Friday Gratitude: My One Year Blog Anniversary

August 31, 2013

Friday Gratitude: One Year Blogging Anniversary - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Darlings, I am here.

It hasn’t been an easy week. I have feel like I have a zillion instructors and twice that many classes. While I’m excited about Nursing Lab, where we learn all of our practical skills, I also have a separate Nursing Lecture, Clinical, which will begin taking place in the hospital in a few weeks, Dosage Calculations, and Microbiology, which also consists of a lecture and separate lab.

(Is this real life?)

My make-shift desk is stocked with heavy textbooks, nursing study guides, index cards, highlighters, calculator, notebooks, two planners (one school-specific, one for everything else), and a large dry erase monthly desk calendar. I am prepared. The first week of the semester is done. Let’s see how things go from here πŸ™‚

On to more interesting topics!

Friday Gratitude: One Year Blogging Anniversary - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

Friday Gratitude: My One Year Blogging Anniversary!

Yup, you heard me right. One year ago, I created Sweet and Savoring. I didn’t have any kind of editorial calendar, or specific plan for where the blog was going to go. It was quite a long time before anyone other than my sister, mom, or friends left comments. I certainly never thought I would open up as much as I did about my depression.

Today, I’m grateful for this blog, for all the words I have written and the vulnerability I have practiced over the past year.Β Initially, Andy and I thought this would mostly be a place to feature all of my food photos. It’s turned into so much more than that, and I’m glad.

As little as three years ago, I would have laughed if you told me I would be blogging about what my depression feels like, or how my mental state over the winter affects Andy, or how anxiety can take over my whole being. These are the topics and posts that are the most personal, and the ones that get the most feedback. You’d be hard-pressed to hear me say this out loud, but I’m proud of myself for opening up and sharing some of my pain; struggles are infinitely more difficult if we keep them to ourselves, as I have learned countless times over the years.

Friday Gratitude: One Year Blogging Anniversary - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

I’m grateful for the wonderful blogging community I have found, and all of the inspiration and support I get from my fellow bloggers.Β My goodness, I never could have predicted this part of blogging! It’s simply amazing to me how much support is out there, and how all of our words reach each other across miles, generations, and lifestyles. Thank you to each of the (many) blogs that I follow, for sharing your story. Thank you to the fantastic food bloggers that I am constantly inspired by; I’ve cooked and baked more new dishes in the past year than ever before (still, it must be said, Andy does most of the cooking :)).

In addition,Β I’m grateful for you. Β Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, to each of my readers. You have held me up, offered validation and positive reinforcement, have responded wonderfully to my bare-bones honesty.Β I’m not at all sure how often I can continue to post now that I’m a full-time nursing student (this is the first post since Monday, you guys!), but I am glad to have this space to come back to when I can.

Friday Gratitude: One Year Blogging Anniversary - Sweet and Savoring [photo by Andy Milford]

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Unrelated to blogging,Β I’m also grateful for such a nice view as I gaze out my window right now: the wood pile, lying in wait for the cold weather to fuel the stove downstairs, the tall, leafy trees blowing ever so slightly in the morning breeze, and the birds of varying sizes and colors, each with their own distinctive squawk or tweet.

Also, I’ve been revisiting The Postal Service’sΒ Give Up, as well as their other EPs, and my goodness, I wish they would create some more music! Love it.Β Brand New Colony,Β anyone? πŸ™‚

Your turn, my friends! What are you grateful for today? What has been most meaningful for you as a blogger? Anything fun happening this holiday weekend?



He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying. Β  Β  –Nietzsche

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  • Deb August 31, 2013 at 10:50 am

    I’m grateful for you, for the breezes today, and for looking forward to seeing you, Andy and some of my extended family. It will be lovely to give you a hug too!

    • Christy August 31, 2013 at 4:17 pm

      See you soon, Mom!

  • misssrobin August 31, 2013 at 1:11 pm

    Congratulations and happy anniversary. I’m glad blogging has been a good thing for you. Thank you for opening your heart and sharing your story, especially when it’s hard. It matters.

    Best wishes with school!

    Happy Sharefest. I hope you have a lovely weekend.
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    • Christy August 31, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Thank you, Robin! I hope you have a lovely weekend, as well.

  • Wanda August 31, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    Congratulations on reaching the one-year blogging milestone. Today I’m grateful for the opportunity to spend time with family.

    • Christy September 1, 2013 at 7:57 am

      Hi Wanda, thank you so much! Glad you get to spend time with your family today πŸ™‚

  • Katherine August 31, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    I am SO glad you started this blog. Your heartfelt words and the way your really pour out your soul into every post 365 days has really inspired me. You are a wonderful person, and I’m so blessed to be able to see glimpses of your past, present and future through this lovely blog! Thank you for simply being you you wonderful woman! πŸ™‚

    • Christy September 1, 2013 at 8:00 am

      Oh, Katherine, you’re too sweet! This comment made my day, and it’s only 8 in the morning! I’m so blessed to have readers like *you*! Hoping school is going well for you πŸ™‚

  • Kate September 1, 2013 at 6:57 am

    This is a lovely post Christy and happy anniversary to you and your blog! It sounds like without realising it, a year ago you were creating something that would help with the healing process.

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    • Christy September 1, 2013 at 8:07 am

      You’re right, this has been a nice healing place for me, and I certainly didn’t plan on that. What’s equally as nice is how my sharing as affected so many other people, too. Thanks, Kate!

  • Tamara September 1, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I was also surprised, pleasantly, by the support of other bloggers and the connections in blogging communities. The only kicker is that it took me three years of blogging to find it. At first I really blogged for my mom. Watching it transform has been something I’m grateful for every day.
    The weather is raining on our parade out here, literally, so I’ll probably spend today photo editing and relaxing.

    • Christy September 1, 2013 at 11:15 am

      The community and connections have been so gratifying.
      We have thunderstorms on the way here, too- enjoy your day of relaxing!

  • Shana Norris September 1, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Congratulations on reaching the one year mark of blogging, Christy. I enjoyed reading about the ways it has touched your life.

    Good luck with classes. My husband teaches art at a local community college, and I’ve always thought nursing seems like the most challenging program there. You sound well-prepared.
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    • Christy September 1, 2013 at 11:18 am

      Thank you, Shana! I wasn’t quite sure if this would interesting to anyone but me πŸ˜‰
      Our instructors keep hammering it in how intense this program is- I was even told by a nurse acquaintance yesterday that ‘Nursing is great! But nursing school sucks. You just have to get through it.’ Oy! I hope I’m prepared enough!

  • Jackie @ Marin mama cooks September 2, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Congratulations on your one-year blog anniversary. You know that most blogs don’t even make it to year one, so give yourself a pat on the back girl! I also love that you started out this blog in one direction and then it evolved into another direction. That’s what happened with my blog as well. They evolve and change as we evolve and change. It’s pretty cool. I’m hitting my 2 year blog anniversary in October. I still can’t believe that it’s been 2 years, wow! So much has changed and I’ve changed! I’m grateful that my kids have one more week of summer so we can just play and be together before the craziness of school starts. Enjoy your classes girl! It will be thanksgiving break before you know it πŸ™‚ xoxo, Jackei

    • Christy September 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      It didn’t even occur to me that most blogs don’t make it to one year! Isn’t that the same statistic for new independent businesses?! And I love how our blogs give us the opportunity to document our growth, whether or not we realize it in the moment. Thanks, Jackie, and ha- I hope Thanksgiving break does come quickly, but I’m hoping for some highlights between now and then, like maybe a camping trip, a Columbus Day weekend up to Maine, stuff like that πŸ™‚

  • Jackie @ Marin mama cooks September 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

    Oops! I just realized as I hit send, that I spelled my name in error! Oops! Jackie:)

  • Olivia @ Liv Lives Life September 2, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Congrats and happy blogiversary! The best part of blogging for me, too, is the connections I’ve made. I’m so glad to have “met” you!
    Good luck with the crazy schedule. Hopefully you’re able to make time for yourself, too. πŸ™‚

    • Christy September 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      Thanks, Liv! I’m glad to have met you, too. Hope you’re enjoying your weekend and that student teaching will be fun for you!

  • Kate September 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Happy one year of blogging! Lots to be thankful for- this community is great!

    • Christy September 3, 2013 at 7:20 am

      Thanks so much! And thank you for being part of this community πŸ™‚

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables September 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Happy one year anniversary! That’s so awesome πŸ™‚ I hope you have a relaxing rest of your week, and it doesn’t get too crazy!

    • Christy September 3, 2013 at 7:26 am

      Thanks, Liz. The weekend *was* really nice and relaxing. Hope yours was good, too!

  • Shannon@MishmashMama September 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    You are so lovely! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog, and best of luck to you in nursing school. I can tell you have a caretaker’s spirit! Happy Blogiversary!
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    • Christy September 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

      You are sweet as well, Shannon, thank you!

  • Kristina @ DailyAmpersand September 2, 2013 at 11:24 pm

    Oh, Christy! Congratulations! I love stumbling into your blog and love reading your thoughtful, well written posts! I’m glad I have a blogging friend like you!

    • Christy September 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      This made me feel all warm and squishy inside, Kristina πŸ™‚ Thank you so much, and the feeling is mutual!

  • Pure Ella September 3, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats on overcoming so much and inspiring others to pull through and live with hope and love.
    I am so happy for your school program – it will be very rewarding and for sure it will go by quickly for you πŸ˜‰ Hang in there…. and blogging can take the back seat when you need it, your friends will be here anyway πŸ˜‰
    Sending big hugs! xoxo Ella

    • Christy September 4, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Thank you so much, Ella. It’s words like these that are such nice encouragement!
      School is intense, but I’m trying to hang in! Hugs back xoxo

  • Pure Ella September 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    ps. I am grateful for sending off a little first grader on her first day of school… and grateful I came through with my illness and depression as well to see this beautiful day πŸ˜‰

    • Christy September 4, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      I love that you shared what you’re grateful for, too! Yay for coming out on the other side πŸ™‚

  • Jen @ Our Fine House September 4, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Today I’m grateful for my health! It’s easy to take the little things for granted, and it’s nice to be reminded that we all have something to be grateful for. Thanks for he reminder!
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    • Christy September 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      I’m glad I could remind you to take stock and practice gratitude, Jen. Health is so easy to take for granted, but such an amazing gift when we have it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

  • Stevie September 7, 2013 at 11:56 pm

    You deserve a great big hug and a high five for hitting your first blog anniversary. Confession: your description of study guides, highlighters, notecards, notebooks, and planners…made me really miss being in school. That intense focus and rapid upload of information, office supplies, and cramming. I loved it all. Cheers to what the next year will bring!
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    • Christy September 8, 2013 at 9:39 am

      Hugs and high fives back! πŸ™‚
      The thing with school is…me and intense focus have never exactly been the best of friends. It’s like I need it and push it away at the same time. Hoping I can harness more self-discipline more than I have in previous semesters!

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies September 17, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Congratulations–a year is a big milestone! You definitely have a lot to be proud of. It’s hard to put yourself out there like that. Good luck with school–even if you have to post less often, your blog (and your readers!) will still be here! πŸ™‚
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    • Christy September 18, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Thanks, Kiersten! This meant a lot to me as I read it- came at a good time πŸ™‚ It’s so nice knowing the support is there even if I’m not around as much.

  • Erika September 27, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! I know I’m late to the party in more ways than one (in arriving to this post and also just this year in your blogging journey), but I am grateful for the openness you have exhibited. I read a lot of blogs and it takes a lot for a post to stand out in my mind, long after I’ve closed the window and gone about my day. But I still think about your posts regarding depression every so often. As the weather gets colder, I think about what you’ve shared. As I’m around my boyfriend, I think about what your husband shared. So definitely know that your words have a huge impact beyond what you could imagine and I’m so glad you are taking the time to let us into your world and share it with us. Thanks, Christy!
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