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January 3, 2013

What I Learned From My First Year Of Blogging

I started this blog one year ago today, on January 3rd, 2012. I began with this very simple post. Along the course of a year, I learned so much about myself; much more than I would have ever expected. So, in celebration of my first blogiversary, I'm just going to share a little of what I learned in the past year, and then leave you with a couple of my favorite posts. Not necessarily the most popular posts I've done (I shared those here earlier), but just my personal favorites.

So, what did I learn?
Here are the top 5.

1. I learned to believe in myself. No matter what. There are plenty of people who will tell you you can't do something or that you shouldn't. Choose to ignore the naysayers. Instead, surround yourself with those who think you can. Blogging has taught me to apply this same principle to every aspect of my life.

2. I learned people are good. There are so many kind, supportive, generous, and appreciative people out there. I never expected for people to be so nice. I fully expected to put on my crash helmet and brace for impact. But the mean comments never came. Quite the opposite happened. I met so many amazing readers who genuinely appreciated what I did, and were always so sweet and supportive of my (sometimes failed) attempts to hotglue stuff together. As of this day, there are tons of readers that I actually know by name because of their constant support.  

3. I learned to be myself. The first 4 months of my blogging were a hot mess. It took me awhile to find my own style. My decorating was sometimes bad, and my writing was often bad, too. I spent a lot of time learning and improving. Eventually, I kinda found my voice and realized that no matter what, the learning will never stop. 

4. I've learned that you have to start somewhere. It's so easy to get overwhelmed by life's imperfections. But things will never be perfect. Start where you are, and make the best of what you have. 

5. Don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle or end. I learned that this is my journey, and the only person I need to compare myself to is the person I was yesterday. Everyone's path will be different.

And now, before I go, I'll leave you with my favorite posts from the year. These posts aren't the most beautiful, or even eloquent. They're just the ones where I share my life, and maybe a funny story or two. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Thank you for your support, kindness, and constant encouragement! And most of all, thanks for celebrating with me! 
I'm doing a toe touch in your honor.

(This was my sibling Christmas picture. It's a time-honored tradition.)

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  1. Congratulations on one year of fabulous blogging! Wishing you many many more fruitful years to come :)

  2. Congratulations Virginia! I am happy for you!

  3. Happy bloggy Birthday!! :) So exciting and you have so many great posts here. Here's to another great year!!

  4. Congrats on one year. So happy you started blogging and giving us such great eye candy and ideas.xo

  5. Congrats on one year. So happy you started blogging and giving us such great eye candy and ideas.xo

  6. Can't believe you've only been blogging for a year!! Keep up the good work!

  7. I agree with you in all what you say in your post, blogging is a wonderful experience, Julia C., La Silla Chic

  8. I've been quietly reading your blog since the very beginning, and just want to say Happy Anniversary!!!!! You've done such a great job growing this blog, and I'm sure many great things are yet to come. Keep doing what you do miss, it's lovely! ♥

  9. Congrats on your first year! So happy to be part of your blogging world and can't wait to meet you in person at Haven!! I'll have to start practicing my toe-touches now! {not going to happen!}

  10. Beautiful post! I agree with everything you wrote and I'm super happy to be in your tribe :) Happy bloggy birthday...this next year is going to bring big things for you!
    (I still love that post about Jesse's kid books, and am looking forward to your messy post!)

  11. Congrats on your one year blogiversary! Love your transformations and I look forward to your future transformations around the house.

  12. Congratulations! You have done an amazing job in a year! Can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for you!

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