Hello! Welcome to another week of AWESOME. I had the best weekend and even got in a track workout wearing a t-shirt. February what?
It also was a race weekend for me! Marky and I headed up to Peterborough to do my first rogaine race as lead navigator. I will do a full race report later, but we had an awesome time on a fun course and weren’t completely lost.
Today, I wanted to approach an interesting comment I recently received that challenged my levels of balance, suggesting that my exercise was a bit obsessive and that it appeared that it was all I did.
Part of being a blogger is rolling with negative comments and not letting them affect you, but I take this one seriously because my goal with my blog is to project and promote health, both physically and mentally, resulting in positive self esteem and just general happiness.
Normally I don’t feel the need to provide a rebuttal to comments and let them go, but because this one was so counter to my core mission, I wanted to discuss it here.
A few comments:
Laces and Lattes is not who I am. It is a projection of who I am.
My nickname may be Latte among some of my circles, I may run a lot of races, I may drink a lot of lattes, but I am a lot more than what I write about here. I try to keep my personal life sheltered on here, which means that this is not an entirely true representation of who I am.
I work in marketing and I am all about brand building – this is brand Laces and Lattes and you will see this brand on my social media, my articles for RunWaterloo and Canadian Running magazine and even on my personal facebook page.
When I first began blogging, this was more of a life style blog and one of my amazing friends who is a PR wizard and sports agent called me one day and bluntly said “Unless you add value in some way, no one cares about your life. Pick ONE thing and niche out your blog.”
So I chose running and the rest is history.
I adore adventuring, running, exercising and exploring, but it is not all I do.
I could write about the thousand other things that I am passionate about, but my readership probably won’t care. For instance, I love writing, reading books, my career, electronic music, cooking, spending time with my friends and family, good coffee and cleaning but this isn’t about that.
I was explaining this dilemma to some of the members of the agency that I work alongside at my job in the same conversation where they had challenged me to learn to use SnapChat properly. (I seriously thought it was just a platform for rude photos so I didn’t want to get on that bandwagon.)
So, a new challenge arose. Laces and Lattes is a brand for me, but if you want a peek at the other side – where I eat half a bag of chocolate granola over the sink, work all night when I have insomnia instead of sleeping or lie on a couch for an entire Sunday afternoon, follow me over on SnapChat with user name lacesandlattes.
A preview of what you are in for:
Have a balanced week, friends.