June 16th, 2014 I hit publish on my first post and probably felt what so many bloggers before me have experienced...total fear and excitement all at the same time. I've enjoyed writing my whole life. I used to write stories and poems that filled up multiple five subject notebooks. I was so content writing about everything under the sun, but I usually told tales about animals and love. I won awards and received scholarships for some of my work and in college a few poems of mine were published; so it's no shock that I came back to writing in a different way after some time had passed. I had a misconception that you had to be pretty technical to have a blog, so I did some research and found out that I could probably have one too. Dream big, right?!
Of course, this blog would not be possible without all of you. I get pretty emotional thinking about the people that take time out of their day to read what I write. It's crazy to me, and I sometimes I can't believe I get to actually call myself a blogger. This has been a dream of mine that was a few years in the making and it came true. I can't wait to see how it will grow, and I have my fellow bloggers and mentors to thank for all their tips and help along the way. Today I want to look back on the past year and share some of my favorite posts that I have put out since Dream Big & Buy the Shoes began.
When I talked about bringing the spark back in your relationship I think it was one of the first times I came up with an informational twist on a subject I enjoy writing about, love. I love this post because I think so many people can relate and I still get some comments on it.
Participating in some gift swaps has been a great way to connect with other bloggers. It also allowed me to let out some creative juice and try out some DIY Sharpie Mugs that make a perfect gift for any occasion.
I did some things I never thought I would like make pizzas out of mushrooms, and then take some good pictures to illustrate the recipe. Thank goodness I have recieved some photography tips along the way, because some of my first post pictures are really bad. It's all about growth, haha.
One of my proudest moments in this space has been the creation of the "You Are Beautiful" link-up which was a joint effort between my friend Lauren from Lot 48 & I. The things I talk about in these posts are some of my most raw thoughts and I'm glad I have the courage to put them in writing. I also find out that I'm feeling what most other women are, so we are not alone in this stuff ; especially when it comes to comparing ourselves.
Blogging has also brought me amazing opportunties to work with brands to try new products, and make connections and beautiful friendships with some pretty amazing women. I was so excited to meet my link-up co-host, Lauren while on vacation in Las Vegas earlier this year. We happened to be there at the same time and it was really cool to meet my first blogging friend in real life.
I can't believe it's already been a whole year since I pressed that scary orange button and Dream Big & Buy the Shoes came to life. This space has seen a few facelifts, as my original theme began in purple but now is goldddd. I went from having only a few people comment daily to interacting with several people a day from their thoughts they leave on my posts. All of the ways people show support truly means so much to me. I'm thankful to have the means to pour my heart and soul out each time I create, bake, cook, and just write. I'm also the luckiest woman to have the patience of my fiance for dealing with my face buried in a computer so many hours of the day and all the other crazy stuff that comes with keeping this space alive and kickin'.
It's fun to look back on my posts and relive the memories and things I was thinking or feeling. I also love taking pictures and documenting life as I see it. To thank all my loyal readers, I thought a giveaway was totally necessary, but it had to be something to allow you to dream, create & celebrate which are all things "Dream Big & Buy the Shoes".
Remember how I was lusting over the Fujifilm Instamax Mini 8? Well I got one, and I absolutely love it. A cool camera that gives you instant pictures full of mini sized fun is my idea of the perfect gift to show my thanks for all of your love and support this past year. So let's give one away right here, right now...a Fujifilm Instamax Mini 8 just for one of you!!!
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I can't thank you enough for your never ending love, comments, well wishes, virtual high- fives and support of Dream Big & Buy the Shoes.
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