The Big One

     Happy 1st Birthday Blubaugh Blueprints! 

     One year ago today I set out on this blogging journey. I put aside my fears, my insecurities, my lack of personal time, my tech challenges, and I started designing this site and filling it with my writing, my recipes, my ideas, my ramblings. This isn't something I meant to do and never got to, or something I started and let slip. I did it! I'm doing it!

     I look back on my first post and I am reminded of why I started all this. I want to be creative. I want to express my thoughts and feelings. I want to create a community of transparency and sharing so that rather than feeling isolated we all might realize that others struggle, others question, others falter, others need help, others want to reach out. And that we all get giddy over new shoes and the days we get dressed in real clothes. Over 90 posts later, I still feel excited about doing this.

     My purpose was never for big money or massive notoriety. The who, what, where, when, and why of it all is based on a deep need in me. I want to pour myself into something (other than taking care of my home and family) and feel a sense of accomplishment. Not based on others' perception of what success is. It has never mattered how many followers I aquire, or how many accolades I receive. Because it has never been about me needing them. It has always been about me wanting to to show myself what I am made of. And this year, I have found that I am capable of more than just watching the entire 6th season of Downton Abbey in one weekend. I can produce substance, something very real and tangible in my free time. You know, free time, the slim and elusive portion of the day not spent wiping faces and tushies, making meals, cleaning up after people...

     I do get so much great feedback and support from you all. Seriously. It means the world. It is such an encouragement to me. So thanks!

     Here is to another year of enjoying the blessing of writing. My deep and cathartic exhale in this crazy, beautiful life.