Take the Leap: Thinking Out Loud v9

This week has been a little rough. Being sick most of last week and trying to get back into the swing of things with work and working out has been challenging. My editorial calendar has been the most affected so I’m throwing caution to the wind today and just doing a little thinking out loud. As always thanks to Amanda at Running With Spoons for the linkup! Thinking-Out-Loud2

On Monday my good buddy Lisa tagged me to Take the Leap with prAna and SweatPink’s 30 days of yoga challenge. As someone who has really gotten into yoga over the past year I decided to give it a try (and I can’t say no to Lisa!) I am happy to report that I’ve been to yoga twice this week (holla!) and plan to incorporate at least 5 minutes of some activity daily to meet this challenge, be it practicing breathing or a simple stretch and/or pose. Part of accepting this challenge is a fun little mad lib: Take the leap marontherun.com

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I’m not tagging anyone else but if you’re interested in getting your Om on – visit the “Take the Leap” event page for more info, check out Lisa’s post, and follow and tag prAna and FitApproach on social media to enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card to prAna (whose stuff I looooove p.s. and by the way) for you and a friend! 

— Earlier this week I mentioned my acceptance for the 2nd time as a Feetures! Ambassador – with this year being added to their “Elite” team. Well amidst all the other craziness going on at work and getting over this strep thing I’ve had even more good news this week. Some time ago SELF Magazine reached out to me (on the recommendation of my pal Meghan from FitCrasher!) as they were working on a program called “SELF Starters” an exclusive club made up of highly curated members. jennifer-lopez-self-magazine-body-ftr

As a part of this group I have an opportunity to create my own content, attend or host events, try products – and possibly be featured in the magazine! I’ve been waiting with bated breath for weeks on the news and yesterday was informed that I’ve officially been accepted as a SELF Starter. Yay! As I’ve thought about growth for me personally and professionally, opportunities like this definitely support my interests and goals so it’s great when they come along. 

I, like a lot of bloggers, receive a countless number of solicitations and promotional opportunities and turn down more than I accept quite frankly. Just the other day I said no to a sponsored post for an everyday product because while I use it – I couldn’t see myself actively promoting it, regardless of the compensation involved. In general I’m not a big fan of sponsored posts at all (so you won’t see many here) but do know they have a place in the marketing (and blogging) world. I’ve said before it is so easy to get caught up in all the “stuff” that blogging brings but if it doesn’t feel right to you or fit your voice – just say no. 

Anyway – I’m pretty excited to represent 2 brands I know and love and look forward to what’s ahead! And those are my Thursday thoughts 🙂 

Do you practice yoga? Are you up for Taking the Leap (or already doing it?!). How do you feel about sponsored posts – like ’em or leave ’em?

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    1. You know I’m taking the leap. 🙂 I’m all over EVERYWHERE with it and loving the opportunity to yoga every day!

      CONGRATS and huge hugs on the SELF Starter! (Feetures too, but I knew about that one!) That’s incredible and so cool that you could even appear in the magazine!
      Salt recently posted…Kick Asana Yoga Instructor #1: KarenMy Profile

    1. you are adorable – will i see you on sunday? and CONGRATS! that is so cool. we’d talked about feetures but the self opportunity is great. i enjoy that magazine so i’m excited to see where this goes for you! i love it when my friends are superstars and awesome 🙂
      Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC recently posted…February 2015 GoalsMy Profile

      1. Aw 🙂 yeah I was mum on the SELF thing until I was able to get more information. Doubtful for Sunday but will see you Saturday!

    1. I wholeheartedly agree with needing to say “no” to sponsored posts if they don’t fit you or your blog audience. There is nothing worse than reading a sponsored post written by somebody and wondering how in the world that product or service fits with the purpose of the blog.
      Kathryn @ Dancing to Running recently posted…Recovery Is Never An Easy ProcessMy Profile

      1. Yeah. I think sponsored posts in general all sound forced. But that’s just me! To each his own and I don’t have to say yes. I’ll leave that to others 🙂

    1. Congrats on Feetures and Self starter. That is awesome news for you. I personally wear Thorlo Experia socks and would not change for anything! Everyone has a brand that works well for them. Sponsored posts are of little interest to me, and we usually only do them if it is a product we either really want to try, or feel it would benefit our readers. We also do not accept compensation (on purpose)!
      Pam recently posted…Project Repat….It’s hereMy Profile

      1. I’m pretty much in that camp Pam. Sponsored posts always seem to read disingeniously and it’s bothersome to me. And some people do them ALL the time which drives me even more crazy.

    1. Congrats about SELF! What a great opportunity! I’m doing the yoga challenge too, and I’m excited about it because I love yoga!

      I’m a new fit fluential and sweat pink ambassador and I’m excited, but I’m going to be really careful about what I choose to participate in. I don’t want to lose my voice and not be able to write freely. I really am looking forward to the opportunities to meet other bloggers, tho!
      Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home recently posted…What has running done for you?My Profile

      1. Thanks so much – I’m pretty excited! Being a part of communities is great, just takes a lot of willpower not to want to do all the things!

    1. I take yoga once a week and wish I could do it more often. It’s both challenging and calming at the same time. I can work hard and not feel spent at the end of class.

      Congrats on being a SELF Starter! That sounds so freakin’ awesome!
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      1. I do it at least once and struggle to get it in more but always feel great afterwards and wonder why I don’t do it more often! 🙂 and thanks. I’m pretty excited!

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