Thursday, October 4, 2012

One Year "Blogiversary' and a Giveaway

One year ago today, I published my first post for this blog. I am in disbelief that it has been a year. There are times when it feels like I have been at this for so much longer, but mostly I feel like my blog and my business are still in their infancy. I am still learning to balance this blog, my design business and my family, but I feel blessed to have even had the opportunity to try to manage it over this past year. Starting this blog was one of the scariest things I have ever done. I thought about it for years, never having the confidence to pull the trigger. I was afraid of what people would think and say. I was afraid that no one would care enough about what I had to say and share to even read the blog. I was afraid of failing and letting myself down. Thanks to the gentle, yet persistent, prodding of my amazing husband and a few close friends, I was convinced to take the plunge. The result has exceeded my expectations. I have enjoyed blogging so much more than I thought I would, mainly due to the people I have met through this blog. I have made many associations with fellow bloggers and blog readers that I truly cherish. I am amazed at how I feel completely connected to people I have never met in person. You have all proven to me that there is not only a wealth of talent in the blogsphere, but also so much goodness. I am a firm believer that there is enough room out there for everyone to share their talents and be successful. The support I have received from fellow bloggers has been tremendous and has lifted me up over and over again. I have tried to pay those kind acts forward and will continue to do so in my blogging days that lie ahead.

I wish I could say that all of the fear is gone, but it's not. I still get scared and stressed out, but mostly, this blog has brought me immense joy. The fact is that because I started this blog and because YOU, my wonderful readers and fellow blogging friends, have supported me over this last year, I have the opportunity to do what I have loved for so long. Interior design is my passion and being able to participate in the thing you are passionate about is an immeasurable blessing. So I want to say "Thank You" to all of you. To everyone of you that has ever visited my blog and left a comment, or not :). To all of my clients, who have put their faith in me and my abilities and have entrusted me with something that is so important...your homes. I say "Thank You" to you. I am committed to keeping this little blog going and hopefully watching it grow. I hope you will continue on with me and forgive me for any missteps I will surely make along the way. I know you will, because you are just plain wonderful like that. :)

To celebrate my One Year "Blogiversary," and to show all of you just how grateful I am for your support, I am giving away an E-Design to one of my readers! All you have to do is:

1. Become a follower of my blog...if you currently are not.

2. Leave me a comment on this post telling me which room you would like an E-Design for.

3. For an extra entry, you can share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Just leave me a comment saying you did so.

That's it! I'll select and post the winner next Friday, October 12th.

Here is the Design Board I put together  for the winner of my last E-Design Giveaway...

Thank you again for all of your kindness and support. It means the world to me and I sincerely appreciate you all so much! I hope you all have and enjoyable weekend!

PS - Thanks to Sarah, otherwise known as the Thrifty Decor Chick, for featuring my new family room last week!