Five years ago today I changed my life. Not to be overly dramatic. But I do tend to be overly dramatic, so holding back can sometimes be difficult.
But I can't help but notice the number of people who've known me for a very long time, who've recently mentioned that I've reinvented myself.
And on Easter, when I was talking about blogging, my aunt said that for a minute, I looked just the way that I did when I was little. I said that it must be because blogging helped me find my inner child. And I believe that it's true.
As you can see from this picture, I've always loved eating sweets. Luckily for all of us, I'm not quite as messy when I eat now!
A few weeks ago on Facebook, my cousin messaged me that one of his friends was interested in starting a blog and would I be willing to talk to him. I love talking about blogging! So I was more than happy to talk to him.
One of the things that I find so wonderful about blogging is that after you've done it for a while, it gives you the gift of self-discovery. When you see the things that you focus on, it's almost a window into your own soul. You see the things that made you want to take the time to write about, photograph, bake, and share with the world.
Of course I highly recommended blogging to my cousin's friend. But I did mention that it takes a lot of time and many people drop off after a few months or a year. When I first started blogging and made my daily blog rounds, I was truly shocked when someone decided to stop blogging. Then I started seeing it happen over and over and over. Then I realized. "Oh, this is normal and happens all the time!" Blogging takes effort and requires a certain amount of discipline. If you don't love it, the time is just not worth it.
Five years blogging has given me a certain amount of perspective, which is my new word and theme for year five. Wikipedia gives several definitions for PERSPECTIVE: the way in which objects appear to the eye; one's "point of view", the choice of a context for opinions, beliefs and experiences; the related experience of the narrator in literature, and wisdom.
It's really interesting, at least for me, looking back at the posts for blog anniversaries one, two, three, and four. So much can change in such a short period of time. That realization made me far more brave than I ever believed.
There are always a bunch of things that I want to share and write about here, but that I just don't have time to do a full post on and Twitter doesn't have enough space for. This page will be a happy medium. We'll see what happens. It's all an experiment.
So as I move forward with this blog, I guess I have to risk being wrong to keep trying to be original. Thank you for all the visits and comments over the years. You are appreciated far more than you know.