Two Years of Blogging + a Giveaway

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When I began this blog two years ago I had no idea how this venture would unfold. My intention has never been to gain X amount of followers or reach any sort of notoriety — I simply wanted to document and share my journey, even if that meant Jordan’s and my families were the only people reading.

This space has grown as I have grown. I have learned that relationships are created and cultivated through intimacy; in person and online. The relationships I’ve made have been amazing and surprising. When I started, I really thought it would remain a one-way street. I had read a lot of blogs before, but rarely joined the conversation. When I received my first invitation to collaborate with another blogger, I was so excited! Since then, I’ve become a better blog reader because I experienced the joy of interacting with others in this format.

I am continually blown away by your encouraging comments. People want to build others up, but we have to intentionally make space for that to happen. I was really afraid to admit our struggle with infertility. Not because I was scared of what people would say, but, that once it became public, I would have to admit to myself that I was on a different journey than the one I had originally envisioned. Having a space to share the difficulties and many joys in life has been instrumental in the healing process. I had no idea I needed this blog so much.

Jordan and I often talk about how this “internet thing” has actually enriched our day-to-day lives. Spurred on by the desire to live a full life, we actively pursue crazy adventures and exciting opportunities, fun recipes and new relationships. We’ve even become more open with each other as I’ve grown into the woman I was created to be. For many years, my creative side wasn’t being fulfilled. I’m so glad Jordan encouraged me to start.

As a small token of a huge THANK YOU to all you wonderful people, I’m teaming with my friend Anna to offer a $100 gift card to Madewell.* I met Anna in a blogging group only to realize we had mutual friends in common. It’s a crazy small world! Anna is the poised new graduate and wife I wish I had been at her age. Her writing is effortless and her pictures are gorgeous. Anna’s recent series on hurting and healing really hit home for me and I know it will for you too.

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Thank you for reading and for allowing me to share pieces of my life. Your friendship means everything.

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37 thoughts on “Two Years of Blogging + a Giveaway”

  1. So awesome! Isn’t it amazing the sense of community and intimacy blogging creates! I’ve only been doing this for 4 months but I’m addicted!! I actually get excited when I wake up because I love blogging. That’s when you know you love your life and what you’re doing! Although I’ll be starting grad school soon and won’t have as much time.. 🙁

  2. Happy 2 years of blogging. Visiting from the Peony Project. I love the fact that it has enriched your day to day life! So true! It makes me intentional about getting out and doing new things.

  3. Two years!! Congratulations, friend! It’s been a joy to follow you just for the last few months, and I’m always so appreciative of your honesty all the time — whether it’s a lighthearted post about fashion or a heavy post about your struggles with infertility. You inspire me and many, many other women out there. Keep up the beautiful work!

  4. Just wanted to let you know I really enjoy reading your blog. I know we haven’t talked in years but I really enjoy everything you write. Also my fiancé and I are considering making the move to Nashville from Chicago possibly late this year so I specifically love your blogs on exploring and your life in Nashville! Keep blogging! If I knew how to actually follow, I would. Lol! Also about your problems with infertility-this was a huge source of my period of depression I went through while I was going to school as my parents had a very hard time. I know from seeing my mom go thru it so many times how emotionally draining it can be. Obviously this has not happened to me directly and it is so different. I hope that you and Jordan are enjoying life because you seem so adventurous and it’s inspiring! Xo!

    1. Thank you so much, Emily! I’m glad you commented. 🙂 It really can be draining, but it’s been a good reminder that everyone is or will go through something trying in their life. I need grace for myself and others.

      Nashville is great! I’ve met a lot of Illinois transplants. 🙂

  5. That’s such an awesome accomplishment! I’m glad blogging has done so much for you! Just found your blog through the Peony Project, so I’ll be following along for more!

  6. Just wanted to say that reading your blog has always been a nice part of my day. It’s lovely to sort of keep up w you and where you and Jordan are and what you’re doing. Also, you have inspired me to up my fashion game. I’ve been a little dumpy the past few years as a mom, so I’m revamping. Bought my first chambray shirt the other day haha. In search of basic brown sandals today. 🙂

    1. Aww thank you, Hollee! This is exactly why I love social media. I’m able to keep up with bits and pieces of peoples lives in ways that just wouldn’t have been possible before. And you’ll love styling with your chambray shirt…I wear mine several times a week!

  7. Ah, I feel so many of the same things about how blogging has helped me grow personally and also in forming relationships – you put it all so well! Congrats on 2 years. And also thanks for introducing us to Anna!

  8. Congratulations on your blog anniversary. I also enjoy connecting with other bloggers. I look forward to reading blogs everyday now. You are doing a great job with your blog.

  9. I like how you call it “this internet thing”! It’s not just blogging: it’s a holistic internet thing.

    It seems like your struggle with infertility has really been good for your relationship with your husband, (in the long run). You seem to be building and wonderful, intimate foundations that will make you wonderful parents one day. God bless.

  10. Happy 2 years! This blogging thing is so incredible! I’ve really learned more about myself in the 1.5 I’ve been blogging than in any other time in my life. And the friendships I’ve made have been awesome. I’m so glad your blog allowed me to meet you!

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