Happy Blogiversary: My Thoughts on Year Three

Today is the 3rd anniversary of starting this blog! Woohoo! Yippee!

The last year was an interesting one for my writing and personal life, but I learned a lot of things along the way. If you are in the blogging and writing world, I wanted to share with you my takeaways and thoughts from year three.

Sometimes blogging is not the main priority. Sometimes you need a break for your own mental health or tend to things that are more important. There were a few months that I just needed to stop writing and focus on work, family, and rest and that’s ok. Sometimes you need to take a break to find your vision again and gain inspiration. I think that earlier last year I lost my vision and didn’t even know how to move forward. I found my purpose and vision for blogging again at the end of the year, but I’m so glad that I let myself take that break.

You need to take care of yourself. You cannot serve your audience, your friends, or your family if you are exhausted, weary, or just faking it until you make it. You can’t preach what you can’t practice!

Your blog is YOURS. Take the pressure off and don’t compare your work to someone else’s. You get create your own vision, mission, and have creative freedom! You may not have a huge amount of followers, blog views, Instagram likes, etc…but that’s ok!

Unless blogging is your full-time job, don’t treat it like that. You do not have to keep to a strict posting schedule. Earlier last year I told myself that I would post three times a week for the whole year. However, that happened for about a week and then burnout ensued. Since then I have learned how much I can handle so that I can also thrive in my full-time job.

My Favorite Blog Posts from 2018:

26 Hours in LA & San Fran–It should not come as a surprise that one of my favorite blog posts was related to traveling. This trip was so memorable and great to see different parts of California.

A Weekend in Napa & Sonoma–This post was part 2 of my California trip!

My Home Interiors Inspiration–This was such a fun post to write during the process of purchasing my house!

28 Things About Me–I think it’s fun to learn random facts about people and I hope it’s the same for you!

Welcome to My House: The Living Room–I loved this post about mt living room interior design! I can’t wait to post more house reveal posts soon!

I can’t wait to write more this year and also learn a lot! Thanks for still supporting me on this journey!

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Flashback Friday Travels: France

I hope you’ve enjoyed the Flashback Friday Travels posts that I’ve written, because today I’m going to tell you about the trip that started it all–France. My first trip overseas was in the Spring of 2013 and it was to Paris, France. I went with my mom, a few sisters, my brother-in-law, nephew, and niece and had the best time. The getting-to-Paris-part was definitely interesting/memorable/stressful because we were all on different flights, we flew into different cities, and our international phone plan decided to not work. However, looking back, I wouldn’t have changed any part of that experience because it taught me that sometimes you have to be flexible when traveling, that you really have no control, and to remember the experience. I hope you enjoy these photos!

Sacré-Cœur Basilica

View of Paris from Sacré-Cœur

Arc de Triomphe on Champs-Élysées

Versailles–Château de Versailles

One day we took the train to Versailles and spent the day walking the palace gardens. So beautiful!

The Louvre Museum

We didn’t go into the museum but we walked past it every day because our Airbnb apartment was close by.

The Eiffel Tower on Champ de Mars

I love these teal doors! I tried to take a photo each time I saw a unique door.

We loved walking through markets every day–look at all the cheese! There were so many fromageries (cheese shops) and boulangeries (bakeries) that we would buy groceries from, instead of eating out each meal.

 

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Snapshots of 26

Tomorrow is my birthday and I will be turning 27! Does that mean I’ll now be in my late twenties? So weird! I wrote a blog post last year to recap Snapshots of 25, and it was so fun for me that I decided to do another one for 26. It was really great to look back on the past year and reminisce of all the things I got to do, places I went, and people I was able to see. I don’t typically like to post stuff about my family on my blog, but let’s just say that  the majority of all the photos I took last year were from family related events–which is so special to me. Below are some of the highlights from the past year and they include passing a big test, traveling to Maine, doing a couple of fun photo shoots for the blog, writing my first sponsored blog post (here), traveling to Washington DC, celebrating a dear friend’s wedding on NYE, going to ICELAND (favorite trip of all time–read that blog post here), going to Chicago, and just spending time with people I love. I’m really looking forward to this next year of life and can’t wait to see what 27 has to bring!

 

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