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30 Days Later


Wow… It’s simultaneously hard and not hard at all to believe I last wrote a month ago. And has it ever been a crazy 30 days! While I was on my blog hiatus, the following events transpired:

Switching from one unit in the hospital to another October 7
Finding my wedding dress (!!!) October 10
The one-year countdown ’til The Big Day October 11
The fourth anniversary of meeting my fiance, Ian, October 17
Buying my wedding dress October 18
Our first engagement party (wedding party meet-and-greet) October 19
The first anniversary of this little old blog October 25
Ian and me beginning our wedding registry November 2
And Ian and me celebrating our fourth anniversary (ten days early) November 2

So, yeah… I missed blogging about quite a few important events. But to be honest, some days I was too exhausted or too preoccupied to even remember to post. Some days, I thought about posting, and I felt relieved that I had an “out” of sorts. To be honest it was nice to keep some private, emotional moments to myself or among family, such as purchasing my wedding gown. Even if I had posted about some of these events, it’s not like I could’ve shared photos with you.

I never meant for blogging to overwhelm me or become a nuisance; I began blogging because I genuinely love writing and sharing my journey publicly. I know with certainty that I needed this time to do some soul-searching about whether SWASOV was something I wanted to continue right now.

Here’s what I have decided to do:
For the time being, it doesn’t appear that being a daily poster — which is still one of my greatest aspirations — will come to fruition. But on the flip side, I always feel this sense of obligation to post some apology or excuse for not having posted if I go more than 2 days away from the blog. In the future, I plan to post when I can; if that means every day for a week and then not at all for 5 days, I’m going to stop fretting about being a “regular” poster. Among the blogs I read on a regular basis, each blogger posts when she can, not necessarily on a set schedule. All that being said, I have a number of topics I am *planning* to write about in the near future — like the “results” and what I learned from my October Strength & Selfies Challenge!

I love my little space in the blogosphere, and I truly appreciate all three of you (haha) who are out there, reading my mumbo-jumbo. I’ve just decided that life is too important and too short to try to post every single move I make. This past month, I experienced the joy of truly living in each moment instead of trying to conceptualize when and how I would blog about it.

If you’d like to keep up with me on a daily-ish basis, you can find me on Instagram (annekendall) or Twitter (@girl_emerging).

Thanks for sticking around during my absence, and I hope you’ll continue to read in the future! 😉


Extra! Extra!


Best of evenings to you, blends! I have some news for you tonight, and it’s a bit of a mixed bag…

After giving it serious time and consideration, I have decided to take a hiatus from Sarcasm for the month of October. You’ll still be able to find me on Twitter (@girl_emerging) and Instagram (@annekendall), but I won’t be around these parts again until November One.

Everything is okay, I promise. There is just a lot going on in my life right now, particularly with regard to my schoolwork and my internship. Blogging has begun to feel more like a burden than a pleasure, and that is something I want to nip in the bud right away. For nearly two years now, I have absolutely L.O.V.E.D. blogging and sharing my life, my fitness and weight-loss journey, my anecdotes and shameless photos, and my healthy-living saga. I used to feel that I had nothing but time, and yet serious writer’s block; these days, time is a valuable commodity and I have so much I want to write about. I don’t want blogging or this little niche in the blogosphere to become something I feel obligated to do as opposed to something I genuinely look forward to doing.

That being said, this month off is exactly what I need. This decision wasn’t made lightly, but several critical factors played a major part. First, I’ve grown weary of beginning every post with some variation of “Sorry it’s been so long, but…” and playing catch-up. I have always aspired to be an avid daily blogger, but I’m not getting any closer to that goal by blogging in a way that feels forced. Second, I am experiencing more stress at this juncture in my grad school career than I have in the past two years. I know where my priorities lie, and I am committed to being the best counselor-in-training I can be. Which leads me to point numero tres: me-time. Mental health and well-being requires that I know myself well enough to know when I need to cut back on the things that are not truly vital. I hate to admit that blogging is not one of those things, but just for the next 30 days or so, it needs to take a back-burner while I get through the busiest part of the semester.

I do still plan to take part in my October self-challenge, Strength and Selfies. I must admit that recently I’ve only been interested in cardio and today I skipped the gym altogether… but a future-forward effort will be made nonetheless! I anticipate having lots to share with you when I’m back!

Thanks in advance for understanding! Catch me on social media, otherwise I’ll see ya next month! 😉

P.S. I’ll miss the first anniversary of the new site while I’m “away,” so here’s a premature HAPPY BIRTHDAY(!!) to Sarcasm with a Side of Veggies!

Oh, Black Friday


…is the bane of my existence.

…is the most anticipated and yet most dreaded, belabored day of my shopping life.

…is the reason my bank account is weeping.

…is one of the least efficient days to be bustling around busy malls.

…is the first day I find it acceptable to listen to Christmas carols.

…causes my blood pressure to rise higher with each store I visit (especially Target).

…does not excite me quite enough to wake up before the sun.

…makes me feel humbled by and grateful for all of the blessings in my life.

…causes me inexplicable stress, even though I have a meticulous Excel spreadsheet logging every item purchased and every penny spent.

…somehow excuses me from proper driving etiquette, granting me permission to lay on the horn for any reason.

…makes me wish Christmas were tomorrow — I absolutely love gift-giving!

…prepares me adequately for the next 30 days of frenzied holiday madness.

…is the day before my family and I pick out the most perfect Christmas tree (from a lot). When Ian and I first started dating, I told him that we go out into the wilderness every year and cut down a tree ourselves with a lumberjack saw. Oops 😉

…is one of my favorite days of the year!

What did you spend your Black Friday doing?

Hurricane Sandy Thoughts


This is one of those rare, few-and-far-between times I wish I had a roommate. Last night, I was lackadaisically watching a movie and sipping tea. I enjoyed a chapter of a new book, watched the idiotic undergrads playing football in the pouring rain until the police ran them off, and made a mental to-do list. This morning, I filled every large container I could find with water. “Just in case.” Did three loads of laundry. Kept my laptop and cell charged. Rearranged my porch furniture in the event of high winds and/or paranoia. All of this last-minute hurricane prep would be much more exciting if I didn’t live alone.

Every school on the East Coast cancelled classes today. Oh, wait… not mine. In the past 48 hours, I have received no fewer than nine emails from various personnel. If none of you are delivering exciting news, please stop blowing up my inbox.

If Kroger runs out of wine, I can’t be held accountable for my actions. In the event of a natural disaster, it is scientifically proven that texting a nearby sorority sister, “If classes are cancelled or we lose power, expect wine and me on your doorstep,” will reduce chronic boredom. Now, I just need to pray that the wine selection holds out until I can arrive at said sister’s apartment…

The Jersey Shore hotspots may be wiped off the map. I don’t know whether to be upset or to laugh maniacally. Somehow, I got sucked into six seasons of utter ridiculousness. I guess now that JS is over and everybody’s old married people, Karma doesn’t serve a purpose?

Loss of power = loss of sanity. Enough said.

I keep wavering between “this is pathetic” and “this is too exciting” when it comes to the news. I’ve been glued to the boob tube all. damn. day. Maybe it’s the swirly colors on the “Sandygrams” CNN keeps looping. Honestly, it’s 2:30 p.m. and not a thing has happened in this area.

P.S. How are you coping with Sandy and the effects of the storm(s)? Stay safe and dry out there!