Today my blog turned 2.
My very first post ever on A Day In The Life was titled “New Year New Adventures.” Little did I know just how much that title would ring true for every subsequent year. Year 1 was new adventures in blogging, attending BiSC for the first time, getting engaged, taking risks and stepping outside of my comfort zone, traveling, new friendships and a new job. Year 2 was new adventures in living on my own, starting my own organization, making dreams come true, volunteering in Africa and climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and tons of self-discovery related adventures. Now, as year 3 begins, I am once again starting it off right and living by the “New Year New Adventures” motto that I set back on Day 1. Over the past two years, this blog has given me the confidence to have faith in myself, to follow my dreams, and continually challenge myself. Simply because I started this blog, new and wonderful relationship have blossomed and have enriched my life. I am so grateful for those friendships. I can say with 100% certainty that I would not be starting off this new year by embarking on my newest adventure of moving to DC this Friday (!) if it weren’t for this blog. I likely wouldn’t have had the courage or confidence to do any of what I accomplished in the Year of Caryn.
Blog – thank you for bringing wonderful people into my life, for inspiring me to be the most authentic version of myself, and for helping me grow into the strong, confident and positive woman I am today.
Happy Birthday, Blog! I look forward to seeing what we accomplish together in our 3rd year.
Happy Birthday! Today you are a year old. I seriously cannot get over how fast this year flew by.
Last January, I decided a change was needed in my life and you were born. I felt something was missing and that I needed to do something for myself . I felt inspired to write again. I had no idea just how much you would change my life and how you would fill that void. It started with Blogger, then I joined Twitter and then you became a big girl and we moved to WordPress. After much rebellion, I joined Twitter because I was told it was a great tool for bloggers spread the word and to communicate. It was then through Twitter that I heard about and signed up for Bloggers in Sin City only a few weeks into our relationship . There I met 50+ wonderful and spirited new blogger friends, many of whom share a lot of similar interests and who continue to inspire and support me. I learned to push myself out of my comfort zone and had the weekend of my life. Because of that unforgettable weekend in Vegas, I chose to attend the 20SB Summit in August and saw these girls over Labor Day weekend. I also attended a Chicago Blogger/Twitter meetup and met some more awesome internet pals. Without you I never would have visited Richmond, VA or Philly. Together, we documented milestones and events throughout the year.
You, my blog, have brought people into my life that have shown me what it is like to have friends who make me feel good about myself, who love me, support me, and are even willing to fly across the country to cheer me up. You have given me comfort and sanity and introduced me to so many new experiences. You provided me with an outlet to express myself and ability to find my voice. I have friends all over the country now. I had no idea when I started all this that it would be more than just another URL on the internet, that people would actually read what I have to say, and that some of my best friends in the world would be fellow bloggers.
Even for all that you have given me, there were still times I neglected you and didn’t write as often as I wanted to or didn’t have time to follow through on post ideas. I’m sorry, I’ll be better this year. Thank you for everything and everyone that you have brought into my life. This year has been extremely special and memorable, because of you. Happy Birthday!
If all of this happened in just one year, I can’t wait to see what happens in round 2! Happy birthday blog, cheers to another year.
Here is a Blog Baby Book of some (not all) of the posts and experiences from our first year together!