Hey guys! I have several fantastic posts for you today! Some are bit deeper than others, but I’ve read some really great posts this week (despite my lack of commenting fervor, haha). Hope you all have a beautiful weekend!!!
I used to be the “I don’t have a lot of girlfriends, because girl are so damn catty!” girl. I used to be. I’m still extremely picky about friendships, but not in a way that I actually discriminate against my own gender. I’ve found that over the past few years, that other women are exactly what I need for support. (Aside from my wonderful husband and his mind-blowing – yet should have been obvious – genius. <Side note: He finds this quite hilarious. lol It should have been obvious to me, but it wasn’t, so bah-bam! The husband blew my mind. Haha.) Charlotte wrote How Do you Ask For Help When You Don’t Know What You Need and it was phenomenal!!! It really made me think about the way I’ve approached female friendships over the years…and about how much I’ve grown into a “girl’s girl”.
I’ve been writing a lot about my shift in focus from weight loss to just being a healthy me. I’ve been focusing on my will and my strength and actually feeling a difference in my body rather than doing everything I’m doing for one reason (weight loss). Jess wrote about finding her fit truth and her words always resonate with me at just the right time…and reminds me that none of us are alone in the way we feel about things. The confusion, the clarity, the frustration – whatever it may be . Jess has found her clarity…and what I loved most about the post? “My fit truth – it’s about Health. Wellness. Vibrancy.” Vibrancy. LOVE it. I haven’t felt more vibrant than I do now.
I personally used to work in a surgical pathology lab that “specialized” in breast health, and it killed me as I watched as woman after woman went from biopsy, to lumpectomy, to partial mastectomy, to radical double mastectomy in order to demolish BRCA. What woman should ever have to go through that much surgery and recovery for breast cancer? So I made the decision a long time ago that my breasts don’t define me as a woman and I’d lop ‘em off the moment I knew I had a problem. Angelina Jolie’s voluntary double mastectomy became a huge news story recently, and women’s health has become a huge topic of discussion – and of course, there’s always some dingbat from the media that manipulates interviews to spark some controversy. As she did with Krysten. Krysten’s post, Me, Angie, and What It Really Means for BRCA, was beyond “incredible” as a rebuttal. It was intelligent. Graceful. And it made me realize that sometimes it takes a little celebrity publicity to really spark discussion about women’s health. Sometimes I’m a bit too quick to brush off celebrity gossip as just another time a celebrity dishes private information for the sake of publicity. Sometimes you just need a famous face to get a movement noticed.
Okay. I got a bit deep with those, so here are a few that you’ll enjoy that are bit lighter, more funny, and have just downright become some of my favorite blogs to read. (And I apologize to you writers…I’ve been terrible about commenting recently.)
Olive’s letter to her sports bra. (Side note: loved her signature. LOL)
Heather’s Tips For Backpacking with Your Dog. (H and I would love to take our pup Marla with us hiking more. Such great tips!)
I started the #HealthyBudget series here on my blog, and Greatist had a great post on Fridge Makeovers this week. You should check it out!
Feel free to leave a comment below with a link to some of your favorite posts from the week!!!