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    #30before30: balancing self-love with health and fitness

    #30before30: balancing self-love with health and fitness

    I’ve been thinking a lot over the past two weeks about the thorny balance between self-love and resolutions involving health and fitness. I actually planned to write a big post about this last Wednesday and then I just couldn’t find the right words, hence the very late and rambling post today!

    This is such a personal topic to me because I struggled hard to find this balance throughout my twenties. I went back and forth through various phases of following strict diet and exercise plans and getting super-fit; to feeling defeated by punishing programs and vowing to love myself more and not hate my body; and then right back to square one. Things didn’t really crystallize for me until very recently, when I started to understand how self-love, self-care and personal health are all connected.

  • #30before30,  Christmas,  holidays

    Lucy, you’ve got some ‘splaining to do (a double #30before30 post)

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    This is gonna be a bit of a long one, because I’m tackling two posts in one: the post I meant to write last week, before I unexpectedly got majorly sick the entire week leading up to Christmas; and a post I didn’t intend to write, but which seems like it needs to be written after the wild couple of weeks I’ve had. So buckle in and let Lucy explain all the madness! (The title will make sense, I promise!)

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    #30before30: Learn to make better small talk

    Learn to make better small talk and kiss that holiday party awkwardness goodbyeI hate small talk. It isn’t just that I run out of topics—I don’t have them to start with, thanks to a blend of social anxiety and garden-variety introversion. But somewhere in my twenties, I realized that learning how to make better small talk was an essential life skill that I needed to learn, fast.

    Why? For starters, there’s no magical formula for escaping awkward situations that lead to small talk. You will always find yourself at a work event seated next to someone you barely know, or at a party that’s comprised largely of strangers. No one likes someone who sits silently staring into space, and if you’re supposed to be networking, then it can do you some serious damage. “Quiet” translates too quickly to “standoffish”, to both workmates and potential in-laws!

    And I hate to break it to you, but there are a lot of situations when staring at your phone isn’t just considered rude, it might be physically impossible. (Back to those work events!)

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    #30before30: Explore your passions

    Explore your passions! Selfie taken September 2018 on the beach at the Devils Punchbowl, Oregon

    In last week’s #30before30 post I talked a little about the inspiration for this blog series. It was also inspired by one of my favorite quotes, from the writer Douglas Adams:

    “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.”

    I definitely haven’t ended up where I thought I would at this age, but boy, have I seen some sights along the way! And looking back now, my view of goals, happiness and success have changed drastically. If I could go back in time and hand my younger self a new #30before30 list, it would look remarkably different from the bucket list of items I originally wanted to accomplish. There are a lot of lessons I’ve learned the hard way over the past few years, and I wish I could share that advice with younger me.