When I first started Seashells & Sit Ups, I thought no one would read my blog, no one would follow me on Instagram (and I kept it all super secret so they couldn’t; it was like my second life I did for me – to be happy and feel free from judgement, gossip, and criticism)…

I assumed no one would ever care about my recipes, fitness blurbs, or random articles, and that no one would ever probably find me inspirational, and I didn’t mind any of that, because I did it as an outlet for myself. I did it for my peace of mind, for my soul, from my heart. 

Then life happened; I kept blogging, I kept sharing my journey, and I kept writing. And today was one of the best days in my blogging career….

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I WAS PUBLISHED ON THE The Huffington Post!!!!!!

Like, WHAT?! ME? I have an event planning, hospitality, tourism, and now wellness background turned lifestyle blogger, and never in a million years would imagine being a published blogger. 

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READ THE ARTICLE HERE

PINCH ME. If you’re ever scared of being judged, feeling alone, different or failing at something, STOP IT RIGHT NOW. Keep listening to your gut and keep being yourself – because that’s the best thing you can give back to yourself and put out into the world. I would never have imagined writing about this topic would be something I’d ever have to consider, but this is life, and there’s beauty in a breakdown.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/shelley-hopper/how-to-kill-it-as-a-modern-day-single-mama_b_9917104.html

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Thank you, Meredith Hurley, for believing me enough to share this internally with your team because you believed in me and my writing; it truly meant and means the world to me. heart emoticon

What a wonderful early birthday surprise…so so so grateful.

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PS, If you feel inclined to share the direct Huff Post link above and/or comment on the post on their site, it can help drive traffic to have it featured in more places.

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Right now, “How to Kill It as a Modern Day Single Mama” can be found in HuffPost Parenting, HuffPost Divorce, HuffPost Parenting After Divorce, HuffPost Motherhood, and I’m a featured blogger on HuffPost Parenting, HuffPost Divorce, and am the featured blog post on HuffPost Divorce Advice.

One word: GRATEFUL. 

Thank you so much to everyone who has encouraged me to be strong, brave, have a voice, and always stand up for what I believe in while staying true to myself. It truly means the whole wide world.

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