Self-Love & Positivity
When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in 2017, I had the same thought that most young women probably have when they receive the news that they have a chronic illness – “My. Life. Is. OVER.”
Valentine’s Day makes me think of couples in love, dozens of roses and over-the-top dinners with white tablecloths… None of which my Valentine’s Day is consisting of this year (or none of which 90% have any year in the past #singlelife). But do you know what my Valentine’s Day IS consisting of? A hell of a lot of self-love.
Having healthy habits and routines in place that you practice every single day automatically guarantees you’re showing yourself a little more self-love, prioritizing yourself and setting yourself up for success throughout the days and weeks. Having a routine also keeps you motivated and on-track with your goals no matter what they are.
Hi my name is nat and I work out a lot. Saying those words is a little scary in this space. Isn’t that silly? As a certified personal trainer and wellness junkie I shouldn’t we sweating writing those words. But I am. And you know why?
This year feels like it was the turning point in my life. Every year feels like a chapter has ended and a new one is about to begin, but this year feels like a whole book ended and the sequel is about to begin (leave it to me to use book comparisons).
What does it mean to truly live well? If you had asked me this question almost three years ago, I would’ve said (probably after giving a big eye roll because duh doesn’t everyone know?) eating “clean” and exercising. A lot.
Some people would call me crazy, or even stupid, for quitting my first full-time job to be an entrepreneur after only 2 months. But do you know what I say to those people? It takes more courage and strength to quit your first full-time job after only 2 months to follow a dream you’ve had since you were 8.
Wow. Just WOW you guys. Celebrating my third blogiversary and 20K milestone all in one week feels so surreal. When I think back on these past three years making Blonde Gone Clean my life, it’s hard to wrap my head around how much I’ve changed, grown and gained through this platform.
I’ve tried sitting down to write this post for a long time now. I even tried starting it in the hospital, but I needed time. Time to process, to think, to shake the fear and nerves a little more. Time to really, truly reflect on what the hell I had just been through, how it has changed me, reshaped my outlook on life and how my life will change moving forwards.
It’s crazy to me that I can be so okay with rest days now. Scratch that – more than okay with rest days. I truly love my rest days and, dare I say, look forward to them. That doesn’t make me lazy, that doesn’t mean I don’t love working out and that doesn’t make me any less of a fitness guru. If anything, I’ve felt more in-tune with my passion for fitness since embracing rest days.
I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that I’m a college graduate… does that mean I’m a REAL adult!? Thinking back on these past four years, it hit me that I just really, REALLY wish I could've given my freshman year self some college advice.
If you thought the surprises ended at the ebook, you’re wrong. ;) I’ve been keeping something else from you guys because it took me awhile to wrap my head around it myself… because ya’ll… I completely changed my life plan.
It’s no secret that ya girl loves her time in the weight room. People often ask me if I love lifting or running more and it’s always such a difficult question to answer, because I always have and always will love both (almost equally). Both make me feel strong.
One of the questions I get most frequently is “what do you do to get such clear skin?” And I’m going to be honest you guys, up until now I didn’t really have a skincare routine… I’d wash my face at night in the shower and put face lotion on in both the AM and PM, but that was it. Now, I have a natural skincare routine that I'm obsessed with!
I realized it was time for a health update, because it’s been a hot second and, as always, my health journey is ebbing and flowing. As you know, when I got diagnosed with IBD this summer, the doctors first believed it was Crohn’s Disease…
If not wearing a fitness watch seems nerve-wracking or foreign to you, I’ve been there. It felt weird the first couple of weeks when I fully decided to stop wearing it for an extended period of time. My wrist felt a little naked and it simply felt unnatural. I would catch myself going to mindlessly check the numbers, only to realize it wasn’t on. It made me think – how often had I been checking that dang thing?!
Where do I even begin?! The Good Fest weekend was so, so beyond amazing; I can honestly say it was probably the best weekend of my life and for so many reasons. One being the fact that I was so present. Being present isn't my specialty ya'll, but this weekend it was.
I’ve been getting asked the same question quite frequently lately – “when are you running another marathon?” And if it isn’t that exact question then it’s some close variation – “do you plan on running another marathon?” “do you still follow a running plan?” “do you still do long runs?”…
2018 has a lot in store for me – the Good Fest, graduating from college, moving back to Washington, starting my first “big girl” job, getting my first apartment and so much more that I can’t even begin to foresee. Isn’t that the craziest thing to think about? There are SO many things in our future that we can’t even imagine right now… I get all giddy just thinking about it!!
The fact that I’m 22 today boggles me… when did I get so old!? I know 22 isn’t that different than 21… but it sure as heck feels like I just jumped into REAL adulthood. I feel like this year has been the year of positive living.
Life has been a crazy whirlwind lately. I feel like I say that a lot, but it’s true. I feel like I never stop moving, studying, working, cooking, writing, doing homework… and I have to be honest it’s been getting really tiring. I’m worn out, worn down, sick of having to dedicate so much of my time to things I’m not passionate about. Things that keep me from doing the things I AM passionate about.
I shared on my Instagram story yesterday how frustrated I’ve been with the new(ish) Instagram algorithm. If you aren’t a blogger or business on Instagram, hyper-focused on growing a brand and getting your message out, you may not have given it much notice, but for us creatives, it’s a big deal.
I’m sure “listening to your body” is not a foreign phrase to any of you. Whether you’ve heard your favorite blogger preach it, seen it in the title of an article or read about it on Instagram, I’m almost 100% certain you’ve come in contact with the elusive idea.
When I think back on my past as a dancer and cheerleader it feels like another life. I feel so far removed from that (huge) part of my story that sometimes I forget altogether.
Finding my passions for health, fitness, running, cooking and sustainable agriculture has truly changed my life. Blonde Gone Clean has changed my life in ways I could never imagine and I couldn’t be more thankful for that.
As I begin training for the Portland marathon, I’ve had so many different thoughts and emotions. I feel a constant buzz of excitement running through my body, but every once in a while, I feel the biggest wave of nervousness.
I can hardly believe my junior year of college is over… this is going to sound SO cheesy, but I can honestly remember every moment of my first day, moving into my first dorm, meeting my roommate (and now best friend!) for the first time…
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been called a grandma. Like honestly I literally can’t tell you because it happens that often. But you know what? I embrace the title now and call myself a grandma more often than not.
I haven’t run in almost two weeks. TWO WEEKS. Do you to know when the last time was that I didn’t run for two weeks? Before running even became my passion at least two years ago. And even then, I usually ran a couple of times a week
Believe it or not, I used to be very shy, constantly compare myself to those around me and have a hard time ignoring what other’s thought about me. Even when I first started this blog, I would get embarrassed when people would bring it up.