Six years ago this week, I made two decisions that would change my life path.
1. I decided to get my ass in gear and lose weight.Â
2. I decided to start a blog.
Iâ€™d really started the making-big-changes thing in motion when I moved up here from D.C. a year before that. Iâ€™m not one to regret things (except maybe for cutting these bangs) because mistakes are where we learn from, but I do wish I had moved to NYC immediately after graduating.Â
After several months living here, with a friendâ€™s wedding coming up, I knew I had to lose weight.Â
After several months working at a legal magazine, I knew I wanted and needed more out of my career. I saw the writing in the wall in 2008 and knew I had to get into digital.Â
Alas, I started a blog about my then-nascent fitness hobby.
I saw EvannÂ at the Orangetheory event the other day, and we were chatting with a magazine editor. â€œIâ€™ve been doing this for about a year and a half,â€ Evann said, â€œbut Theodoraâ€™s been doing this forever!”
I have! And when I started this blog six years ago, I had no idea how it would change my life.
The friends it would bring in to my life.Â
The AMAZING opportunities it would bring in to my life â€” flying out to LA for a photo shoot? Meeting fitness idols?Â
Feeling the amazing support of 99.5% of the people who take time out of their day to read this and growing a thicker skin from the very few people who donâ€™t have nice things to say.
I hoped at the time it would lead to a career change, and it did. From working on social media strategy for Womanâ€™s Day to working on social media strategy at a PR firm to running social media at a company I truly believe in.
I was offered the opportunity last week to go to Jamaica this weekend to run a half, and I realized how lucky I was that Iâ€™d put myself in a position where that was even a possibility.
Whatâ€™s the best life decision you ever made?Â