What Blogging Has Taught Me

11 years. of blogging. WHAT?!

I can’t believe my first blog post was written in January of 2007. I owned a wedding planning business at the time – Daydreamer Events. It was my first business and I wanted so badly to be this successful entrepreneur. I was almost 3 years into owning my business, I was young and ambitious, but I was also intimidated and had no confidence. Can you blame me?! I was 21 years old lol!

11 years of blogging. WHAAAA?!

In my 11 years of blogging I’ve learned so much about myself – personally and professionally. I’ve seen life in a perspective that I never would have otherwise. I’ve seen the landscape of blogging change from its early days to what it is now. It’s crazy to see how I’ve adapted and changed as the blogging industry changed. I originally started my blog as a resource and sales tool to promote my business. A portfolio of my work almost. But as time went on I had more courage to share more personal things. As much as I wanted to keep it professional I couldn’t help but want to write about my life outside of work too. It quickly became a place where I found peace and a sense of self.

Blogging has given me courage that I never thought I had.

It’s so hard to be yourself, I mean truly yourself, especially at the risk of ridicule. I’ve always thought I was an open book. I thought I didn’t have anything to hide. But I quickly realized that there were certain things that I was afraid of sharing. Things like my opinions, fears, and hardships. When I started to really dig deep and ask why I realized it’s because I’m scared of what others would say or think of me. I’ve always had this fear of not being accepted and its held me back in so many ways. But as I’ve grown older and as I’ve lived more life experiences I care less and less what people think. A goal I have for this year is to live a bold life – unashamed of who I am. Blogging, among other things, has given me the courage to do that.

Blogging has been a place I can reflect on my journey.

I’m so glad I started blogging when I did. I look back on posts often and I love to reminisce. Blogging has given me the opportunity to have a chronicle of my adult life. It’s given me an opportunity to learn from looking back.

14 Year Anniversary!

Holy smokes! Have we really been together for 14 years?! It definitely doesn’t feel like it, Babe.

Our first official picture as a couple – June 2004

Life with you has been so fulfilling. To see you happy, to see you accomplish your goals, to see your relationship with the Lord grow in ways that I can’t even dream of! But to also see you sad, to see you hurt, or disappointed – it makes me want to be a better person and wife so that I can do everything I can to keep it from happening again. Those hard times helped us to grow closer, make our marriage stronger, and brought our relationship to a whole new level. For that I’m so thankful.

 

Happy anniversary BB! Today, we’ll be celebrating the resurrection of our Lord with family, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cheers to more dates, more laughs, more silly talk, more adventures, and more dreams together. I love you!

xoxo,

 

Good Friday

I honestly wasn’t sure what to write about Good Friday this year, but I knew that I was going to write something. I kept going back and forth with myself in my head. “Write anything, what’s so difficult about it?” 

If you don’t know, my husband Charlie and I are Christian. When we recommitted our lives to the Lord it changed everything for the better. Life didn’t get easier, in fact, it got harder. But I wouldn’t have been able to endure what I’ve gone through if it weren’t for my faith. And in my world, Easter is the most important day of the year. 

2 years ago I wrote a post about Good Friday, a piece I’m really proud of. When it came to write this post I kept thinking, “How can I top that post?” But honestly, I don’t think that’s what this post is going to be about.

This year, this day, I’m in a different place compared to when I wrote that post. I’m not going to put pressure on myself, instead I’m just going to let my fingers run free. Even if I’m not as prepared as I was 2 years ago to write something I hope it’s still powerful this time around. Honestly, at this time in my life I just want to remember something. I want to remember that sacrifice is humbling, truly humbling. The sacrifice that Jesus did for us on the cross forever changed the way I look at the world, and because of that I’m truly humbled and grateful.

Thank you, Lord, for what you did on the cross, where you have led me, what you are currently doing in my life, and the plans you have for me. No matter what may lie ahead, I am at peace knowing that you are at the wheel. Please help me to remember trust in your timing, to always lean on you and not on my own understanding, and to listen intently. Amen.