeetsTheMountains.
Through my blog, I’m approaching health and well-being from the less physical side and I hope to inspire other injured or less active people to keep being healthy even when you feel like you can’t. I’m excited to share how to safely return to sports and an active life after surgery, how to train for races while eating a (mostly) paleo diet and show the giant playground that Colorado is.
This year, I will overcome my 6th and 7th knee surgeries and get back into running, biking, hiking, fitness classes, weight lifting. This year, I will challenge my mind and body and learn how to swim, dance, mountain climb and snowboard. This year, I am making every moment count and my blog and readers will be right here with me, cheering me on and out hitting the pavement with me.
Join us – it’s sure to be a fun, healthy adventure!