Today I'm blogging in celebration of the release of Tara Frey's book Blogging For Bliss. (I can't wait to order my copy on payday!) Kari from Artsy Mama invited bloggers everywhere to share their stories about how their blog began, how it has evolved, what motivates you, etc. So, here it is. And cheers to Blogging For Bliss! :)
The day I started this blog in the spring of 2008, I'd picked up someone's copy of a Dr. Phil book (who, by the way, I believe is a total goon), and wound up taking a quiz only to be told that I was in a pathetic life rut and needed to make some serious changes.
Compared to today, that night I was in a vastly different life place...I found myself at 21 years old, living in the same bedroom I'd spent my childhood in. I'd put college on hold after several semesters. I was severely depressed and couldn't cope. (It was oh-so unfabulous. That's not something I typically share, but if you've hung on as a reader for this long, I'll throw you an informational bone. If you're new, please don't freak! I promise I'm better.)
That night I decided that I was:
a) completely offended that I'd been told I was a wretched failure and
b) surprisingly in agreement with the quiz's decree
So, I started this blog- Wake. Work. Rinse. Repeat. Because at the time, that was all I was doing- simply existing. But I was craving and hoping for more. I theorized that if I was forced to sit down and write about things I had experienced day-to-day and read about the lives of others I would find inspiration and happiness in my own life.
And have I ever.
Today I find myself 23 years old, in my own sweet little apartment filled with things I love, enrolled in college to study interior design (!!), head over heels for a new pasttime, photography, twenty pounds lighter (a good start), a haircut shorter than I've had in years, suddenly single and determined to finish the things I put on hold earlier in life. This blog has seen me through multiple funks, leaving the church in which I grew up, trips and vacations, moving into my first apartment, fidgety wanderlust filled days, a purchase that has spurred so much creativity and inspiration, and recently a break up. And I can truthfully say that so much of this came from finding the ability to creatively express myself right here through this little blog. Photography, writing and experiencing the creativity of others has jolted me out of an all-consuming depression and into something I never knew I could experience: happiness, satisfaction and inspiration.
And you...you are the cherry on top. The fact that others take the time to read, to write about their own lives, to offer supportive words and funny stories is the absolute whipped cream, sprinkles and cherry on top of this entire experience.
So, those of you who have stuck around...thank you so much. You've been pivotal in my little journey out of depression and into happiness. Those of you who are just joining...welcome to my "ish". :) I promise if you stick around there will be more creative, beautiful and funny things, and less emotional overshares. Life has just been that way, as of late!
Also, if you're new...feel free to drop a comment! I would absolutely love to blog-stalk you (in an appropriate and friendly manner).