Happy Birthday to my Blog

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Today marks my first blog anniversary. My blogiversary, as others in blog land call it.

Well, to be honest, my first actual post was on New Years Eve 2011, but it was more a test post (as evident by my teeny tiny photos). On February 7th of last year I posted a picture of me and some friends watching the Superbowl, and from that point on I’ve consistently posted at least three times a week.

The comments I received from my post yesterday just confirmed how much I love having my own little space in the world wide web. My blog might be small, but my readership is authentic, and I love the relationships I’ve developed with some of you, and that I am continuing to develop with all of you reading this.

My most popular posts continue to be “Engagement Pictures Are Awkward” and “On Being White and Privileged” which is kind of funny to me, considering that they couldn’t be more different.
Then again, it’s probably a very accurate portrayal of who I am.

As I said yesterday, my blog personality and my real life personality are one and the same. I say bad words (sometimes a big old F-bomb is just necessary). I drink alcohol. I’m a proud liberal democrat. I don’t write about Jesus. I laugh at stupid things. I grab my friends’ boobs.  It’s who I am.

As my friend Nancy said in a comment regarding having a blog, “as vain and as shallow as the surface seems, it’s really fulfilling for my mental health.”

And it’s true. This blog makes me so happy, and I really do think that having an outlet like this helps keep me sane.

(My husband agrees.)

So to all of you out there reading, thank you, thank you, thank you!

You really are the bees knees!

nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 7, 2013 - 12:01 pm

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your blog!!! Time flies doesn’t it?
I for one am so thrilled to have come across your blog. Your posts are really great and you bring depth to my daily reads. =)
Oh…and thank you for the shout-out in this post. =) It’s so true with the mental health. =)
xo,
nancy

LindseyFebruary 7, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Happy Blogiversary!!

StephanieFebruary 7, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Happy blogiversary!! I’m so glad I discovered you and your blog. And I hope you’re planning to eat a rainbow cake today because that would be awesome, and very San Francisco. :)
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AliceFebruary 7, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Happy blog birthday!! I really love reading your posts, and your blog was one of those which inspired me to finally take the plunge and start my own baby blog! Keep being yourself, and keep posting as you do- I love it! x

Julie / BoundFebruary 7, 2013 - 1:01 pm

Yay for blogaversaries, and yay for new friends! So excited to have found you, and glad that we can all protect our mental health in such a fun way :)
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MargaretFebruary 7, 2013 - 1:25 pm

I always love how real your posts are- so much easier to relate to!! Happy blogiversary :)
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KevinFebruary 7, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Do I have to get you a present made of paper for this too?
How about a nice bottle of wine waiting for you at home instead?

SerenaFebruary 7, 2013 - 2:01 pm

@Kevin – Um, the answer is YES to both. Duh.
P.S. I love you.

StephanieFebruary 8, 2013 - 1:27 pm

Happy Blogiversary! So excited to be your blog friend and wish you all the best. I enjoy checking in on your life, so please continue to “overshare.” :)

Blogging and Real Life


The other day a friend of mine gave me some (unsolicited) feedback about my blog, which was 1) I share too much; and 2) I post really weird stuff. I don’t think she told me this trying to be rude. We had previously been talking about blog growth, and how sometimes I come across blogs that are barely a year old and have thousands of followers, even though they have what I consider to be shit content, while other bloggers that I love and find hilarious and are phenomenal writers have barely a hundred. Since my blog is still small, I think she offered this feedback as a sort of constructive criticism.

For some reason, because this came from someone I know in real life, it rubbed me the wrong way. I’m fine with anonymous internet lurkers telling me my blog sucks (though my blog is still small enough that hasn’t really happened), but to get not the most positive of feedback from someone in real life just made me uncomfortable.

I don’t mind being told that I post really weird stuff, because hey, I am a bit weird, and I know what I find funny or amusing others might find the complete opposite. But the sharing too much got me thinking. I try to be as real as I can on this blog, because for me, those are my favorite kind of blogs. Bloggers that share real things about their lives are those I tend to connect with the most. Granted, it would be impossible for any blog to depict one’s whole life, and I’d never share anything that could have a negative impact on those around me, but I do try to be as “me” as possible here on my little blog. I think that if you met me in real life you’d find that my blog personality and my real personality are one and the same. But I certainly don’t want to overshare and turn people off.

For the most part, whenever my blog comes up in real life I immediately say “it’s just a silly little hobby.” Kevin, along with many of my friends, have told me to stop downplaying it because it’s not “silly” and it’s a hobby that makes me happy, and many people out there make a living from this “silly hobby.” This “silly hobby” has introduced me to a lot of people that I consider friends, and I’ve developed new relationships with awesome people because of it.

Yet for some reason I have a hard time talking about it in real life. It seems too self promoting to me, perhaps because I don’t have a niche, so to say. I’m not a fashion blogger. I’m not living the expat life somewhere fabulous. I don’t do crafts or post about awesome DIYs. I don’t share incredible recipes. I’m child free so the mommy blogger category is out. Nor am I a Mormon hipster. For the most part, I just write about me. About my life. And I suppose I find it a bit narcissistic to tell people to “read my blog in which I write all about myself!”

I know that if I ever want my blog to grow (which is what all bloggers want, no matter what they say), I need to get over that. But I’m not sure how.

Do any of you other personal/lifestyle bloggers struggle with similar thoughts? For those of you that read blogs, what do you think?

MichelleFebruary 6, 2013 - 10:27 am

First of all, if your friend thinks YOU share too much, tell her to head over to my blog where I talk about travel diarrhea.
Secondly, this is a blog about You and Your life. You can share whatever you’d like. I absolutely hate those blogs that have no Substance, you know what I mean? I can’t stand the blogs that are all, “oooh i love life and rainbows and puppies and I had a salad today! yayyy!” No. Please. Just stop.
Thirdly, I had the same feelings when I was starting up with blogging as far as talking about it in “real life.” I never really wanted people to know I had one, especially close friends. I wanted random strangers I never knew to read it, but it took me awhile to actually be comfortable talking about it with people I knew. Now, meh. I don’t care. If they like it, they like it. If they don’t, they don’t. Ultimately, it’s what makes you happy. I blog because I like it. Done deal. If I can grow it and make money too, great. If not, I’m still doing something that’s fun.

BOOM.
Hope you liked that novel. :)

xoxo

SerenaFebruary 6, 2013 - 10:53 am

@Michelle – ahahaha! thank you for this (and you don’t even want to know how many of my conversations this past weekend revolved around diarrhea, which is why I love your blog). I’m emailing you to chat more :)

Serena, I absolutely adore your blog. I was trying to remember how I came across it, which is probably from following Michelle. I think you hit the nail right on the head when you were discussing blogs with great content and few followers versus those that have thousands of followers. A few months ago, I got really frustrated with that concept. I wrote this long, elaborate post on how I felt about crap content blogs and as someone who loves to blog, it made me upset that some of my favorite blog’s content was taking a turn for the worst. I would visit some of their pages and giveaways are fun, but it was a constant giveaway, guest post, or review. I hadn’t seen a true content post in months from them. One of these blogs actually got called out on it by anonymous follower, which is something I would never do, but the blogger got upset. I think it was a good lesson for her because she started producing better quality content, basically the stuff she started out writing.

I don’t think your blog is a silly hobby, because I love reading your posts and your blog is one that I continually check on my Google Reader feed. Keep on writing and sharing!

Kim :)

nicole marieFebruary 6, 2013 - 11:00 am

i know it’s hard not to take what other people, especially your friends, to heart but honestly you have to write and blog about what makes you happy. that’s the point of all this anyways right? i think as long as you’re not hurting anyone, write away!

just like real life, blog world is another place to compare yourself to everyone else and everyone else’s life. i think my blog isn’t cool enough because i’m not married hahah.

i basically never tell real life people about my blog unless my friends or family tell them. i get so embarrassed because i feel like it’s such a narcissistic thing and if they don’t have a blog i’m sure they think it’s really weird. because it is weird. you put your life, stories, thoughts and feelings all out there on the internet for everyone to see, it’s weird.

one of the biggest things i struggle with in blogging, is making sure i’m not portraying myself to be someone i’m not. I don’t want people to think i’m portraying myself as this ah so perfect life prancing around europe and have had the easiest life ever. i want my blog to be something i can look back on years from now and look at all my memories which means blogging far more happy things and trying to look at the positive in a less than happy situation. there have been a crap ton of situations i would have liked to share, get off my chest, or blast all over the internet for revenge sake. not sure where i’m going with this but the point is, i like that you share a lot.

once, a guy i was interested in/dating (using that word loosely ;)) , found out about my blog and i was so embarrassed. i didn’t want him to think i was weird and my rroommate said, “nic, it’s not weird to have a blog. everyone has a blog. you’re weird if you DON’T have a blog”… so yeah that’s how i’m trying to think about it now.

loonnnggeesstt cccoommmeeennnttt eeevvveeerrr :)

BrendaFebruary 6, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Serena,

I came across your blog a few weeks ago and I love it! You’re so witty and are full of personality. The main reason I follow your blog is b/c you live in San Francisco because I love that city!! So keep blogging because I am going to keep reading!!

Julie / BoundFebruary 6, 2013 - 1:10 pm

I feel you in the most major of ways. I always downplay my blog if it comes up in public…I’d love to have a bigger readership, but I’d die of embarrassment if it seemed like I were asking my friends to indulge me in reading silly stuff. Isn’t it strange, though…when my friends have blogs, I love to read them! Totally look forward to it. Bizarre.

Jenn from Much to My DelightFebruary 6, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Your content is weird? Good! That means it’s not like everyone else’s. You don’t fit into a blogging niche? Even better! Forge your own path. Create your own niche. I have one of the blogs that does not have a lot of readers, mostly because I just don’t have the energy or interest to interrupt my life to promote myself in a way that would garner a huge readership. I keep doing it (sporadically, if I’m being honest) because of the fun feedback I get from friends about it (they really, really motivate me to keep doing it, so I can see why getting an off-color remark from someone you know could sting) and because I’ve always loved to write in the first-person. Keep doing what you’re doing. You have a strong voice and original content–I’d like to keep reading it!!

Erin @ Empirically ErinFebruary 6, 2013 - 2:42 pm

Serena, I love your blog. I’ve never felt that you share too much or that you blog about weird stuff. My blog is like yours in that I talk about life and don’t really have a niche, but that’s something I like. If I want to talk about fashion, I can. If I want to talk about anything, I can. I love that you are genuine and that you are yourself. I also can totally relate to not liking to talk about your blog in real life. I feel the same way. Someone at work found my blog and loved it but when she brought it up, I just didn’t even know what to say!
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nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 6, 2013 - 2:57 pm

OH where do I begin with how much I relate to on this post of your’s?
First of all…your friend was very likely intending the comments to be well intentioned…but as we all know, the road to hell can often be paved with well intentions. Personally, I love that you “tell it like it is.” It’s why I keep coming back to read your stories and see how much more we have in common. Often, blogs nowadays are filled with (as you say) “shit content” and the idea of being “perfect” is unattainable and slightly annoying. After all, no one likes to read how one’s life sucks…we have our own sucky life to deal with.

Blogs are great when the people who write them are themselves. Sure the “big name” bloggers seem a bit too perfect and have a following that seems unreal but, they are still staying themselves (for the most part). Their lives are glamorized because readers make them appear that way but they are, for all intents and purposes, just doing what they do. It’s the group of people who are trying to be “just like them” that make all blogs seem “fake.” The “follow for a follow” aspect (which is hugely annoying and even slightly offensive…is my content not “good enough” for you if I don’t follow you back?) is what drives so many but blogs like your’s are what make them a keeper.

Sure, everyone wants to be successful in their hobby. How amazing would it be to be making money off of something you enjoy doing? If only we could all be so fortunate. But, don’t compromise who you are. There will always be critics. Perhaps your friend wouldn’t do what you do (and in many ways, your friend wants to protect you too I’m sure) but everyone has their own way of handling content.

Personally, I also do not talk about my blog with any of my friends. I don’t even know if they know I have one to be honest. It seems odd…I post about myself, photos even, and yet, I am too shy/modest/embarrassed to bring the topic up. Of course, my husband supports me…but if he didn’t then I’d be royally screwed. Like you…it’s just my hobby. I’d likely be going crazy without it. As vain and as shallow as the surface seems, it’s really fulfilling for my mental health. =)

Sorry for the babble…

xo,
nancy
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SerenaFebruary 6, 2013 - 4:25 pm

Thank you to everyone that commented! I responded to each of you personally via email, so if you haven’t already, check your inbox :) It makes me feel better to know that I’m not the only one out there that gets super awkward about their blog when it comes up in real life!

JessicaFebruary 6, 2013 - 7:47 pm

I don’t think any of your blog content is weird! Maybe sometimes random, but not weird. And I love it. That’s why I read your blog, because I love the content you put out. And I think part of blogging is sharing. You want to connect with your readers and start a conversation. I blog about myself and share, because that’s what I know and that’s what I want to put out there. I don’t really tell any acquaintances about my blog- strange maybe. But I actually prefer sharing and engaging with people in the blog world, usually readers offer the best input. I do get kind of embarrassed when friends bring it up- it’s because when people don’t have a blog they don’t really understand. Bloggers are a certain special type of people and we “get” each other.
XO! Keep doing your thing!
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EuniceFebruary 6, 2013 - 8:11 pm

I’m always drawn to blogs where people tell it like it is so keep it up. by the way you have your own niche – non-expat/non-mommy/non-fashion/non-foodie blogger that you are. I’m sure there are quite a number of us who fall into that category ::finger pointing at myself:::

I keep a blog mostly for personal reasons. If people stumble upon it, all good. And yes, i’d love tons of followers too but for the most part, it’s fun just to have that ability to go back into the archives and see what I was up to a year or two (or three) ago. Life can be a blur so it’s great to have that record even if it’s out in the open for everyone to see. If it makes you happy, then why stop?

Keep it real,
E

VeronicaFebruary 7, 2013 - 10:05 am

I’ve been a reader for a while, but have never commented. I laughed so hard when you said you are not a Mormon hipster, I couldn’t NOT comment! Love your blog and I love that you say what so many are thinking and are AFRAID to say.

Keep doing what you are doing! :)

StephanieFebruary 7, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Whoever thinks you share too much must not read many blogs. I love that your “weird” (even though I don’t actually think you’re weird…) and share who you really are. How else are you supposed to get to know people? I hate the blogs that show life as shiny and pretty and awesome all the time.

Also, thank you for mentioning the Mormon hipster category. What’s with all the Mormon hipster blogs anyway???

ShoshanahFebruary 9, 2013 - 12:00 pm

I agree with so much of what you say. While I love my blog and have invested so much time and effort into it, I don’t really talk about it to others. And if someone ever brings it up, I definitely down play it.

And I too, would love to be a bigger blogger, and know if I stuck to one niche it probably would be easier. But I love posting book reviews one day and a cake recipe the next. They’re all things I love and enjoy doing, so why can’t they all be a part of my blog? And while I sometimes feel like a book blogger, may not want to read all of my food posts, I love the idea of getting someone who loves my cooking posts to discover the world of book blogging.

And just letting you know I’m stopping by from weddingbee, where I comment as Miss Ariel.

ritaFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:04 am

i love your blog! i think your friend was somewhat accurate in that, if you want to have a “big blog” it is probably easiest to have a defined category/point of view (and, ideally, big blogger friends) and post articulate, consistent content. but, i think you need to decide if you want a lifestyle or fashion or xyz category blog or if you just want a personal blog. personal blogs are more random and probably take more time for people to discover but if your writing is good and if people connect to you, they’ll read you (which is why i read you – your posts take more time for me to read than a random outfit post or collage but they resonate so it’s worth my time.)

actually – during the branding blog brunch you made a comment that really resonated with me – you said something about – do you really even want to create a brand for you/your blog? and to be honest, i don’t. while i do have some other projects i plan to brand the hell out of, that hour session made me realize that i really just want my personal blog to evolve as i do and to reflect my personal interests. and that will mean less opportunities for growth. but i’m still meeting amazing people through it and having great conversations, and that’s what i was going for anyways.

also – i didn’t tell anyone about my blog at first, so my friends found it randomly through twitter or after i had too many cocktails! but a lot of them don’t really read it very often – and that bothered me at first. and then i realized that they don’t really read any blogs, so it’s not that they aren’t interested in me, it’s just not a medium they are used to. i know they try to catch up regularly to stay up to date with me, but it’s just not their thing. and that’s actually a good thing b/c it’s opened me up to way more people and different opinions than what i get in my day to day.

ok i babbled. sorry! regardless – i love what you are doing so keep it up!
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AllisonFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:30 am

This is quite possibly my favourite post that I’ve read in a long, long time. You hit the nail on the head, and I think you’re bang on about everything you wrote.

I’m new to your blog, but I love it. You’re real and you write about yourself. The best kind of blog. We have similar blogs – the in-between, lifestyle blog that is simply about whatever you want it to be about. A place to write, post photos, talk about whatever the hell you want to talk about.

Keep on keeping on, I’ll keep reading.

xo

MoFebruary 11, 2013 - 8:43 am

I am EXACTLY the same way, but maybe even worse about it. As in I tell NO ONE about my blog. Well, my husband and parents of course – but you would never see me posting about it on my facebook or telling anyone about it. It feels SO narcissistic! I mean, (with the rare exception), I don’t feel like that towards any of the lifestyle blogs I read, so I have no idea why I’m so hard on myself about it. I don’t think I’ll be able to get over it, so I just keep reminding myself that I started the blog for ME so just keep writing it for me and it will be fine. Or it won’t – and that will be fine too.

KaitlynMarch 1, 2013 - 2:26 am

Thank you so much for posting this. One of the things that I HATE hearing bloggers say (write?) is that they don’t want to share too much of their personal lives. With the exception of professional blogs, I don’t understand this at all… what’s the point if you’re not sharing?!

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Conversations From This Weekend

Perhaps more appropriately titled: Conversations with Jillian

Katie:  I love that soap in the bathroom.

Jillian: What soap?

Katie: The apple hand soap. It smells so good.

Jillian: You mean the lotion? The one on the sink?

Katie: Yes, that one, but it’s hand soap. Not lotion.

Jillian: What?!? I covered my whole body in it when I got out of the shower! I was wondering why it didn’t really blend!

 ***

Jillian: Thirty is when you really become a woman.

Me: Did you seriously just say that?

Jillian: Well that’s what the woman at the Barney’s counter told me.

***

Bri: Jillian you have something in your hair.

Me: It’s a piece of cookie.

Jillian: How do you know when you’re fat? When you have cookie remnants in your hair and don’t even realize it.

Me: Yeah, well I was about to grab it and eat it before you moved it away.

Jillian: How do you know when you have fat friends? When they try to eat it.

 ***

Bri: Did you just drink that entire bottle of white wine to yourself?

Me: No! Kelsey had almost a glass. I think.

 ***

On the TV Show “Girls”:

Jillian: Girls is the new Sex and the city.

Kelsey: Girls is nothing like Sex and the City.

Jillian: Yes it is! Except they are younger. And broke. But still trying to figure it out all out. Just like us!

Me: But they are even younger than us and none of us are really broke.

Jillian: Whatever. I meant it was like Sex and the City but not really like Sex and the City, okay?

 ***

Jillian: I’m totally Marnie.

Me: No, you’re more like Jessa. Who am I?

Jillian: Well you are not Shoshanna and you’re definitely not Marnie. Or Jessa.

Me: So what, are you saying I’m Hannah? I am so not Hannah.

Bri: I’m totally Hannah.

***

Via text message Sunday night:

Me to Jillian: I just watched the new Girls. You would totally snot rocket me.

The next day:

Jillian: btw – I would not snot rocket – I love you too much to do that.

 ***

….and these were the few conversations that were remotely blog appropriate. I’m certain my mother-in-law would have a heart attack if I posted some of our other topics of discussion.  Patty – I’m looking out for you!

***

For those of you that think 30 is old, fear not! Based on my conversations above, it is clear that my friends and I still have the maturity level of a 21-year-old college student.

And now, a short photo recap for your viewing pleasure:

Friday night consisted of laughter and far too much wine. On Saturday, Bri’s family organized a huge scavenger hunt for her, which was incredible and went above and beyond anything I’d ever be able to come up with on my own. It sent her all around Los Angeles and then culminated in a huge surprise party at a karaoke place. It was a blast. Sunday we moseyed around the city, went to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market (alas, no celeb spottings), did some touristy LA stuff, and then headed back to our respective cities.

All in all a very successful 30th Birthday weekend, if I do say so myself.

Happy Birthday Bri! You are very loved.

(and you still look 25)

chelsieFebruary 5, 2013 - 7:46 am

i love the convos about Girls… love that show :)

x chelsie (mossypants.com)

jessicaFebruary 5, 2013 - 7:54 am

I feel like all those photos on Instagram were now explained. It appears you girls had a lot of fun!!! Your friends sound like a riot. And that scavenger hunt sounds amazing. And that baby goat!

JulieFebruary 5, 2013 - 7:55 am

The jealousy level is through the roof right now! Wish I could’ve been there! Love and miss you girls so much! The cookie conversation is my favorite. xoxox

SerenaFebruary 5, 2013 - 10:35 am

@chelsie – isn’t Girls the best? I’m obsessed. and I love Shoshanna.

@jessoca – in hindsight, I can imagine how weird my instagram posts must have seemed!And the baby goat was soooooo cute.

nancy @ adore to adornFebruary 5, 2013 - 11:07 am

AW this is so cute. Love that you have a strong set of girlfriends to be around. This is not to sound sad (just stating a fact!) but I never really had a strong set of girlfriends in ONE group. I have friends all over but we hang out singularly. How weird…….but I think it’s because each of my friends are different so the personalities don’t necessarily mesh well? I don’t even know what I’m talking about now…
xo,
nancy

AliceFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:05 pm

Your conversations are hilarious- and your pictures look like you had a wonderful weekend! x

brianneFebruary 5, 2013 - 12:57 pm

haha. i just teared up a little. :)

nicole marieFebruary 5, 2013 - 2:06 pm

absolutely crracckinngg up!!!

ReneeFebruary 6, 2013 - 3:49 am

1. I loooove the conversations above. They are so great! 2. Girls is my favorite. I’m probably Marnie. 3. A scavenger hunt that ended in a surprise party! How fabbbbulous!! I want her life. :)

Happy Friday, Happy February!

Kevin woke up earlier than normal this morning and snapped this picture. This is the view from our kitchen window.
I love this city.
(please forgive the crappy quality)

Happy Friday, Happy February!

And now for a very random Friday post…

1) It’s February! Yay! February could not have gotten here any sooner, and I’m looking forward to a much better month.

2) As evidence that February will surely be better than January, I leave tonight for LA. My best college girlfriends are going there to celebrate our friend (and my maid of honor) Bri’s 30th birthday. I am so so so excited to see these ladies and celebrate Bri. Plus, I haven’t had a good girls weekend in forever, so it’s going to be a blast, I’m sure. I’m also sure that at the end of it, I will be so hungover I want to die, but so be it. Such is life in your 30s.

Also? The weather tomorrow in LA is supposed to be 75 degrees. I just… I mean… I have no words.

3) I don’t particularly care for sports, but I do care for drinking and eating with friends. Thus, I love the Superbowl. This year is particularly sweet because our beloved San Francisco 49ers are in it. The city is going to go buck wild, I’m sure. Unfortunately, I will be missing it. My flight back to SF is right smack in the middle of it. However, I imagine that it’s going to be a rather entertaining shit show of a flight because of it. We shall see!

4) I watched The Americans last night. I think I like it, but I could just be blinded by my undying love of Keri Russel. My heart will always hold a spot for Felicity.

5) 7×7 just released their 2013 “100 things to eat in SF before you die” list, and I got a little depressed. While I have eaten at many of the eateries listed, I’ve only actually had what they recommended at two of the 100 on the list. Does this mean I’m not a true SF foodie? You can view the list here.

And… that’s about it. Do you have any big weekend plans? Who are you rooting for on Sunday?

nicole marieFebruary 2, 2013 - 12:30 am

jealous of that view! do you live on union? how are you eyes!
hopefully you’ll be back in sf by the time the game is over so if they win you can party inthe streets… that was my favorte part about winning the world series. such an experience

ReneeFebruary 2, 2013 - 3:15 am

Your kitchen view always makes me so jealous! I’m pretty sure I’m gonna take an assignment in SF next. I just adore that city. And yes, hungover is definitely what you will be after a great weekend with friends! I would expect nothing less! ;)

Adios (and good riddance) January!

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Remember my whole “drink less, move more” resolution I made in the beginning of the month?

Well, I did a phenomenal job of it for the first ten days of the month. I was eating super healthy meals, drinking green smoothies for breakfast, and taking long walks after dinner. Kevin and I went a whopping nine days with not a drop of alcohol, and shockingly, it wasn’t even that hard. We were determined. We were focused. We were feeling good!

And then I had LASIK*, and Kevin got vertigo, and well… any and all progress we made quickly went out the window. The only thing that would distract me from my constant eye discomfort was wine and carbohydrate filled goodness. The only time I forgot how much my eyes hurt was when I had a good three glass wine buzz on, so that’s what I did, pretty much every single night since January 11th. And since I couldn’t drink while at work, I would console myself with delicious food. Donuts. Bagels. Enchiladas. Pasta. Garlic bread bacon grilled cheese. Mmmm.

But now, 20 days later, I need to try and switch gears again. I can see the unhealthy living emanating from my pores. My skin looks old and tired. My pants are tight. Parts of my body that shouldn’t be shaking when I walk are moving and grooving like they are at a disco. Now that my eyes no longer bother me constantly, there’s really no excuse.

January has been a particularly shitty month in my household, and I’m more than ready to bid it adieu. I’ve never been particularly fond of January in general. Like so many people, I tend to fall victim to some major January blues, but this month has taken the cake. I could not be happier to see it leave.

In February I plan to resume my healthier lifestyle. Well, let’s be honest. I’m going to LA for the weekend for one of my best friend’s 30th birthdays, where I’m sure we will be eating and drinking our faces off, and Sunday is Superbowl, so….. yeah, I plan to resume a healthier lifestyle on February 4th.

How was your January, friends? Is anyone else as ready as I am to kiss it goodbye?

*For those wondering, my eyes are doing MUCH better. I found out what exactly was wrong with them last week, started a new eye care treatment plan, and things have been improving. They are still not 100%, but they are getting there.

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ritaJanuary 31, 2013 - 12:05 pm

so ready for this month to be over! like you, the goal is to be healthy, excluding a trip to paso robles with friends later this month! i am so happy you figured out what was wrong with your eyes and are on the mend, serena!

JessicaJanuary 31, 2013 - 7:28 pm

I am so happy this month is over. I was on a holiday high for awhile there and now nothing- just tons of work. I cannot wait for February- here’s to hoping it’s better than January! I’m glad your eyes are feeling better. That seriously sucks. I know how scared you were and then to have that happen- so lame. Can you at least see better now!?

Now, let’s drink a glass of wine (or a few) and celebrate the arrival of February!

Rachel GFebruary 1, 2013 - 5:58 am

I’ve considered Lasik, but the recovery process scares me so much that I doubt I’ll ever go for it!

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