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April Fools’! Nope, it’s no joke – It is my SITS Day!

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When I received an email about my SITS day, I was at work. Suddenly, my voice rang out over the silent sea of cubicles, “APRIL 1 is my SITS DAY! YIP-YIPPEE!!” And then I danced and twirled and jumped for joy.

My cube mate swiveled around quickly in her chair to face me. Bewildered but amused she asked, “Your SITS Day? You need a whole day to SIT? Wait, I don’t get it. Why are you jumping up and down right now in the middle of the office?”

I explained to her (as well as to the handful of other heads who had bobbed above the cubicle walls to witness my excitement) just how special of a day this was for me.

I told them about how I joined this great community of about 8,000 sassy ladies (and some men) bloggers who had the right idea: support each other. That means by reading other blogs, by engaging, by commenting, by writing, by networking.

“And it is called SIT??” my colleague asked again.

“No, SITS. The Secret Is in The Sauce. But, it’s what the name really represents that counts.”

I told them how I went to Bloggy Boot Camp last year with my bff Nicole (of The Fickle Nickle), and how excited we were to meet so many awesome, intelligent, motivated bloggers from around the country. To be chosen as Featured Blogger on this April Fools’ Day is unbelievable. (I did think it was a joke at first!) Are you all really here??  This is the luckiest April Fools’ Day to date!

One of my favorite things about being an adult are the moments that are so special that you know you will remember them forever. The moments that feel so good that you want to prance, spin, sing, laugh, leap, hug, and YIP-YIPPEE with your hands in the air! This, my friends, is one of those moments for me. What have been those kinds of joyous adulthood moments for YOU? Share in the comments!

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I’m inspired by all of you. And here, among the many meditations on adulthood, I hope that you find something that inspires you too!

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83 Responses to “April Fools’! Nope, it’s no joke – It is my SITS Day!”

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  1. lauren says:

    HA! I think im the first to comment on your SITS day…so glad you remembered to put your post up, I freaked this morning.


    • Mara says:

      Ha! I totally posted this the day before because I learned from you! Thanks for visiting! Yay for SITS friends and congrats to you too!

  2. Hey Mara! I saw your comment at the SITS girl today’s blog and I thought I would come and give you a HAPPY SITS day one day early shout out! : )

    I think it is pretty spectacular that you are the April Fools Day girl. That is really pretty cool! I hope you meet a zillion nice friends tomorrow. Super glad I got to meet you today!

  3. BlackEyedDog says:

    Happy SITS Day =)

  4. misssrobin says:

    Congratulations on your SITS day. I hope it’s everything you’ve been wishing for.

  5. Broot says:

    Happy SITS day! 🙂

  6. Lindsay says:

    Congrats on your feature day! I feel like I have been kind of stumbling around adulthood these days. I am 25, living in a foreign country with my Danish bf, not making money, and quickly going into debt. I am often confused about what I should be doing. Something incredible and taking a once in a lifetime opportunity, or going home to make money and start paying off my debt. What is right, what would make me the happiest, and what would be the adult thing to do? I hope to find some inspiration on your site!

  7. Amy says:

    Happy SITS day. I have two nearly-21 year old daughters who would enjoy learning along with you.

  8. Happy SITS Day! Your question made me think… okay, so technically I was already thinking… about how I’m going on a Girl’s Weekend away this weekend to a place I haven’t been since college Spring Break 10…ahem 15 years ago. It was the only time in my life I ever through my hands up in the air and danced for joy… on the bar…not sure that’s quite what you meant, but it’s what came to mind… and I’m pretty sure I won’t get on the bar this weekend, but it’s a fun memory because it was so out of character for me!

  9. Happy SITS Day!! I hope you enjoy every minute!

  10. Happy April 1st and hope you have the most amazing SITS day – enjoy 🙂

  11. Jenny says:

    grats on your SITS day 😀

    And I love your layout!!

  12. Nichole says:

    Happy SITS Day – Thanks for celebrating Adulthood. It is wonderful (once the kids are grown and gone)

    Happy April Fools Day.

  13. Luci says:

    Happy SITS day!! I love your blog idea. So much that I’m going to follow. Have a happy Friday and April 1 (no fooling)!

  14. Happy SITS Day! I hope you enjoy your day in the spotlight!

  15. Congratulations on your SITs feature! I hope you enjoy your day in the sun:-)

  16. So nice to meet you! I am intrigued by your site and will be spending the morning with my coffee checking you out! 🙂

  17. Happy SITS day! At 47 I’m still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up.

  18. What a wonderful blog idea. I wish I had had a road map for adulthood. Seems like we expect everyone to just jump in with no direction. I love what you’re doing. I realized I was an adult waaaay late. My husband had our daughter on his shoulders, I had a baby strapped to my belly, and we were walking down the sidewalk to the circus. That’s when it hit me, “This is what adults do.” I’m a slow learner 🙂

  19. Marie Cole says:

    Love your blog title, I am sooo looking forward to reading more and HAPPY SITS DAY! 🙂

  20. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations on your SITS day Mara! From reading some of your posts, I’d say you’ve handled adulthood quite well! Looking forward to reading more… 🙂

  21. Eva Gallant says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! Enjoy the spotlight and all the bloggy love coming your way!

  22. dina says:

    congrats on your special day! how lucky to have it on april fool’s day!

  23. Katrina says:

    HAPPY SITS DAY! What a wonderful thing you have done for those of us out there who just have to have a common voice to know what we are going through.

    You know I remember my mother telling me several times as a child when I would say “I can’t wait to grow up.” If only I had listened when she would tell me “slow down, you have the rest of your life for that.”

    Adulthood is definitely something to be survived, whatever your plight in life. Thanks for this community!

  24. Yup, we’re here!
    – agata.

  25. Shell says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! Off to poke around your blog!

  26. I ALWAYS love reading your blog! Every post is a real treat, and it lets us ‘adults’ know that we can walk together through this journey. Thanks for building this community!! xo

  27. LBDDiaries says:

    Happy happy SITS day! One of my most joyous adulthood moments was my wedding to Alpha Hubby. He and my son had their own ceremony, “do you take this boy to be your son” and “do you take this man to be your father” – very powerful and joyous moment for me, and a boy who’d been believing for a dad. I really like your blog – can’t wait to dig into your posts!

  28. Holyoke Home says:

    Oh honey. I TOTALLY could have used this blog from 1996-2004! So glad you’re here now! I thought I was supposed to get it all, have it all, know it all magically – as an adult. Instead? It’s a daily adventure! Glad to know you’re along on the ride!

  29. Tiffany says:

    Happy SITS Day to you and Happy April Fool’s! Great blog title for today. You have a wonderful blog. I love the whole concept of it!

  30. Happy SITS day!! What a great site you have and I love that cake — did you make it? Looking forward to following your adventures!

  31. RHoM says:

    Congrats on your SITS day! I’ve really enjoyed the posts I’ve read thus far, and I LOVED your post about feminism and the workplace! Can’t wait to read more!

  32. Semper Wifey says:

    Congratulations on your feature!!!

  33. This is a great blog. Adulthood is filled with ups and downs. Stuff happens you can’t ever imagine, yet somehow we get through it. We’re trying to sell our house and it’s a terrible time. I had a fight with a good friend recently and not sure if we’ll speak again. Welcome to being an adult!!!

  34. Chelsea says:

    Happy SITS day! What a great blog. I remember finding out I was pregnant with my first child. I’d say that’s been the biggest adulthood moment for me so far.

  35. PatriciaD says:

    Congrats on YOUR day!! I bet you were so excited…I’d do the happy dance, too!!

    Enjoy your day and have fun reading everyone’s 000000000000000000000000000001 oops my puppy decided she needed to comment about growing up, too. She’s a little 3 lb Chihuahua who just turned 1 year old and thinks she’s all grown up…hehehe

  36. Happy SITS day! I don’t talk about blogging with co-workers. I’ve found they just don’t “get it.”

  37. Christine says:

    I feel like an adult when…

    -I keep the house tidy ‘just because’ and not because I have people coming over.

    -I actually call and make a dentist appointment before the receptionist calls to tell me I’m 2 years overdue for a check up.

    -I think about eating chocolate cake for breakfast, but instead eat something sensible.

    Honestly, I usually feel like I’m about 12 years old. Too old to be considered a child, too young to be considered an adult, and old enough to feel awkward most of the time about it all 🙂

    Enjoy the blog love.

  38. Grace says:

    Happy April Fools Day and SITS day from someone who’s been an adult prolly twice as long as you have!

  39. bookjunkie says:

    Love the premise of your blog…..and congrats on your SITS Day 🙂

    I’m 40 but I still don’t feel like an adult….I’d much rather continue to be child-like and look at the world with wonder 🙂

  40. Grace says:

    Wait a minute. That’s not right. I mean from someone who’s prolly twice your age!

  41. Kelly says:

    Happy SITS Day!

    I have always said that I didn’t sign up for this whole “responsible adult thing” haha

  42. FANTASTIC blogging, I love it! Adulthood is funny.. I’ve just been flying by the seat of my pants the past few years – now I’m 27, and I’m like “WTH happened?”?

    Enjoy your SITS day and all of the fabulous comments and new bloggers!

  43. Bella says:

    WHat a great site! I am following now!

  44. Happy SITS Day!!! how wonderful and certainly no joke!!!
    I am so happy I found you. I am in much need of some perspective on this exact topic!! Have a lovely day!!

  45. mangiabella says:

    happy SITS day sweet bella, looking forward to checking out your blog – love the wordless wednesday with the ipod cake, very cool. have a glorious weekend!

  46. Young Mother says:

    I am really loving your site! Good insight and discussions. I will follow.
    Congratulations on your SITS day.

  47. Samantha says:

    LOVE your blog title, and I’m looking forward to reading more! Happy SITS Day!!

  48. Jessica says:

    Happy SITS day!! Hope you get lots of new followers and lots of Comment love!! Excited to read more of your blog.

  49. Nessa says:

    Happy SITS day… and now I am going to go poke around your blog. 🙂

  50. Katie Gates says:

    Hi Mara, Congrats on your SITS day! I love the idea of this blog. My favorite part of adulthood is simply being in it. I went through the motions as a child (and I wasn’t unpleasant), but I think I was born for the years of being free and answering to no one. Now, I’m off to read more of your posts…

  51. Congratulations on your SITS day! I LOVE your blog! Everything about it is so unique and inspiring. I feel at home here! 🙂 Keep shining!


  52. Enjoy your SITs Day, girlfriend!!
    Happy Weekend!!

  53. luna says:

    haha! both creative and organized! i like!

  54. Happy day to you! Stopping by from SITS.

  55. toi says:

    Happy Sits’ say to you :). I know is not April Fools day, I saw your feature interview on their blog :)!

  56. Grams says:

    Happy SITS Day to you. I love your blog. What a great idea a blog about adulthood is.

  57. Tina says:

    Happy SITS day! Hope it’s been extra special!

  58. Lizbeth says:

    Yay for you! Happy SITS day! Love your blog and glad you can help me transition to adulthood since I’ve been kicking and screaming about growing up!!

  59. Gina says:

    This is such an awesomely positive idea for a blog! So many blogs are about “indulging the inner child” or “reluctantly entering my thirties” and it is refreshing to see somebody so openly and happily embracing adulthood!

  60. Trish says:

    Such a great idea for a blog! Happy SITS Day!

  61. Deidre says:

    Happy SITS day.

    Ahh big adulthood moments.

    One of mine was realising that if though i love my parents and fully understand their wishes, I knew I had to do what’s best for me. It’s why i am still in Australia.

  62. You are da bomb, girl! Your blog is so very relatable to me as a 26 year old who left grad school less than 2 years ago, attempting to embrace this thing “adulthood” thing. I have a true appreciation for you & your blog!

    Enjoy all the LOOOVEEE today!!

  63. Luke says:

    Glad to see you’re getting the audience your site deserves! All the stress was worth the success.

  64. Heather says:

    Happy SITS day!

  65. Amanda says:

    Happy SITS day! Love your blog premise.

  66. Madison says:

    Congrats on your SITS day!

    I always intended to reach adulthood but I think it may be too late for me. Some things you can put off until they’re irrelevant. 😉

  67. CK says:

    I love that story at the beginning. Yes. We sit all day 😉

  68. Happy SITS Day! I love your blog concept! Very unique!

  69. Jamie says:

    Happy SITS Day! You really deserved to be featured!

  70. Jill of Ark says:

    Sorry for being late to the party! I came yesterday afternoon with the intention of exploring, but had to leave to help a friend.

    Congratulations on your SITS Day. How fun that it happened on April Fool’s Day. Great concept and layout!

  71. c.c. says:

    howdy! happy sitsday!

    so the moments that i’ve liked best … the week i spent in london (god, i LOVE that place), the first and last time i got those little shivery thingies you get with a guy (with the same guy … and it ended up a bust, and i’ve not experienced them with anybody else, unfortunately, but god i LOVED those, too … and i’d always thought they were bogus before i’d met him, aimless drives on country roads at sunset and pretty much any time spent with my niece and nephew.

    • c.c. says:

      ugh. i forgot … there’s supposed to be a closing parenthetical mark between “before i’d met him” and the following comma. just in case you were curious. :]

  72. carla says:

    Congrats on your amazing feature! HAPPY (belated) SITS day!

  73. Lizzie says:

    Happy SITS day – just popping over to say hello! 😀 Love your blog design btw!

  74. Niki says:

    Congratulations on your SITS day!

  75. April says:

    Happy SITS day! Enjoyed reading your posts.

  76. Happy SITS day! Glad to have found your blog!

  77. Randy says:

    Hey Mara! I posted my congratulations on Facebook, but I want to tie it permanently to this post. I’m so happy for you and proud of you! You are an excellent writer, and your compassion, humor, insight, and inspiration make me look forward to your new posts. I am pleased to count myself among your regular readers…and your friends.

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