Our friend Alice is the owner and creator of the blog Live Fit Love Chocolate, where she shares her love for food, staying fit and living a healthy lifestyle. No joke about her love for food–the girl is constantly sharing the most mouth-watering recipes. Her goal for the blog was to create something that women can easily relate to and to promote a lifestyle that is healthy, happy and most importantly, maintainable. After all, what would life be without chocolate?
How long have you been blogging? I’ve been blogging for a little over a year now. I started it during my senior year of college as nothing special, just an online diary really. But once I graduated college I decided to take it a little more seriously.
How did you come up with the idea for Live Fit Love Chocolate? I’d been pretty addicted to reading lifestyle blogs for a couple years until I finally got inspired to start my own. I really just wanted to use my blog as a way to journal my life, and as an outlet for the hundreds of thoughts I constantly have racing through my mind. I figured some people might be interested in what I had to say. So I started my blog, and just started writing anything and everything I thought of and it just grew from there!
What was the hardest part in getting started? I think the hardest part was just gaining the confidence to put my inner monologue on the internet. It’s tough putting yourself out there and opening yourself to criticism. But I was lucky enough to get really encouraging feedback from my friends about it, so that kept me going!
How do you maintain a balance between your life and your blog? It’s definitely a challenge. My family and friends always laugh at me because I’m constantly taking pictures of EVERYTHING. It can definitely be annoying to them sometimes when I’m making them pose over and over to get that perfect picture. At this point, they’ve learned to just accept the fact that I’m addicted to my camera, but that’s definitely something that’s been an adjustment for them. In terms of time management, I’ve learned to carve out at least an hour of my day to devote to blogging. It’s really something I do to relax, so I’ll blog while watching TV in the evening, or something like that! There are times when it can be stressful, especially if I’m traveling. But keeping a schedule and blocking off time to work on it has been a huge help in keeping me sane!
How do you stay connected with other bloggers and creatives like yourself? Going to as many events as possible! The Bloguettes workshop is a great way to meet like-minded people and other bloggers. I’m also always reaching out to other bloggers through email and Instagram to get advice and, if we’re in the same vicinity, to just meet for coffee and network! The great thing about the blogosphere is that it’s such a community and everyone is eager to network with each other.
What’s your favorite social media channel for personal use? I personally love Instagram. I’m such a visual person and I love looking at other people’s photography. I also love that it allows me to share a piece of my personal life with my blog readers, so they know the person behind the blog posts!
What’s your favorite social media to use for blog related stuff? Pinterest! I have gotten so many hits from Pinterest posts, even from old posts dating back a year ago. I still get hundreds of hits from a recipe that I posted last April.
Who do you look up to? My dad has always been my life inspiration. He’s always been an entrepreneur and a leader, so I always looked up to him for advice!
What advice do you have for others? Take risks and put yourself out there! You’ll never regret taking a risk, even if you fail. But you might regret it if you don’t.
What’s the best advice you’ve received? At my college graduation, Dick Costolo (CEO of Twitter) gave us this advice, and it’s stuck with me ever since:
“If you do what you think is expected of you, or what you are supposed to do, you will look to external sources for what to do next. You will be standing there frozen on the ‘stage’ of your life. Believe that if you make courageous choices, and bet on yourself, then you will have an impact. Don’t always worry about what your next line is supposed to be. There is no script. Live your life. Be in this moment.”