Two years ago today, 11/25, I decided to do something… crazy. Not only did I decide that I was going to serve ENCHILADAS at Thanksgiving, I decided to find a piece of myself again. I logged on to WordPress.com for the first time, and Suzlyfe.com was born.
Two years later, today, 11/25, as I look at what Suzlyfe has become, I struggle to find the words to capture what this blog has meant to me. What it continues to mean to me. Part of the reason that I named this blog Suzlyfe is that, well, it really is a life blog. Not a lifestyle blog. Not a fitness, or health, or food blog. Suzlyfe encapsulates what it is to live a life that throws you curve balls just to see how you react and if you can bounce back. What it feels like to laugh one moment and cry the next. To celebrate victories that you never could imagine and then remind you of just how human you are.
Suzlyfe is both a journal and a textbook. Not for you–I don’t come here to tell you how to live your life, but rather to remind me of how I should live mine. To remind me of all the highs of my life, and when the lows feel overwhelming, to remind me of just how much those highs outweigh them. To remind me to stay humble, but also to work hard, play hard, and to laugh at and with myself as often as possible.
But above all, Suzlyfe has given me the chance to connect. With readers, bloggers, businesses, experiences, and with myself.
When I started Suzlyfe, I felt lost–I was working as a waitress trying to pursue a field that didn’t seem to want me while my husband had a clear path that was paved for him. I was still too pulled between worlds to feel that I could find a place that would let me be. Suzlyfe became that place. Suzlyfe became my therapist. I told Suzlyfe my stories, my recipes, my jokes, the ins and outs of what I was going through.
The past year has been more of the same–feeling caught between worlds, passions, and where I “should” and “shouldn’t” be. But I think I finally stopped fighting the multifaceted nature of my life–the question of “what do you do”–and decided to embrace it and let it encompass something more, and insodoing, I finally found the title of my dreams: Coach.
What is next for Suzlyfe? Isn’t that the magical question. I have no intention of altering my mission statement for both my blog and my life. And my motto, well, now it is part of business cards, so it better not change.
To choose favorite posts from this past year would be like choosing favorite days, or favorite parts of me. I loved writing my Confessions posts of earlier this year, letting you all even further inside my crazy. Of course I love the posts where I talked about blowing my own damn mind (in Phoenix and in Chicago). I love writing about food and nutrition and how it brings us together. I love writing about going home–wherever it might be at the time. Remembering time with friends new and old, putting booze in hors d’oevres and other crazy concoctions, and getting away from everything. Time spent with family, time spent with my husband, laughing at Zoe.
Suzlyfe reminds me, on a daily basis, of how God Damn Lucky I Am, and how much I love my life. Not because it is perfect, but because it is mine.
Because it makes us all laugh, and writing about my life has selfishly given me the privilege of making you all a part of it.
The last giveaway of Suzlyfe Blogiversary Giveaway Month is Oatmega Bars (Giveaway now up!). Don’t worry, you will still have a full week to enter it, but I couldn’t think of a more fitting day to start the final giveaway than on a day of thanks. And on’t forget that this is your last day to enter the Bogg’s Trail Butter Giveaway!On her second blogiversary, @suzlyfe just wants to say THANK YOU #fitfluential #thankful #sweatpink Click To Tweet
I would love to hear from all readers, new and old! Please say hi and tell me what you wanted to be when you grew up!
Thank you to Amanda for letting me think out loud!