It’s my one year blog-o-versary!
One year ago today, feeling isolated and maybe a little bit unfulfilled, I started putting any random thought online for all to see. Basically, I wanted my friends and family, or anyone else who cared to read, to know that if they share some of my thoughts and feelings, then they wouldn’t have to feel alone.
Here are some things that changed for me this year
1. I stopped letting other people’s opinions dictate mine.
One of the toughest thing about new parenthood (Baby I was 4 months old when I started blogging) was that I had no idea what I was doing, so I sought advice. But there’s so much conflicting advice out there that I felt judged and conflicted no matter which method, strategy or tip I tried. What I know now is that just because some mom somewhere feels a method or technique is wrong doesn’t make it wrong for my family.
2. Work-life balance balanced out.
I still don’t know if there’s such a thing as having it all. But what I do know is that, with time, I’ve been more and more comfortable in my role as working mom. It’s never going to be easy, and it’s not for everyone, but those things are true of staying at home as well. And I’ve learned to get comfortable with that this year.
3. Health became more valuable.
I had my first gout attack this year, which was super painful and a huge wake-up call. I’ve had to watch my diet and take batter care of myself. Confession: I still need to work on this in a major way. Stay tuned!
4. I read more.
Posting book reviews helped motivate me to read more this year. I hadn’t really read for pleasure for a long, long time before starting my blog. People seem to respond pretty well to the book reviews, and I enjoy doing them.
5. Dreams came true.
The new house that we moved into in April had been a dream of mine for a long, long time. To be fair, a bigger home complicates things in terms of money and maintenance, but it has been a completely worthwhile trade. I love love love living there! And I can’t wait to upload some before/after photos (we’re still settling in though).
And, lastly, some stats. My first year blogging brought:
1 post freshly pressed
Thank you to each and every one of my readers. I love this blogging thing!