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10 Things I Learned After One Year of Blogging

Photo by Small Things Photo Co.

Last week, I celebrated one year of blogging, and WOW, what a year it has been!

I’ve failed. I’ve regrouped. I’ve cheered. I’ve laughed. I’ve cried.

It’s been exhaustingly fun for the most part, and I’m forever grateful that I said yes when I felt God leading me down the path to writing. I’ve learned a lot.

1. I’ve learned to celebrate small success.

A few weeks ago, I got an e-mail from a complete stranger about a problem with my mobile website. At first, I was bummed that there was an issue. (Plus, yours truly is the current tech team for this ship.)

Then, I rejoiced because a complete stranger couldn’t find something that I wrote and they really wanted to read it!

Success doesn’t look as big as it used to for me, but I sure get to celebrate more often.

2. I’ve learned to surround myself with a few Godly friends.

I have one friend that I’ve relied heavily on over this past year for support. We jokingly call her my “board of directors.” She’s challenged me and prayed for me.

Sometimes you just need close, trusted friends that hold you accountable, let you cry on their shoulder, or set you back on the right path. Slowly, God is putting a small group of people around me for accountability and encouragement.

3. I’ve learned to be myself.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve struggled to know how to fit in.

I’ve been told I’m too compassionate for the business world. I’ve been told I’m too much of a perfectionist for the creative world. Where does a compassionate, perfectionist, business-minded, creative fit in?

Writing has freed me to be all of these things, to not pretend, to truly be myself. Being exactly who God created me to be.

4. I’ve learned to have fun with my work.

Fun is not always my middle name. I can get task-driven and goal-oriented very easily, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just tend to compartmentalize that work is work and fun comes later.

This year I’ve tried to laugh at myself more as well as try new things, and guess what? It’s been fun.