• Collectively Colleen

Why I've been MIA

Updated: Nov 10, 2019

Hey there, long time no talk. I realize it’s been a few months now since I’ve made a blog post and you may have noticed that I haven’t been as active on Instagram as well. And I promise, there’s a reason (or two)!

A few months ago, I wasn’t feeling myself. Posting to Instagram, writing blog posts and attending different events felt so forced. I dreaded having to get ready. My mental health was not at a great point and honestly neither was my physical health. I hadn’t been to the gym consistently since before our wedding, I wasn’t eating healthy and I felt beyond sluggish.

Now, some of you may remember last year where I wrote a blog post about training for a half marathon. I could laugh out loud when I look back on this post. I had no clue what I was trying to get myself into and I had tried to do it during the most stressful time of my life. Needless to say, it didn’t happen. I stopped running, I gave up and I didn’t think about it again until this past February when Peter (my husband) made a comment to me about it.

So of course, the wheels in my head started to turn again. I started itching at the idea of training for a half marathon again, or at least trying to.

I downloaded a training plan, I put my shoes on and I just started running. Three times a week, every week, consistently. It wasn’t pretty at first. I was not in great shape. I could barely run for 2 minutes straight without feeling like I was dying.

Fast-forward six months later, I still run consistently every week and I love it. I’ve been running long distances of 13 and 14 miles. I have also FULLY immersed myself into the running culture. Reading books, listening to podcasts and doing allll of the nutrition/gear/recovery research. (More posts to come on that later)

I am also significantly happier than I was all those months ago. I’ve really taken the time to focus on my health and recenter myself. Running consistently, biking with my husband, cooking healthy meals, reading more. I now finally feel like I’m at a place where I can get back into blogging and sharing more on Instagram but on my own terms. More authentically.


If you know me, you know I can’t sit still. So of course during all this time I also decided to take on a new business opportunity. In short, I started an Interior Design Business!

I’ve always been a lover of homes and interiors. Admiring the design, beauty and precision that go into them. Spending countless hours binging HGTV, no matter what show was on. When I joined my current full time job at a contract furniture manufacturer, that love of interiors only grew. I was able to help design our Chicago Showroom not once but twice! It truly ignited this passion I had deep down inside. I thought if I love this so much, why don’t I try it out?!

Nardo Interiors then came to be. You might remember through my Instagram posts or blog posts or by just having a conversation with me that I also co-own an Ad Agency with my husband, Nardo Agency. When brainstorming through all of this interior design business, we figured it would be a smart idea to make my interiors business and extension of our existing business. This way we can cross-promote our services and keep it all in the family!

I have shared some of our projects on my Instagram stories and am so excited with how successful things have been so far! It’s a lot of work but also a lot of fun. I find so much joy in hunting down the perfect sofa or small trinket that brings together a space.

All that being said, if you know anyone in need of Interior Design Services (residential or corporate) send them our way! We’re still working on the website but we do have a Houzz Account Set up that you can access HERE.

In short, I’ve been a busy lady these last few months. Running all over the place, literally. But I’m excited to get back into sharing more of my life with you and I promise I won’t disappear again… at least not for a while!

What can you expect from me now? Probably some more posts on running, behind the scenes of different Interior Projects and just my old authentic self.

As always thanks for sticking around <3

xoxo Colleen

About Me

Hi there! My name is Colleen and I’m the author and creator of Collectively Colleen.This blog is a place where I’ll be sharing everything about my life! From favorites to career tips, outfits I’m loving and places to travel, I’m going to be sharing it all here!


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