All Good Things…

Hi everyone! I hope everyone is doing well and having a happy day so far. I have an announcement. A sad announcement but one nonetheless. I have decided to end my blog. I feel guilty, almost like I am quitting, and I am NOT a quitter. Dealing with this LONG hand healing process has taught me some things. I haven’t been able to blog because one-handed typing takes a long time and I was forced (kicking and screaming) to take some time away. I have come away with some perspective.

I have my struggles, like everyone, and I have a really hard time with the concept of balance. I tend to go from A to Z and I either do things really well or really badly. There isn’t a whole lot of in-between with me. I give 100% of my effort to everything I do and I take everything very personally. I know it may seem like not such a big thing, but it is. I become all consumed and I let things, important things, go to the wayside. Once I set my mind to something it is as if nothing else matters. Unfortunately, blogging started to fit into that category. I was becoming completely engrossed in this world sometimes to the detriment of my real world. I spent every free minute commenting on other blogs, posting on mine, and furiously not letting my google reader get on top of me. It was almost exhausting. Why I do this? I have no idea? This balls to the wall, all or nothing attitude is just me…a personalitily flaw perhaps.

But these last few weeks have opened my eyes again to a blog free world and what I was missing. Mainly, my husband. I know I gush over and over about what an amazing man I married, but it is true. Keith really is like no one else and he has more than proved those “in sickness or in health” wedding vows during this slow and long recovery process. But what I realized is that I stopped hearing him. I would always have one ear and one eye on my blog and my mind was never 100% with him as he told me stories about his day or a funny thing he heard on the radio that he knew would make me smile. But he never said a word. Not once, because he knew how important my blog was to me. But when I told him I was thinking of giving it up the sheer joy was written all over his face. I could read it plain as day. Yet, all he said was that he would support any decision I made. So, I have made it. I am saying goodbye.

I have a lot of business ideas and Keith and I have some real goals we want to accomplish and I want to put my focus on that. I want to be my husband’s partner as we develop and expand our business. I want to work on that with him by my side in a real and hands on way. I know you all will understand and I want to thank all of you for the love and support you have poured out to me over the last year. I have learned so much and made some true lifelong friends. I wish each and every one of you the best of luck! I will still keep reading some of my favorite blogs and check in from time to time. I know I will miss it and I am already feeling like maybe I don’t want to give this up. But I know I need to and I know I need to focus my energies and efforts on real money making opportunities.

Please feel free to email me, Kelly0412@hotmail.com, as I would love to hear from you. Or find me on Twitter (runnerkelly) or leave me the link to your Facebook page and I will send you a friend request. Please take care and know that I valued this time I had and wouldn’t have traded it for anything. :)

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138 Responses

  1. I was JUST thinking about you yesterday morning. I have so missed your daily posts, but I completely understand your decision. I too am an all or nothing person. I wish only the best for you!

  2. Aww well I’m sad to hear it but wish you the best of luck! Blogging really is quite time consuming… I’ll miss you!

  3. it was great to have known you and your husband. at least you know where your priorities stand and am proud of you and proud for you that youre able to make that distinction. good luck to you and keith on your future endeavours. and a speedy recovery!

    • Thanks for getting it…I don’t think I would have made this realization without this injury…so I guess I can find a positive that way….

  4. I admire your decision! I will miss your recipes and words of encouragement. Best of luck to you guys, ya’ll will do great.

  5. We’ll miss you but I think it is a wise decision if you were feeling that way. I wish you the best and hope you keep healing well. It’s going to be weird not hearing from you through here anymore.

  6. this is making me cry…but i totally understand nonetheless. i will be letting you know when i’m in austin girl!

  7. I know things are really frustrating and hard for you right now, but I think you have learned so much from all this. I think you are such a strong and smart woman, you can accomplish anything you put your attention on. You know I am always here for you. I hope you are feeling well! As always, you will be in my thoughts and I am sending much love your way!

  8. Aw, Kelly, this is sad. I mean, for us, not you. I so enjoy reading your blog every morning and getting to “know” you. I do understand and I’m glad you’re able to make a decision that will really enhance your life. Having a blog is time-consuming, so I see where you’re coming from. Good luck with everything in your real life! (*goes to sulk*)

    • Thanks Tracey…you were always one of my favorite blogs…your witty writing style is hilarious! I have a feeling I will keep popping my nose into your world from time to time!

  9. Wishing you ALL the best in your future endeavors! Your devotion to Keith, and to your marriage, is absolutely beautiful and I hope you have all the success and happiness you deserve!

    • Thanks Katherine! Keith is my life and I have let him become a second priority and that just wasn’t right. Goodluk to you pretty lady! :)

  10. Noooooooo Kelly noooo!! That makes me very sad- but I totally understand! Good for you for making a decision that is right for you, and best of luck on the business venture with your husband! Hope your hand continues to heal up quickly!

  11. Kelly,
    I am so sad :( but I’m so proud of you for taking this life lesson and using it to strengthen your relationship and open new doors. Maybe we’ll see you again on the blog (I sure hope so). You were such a bright spot in my day. I will email you on occasion just to say hi. I really hope your hand is healing and your heart is too. I will miss you very much. Hugs! :)

  12. This is why I adore you. I’m glad you’re doing what’s right for you. All the best. I’ll find you on Twitter;)

  13. Kelly,

    I have loved reading your blog and I have loved getting to know you. As your “friend”, I only want the best for you and for you to be happy so I am completely behind this decision!

    I feel the same way about blogging sometimes and I always just let my gut take me—which is exactly what you did!

    • Thanks Lisa! I know I will still keep up with you because you are one of Hilary’s favorites (and she is my best friend). Goodluck to you and Sean!

  14. I’m really sorry to hear this news but glad you’re doing what’s best for you. I would suggest only updating a few times a week, but I hear what you’re saying with all or nothing. Good luck to you!

  15. I am also sorry to hear you are giving up the blog, but it sounds like it’s the right decision. Best of luck in your next endeavor!!

  16. Well, you will be missed but you have to do what’s best for you!

  17. KKKEEELLLLLLLLLLLLYYYY!!! I am so bummed! I kept hoping that you were just kidding. I totally understand your reasons for ending your blog, but I am so sad. I am going to miss you like crazy. Facebook? http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=21425072 I understand if you don’t send a friend request because we are strangers. :)

    Best of luck to you, girlfriend!

  18. You will certainly be missed, but know that the simple fact that you are doing what is best for you is incredibly inspiring.

    • Thanks Katie! It blows my mind how many people are actually inspired by me quitting…it makes me wonder how many people out there truly love their blogs or just feel like I do but don’t know how to step away.

  19. I will miss reading your posts, but I love that you have found clarity and the strength to do what it best for you and your family. You and Keith have a beautiful future to enjoy together. I hope your hand heals quickly and you are up and running in no time. All the best to you!

  20. Wow, I didn’t expect this!! I will miss u a lot!! And I have learned so much from you – thank you! But I do understand you, totally. I am actually doing the same, cutting my time on the internet it can get very addictive. I hope we stay in touch!! I will email you soon, I have had some challenges in my personal life lately :(
    Love and hugs to you! Hope your recovery is going well!!

  21. While I am really sad you are leaving us, I am really happy for you at the same time. I truly loved reading your posts for your sense of humor, your advice, and your motivation. You do what you gotta do :)

    At least we are Twitter and Facebook friends so I WILL BE STALKING YOU. You won’t get away from me ;)

  22. Oh no Kelly, I am very sad you are leaving! I will miss your perkiness on Monday mornings! and your balls to the wall positive outlook on life! You have opened my eyes to many positive things and I will truly miss reading your informative posts! I hope your hand heals quickly and completely and you are back to the running machine that you are! :) us in the blog world will miss you dearly! I wish the best for you and Keith. Thanks for the e-mail address though, If I have running questions, I know where to go! Take care!

  23. Sigh. I miss you already.

  24. Oh hun, I’m sad to see you go! :( But I know that sometimes a decision that’s for the best can also be a hard one- and I’m sure you are doing the right thing for yourself. Goodluck with everything. And I hope the healing process goes quickly!

  25. Awww, I will miss your blog world presence so much– but I totally understand, and it sounds like you are absolutely making the right decision.

  26. Kelly,

    Will miss your blog but will continue to think of you and pray for a speedy and complete recovery.

    Though I wouldn’t wish your injury on anyone, I do know that things happen for a reason. Sometimes when God is trying to get a message across to us and we simply are too busy to listen it is necessary to hit us over the head to get our attention! This injury though horrific and incredibly inconvenient was successful in getting your attention and removing your other distractions in order to see what is truly important to you.

    Good Luck and God Bless!

    I will miss you but wish you and Keith the very best!

  27. Lovely Lady,
    First I hope you are well.
    Next, I think about this ALL THE TIME.
    I get caught up in it…and when I step away…its like whoa —- its SO MUCH better to step back from it , u know?
    I don’t know how/why people can post 3x a day…I always think they ought to give themselves time away because its kind of funny how they spend so much time just to keep us up to date on.every.single.thing.

    But I guess that is the thing. For some people they want to do it all the time and its their thing.

    I am trying to find a balance with it. And if I find no balance, it has to nil…stop it altogether…I don’t want to make it everything, so its nothing, or balanced moderation I think.

    If you do ever blog again, why not consider just posting every 2nd day or somthing? That is a trend that some bloggers are following now and it seems to work just as well.

    Also, commenting is a major thing. I get sucked into it way too often. So I need to clean out the google reader…and try to give myself a big reality check.
    To be honest, I rarely comment on many blogs anymore…but I still read them…so that still is like commenting. Ha.

    SO TRUE> REAL LIFE> so true.

  28. I’m going to miss you!

    We need to meet up sometime, since we are in the same neck of the woods!

  29. I started reading not too long ago so I kinda feel like I missed the bus on you, but I know exactly what you mean about the husband thing…when I read that I gulped and felt just a shade guilty! Good luck to you and wish you to best on your future adventures!

  30. Kelly – I’ve actually teared up reading this post. We’ve never met, but you have changed my life. After my boyfriend (and running partner) was killed in a car wreck a few years ago, I stopped running. I stumbled onto your site in February and started running again BECAUSE of this blog. (I’ve emailed you this before :)) I think my whole life would have ended up so differently if I hadn’t have found Healthy Living With Kelly! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! Words fail me, there’s nothing I can say. Just thank you! You will be so missed.

    • Oh Jess…this made me cry! Keith & I both remember you and your story and I am so glad you are in a better place! Please stay in touch! You have touched me so completely right now….words now fail me.

  31. I’m so sad to hear that you are quitting blogging, but I totally understand. You have to do what’s best for you. Take care and please keep in touch!! We’ll all be here if you decide to ever come back!! :)

  32. Kelly,
    You are such an amazing woman & I have enjoyed reading EACH & EVERY one of your posts. You have inspired me so much, especially on the idea of Mondays. There is NEVER a Monday that I get up & don’t think of you now. :) I wish you ONLY the best & I seriously understand where you are coming from with the blogging- I have feelings of that nature myself lately. It’s just a LOT of your personal time taken away- I mean, yes there are days that I love it, but most days I just kind of feel obligated. I’m right there with ya.
    Best of LUCK & please stay in touch!
    xoxox

    • Thanks Holly! I hope you still think of me on Mondays! I wish you so much happiness in the future and if you ever need anything just email!

  33. Kelly, this is sad news to hear – and by that I mean sad for us readers. But for you, it sounds like you are doing the right thing. I can totally see where you’re coming from and I’m happy you can spend more time in the “real world” now. Good luck with everything!

  34. You will be missed Kelly. I know exactly how you are feeling as I’ve had to pull back from the blog world too as much as I love it the Midgets and Husband are above that any day.

    You’re an awesome woman and Keith is very lucky to have you. Good luck in all you guys set out to do.

    I hope we can keep in touch and maybe even have lunch some day when I’m home in Austin visiting my parents, take care.

  35. Hey, this was my first day back really reading blogs from my honeymoon and I’m sad to see this post, however I do understand your reasoning and agree that real-life takes importance over blogging. I hope to still hear from you time to time and I might drop you an email. Keep in touch!

    • Congratulations! I was actually just thinking about you the other day and wondering how the wedding and everything turned out! I cant wait to see pictures! Please do stay in touch. I loved getting book reviews from you!

  36. Sorry to see you go but I get it! I wish you the absolute best and will send prayers your way. Take care and enjoy this beautiful life. I will miss your thoughts.

  37. I will miss your blogs, but I totally understand. I had to cut back to make sure I stayed focused on school. I still enjoy blogging as a way of keeping up with family and reminding me that I am still having fun while working very hard in school, but I have to set a limit. Good luck on your future goals! Hopefully we will hear from you from time to time. (o:

  38. Oh Kelly, this post is actually so inspiring…and very, very thought-worthy. You know, this is what I thought was going to happen – simply because I know the minute we step away and get into real-world situations, it makes SUCH a difference. Seriously!

    And, I think alot of people need to just step away COMPLETELY and not just whatever, because it still affects them. Once you can operate functionally in everyday life – then maybe it’s good for people. But not at the expense of your job, work, friends, social, etc.

    I admire this. I recognize I ain’t making no money off my blog haha. And, really if I’m reading blogs or worrying about posting something long and hard…well, I could be reading during that time right? Or watching a film. Or just baking just for the sake of it. Not to show or prove anything to anybody.

    God Bless Kelly. Your a star.
    :)

    • Thanks Jenn! I had a feeling that of all people you would totally get it!

      • Heart you Kelly.

        I hope you come back one day…and hope your pretty little hand heals. I’m sure I’ll be reading your name at the Boston Marathon a year or two from now – and if not, there will be greater and grander things for you (and your handsome hubby!).

        …and, I’m just glad I still have your cookbook ;)

  39. Kelly, I will miss your inspiring words of wisdom. I certainly hope you do something in the writting department. I love your humor and yes you have an amazing husband!! I will keep up with you through him and hey maybe I’ll see your smiling face at the gym. : ) 5.30 has not been the same since you left!!

  40. The world just lost a little sunshine….

    But I understand and respect your decision. I wish the best of luck to you and your husband. Take care of yourself…

  41. Ohhh Kelly, best of luck to you! I will miss checking in on you weekly (well, usually daily), but I totally understand everything you said. It actually makes me think I should possibly quit my blog to be a better girlfriend/sister/roommate. It is so easy to become OBSESSED. Anyway, I’ll cross that bridge when it comes.

    I know you only have great things coming your way!!! Take care, xoxo :)

  42. Blogging is great unless you are blogging instead of really living life. I think you made a smart decison…although I will miss reading your posts. Good luck with all of your plans. And with your recovery. :)

  43. I’ll miss your blog! Keep in touch. I’ll send you the link to my facebook page.

  44. I wish you the best.

  45. I’m just now getting back INTO blogging after taking most of my summer off (off from teaching and blogging) and I have to say, it was a good thing. I’ m nowhere near the talented blogger you are, but ALLOWING myself to just let it go was a positive thing for me. I am sad to see you go but I completely understand. I hope you will keep the blog online so we can refer back to you many MANY wonderful posts on running and healthy living. You are and have been an inspiration and I wish you the best!

    • Thank you so much! I am definitely going to keep the blog up…I won’t delete it. There is too much of me here to just erase it all.

  46. Kelly!! You are going to be so missed – but I can completely understand your reasoning I had to take a step back this summer for the same reasons – it was consuming me! Now I feel like I’ve struck a balance, but I know that’s not easy to do! Good luck with everything, the hand, running, hanging out with your hubby. See you on twitter! :-)

  47. Aw Kelly, I will really really miss your blog. I totally and completely understand where you are coming from. I can relate to what you said about not hearing your husband, I have tried to be better about that. I will be thinking of you on your road to recovery! You will be missed! Good luck on your recovery and new business ventures!

  48. I will so miss reading your posts. I believe you are doing the right thing right now but sooo hope you will be back :) Take care of YOU and your wonderful husband. All of this can wait. I believe you will be back and running before you know it. keep smiling :)

  49. I am sad, but we’ve thankfully created a great friendship that will hopefully continue over twitter and even e-mail.

    xo I’ll miss your blog.

  50. I will miss your enthusiasm and motivation! I wish you nothing but the best on your road to recovery and I’m sure the future holds nothing but wonderful things for you and Keith!

  51. Oh Kelly I’m going to miss you! I have loved reading you blog everyday and getting to know you. You are a really amazing person and I’ve found you to be a huge inspiration. I understand you decision and fully support you. You need to do what is best for you, and I’m glad you’ve figured out what that is.
    I wish you nothing but the best – and I will be checking in to see how you’re doing. :)

  52. I completely understand. I almost did it a few weeks ago. Sometimes this world really sucks you in and becomes all consuming. I think my husband would probably feel the same way if I stopped writing mine.

    I will certainly miss you and your blog. You have become one of my favorites and I hope you know how much you will be missed.

    But congratulations to you for making such a big and difficult decision to do what’s best for you. It’s never easy, but sometimes the right choice isn’t.

    I wish you all the best in your recovery, your business pursuits, running and everything else. Let me know if a trip to NYC is anywhere in your future – I would still love to meet you someday!

    • Thank you so much Lindsey! I really enjoyed your road to the BQ and I definitely want to stay in touch. We have a NYC marathon to run together!

  53. Good decision, Kelly. I’m glad you’ll be taking time to discover other passions and interests and to focus on the “real world” vs. the “blog world”.

    I go through phases with blogging and I currently feel like you do. Right now I just kinda post when I feel I have somthing exciting to say and I don’t get upset if I don’t…and end up not posting for weeks.

    I’ll definitely miss your posts though!

    Here is my facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=20901918

  54. Best of luck to you Kelly!

  55. Kelly,

    I am so sad–I absolutely love your blog-you are SUCH an inspiration to me and to other people!

    You have inspired me to work out, to watch what to eat and most important of all? Stay positive and be full of life!

    But I do understand why you are doing this–I was consumed by the internet in the past, it was affecting my relationship with a lot of people. Now my rule? I don’t use the internet at home, rather, I spend my time being with my IRL friends, family and more…and I spend more time being outside, exploring what’s out there rather than what’s on cyberspace!

    I wish you all the best, and I do hope we can email once in a while….

    You are the best and I know you will LOVE life even more now!

    • Definitely let’s keep in touch via email!! I would love that. I feel a real sense of loss right now but I truly believe this is the right, if hard, decision.

  56. Oh, no, Kelly :( I kind of abandoned the internet yesterday so I’m only just seeing this, and it makes me sad!

    But I do understand where you’re coming from. I used to stress out about posting every single day and commenting on everyone’s blog on EVERY POST but last month I decided to take it slow and not stress out about it and it’s been a lot better. It’s nice to enjoy your real life, even though friends you make on the internet are important as well. :)

    I wish you the best of luck in your recovery and I guess just in life in general! You’ll be sorely missed. <3

    • Mo, you are so much older than your age and I believe this world has great things in store for you. You have already conquered so much and I know you will always be an inspiration to me! Goodluck!

  57. Closing one door often leads to opening other and better doors. One of my daughters was consumed with an interactive computer game but was made to realize that she needed to move on. She moved on to many new a great things. Many great things are in your future, Kelly. I will look for you in LGC when your hand gets better.

  58. Take care of yourself, that is the most important! Best Wishes for the future. Take Care!

  59. Kelly — this is both sad and happy news. Sad for us, because we will miss your daily positivity and insight…and just the overall example you set for others through this blog. But…happy too, because I know there are many great things in store for you and it’s awesome that you know yourself and what you need enough to make this decision. You have to do what’s best for you in life. And sometimes life doesn’t equal blogging! I wish you all the best in your recovery (hope it’s super speedy) AND in your future business endeavors. I think it’s amazing that you and your husband are dreaming up future business plans together. You seem to put so much of yourself into everything you do, so I’m sure whatever you end up doing, it’ll be a huge success!!

    • Thanks Lauren. I do feel that I am lucky in that my husband and I both have the same passin for healthy living and that we can work together. I know a lot of spouses that can’t work together so I consider myself lucky. I am sad to be losing the blog but also really excited about our future ahead. Take care!

  60. Best of luck to you Kelly!!!

  61. “I was becoming completely engrossed in this world sometimes to the detriment of my real world. I spent every free minute commenting on other blogs, posting on mine, and furiously not letting my google reader get on top of me.”—
    THAT IS 100% ME!!!!!!

    I am ashamed to admit it, but it’s true. That is me. I hate it. I want my real life back more, but am sucked into this online one. It’s not all bad and awful, no, but you’re right, it does take your mind away from focusing 100% on your real life and you are soooo wise to pull back. I am also like you, all or nothing on things such as this, and for me, I would have to pull the plug totally. “Scaling back” doesnt work. Im in, or im out. But not halfway. Same as you.

    Good luck, Kelly, and I wish you healing energy and peace and good vibes and everything awesome…you AND your hubs deserve it, and you two deserve to be together more, not bogged down by the ‘sphere!

    xoxo

    • Thanks Averie! That means a lot to me. I am starting to wonder how many people out there actually love their blogs or feel like me but don’t know how to step away. It makes me sad….I feel a real sense of loss right now but I also know that this is the best decision for me and Keith. Goodluck with everything and I am so glad you are happy and back in CA where you belong!

  62. I admire you for making a decision that’s best for you!

    The blog world (and I!) will miss your posts. I wish you all the best :)

  63. Take care Kelly. I’m going to miss your posts, but I’m so happy that you are doing what is best for you and your family. :) Hugs!

  64. I have much respect for you. You have taught me many things through your process of healing and even through this post as you state that you are leaving. I’ve often felt the need to post all the time and comment as many people as I can a day, but that’s not what I want to take up most of my time. I too feel the need to spend more time with my husband and I pray that God will lead you and Keith on a wonderful adventure together.

    • Thanks Jennifer! Your blog is always so uplifting and positive that I am sure I will check in from time to time. I appreciate your kind words..truly.

  65. I have been thinking about you too and how hard this injury must be for you. Without running and typing, I just can’t imagine what that does to you. But congrats on making the decision to stop. It gives us all perspective to the blogging world that we need to remember our real-life world too. And great to change your focus onto career plans.

  66. AW!!! I’ve been thinking about you (though I’ve been bad about blogging and posting and reading lately too), and I will miss your posting. Can we still run a race together sometime?

    I’ll miss your blogging…but don’t forget I still have your email and phone number…so you won’t lose me easily.

  67. We’ll miss you around here!

  68. wishing you the best kelly!

    em

  69. OMG Kelly I am sooooo going to miss you and all your amazing posts.
    I would love to stay in touch….my facebook name is:
    Anabela Neves
    please feel free to add me

    Miss you already!

  70. I am WAY late to respond here but I’m here and cannot believe you’re ending your blog! I will miss you so, girl!! But, I totally get what you mean, in soo many ways. You have to do what’s best for you and Keith, nobody else. Please stay in touch ok, friend? You have my email addy :)

  71. What an amazing and supportive husband! I wish you well in all your life goals – they often take focus. And yes, blogging can intervene! Family is #1, though, regardless of what happens. Best of luck!

  72. We’ll miss you Kelly! Glad you made your decision!!

  73. We miss you :(

  74. You do what you need to do to take care of yourself! We’ll miss you but we’re still all cheering for you. Thanks for the difference you made in our lives.

  75. I still think you are amazing and special and an inspiration! But I miss you!

  76. Good for you! I think you’ll soon find that this is ultimately the most rewarding decision you could make for you and your family. I applaud you!

  77. Nice blog, It made a good read, You write great articles which made good reading .I will come back and Life’s Too Good read some more of your blogs, passes the day, I found your blog on yahoo Keep up the excellent work !

  78. Aw, you have a good page rank and you’re ending all these. Well, that’s just me. Hop you have a more great times with your family.

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  81. When you have an amazing husband it’s okay to gush about him. :) I feel the same way about mine.

  82. Very good post. I am dealing with many of these issues as well.
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