Today my blog turns two.
I know right?! I’m super excited too. I can’t believe it has been two years since I hit publish on my first ever blog post.
It was in the wee hours of the morning on 1 May 2013, when I took a giant leap out of my comfort zone and opened up my heart and soul to the world.
Besides my darling family, this blog is the best thing that has ever happened to me.
It has changed me. I don’t want to sound cliche, but it has. It has ignited something inside of me. My love of writing, communicating and connecting with people had dulled for a time, but now it is burning stronger than before.
This blog has made me hungry to learn and to try new things. It has opened up opportunities for me and has given me clarity.
In the last two years, I have shared some of my innermost feelings, fears and desires and have never turned back.
Okay, that’s a lie.
There have been a number of times when I’ve wanted to pack this blogging gig in. It was exactly one year ago when I became scarily close to throwing in the towel.
I had lost sight of why I started this blog in the first place and was placing unrealistic expectations on myself. After a little time out, I was able to refocus and remind myself that this blog was my gift to me.
Over two years ago, I was deep in the trenches of motherhood with a two-year-old and a baby. I felt as if I had lost sight of me. I was a walking mombie watching re-runs of Melrose Place in a dazed state while the kids slept. Wild hair and a dressing gown was my standard attire. I knew I needed to get myself back, but I didn’t know how.
When I one day found myself absentmindedly editing the newsletter my daughter brought home from kindy, I knew that my brain was crying out to be used. I remembered an article an old workmate had shown me about mummy bloggers and the rest is history.
The thing about this blog that puts the biggest smile on my face is the community we have built here.
Each week I am overwhelmed with the response and interaction I get from my readers here and across my social media. Thank you to all of you.
In celebration of my second blog birthday, I have something special for three of you. I wish I could give something to all of you, but my words and a virtual high five will have to do for now.
Three of you will receive a small token of my appreciation from my favourite online jewellery and accessories store Pink Woods.
One of my dance mum friends put me onto Pink Woods last year and I was lucky enough to meet the owner and creator at a market recently.
Pink Woods specialises in earrings, broochs, scarflettes, necklaces and cheese boards. Every single piece I lay my eyes on, I want. I go into a time warp when I trawl through the Pink Woods Facebook page. Each piece is fun, quirky and different. They are not the run of the mill items you see in the shops, these are special and funky, oh so funky. Did I mention I want one of everything?
Now, back to the giveaway at hand.
I have been watching you. Yes, you. I’ve been taking note over the last little while who has been the most active on my Facebook page. Facebook is where this blog sees a lot of action and I want to extend a thank you to three of my biggest supporters. Again, I know there are many of you who like and comment on nearly every post. I thank you for this. (I’ve obviously disqualified my number one fan – my sister 🙂 )
Congratulations to Andrea Phillips, Debbie Quinn and Annette Pullman. You guys are awesome. Thank you so much for your continued support and interaction. I have a pair of Pink Woods earrings for each of you. Please email me your postal address to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will arrange postage.
As for everyone else, thanks again for being part of this community and for helping me to do what I love.
Please check out the Pink Woods Facebook page and stock up on some goodies for yourself or your mum for Mother’s Day.
I’m excited to announce Pink Woods is also working with me on a Mother’s Day giveaway and a giveaway for my birthday.
Please stay tuned over the coming weeks. I’ve got a whole lot more to give.