Blog-iversary

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It’s my blog-iversary! I have been writing this blog for TWO years now.  Can you believe it? I am honestly proud of myself for sticking with it and continuing to show up here even when I didn’t want to sometimes.  Of course, this year has been like no other and has resulted in days where I just had nothing to write about, or I felt like I was writing the same thing over and over again.  Sometimes I sit here staring at my computer for hours typing sentences and erasing them because I can’t come up with something that I feel is worth sharing.  When you are not going anywhere or doing anything, your life becomes pretty boring.  Those days when I couldn’t complete a post are days that I felt like I let myself down and broke my commitment.  Initially, I was beating myself up for all the days that I didn’t publish something, and I even thought about quitting.  Thankfully, I eventually realized that in the grand scheme of life, it wasn’t that big of a deal if I didn’t post 4 days a week, every week of the year.  No one really cared about that but me, and I was beating myself up for silly reasons.  I also realized that I wasn’t ready to give up on something that has brought me so much joy and has challenged me in ways I never expected.  

Writing this blog has forced me to take a big look inside myself.  I have discovered weaknesses that I need to work on and areas of strength that I didn’t know I had.  It gives me the excuse I need to analyze the person I am and then strive to be a better version of that person every single day.  That is what I want for all of my readers too.  My goal with writing this blog has always been to help women, and helping myself has just been an extra bonus.   I want other women to know they aren’t alone in the world, and I want them to feel better about themselves as a whole.  It is important to be ANCHORED in who you are.  That means standing up for yourself and trusting in the person God created you to be.  While being anchored in who you are, also never stop learning, growing, and challenging yourself PIECE BY PIECE.   I strongly believe that you are never too old to stop growing as a person.  We should always strive to be better than we were the day before.  This blog has allowed me to grow into a person that I am proud of, and I want the same for all of you.   

While my second year of blogging wasn’t all that I wanted it to be, I have continued to show up, pour my heart out, and share some of my passions with all of you. For that, I am proud and so grateful. Thank you to all of you that have consistently shown up to read what little old me has to say.  It means the world to me.  The messages and comments I get are what motivate me to keep going.  If something I write resonates with just one person and helps them to feel like they aren’t alone or helps them to feel better about themselves, then it is all worth it.  Here is to another year of growing and learning and sharing my little world with all of you!  

Anchored for Another Year,

One Year

It was exactly one year ago today that this little blog came to fruition.   It is really hard to believe that I have been doing this faithfully for a full year.  There were so many people that doubted me, poked fun at me, and thought it was just a phase I was going through. I think some people thought it would be short lived, and that I would move on to something else soon enough.  While something else did come into my life during this past year, I remained faithful to this blog and continued to share my life and passions with you day after day.  I won’t deny that I doubted myself on more than one occasion over the past year, but I didn’t let it stop me. There have even been days that I have woken up and have not wanted to write, but I do it anyway. Sometimes I even get writer’s block and have no clue what I am going to write when I sit down in front of my computer, but somehow the words always manage to find their way onto the page.  It is not easy sharing your faults and struggles with the world, but I believe it is making me a better person. I cannot tell you how much this blog has blessed my life in the past year.  I love that it forces me to think outside the box and step out of my comfort zone day after day.  It has also forced me to evaluate my behaviors closely and come to some realizations about myself that I have in turn used to make changes in my life.  Whether I have one reader or 1,000 readers doesn’t matter to me because it is filling my cup up every single day.  What I am getting out of it far outweighs any of the negatives, and I feel truly blessed by it. 

My goal for starting the blog was not only for my own personal self-discovery and growth, but it was to also help empower other women to become the best version of themselves that they can be.  I hope that I have been able to do just that.  Whether it is through feeling more comfortable with how you look and present yourself, how you organize your home and life, or becoming more confident in who you are as person, I want you to feel empowered. I want you to know that you matter and that you are not alone.  No one is perfect, but we can all strive to be the person that God calls us to be.  I am certainly not an example of perfection, but I hope that I can be an example of someone who owns her faults and struggles and puts in the work to become a better version of myself.  We all deserve that.  We deserve to live our best lives.  We should never stop learning, growing, and changing.  If my crazy life can help you to do that, then I am going to keep on writing. 

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Before I started writing today, I actually went back and read my very first post from a year ago. I sure hope that I have become a better writer in the past year, because that post seemed too juvenile to me.  Ha ha! Seriously, though, I look back at the person who wrote that first post, and I think about how much I have grown in the last year. I am not that same girl, and that is a good thing.  That girl was lost and struggling. My dreams and goals are much bigger now than they were then, and I am more in touch with who I am and who I want to be.  I pray that I will continue to grow and come to know myself even better in the next year.  I also pray that my words will resonate with you and that you will desire to grow and change along with me. Life is a journey, and it is a journey that can lead to so much good and happiness.  It is all about perspective and attitude.  That is the biggest thing that I have learned in the past year.  I used to look at everything negatively, and now I have tried to change my mindset into a more positive one.  Of course it is still a struggle, and I am certainly a work in progress.  I just hope that something I have written has blessed you as much as it has blessed me to share it all with you. Thank you for coming on this journey with me over the past year, and I pray that you will stick around for many more. 

Anchored,

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