Happy 1st Birthday Blog!

Dear Blog,

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!

Love, Caryn

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!

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Twenty Six

           Source: photographyismyescape.tumblr.com via Nathalie on Pinterest

 

Today is Mr Boyfriend’s birthday. He turns 26 so here are 26 reasons why I love him and why I am lucky to call him my boyfriend. In no particular order:

  • He is super thoughtful and sweet!  He sends me e-cards when I’m down or just need a pick-me-up to brighten my day. He sends me flowers at work just to say I love you or to say congratulations for getting a promotion. He even picks up dinner for me when I am sick. 
  • He is generous and has an extremely big heart.  He occasionally surprises me with gifts, doesn’t always make me pay for meals and still takes me out on dates. 
  • He is loyal and makes me happy. 
  • He is honest. Without the slightest doubt in my mind, I know he honors our honesty policy. I know we can trust each other to no end. I can count on him for the truth and for guidance.
  • He cheers me up when I am down. 
  • He does not get jealous when I am talking to other friends, even when they are guys.
  • He is not afraid to hold my purse in public if I need a helping hand.
  • He unconditionally supports and respects me. 
  • He admits when he is wrong and apologizes, even if it takes him a night to sleep on it. And on the other side, he is forgiving.
  • We never go to bed without saying I love you.
  • He deals with all my baggage. Enough said. 
  • He has a really cute tush.
  • He inspires me to be a better person.  
  • He tells me I look beautiful. (Even when my weight fluctuates or I wake up with a lion’s mane).
  • He is genuinely a kind thoughtful and caring person.  
  • He knows how to grill and he is a great cook.
  • We can look at each other and without a word gauge how the other is feeling. 
  • He has good family values that match mine. He even calls his parents and grandparents frequently. On that note, he treats my family and family friends with utmost respect as if they were his own, even if he has never met them before. 
  • He treats me really well and makes me feel special like a princess. 
  • I know without a doubt he will always be faithful.
  • He holds my hand and is not afraid to show his love for me in public and not in the nasty PDA way. 
  • He doesn’t mind going shopping with me, as long as we eat first.
  • He is himself around me and doesn’t put on an act. He is not afraid to show me his emotional side either.
  • He is really smart and is very financially responsible. He passed his CPA on the first try!
  • He has healthy and clean habits and he doesn’t smoke.
  • He knows a clean apartment is key in order to keep my sanity, so he is trying to pick up after himself. He has improved drastically over the years!
AND OF COURSE ONE FOR GOOD LUCK…
   27. HE (unconditionally) LOVES ME FOR ME.


For his gift, I got him tickets to a Soundgarden concert and a private golf lesson.  Because neither are tangible gifts that he could open, I made these gifts on says-it.com.  The site has some very creative customizable do-it yourself signs.  I then printed and laminated them so he had something to open.  How cute are these?! And they were free! 



Happy Birthday Mr. Boyfriend! I am honored to have you in my life and am grateful that I am able to call you mine. You have enriched my life in so many ways. You are a true gem. I hope we have many many future birthdays to celebrate together.

Here is my favorite birthday song, just for you.  Happy Birthday!


I love you!


Love, Caryn