I wrote that last year in July was the happiest and healthiest I had ever been. I thought that was true, and it was for the moment but as I sit here in a different area code than I was last year, with a belly full of good food and more than a week off from the gym, I think THIS is the happiest and healthiest I have ever been.
My journey to bettering myself and making my place in the world has only continued since my post last year. Then again, as I have discussed in other posts, self-work and self-love is continuous and on going, it is a journey that I will forever be on. I will forever be working on making myself happier, healthier, more positive, and better in any way possible. I am a life long learner and apply my goal to be a better version of myself in all areas of my life: a better blogger, celiac, daughter, friend, girlfriend, IBS advocate, meal prepper, positive vibe promoter, self-love spreader, and teacher. The saying goes:
"You only get one life, but if you do it right, once is enough" -- Mae West
For years, I felt like a prisoner to myIBS, anxious and unhappy, merely surviving my symptoms, but through an IBSOS Clinical Trial, I realized that it was not up to just my doctor and medication to make me better, but myself as well. I had ignoring the most powerful healing tool of all, my mindset and attitude. The Clinical Trial ignited a spark in me, I realized the true potential of the power of positivity and a thankful heart. As a Type A personality, I tend to be uptight and more anxious than most, but by harboring an attitude of gratitude, things have only gone up for my mindset in all areas of my life since my realization!
In its early days, the blog and instagram was therapeutic for me, and healing source of support. I relied heavily on all of YOU during my first year, and still quite a bit in the beginning of my second year of blogging. I felt the need and desire to do something in return, I wanted to give back to the online community. I started using my blog as a platform for IBS Awareness. I felt that sharing my stories, my tips, and my struggles would enable others to feel comfortable with their condition.
Since my series of posts, I have become a Digestive Health Alliance Ambassador, a title I proudly wear!
My little soap box for IBS Awareness grew, it led me to accomplish a dream of mine since I was little:
Get published in a printed publication.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine I'd get published for talking about poop, but then again, my second blog proud moment came as quite a surprise as well this year!
Top Two Proud Blogger Moments this Year
1. Getting my IBS Story published in the Digestive Health Matters Nationwide Publication
Read it here - simply scroll down and click "Download PDF"
- My story is on the last page!
2. Becoming an About Time Athlete Ambassador
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that ME, Amber, would be considered an athlete
I shared my disbelief and pride here in my ambassador acceptance post
This past year has been a whirlwind of exciting things going on for me, not only for the blog, but also in my person life, which is why at times the blog has taken a back burner. I feel so proud of the progress I have made in all areas, and I couldn't have done it without all of you. While I may not "need" the blog as a source of support as much as I used to, I am still forever grateful for the connections and inspiration I have been so blessed to have been exposed to since making my website.
Thank you all for always being a source of support and inspiration and following me on my journey
Last year I wrote "I only see myself continuing moving forward in this uplifting direction" and I feel as if I have done just that, "People are just as happy as they make their minds up to be"
I am happy, I am healthy, I am positive, and full of self-love
I thrive off of To-Do lists, schedules, and routines. I get excited looking at organizational supplies! I set alarms, reminders, and calendar events for everything....I will not say "yes" to something typically unless I have ALL the information about it, which means if we do anything together, I will probably ask you a lot of questions. I promise that I am an outstanding friend, and that makes up for my interrogational attitude towards plans and am always prepared for anything and everything :)
2. I am a self proclaimed "grandma"
My idea of a good night is maybe going to the gym, eating dinner, and being in my pajamas and in bed before 11. Seriously, I very rarely go out to bars, which makes me an atypical twenty-something year old. I would much rather stay at home than go out. Spending the night chatting with the friend, reading a book or research articles, or blogging is my idea of a good time.
Going to bed early = waking up early. When you wake up early, you get more things done :)
3. I LOVE people but actually enjoy doing things alone/being by myself
I am very social, and will make friends and chat it up with ANYONE, but I love nothing more than
"Amber Time." My favorite is going to the park, by myself, and having a picnic. Sunshine on my face, and nothing but silence and open space. There's something about the liberation of just getting in your car and going out and about alone. I absolutely love it, and is something everyone should try!
4. I'm not very girly, despite loving pink
Fashion, hair, nails, decorating and all things girly are totally not my forte. I'm more of a comfort over fashion kind of girl, so yes I will wear sneakers with my outfit and will not care what you think. I have a very difficult time deciding what to wear, because I cannot put together outfits or "see" what would look good. And as for hair, I dropped the ball somewhere along the lines with actually learning what to do with long hair since I had short hair the entire duration of growing up. Now I've got a horse's mane and I'm managing my way through lots of you tube tutorials so I don't always rock the "I woke up like this" look.
5. I am very silly and strange. I don't laugh at comedies but will laugh at a plastic bag
I make my own fun wherever I go, which comes from my extremely silly personality. I love making other people laugh, which is maybe why I have no qualms about being embarrassed. If running into the grocery store with "noodle arms" flailing is going to make who I'm with smile, I'll do it. Life's too short to not have your own fun!
- Do you have any special "anniversaries" coming up?
- If you're a blogger, has your blog grown with you as you've gotten older?
- Did any of the snippets I shared surprise you?
- Any Comments/Questions/Remarks about anything I've shared?