An Unfulfilled Blogger

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Good evening!

I must admit this probably won’t be an upbeat post like I normally do. The truth is, lately I have been feeling a bit unfulfilled with my blog lately.

I don’t know what it is or what has possibly changed in the past couple of weeks, but I know that something has. I have been feeling like I am not helping people in the way that I want to or that my posts lately have lacked an inner quality or significance for me and for my readers.

Some days I have really struggled to even find words to type on the page. I feel like I should be posting about my workouts or meals, but to be honest with you at times that bores me to tears. And then I think, does anyone really care what I did for my workout or what I had for lunch? Maybe on the surface like I wonder what my friend did last weekend or what she ordered at that fancy restaurant. But not in a meaningful sort of way, if you catch my drift.

Yes, blogs can be a much needed diversion in the middle of a long and stressful day, but does that mean that it always has to be a happy-go-lucky and easy on the eyes topic? I don’t think so.

I think the reason that I have been feeling unfulfilled with Oh She Glows lately is because I feel like I am not reaching out to enough people or helping people in the way that I want to. Sure, it is fun to chat about light hearted topics like fashion or your favourite toppings on pizza, but I realize that I need more than this if I am to sustain my blog long-term. I need to connect with people in a meaningful way. My main reason for starting this blog was to help people and lately I just haven’t felt like I am having an impact like I once did.

This post is not meant to be a pity-party or anything of the sort. I know that I put a lot of effort on here and that my readers enjoy it, but I am just saying that I may want to channel my efforts in new directions.

Let’s face it, you can read food/exercise blogs until you are blue in the face. How many are there out there? Tens of thousands? Do I really need to add to the pool by logging my workout or a new food product review? Or holding another contest? I guess these are the questions that I am currently struggling with.

This is not meant to criticize any blogs out there because all of them are wonderful in their own way and I know how much effort it takes to put into one. It would be silly to imply that there is no value in discussing any of these things because there most certainly is.

My main point is that I want to make a difference with this blog. I want to feel good about what I write and that it is meaningful to those who spare some time in their day to come here. I am just not sure how exactly I can make the changes I feel like I need to make.

Thoughts/Opinions Welcome, as always.

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Christy March 24, 2009

I personally love reading everything you write, whether it’s wellness related or not. You are very interesting, and your enthusiasm for life shows in all your musings.

Have you thought of adding an “Ask Angela” feature to your site? I’m sure you get tons of questions via emails and comments, but I am sure people would want your help/opinion and would ask if given the right outlet for it.

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Erin March 24, 2009

I have been inspired by many of your poses, but the ones that stuck out to me were the ones where you dicussed your inner wellness, success stories, personal growth and inspirations. I feel you have a way with wording your emotions and helping us to relate to them. The posts you’ve had on not only your physcial changes but moreso your emotional changes as well made me say “I feel the same way too”. You don’t boast or put yourself on a high horse which I find sometimes in other fitness websites/blogs. You are so relatable, even if it’s something as small as getting your hummus lid stuck or overcoming college weight gain! I hope I helped you remember how much you do help!

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Jenny March 24, 2009

I’m sad you feel this way :( I love your blog. True, I read several, but for different reasons.

Maybe you won’t make a difference to everyone, but to me you give great advice and I love to hear what you drink/eat, etc.

In FACT, just the other day I thought about you. It was random, and may sound weird, because I don’t know you from Joe Schmo (haha), but your little Glo bakery came to mind when I was watching TV regarding a woman who started her own business: LARABARS! You’re so fun and sweet. Don’t you ever feel bad again!!! :-)

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Annie March 24, 2009

Angela, I have just recently discovered your site, but I think I have read all most all of it now! You have given me new hope for my health; you helped me see that I can overcome my binges and be strong and beautiful. Seeing what you eat and how you work out has been really helpful to me- please don’t think that these things are not helping people! It is hard to find someone else who has been through this, and seeing what you do is one of very few ways I get to see what a healthy lifestyle can be like! Yes, there are others out there who do this, but your unique perspective has been the most effective on me.
I understand feeling unfulfilled with what you are doing, so I’m not trying to dissuade you from changing the site to better suit what you want to do. But please know that you are, indeed, reaching people.
I look forward to seeing what you do with this site in the future, and I will keep reading, no matter what you post, because your writing is amazing!
Thank you so much for your great site and all the inspiration it has given me.

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Bree March 24, 2009

definitely don’t underestimate how much you help…i can’t even tell you how much you’ve given me a boost in the right direction ;-) i like the “ask angela” section idea…and i think i know what you’re talking about…you want something to make your blog stand out and be MORE…cuz that’s how much passion you have about this stuff! :-D perhaps once you get that nutrition certification you can add a section for people to sign up for nutritional counseling through email on your site? and i’m sure once you get your glo bakery up and running things will start getting into a better schedule and will start flowing again…don’t worry, be happy! :-)

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Lindsey (Mrs. LC) March 24, 2009

I agree with you. Sometimes it’s so easy to get caught in the trap of basic, boring posting of “workout, breakfast, lunch, dinner, life”. Like that’s all fine and dandy, but I agree in the sense I have many of the same feelings regarding my own blog – I don’t want it to be just another blog about random food and stuff. Which is exactly why I’m working on a new format/ layout and such for my new blog.

One suggestion – this can be beneficial for both you and your readers. But since you seem to mainly be a food blog, then have one “food” post a day, with either a great recipe or a fun new smoothie combo, or something. And then you can divide up other topics for other days. i.e. Mondays can be Fashion Days, Tuesdays can be Home Reno Days, Wednesday can be whatever wacky thing you feel, Thursdays can be days for sharing what you’re thankful for, and Fridays can be “fitness fridays” with fitness tips/ stories from the week. Or F.A.Q. Fridays where you answer questions you’ve gotten over the week. Obviously a lot of fine tuning would need to occur, but it could help you create more of a focus that I get the sense you’re looking for (at least that’s what I wanted when I wasn’t feeling very fulfilled with my blog).

Hope that helps some, sorry I’m so long-winded, hope you don’t think I’m crazy!

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Jackie March 24, 2009

I read your blog everyday. You inspire me to eat healthy and I even make the green monster smooties once in a while. Your enthusism shows in your posts. So keep posting.

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Marian March 24, 2009

Hey Angela!
I only recently stumbled upon your blog as I only just started reading all of these amazing blogs! Yours really connected with me because I am also from Ontario. I find myself going back to your blog most because I can identify with you much more than many others.

Even simple things like what you got for groceries is much more interesting for me, because I know the stores and brands (LOVE bulk barn and was there yesterday too!). AND I must tell you that in the past week I have made the banana larabars and the chocolate chip larabars AND the tortillas that you’ve featured on your blog!

I must also mention that I also signed up for the Re-Fridgee-Eighter Run that you did! I ran it but only the 8K and it was my first race EVER but it was amazing.

Anyways, just wanted to let you know that I am loving your blog and it tops my go-to list!

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FoodsThatFit March 24, 2009

I totally agree with the feelings you are having. Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in how many hits, or comments a day I am getting, etc. I just have to step back and remember why I started it in the first place, FOR FUN! What I am trying to say is, try to remember why you started your site in the first place and try to get back to that place where it is fun again! I hope this makes sense…

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Annalisa March 24, 2009

Hi Angela — I am a long time lurker but your post inspired me to comment! I think the reason I read so many food blogs is for motivation. It’s kind of like high school/college — if all of your friends are eating pizza, what do you get? Well, all of my “friends” are eating different healthy food which inspires me to continue eating right and exercising. I learn so many new things. I think reading different blogs collectively allows for reinforcement, difference of opinions, and the different personalities to make it all interesting.

I agree with the above comment — a Q&A might help with writer’s block. I blog very haphazardly because it’s hard! I give you a lot of credit for posting as often as you do. It helps my day chug along!

PS — I live in Rochester, NY, across the lake from Toronto (you can see us on a clear day from the CN Tower), and seeing your photos from time to time reminds me how much I love it up there! Thanks again!

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Mara @ What's For Dinner? March 24, 2009

I read your blog each and every time you post, whether its a product review, Glo Bakery revelation, or posts about eating and wellness. I love each and every post!

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Hallie March 24, 2009

I understand what you’re going through. I’ve only been blogging for a few months, I have about 3 readers, but I still struggle with my blog’s direction and the idea of not just doing what everyone else does too. The nice thing about it being YOUR blog is that you get to do what you want, for yourself first and your readers second (in my opinion anyway). So if you want to change it up, go for it!

I’ll be 100% honest. When I first started reading your blog, I didn’t think I’d be able to relate to you that much, I thought, “She looks like a model, eats way more healthfully than I do, etc etc.” (I know, that’s MY self-esteem issues talking, but like I said I’m being honest) But I kept reading and you’ve become one of my favorite bloggers, just by being you, if that makes any sense. So I think no matter what you end up doing with the blog, the people who enjoy reading your stuff will still be there…and there are lots of us out there!

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Heidi March 24, 2009

Angela – I love your blog and find it incredibly inspiring! I came across it just a couple weeks ago, and I was instantly hooked! I am on my own journey to find my healthiest self, and your story serves not only as an inspiring model but is also full of invaluable practical advice. In fact, I made my first Angela-inspired Green Monster an hour ago! (I never thought I’d see the day I would drink kale!)

I am also incredibly inspired by your entrepreneurial spirit. I love learning about your experiences in starting Glo Bakery, and I respect your courage in tackling something that you are passionate about.

I think Lindsey’s suggestion is a great one – address different subjects on different days. This might be a way to lessen that ‘What do I post about?’ feeling.

Please keep blogging! And know that you have affected your readers – some of us are just not in the habit of commenting. I will try to participate more!!

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Christina March 24, 2009

I don’t comment often but I just wanted to tell you that I really love your blog. It has really motivated me to lead a healthy lifestyle – I even tried my first green monster smoothie this morning (and it was great!)! I’ll continue reading no matter what you write but I hope you don’t cut out your food and fitness posts entirely. You do a really good job at writing about self esteem and eating issues, maybe you could try including those kinds of advice posts on a regular basis.

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theoddbod March 24, 2009

i thought the title said unfulfilled burger before I opened it up ;) keep at it I am sure that what you want to do with your blog will come to you.

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Krista March 24, 2009

I love your blog and think you do a fantastic job with it! I’m sure that which ever direction you take it in, it will be a pleasure to read each day!

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AGS March 24, 2009

So sorry to hear about how you feel. Just a couple of thoughts. The first is that I love reading something that’s a bit cheerful and a bit of surprise (since you write about a lot of different topics) each day. A nice pick-me-up. The second thought is that I think you have a real knack for this kind of writing. I have looked through a few other blogs, and find your writing style is not just well-organized, but a creative use of this medium. You have a real “voice”.

So, my final thought, is that perhaps a blog is a bit like a relationship — sometimes more exciting than other — but you still see growth as things go along. . . perhaps, like a relationship, you could try out some new things. I think that you could (perhaps!) use the blog as an opportunity to explore writing. Just an exmaple (not saying you have to do this!) you could try writing about days you envision in the future — how you will feel on the day the bakery opens, what you imagine will be your upcoming business/baking challenges and how you will handle them.

Please, keep blogging. It *does* make a difference.

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brooke March 24, 2009

you are nuts. your blog is wicked.

your food ideas, the recipes you develop totally inspire me to try and experiment in the kitchen.

plus…i think its hard to be constructive about your own work. you give great advice, awesome fitness ideas (like freakin salsa dancing and ab workouts) and people like to get ideas for what the balls to eat for lunch.

keep it up!

what about doing book reviews/ guest posts???

i dunno. i likey it the way it is. :)

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Kayzilla March 24, 2009

Angela, I was actually attracted to your blog when I read your FAQs. A lot of times, you did touch up on hard issues, and along side to that you had great meals that inspired me to try new things with my own meals. To be honest? I have yet to get bored of seeing what you’ve eaten today, and what you’ve done for exercise. It inspires me to play with my food a little, and get out there and do something..as weird as that is. (I guess it’s a general positive influence that you get from positive exposure.)

But I can defiantly see how you’d get bored of that. I’ve tried making my own food blog once, but honestly, I felt like tearing my hair out after a couple of days. It really does get boring reeeeal fast.

I say do what you feel! I’ll support you. :) I think your website is excellent, you’re an awesome person, and I want to continue reading more. If that means touching up on risky issues, giving advice, and just generally taking a break from the usual food&workout post, defiantly do it! I think when you’re happier with your posting, it shows, and that’s even more of a positive influence on the rest of us.

I really liked Lindsey’s suggestion. Though, I would find that to be a little bit tough to stick with myself. Why not just generally touch up on whatever subject interests you that day? If you feel like posting poetry about pansies in the yard, that’s cool. If you feel like posting about wrestling on TV that you saw that you felt was out of this world, that’s great. If you felt like talking about how you think keylime green is a terrible color for shoes, go for it. Hell, try finding a “writing ideas” book and pick a writing question from that and blog about it. Whatever you choose to do, whatever topic you want, this is your personal thing.

When it boils down to it, I just hope that you can be happy and continue blogging, because I enjoy every entry! :)

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Kaneil, balanceisbest March 24, 2009

I just read all of the comments above and don’t want to be repetitive – but I think you know how much I love OSG! Your blog was the first one to catch my attention – each and every day. Just keep truckin and your heart & mind will lead you in the right direction. I know how you feel about wanting your posts to be meaningful. I struggle with it every day! I love Mrs. LC’s suggestions…I’m sure you will find ways to make the site more fulfilling for yourself.

Hang in there! You’re doing an awesome job, friend!!!

Kaneil, balanceisbest

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Carolyn March 24, 2009

I like your blog…Haven’t been reading these things for too long but, you know you are very busy with the bakery plans now… maybe that is overwhelming doing the blog at this moment, because that is so exciting on it’s own…On another note can you PLEASE figure out how to replicate the Apple Pie Larabar…? I have been experimenting but the intense apple flavor is hard to capture.. love your other Larabar wanna be recipes..! Hang in there with whatever you decide.. Love your energy.. to whatever you do..

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Steph March 24, 2009

Hi Angela!

Like Annalisa who posted above, I am a long-time lurker and felt that this was the perfect time to come out of hiding! I LOVE your blog. I actually stumbled upon it randomly by doing a search for “30 day shred” on youtube, and im so glad that I did! I can very much relate to you, and find you to be a total inspiration. I am not yet at my goal weight, but seeing and reading about your experiences give me hope for the first time that I can actually have the body that I have always dreamed of! I love how you are constantly addressing the emotional side of eating and working out as I feel it is what is so fundamental to really making a change. I especially loved when you wrote about gaining a little weight after being off of exercise with your injury. It showed all of the readers that you are only human, and just like the rest of us! I think that is why so many people love your blog- you are so honest and easy to relate to.

I am from Oakville, Ontario but am currently living and working in Bermuda. I love reading your blog as it reminds me so much of back home! I now make at least one green monster a day (try it with the unsweetened chocolate almond breeze and some peanut butter- AMAZING!) and have made many of your other recipes. I too am somewhat of a vegan but eat the occasional fish. Skinny Bitch had the same impact upon me and has changed my eating habits forever. I have not come across another blogger with whom I have as much in common with.

Please keep on doing what you have been doing! I think it is great. As much as I love checking for all of your posts throughout the day, perhaps you would feel less burnt out if you only posted once? Another idea- have you ever looked into all natural health and beauty products? They are all that I use after researching the horrible toxins and chemicals that are in most of the products that women use today. “Gorgeously Green” is a great book. This may give you some new ideas for posts. Also, because you love baking and beauty so much, why not make some healthy all natural cosmetics and beauty items of your own? I would LOVE to read about you doing something like this!

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Chelsea March 24, 2009

Angela

I am a longtime reader, first time commenter.

Your blog is one of the only ones that I read everyday, and as I am in university I find your posts so inspiring! I love hearing all about your weight loss endeavours, your road to health, your workouts and your eats. I love seeing how you balance your life and show that you can be healthy without deprivation!! Please continue to blog, I will remain dedicated, I promise!

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Bethany March 24, 2009

I want to echo what Hallie said. When I first started reading your blog I thought I wouldn’t be able to relate to you because you seemed too perfect. I love how real you are and how you tackle the difficult subjects along with the light-hearted ones. Your “road to health” series was great, and it had an impact on my eating habits. You show how living a healthy lifestyle is not only possible but enjoyable as well! Your blog is wonderful!

I really like that you mix it up all the time, and I never know what to expect in the next post! I think you’re doing a great job. Keep it up!

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Rachel March 24, 2009

I’m so sorry you feel this way! I read every day and have been from the very beginning even though I don’t comment often. You are probably one of the most positive people I met and it’s very refreshing to read. I love how it’s not a blog about JUST food or JUST workouts, it’s about your new bakery, make up, fashion, fitness and everything that’s happening with your life. I love that you show pictures of your renos and your kitty. Another thing that makes this blog one of my favorites is the honesty. When you gained some weight due to your injury, you told us about it. Most bloggers would be scared to say that or people just won’t admit it. You are very inspirational and I doubt anyone is bored with your blog.

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Jenny March 24, 2009

First, I can relate to your “unfullfilled” feeling lately. I want my blog to be more than just my food and ramblings, but honestly, lately it’s all I’ve had time to put effort into.

I’m sorry you are feeling this way, I think like anything else, we can just get into ruts sometimes. I love your blog, and I think it is a wonderful inspiration to anyone and everyone who wants to live healthfully. I will keep reading no matter what, and I look forward to any and all new things! :)

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Aimee March 24, 2009

I have seen a million Green Monsters out in blog world, so people are taking your advice.

I agree with Abbie that you need to think about why you started this blog and why it was fun in the start and not so fun now. I blog because it is fun and I have learned about so many neat recipes/products/exercise ideas. It is also a lot easier for me to run every day when I log on and read about other people that are also training for races, and I can read that they have their ups and downs to!

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Christy March 24, 2009

Angela,
You are such a great inspiration. I loved your road to health and overcoming binge eating series. Things like that–where you really tackle the hard stuff–helps so many people.
I love reading about what you ate, about the running beast, about green monsters and sketchie…but I feel like you seem happiest when you are tackling the hard subjects. I like the previous reader’s suggestion to do an “Ask Angela” segment. I think that’d be great! You could tackle the heavier things that are on people’s minds right along with the fun stuff. It’d be a great way to address what is really on peoples’ minds and make a difference. Keep up the great work!

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Kate March 24, 2009

ANGELA!
I’m all the way from New Zealand, and am addicted to your blog. You’re an inspiration.
I need to lose 20 pounds, and I love seeing what you do for exercise etc and what you eat.
I understand where you’re coming from etc but if you need reassurance that people love your blog -HERE IT IS!
I’m checking your blog like 3 plus daily. My number one blogger site by far!
Be happy and keep up the GREAT FABULOUS work! xoxoxo

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Nina March 24, 2009

Hi Angela, I’ve recently discovered your blog and I’m hooked! :) I look forward to reading your posts every day and you’re a total inspiration to me. Like many of your readers, I have become addicted to your “Green Monsters”. :) I used to be a health nut years ago but then s#*@ happened and I fell off the wagon. Discovering your blog has inspired me to start eating healthy, wholesome food again. Thanks!! I can also relate to your story because I used to weigh around 20 pounds more than I do now(mainly because of my love for sweets and nighttime binges),and I was unhappy with myself. Oh yeah, I’m also from Ontario (Ottawa), and I love seeing your selection of groceries and products that you buy. (I love Bulk Barn and PC Organics too!). Please don’t think that you’re not making a difference. You’ve certainly made a difference in my life.

Cheers and Good Luck with Glo Bakery!! :)

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Meghan March 24, 2009

True I read a variety of food and fitness blogs each day, when I have time, but I feel like I draw something from each of the different women who writes them. Yours radiates a positivity and grace that is refreshing and really something to look forward to! Just know that you are inpsiring people to live better. Though I do understand that if you are not feeling good about it, our words won’t truly matter until you find what can make it more meaningful for you. Best of luck, but we will be here reading!

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Jess March 24, 2009

I LOVE your blog and I know that since you inspire me SO much, you inspire others as well! Everyone here loves you and looks up to you for a variety of reasons. You are so positive, and have a great attitude such that I really, truly look forward to reading your blog each and every day. Good luck. I am sure you will find some way to help someone-you’ve got a wonderfully kind heart :)

<3 jess :)
xxx

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Sarah March 24, 2009

Angela,

You have tons of readers and from all the comments above, it’s obvious that everyone really loves and appreciates your blog! Your blog is about food & exercise with a little fashion & beauty thrown in, but remember that it is your blog, and if there are other things you want to write about, go for it! Don’t be afraid to cover topics that aren’t bright and cheery. Rant and rave if you want. Get people talking and thinking, it doesn’t always have to be green smoothies and workouts. Everyone started reading because of an interest in health, but I think we’ve all stayed with OSG b/c of a connection to you.

Also, and maybe I’m totally off-track here, but I know the blog started as a fun hobby and now it’s one of the main things that you do along with the bakery, so maybe that’s adding extra pressure for it to be totally fulfilling. It used to be something you did when you weren’t at work, so you probably never had a chance to get bored with it b/c you didn’t have the time.

You have loyal readers now, so I think you can take OSG in whatever direction you are inspired to take it in. Good luck!

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Faith March 24, 2009

Angela,

I have recently discovered the world of health/fitness blogs, but in the short time I’ve started reading them, yours quickly became my favorite. You are such an inspiring, open person, and your blog truly reflects that! I love reading about your workouts and daily meals…they give me great ideas!

And can I just say that you are a true recipe genius!

Thanks for all the time and effort you put into your blog, it is really appreciated!

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ari March 24, 2009

i’ve never commented before but i’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now and i can say that it definitely is meaningful to me! i’ve recently began my recovery from an eating disorder and reading your blog and seeing how you coped with no exercise for so long and you still allowed yourself to eat what you wanted has really helped me. i often feel incredible guilt if i skip a workout and before recovery i would rarely let myself eat over 1000 calories if i hadn’t exercised that day. reading your blog and seeing how normal women live and cope with life’s challenges is really helping me, so please continue! and thank you!

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Bree March 24, 2009

P.S. I open my fridge/freezer/pantry…and I see almond butter, apple butter, avocado/guacamole, veggie burgers, ezekiel bread, LOTS MORE organic stuff, raw almonds, FLAX, etc.!! NONE of this stuff was there before OSG!! :-D

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Red Head, Yellow Dog March 24, 2009

Your blog is inspiring and will reach out to people by showing them what a wonderful individual you are and how you are living your life: in a healthy way, mentally and physically.

I think it’s great that you feel the need to continue striving to reach more people and do more to help. I hope you ALWAYS feel that way because that is what will make you continue to grow and learn about yourself. That doesn’t mean you need to feel unfulfilled but instead for you to continue your journey as a blogger and a person. I know we all struggle with the thought “Is this it?” and I think you are taking the right approach and saying “No! I can do more and make an impact!” Which you can and already are!

Thank you for all of your hard work!!

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carolinebee March 24, 2009

aw everyone’s comment are SO sweet :D I reiterate ALL of them. I love your blog- and i definitely feel that it’s one of the more professional, far-reaching blogs that I read. I struggle with your feelings of like, “who cares??” But honestly, SO much of why I blog has to do with the whole community, and support system, and friends I feel like I have made “here”. I have a huge smile on my face reading comments, and commenting on other people’s blogs! I think as with anything, we can fall into a “rut”, and it may take time, or a few changes to get out of it…I think your blog is always changing and maintaining my interest- so keep it up!!!

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Kris March 24, 2009

Angela,

You have touched so many people, that is clear from the comments above! I feel like we should all be doing something to make you feel as good as you make all of us feel. Don’t ever forget the impact that you have had on so many, in different ways.

Your talent inspires me and I am positive that your website will continue to be exceptional, no matter what direction it takes.

xo

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Nicole March 24, 2009

Your writings have inspired me to eat better and take care of myself and my family. I have recently switch to organic because of having my son. We have also been eating more fruit and veggies. Your postings have help me try new foods. I have a green monster every day for breakfast now. Its amazing.

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