Tuesday, December 22, 2009

My Blog Anniversary!


I'm not home, but I scheduled this post because today is my one year blogging anniversary!! I just had to write a little somethin' somethin'! I set out a year ago, 281 posts ago...completely clueless:) I didn't know a thing about how to blog. I wasn't sure what I was going to talk about or if anyone would be able to find me to even read it. But for some reason, day after day it came...the words came, the inspiration came and finally the readers came. I can only attribute it to God. He has filled my heart with so much to share and through that whole process He has given me a lot of new friends. I can honestly say that blogging has changed my life:)


There are times though that I question why I do this. We all know it's really time consuming, but more than that sometimes blogging makes me feel "less than"... I compare myself to other bloggers and feel intimidated. They seem to have it all together with their gorgeous homes, wonderful recipes, amazing crafting ability, pictures etc... This is a little embarrassing to admit, but the green eyed monster comes out and I have to deal with those envious thoughts. I have to remind myself that it's not a competition! I am who I am and that is exactly who God made me to be. Please tell me you've experienced this!


With this New Year approaching my goals are to just listen to what God is trying to tell me, look for opportunities to share my life and art with the world, and to just be! He put these desires in my heart; to blog, to paint, to share...so I give it over. Please know you have all encouraged me so much this past year!! Your comments and letters have always come at the perfect time. They bless my heart day after day and fill me with the inspiration to continue. I love ya...I really do!




Have a blessed day.






Oh and stay tuned...
when I get back I'll have some kind of giveaway to celebrate proper!!
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71 comments:

  1. I do understand what you mean by comparing what I have with others! My "green eyed monster" is others sewing skills! I want to sew like mad...but it is a very slow process. I get discouraged by seeing what others can do so easily. I told my husband I feel like Madame Blueberry (Veggie Tales.) I bet you know who she is. :) I am reminded by God that He gave me my gifts. He knows the desires of my heart. He will give me the knowledge to get there...even if it is in His time. So, I wait and learn. :) Hope you are having a lovely time in Illinois! We are going there today! Merry Christmas!!!
    Shann

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  2. Becky, I know exactly what you mean. It's so true it's not a competition. Just a wonderful self expression. And, I enjoy yours very much!

    Congratulations on your 1 year anniversary! I hope you and your family have a joyous holiday!

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  3. Are you kidding me? You are a great blogger!!!! AND an excellent artist!!!! You have no competition, God made us all unique unto Him.

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  4. Happy Blogiversary!!

    Trust me I know how you feel with the "blogger envy". I struggle with that little thing just about every day.

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  5. Excellent post, Becky! You are right on with the fact blogging is not a competition (though women seem to like to make everything such...) we're all just sharing who we are, and what we go through, and it doesn't matter if we have 1 comment or a hundred, if we're not ultimately blogging so that the Glory of God would be revealed somehow and in someway even the littlest inkling of a bit, we're blogging for the wrong reasons. At least, that's how I see it. ;) You are an inspiration! Happy one year Blogaversary, I'm happy to know you in this world of friends.

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  6. happy anniversary. i, for one, am glad you started blogging! you've been a blessing.

    merry christmas, becky...you are loved!!

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  7. our faith needs to be challenged in order for us to keep getting closer to Him.....at least, that's the way I see it.....

    happy anniversary - and I for one appreciate your honesty.

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  8. I love your blog Becky and I'm glad you take the time to share with us! You are such a sweet soul. Here's to a happy new blogging year to you ;)

    ~Brooke

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  9. Happy Anniversary!

    I must admit that I am also envious of some of the other blogs but I do shoo it away.
    Just so you know, you are a little intimidating also! LOL I love to read your posts and see what is going on in your life.
    My blog needs serious help! Not only am I boring, but my poor little blog is in need of some maturity. I'm just not sure how to do it. It will come in time I am sure!

    Merry Christmas to you and your precious family!

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  10. Congrats on your blogiversary! Here's to many happy years of blogging!!!

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  11. it's hard not to compare yourself to other bloggers, I just wrote a post about it too, I am so blessed to know your family and I love everything you post, your adventures and your heart are all things that I look forward to when I see your site, you are loved and valuable and beautiful, congrats on your blogiversary!

    Merry Christmas to you and your sweetness!

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  12. Happy Blogiversary!

    I know all too well what you mean about comparing yourself to other bloggers, however, you have been such an inspiration to me! I love to read your posts, keep up the good work!

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  13. Happy Blogaversary and Merry Christmas! Your blog has been a blessing!

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  14. I'm so glad I found your blog. You are an inspiration to me in so many ways!

    Merry Christmas!

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  15. Happy Anniversary Becky! I adore your blog so much!!! I've felt the same way about other people's blogs, but you're right about praying and giving it to God. Everything is His and I love how he brings us bloggers together to encourage, uplift and have fun! May He bless you abundantly in all your heart's desires for year 2!

    Merry Christmas to you and the Mister and the Chicks!

    - Rachel from A Cupcake for Moose

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  16. Girl, you are just the cutest and sweetest! happy Anniversary and I am so glad that I found your blog and you are an inspiration to me and to many..keep up the wonderful writing and thanks for always being yourself, just who God made you!

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  17. Happy Anniversary, lady! I am so happy our virtual paths crossed. I can't believe you've only been at this for a year! You're a pro. :) I love what you shared about comparing...it's so nearly impossible not to do! It's so true that all we can be is who we are. I set out to blog for MYSELF. No one else. I have to remind myself of that from time to time in order to keep the right perspective.

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  18. Applauso! Applauso!!
    I'm with you completely! Every word!
    Have a wonderful vacay, my dear. Can't wait to hear all about it!
    (((Bloggy Hugs)))

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  19. This is wonderful!
    Glad to have found your blog!

    Beth

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  20. We love you!! Oh I am so happy to have found you... you inspire me constantly!

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  21. Happy Anniversary sweet girl!!!!! You have 499 followers! Holy cow, your blog has just exploded in the past year. It's because everyone loves you, and you're so precious.

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  22. Happy Anniversary! You have TONS of followers! And I love to read your posts! Keep on keeping on!!! Merry CHRISTmas!

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  23. Oh Happy Blog-iversary! And, don't worry, a lot of us feel the same way...that we may not "measure up" to someone else's blog, etc. Remind yourself that you are one-of-a-kind and that your blog belongs to you...that's what makes it special:) And you rock!

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  24. Happy Blog-iversary! That is wonderful. Hope you are enjoying the holidays and I am so happy I found you.

    and i love the snow falling right now on your blog...how did you make that happen?

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  25. Happy Anniversary!

    I love this post...I totally understand each word you said!!!

    I love blogging to and am so happy that I met all my blog friends. You are awesome and so creative...keep it up. I love reading your words :))

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  26. I love you too and am so thankful I found you! I had run into your blog a time or two and moved on(didn't want to intrude on someone I didn't know)It took about a minute to get to know you..I love your heart and how you express your real feelings and your art work is so amazing! We each have so much to give to strengthen and lift each other. I don't feel competition, I feel admiration and love and lifting from so many talented, sweet, real women out there. I truly believe we are "sisters"...so happy to have connected with you...you are beautiful inside and out! Have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! Come say hi :D

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  27. Well then Becky happy blog anniversary. Know that I feel blessed to know you, to know your real, to know your true. Hoping your trip is going wonderful and that your Christmas is blessed with all things that matter.

    hugs my friend,
    k.

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  28. congrats becky! yes! ive been there especially with being new to blogging! i am so glad i found you! you are an awesome follower of God! thank you!

    ps. ok! love the music! it makes me relive my highschool years! fun!

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  29. Happy Anniversary Becky! You have an amazing blog. You have a gift for showing such realness when you write out your thoughts and when you create your special art. Don't you remember me telling you that you are one of the special people that inspired me to blog? And that is because my heart was encouraged with your honesty about life. Just by being YOU, others are being encouraged, changed and motivated to follow their dreams and become all God's created them to become. So keep on keepin on just as you are. Truly, you've made a big difference in my life. I'm so glad you are my friend!

    Lee Ann

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  30. Congratulations! I am so happy for you and wish you the absolute best! I LOVE your blog!

    Kate

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  31. Happy Blogiversary to you, Becky!!

    I know it's tempting to get jealous, but I also know first hand that not everyone is as they seem on their blogs, unfortunately.

    You just be YOU and continue to shine as you do.

    Merry Christmas!

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  32. Happy Blogaversary! I'm so glad I found your blog. I've enjoyed reading your posts and getting to know a little about you and your family.

    Have a very Merry, Merry Christmas!

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  33. Hi Becky!

    I've been missing you, Christmas preparations have been so busy - thank you so much for popping over to say bye before you left for your parents though, that was truly so sweet of you.

    I loved this post.....1 year and 500 followers.....how fabulous you are! Your blog is honest, warm and friendly, I love that you have shared so many things and it has been wonderful to share your journey with you.

    I am not an envious person by nature....but I do know what you mean....there are some amazing blogs out there.....and yours is ONE OF THEM!!! I am so excited for you that you have set up your Etsy shop, that is so fantastic...and very exciting!

    I loved what you wrote in your post below about it only seeming not long ago that you were one of the little ones running around and now you're the grown up....I know just what you mean.

    Have a wonderful Christmas (your Mom sounds wonderful, I am sure you will!), I look forward to sharing 2010 with you....who knows what it will bring?!

    Big hugs to you my gorgeous friend,
    Simone xoxo

    PS LOVE the photo of you in this post - you look FAB-U-LOUS! :)

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  34. Happy Anniversary, Becky!!!
    Yes, I've been there. . .I AM there!. . .none of my family members understand why I blog. I want me to write, but not like this. It is special to me, too. Yes, it is time consuming.
    Your goals are awesome! Your heart is in the right place. God is using you!
    Merry Christmas!

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  35. oops! I meant, They want me to write!
    You keep doing what you are doing!

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  36. One year only! It seems liek you have been blogging forever...you are a little too good to have only been blogging a year! Very cool! Congratulations to you! Did you get any gifts for your one year :) ? Wouldn't that be funny :)

    You really are insipirational & uplifting...keep going strong Becky!

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  37. Hi Becky...happy Blogiversary..I know, I used to wonder why do I do this...but not anymore...

    i have met so many wonderful new friends this year in blogland...it has opened up my life in ways i never could imagine....

    looking forward to sharing more with each other in the coming NEW YEAR !

    Happy New Year

    Love,
    Kary
    xxx

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  38. Happy blogiversary! I know whatcha mean every which way ... I'm so glad I found your blog and thankful that you signed on as a follower to mine. Thank you - Jenn

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  39. Congrats on the anniversary and thank you for sharing your thoughts, words of encouragement and faith! Enjoy your Christmas break! and your family!! Merry Merry Christmas and Happy Happy Birthday Jesus!

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  40. I love your blog. It's amazing!

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  41. Happy Blogiversary!
    Happy Blogday!
    Either way you say it....YOU ROCK!

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  42. Congratulations on your one year anniversary of blogging. I think you are awesome and I love visiting your blog. You are so down to earth and so creative. Your blog rocks! I have been to blogs that make me feel like I wish that I could be a better stamper/scrapper, or better at taking photos but that's as far as it has gone for me. I don't think that I will ever have it all togeher. :)

    I love the photo of you.You look lovely. I also love that you have snow coming down on your blog. Oh so very pretty.

    Merry Christmas to you and to your family.

    Mary

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  43. happy happy anniversary my special friend! I love you so much!\

    MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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  44. Happy Anniversary Becky! Congrats on all you have done...it is so hard not to compare or feel inadequate blogging...I have to remind myself at least once a week why I am doing it. :) I'm joining you on your resolution to listen to God and simply BE. Thank you and merriest of Christmases to you and yours! luv, trina

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  45. Happy Anniversary Becky!!! I'm so excited for one year for you and how inspiring you are to everyone...I love all that you share!

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  46. Your love for other people's souls shines through...keep up the good work.
    happy blogiversary and a very merry christmas to you~
    chasity

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  47. Becky, congrats on your 1 year. I hope I get there! Sometimes I think how much time I put into this and am I really getting anything out of it. I have never been a good writer and I get nervous that I will sound like an idiot. I am so thrilled to have met you and you have inspired me to just be me and not worry about others! I believe the reason I am blogging is because of people like you, so thank you!
    Megan

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  48. happy anniversary.
    You write for yourself and that is all that matters.
    Have a fabulous Christmas!!
    xo

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  49. Happy Blogiversary! What an accomplishment!

    Have a Merry Christmas!

    xo,
    Adrienne

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  50. Happy Blog Anniversary! Love your sweet posts and they always make me reflect a bit and that's a good thing! Have a blessed Christmas!

    Janet

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  51. Happy, Happy Blog Anniversary!!! you are such a joy and a Blessing sweet friend!
    Merry, Merry Christmas!!!- you sure made mine!:)
    Blessings!
    Jill

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  52. I can't imagine now....there ever being a time when you are not a part of my life!!! Isn't that crazy???? I love you so deeply. I adore your friendship and admire the woman that you are in the Lord. Merry Christmas.

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  53. I love your words!
    Merry Christmas

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  54. Happy anniversary! I really enjoy reading your blog and am so glad you do what you do! Merry Christmas to you and your family...enjoy your time at home!

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  55. Congrats! One year and having so many people who visit is such an a achievement! I can't wait for my bloggerversary! Merry Christmas Becky!

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  56. happy anniversary...you are an amazing woman! happy holidays!!!

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  57. I love your blog!! Happy Blog anniversary!!!

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  58. Congratulations! It is crazy what a year can do...especially in a new world called Blog land! We are so glad you had made the decision to blog!

    Christmas Blessings !

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  59. Happy blog-anniversary and Merry Christmas. Do you know that I feel exactly the same way? And I suspect that most ladies do too. That's the nature of us gals - to compare ourselves, always trying to measure up. But the positive thing is that it has changed my life as well. I feel so encouraged and like there are so many great ladies who support me when I spill my heart on the pages of my blog. God gave us sisters to help carry our load and encourage us. I consider you one of my blogging sisters, and I can't wait til your second year of posts!

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  60. Congrats! Sometimes it's hard not to compare ourselves to the talent that others have, but I work hard to reframe it, and think about what I've learned from the incredible women I've "met" in the blog world. I think I am the LEAST artistic person I know... but I'm inspired beyond words by all of you, and that gives me the courage to try to create the things I see others do. Some turn out, some don't. (Thank heavens for the blog shops and Etsy!) You are a gift, and I too, am happy I found you! Keep up the beautiful work!

    Mikal

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  61. Congrats! Keep up the wonderful work. I love your blog! As for the green eyed monster, I don't believe that any one person could say that they have never felt it. Your words are inspiring, so keep speaking from your heart.
    Merry Christmas!

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  62. Happy Blogiversary!! The blog world is a better place with you sharing your heart, inspiration, and love with us so often. May the best be yet to come and may our Heavenly Father continue to fill and lead you as you seek Him!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year Sweet Friend!

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  63. Congratulations! You're exactly where God wants you to be. I love your blog and hope to see more soon!

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  64. Happy anniversary!! I hope you had a lovely day yesterday and that all is well.

    I think we all feel like that sometimes but on the whole, I've discovered that regardless of how someone appears, the chances are they have the same doubts and fears that we all have from time to time and it is how they handle it or disguise it that's different. :O)

    I'm looking forward to being a better bloggy friend after the new year, it has been hectic and normality will suit me better this year, methinks.

    Love, Helen xx

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  65. I am catching up today in my reading and here I am. First off ~ Happy Anniversary!! I love your blog Becky and always look forward to your posts. You write from your heart ~ your faith ~ your love of your family and your creativity are things to cherish. Please do not ever change ~ I love you just the way you are. Hope your holiday was delightful ~ miss you! xo

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  66. Congrats on your blogging anniversary! It is so exciting to know how far you have come from the beginning, and I feel the same way about my own blog. I also know what you mean about reading everyone else's and comparing their lives to yours... but I learned early on to just appreciate the few things I have and let those things shine on my blog. But I always wish I was more creative, a better cook, and lived in a different city when I see other people's blogs! :)

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  67. well you certainly look like you have it all together!! your blog looks great, great family, don't be to hard on yourself!
    I am from MN, but now live in Oregon, and the rain is very depressing!!

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  68. Have a great holiday with your family and hurry back, I'm missin' your blog updates. Cheryl

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  69. happy anniversary! i am so glad you are here in blogland!
    happy new year in two days!

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  70. I just have to say... your blog is a breath of fresh air! I was just having the same feelings today after reading someone's blog... and had to just shut it off and deal with the green eyed monster. ;) I love your honesty & creativity & soul!

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