Hello hello! Hope you all had a good week, and have a fun weekend lined up ahead. I’ve had a very busy week, being back up in Princeton helping out with some coaching, training, and getting some PT done on my back. After a small (but exciting) detour in NYC yesterday afternoon, I finally made it back to my suburban home away from home- aka Hadley’s house!
Before we get to Squash on Squash’s little blog birthday celebration, let’s quickly cover breakfast. I woke up this morning not in the mood for eggs or Greek yogurt, which left me a little stumped. What to do when you’re not feelin’ your two favourite breakfast options?! You make lemonade out of lemons! Or, in my case, oatmeal out of oats!
For the first time in ages, I fashioned myself some egg white banana bread oatmeal. In the bowl went:
- oats (maybe 1/2 cup?)
- a banana (mashed)
- a few generous dashes of cinnamon
- one egg white
I then microwaved the entire mixture for about two minutes, stopping the machine to stir frequently, before eventually deeming my breakfast edible, and topping it with peanut butter (of course).
It was just as delicious as I remembered it to be, and I foresee an egg white oatmeal kick making a comeback.
Squash on Squash turns 1 year old!
I don’t want to go on and on about how much I love blogging or how much I love squash (because squash just doesn’t get enough attention on this blog…right?), but I do want to touch on just a few things that has made this past year so special- thanks to Squash on Squash.
I became a better writer
I would love to say that the mantra, “practice makes perfect” fully applies here, but that would be a bit of a stretch. However, I can say that although I do not write perfectly, nor am I an absolute poet with words, I do find it much easier now to express myself than I did a year ago.
The words come a bit easier, and the sentences flow a little bit better (which, I admit isn’t all that difficult to do when you spend so much time talking about squash or peanut butter). In any case, writing ~600 words nearly every day has given me a certain confidence with words that I would not have otherwise accumulated.
I learned about online marketing and (more) about social media
All of last summer, I learned the in’s and out’s of WordPress, Twitter, Facebook pages- you name it. I learned what a “link-up” was. I signed up for Bloglovin’. Thanks to my own research and help from other bloggers, I was able to navigate my way through
I made some awesome blog friends
When I had questions, I reached out to some bloggers who seemed approachable and knowledgeable (thanks, Erin aka the Almond Eater!). They were super helpful with blog terminology and other random things that you need to know in the blogosphere.
I got to try out some cool health and fitness products and then write about them!
I reached out to some companies, while other companies reached out to me, and either way I still had a fantastic time trying out their products and reviewing them. Some products I reviewed included Boomchickapop, Arctic Zero, and 38th & WICK. (Also, stay tuned for upcoming reviews on Quest, NASM, and Kushyfoot!).
I feel more justified in regards to my love for health and fitness
This one may seem strange. I definitely love health and fitness, so 1) why should I question it, and 2) who would think that’s a bad thing? Well, let me tell you- people do question it, whether they are jealous that you enjoy something which is hard for many people (I am not exempt from this- fitness is hard!), or whether they are “concerned” that the health/fitness obsession is motivated by superficial reasons.
The health and fitness blogosphere gave me much more confidence to be okay with my health-nut self. Sure, I still get teased about being a self-proclaimed health freak, but Squash on Squash acts as a bit of a shock absorber. (And fortunately, I’ve never, ever heard any negative or derogatory comments about my blog- a streak which I hope continues!).
Well, there you have it. Happy 1st Birthday, Squash on Squash! Part of me still cannot believe that I decided to name my blog Squash on Squash (other candidates that arose in its first month were “the Squash Nut” and “the Nutty Squasher”), but in the end, Squash on Squash stuck. Here’s to (hopefully) more blog-iversaries in the future!
What’s your latest favourite breakfast?
Are you celebrating anything around this time? Graduations, birthdays, anniversaries or anything?