Happy, happy Friday, my friends!!! I've had some things I wanted to share with you, but I didn't know how to work them in to one of my regular tutorial-type posts, so I decided to just throw together a little "life update" post to let you know what's going on around here! So, first on the docket...
1. A Surgery Date
Waaaaaaaayyy back in October, I kind of spilled my soul all over the pages of my blog in this post where I talked about being a carrier of the BRCA1 genetic mutation, which puts me at extremely high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. Also in that post I shared that I would be having a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction this summer to reduce my risk of breast cancer to almost nothing. Well, a few weeks ago, we set a date. My surgery will be on July 21st, 10 years almost to the day from when I found out about being a carrier of the gene. While I'm nervous about the surgery and recovery process, I'm mostly relieved that this chapter will finally be over with after thinking about it for the last 10 years! I will have some fabulous guest posters lined up while I'm recovering, and I'm so excited to be able to share the talents of some of my favorite bloggy buddies during that time. You all have been so encouraging about this genetic thing/surgery ever since I first posted about it, and I am SO thankful for your support!! <3
2. A Marathon
No, I didn't run a whole marathon. I did finish a marathon, though! 😀 This past weekend some of my friends and I teamed up to do the relay portion of the Pittsburgh Marathon, and since I was the last runner in our group, technically I can say I've finished a marathon, lol! It was such a blast spending the day with my team, Moms on the Run, and running through the city with everyone cheering us on! We finished in 4 hours, 8 minutes and placed 49th out of 229 relay teams. We were ecstatic!
3. My Big Secret Revealed!
If you are one of my fabulous newsletter subscribers, you already know this, but the big secret I've been hinting around about on social media for a few months now has finally been revealed...
I'm writing an eBook!!!
Eeeeeeeek!!! I have to admit, I get kind of nervous even just saying that! Several months ago I started getting a steady stream of emails asking for blogging advice, to which my first reaction was, "Me?! You're asking me?!" The emails kept rolling in, though, and as I answered each one, I started to realize that maybe I actually had learned a thing or two about this whole blogging deal after all. So I decided to write an eBook detailing everything I learned in my first year of blogging. Now, I certainly don't know everything there is to know about blogging, but I know a ton more than I did just over a year ago, so I thought it would be helpful to share the knowledge I've gained in case there are people out there just like I was: interested in starting a blog, but just not knowing where to start. I also think the eBook may be interesting to people who are already blogging; I know I'd love a backstage pass into another blogger's world to see how they do things! I'll be talking about everything from how I set up my blog initially to how I've grown my social media numbers, worked with brands, and even made some money from this thing. The plan is to launch the eBook on June 10th, my 30th birthday-- yes, I totally joked with my newsletter subscribers about this being my way of going through a midlife crisis! 😉 And speaking of my newsletter subscribers-- they will be the first ones to know details about the book like the table of contents, any sample chapters I release, etc., so if you're not signed up for my newsletter list, be sure to sign up here so you don't miss any info!!
If you're already on the newsletter list but you didn't receive my announcement email, I'm sad to report that many people found them in their spam folders. What?!! Craziness. So check your spam folder, un-spam me, and if you use gmail, move me over from the "promotions" tab to your primary email so you get all of the updates! I want you to be the first to know everything!!
Whew! So I think that's all of my announcements for today. What exciting things are going on in your life these days? I really do want to know, so be sure to tell me in the comments! And if you have questions you want me to answer in the eBook, leave those too-- I'd love to hear them! Thanks so much, friends! You all are the best! Have a wonderful weekend!