Upping the IG game

I used to think if you put effort into something, it had to be lucrative in some way. Like the effort deserved a monetary or some other material reward.

These days, my feelings have changed.

I think the process is the joy, the journey is the way and when you get money for your craft, it’s a job. Making it a job, rather than doing it for it’s own sake, takes some of the joy out of it.

This is a long way of saying, I’ve been really enjoying playing on Instagram. I enjoy taking nice pictures of my food. I like plating things in a way that makes me want to eat them.

Then, I enjoy eating them!

It’s fun and I find I am doing it just because it makes me smile. I have been more active on Instagram stories and IG live (I did one without pants on oops!) and it’s just really fun! That’s all I can say! I don’t feel personally fulfilled, I do not want to up my followers or make this competitive. I simply enjoy using the platform.

It brings me joy.

Because I like doing this, I actually decided to make a new IG for my food photos. I want them to be uniform, look nice and be their own thing.

I’ll still do all my daily adventures on my regular IG (@gazzellie) but will have a new one dedicated to my meals pretty soon.

The name I decided upon is @gazzellieeeats (how original right?) and that’s what it’ll be. No strings attached. I’ll give credit to everyone whose recipes I’ve taken inspiration from, I’ll take the companies of the products I use and I’ll answer any questions.

I’ll still blog here from time to time, but it will most likely be race recaps or training musings.

I want to make clear that I am NOT a recipe creator. I’m a person who loves food and likes to make it look pretty. Then, I like to eat it. If I find a way that works for me, I’ll share it, but always know someone else has probably done it before.

I am in no way original, I am myself, which is a product of all things around me combined in a unique way.

That is my IG in a nutshell. That is what I’ll continue to do.

I have not made my new IG live yet. I don’t even know if the username is available, so I will update if that changes.

Until then, happy running, eating and living!

Memes on memes

I have no other reason to post today except to brighten your Sunday morning with memes I find hilarious.

On the life front, I’ve changed my sleep schedule, started lifting at night and ran my first few miles yesterday. My ankle feels good, but I took today as another non-run day. Just to be safe and I’m not training for anything.

I started sleeping in until 9, then going to the gym after work at 8:30 or 9:30PM to do the strength routine provided to me by my friend Danielle. It’s a cool new challenge, she’s a beast.

I like the quietness of my city at those hours. I walk home around 10PM and theres only a few people around. The gym is also quiet, just me and a few guys. I like challenging my body in new ways.

I made a YouTube video this morning, and have yet to post it. I’m not sure if I want to get into that medium. If I do, I doubt I’ll blog very much anymore.

It would be more question and answer style, as I’m not familiar with vlogging. I think the social component of my job would also make it uncomfortable for certain people. We shall see.

Just when I tried to make edits, my iPad needed to be backed up so…

Anyway, if you have questions, either ask them here (I don’t respond to comments but I do to emails) or email me at elliepell8@gmail.com

Enjoy the day!