It’s almost Christmas! Today we’re celebrating Christmas with Carl’s side of the family and I must say, I beasted the crap out of some homemade Pinterest gifts. Like, I felt like any second choirs of angels would start singing and confetti would burst everywhere while fireworks shot into the sky. Instead all I got was Carl singing and talking into an empty wrapping paper tube, but he was very impressed with my skills, so I’m considering my endeavors properly celebrated.
First, I want to thank everyone who took my survey for Something Winnderful. I’m soooo happy with the feedback I got that. I think my biggest relief was how many people chose Social Saturday as their least favorite category. To be honest, it’s my least favorite category too. I love featuring and meeting bloggers, but to put the post together every Saturday was starting to get more and more of a hassle. Thankfully I can stop Social Saturdays without feeling too bad.
So for the final Social Saturday, the honor goes to my blogging buddy and real life in person buddy Kristin! I had the pleasure of being a bridesmaid with her in the Gay Pride Great Gatsby wedding. We bonded over the fact we’re sane individuals and the fact we might actually have to murder the crazy maid of honor. Since I’m so lucky to have her in my life, it’s only fair to share her with you all!
Tell everyone a little bit about your blog and how it came to be.
I’ve always been a writer. Ever since I could spell I was pumping out poems and short stories (That my mom probably still has…ugh.). So when I discovered the magical world of the internets one of my first obsessions was LiveJournal. I wrote in it daily for years. It was friends only of course, because only those who could make the effort to comment to be added could really be trusted A few years ago, I ran a Fitblr on Tumblr and really, really loved it. It helped me with my weight loss and kept me motivated. The best part was that I seemed to be motivating people in return. But then I started college and fell off the wagon, and with my lack of working out came the burn out of my Fitblr as well. About a year ago, I decided to start a blog about my daily life. It was more of a diary though, and I ended up deleting it because I was frustrated. Back in August, after hearing my good friend Katie talk about how much she loved blogging, I decided to go ahead and give a legitimate blog a shot. So My Year in the Making was born. It’s a lifestyle blog where I write about my cats, my likes and dislikes, and any random project I’m attempting to tackle at the moment.
What inspired the name of your blog?
Initially, My Year in the Making was a personal challenge for myself. I put back on most of the weight I lost before college, and there were quite a few things on my bucket list that I wanted to accomplish but never got around to them. I decided I wanted to accomplish all these things in a year. But this semester almost killed me, so I decided to just make it more of a “take everything one day at a time” kind of challenge. So each day is a year in the making, if that makes sense.
Why did you decide to start blogging?
In the LiveJournal days, I just really wanted an online journal. I actually made a few friends from LiveJournal that I still talk to today. One of them in particular I essentially consider a sister even though we’ve only met in person once (I think. Maybe twice?) I loved that form of community. And when I read other people’s blogs and saw that they had that same sense of community, I wanted to be part of it too. Also, I knew how much Katie loved her blog, and how much I loved reading blogs like Katie’s, and I wanted to play too!
What is your most unusual trait (physical or personality wise)?
Sigh. I suppose it would be the Gnome collecting. I just can’t quit them!
You fully embrace the crazy cat lady title—why do you like cats?
I just really relate to cats. They’re cute, they like naps, and they’re kind of assholes. I’m cute, I like naps, and I’m kind of an asshole!
What inspires you?
Seeing other people accomplish they’re goals. It makes me go “Hey! I can do that too!” Also, my hero Lena Dunham (I really want to read her book.) and double stuffed oreos.
What’s your favorite memory from 2014?
Oh man, it’s so hard to pick just one. The Michigan trip in August where I got to meet like 30,000 of my boyfriend’s 50,000 relatives was so great, and Kate’s wedding weekend definitely is up there too.
What do you look forward to in 2015?
The plan to get healthy! I can’t wait to do the Whole 30 in January. (Except I can kind of wait because RIP cheese.) Mine and E’s two-year anniversary, my new internship, and a whole bunch of other random stuffs.
If you could pass on only one piece of advice to a person, what would it be? (blogging or life related)
Don’t ever let someone else tell you how to live your life.
Cats, gnomes, inspiration, Kristin’s blog is certainly an eclectic and worthwhile read. Go visit and be entertained!
But before you go stalk for hours, make some blogging buddies for (the last) Social Saturday!
New to Social Saturday? It’s pretty much the rebel of all the link ups. The purpose is to meet new bloggers and get some blog love, so go right ahead and comment on all the the links if you like, I’m not here to judge. If you feel compelled to, you can link back to here or share a tweet or something. There’s no harm in spreading the word about this linkup.
My only request is that you link up real posts, not giveaways or only sponsored content. The point is to get know each other’s blogs, not get free promotion for your giveaway or sponsored post. I understand sometimes those posts need the extra exposure, but just be mindful and don’t take advantage of the linkup.