October 2015: Back to Blogging

October was the definition of “go big or go home”, and a reevaluation of pieces in my life. I started the month while still coming off a trip to Oregon and traveling around Portugal. When I got back, I unpacked and re-packed and three days later left for a long weekend in Chicago where I ran my heart out at the marathon. Completed exhausted and jetlagged, I got home, got caught up at work, and spent the next week weekends at home. It was three weekends in a row at home in San Diego, and it was time to catch up with sleep, friends, errands, and my blog.

My blog. Well that took up a lot of October. I started this blog in January of 2014, but pretty much sidelined it from June 2014 – September 2015. Some bloggers out there might relate! The whirlwind happened when J got home in May 2014, and the entire summer we were only home for TWO weekends. We also got engaged, and within the following months I got promoted (along with typical 12 hour work days), J was traveling back and forth for work at a rapid speed, I was training for my first marathon, and wedding planning and “mini mooning” had to be squeezed in before he left for a long time again. It exhausts me just thinking about it! But essentially, that meant blogging was on the backburner. If you’ve ever blogged before, you know how much time it can take. (I’m still learning.)

So now, the past three weekends I have been re-evaluating this little hobby of mine and learning, growing, and getting excited about doing more with it!

The cool thing about reading others’ blogs is that you get to peak around in someone else’s life – they might appeal to you because the blogger is similar to you and you can relate, or because they are so different and living  a life you aspire to live. There are some blogs I love where I feel like the writer is someone who would be my friend, like she’s “my kinda girl”, and I’ve realized that while I might not have 5 million readers, I do have some who have come to tell me about the new workout routine they are excited about that they felt inspired by my posts, or ask for recommendations based on something I wrote about, or simply that they liked such and such post. It’s a humbling and exciting feeling that maybe, just maybe, this blog is part of someone’s life other than my own. And maybe I’m not just writing this blog for myself anymore.

So I’ve decided this blog should become something more. It might start morphing a little bit, but that’s good.

Has anyone else had that excited butterfly feeling in their stomach? That feeling when you start  reaching for a new goal, or starting a passion project, or trying something new? I want to hear about it below 🙂

But anyway, here was my month in pictures.

Portugal:

Sintra Portugal castle
Sintra, Portugal
The streets of Lisbon
I love the cobblestone streets and bright buildings in Lisbon
The main square in Lisbon
The main square in Lisbon

 

Five Lake Oswego High School friends drinking wine at a castle in Lisbon...
ive Lake Oswego High School friends drinking wine at a castle in Lisbon…
Carpooling down to Southern Portugal
Carpooling down to Southern Portugal
Portugal beaches.
Portugal beaches.
This is the western-most tip of Europe, which the explorers used to think was the "end of the world"
This is the western-most tip of Europe, which the explorers used to think was the “end of the world”
Sunrise in Lagos
Sunrise in Lagos
Photobomb!
Photobomb!
Chicago! This city is so gorgeous!
Chicago! This city is so gorgeous!
Oh Trump...
Oh Trump…
Loved seeing this view from the John Hancock building - and I could see the marathon route!
Loved seeing this view from the John Hancock building – and I could see the marathon route!
Taking a selfie
My dad caught me trying to take a selfie. Hahaha!
Taking the Big Bus tour around Chicago, like typical tourists
Taking the Big Bus tour around Chicago, like typical tourists
I was continually, completely amazed by how beautiful this city is. And I love being by water :)
I was continually, completely amazed by how beautiful this city is. And I love being by water :)
Bean. Duh :)
Bean. Duh :)
Hi!
Hi!
October isn't October without some pumpkin carving. The progression is as follows:
October isn’t October without some pumpkin carving. The progression is as follows:
Just happy as a clam.
Just happy as a clam.
This is the definition of #Fail.
This is the definition of #Fail.

carved-pumpkins

This year, Halloween night was a nice, calm evening at home making stuffed acorn squash, drinking wine and watching Ghost with my best friend. We must be growing up...
This year, Halloween night was a nice, calm evening at home making stuffed acorn squash, drinking wine and watching Ghost with my best friend. We must be growing up…

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