Reflections on 1 Year of Blogging!
It’s hard for me to believe the words I’m about to type, but it’s officially been one year since I started my blog. It was December 13, 2015 to be exact. I’m shaking my head in disbelief because it seriously feels like it just started yesterday. I guess time really does fly when you’re having fun. This past year has been nothing short of amazing. Not only have I been able to share my passion, but this blog has changed my life. In only 1 year I’ve been been able to leave my job and pursue blogging full-time. It’s truly been a dream come true. I also want to take time today to thank you guys for all the love and support you’ve shown me over the past year.
When I started my blog I had no clue what I was doing. Heck, I still don’t know what I’m doing half the time, but I knew that I wanted a place to share about the things I love. We had just purchased this home, a 1980’s fixer upper, a few months before and I was excited to document our journey of making it ours. I also wanted to share my love of DIY and vintage decor, so starting a blog seemed like the right thing to do. But I’ll be honest. I had never, ever thought about having a blog. I had just finished up my master’s degree, I was in a job I absolutely loved, and it just wasn’t on my radar at all. In fact, this blog came about somewhat spontaneously. It actually all began on Instagram, where I initially started sharing photos of our home and my projects. My account started to grow quickly and I found myself happier than ever before in our new home. After living in two foreclosures, I felt like this place set me free in a way. I know that probably sounds strange, but for the first time ever I felt like I was able to do things I had always wanted to do in our home. Something about it just brought out my creativity like never before. I loved sharing that passion on Instagram. It seemed a few other people were enjoying what I shared as well and slowly the idea of starting a blog began to brew in my mind. I told myself that if my Instagram account reached 5,000 followers that I’d start a blog–I’d give a go.
It didn’t take long for me to reach that milestone. I think it was early in November 2015 when I hit 5,000 Instagram followers and I thought, “OK, maybe I should go ahead with this blog thing.” I talked it over with my husband, prayed about it, and eventually decided to give it a shot. And boy, I’m sure glad I decided to go for it. In just one year’s time, this blog has completely changed my life. Not only has it been an incredible creative outlet for me, something I was completely missing in my life, but it’s also now become my full-time job. I don’t know if you guys remember, but a few months back I shared that I was transitioning out of my job–the job I loved–in order to be able to stay home with my kiddos and focus on growing my blog. It was a really tough decision, and definitely a big risk, but I felt in my heart that it as the right decision. I was dreaming of being home more with my kids and the opportunities with my blog were just too good to pass up. This blog has not only replaced the income I was making at my previous job, but exceeded it. I’ll give all the glory to God on that one.
Over the past year I’ve had amazing opportunities to work with brands like Home Depot, Pier 1, American Furniture Warehouse, and KILZ. Seriously, these are things I never would have dreamt of in a million years. But what’s even more incredible to me is that you all are here, reading my blog. Really, some days it baffles me. I just can’t believe how this blog has grown over the past year and I owe it to all of you. You guys truly mean the world to me. I can’t even express how grateful I am for your support. Without you, this would never work. Every time you read my blog, share it with a friend, pin one of my images, like something I share on Facebook, or leave a comment on one of my posts you are making this dream possible for me. I never take that for granted. I seriously wish I could hug each and every one of you.
I like keeping it real around here, so I’ll be honest with you guys. Sometimes balancing it all is tough. Really tough. And one thing I’ve learned this past year is that blogging is a lot harder than it looks. And a lot more time consuming. Especially with two little ones running around. But I love it, even on the hard days. And the days I’m sleep deprived from staying up til 1 AM to get a post done, it’s still exactly what I want to be doing. I’m still such newbie at this, in the world of blogging I am sooooo new, but I’m learning more every day and I feel so lucky to be able to chase this big, crazy dream. I’m excited to see what the next year will bring and I just pray that it’s half as good as this past year has been. I hope this blog is a place you can come to for a bright spot in your day. It sure has been my happy place and I hope it can be yours too. Here’s to another year!
Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart. xoxo
P.S. If you’re thinking about starting your own blog, I say GO FOR IT. Don’t let fear and uncertainty hold you back. None of this would have happened for me if I hadn’t decided to just go for it one year ago. I have a complete guide to starting your blog, so be sure to check out this post: