Dear friend by serendipity,
THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!
This year of blogging has been a surprise in many ways.
This is the third blog I’ve started in my life but the only one that has made it to its first birthday. Maybe the reason is that I feel so passionately about this topic that I just need desperately to share my thoughts about it.
Or maybe I’m just getting old and nostalgic. He he he! 33 is a powerful number!
Whatever it is, I’ve enjoyed this first year of blogging a lot, with its ups and downs, and I’m very grateful.
I am very grateful to YOU for being here.
I am grateful for every comment, every share, every like you have given to IbyS. Thank you for believing in me, caring and giving me your love and support throughout this whole year!
This is the biggest gift that I’ve gotten through my first blog anniversary and I will always appreciate it in my crazy little heart.
I will tell you what the other gifts are and a very exciting announcement.
The 5 Gifts I Got from my One-year-old Blog
1) I learned about others
Being perfectly honest, I started this blog for me, because I needed to tell my story. For so many years I wanted to get out there all the ideas that I had in my mind. I wasn’t even sure if anyone would be able to relate or not. I thought maybe only my family and friends would read it.
So the first surprise was when I started e-meeting people who have a lot in common with me. Bloggers who, just like me, wanted to share their crazy intercultural families with others in the hope that it would help someone out there going through the same struggles. Followers who wrote to tell me their story and how they related to mine, seeking for advice and then stayed as friends.
For this I’m the most grateful.
2) I learned about me
I stuck to writing even though at some times my life was too crazy and I couldn’t give it the time i had planned. My blog showed me that I am more determined to be a writer than ever before.
On the other hand, through the not so nice parts of the year, it helped me put in perspective or find the positive sides of whatever I was going through so I could write about it without a fully fledged rant.
3) Nice photos and videos documenting my life
It made me go out of my way for taking pictures and videos. Beyond the need to capture the things that were happening extremely fast so we would be able to remember it in the future, my blog taught me to pay attention.
It trained me in taking two extra minutes laying out whatever I wanted to photograph so it had aesthetic value as well as historical. I still have a lot of polishing to do for my photos to be the way I visualise them in my mind, but I’m on it! That’s what matters, right? The gift is in never stop learning.
4) The desire to do more and know more
Now that I find myself in this path I want more. I crave to give more to society, help others. Dream of becoming location independent. Need to write more, learn more, read more, travel more. Be braver, kinder, more open minded.
Basically, I long to grow from the inside out.
Once you manage to pull yourself one step up the ladder towards your dreams, you realise how many more steps there are and how short life is!
So let’s go for it!!!
5) The confidence and courage to start my book.
After years of fantasising about it I finally just sat down, kicked all the excuses away and started writing the first draft.
Knowing that I can write for other people to read gave me the confidence to start. Now please keep me accountable for finishing it. So i don’t take another 30 years! Ha ha! Just kidding, if all goes well, it will be ready by this time next year.
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