Friday Confessions {A Personal Plee}

by Lauren on February 22, 2013

Hello there!

I need to start this confessional with something a little more heavy.  It’s been on my heart for a few weeks and I know that most of you are starting (if not already) to catch on. Obviously, in the past month, the voice of this blog has taken a few turns.  While I’m still trying to post from my open and honest perspective, there is a lot that I’ve been holding back and this comes intentional.  I’ve actually questioned whether I should stop the blog altogether because I feel like my (read: incredible) readers are starting to feel betrayed that I’m not as authentically open and raw that I once was. My writing and this blog in particular, is so very important to me.  It keeps me grounded, it gives me release and it serves a deeper purpose in my life. I have every intention of getting back to writing a few more personal accounts but right now, you have to trust me when I say I’m going through some deeply personal things that I don’t wish to discuss, nor do I think it is fair of anyone to ask me to reveal.  I’ve been getting a ridiculous amount of comments that accuse me of being an impostor for not confessing my intimate situation or emotions and I have to say, it’s truly disheartening. I understand that I’ve developed a place where people go to read a part of who I am and I will always remain true to that, but right now, I’m going to tell you that I need to back off from my open vulnerability.  I hope to write about it one day, but for now, please know that my blog may be taking on some changes.  I promise a slew of good recipes, health advice, some product reviews, and of course, more personal ramblings, but yes, the tone is going to change.  I really don’t need or want the understanding, I just would love the respect.  Truly, you have all been amazing over the years and I really don’t know where I would be on this part of my life without this blog or the beautiful relationships that have resulted from it.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for understanding and thank you all for reading.  That is one confession  is the most honest thing I could say right now.

Now, moving on to a week of random confessions:

Confession #1

I know I mentioned before that I was so blessed to have a good network of friends that I already knew in Chicago but now I feel even more rewarded by the incredible friendships I’ve been developing as well.  All of my coworkers are truly amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better “family” to take me under their wing in this new city.

 

Confession #2

My deep affection for wine is only getting stronger by the minute.  Working in a wine bar has literally forced me into a whole new appreciation for the art of drinking and believe me, I’ve been doing my fair share of it. Some nights, work consists of a glass of Pinto and some skillets for dinner – probably not what you were expecting to hear, but I’m confessing the truth here.  If I had to be honest, I’m feeling a tad guilty about my overindulgence of alcohol these days, but really, it’s nothing crazy.  I probably have a glass almost every night which is more than usual for me, but ultimately, I’m okay with it.  I just want to keep it at that.

 

Confession #3

Look at what came to my doorstep yesterday!

Oh how I’ve been waiting for you!  The new Chobani flavors have been all the talk this past month and I’ve been holding out on buying them knowing the fabulous girls at Cho would be sending me a case to sample.  They are fantastic and I owe my Greek yogurt loving self to these ladies.

So, the newbies are pear and banana and I’ve sampled them both.

Pear was first and I really enjoyed the first bite but the more I ate, the more I realized it was just a little too sweet for my liking.  I definitely like the Apple Cinnamon better, but this was a nice change.

The one I was most excited about was the banana.

I had this for breakfast in quite an epic yogurt bowl creation if I do say.

Banana Chobani, banana, blackberries, 1/2 of a TJ’s banana protein muffin, almonds, chia and sun flower seed butter.

While I liked the banana better than the pear, it was also a tad sweet for me, especially for a yogurt bowl breakfast.  I think next time I will pair it on its own with some chocolate chips for more of a dessert.  Now that sounds perfect!

Confession #4

Living in a city has its perks and for me, one of them happens to be the concept of relying on walking for quick transportation.  Often times I will need to park a few blocks away from the office or from work and since I really don’t mind to walk, it hasn’t been an issue.  (Well, aside from the severe cold) Another reason is because of a fun new product I was sent to test out.  Fit In The Clouds  is a portable shoe concept with the intention of providing “comfort for your feet that fits in your purse.”

The company sent me a pair to try out and I’ve been loving them!  First, how adorable are these flats?

Second, I love how convenient it is to just throw this little pouch in my purse and keep a pair of comfy flats with me at all times.  We all know I’m a fan of uncomfortable heels, but now knowing I can still wear my wedges but have an alternative to hustling around the streets of Chicago gives me great peace of mind.

 

Fit in The Clouds has offered to giveaway a pair of their foldable fats to one of you!

To Enter: 

Leave a comment on this post with which style you would most like to have.

Additional Entires: 

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I will select one winner in next week’s Friday Confessions post.

 

Hope you are all enjoying life and thank you all for being so incredible supportive as I try to balance out my new schedule and life happenings right now.  You all rock!

 

 

 

 

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