If you follow me on Twitter you may have heard me musing about my upcoming rebranding and redesign of the blog.
It has looked the same since November 2012 when I moved to WordPress. Much to my surprise Brooklyn Active Mama has transitioned into so much more than I ever thought it would be. When I started the blog I just wanted to be heard. It felt as if I spent most of my life listening but never really getting to speak and share the way I wanted to. This blog made all of that possible and more.
When the redesign is complete I hope to convey a clear picture about what this blog is about. The blog will be split into 4 categories… Fun. Motherhood. Fitness. Fashion. In no particular order.
I love this blog. I do. I love what it brings out of me. I love that I can be me. Freely. Unapologetically. It has opened so many doors for me, whether its fun events for my family and I, to amazing blog friends, to the challenge of maintaining and keeping good content on the forefront even when all I want to do is crash face first in my bed. It has become a part of me, a part that can’t be removed.
Along with this rebranding of the website, I have decided to rebrand myself. In a few weeks (gulp) I will be speaking at Fitbloggin about not losing yourself while blogging. Truth is… I think I did lose myself a bit. It really hasn’t been until the last few weeks that I realized that I don’t love myself the way I need to because I am too busy doing the worse things I could be doing:
For the first time–maybe ever–I have looked at myself in the mirror and instead of pinching and sucking in, I said to myself “I am so proud of your 27 pound weight loss.” I realized that I should be very proud of myself and that self acceptance and love will set me free. Free from the guilt of eating the wrong food, free from the comparison monster that looks at other.. Skinnier… people with my same circumstances, free from the guilt of not going to the gym when life gets in the way, free from the scale and especially free from the guilt of not having enough motivation.
As a healthy living blogger there is a certain amount of pressure that comes along with the territory – – pressure to look like you belong on the cover of SHAPE magazine. I once read an ignorant comment from someone that said that she didn’t want advice from someone that didn’t have a six pack. I am not that person and I may never be that person. I share my personal journey/struggles/wins in healthy living. The difference is that I don’t let my weight stop me from trying new fitness adventures, or forcing myself to be kind to my body even when there seems like there is no time. This may not be the right blog for that person but there are SO many folks sitting in my boat, that get it. I write for them.
So in the next phase of Brooklyn Active Mama join me as I learn to love myself properly and give myself a break as I continue to share my love and passion for fitness with you all. I have a total of 9 pounds left to lose (4 to first goal, then 5 to ultimate goal) it will come off. My mojo will come and go, I may gain, I will likely plateau. My Friday Fitness Check-ins will now have a self love section, because as much as I want to drop this weight, I am beautiful exactly how I am. My amazing husband that has been by my side for 16 years tells me this daily (sometimes hourly) and I dismiss him everytime. It’s time I started listening.
The event recaps will continue, but so will the fun stuff that I pay for as I give my kids the best summer ever. Recapping is fun and it’s the perfect
way to hold on to the little things that get buried in the back of the memory. I still have fun reading recaps on the blog from years ago.
I can’t help but write about these beautiful boys that occupy my brain, heart and everything else that is within me. The Internet is the biggest mommy group I have ever been a part of and I love it. I love that our kids are all growing up in this virtual space and we can share and exchange advice and experiences. Priceless!
You guys already know that I love fashion, especially workout fashion. I have reviewed Fabletics on the blog as well as some other workout gear brands…and as a new Brand Ambassador for Eleven By Venus I am going to spend a bit more time focusing on fashion and all of the great new workout gear coming out! I also have literally two closets full of career clothing and my husband has agreed to take photos of me, so be on the lookout for that!
I hope you join me in this next phase of BAM.
p.s. Nellie’s Healthy Living Newsletter for MAY is coming in a few days! Don’t forget to sign up for exclusive content not found on the blog including workout plans, healthy snack ideas, workout tunes and more!