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Blogger rant: Why I’m over sponsored social media posts

Happy Saturday, friends!

I’m sorry I haven’t quite got back into the swing of regular health, fitness and wellness related blog posts, but I promise I’ll post something substantial again soon. To be honest, around the time I started studying for the GMAT thinking I’d be going back to grad school I was feeling rather disenchanted with the whole blogging and fitness/health side passion I had going on. Perhaps I was still bitter from the Mode Media fiasco and doing $1,700 worth of work promoting brands and not seeing a dime of it; or perhaps I enjoyed my two-week Maui vacation a little too much and decided I’d rather have true downtime outside of work (which has gotten insanely busy) instead of side hustling. (more…)

Why I’m taking a blogging break

Hi friends! Even though I’ve posted a bit about what I’m up to on some of my other social media channels, I thought I had better update you here as to why I’ve been MIA from blog comments and posting in general.

I lurk around a bit on the weekend, but over the past few weeks I haven’t had time to be on the interwebs and follow all the latest in the health and fitness world. I’m currently running a private Facebook fitness challenge, have a few product reviews in the works, have a handful of online fitness clients and another magazine article coming up, but otherwise my downtime has been devoted to spending time with family and friends and studying for the GMAT. I found out last week I’ve been conditionally accepted into business school, so now I really need to buckle down and re-learn math 12 for this test. Ugh.

My life for the next two months:

Once that’s out of the way I’ll have more time to blog (until school starts in September, that is!), but I can’t see myself sitting down to write anything until the end of April.

I love you all, have been quietly reading your updates and promise I’ll be back later this spring ๐Ÿ™‚ If you want to stay in the loop, feel free to follow me on Instagram!

XO

 

A post of things: Things that I plan to do, things I’m obsessed with, and things that are on my mind lately

Happy Saturday, friends! And happy last day of 2016.

Although I’m sad my Christmas holidays are coming to an end, I’d like time to speed up again so I can be on a beach in Maui asap. Not just for the beaches, tropical forests, hiking trails, sea turtles, whales, mai tais, mahi mahi, sunsets and jeep adventures — but also because our unusually cold December weather is destroying my skin and I need to be exposed to heat, sun and humidity before I turn into a reptile.

Since I already shared my goals for 2017, here are a few random things to share going into the new year: things that I plan to do, things I’m obsessed with, and things that are on my mind lately. (more…)

Five Things Friday: What am I doing with my life, Seaweeze and GPS art

five things fridayI had planned to post a few informative fitness and health related blogs last week, but I just didn’t have the motivation to write. To be honest, I was at a loss for words over the election in the states, and writing a blog post about my favourite protein bars or the most effective strength training exercises for your glutes just didn’t seem like the best use of anyone’s time (me writing, anyone reading). My concern and sadness for women, minorities, the environment, the future for our children and humanity in general took up more space in my brain than I could deal with last week, and I just needed to disconnect and think.

I got into the health and fitness business to help others — to share my experiences and use my skills to do something meaningful and fulfilling with my time. And while it’s still important to me and something I enjoy to do, I’ve lost that initial passion somewhat. I’ve been thinking about what to focus on next — what I can do to make a bigger impact, either in the health and wellness industry or elsewhere.

After several weeks of researching options and talking to friends and colleagues, I’ve decided to go back to school and do a masters degree next September. Not only to hopefully open more doors career-wise, but also for the opportunity to challenge myself and get exposed to global issues. I’m about 99% set on doing an MBA, but an MPA is also an option since I work in government.

The downside to this, of course, is probably zero time to write blogs and fitness articles come September. But we’ll see, depending on the program I choose to do. Both programs offered at the University of Victoria (where I did my undergrad) have a weekend or online option, which I would do so I can continue to work full time.

So that’s my big life update. And even though I called this post Five Things Friday, I don’t really have five things to hare. But here are two more things that happened this past week. (more…)

October Goals Recap – How did I do this month?

Happy Friday and Happy almost Halloween!

Since Halloween falls on a Monday this year, I doubt we’ll do anything aside from watch a few scary movies and eat candy. I bought a huge box of treats from Costco, but we get zero children visiting our house since it’s in the middle of nowhere and also kind of creepy and ominous-looking from the street. If the odd neighbourhood kid was out treat-or-treating in our neck of the woods (we’re literally in the woods), they’d probably skip our house anyway.

So yes, that Costco-sized box of mini chocolate bars is for us.

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But on to my monthly goal recap! (more…)

Hustle smushustle: Why it’s okay not to always have goals

havegoalsThis past week — save for one day when I made it in to work and one day where I worked from home — I struggled simultaneously with recovering from a marathon, a head cold and the worst fever blisters I’ve ever had all at once, and being productive with my downtime. Normally I would have had several freelance articles on to go I could have worked on, a few blog posts to write and some strength training plans that I could have completed in my time at home and felt satisfied that I used my sick time wisely and productively.

But I didn’t have anything I “needed” to do. I wrote two blog posts and one strength plan in half a day, then started to stress out. I have time at home and can’t workout, which is rare — I need to be working on something!

Instead of relaxing with a book or a bowl of popcorn and Netflix like any normal person would on a sick day, I started researching all sorts of things I should be doing. Writing more blog posts. Brainstorming a book proposal. Looking into more ad networks. Planning my next training cycle. Reading other fitness blogs. Figuring out what I want to do with Koru Personal Training next (marketing? A downloadable guide? Online groups?).

In my frantic search for something I should be doing to better myself or my side businesses, I came across this article on Brainpickings.org and let out a deep breath after reading the following quote: (more…)

October Goals

So hereโ€™s the thing.

I totally forgot to post my goals for September on the blog, even though I recapped August and said I would put some thought into my September goals and post them on the blog the following week.

I suppose itโ€™s best that I forgot, because I think itโ€™s safe to say that September was a FAIL.

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And it kind of was in all aspects except for fitness. Iโ€™ve been hitting 95% of my workouts, had a great half marathon tune-up race, and am in the last week of taper before the Victoria Marathon next weekend. (more…)

{thinking out loud Thursday} The weirdest search terms that have led people to my blog this year

“Old man eating spaghetti painting”.

Why someone would need to look that up, I don’t know… but how that term led someone to my blog a few years ago is a real head-scratcher.

I love looking at analytics and finding out how people came across my blog. Not only do these insights help me understand where my readers are coming from, what they’re interested in and what questions they want answered, but also help me to optimize my posts so they’re a bit more discoverable on the interwebz.
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So honour of Thinking Out Loud Thursday, I thought it would be fun to share some of the weirdest search terms that have led people to my blog this year.

Before I get to the weird stuff, some of the most common search terms people have used this year that led them to my blog are anything to do with the FitBit: how it calculates calories burned, how it tracks your calories and if it’s accurate or not. That probably has something to do with this post, this post and this post (a new FitBit Charge HR 2 review will be coming soon!).

But sometimes, much to my delight, I get a totally random phrase show up in my site stats and wonder how in the world that term led someone to a blog about running, lifting and yoga. Most of the time I can figure out what post they stumbled upon, but sometimes… I just don’t know. So without further ado, here are some of the most unusual search terms that have led people to my blog this year and my response to whomever was looking for that kind of information. (more…)

Monthly Goals – August

With only just over two months to go until the Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon, I figured it was time to up my accountability game by sharing my monthly goals (thanks to Ange and Carmy for the idea and hosting the link-up!). Marathon training has been solid during the week, but weekends have been a struggle — mainly since I’ve been away travelling or doing the complete opposite of training/health/wellness by attending music festivals. Well, I’m now on holidays for a week at home and plan to refocus and get back on track with training and health.

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Before I share my goals for the month, I feel like I should share a recap since my last fitness struggles update. (more…)

IDEA World Fitness Blogfest 2016 recap

Blogfest 2016 RecapItโ€™s Monday and Iโ€™m still tired and sore.

But heading down to Los Angeles for IDEA World Fitness Blogfest 2016 was so worth it.

In case you want to just skip to the good parts, here are the highlights:

  • Meeting Ariana, Beth, Megan, Susie, Jessica, Lea, Christiana, Ashley, Ivanna, Carleeh, Stephanie, Kelli, Teresa, and Jamie and Alyse (as well as many other fabulous bloggers) in real life and getting to hang out with them for the entire weekend
  • A sweaty group run through downtown LA
  • All the free food, swag and snacks we got โ€“ seriously, Iโ€™ve never been so spoiled at a conference. Sweat Pink and all the sponsors truly outdid themselves! Buffet breakfast and lunches, all the protein bars, yogurt, hummus and veggies we could possibly eat, and lots of take home goodies
One whole suitcase full of free swag!

One whole suitcase full of free swag!

  • Watching 90-year-old Elaine Lalanne (Jack Lalanneโ€™s wife) take on Tony Horton in a push-up competition
My goal is to be able to do this at 90!

My goal is to be able to do this at 90!

  • Hearing Amy Van Dykenโ€˜s story โ€“ it was truly inspirational and sheโ€™s a very funny lady
  • Getting my butt kicked (and slapped by Susie during a plank exercise where we had to partner up and try to push the other person off balance) in bloggers-only a workout with Gunnar Peterson
Everything hurt after this strength and cardio circuit with Gunnar Peterson

Everything hurt after this strength and cardio circuit with Gunnar Peterson

  • Late night Whole Foods dinner runs, business chats and celebrity spotting with Ariana
  • Getting yelled at by Jillian Michaels during her BodyShed workout
"I heard you guys were trainers, so I turned the 'what the fuck' button up all the way for this circuit" - Jillian Michaels, explaining our workout

“I heard you guys were trainers, so I turned the ‘what the fuck’ button up all the way for this circuit” – Jillian Michaels, explaining our workout

  • Doing a combo workout of Insanity/P90X/Turbo Kick/Cize and Country Heat (I couldnโ€™t take that one seriously) with the Sweat Pink crew
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Yeee haw!!

  • Checking out all the latest, greatest and weirdest in fitness and health at the expo (LOL at that car-buffer massage thing)
  • Hearing and being inspired by lectures from David Katz, John Berardi and Yoni Freedhoff at the nutrition and behaviour change summit (these people are smart and get it โ€“ follow them if you arenโ€™t already!)
So much good stuff at the nutrition and behaviour change summit

So much good stuff at the nutrition and behaviour change summit

  • Did I mention all the free food and swag?

Blogfest sessions
On Thursday and Friday, we sat in on a series of blogger-focused lectures and workshops, which included sessions about how to use SnapChat, how to collect/use emails, content marketing, iPhone food photography, blogger round tables and peer reviews. (more…)

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