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Happy Monday, Everyone!  I had a fantastic weekend.  Saturday I spent a few hours at a fun dog-centric festival known as Bark in the Park.  My friend Ani, her dog Riley, and Sofi joined me, and we were all super tired by the end of it.  Lots of samples of new food, toys, and other fun items filled my festival bag, which is always fun.  Sunday I did a bit of shopping, a few household chores, and basically got ready for the week.  I’m feeling very organized, which always makes me feel  great.

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If you’ve taken part in FMM then you know the rules. If you’re new, please take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: www.alltheweigh.com so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

1.  Have you ever met anyone through your blog that led to an in-person friendship/relationship? BeautyJunkie824 and I have met in person, since we live about 30 minutes apart.  And even though we haven’t met in person since we live across the country from each other, Scale Warfare and I  definitely have an amazing friendship IRL.  There are several other bloggers whom I keep up with and care about, too.

2.  Most bloggers have a specific niche.  What would you discuss if it didn’t seem inappropriate on your blog? I really don’t hold back on my blog, since I write it for me.  Anything goes.  Although I probably wouldn’t keep this a semi-anonymous blog if I wasn’t a teacher, which would be nice.

3. If you could meet three bloggers, who would they be? Well, of course I’d love to meet Kenlie, but besides her, I’d have to say Scale Warfare, Carina, and Amber.

4. If you had to choose between Facebook or Twitter which one would you choose?  FB for sure.  I’m not really on Twitter as much.

5. Do you vlog (video blog?) Yes, I have, although not as often as I should.  I forget to do it.  Plus, editing takes so long.  Writing a blog is so much easier for me, as strange as that may sound.  But I should get back to making weekly or bi-weekly blogs.

6. How many blogs do you read on an average day? I’m so far behind in my blog reading, it’s awful.  I have no time during the work day to read blogs (unless I squeeze it in at lunch).  Still, I could easily read blogs while the TV is on later at night.  I’m going to try to spend an hour a day going through my Google Reader.  As to how many, the blogs in my blogroll are the ones I’m reading regularly.

7.  What is the coolest thing that you’ve seen online recently? I mentioned this in a WIAW post recently: ZipList is a pretty cool site/app for people who enjoy cooking.

8. If you gave your blog a new name what would it be? At one point this blog was called “Bella in LapBandLand” when I was going to get the lap band, but I decided not to renew the url because it was so limiting. I like Bella on the Beach because it’s about more than just weight loss; it’s about my life.

9. Have you ever attended a blog conference like Fitbloggin?  If not, would you? I haven’t attended any sort of blog conference, but I would be open to going in the future.  It always boils down to time and money, right?

10. In the past I have asked why you blog.  Now I want to know why you read blogs?  What do you take from it? I read blogs for inspiration, motivation, and to get others’ experiences.  Reading about other people’s lives helps me learn more about my own.  I think you can get so much by learning about the lives of others.

Now it’s your turn to share. Don’t forget to go back to Kenlie’s blog to link up in the comments!

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For the month of December, I’ll be participating in Reverb 10. Each day gives a new prompt, which is a chance to reflect on 2010 and manifest what’s next in 2011.


December 7Community
Where have you discovered community, online or otherwise, in 2010? What community would you like to join, create or more deeply connect with in 2011? (Author: Cali Harris)

I’m a part of so many different communities – my family, my neighborhood, teachers, (and English teachers, more specifically), weight loss bloggers.  But I’ve been a member of those communities for years now.

Healthwise, I’ve joined the community of non-smokers (119 days), but that’s not even something that I think about most days.  Sidenote: seriously, I had the perfect opportunity to write about letting go of smoking, but I didn’t even think about it until today.  That’s how ingrained non-smoking is for me in my lifestyle now. I’m also almost a member of the Lap Band community, but until the surgery, I can’t count that – next year, for sure!

I’ve recently started Tweeting, and while that’s a whole new community, you don’t really need me to write a whole post about that.  You all know that I’ve had Lulu for 6 months now, so I’m now the proud member of the dog mommy community.  But I write about Lulu every other day, so I don’t think I need to add another post about her.

No, the community I’m going to write about is a close-knit group of girls who all went to high school with me.  2010 was the year that we all discovered our mutual love of food & wine.  It’s my Alumnae Food & Wine Club, of which I’m the president.  It’s appropriate that these girls are part of my newest community – my alma mater was all about sisterhood (an all-girls school) and community spirit. Each and every month of 2010 we’ve spent time together exploring new wines, hitting the latest “hot spot” restaurants, and spending time together.  Some of the regulars in the club graduated with me, but several of the others are girls I knew only as acquaintances before the club.  And now I count them as my newest friends.

I don’t know about you, but once I graduated from high school, my circle of friends diminished.  In college I made a lot of acquaintances, but because I went to a commuter school, I didn’t have a strong group of friends there and I definitely never felt a sense of community.  Ever since I became an “adult” and got into my career, I’ve made lots of “friends” who were co-workers, but many of them dwindled as soon as we weren’t working together any longer.  (Although two of my very best friends are people I met through work, and I feel closer to them than I do almost anyone else, even though we don’t see each other as often as we’d like). But in the past few years I felt like my list of friends was diminishing, and it made me sad.

And then I suggested a wine club, I was asked to lead it, and the rest, as they say, is history.

I’ve had some of the best times this year with these wine club ladies.  We’ve shared many memories, many delicious meals, and too many glasses of wine to count.  They’re definitely the girls whom I see most often and spend the most time with on a regular basis. I appreciate the fact that the wine club has allowed me to get to know these girls better and expand my community of people I consider my true friends.

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