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Happy 1st Blogiversary!

By on September 27, 2016

Dear friend by serendipity,


first blog anniversary

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.

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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!!!

listen to your heart

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.

*Don’t forget to follow the daily adventures of Indian by Serendipity on the Facebook Page and Instagram Stories!!  

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  1. Sarai

    September 29, 2016

    Hello Andrea, well… what can I tell u about this 5 things that u learn in this year??? Maybe the only thing that I can tell u is that I find u because u and me in some way are in the same position.
    Once I read that if u find someone else that already did what u are planing to do, then u will be confident, secure and determinate to do, what u are planning.
    So the way I found ur blog was throw the Madh mama blog… she also is my inspiration.
    U know why? Because both of U don’t judge the situation, don’t say nothing negative… Just try to be the most impartial person that u can be.
    You know, when u start this crazy journey u feel so sensitive and with a lot of doubts, because India are sooooo far and u only hear the bad things about it; so the only thing that I wished in that moment of my life was a truly friend that can help me to understand the situation. Obviously my mom can help me, because she was also trying to understand the situation hahahahahaha. In that moment I was looking for positive answers, successful situation, so when I contact u, was because u are also Mexican, like me and u move to Mumbai, so seems like the same situation (and was successful!!!). Now u know my story and as Mexican u can understand me much better.
    From both of u I really learn so much, and every day when I face some problem I remember the things that u wrote previous in ur blog and also i remember the things that Madh mama wrote and then i realize that all is true hahahahahaha!!!!
    And I know that, will continue help me in the future.
    I think that the life continuously smile me with beautiful persones along side me. Because since I decide to trust and leave God to take me throw my destiny a lot of beautiful persons arrives to my life in the correct time!! And u Andrea, are one of them. So thank u for ur friendship, and thank u for all what u share. Needs a very brave heart to tell the world how U feel… is not easy have a blog because is open to the scrutiny and sometimes the words can be very aggressive or can hurts a lot… so I admire u for that!!!
    KEEP IT UP!!!

    • *AndreA*

      September 29, 2016

      Aw, thank you so much Sarai! 😉 You make my heart so warm… It´s true what you say! And I am here for you, hoping to be useful and inspirational! You know what they say: Shared joys are double joys; shared sorrows are half sorrows! <3

  2. southmeetssoutheast

    September 27, 2016

    Wow, happy anniversary! Now that I think of it, I also started two other blogs before. Here’s to hoping I stick to the one I keep now 😛 Thank you for your presence in on the internet, I definitely enjoy reading what you write, so keep on writing and all the best on that book! 🙂

    • *AndreA*

      September 29, 2016

      Sure you will also!! This are very important moments you will start living you better keep on sharing it with the world please! We all have lots to learn from you =) Thanks for being here Ellie, I appreciate your comments enormously!!

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I'm a light-hearted Mexican girl, who became Indian by serendipity. My dream is to share my story and crazy experience in an intercultural family! I hope to provide you with lots of struggle-sparing, life-inspiring, India-demystifying happy tips!

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