Friday Feature: The Chic Life

FridayFeatures3In our weekly Friday Feature, we share a 5-question interview with one of the fantastic members of Take the time to get to know your co-members, pick up tips and tricks, blogging know-how, and recommendations from your fellow bloggers. If you’re an HLB member and haven’t gotten your interview email yet, don’t worry, you will in time! We’re working our way through a list of 2,000+ members’ blogs at random.

1. What’s your name, blog name, and how did you create your blog title?

Hi, I’m Diana from The Chic Life.

When I started TCL (back in 2006), I had just begun my journey into looking at life from a more positive point of view. In high school, I loved the TV show, Daria, and was pretty sarcastic and relatively negative. I started The Chic Life a couple years after college because I wanted to document my life from the upside and focus on what was good. What made my life chic.

Now, I’m still sarcastic from time to time, but I’ve found that staying in the positive mindset is so much better. I feel less stressed and overall happier. And I’ve carried having a positive mindset into my approach to healthy living. I believe in enjoying what you eat and finding a workout that you love. I struggled with both for a long time, but I’m in a great place with both and loving it!

2. How would you describe your blogging style?

My blogging style has changed a lot over the years because I’ve blogged about many topics. I generally try to write like I’m talking to a friend. I’m currently focused on blogging one recipe and one food diary post per week at minimum. I also incorporate other posts, but those are my current baselines. I really enjoy sharing a motivational quote on Monday because it helps get me going for the week, and readers have told me they love seeing these posts too. And I like to add other fun posts, like pictures from NYC, which is where I’m working now.

3. What are some of your favorite blogging tools?

Hands down – WordPress. I’ve gotten so into WP that I started attending local Meetup events and WordCamps (which are WordPress conferences held all around the world!). I highly recommend attending one near you if you use WordPress. And I even became a co-chair of my local WordPress Meetup group.

For other tools…I use Lightroom to edit my photos. I love PicMonkey for making collages and other simple graphics and adding text to photos. I use a DSLR (Nikon D7000) to shoot all of my recipe photos, but I use a Canon G7X for photos around NYC, other travels, and daily life. The G7X is fabulous because it has great low-light quality and the Bluetooth lets me download photos right to my phone for quick posting to Instagram. I have all of my favorite resources on my tech blog’s Resource page here:

4. What’s one goal you’re working towards right now?

One goal I’m working on is actually bringing The Chic Life back to life. I almost let it die out a couple years ago by not posting. I was struggling with balancing a demanding job and also teaching Zumba. Additionally, the HLB community came under a lot of criticism for people dishing out health advice without being a nutritionist or RD.

I spent some time soul-searching and even tried moving away from being an HLB blog, but I keep coming back to it. I’ve decided that while I do want to avoid creating nutrition plans (because I do believe a qualified professional should be doing this, and I don’t have the proper training/background), that I do still have a voice to share in the healthy living world. I spent a long time suffering from restrictive eating and being really stressed about almost everything I ate. I want people to know that there’s another way. And I’m actually going to be releasing a healthy-eating-related challenge to help with this mission.

5. What is your healthy eating philosophy?

My Healthy Eating Philosophy is all about focusing on the positive aspects of food, mostly through clean eating. How it can help nourish you to keep you stress free and energized.

I’m planning to spread my healthy eating philosophy in a brand new upcoming challenge because it would have been life changing for twenty something me.  I’d love it if I could spare even one person the years of frustration, negativity, and stress I went through to get where I am today. I eat what I want (I have a major sweet tooth!), and I’m in the best shape of my life. I want people to know that you don’t have to go hungry to be healthy. And that you can absolutely love and enjoy the food you eat!

If this resonates with you, you can learn more about the challenge here >> Cleanish – Clean Eating… Sort Of

6. What daily health to-do is easiest for you to complete? Which is the one you struggle with every single day?

Although I don’t eat clean 100% of the time, I’ve found a balance that works for my busy life. And I hated working out in the years just after college. But I absolutely love my fitness activities these days. Diversity keeps me engaged and excited about working out. I do everything from dance to yoga, rowing to anti-gravity fitness, and other fun activities.

While I think I’m doing pretty good with healthy eating and fitness after changing my POV on both over the last several years, I currently struggle with getting enough sleep. But, I feel like my overall health is headed in the right direction. I’m of the “progress not perfection” mindset, so I feel good about things as long as I make continuous overall improvement. You’ll have some days where you take a step back, but if you continue in a forward path, you’ll get where you want to go. I’m hoping to establish a good night routine to help me get to bed earlier.


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