Hump Day!! I hope y’all are having a really great week so far.
This week has been pretty great so far. I’ve gotten into a groove of going to Orange Theory on Monday and Wednesday mornings at 5AM and have still enjoyed my “free nights” on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Some nights I’ll go out with friends and other nights I’ll work late. Either way, it’s nice having some time to just live spontaneously.
I’m sure it’s weird to some that my life is so scheduled. I’ll never forget when I first moved to DC. I hated how scheduled everything and everyone was. I remember missing the spontaneous nights out with friends, my 10 minute commute to and from work, and how easygoing those around me were. DC is fast paced. Calendars are booked, streets are jammed, and people aren’t always the friendliest. I used to hate having to schedule everything out, but over the years I’ve realized that there’s a reason most people are like this in DC.
The past few months have been really, really good, but I’ve had to adjust to my new role at work and the demands that come with it. I’m happier than ever, but my life is really different. I’ll admit that I’ve really struggled with whether or not to continue blogging. I absolutely love blogging, but I’ve realized that gone are the days when I’m blogging about the happy hour I went to, the trips Neal and I have taken, and the weight I was working so frantically to lose. I am in a much happier (and healthier) place these days, which was literally the mission behind Coffee Cake and Cardio, but some days I just feel like my life is too boring to write about.
One thing I’ve realized these past few weeks is that I don’t really know who my readers are anymore. When I was 25 and blogging about weight loss, I assumed my readers were a lot like me. Women who were working hard to lose weight. After I got married and had Magnolia, I just assumed that my audience would shift, but now that I’m not actively blogging about weight loss, it’s hard to knowing who y’all are or what you enjoy reading.
Before I finished my scaleless summer, I assumed that I would just dive back into blogging about weight loss. At first I thought I’d weigh myself once a week, but then I realized that once a month was better for me. Stepping on the scale does help me to focus. It helps me see if how I’ve been living is helping me to live and maintain a healthy life. Blogging about my actual weight though isn’t healthy for me. This summer made me realize that blogging about my actual weight week after week was really overwhelming for me. I put way too much pressure on myself and honestly got to a really unhealthy place with it. I cared far too much about what y’all thought of how I was doing instead of focusing on how I was actually doing.
This summer helped me to reach a place where I am truly happy and healthy and that’s what I’d love to blog about. I’d love to share more about living a balanced life, both as a 30 year old, mom, career woman, and DC area resident. I would like to share more about being a mom, not necessarily about Magnolia, but more about the highs and lows of being a mom and a working mom. I would love to share what me and my family are eating, the workouts I’m doing, and the steps I’m taking to create a healthy and happy home. Although I will not blog about work, I would love to share more about how I organize myself, how I approach time management, and how I work to create a balance life between work and home.
I have to let go of the person I was 4.5 years ago when I started this blog and accept who I am now. I want y’all to get to know me and the life I am now living.
It would really mean a lot to me if y’all would give me some feedback. I’d really love to learn more about y’all, why you read blogs, and what keeps you coming back to Coffee Cake and Cardio. Blogging is a something I really enjoy and I’m so grateful for the women I’ve been able to connect with over the years. Your feedback means a lot to me.
Thank you, as always, for your support and for reading my blog! — Ashley