8.04.2009

the cherry on top.

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! :)

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This blog began because of Dr. Phil. Really.

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).

19 comments:

  1. best bit of writing right there, Ms. Wake - you are fully engaged now and cranking!
    thank you for sharing all the squishy bits
    you seem on a great path
    i applaud you and send a huge smile

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  2. Bethany- you have such a way with words. This blog is truly blissful and a great place to get good inspiration! I wish you many more happy years of blissful blogging!

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  3. That's super cool. The other day, someone asked me why I have a blog and I couldn't give an articulate answer, but you've put it in the best words yet. I think it's just sorting my thoughts out and not being afraid for someone else to read them.... I mean, surely we all have similar thoughts/feelings. We can't all be that different!

    Love your blog, by the way. Keep up the goodness!

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  4. i've often wondered what prompted your name and unwittingly used the expression to describe cycles in my own life. your photos and narrative have often given me a much needed lift - keep it up. i'm looking forward to the tidbits you'll share from your classes!!

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  5. Nice meeting you at the blogging for bliss party! You have a way with words gal! I enjoyed the couple of posts I read, and will undoubtedly be back for more! You seem like a real sweet little gal, with alot to give!

    Stay sweet!

    Sunshine and Smiles to we blog again!
    Christine

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  6. For the first time in my life I can honestly say "Thank you Dr Phil" Thank you for bringing us Rinse Repeat!
    You are gorgeous and funny and a wonderful writer, oh, and I really dig your blog. I'm so happy you're living a happier existance nowadays xxx

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  7. Thanks for your comment.. and it sounds like you have had an equally rough few weeks... but damn girl, you are doing good! And I am so super psyched for you! (for both the new apartment and the new college) It is so exciting starting a new chapter and I love how your blogging it all. It makes your blog so personal and stalkable :0)
    I think I can use one of those fresh starts myself!

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  8. I love this post! What an amazing story you have. So heartfelt and authentic. You are truly blogging for bliss. Thanks so much for sharing and playing along today.
    Cheers to blogging and best of luck!
    Kari

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  9. love your story. i will be back to visit you. i just started blogging and i am having a blast!
    blessings,
    aimee

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  10. Bethany, you are such a complete joy!! I love your blog-I always feel refreshed and like I have someone who actually go's through the things that I go through!!
    When I feel myself down and I read a new post from you, I find myself a little lighter! Thanks for all that you do!!!
    Love you!!!

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  11. Wow! What an inspiration. I'm so glad that I have stumbled upon your blog, I look forward to getting to know you. Well done on going for your dreams!

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  12. Thank you for your refreshing honesty. I'd been in a similar rut a while ago and have recently started blogging. Hopefully soon I'll get to finish my degree as well. Very inspirational, but sweet too. :)

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  13. I've read SO many "why I started this blog" posts and I have to say that this one is by far the best and most inspiring. As a person still looking for her voice and trying to find her place in the world it's so beautiful to see a success story like this. Honest. Raw.

    Keep the good stuff coming!

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  14. Yay for finding yourself in a better place than you had been - i tend to do that best when i set tangible goals, but i can imagine being told by Dr. Phil that you suck would do it as well!

    here's to many more years of lovely blogging!

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  15. I am glad that blogging can be a little of everything. I really love how you make everything sound so great...you have a talent with writting. I just love your title as well. Hope all is looking up. I love stopping by on my night shifts at 4am...no one else around ;)

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  16. I'm so happy for you! Your writing is lovely and I have long been visiting your blog (secretly). I have recently gone through a breakup as well and felt inspired by your words and your desire to move forward in a positive direction. Good for you!

    I wish you so much luck...and will continue to follow this journey!!

    ...Carolina

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  17. amazing post. I feel like I know you so much better now after reading that :) it was so great to hear what prompted you to start this blog and to see how much good can come when you realize you have hit bottom. and the only way to go is up.

    I have been kind of MIA from reading and commenting, and so I didn't know about the break up. I went back and read that post and I just want to say how sorry I am to hear what happened. but you are such a strong woman to be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel, even right after such a heart wrenching situation. I know I might not be so clear headed in the same scenario. but you are looking forward and I think that is amazing that you are going to interior design school. I'm even a little jealous :)

    anyhoo, I will wrap up this long comment by saying that I love stopping by your little corner of the blogosphere and thanks for sharing how Rinse. Repeat. got its start!

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  18. Bethany,
    This post made me smile. Thank you for sharing, and thank you for starting this blog. I look foward to reading more.

    LB

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  19. bethany,
    i've missed hearing rom you....
    hope you're doing well and simply caught in the midst of a busy transition to school??

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