One month down

February Candy hearts valentine's stephanie hughes stolen colon ostomy crohn's blogIt’s amazing how quickly time goes by. I have often been told by those older than I am that it just gets faster every year, and that definitely is the truth.

It seems like just yesterday I was sitting here mapping out my goals for the next year, and suddenly one month is already done and over with. But I am very excited about the great start this year has gotten off to.

  • It has been the best month so far for The Stolen Colon. It makes me really look forward to the year ahead in blogging!
  • I got a new design on the blog and have more ideas in store.
  • I submitted my application to NCSU’s grad school.
  • I have made my bed 32 out of 32 days.
  • I am working on eating better, fresher foods. I’ve been enjoying some green smoothies in the morning 🙂
  • Jarrod and I have a new budget in place that I’m really excited about. It’s pretty strict, but still gives us room to have fun, while getting our current debts paid off. And we actually did a great job at sticking to it for the first month!
  • I’ve been getting to bed earlier and waking up earlier for a morning workout. (Not every day, by any means, but I’m working on it.)

So now, on to February. It’s only day 1, but the month is quickly filling up! But with lots of good things: there are so many birthdays of my wonderful friends and family; I have several networking opportunities set up; the Super Bowl is this weekend.

Not to mention that Valentine’s day is in a couple of weeks. My husband and I don’t usually go all out for Valentine’s, but we do usually mark the occasion in some way. I suppose we should since Jarrod proposed to me on February 13th! And I do like the reminder to celebrate the love that you share in your life.

And finally, training for the Team Challenge half-marathon officially starts this month! We’ll have a kick-off party and the 16th and then the training begins on the 23rd. I am looking forward to going through the entire 16 week training this season, since last year I joined a little late in the season. It’s going to be a great season and I am really looking forward to getting to meet everyone who is involved!

I have pretty much touched on my goals for this month.

  • My main goal is to be prepared for the start of Team Challenge season and to work hard to bring in some other runners in the area.
  • Continue the “early to bed, early to rise” routine and morning workouts.
  • I also start therapy on my wrist, so I am hoping for a strong recovery and being able to get back to all of the activities I’ve been missing out on.
  • Beyond that, I am going to continue honing the budget and being good at sticking to it.
  • And I am looking forward to spending time with family and friends and celebrating the various events throughout the month.
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A great start to 2013

And I have all of you to thank for it! This year is off to the best start possible for The Stolen Colon. Already this month, the number of views on the site is higher than any other month (with the exception of the weeks right after I had my surgery) and there’s still a week left!

Also, just this week, we hit over 20,000 views! This makes me so excited about what’s still to come this year. I am looking forward to meeting new people, learning new things and sharing new experiences. Please, feel welcome to join in on this community. I would love to hear from you! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement.

Welcome to the NEW Stolen Colon!

I wanted to go ahead and implement the first in a series of changes that will soon be coming to The Stolen Colon. I had originally hoped to unveil all of the changes at once, but I was too excited to wait! Plus, I haven’t quite figured out the exact changes I want to make. And as I get better with Photoshop, who knows what will be next!

I hope you enjoy the new, updated look. I’m looking forward to continuing to make this blog even bigger and better!

New year, new look

I may be obsessed with Photoshop. At least my husband would tell you that. He’s had to get on me pretty much every day for the last week to turn off the computer and go to bed.

It has been pretty frustrating, as I mentioned before, but I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. You can see my lovely handiwork displayed yesterday’s post: Let’s get real about ostomies. I’m still just figuring stuff out, but I’m looking forward to getting better with some more practice and exploration.

Stolen Colon logo sneak peek update crohn's ostomy blog

As soon as I get a pretty good grip on it, I’m planning on giving The Stolen Colon a face lift. I’ve been working on it for the past several days and already, the current look is feeling primitive and outdated. Hopefully I’ll be able to get that up-and-running soon. But for now, here’s a sneak peek…

I’m back!

I mentioned the other week how I’m hoping to make some changes to The Stolen Colon. Basically, I’m hoping to host it myself, do some redesigning and just have a more hands-on experience with the whole thing. So I switched over to a new server on Wednesday and everything was fine at first. But then I hit some sort of glitch and have not been able to log into my site for over 24 hours. I have been going out of my mind!! I felt like such an outsider, not able to connect with this world that I’ve come to love. I can’t believe it took me this long to figure out I can just switch back to the old server. (Duh!) So I’m back home. And it feels good.

P.S. This has also affected my emails, so I’m sorry if you tried to contact me and I haven’t responded. They’re not back on track yet, but hopefully will be soon.