My blog is a year old!! My friends and I had a little party to celebrate, which was so fun We had champagne and cupcakes, and I was planning on including the cupcake recipe in this post, but they were NOT a hit (I can’t emphasis that enough), so I’ll spare you. Basically, since I’m sugar free, I took a muffin recipe and a frosting recipe, left out the sugar without replacing it with anything, and wrongly assumed they would taste good. Sorry friends- lesson learned…
Anyways, for me, making it to a year is really exciting and somewhat surprising. Also, it’s definitely not one of those things that feels like “wow I can’t believe how quickly the year went by!” It feels like I’ve been blogging for a long time, and I’m deciding that means it’s a natural fit for me
A LOT has happened for me in the past year I think, and if you told me when I started VB that in a year I’d have gone from a serving job to a government job to forgoing a job in favour of focusing on my blog and energy healing practice (EFT, which I’ll be writing more about soon), I’d say you were crazy. I still think its a little crazy, but the good kind of crazy.
I was looking through an old diary recently in which I was brainstorming about the possibility of starting a blog. Here were my reasons for starting a blog: 1. Because I don’t think I can do it, 2. To get back into writing.
Kind of odd reasons, but hey they worked! When I was younger, I loved writing, but after a “traumatic” Journalism undergrad experience, I wanted nothing to do with writing. My aunt Renata kept suggesting I get back into it, and since I was desperate to “find my passion in life,” I decided to give it ago.
It turns out I really love it, and as I’ve mentioned before, I recently decided to take this from a casual hobby to a top priority. It was reading this article that sparked that shift for me.
I have no clue what this next year will bring for me or for VB, but I have high expectations and a really good feeling about things.
And now, let’s take a little walk down memory lane as I recap my personal favs from this past year.
The Dating Challenge was definitely my favourite post to date. I don’t like picking favourites, but I had so much fun going on the dates (thanks guys!) and writing this post. It also got the best response from you, the readers. Currently, I’m really interested in and am reading a lot about relatioships, pleasure (in all senses of the word), and sex as a path to spirituality, so keep an eye out for more Dating Challenge related content (just don’t expect any X-rated details).
In Skin Care, Simplified I wrote about my skin care routine, which basically just involved washing my face with honey. I’ve tried a lot of skin care products in the past and this is hands down the best thing that’s every happened to my face (not including the time I accidently dyed my eyebrows blue. Yes that actually happened).
Letting Go of My Metaphysical Security Blanket was a big deal for me because it was the first time I’d written about something personal. Previously, I’d focused mainly on nutrition, but with this post I was ready to delve in and expose myself a little more. Not only that, but putting down the books and spirituality resources and getting out and fully living life continues to be a bit of a struggle for me. It’s so much easier to read about amazing things rather than actually doing them! When I’m heading down this road I come back to this post and call my BFF Charlotte- she is my go-to fun friend
Cheap and Easy: My Kind of Desserts is another favourite post of mine because, well, it’s about dessert- I don’t think more of an explanation is needed. Plus I really like the pic that I used.
In My Awesome FYI list, I list some of my favourite things! Check it out for my top yoga resource, my favourite blog, and more.
I think I’d have to say that my second favourite (ok maybe I don’t hate choosing favourites) is The Spiritual Side of Being a Hot Mess. Writing it felt really real and honest, and when you spend so much time immersed in the world of personal development and energetics, it’s easy to forget that it’s ok, more than ok, to feel a full range of emotions and experiences, not just the positive ones. Sometimes being a little messy is just what you need.
Oh I was super excited about My First Ever Green Smoothie Recipe because not only is that smoothie delicious, but I also got to share one of the quotes that has had the biggest impact on my life.
Ok one more favourite: Being able to share all of this with you guys. It means SO much to me that you take the time to read this and that you have been so supportive. I was actually kind of embarrassed to have a 1st Birthday party because I thought, why are you making this a big deal and why would anyone else care? But my friends showed up and supported me as they always do, horrible cupcakes and all. Your facebook, blog, and in person comments mean so much to me.
As I get more and more comfortable with this whole blogging thing, writing it gets more and more exciting. I have a huge list of post ideas that I’ve already started working on, and I can’t wait to share them. I want to write about music, and manifesting, and smoothies, and relationships, and so much more! What do you want to read about? I’m open, so let me know!
Thank you for reading, I love you guys!