Good Reads and Good News

Good morning and Happy Friday everyone!

I want to start today off with a bit of good news, and then send you off to read some great articles/posts that I’ve read lately. Honestly, I meant to write this post last night, in which case it probably would have been funnier, wittier, and just better all around, but I was exhausted and Project Runway hogged all of my attention. (Anyone else a Sonjia fan?) Sorry!

Anyway, on to the good news. One of my goals is to eventually get into the freelance world of fitness/health magazines, and to someday, in the very far future, write a book. Well my little tidbit of good news is my very first stepping stone in that direction, my friends! A small, local paper has asked me to write a health column for them!

ME? You want ME?

Granted, it is a small paper, but it’s something, right? I’m not going to lie, when I was contacted by one of the editors there was a small part of me that thought it was some kind of joke. It took me a few minutes to realize that yes, dummy, someone out there might actually want you to write for them! I’m extremely nervous about it, because other than crappy school essays and minor research, I’ve never written for anyone else besides myself. On my blog, I can say anything I please. I can even swear!Β But writing for someone else, for another publication, is a whole other beast. I can’t just make up words and spill my stream-of-consciousness on the paper, I have to actually come up with something intelligent yet still entertaining for the readers.

Can I do it? Only time will tell! I submitted my first draft of a column already, so I’ll let you all know if the editors tear it apart like a pack of hungry wolves. πŸ˜‰

And for that good news, I’m going to go ahead and give myself a High Five, in celebration of my friend Meg’s High Five Friday! (Because self high-fives are fun sometimes)


And now on to the link love! Below are some great posts that I’ve come across lately. Some of them are from earlier this summer, but I love them anyway. So if you haven’t checked these out yet, make sure you do now, I promise they’re all worth your while!

Are You Fitness by Alli McKee. This article from the new Girls Gone Strong webpage is just pure genius, and a must read for all you ladies out there!

Intermittent Fasting: How and Why A Food Lovin Girl Chooses Not To Eat by Neghar Fonooni. I’ve been tossing around the idea of seriously trying IF, just for the fun of it. This is a great, if lengthy, recap of why, how she does it, and even a food/training schedule. If you’re interested in IF, check this out!

Zombie Survival Workout from Roger Lawson. Just for shitz and giggles… and becuase we all know the zombie apocalypse is coming.

6 Keys To A Successful Fitness Blog from Tony Gentilcore. For any of you out there looking to start a fitness blog, or for those of us who have them and are looking to improve, great points here! And don’t forget to also check out part 2 of this post, found here.

What If I Don’t Want To Lift Heavy? from Nia Shanks. I know I talk a lot about lifting heavy on this blog, but it certainly isn’t theΒ only way to stay fit for everyone. This post is a great piece with some perspective on the heavy lifting style of training and why it may or may not be best for everyone.

There you have it. Some great news, great reads, and just like that it’s almost the weekend! I’m off to spend my weekend in NYC, so maybe I’ll hit you all up with some great food pics when I return on Monday. (Because we all know that the only thing I do when I go to NYC is eat. And eat, and eat…. ) Until next time!

What are you up to this weekend? Have you written for any publications other than your blog? Were you nervous the first time you did so? What do you think of these articles, do any of them really speak to you?Β 

18 thoughts on “Good Reads and Good News

  1. I have already read all of those blog posts. I don’t know if that’s a good thing, or I have too much time on my hands haha.

    CONGRATS! That is amazing news πŸ˜€ It’s pretty crazy that the paper contacted you, because not many media outlets do that so it must mean they really like you!

    1. Thanks so much Tara!!! I know, that’s why I almost thought it was a joke! I’m super excited though, and I think it’s going to help my blog a lot working with the editors. Win win!

  2. Congratulations! That’s terrific news. Enjoy this success and know that it’s just the first step towards something brilliant!

    1. Thank you so much, that’s really sweet! And lets hope so! πŸ™‚

  3. OMG where do you find these photos!  LOL   Nope can’t say I’ve ever written for anything besides blog and college professors.  ;o) But a big huge congratulations too you, please do share what you write or a link to where it is at if they have it online, I’d love to read it, and thanks for the links. PS I’m replying by email to your email post and hoping it publishes, I’ve had a lot of problems with WordPress working over the Afghanistan internet I have on base. Take care and keep the posts coming – oh and on another share… I have 2 out of 10 close grip pull ups DOWN woooHOOO! I’m so psyched, thank you for your motivation. Jenny

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    1. Thank you so much Jenny!! And another big thank you for taking the time to read my little blog all the way in Afghanistan with your limited internet!! And YES about the pull ups, that is huge! I’m so pumped for you, the progress will just keep coming, can’t wait til we can both do 10!

  4. congratulations! baby steps!!

  5. Oh wow!!! Congrats on being asked to write that health column – that is amazing! I’d be nervous too but I know you’re going to rock at it! I hope you share your first column with us. πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks Chels!! I was super nervous submitting my first… but once I got it back with the markups from the editors, I realized how valuable it is going to be to get some good constructive criticism on my writing. I’ll definitely share with you guys when it gets published!

  6. Nice work on getting your foot in the door with freelance work! I’ve done a little. Very nerve racking at first for sure but you’ll get into a groove and the words will just poor out. Good luck!

    1. Thank you so much, I’m excited! Hopefully this will lead to more!

  7. OH MY GOODNESS! Believe me when I say I AM IN TEARS! I am just so proud of you, love! SO PROUD OF YOU! Wow! Did you know writing for a mag is one of my dreams, too? I am so so so so so proud of you! And thank you for linking to HFF πŸ™‚ ❀

    You'll do AMAZING, hunnie ❀

    AHHHH so proud of you!

    I have been trying to text you for weeks and weeks! Are you getting them or did you happen to change you #??

    1. Thanks Meg! That means a lot πŸ™‚ And maybe someday we can have articles side by side in Oxygen magazine πŸ™‚ And I’ve been answering your texts, have you not gotten them?!? I meant to email you last night but I’ll do it today. Miss you!

  8. Woo-hoo! I’m so excited for you! I hope we get a chance to read your columns too!

    I’m getting close to publishing my book, but I’ve always thought a column would be SO much fun…maybe someday after I’m done with the book!

    1. Ahhh Congrats on your book!! I can’t wait to check it out. Thank you so much for your well wishes.. I’ll link to them here when they get published for sure!

  9. sorry i’m way behind on this but YOU GO GIRL!!!!! one step closer to total domination!!! i’m proud of you!! make sure you post your articles so you can gloat πŸ˜‰ you’ll do great!

  10. I am so excited for you! You are a rock star!!!
    PS- Can we please do the zombie workout?

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