Blogger Recognition Award: The Light at the End of the Tunnel

Don’t worry, I’m still alive.  I guess that’s the thing with having a chronic illness–it’s hard to continually post content when I’m in a funk.

Unfortunately ever since I started this new job, it has caused me to have a major set-back health-wise due to the tremendous amount of stress I’m constantly battling.  Most days, I come home, eat dinner, and am in bed and asleep by 8:30.  What a life for a 25 year old!

So, I apologize for not being able to post as much as you deserve (and as much as I would like).

But, there has been a little bit of light shining through this long, exhausting tunnel I’ve been in.  Thanks to Paul Albert, I’ve been awarded the “Blogger Recognition Award” and am extremely excited and appreciative!

What is the Blogger Recognition Award?

You might be thinking–what exactly is the “Blogger Recognition Award?!” To be honest, I had no clue what it was until I started getting involved in the blogger community.  Yes, it’s a whole community and I’ve been amazed at how supportive everyone is of each other.  Basically, it’s an award given to bloggers by bloggers to show appreciation for the effort that has been put into their up and coming blogs (it has to be a new blog in order to get nominated.)

Some of you may think that it sounds kind of silly, and I’m guilty of thinking that a blog wouldn’t be that much work myself.  However, I can assure you that blogging can easily be a full-time job and there’s a lot that goes into it that people have no clue about!

Who is Paul Albert?

So, since this award can only be given by bloggers, Paul Albert is a blogger as well.  He writes for the blog, “Daddy Goes Bananas,” which is a comical blog about the struggles of parenting.  Paul started out as a children’s entertainer called Mr. Banana Head and decided to write a blog about parenting, being a husband, and dealing with socially awkward situations.  He incorporates humor into each blog post and his writing is relatable and enjoyable to read.

How “The Fit Train” Got on the Track

For those of you who read my “About Me” or have read some of my previous posts, you know that I have struggled with chronic illness since I was 12. After dealing with countless doctors, lab testing, and other battles, I knew that someday I wanted to help others who were in similar situations.

In college, I decided to earn my certification as a personal trainer and this past year I decided to start this blog in order to share my experiences.  Writing is always something I have enjoyed and my illness was always something that I felt I had to keep a secret (that’s for a later post though.)

It wasn’t until recently that I realized keeping my sickness a secret wasn’t going to help anyone.  Thus, the start of “The Fit Train”.  I want people with chronic illness to realize that they are not alone.  And I want people from all walks of life to realize that no matter what they are going through, they can reach their health and fitness goals.

Are you new to blogging?

If you are new to blogging or thinking about starting a blog, here’s some of my advice:

  1. Just do it.  I waited for years to start writing because I thought it was never a “good” time.  And now that I’ve actually started the process, I wish I started years ago.
  2. Find something you are passionate about. If you are not passionate about the topic in which you are trying to write about, it is going to be VERY difficult for you to have consistent content.
  3. Use resources for bloggers. Finding blogging communities through social media has made a HUGE difference in the way I approach my blog.  Plus, everyone has been through your struggles before so there is much to be learned and a lot of support to be given.
  4. Plan it out. Use a planner to plan out your blog posts or to jot down your ideas.  Sometimes my best ideas for a post come at 3AM when I can’t sleep–have that notebook ready!

My Nominations:

Obviously, I believe in spreading the wealth, so I am going to nominate 15 blogs for the Blogger Recognition Award.  Please check some of them out as each blogger is putting a lot of work into their blog!


Your blogs are looking great so far–keep it up!

Accepting this Award:

~Make sure you take the time to thank the blogger who gave you your nomination.  Write a little bit about them and their blog and provide a link of where to find their blog.

~Write a post to show your award

~Briefly explain why you started your blog

~Share some advice to new bloggers

~Select 15 other bloggers you would like to nominate for this award

~Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them; provide the link to the post you have created regarding the award

Happy Blogging!


  1. Suzanne @Bloomin' Lilies

    October 8, 2017 at 9:46 am

    Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us and I am humbled by your nomination. Thank you!

    1. Jessica from Fit Train

      October 8, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      You are welcome! Best of luck on your blogging journey!

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