So there is nothing really spectacular about this post.
What am I saying, of course, there is!
I have been a blogger for one year as of today!
I am so excited about this because when I started this, I never would have imagined I would have this much fun, meet so many neat and amazing new friends and just love it to death.
In fact, I completely forgot about my anniversary until a few weeks ago when everyone was having those issues with Blogger and I looked through my edited posts and my first ever post popped up in front of my eyes…..June 14, 2010.
Here is what that post looked like:
In talking with my friends and family and with the encouragement of my awesome husband, I am starting this blog. What is it about? Well, I am what you would call a little hyper-organized. Seriously. I LOVE to clean, organize, decorate etc. and have since I was little. I literally have fond memories as a child of cleaning, the smell of lemon Pledge and the feeling after organizing my childhood bedroom that lingers with me today. Cleaning helps me relax and feel organized and I am no longer ashamed to admit to that, ok a little ashamed. 🙂 So I thought to myself, why not go forth and help others who we might call “organizationally challenged” and spread my “talent”. So here I am! For years I have wanted to start my own business but was afraid to take a dip in the business wading pool. I turned 40 this spring and decided that now is the time to take control of my future and so I have a toe in that pool and the water isn’t too bad. Wish me luck!
I feel like I have come a long way and yet, not too much has changed:
I still love to clean, organize and decorate and it does help me relax.
But I am no longer looking to create my own business because as my friend and I found out last fall, it is really hard and I am just not there right now in my life. My business right now is raising two awesome human beings.
I have seen how my writing style has changed from journal entry-type posts to those that invite you in as a reader; to the pictures I took that were plain ugly then finding Picasa thanks to fellow bloggers and how it has completely changed the way I take pictures.
I love that I have learned how to read HTML; to link up my blog to another blog’s “link party” to draw in readers and increase my page views; I really love that I have learned to look at my home in a different way in order to decorate on the cheap and I love all of the inspiration the blogging world has given to me in order to make things in our life “pretty” even when life wasn’t looking pretty at all.
But most of all, I love that I learned to do these things on my own.
As a stay at home mom, I sometimes feel like my brain would turn to mush if I had to read Once Upon A Potty one. more. time. or that all I seem to do is clean up after my kids every moment of every day and that would be what I would be best remembered for in my life. It’s good to have things in your life that are just for yourself.
So, in honor of my little anniversary, I am giving everyone reading here a new car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to re-hash a little and show some of my favorite moments here over the past year and hope that these were some of your favorites as well.
I loved how excited I was to create this project inspired by a fellow blogger and Williams Sonoma.
My friend and I sold these at our Two Thrifty Chicks craft show back in November and they sold out. I love that you can use these over and over AND that they cost only four bucks to make.
I love how my mantel has been transformed over the past year for just pennies and I mean pennies…..
I love how a little $4.99 table from Goodwill can change a room around and create a place for fun tablescapes:
Remember the big living room/dining room swap?
That I didn’t take before pictures of so you had no idea what I was talking about.
Just know that the living room is where the dining room used to be and vice versa.
But that can always change in this house.
I love how Dollar Tree can inspire me to create something fun and usually under five bucks to boot!
My most fave project to date that still makes me squeal:
It has been such a great year for me and this blog.
Thank you so much to all of my loyal followers who read this blog every day. I really do appreciate you and I hope I can continue to keep you interested in my adventures for another year, and another year.
I love you all!!
Here’s to year two!!!!