When I started Whatevs… in 2007, I chose a Blogger template with a shockingly bright pink background. It made sense to me at the time. I had no awareness that the pink was so hard on the eyes; it was not just ugly, it was literally hard to look at. There was a big photo of me somewhere near the top, wearing my ironman finisher medal, smiling the smile of someone who just completed a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run with her entire family cheering her on and a hot slice of pepperoni pizza in her immediate future.
It’s been six years since Whatevs… was born. I still have that ironman finisher’s medal. Now it’s in a box with dozens of other medals I’m about to donate to Medals for Mettle. The family who greeted me at that finish line has grown since then. In addition to a niece and nephew, now I have my own family- a husband and a daughter who I’m sure I daydreamed about but never clearly pictured in 2007.
My blog has evolved with me, from single ironman triathlete, to running mama, and it has seen all the stages in between- ironman triathlete in a relationship, burnt-out triathlete with a fiance, married, re-energized triathlete, married runner, and pregnant athlete. My blog has born witness to my cross country move, my courtship with Dan, and the joys and the agonies of being a grown-up (e.g. homeownership, driving a stick shift, marriage, parenting).
So… with no further ado, I invite you to celebrate with me The Official Unveiling of Whatevs’… New Look! Isn’t she pretty!? Elaine Griffin Designs is responsible for all the Pam-ness/True Whatevs-ness of the redesign. I contributed my opinions on what fonts are awesome (Songbird) and which ones I can’t stand (Comic Sans), and what I want the reader to feel when they visit Whatevs… (in addition to feeling like reading the archives all day long), but Elaine made it come to life.
Thank you for being here. Whether you were shaking your head like “Oh my god, the pink screen, I am so glad you nixed that!”, you discovered this blog today, or you’ve just known me forever (Hi, Mom!), thanks for reading.
To express how grateful I am for my readers and in celebration of the blog’s new look, I am offering a giveaway! Leave a comment (in the “leave a comment’ field at the top) telling me how you have evolved- maybe you relocated, got a new job, started school, ended a relationship, dyed your hair, lost weight, started a fitness routine, conquered an addiction, took control of your finances, committed to healthy eating, sold your car and got a bike, got a new perspective, took up the viola, found yoga, found God, became a parent, sent your kids out of the nest… you get the idea.
Share a snippet about how you’ve evolved in the comments and you will have a chance to win a $25 Target gift card. The winner will be chosen at random after 8pm MST Wednesday October 2nd, 2013.