It’s party time! Agent Athletica is 3!
This milestone calls for celebration, and celebration means presents! But for this celebration, you’re the one who’s getting the presents. I rounded up giveaways for a few of my most-loved active fashion brands and they’re going to be awesome. This week, I’m doing a new giveaway every day, so check back each day to enter, starting tomorrow (Monday). I’m so excited to share the fun with you, and I hope you are too.
Three years ago, I plopped down at my old, beat-up laptop, registered agentathletica.com, and signed up for a WordPress account. Suffice it to say I had straight-up no idea what I was getting into.
AA started as a pet project to fill my time while I was unemployed. I knew next to nothing about blogging, I just had a keen interest in activewear, a love of writing, a long-neglected fascination with creating websites, and an appetite for challenge. I spent literally thousands of hours hunched over my laptop working on the blog, fumbling my way through every step.
I’ll be honest, 18 months of unemployment was basically hell on earth. I was a miserable half-person, half-goblin, and I was so stressed that it led to an unprecedented barrage of illness and injury. I threw myself into my blog, treating it effectively like my full-time job, just as a way to stay sane.
On the other hand, unemployment taught me a lot of truly valuable lessons about resourcefulness and resiliency. And without that phase, I wouldn’t have this blog. I won’t go so far as to say I’m happy I was unemployed, but I can look back and see the positive ways it’s shaped my life today.
Besides me as a person, AA itself has grown and evolved so much since its inception. I’ve had my fair share of highs and lows, but I’m really proud of how far I’ve come. In the past year in particular, I feel like I’ve really been hitting my stride. My content is getting closer to where I want it to be. I’m managing the business aspects more smoothly and confidently. I’m getting better at photography. I’ve found better ways to balance my time, which means I’m now able to pursue other hobbies with less stress and pressure about working.
I’m optimistic that this next year of AA’s existence is going to be the best, both for you as a reader and me as the writer.
I’m so grateful for all of you for being a part of this whole production. You all are the real reason this blog is here. I’m so honored that you spend a little bit of your time with me.
A new way to follow AA
This blog bday week, I’ve got something new to share with you.
It’s been such a long time coming, but I’m finally starting an AA email subscription! The purpose of the AA emails will be to give you a quick overview of what’s new on the blog. This way, you can open up the email, see if any of the new content is relevant or helpful for you, and either click through or hit delete. Speaking from personal experience, emails are a really useful, low-commitment way of keeping up with blogs/websites without needing to remember to check the actual site.
In addition to a quick post recap, I’ll also use the emails to share extra tidbits: notes about new product releases, bonus tips, behind the scenes, awesome sales, and things like that. Emails will land in your inbox every other Friday.
Sound good? Enter your email below to be one of the first subscribers! The email thing is a brave new world for me, and I’d love for you to be part of it. The very first edition will go out this week!!
See you soon to kick off the AA bday giveaways! :)