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B Bar May Linkup -- Preparing for the Future

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B Bar May Linkup -- Preparing for the Future

In recent months, I’ve meant to join the B Bar linkup and have always missed it by a day or two. The B Bar theme for May is Future. Victoria and Meg are asking participants to answer these questions:

What are you doing now to prepare for your future?

What do you think you should start doing to create a better future for yourself?

Great questions, ladies. Couldn’t be more perfect timing. Keep reading for changes.

B Bar May Linkup -- Preparing for the Future

What are you doing now to prepare for your future? I honestly feel like I’ve been creating a future for myself since the day I moved to New York City four years ago. Four major races, three apartments, two full-time jobs, and one blog later, I’ve learned more about myself than I can write about in one blog post. In short, I’ve learned that I can simultaneously juggle and succeed at multiple things at once. While I’ve enjoyed every step of the way, I’ve recently come to the realization that I need more time to simply live my life. I need more time that isn’t spent at a desk, in a pair of running shoes, or behind a screen. I’m not quitting my full-time job or ending my racing career. That leaves blogging. So, what does this have to do with preparing for the future?

B Bar May Linkup -- Preparing for the FuturePhotography by Nick A. Urteaga

What do you think you should start doing to create a better future for yourself? Something’s got to give (or at least change), and it has to be blogging. No, is not entirely going away. But recently I’ve been thinking about how I need to change my blog to create a better future for myself. As my friend Sam and I recently discussed over brunch, it’s not okay to sometimes sacrifice living a healthy lifestyle in order to spend time writing a blog about health. It just doesn’t make sense. After conversations with a few blogger friends and reading a B Bar article about the future of blogging, I decided that Memorial Day would be the perfect time to make a change. I’ll be starting the summer by publishing only one (kickass) blog post per week. If we’re being honest, I’ve been posting less frequently over the last two months. From now on, expect a new blog post every Wednesday. There may be occasional exceptions for me to share time-sensitive content, but I’ll be sharing only my best content once per week. There may also be some format changes to, so stay tuned for that.

If you’re not following me on Instagram, now’s the time to start. The party is primarily moving over to Instagram, and you should join in. I’ve been sharing a lot of fitness fashion and race training photos over the last few months, but I’m going to start sharing more of my boutique fitness and general city experiences. Consider my feed a busy girl’s healthy guide to New York City. My captions will act as mini blog entries to share reviews of my latest experiences with you. Giant exhale. Honestly, I should have made this decision at the beginning of the spring. I love being part of the healthy influencer community in New York, but I think I can provide more, real-time value by doing less. There will be a blog post published on Friday, but the Wednesday schedule will start next week.

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  • Reply Mecca

    Kudos for putting yourself first and doing what’s best for you. We often neglect to do that.

    May 20, 2015 at 8:48 am
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      Thank you! It wasn’t an easy decision, but I think it’s so important that we all remember to take care of ourselves.

      May 20, 2015 at 8:39 pm
  • Reply Lauren


    I love this post. I have been feeling the same way – how am I supposed to write about a successful lifestyle if I can’t even live the life that fuels it!? You’ve given me a lot to think about. Now I think we should discuss over Cyc and drinks!

    Chat soon. – LP/PRB

    May 20, 2015 at 10:34 am
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      Thank you, lady. I know I’m not alone. It’s tricky to work full-time and blog at the same time. We all need more time to relax and refresh. Emailed you about CYC!

      May 20, 2015 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Rachel

    Good for you for not sacrificing your health to write about it…a lot of times I feel like I have to do certain things when it’s not really true and I can and should say no or slow down. Great lesson!

    May 20, 2015 at 3:34 pm
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      I appreciate that. And I’m right there with you in thinking that I have to do certain things. There are few things in life we have to do. The rest should make us happier and better.

      May 20, 2015 at 8:49 pm
  • Reply Meaghan - The Fit Crasher

    YES – agree with all of the above and am so proud of you for making a change to create a healthy life on + off line. Get it girl. Can’t wait to follow along.

    May 20, 2015 at 6:40 pm
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      Thanks, Meag! You’re the best support system. Let the summer of fun begin!

      May 20, 2015 at 8:51 pm
  • Reply Meg & Kelly

    GOOD FOR YOU, EVANN! Absolutely love this post. The right decision is often not the easiest, so kudos.

    May 20, 2015 at 7:02 pm
    • Reply Evann Clingan

      Thanks, ladies! Happy has to win out over the tough decision sometimes.

      May 20, 2015 at 9:00 pm
  • Reply Jordana

    It’s great that you took a step back to think about your priorities and decide what really needed to be changed in your life. Figuring out where to put our energy can be so complex – especially when we have so many interests!

    May 21, 2015 at 7:49 am
  • Reply Jess Zimlich

    I think it’s great that you have acknowledged that it’s time to scale back. Quality over quantity anyways, right? ;) People usually look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I’m going to pass on an event because I’ve already got a workout scheduled, but they’re important to me. I’d rather save up for a time when I really don’t want to miss out. Workouts are also one of the first things I schedule each week. This was a really great post :)

    May 21, 2015 at 2:42 pm
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