Today I'm feeling exceptionally grateful for the experience of having this blog.
I started it about 1 1/2 years ago and there really hasn't been a day that I haven't had all of you on my mind and in my heart as I try to think of inspiring things to share here. Maybe I think about it too much. But I guess it's just so awesome to me that we could connect here and talk about things in life that matter so very much.
Not sure if this will be interesting, but I thought I'd share a bit of what it's has been like for me behind the scenes, since starting this blog...
Most gutsy moment: Deciding to write full-time on this blog. Going from a 12-year career in the city to making $0 money. Crazy, I know. Maybe downright ridiculous. But I just felt like I should do this. I knew that having kids would make it harder to blog, so I felt an urgency to get this going and give my all while I could. I've been doing this triple full-time since day one. I've maybe gone a bit overboard, but it's been hard not to. :)
Most exciting moment: Getting a link up by Design Mom after being a blogger for one week! You should have seen my face. I thought something was wrong with my stats. :) :)
Most embarrassing moments: Publishing a post and later finding typos. And since I don't have an editor, no doubt there are many typos lurking still. Sorry about that!
Most heart warming moments: Seeing Danny, with a big smile on his face, typing away at night to respond to our readers. He loooves being able to do that. If you've ever received an email from him, you're one of the lucky ones. He puts his heart and soul into it. One day I so hope he'll be able to write more posts. (We'd both do this full-time if we could. Hopefully someday...)
Most nerve-racking moment: The days leading up to our first on-line class, way back when. I mean, we were charging money for that. So there was pressure for it to be good. We both had moments of terror leading up to it- hoping that it would all go ok. It did. :)
Hardest moments: Not having the time to respond to everyone's emails. I feel so badly about that. If you haven't heard back from us and would still like to, please don't hesitate for a minute to send us a reminder email (please!) We wouldn't mind one bit!! In fact, we would prefer it! In the meantime, we'll keep trying to get back to everyone.
Biggest hangover: It was after the survey we did about 6 months in. I was so curious (slightly terrified) about what people would say. And then we got some really beautiful responses that just brought me to tears. Reading your notes just did me in - but in the best way possible. The hangover lasted a few days, I think. I wanted to write about it but I never pulled it off.
Most humbling moments: Feeling the support, encouragement and kindness from so many in the blogging community. I had no idea what an amazing community there was behind all the blogs. Thank you to Gabrielle Blair, Jenny Komenda, Stephanie Brubaker, Catherine Connors, Sara Urquart / Alt Summit, Jordan Ferney, Liz Stanley, Sarah Bryden Brown, Natalie Holbrook, Erin Loechner, Brooke White, Summer Bellessa, Joslyn (Simple Lovely), Jora (Domestic Reflections), Rebecca Baust, Sherry Silver, and SO many others. It meant the world to have them acknowledge me as a new blogger when I first started and befriend me either online or in real life.
Most intimidating moment: Speaking at Alt Summit in Salt Lake City. It actually turned out to be such an amazing experience, which made me feel so silly about getting worked up for nothing.
Biggest long shot: Applying for a segment on Oprah. haha. (thanks to the recommendation of the lovely Hilary Rushford from Dean Street Society). Oprah wanted people who had learned to be happy, despite their circumstances. I never heard back from them. But I guess I'm all for long shots. :)
Most unbalanced moments: Everyday...sacrificing a clean house, a groomed self, a to-do list a mile long, etc. Having this blog has overtaken our lives. It has been worth it, but I still dream of one day being able to pay some assistants and hire a cleaning lady. :)
Grossest moment: When we were planning our classes, we were working so hard that every dish in our apt. was dirty. I mean, we were using mixing bowls to eat out of with big serving spoons. OK, full disclosure: It was summer time and I think there was some mold growing on some dirty dishes in the sink. I told you, GROSS.
Most tearful moment: Listening to a speech by Danny's mentor, Clayton Christensen, as he wept and shared what he has dedicated his life to. We have tried to dedicate our lives to many of the same goals, which made me basically weep through his talk, too.
Most terrifying moment: Writing that post called Love...or Love Addiction (because it included a bit about sex before marriage.) I worried about it because I didn't want people to think I wrote that post because of my religion. I came to those conclusions on my own through tough life experiences.
Most uncomfortable moment: Getting a few comments saying they were sick of seeing our photos. Well, we aren't really amazing photographers (sorry about that!) It isn't a huge hobby of ours, like it is for many bloggers. I hope you know that the heart of our blog is to provide some inspiration for your life and we put the majority of our time and energy into that.
Most thankful moments: Hearing from you readers. Thanks a million times over for all the insights, wisdom, stories, opinions, experiences, hardships, and triumphs that you guys have shared. We read each and every note and comment and they just mean the world to us. To me, the connections we've been able to have with you all and the community that has been formed here have been better than any job I could have right now.
Well, that's enough for one day.
Lots of love from Brooklyn,
P.S. Do you have a blog, by chance?
What is the "Most ______Moment" that you have had??? I'd love to hear. Also, for any of you bloggers....leave your blog link in the comments...I'd love to check out more of your blogs! xo
(Image above is from our little neighborhood. I just love this time of year here!)
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