Featuring 5k fears and finds, beautiful blog buttons, bolstered body image, link love, and writing-related reads. Not in this order.
Greetings my dear friends. I would like to apologize for not posting since last Sunday, but I know you’re cool with it ‘cuz you’re cool like that. It wasn’t that I had writer’s block, really–it was more that I did have a lot of ideas but, incidentally, there was a lot of stuff I wanted to do a heck of a lot more than sit down to pound out a blog post. Projects, people…mysterious projects. 😉 Ah, well, you’ll find out about them soon enough. They’re good ones. 🙂
Anyway, this, at least, means that come September 4th when I forgo my internet-inhabiting ways for the academic lifestyle once again, I will not completely abandon you for a week! I now have many “backup” post topics saved up to prevent total radio silence here. So, everyone has won here. Let us move on.
1. Beautiful Blog Buttons. Have y’all noticed my new lovely ORANGE social media buttons in my sidebar? They were only
99 cents 5 dollars in the Etsy store, made by IGottaCreate, who also offers FREE buttons, though not all in orange. 🙂 Cheap Etsy downloads are quickly becoming a kind of vortex for me… At any rate, I’ve finally found out how to make social media icon bars, as per my question in my Blogoversary post! I used this tutorial, designed for WordPress.COM blogs, to integrate the buttons into a widget. It’s way easier than I was mentally building it up to be.
2. Bolstered Body Image. Maybe it’s come across around these parts (because I’ve written about it at length) that, lately, I haven’t been exactly happy with my appearance. I’ll skip the melodrama. Then I found some clothes that actually fit me nicely, wrote a post in an attempt to shape myself up, read some even more awesome posts, stripped down to my skivvies in front of a mirror and recited some self-esteem mantras (a la Kiss My Broccoli), started running longer and harder (why is running like the magic self-esteem-boosting drug? though I’m not complaining), and bought some pretty eyeshadow and liner for my peepers. I’ve always really loved my eyes–probably my favorite superficial feature, and I’m glad I’ve figured out how to play them up a little bit more now. No shame in flaunting what ya got! 😉
I also got a haircut. Not that this picture makes it very easy to tell. Also, I’ve coined a term–that above hairstyle? That’s not “unruly” or “out-of-control”, folks, that’s SPUNKALICIOUS, you hear me? SPUNKALICIOUS. Please let’s integrate this into our daily conversations. As in, “My bangs are being especially SPUNKALICIOUS today”, or “My day was sure hard; I guess life’s just testing me to see how SPUNKALICIOUS I can be about it!” Yes, SPUNKALICIOUS must ALWAYS be ALL CAPITALS. Preferably accompanied by a Z-formation fingersnap, if you can manage it.
3. 5k fears and finds. My second 5k ever is tomorrow! AHHH/yay!/I’m going to be so dead by the end of this! Funny thing: since I’ve done this before (once), my brain has seemingly gone into “pro mode” about the whole thing. As in, why should I worry about preparations? Stretching beforehand, hydrating sufficiently? Why even bother, especially when you’re not shooting for a PR?
I really hope I can snap out of this before tomorrow morning; at the very least, I have no doubt it will dissolve into a cloud of fear and crippling self-doubt at the starting line. But this too must be worked through!
If your arrogant brain hasn’t gone into everything-under-control mode about your next 5k, here are some great reads from around the internet to help you prepare yourself for the race:
- Olive to Run: Race Day Preparation in 10 Steps. Simple reminders, for any race length.
- (never) homemaker: Spotlight on 5ks. (In itself one giant link-love list)
- more (never) homemaker: Running for Speed; How to. I need to put these tips into practice! Lately I’ve been focusing too much on increased distance (bear in mind, however, that 5k is “distance” for me) and not increasing speed under the confines of the distances I can do.
- Fitsugar: Running your first 5k; Beginner Training Tips and How to Run a Faster 5k. I imagine I’ll put the latter into practice a couple races down the road; once my body is more well-adjusted to running, I can step up the game! (And bonus points: I LOVE winter races!)
4. Writing-related reads.
- 10 Things Teens Should Know About Writing. He comes right out and says teen writing sucks. I can’t figure out whether I’m awestruck and thankful that someone prevented me from getting my hopes up too high, or feeling crushed…
- Maureen Johnson’s Brain Monkeys. Her answer to that eternally-posed question, “Where do you get your ideas?” And it’s Maureen Johnson. You’re guaranteed an out-loud laugh.
Also, this and this.
The former, I was lucky enough to snag for free at the magical old library, and the latter I pre-ordered. (It’s been out for about a month now.) The former…well, it’s Stephen King! So witty, hilarious, and wonderfully profane; and since it was an older copy, I didn’t feel guilty about underlining quotes and dogearing pages. For reference, you know. 😉 It’s just general, down-to-earth writing advice that doesn’t even bother to be tailored to specific ages. And the latter, obviously, is geared more toward young writers, and it remains optimistic about a writer’s chances while still cautioning you to get a “real job”. 😀
The parents are also very supportive of all my writerly endeavors, but then again, they are parents. That is Job of Parent. So…does my writing suck? Do I have no chance of success? Or am I an amazing undiscovered gem (Mother Dearest’s viewpoint on the matter)? 😉 I’m getting whiplash darting back and forth…I guess the only thing I can do, in either case, is to keep pounding on. Work hard, put in effort, always be striving to improve. Maybe even query anyway, despite my age deficiency. The worst that can happen is “No”.
No further alliteration for today…Happy Friday! 🙂
What’s your favorite thing about your body? Please divulge all in the comments! Today, take a moment to appreciate at least one thing that is beautiful about yourself. Don’t fall prey to the “but that’s so vain” thing. Strut yo stuff, gurl. And tell me what it is that makes you beautiful! (Well, one item from the list, anyway.)