I’ve been trying to think of ways that I can include more of ME on my blog. I mean, sure, I have the occasional discussion post and I try to interject my personality into my reviews and some of my meme posts, but for the most part, it’s all books all the time around here. Which, you know, is fine because it’s a book blog. Regardless, I’ve been interested in branching out a bit lately so my readers can get to know me a little better. Something I hope you will want to do! I’ve tossed around a few ways to do this, but it all kinda came together the other night as I was blow drying my hair. (Which is, you know, when I get most of my good ideas. Well, then or while I’m actually in the shower.) It was then that Five Things Friday (or my version, anyhow) was born.
First a quick note about the name: I did several Google searches and see a lot of blogs doing various types of Five Things Friday posts, but not one that I looked at gave credit to any specific blogger for starting it. I don’t want to step on toes or be accused of plagiarizing, so I wanted to throw that out there. 🙂
My Five Things Friday posts may vary a little from week to week. I don’t want to make it so specific that I get bored with it and it becomes a chore. I might share personal things about myself (I promise not to overshare!) or things that’ve been on my mind as of late. I might share products I’m obsessed with or apps I can’t live without. I’m going to try to keep everything non-bookish, but that doesn’t mean some of my reading/blogging life might not seep in from time to time, depending on what I’m talking about. I think that’s fair, don’t you? 😉
I’m kicking off with some personal things. Might as well do it right… right?
I just recently started going back to the gym and I forgot how much I love it.
I’ve struggled with my weight for years, but when I worked retail it wasn’t AS big of a deal because I was on my feet for 8-12 hours a day. Once I hit 30, I started going to the gym again. I liked it, but didn’t love it. That changed when I got a “real gym” membership instead of using the gym in my office building. I went at least 4 days a week for pretty much three years straight. Until I didn’t anymore. I don’t know what even made me stop going, but it did. When I moved about a year and a half ago, I had planned on giving up my gym membership because I didn’t think there was a location close to my new place. Well, I never got around to doing that and I’m glad I didn’t. (As long as I don’t think about how much money I wasted those months I wasn’t going.) Why, you ask? Because I found a location about 10 minutes from my apartment (in rush hour traffic, even!) a few weeks ago.
Now, I’ve done some working out at home – both videos and using my elliptical – but there’s just nothing like going to the gym. The motivation is everywhere. I get on an elliptical and the person next to me is going faster? I push myself faster. I want to go longer and harder. I have a rough day at work? The first thing I want to do is sweat it out. I started “rewarding” myself by listening to audiobooks during my workout. And not during any other time. I want to know what happens next in the story? I gotta get my ass to the gym. I’ve been averaging 3-4 days a week, but I’d like to get that to at least 5 days a week. I’m confident I’ll get there, too. Not only am I doing something good for my body, but I find I’m just a happier person overall when I’m working out regularly.
I’m struggling with work/life/reading/blogging balance.
I don’t think this is a secret and I think it’s something that we all struggle with from time to time. Unless you’re a full-time blogger and then, damn it, I wanna know your secrets.
I didn’t have as difficult of a time balancing everything when I just worked, came straight home and spent the evening reading and blogging. But that got old. It’s one thing to do that in the winter, but now that the weather is nice (if hot) I find I want to be outside more. I want to feel free to do things with friends – or even go out running around on my own – without feeling guilty about letting the blog slip. Like I said above, I’ve been enjoying going to the gym which admittedly sucks up some time, but it’s time well spent so I’m not going to give it up. It used to be when I had a tough day at work, all I wanted to do was come home and read. Now I want to workout and do anything but sit still. I just have to learn to let go of the high expectations I have for myself and this blog and not be too hard on myself. Which I’m getting better at… slowly.
I’m obsessed with LuLaRoe.
If you follow me on Instagram or we’re friends on Facebook, you’ve probably seen A LOT of selfies lately. I’ve never really been a selfie person, but that’s all changed recently. Why, you may ask? Because I discovered a little clothing line called LuLaRoe. It all started innocently enough with their fun, colorful leggings. Then I realized that while the “buttery soft” leggings are amazing, they have SO MUCH MORE to offer than just those. I’m head over heels in love with their skirts and even some of their shirts. My wardrobe is now probably 60% LuLaRoe and I’ve never been happier or more comfortable. Being a curvy woman, it can be tough to find cute clothes. That’s not a problem with LLR at all. If I had a spare $6,000 sitting around (and an extra room for all the clothes) I would totally onboard as a consultant. Instead, I’ll be living vicariously through my friend who will be selling with them a little later this month. (I’ll also be hosting a party on Facebook if you’re interested in seeing what it’s all about.)
Why do I love their clothes so much? Just look at a couple of these outfits! (Just ignore the crappy quality photos… the lighting sucks in my apartment.)
I could talk about LLR forever (see above re: obsessed) but I won’t. I just love this company and how they empower women of all ages, shapes and sizes. Plus, the clothes are cute. 🙂
I’m not sure I’m ever going to be totally satisfied with where I am in life.
This is a strange one to explain and it’s deeply personal. I think the best way to explain is to talk about my current struggle between the side of me that loves the city and the side that longs to be in the country. When I was growing up in a rural area south of Pittsburgh, PA, I wanted nothing to do with the country. I wanted to be in the city. Or at the mall or anywhere but home. Now that I’m coming up on fifteen years living in DC (or the suburbs) and working in the city every day, I want to be anywhere but the city. I want to live in a place where I have a yard and a porch and quiet outside. I want to be able to run out and run errands any time of the day without worrying about whether or not I’m going to wind up in rush hour traffic. I want to have a parking spot if I come home at 8 pm. But I enjoy my job and the friends I’ve made here, so it’s really tough to think about leaving. I know I’d miss it and them. Plus, I’m pretty sure that if I did live in the country I’d want to be back in the city.
This is just one example. But, it’s a good one and probably the most fitting one for where my head is right now.
My name isn’t really Kimberly Faye.
*cue sounds of heads exploding* Haha.
But really. My real middle name is Bree and I never go by Kimberly unless you’re my dad. (Seriously, I don’t think he’s ever once called me Kim.) Kimberly Faye is a nickname given to me by an old roommate several years ago. At the time, I was working for a company called SkinMarket (may it now rest in peace) that sold crazy wild makeup which was a lot of fun in my early 20s. I regularly had to wear blue or purple eyeshadow and glittery makeup. One day I came home after our regional manager had visited and she’d decided to put ALL OF our new spring eyeshadow palette on my eyes – it’s been years, but I’ll always vividly remember those colors… fuchsia, teal, yellowish green and brown. She said I looked fabulous. I felt like an Easter egg. My roommate at the time took one look at me and said “You look like Tammy Faye Bakker. OMG. Kimberly Faye Baker.” (My last name.) The moniker stuck and it became the name I used on my social media accounts and email. (Replacing the previously used DIVABLTCH. Don’t ask.) It kinda took off and everyone’s always assumed it was my real name. I can’t blame them. But please, call me Kim. 🙂
And just for fun, how about a couple photos of me wearing SkinMarket makeup?
Yep. Purple glitter. Also a cigarette. Two things I don’t do anymore.
I’m sad this one is so small. I was wearing blue glitter eyeshadow. For the 4th of July. My eyelids were mint green for, I swear, a week afterwards.
Well, there it is. My first Five Things Friday post.
I hope you enjoyed it and liked getting to know a little more about me. 🙂
I don’t really have any questions to ask, but I welcome all comments!