Long time, no see! I can’t believe it’s been 10 months since I last posted to my blog. 10 months ago feels like a lifetime. I’ve had plenty of time to think about how I want to approach Jess and Tonic and had to think really hard about what I want this blog to represent.
For the longest time, I admired fashion bloggers. I still do! But…I think for a while, I tried really hard to emulate what they were doing. I had fun for a bit, but I think some of it felt forced. The key to a successful blog is consistency and writing about something you are truly passionate about. For several years I think I had a hard time figuring out what that was. Over 5 years ago I made the decision to overcome depression and seek treatment. I had the most amazing support network and today I can say I am healthy and happy! 5 years ago I made the decision to start running. I downloaded the Couch to 5k app on a muggy June day and went on my first run. That first run…was so difficult. I struggled to run for 30 seconds straight. I had days where I struggled to keep up with the program. Throughout all of it, Brock (hey there, husband!) believed in me. He always pushed me to do my best. I signed up for my first 5k. I actually got fitted for shoes at a running store (which, I remember being incredibly intimidated by). It took me probably around 48 minutes to finish my first 5k. I was so proud of myself. I’ve come a long way since then- and I have been so truly grateful for running. Running saved my life.
I have completed 4 half marathons since the last time I posted on Jess and Tonic. Each race I grew incrementally stronger. I made new friends, and I even started running with people! My running group, The Mustache Running Club is probably my favorite group of people ever. Everyone runs at varying levels, but most importantly, we all encourage each other. There’s no way I could have run a sub 2 hour half marathon (PR 1:56!) without the support of my mustachios. Running with this group of people has taught me so much, and so much about myself.
Since running with my group, I’ve figured out pretty quickly that I’m passionate about running. I’m passionate about being a good wife, a good pet mom, learning more about design, and being kind to myself. I believe that’s what Jess and Tonic is about. I want this blog to be authentic. I want it to be inspiring. More than anything, I want it to be a positive place where I can share my life with you, and learn from you too!
Life is pretty short. That’s partly why I run. And if you’re going to run, you might as well run half marathons and dare I say, marathons, right? I hope you’ll enjoy my ramblings and maybe even lace up your shoes and go out for a run. *Just remember, head up, wings out.
*My running mantra from my favorite women’s running apparel company, Oiselle. Check them out!