Friday Round-Up: Own it

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Oh Friday. I’ve missed you!

Thank you all for your supportive words regarding my NYC Half marathon training. I was apprehensive about the race a few weeks ago but now I’m really looking forward to it.

This week’s Friday Round-Up is short and sweet because I’m exhausted. What was supposed to be a 4 1/2 hour drive ended up being an almost 8 hour drive. Thanks Polar Vortex.


The Most Important Part of the Creative Life
I love this post from Jeff Goins. The most important part of the creative life is space. But space has so many connotations – physical, mental, spiritual. He talks about how to cultivate space in these three aspects in order to nurture the creative process.

Let’s Keep It Real About Our Bodies
Back in October, I mentioned a post that Lauren Fleshman wrote about about her experience walking in the Oiselle fashion show at New York Fashion Week. She followed it up with this amazing post about keeping it real – comparing fashion model appearances to real life appearances. Now, she’s issued a challenge for all of us to continue to #keepitreal. Will you?

Is It Work If You Don’t Get Paid?
Such a great post from Allie at Vita Train for Life. I think it’s a question that many of us ask – what constitutes “work”. I know that this will resonate with other bloggers because we often spend so much time and energy in writing posts, promoting the posts, reading other blogs, etc. I know that it doesn’t sound like “work” to many people (ask my husband) but if it’s something that you’re passionate about? That you care about? P.S. I love Allie’s answer to this question.

Own Your Positive Body Image. Own Your Workouts. Own It.
I loved this post from Paige, not only because of her calm and poise in handling an obnoxious situation but also because of how she completely owns it – her positive body image, her workouts, her – and something that we could all take note of.

Asian Youth Trade Outfits With Their Elders To Make Us Rethink Age Stereotypes in Fashion

6-Week Mama Shred
Lastly, check out Bobbi’s 6-week Mama Shred. Awesome at home workouts, meal plans by my friend Melissa from The Valentine RD, shopping lists and much more! A great way to connect with other mom’s striving for a fitter and more healthy life!



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  1. says

    Allie’s post was fun! When someone compliments my new shoes or workout clothes and I tell them I’m wear testing for a review on my blog. They don’t get that it’s “work” to write a review, promote, etc. They think FREE STUFF! Have a great weekend Christine!
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  2. says

    I LOOOVE me some OISELLE and have from their inception.
    Ive known Sally there FOREVER.
    That said I surmise Im totally solo in not loving that post as much as I would from an “every woman.”
    (am I a curmudgeon?!)
    Each time I spy it touted as amazing I think: I get it. I see it. It is visually amazing—but but but why does it to my misfit eyes still read as the stunning supermodel who claims she was awkward in high school.
    Not rhetorical :-)
    email me?
    is it just me?!
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  3. says

    Yay for Friday round up!! I really loved Allie’s post and it’s an argument I’ve had many times with Cassidy. He thinks it’s not work if there’s no paycheck – just a hobby. However, he phrased it in the wrong way at one point and I was driven to tears because I love blogging and photography very much.
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  4. says

    I loved Allie’s post, too. And your comment about “just ask my husband.” Yes, that. Mine sometimes doesn’t appreciate all that I get out of my blog, both mentally and monetarily!

    Excited to read your other links–you always find ones I love.

    And also excited for the half for you–I so wish I was coming to do it with you!
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  5. says

    I love Allie’s response! Who gives a shit?

    That being said, it drives me crazy when stay-at-home-moms get defensive saying, “Yes, I work! I’m a MOM!” For goodness sakes. As part of my job (the one I get paid for), I have to get an idea about kids’ social lives, so I’m really asking because I need to know who is caring for the kid and when. I’m not asking because I want to make a value judgment about the mom’s life choices!
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  6. says

    Another great round-up! I’m excited to see so many people (even companies) that are focused on keeping it real with women’s bodies!!! I think it is a constant struggle with women to find a healthy balance and not obsess about being a certain size/shape/number on the scale!
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  7. says

    I love the discussion about work. I would teach yoga for the rest of my life and never care about getting paid for it or not. I feel like it’s a major part of my life’s work, whether or not I make money for it. Work – it allows us to give, grow, feel fulfilled. I hope we are all fortunate enough to have work we love – regardless of the pay or lack thereof.
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  8. says

    I just read Paige’s post and while there was a part of me that felt anger at the guy who totally stuck his foot in his mouth (although he probably doesn’t realize he did so!) there is also a part of me that is in awe of her positive attitude about it, and about her body. And I see that she has awesome leggings, too. I can’t stop going on and on about the Spandits leggings to my husband. I’m hoping he’ll get me a pair for my birthday :)
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