Patting Myself on the Back

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Many moons ago when I started blogging I really didn’t know what I was getting in to.  I didn’t ever think I would be going to conferences  to learn how to blog better.  I didn’t ever think I would be a member of a bloggers group.  I didn’t ever think I would have social media accounts devoted to it.  It never occurred to me that I would have my own logo!  But all those things have happened, and I’m taking a little time today to celebrate what I’ve done and continue to do.

I say all the time that my blog is therapy for me, and that is very true.  I work out a lot of thoughts rattling around my head by writing them down- I have for ages before I ever started a blog.  Sometimes I have tons of ideas just waiting to be shared, sometimes I stare at a blank page for hours.  Sometimes I wind up going in a completely different direction than where I thought I was headed.  And that seems fitting because the same can be said about my life.  I never expected to have another job in sales.  I never expected to move to Iowa.  I never expected to fall in love with blogging.

But 10+ years later here I am.   There are days- like today- that I really am amazed that I’ve stayed at it this long.   I have spent a lot of time working on the look of my site and I am pleased with what I’ve created visually.  I’m thrilled how many people mention having read the silly things I write.  I love how many people want to know all about my cats.

But most of all I’m proud of the work I’ve put into it.  I’m proud of the times I HAVE been brave enough to share my point of view on topics that are important to me, knowing full well that folks I care about will strongly disagree with me.  I’m proud that I have been able to be open about my struggles with mental health.   I’m proud of the personal growth I’ve seen and documented in myself in the past decade.

So, thanks to everyone who’s been on this ride with me.  I appreciate you more than you know.  And I’m proud to say I think there is a still a long journey ahead of us together.


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