About Me

The fact that I came up with this blog’s name while running is really the best way to explain how I got here.

I never meant to be a runner. I never meant to be a foodie. I never meant to be a blogger.

Then Chicago happened.

I spent four months interning at a magazine in Chicago while I was in college. At the time, I half-wanted an internship in sports journalism. I only half-wanted it because after a life-changing summer as a camp counselor, I wasn’t really sure what I wanted anymore. I had two internship offers in Chicago, and the one at the magazine was as close to sports journalism as I could get. My running career at that point consisted of two embarrassing seasons in middle school cross country and a few half hour runs on the treadmill in my parent’s basement. In fact, I thought running was pretty stupid. I distinctly remember scoffing at a friend’s insanity just a few months earlier when she told me she had signed up for a half marathon.

Then I spent eight hours a day sitting at a desk reading and writing about people whose lives are driven by their participation in active sports, and I had a pretty big attitude change. I ran my first 5K in August of 2011, my first 10K in May 2012, my first half marathon in September 2012, and my first marathon in October 2013.

I went to Chicago with zero cooking skills and even less interest in changing that. I had every intention of surviving on baked chicken, soup, and sandwiches. I had a lot of downtime at work, though. One day I accidentally stumbled across a food blog and the rest, as they say, is history. My time and budget were pretty limited in Chicago, so I didn’t have the means to experiment quite as much as I would have liked to in the kitchen. That’s my next project :)

As for the blog, well, the people whose blogs I regularly read became huge inspirations for me in a million different ways. Basically, I wanted to be cool like them. Hence the blog.

Not everything in my life is accidental, though. My faith, my relationships, my decision to commit myself to a healthy lifestyle: all of these things were done on purpose. I believe in purposeful living…but I also believe in rolling with the punches. Welcome to Accidental Intentions :)

13 responses to “About Me

  1. I too was also influenced to begin my blog by spending time regularly reading other blogs wanting to be “cool like them” too, hahah.
    sadly, I fell off the bandwagon during the school year as i was way busier than I had expected, but I’m picking it back up & hoping to stay on this time!! Love the name and meaning behind your blog, very intriguing!

  2. Pingback: Unplanned | accidental intentions

  3. Saw “intentional Christian” and signed up! :)

  4. oh gosh I am not so excited to follow you!

  5. Your transition from 5k to half marathon is awesome!

  6. I just came across your blog and really like your take on things that are “accidental” and “intentional”. Great story! I am really looking forward to reading your blog and learning more about you!

  7. I am new to your blog, and am enjoying it already! I look forward to learning more!

  8. Lex

    I just realized you are a fellow Chicagoan! (wait, right?) Hi there!!

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