Today I have my HLS ’12 Roomie + Blogger + Friend- Renee Benda from Bendiful Blog. I am beyond excited to host Renee today in my digital home digs! She is one of my role models and inspiration stories that remind it’s possible to do it all.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and Bendiful Blog
I’m a 32 year old mom of two boys ages 6 and 4. I also left my job during my blogging days and started my own company helping small to medium sized businesses navigate social and digital media. It’s been an interesting past few years and I’m happy people seem to be enjoying riding along as my co-pilots.
Bendifulblog was born as a social media and digital advertising blog. I talked about new apps and how-tos on new social media platforms. After a few sporadic months of writing I realized other people were doing a better job of writing those types of posts.
I just beginning my own weight loss journey and decided to change directions and write about my journey. It’s been a long journey and a I’ve lost 64 pounds to date. There are ups and downs as with any journey and I still for myself enjoy looking back over the posts.
What inspired you to start your blog and share your pursuit to healthy living?
I started writing about my journey after seeing a photo of myself that was taken while my son was in the hospital recovering from surgery. The picture was spread across social media and was such a good moment in my sons recovery, I should have been happy but I just kept seeing a person I didn’t recognize anymore holding my son. It was at that point I decided it was time to make some changes and put my own health on my priority list.
What advice would you give to women who crave living a richer/full life?
I’m a huge believer in the old saying if you’re bored then you’re boring. Everyday there is something new to learn or see. I find it hard when people tell me they are bored. I don’t understand that.
With the internet so much information is available right at your finger tips. Pick up a new hobby. If there is something you have always wanted to try I promise a quick google search will put you into contact with so many other people who can help you. It used to be you had to know someone, now with pinterest and youtube we can learn tons of new skills in an afternoon if we want.
My entire life growing up I had short hair, which means I never learned to braid hair and as a little girl. And with two boys I also haven’t gotten to as a mother. But I’ve been watching youtube videos for months trying to figure it out for myself. That’s probably a bad example but you can do the same with any number of new activities.
I think keeping your heart and mind open allows new opportunities to find their way in. And talk to everyone you see, it’s a great way to learn new things as well!
Would you mind share your go to Morning Ritual (Routine)...
My mornings often look like the chase scene in scary movies! I wish that was more of a joke but with 2 small boys and a dog I never know what I am up against. My husband leaves for work by 6am everyday so I’m alone in getting the boys read for their day. I try to wake up at least a half hour earlier than my little guys, that’s usually about the time my husband leaves for work. I get to enjoy one quiet cup of coffee, maybe get in a quick yoga sequence and start to get myself ready. After that it’s off running. I make lunches, find school clothes, find socks and an extra pair of socks because again you NEVER know. I make breakfast, we eat, pack our backpacks
I start to review the blog posts, review clients facebook/twitter pages and schedule some posts. Usually about this time I catch up on some morning news and finish getting everyone ready. By this time it’s about [8:15] we start watching for the school bus, once my oldest is on it. I pack up and get the youngest to school and get ready to start my own day usually right around [9:15].
What are your go to self-care tools and experiences that restores you to your best self?
Yoga has seriously become my go-to for me time. I need the stretch and centering. It can be a class or a tape of even a quick morning sequence.
My flexibility has improved and it gives me a little time to tune out my mind and the nonstop list of to-dos that I usually have swirling around up there. I really enjoy the class yoga setting and try to schedule one per week. It’s just a nice time to be one with myself and enjoy some quiet.
Plus when mommy Is away it gives my husband and sons sometime to enjoy all the things that they enjoy. I think it’s important as women and mothers to really take a few moments a week to stop and just listen to ourselves. It’s easy to get caught up with all the things we have going on, but being able to take a deep breathe and a step back from all the movement really can be the perfect way to recharge yourself.