Looking Back and Leaping Forward

1YR_BlogThanks to everyone for the well wishes and congrats on my blogiversary.

Next year there will be cake. With ice cream.

And Fountain Coke.

Today I’m reflecting on the past year to see how far I’ve come.

Looking back at my first posts, it’s hilarious – and humbling – to see how my style has changed. The earliest stuff is downright cringeworthy.

Big blocks of text. Word counts of Biblical proportions. And, a cardinal sin in the blogosphere, no pictures.

Oh, the horror!

I like to think my writing has improved, even if my photography skills have not.

Join me as I share my most popular posts and personal favorites from the past year.

Most Popular

Let’s Hear It For the Girls

Who knew my itty bitties would be so popular?

Random strangers hit on me and my girls every single day.

All kidding aside, I’m incredibly proud that my top 3 posts are from my Breastfeeding Mythbusters Series.

Last March, a month away from weaning Monkey, I had some serious things to get off my chest. I wrote a series of posts with honest information for nursing moms.

A Gift for BabyBreastfeeding & Fitness After Baby is my most visited page, by a 40DD mile.

Exercise & Breastfeeding Myths & Tips and Do I Need to Supplement with Formula round out the top 3.

Do boob jokes ever get old? Nah, I don’t think so!

Leave Your Modesty at the Door

Apparently the phrase Garment-Free is an eye catcher.

A variety of interesting  and colorful search phrases for the Friedrichsbad land new visitors on my site daily.

If you haven’t read the two-part series on my adventures at a traditional (that means naked, ya’ll) spa, step out of your comfort zone and join me for an eye- and mind-opening experience.

Things That Scare Me: The Friedrichsbad
My Garment Free Experience

Motherhood Changes Everything

Lest someone get the wrong idea, it’s not all about getting nude and flashing my itty bitties.

I love to write about my precious daughters, Bean and Monkey, and the countless ways they’ve changed my life, opened my heart, and made me a better person.

7 Things Motherhood Has Taught Me is not only a top-ranking post but also one of my personal favorites.


Celebrating Milestones

One of the reasons I started blogging was to capture the milestones. Birthdays, achievements, and all of the little moments that create an extraordinary life.

Happy 1st Birthday, Monkey
Happy 4th Birthday, Bean
Happy 10th Birthday, MacAfee 
(four-legged babies count!)
18 Months
From the Mouths of Babes


The Teacher Becomes the Student

As women, motherhood begins before we pee on the stick. As soon as we get that indescribable feeling in the pit of our stomachs, our children are very real to us.

They immediately make their way into our hearts, and from that moment forward, they are present in every beat.

And our lives are never the same.

Our children teach us more about our hopes, dreams, passions, and limitations than we ever imagined. And, if we let them, they show us how to become the best versions of ourselves possible.

A New Perspective
Fear of Heights – A Metaphor for Motherhood
Parenting Fail – Fall Mile
Polar Vortex Wreaks Havoc on Mommydom


Fierce Ninja Mama Runner

Nothing keeps my full heart beating strongly like running does. 

Running gives strength to mind and body. It provides escape, stress relief, and pure joy mixed into one endorphin-pumping exercise.

And plenty to write about. Race recaps. Training updates. Rants and raves.

Less is More: A ManifestoThe Virtual Ass Slap Felt Round the Blogosphere
Catcalls and Compliments
A Love Letter (aka My Desperate Plea)
State of the Runion
5 Ways Motherhood Makes Me a Better Runner


Leaping Forward

I still can’t believe it’s been a year since I started Work in Sweats Mama!

Life continues at hyper light speed, with milestones flying by at terrifying velocity.

Monkey turns 2 next month. Bean is on her way to kindergarten in the fall.

I’m just trying to keep up!

From the bottom of my heart, sincerest thanks to each and every one of you for sharing my journey. Your support, encouragement, and love mean the world to me.

A Few Announcements

Don’t forget to enter my birthday bonanza giveaway! Seven lucky readers will win incredible prizes from Sturdy Girl Sports, Optic Nerve, Tahoe Mountain Sports, and TrailHeads.

Today I’m featured at Fine Fit Day for Carly’s awesome Fit Mama Friday series. Come visit me and check out Carly’s awesome workout tips, stories, and more!

Do you have a favorite WiSM post?

Fellow bloggers, leave a link to one of your favorite posts in the comments, and I’ll check it out!

32 thoughts on “Looking Back and Leaping Forward

  1. Nicole, happy blogiversary! Congrats on making it to one year and for all of the things you mentioned in your post. So exciting. As I’m a new reader
    to your blog, I will have to go back and read all of these posts.

    PS: you were on the list for noms until I saw it was your blog birthday and figured you wouldn’t have time.
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  2. The one year anniversary is big. Very big! I’m so happy that you’re in this space Nicole, and I have enjoyed reading you since we found each other this summer. Less is More? Definitely my fave although there are countless others that I truly adore. I miss reading your posts. I hope to be back more regularly soon. xo
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  3. I’m so glad you entered this little arena called blogging–you bring some great writing and topics to the game!

    I totally get what you mean about looking back at the first posts–I truly can barely look at mine! But I guess it’s good to see how we’ve evolved.

    Happy weekend!
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  4. Even when I met you (this past summer?), I felt like you had been doing this blogging thing for years. You have such an ease to your writing, like you are completely comfortable with your words and thoughts. And that spreads to your readers.

    I really should look at some of my first posts – maybe I can rework them into something more presentable and recycle them!
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  5. Happy blogversary! We don’t all make it to the milestone, that in itself is something to be proud of. But more so that you have created and maintained such a fabulous blog that just keeps drawing people (I am included in people :) ) back for more and more! Have really enjoyed reading your stories and look forward to continuing to do so! :) Congratulations! x
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  6. Just recently I looked at one of my first posts and had some of the same things – huge blocks of WORDS and no pictures!!! Yikes! Isn’t it funny how much things can change in just one year? You have done so many amazing things both personally and professionally. I’m so glad to have met you out here and can only hope to meet IRL one day!
    I love so many of your posts and can’t possibly pick just one. I hope to have this space to come to for many years to come. Cheers to you Nicole!
    Allie recently posted…Another Year Has Passed and I’m Still Here!My Profile

  7. Yes! And I found you at Carly’s post first today which made me very happy to see. I love your photos.
    And looking back at my blogger blog back four years ago makes me shudder!
    I couldn’t pick just one of your posts but I haven’t missed any in ages! And I won’t.
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  8. You are an amazing woman and your blog is only showing a few of your various, multiples talents. Long life to your blog. Hope one day I finally get to meet Bean & Monkey xxx

  9. The Manifesto is one of my favorite blog posts of all time. And it’s been awesome to see you progress as a writer through your blog. We shouldn’t be ashamed of our early efforts – just because you’re now running marathons doesn’t mean the 5Ks of the past weren’t meaningful. They’re the building blocks, you know.

    My favorite post of yours, though, is the one you wrote as a guest poster last October. If there was a Dads of Girls Society, we’d have made you an honorary member. Good on you, NG.

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  10. I’ve been blogging just over 2 years. When I had my first blogiversary, I looked back at my first post. Gah! Never doing that again. :) It’s funny how and what I write about has evolved. You, however, have had great content from the beginning. Here’s to many, many more years of great writing!
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  11. So exciting to celebrate a year even though I still think you are as seasoned as an blogger I read!! You have so many posts that I love I don’t think I could pick just one. Looking forward to continuing to follow along – can’t wait to see what other topics you share!!
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  12. The State of the Runion was definitely one of my favorites. Your creativity never ceases to amaze me. I am so glad you made it to you one year blogiversary! It can be an overwhelming journey! Our blogiversary is in May! I go back to our earlier posts and clean them up a bit :-). Cut down on the words, out some photos, SEO the heck out of it. They are definitely cringe worthy.
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  13. This was great, Nicole. My fav part of it was this, “Our children teach us more about our hopes, dreams, passions, and limitations than we ever imagined.” That can not be stated enough about children in general even for those of us who don’t have 2-legged kids.
    Mike recently posted…We Are Headed Off To New York City!My Profile

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