This year marks the three year anniversary of when I starting working with my beautifully talented sister-in-law on Pumps & Push-Ups. Brooke had started up this blog the year prior, as a way to share her interests of both fashion and fitness, as well as her journey with eating healthy and getting fit after having a baby. With my background in dietetics and our shared enjoyment and training in fitness, she asked if I wanted to join her in this journey. I was immediately on board! We knew we were the perfect team and that together we had a lot we could share with the world. I remember the first post I ever wrote; It was February, which is American Heart Month, so I wrote about heart health.
When we first started, I knew zero about blogging and didn’t have an account yet, so I would send my posts to Brooke for her to post for me. It’s amazing how much you learn over just a matter of three years: from working with WordPress, to photography layouts, to social media and how the blogging world works in general.
Since fashion was always a big part of Pumps & Push-Ups, I eventually jumped in on the fun of doing style posts and brand reviews. Getting together for “photo shoots” always ended up being an adventure. From finding the right backdrop to doing outfit changes in the car hoping passing cars or nearby pedestrians didn’t catch a glimpse.
While we managed to find a number of wonderful backdrops over the years, there was one in particular that was most memorable. As part of a sponsored post we did with Athleta, we decided to shoot on this small local beach that sits alongside the river that runs through our city. In order to avoid a potential audience of other beach goers, we headed to this spot during the wee hours of the morning. Not only was the hike there an adventure in and of itself, but the end result was perfect lighting and gorgeous photographs.
I love a good throwback, so two of my favorite brand posts that we ever did were this Christmas Sweater Flashback and this Summer Essentials post where we reflected back on how things have changed from our pre-baby pool side days.
We’ve had some changes here and there over the last three years but that’s what learning is all about, isn’t it?! Constantly adapting, changing your plan, and correcting your course until you get yourself right where you want, while having a whole lot of fun along the way! Recently we tried to shift the focus more towards fitness and nutrition, while adding a new element of waste reduction. But at the end of the day you have to stick with what works and in the case of Pumps & Push-Ups, its fashion and fitness. Since these are the two passions that drove Brooke to start this blog in the first place, it made sense to bring things back full circle to where it all began. So, starting this month, Brooke will be taking over as the primary blogger for Pumps & Push-Ups, as I focus greater attention on Project Less Waste.
While this isn’t goodbye it still fills my heart with overwhelming joy to look back and remember all the fun that we’ve had over the last three years working on Pumps & Push-Ups. If I wasn’t sitting in the middle of a library writing this right now, I’d probably be sobbing over a bottle of wine as I reminisce about the posts we created together and how enjoyable it is working with family on something you both consider special to you. Blogging is so much more when you share it with someone! 🙂
So, don’t worry – this isn’t the last you’ve seen of me. I’ll still be around as a contributor for nutrition and fitness related stuff. I also see a lot more fantastic collaboration between Brooke & I in our future!
Stay tuned for updates as to where you can continue to follow along on my less waste journey, coming soon!
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