October 19, 2012


So, today is my FIRST BLOGIVERSARY!!!!
Well, technically yesterday--but it still counts, right? :)
Yup...it's about to get all mushy & gushy in here....so if you don't have boots on...you might wanna stop reading now :)

One year ago,  I wrote this post (riveting, I know) and started on my new blogging adventure. 
And....I  had absolutely NO IDEA what I was getting into. 

No idea about the DIRECTION I wanted the blog to head (or that even needed to have a direction!) 
No idea how TIME CONSUMING it would be. 
No idea how much WORK it takes to run a blog. 
No idea about ANY of it.
I was just writing to write. I wrote what I wanted about, and I didn't really care if anyone ever saw it (besides my hubby).  

I have learned SO MUCH about myself in the past year. SO MUCH. Probably a little more than I even WANTED to know!

---Going to two Blog Conferences (here & here), 
---Opening up my SHOP!! Something I would have never had the guts to do before all the encouragement I've gotten from my bloggy friends. 
---Writing about my miscarriage. The hardest post I've ever had to write (so far). 
---Doing my first ever VLOG about my favorite beauty products. Something I NEVER thought I would do. 
---Ummm..doing outfit posts?! Who knew that was even a thing? :) I actually love doing those, cause it reminds me to actually GET DRESSED for the day!! (you can see some of my attempts here, here & here)

Most of all, I had no idea I would make LEGITIMATE, SOLID TO THE GROUND FRIENDS. 
I think THAT is what I'm most surprised about. I have made some amaaaaaaazing friends through blogging. Not just readers or followers...but TRUE friends. Friends that I text with, spend hours on the phone with, hang out with (like tonight), g-chat with, and fly to see/fly to see me. I've even had some of them stay at my house for a night or two. I mean...I remember when there would have been NO WAY I would have had (gasp!) online friends. That was always so taboo. I think it's much more normal, now. It's much more about community. Something that I love being a part of.

I love ALL of YOU--seriously..like LOVE YOU--but not in a creepy way ;) for reading, browsing, following, commenting, tweeting, etc... I sometimes can't believe that people come to just read what I have to say. I mean I'm not THAT interesting!! :)

Every time I make a new connection with someone, it makes my heart happy. You guys make my day ALL the time. I have NO IDEA what this next year in blogging has in store for me...but after this year, I can't WAIT to see what happens!!!!!!!!


STAY TUNED on MONDAY for a little 
"THANK YOU GIVEAWAY" to all of you guys!
I will be giving away some of my FAVORITE THINGS
...and there will be TWO WINNERS!!!!
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  1. Congratulations, Jenna!!! It takes a lot to run a successful, awesome blog like you do! :)

  2. yeah for one year! we must have started our blogs the same week!!

  3. I love you, Jenna! Happy blogiversary! You are wonderful!

  4. CONGRATS pretty girl!!! Happy 1 year! :)

  5. jenna. i remember meeting you in arizona and just being struck by your beauty-- inside and out. and wanting so desperately to be friends with you, so i made jokes and you told me i was funny :)

    and then we bonded over our husbands' ideas of style (t-shirt over a long-sleeve...what?) and now I read your blog daily because your humor, your grace and love is something I admire so much.

    keep blogging lady! you have a big voice and beautiful stories!


  6. Happy 1 year!!!! I'm SO glad I know you and can't wait to hug you for REAL someday!

  7. happy anniversay!! i love your blog, i dont comment enough but I always read!

  8. Congratulations!! I can't believe your blog is only a year old! You're definitely fantastic at blogging, so I'm excited to see what's to come!

  9. I'm so glad you decided to start a blog. You're truly a ray of sunshine in the online world. love ya girl. xoxo

  10. One year is a big deal! COngrats! Love to read your blog



  11. Congratulations on your blogversary!

  12. Happy Blogversary!!!


  13. congrats!!! your blog is so cute--and so are you! :)


  14. Yaaay!! I'm SO glad we met through blogland :) And I can't wait for the day we meet in real life! Because we will definitely be moving back up there and I can finally come to the bloggy get togethers!

  15. you've come so far in one year! great job, girly!

  16. Congratulations! I think you've built up a great blog in a year!

  17. Happy birthday to your blog!! How wonderful blogging encouraged you to open your shop!

  18. happy birthday, bloggie!!! so glad i found you and found my wonderful friend jenna through you! love you and congrats, jenna!! xo

  19. AWWW! I love this. AND YOU. Happy one year!

  20. This is so cool to read. I guess I am visiting your blog for the first time on your one year birthday :) It's lovely, as are you.

  21. Happy one year blogiversary! That is so neat (: I am off to read your first post.

  22. way to go!! you are so awesome!!!

  23. congratulations! ayear--what an achievement :)

  24. happy blogiversary you lovely lady!!! congrats!!!!

  25. yay! Jenna. so happy for you. Ive been thinking about you, since we hadnt chatted in awhile. thought id stop by and so glad i did to celebrate with you =)

  26. I love your personality Jenna, you're funny and easy to read in your posts) I really like that! I also LOVE your fashion sense, so because I love you and your style, I read your blog =)
    Much Love!

  27. Happy Blogiversary!! :)Keep doing what you're doing... I'm excited to follow along and see what this next year has in-store.

    Now, I have to go back and read some of the older posts I've missed.... hehe


  28. Just stumbled upon your blog tonight -- congrats on one year! happy blogversary! Look forward to reading more in the future!

  29. YEAH to one year. hope you ate some cake or something! :)


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