Happy Birthday to Sweet Success!!

Posted June 5, 2015 in blogging, blogiversary, giveaway, Life Equals, workout, Justin's Almond Butter, yogi, Zumba, Yurbuds, Goody, Gimme Organic, probiotics, birthday, Juice Beauty

Sweet Success is 4!!

I can't believe I've been blogging for four years! It's been an incredible adventure. I'm so grateful for you! All of your comments, likes, favorites, retweets and love make working on Sweet Success so worthwhile.

Ever wonder how Sweet Success got started? Well....

I was working as a reporter at the Kearney Hub, my local newspaper (above is an illustration of the life of a newspaper reporter), and all the writers got the opportunity to start blogs. I was the only one to go for it. Although my news beat was education, I got to blog about whatever I wanted. At the time, I had just completed a Couch to 5K program and had run a few 5K's, and I was starting to eat healthier. Living a healthy lifestyle made me feel so empowered and strong, I wanted to share what I was learning with others. So I started blogging about health.

I started out sharing healthy recipes I was trying, tips I found to be helpful, my own healthy living journey and wellness programming we were implementing at the newspaper. We also shot videos of me trying new workouts! I need to bring back the Sweet Success videos!

In August 2013, I got a new job at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, the local university, and left the newspaper. Before I left, I asked if I could take my blog with me. It was a long shot, but I loved blogging so much I wanted to keep it going. I had also already built a following with Sweet Success, and I didn't want to have to come up with a brand new blog. Luckily, the publisher and my editors decided to let me take Sweet Success with me!

In May 2014, I relaunched Sweet Success with a new design. Since then, I've been working to improve the blog every day.

I even attended FitBloggin in Savannah, Ga. in July 2014. I learned sooooo much about blogging. (and got lots of sweet swag!)

Also in July 2014, I began taking health coaching classes through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I'm graduating in June, but I'm already taking clients! IIN has been life-changing. I'm more knowledgeable about nutrition, self-care, weight loss, finding balance and so much more. Besides opening up a new career opportunity, it's made me a better blogger. Find out more about my health coaching here.

I still have a lot to learn about blogging, and I have lots of goals. (Read about my blogging goals here.) But I'm loving the process! I've also met lots of amazing bloggers (in person and online). I learn so much from them every day!

My goal with Sweet Success is to inspire you. Inspire you to try new recipes, move your body, love yourself, dream big, find your happiest self and work toward your goals.

To celebrate the fourth birthday of Sweet Success, I'm having a giveaway!!

I'm including a few of my fave healthy items plus a few other fun products I thought you might like...

  • "You're One Workout Away From a Good Mood" canvas tote from 24 Hour Tees
  • Yurbuds (!!!!)
  • Probiotics from Life Equals
  • Justin's Almond Butter (you get my fave flavor - Vanilla - along with others)
  • Zumba Max DVD + $25 Zumba Wear gift card
  • Yogi Tea Kava Stress Relief
  • Juice Beauty The Organic Solution Green Apple Peel Sensitive
  • Gimme Organic Roasted Seaweed Snacks
  • Goody Hair Ties (my faves for top knots, which I wear in yoga class)

Enter here:

*FYI: Some of these items were given to me for giveaways (thanks 24 Hour Tees, Life Equals and Molly!!), but I bought most of the items myself!

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