The Healthiest Me | Youngstown
Bringing My Blog To Life: The Beginning
Less than three weeks ago, I was sitting down to write one of the most difficult yet honest posts to date. My life in that moment seemed anything but recognizable; I was overwhelmed by the thought of graduating, what that truly entails and trying to start my career with a degree that was everything but applicable for our area. I can recall taking a deep breath as I hit publish, sharing my realest thoughts with the world without a care. I suddenly and surprisingly felt this immense sense of relief. Little did I know, that was the first moment that I was truly allowing myself to be open, vulnerable, and ready for something new.
The day after publishing, I was standing in the gym bathroom as I had just cleaned, and I suddenly had this vision of owning a healthy bakeshop and café. As crazy as it sounds, I have never seen my future so clear, and I never been so sure of anything in my entire life. I saw it - over and and over - I just couldn't shake the thought and the image of brining my blog to life.
It played like an record in my head and brought me to tears at any moment. The thought of turning my hobbiespassions into my career, introducing my blog to the real world, and connecting with my very own community has me at a total loss for words. I raced out of the bathroom, because yes this all occurred within a five minute cleaning spree, and just blurted it out. Chad looked at me and said "Go for it." And I have to be honest, I didn't think he was going to be all about it, being a small business owner himself and all, but he didn't even hesitate - he just assured me that going for it means really going for it. All in, going for it.
I went from believing that the universe was working so desperately to destroy me, make everything seem impossible and so far away; to living with the thought that the universe actually knew what was best for me and couldn't have communicated that more clearly. I published my post on Sunday night, desperately asking for any help or the slightest hint that everything was going to be okay. By Monday morning, I was flooded with reassurance and the start of my beginning.
Okay universe, you win.
Bringing this blog to life means introducing myself to my community, opening myself up to the possibility of helping thousands young women find their healthy, and making a difference in their lives each and everyday with the help of my experience and expertise. Knowing this, my next step was to physically sharing something with my community. It was no surprise that the first thing to come to mind was our all naturalprotein balls that Chad and I love so very much. If I had to chose one food item to describe our life perfectly, that would be it. We are constantly on the go, looking for snacks that are rich in protein without any additives, and taste like dessert.
That's all it took. There I was, going for it.
I was so excited with my revelation that I told just about everyone and anyone. I'm normally quite shy about my blog, but all of a sudden I felt like I could talk about it for hours. It felt like a dream; out of my control and unfolding before my eyes. With a vision so clear and a feeling with so much intent and purpose - I knew this is what was meant to be. The days went by and I continued to do whatever I could to progress. I found myself reading for hours about food laws, the importance of food grade boxes, and understanding retail pricing. I must have made and scrapped twenty five different recipes before finally deciding on our tried and true. Now thinking back, it all feels like a blur. I don't know why or what it was, but I just had to keep going.
Three weeks later and I still can't believe I'm writing these words to all of you. I've met some amazing new faces, rekindled old friendships, and have a newfound appreciation for my hometown. This is just the beginning, but I know in my heart that this is where I'm meant to be.
To all of my blog readers, friends, and family: I wouldn't be doing this without all of your sweet comments and words of encouragement over the last few years. Thank you. I will never be able to express the amount of gratitude I have for each and every one of you. Thank you for your kindness, your patience, your love, your inspiration, and your friendship. I hope to do great things for my community in the next few years, and I'm so excited to bring you along for the journey.