Have you seen the 7 Links posts floating around the internet lately?
The rules are quite a simple. A fellow blogger tags you in a 7 Links post of their own, then you respond with your own answers, and tag 7 additional bloggers.
Sounds fun, right?
I’ve had a blast reading friend’s links and was really excited when Katy, Courtney, Carissa, and Paula tagged me in their posts this morning. (I may have tweeted that I was sad no one had tagged me and they felt bad, but we’ll ignore that part.)
So, without further adieu, here are my 7 links! Enjoy – it was fun reminiscing on this one. After almost 3 years of blogging I had A TON of posts to choose from!
My 7 Links
Most Beautiful Post: My Tribute to Abbie
If you’re new to the blog then you may not know that Maddie wasn’t the first Jack Russell to make her way into my life. Long before Maddie, there was another JRT named Abbie, who I loved dearly.
Abbie was the star of the show my first year blogging. She was there as I transitioned from Tallahassee to Orlando and she was there as I started my new healthier, fitter lifestyle.
Sadly, two years into her very short life, Abbie passed away in the middle of the night. I felt like I lost my best friend and my heart tore in two. Right after she passed – and all the emotions were still very raw – I wrote My Tribute to Abbie post. Every year on Abbie’s birthday (June 24th) and the anniversary of her death (August 1st) I go back and re-read that post to remember just how great of a dog she was. It’s a moving post that still brings tears to my eyes.
Most Popular Post: My Marie Claire Response
Last October my world was momentarily flipped upside down when Marie Claire released an article that dragged mine – and 5 of my best blogger friends’ -names through the mud. Many emotions came to me that day – humility, anger, self loathing, etc. I had never been so hurt or angry in my whole life. I immediately did what any good blogger would do and wrote my rebuttal.
Almost a year later and that post is still my most heavily trafficked post on the site. I stand by every word written in that post and would say it all again. I learned a lot from the Marie Claire incident – instead of tearing me down, it’s only made me a stronger person – and blogger.
Most Controversial post: My Period Post
Going into that post, I knew it was going to be a controversial one, but after the Marie Claire incident I felt I had to set the record straight. This post opened the door to a lot of people telling me I should cut back or stop running (to be expected), but it surprisingly also opened the door for so many other female athletes who were in the same predicament as me. Normal, healthy girls – like myself – who also had problems with their periods.
When ever I told someone my period story, the first response would be ‘I thought that only happened to elite athletes.’ Well, the comments in that post taught me that it wasn’t true. I wasn’t alone and hearing other people’s stories gave me hope.
I followed up with My Period Post Part II a couple of months later and, even though I’m still not regular, I’m proud to say I am currently getting some what of a normal period every couple of months. Progress is progress. 🙂
Most Helpful Post: Scales Lie
I wrote this post, deleted it, and wrote it again. Twice.
This was one of those posts that I wrote purely for myself. I had all these mixed emotions inside and had to get them out there. The response was overwhelming and incredible, this post is why I love blogging.
A Post Whose Success Surprised You: A New Chapter
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I decided to quit my job, pursue blogging full time, and move two hours away to be with the one I loved. I was scared that I would be letting a lot of people down and braced myself for a backlash when I hit publish. Instead, the comments that poured in made me cry. I was literally on cloud nine the entire day and when ever I’m feeling down I still return to that post to read the comments and remind myself how awesome you all are.
A Post You Feel Didn’t Get the Attention it Deserved: Marathon Volunteering
This post tends to get buried in the back, which makes me really sad. You see, when I decided to volunteer for the Disney Marathon two years ago, I had just completed my first half marathon and really had no desire to run a full marathon anytime soon. I didn’t think I had it in me.
Then – after being on my feet for 8 hours, cheering on THOUSANDS of inspiring marathoners who looked just like me – I officially caught the bug. I signed up for my first marathon a week later and haven’t been able to stop running them since.
If you’re on the fence of running a marathon – or don’t believe you have it in you – I HIGHLY suggest signing up to volunteer for one. If you’re not instantly inspired to run one, then there is something insanely wrong with you. 😛
Most Proud Of: You Are Beautiful
I’ve had a long, hard journey when it comes to body acceptance and this post told my story from day one. It’s a journey that isn’t over yet, but I’ve never been more proud to be the person that I am today.
Tag – You’re it!