There's that misconception of what others think of you based on what you post on social media. What some don't realize is that people ONLY post what they WANT you to see/know about them. I'm pretty open about personal things, but I don't post EVERY single thing. There have been multiple people ask me if I just run and blog full-time because that's all I post on social media, but the answer is no.
Outside of running and blogging, I work full-time for the clothing brand Young & Reckless/Reckless Girls. I oversee Women's Domestic Production and recently started design/production of Women's Accessories. I have been working with Y&R for almost 4 years now and I can honestly say that I love it there. I have learned almost everything I know about the fashion industry while working for Y&R. I'm always asked how I landed this job and it all began with an internship. I was going to school at Cal State Northridge full-time and started interning for Y&R my last year of college. Some days were tough because aside from school and interning, I was also working part-time at Best Buy, and there were times where I'd have to do all 3 in one day. I was fortunate enough to land a full-time job with the company the same week I graduated from CSUN. It's been really amazing witnessing the growth of Reckless Girls since the very early stages of the line.
You make time for things that are really important to you, therefore, I always make time for running. I bring my work out clothes with me and change at work, that way I can head to my run or workout right after leaving the office. At first, I didn't want to label myself as a "Runner" because I didn't feel like I was one, but now I realize that when I'm dedicating time, effort and looking forward to my runs, it's okay for me to admit that I in fact AM a runner. On average, I run about 20 miles a week, sometimes more, sometimes less.
This past week, someone told me, "Sh*t, I would be running if I got free stuff too". That really offended me because I don't run for anything other than to better myself. When I first started running, I didn't know any of this would happen to me. I simply started because I wasn't happy with myself and I wanted to make a difference. I now run because it's something I truly enjoy. I never do something for the wrong reasons.
I enjoy writing, so I don't find it difficult to keep up with my blog. I have never experienced "writers block". When I start writing a new blog post, I just go with it, I never brainstorm before.
Time is all we have. Always make time for the things that make you feel alive.
xo, Diana Karen