Two years ago I did the unimaginable.
Two years ago I began to write.
Today, on this exact day, marks the day my little blog turns 2!
I am not really sure what sparked me, but I had an urge to write. I needed to take my heart and open it for the world to see. I needed to let everyone know that although my life is ordinary, there's nothing in particular that makes me 'unique' from everyone else; it is beautiful. My everyday life is a reason to celebrate. My beautiful life.
If you told me that 2 years to the day of starting this little space, over 10 000 people from all over the world would viewed it- I would never believe you. I am still amazed as I watch the numbers rise, and I often ask "okay seriously, whose actually reading?". But it's not about numbers. Yes, I LOVE getting comments and hearing from people, there is indeed a special feeling that comes along with that, but I created this space to celebrate life. real beautiful life. The beauty of family and friends, transitions and celebrations. The beauty that comes along with frustrations and challenges, anger and annoyance. The beauty in children and flowers, water and skies and even sparkly toes.
I think too often we go through the motions of life. The Monday-Friday work week, and weekends full of activities and plans. We fill our calendars with 'stuff', make appointments months in advance and live year to year rather then day to day. We rush here and there, become frustrated when things don't go our way, and often forget to stop and celebrate what we do have. Many aren't able to work, don't have the finances for activities, or health benefits to see the dentist. When I was with a friend whose also a mentor awhile back, we were talking about raising kids, and the difficulty parents face at trying to make each day worthy and whole while still creating experiences and instilling morals and values. She talked about being in the car with her girls, whether it going to dance, school or doctors, and how she really tries to make the car a place of conversation and memories rather then the 'rush mobile'. That by turning the radio down, asking questions and even stopping to pray for the emergency response crews that wiz by, she hopes the car rides can be a beautiful place.
As the past two years that have gone by, I've become more aware at the amount of people who are so keen to rush rather then take the time to build memories. There are few who take the time for reflection, and time to be present in the moment. It's hard. We all want to be good multi-taskers, to be present in today, but also thinking about tomorrow. I myself struggle to stay present to celebrate each day, moment, second. Even right now I have a count down to June 16 when the site staff arrive, how excited I am to be working with great people who will become close friends. The moments that I struggle with being away I count down the weeks till I'm home, and when the number seems huge, I know the days will fly.
It's a balance. A balance that is hard to maintain. A balance I work towards each and everyday. A balance of celebrating the beauty of life one moment at a time, but also looking forward to the next beautiful thing to come. In this moment, I celebrate my little blog. My blog that continues to show me that everyday there is something to be thankful for. That everyday the sun can shine even if its cloudy and rainy.
So bring on the pixie dust. This chicks celebrating my little blog!
Cheers to today, tomorrow, and the many more moments to come!
Happy Birthday Blog! xo
and, for good time sake, let's go down 2011-2012 Header Memory Lane: