Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Something to You

Happy Birthday, blog.

Yes, on Oct. 1, 2010, Peace & Projects turned one year old.

The day came just like any other day – or actually, scratch that – not at all like any other day one year ago.

It was Friday. Morning dawned and the family woke up. Instead of leaping out of bed to rush through my 30 minute shower routine, I slept in a little because of my Thursday night yoga soiree. Since I’m normally in bed by 10:30 p.m., staying up until midnight warrants a few extra minutes. Right??

Forgive me for showing off just a bit; My point is that life has changed a lot since I started this blog a year ago. Here’s a list of things I’m celebrating with my blogiversary:

Going from zero to 400 subscribers. That’s you! I’m so thankful to share this place with you, to bare my joys and struggles. The comments you leave encourage me; your support gives me momentum. Thank you, thank you, thank you. At the risk of sounding corny, I love you and I love sharing my thoughts with you. This feels like home.

Becoming debt free. We got out from under that awful pile of debt and it’s definitely one of the best accomplishments of the year.

Quitting my day job in June. Now I’m focused on this blog, freelance writing and my family.

In progress – my first ebook. I’m excited to reveal the results of my hard work in November. Until then, say it with me: “Don’t let your mind mistake the talking for the doing.”

Receiving a “beautiful blogger” award. I was an honor and joy to receive.

Learning how to shrug off the burden of doing it all. I still get stressed, I still get cranky with the people I love and I’m still not perfect. But designing my life around what matters to me has led to a lot of clarity. I’m feeling satisfied instead of spent.

Making time for yoga. You can learn more about yoga here, or click over to Rowdy Kittens and Be More With Less for even more yoga goodness.

Redefining this blog. My focus on peace and projects hasn’t changed, but defining myself as a hybrid homemaker will help me share this new season of my life with you.

Enough about me. What do you want to sing about?

It’s your turn to celebrate success. What did you accomplish this year? If it’s been a rough one, I encourage you to keep searching for those bits of sunlight among the clouds. This is a place to celebrate.

Join me.

A million thanks to these peeps that featured my guest posts:

Fight For a Place in Your Blended Family on Zen Family Habits

What Do You Want? on The Art of Great Things

Are You Waiting To Do Something Amazing? on Life Without Pants

How to Move Forward When You Feel Utterly Helpless on Live Bold & Bloom

Career Check: What if You Change Your Mind? on The Daily Brainstorm

One of my favorites on Simple Marriage (where I am a monthly contributer): How to Want Sex When You Don’t Feel Sexy.

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1 Karol Gajda October 5, 2010 at 8:57 am

Woohoo! Congrats on all you’ve accomplished so far Melissa! You’re doing great things.

2 Melissa October 5, 2010 at 10:59 am

Thank you, Karol. It’s nice to have your support.

3 Katie October 5, 2010 at 9:02 am

So much of who you really are is reflected in your blog, Melissa. Happy Birthday and congratulations on all of your accomplishments. Can’t wait for your ebook! Much love and peaceful wishes to you and your life projects.

4 Melissa October 5, 2010 at 11:00 am

I’m also happy for all the amazing people I’ve met through blogging, like you. Cheers to a productive, peaceful week.

5 Lynn October 5, 2010 at 12:05 pm

happy 1st birthday!!

6 Melissa October 5, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Thank you Lynn!

7 stef October 5, 2010 at 3:21 pm

i have enjoyed the first year! you challenge me in many ways. happy 1st year and many more to come

8 Melissa October 5, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Thanks, Stef. It is weird to think we’ve bonded over the blog, but on the other hand not at all. I feel like I can share my true self and intentions here and it’s helped us get to know each other. Miss you guys!

9 Sara Z October 6, 2010 at 11:23 am

Happy 1st Blog Birthday! :) I enjoy reading each and every post.

10 Melissa October 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Yay, Sara, I’m so glad. Take care and congratulations (again) on your good news.

11 Jessica October 6, 2010 at 11:36 am

Congrats on your year of accomplishments. You deserve it!

12 Melissa October 6, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Thanks! I think I need to go to Mexico to celebrate.

13 Satya Colombo October 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Happy Birthday Peace & Projects! I was sensing you were going in that direction, and I’m glad to see you owning it.
Always love your poetic insights, and practical simplicity… Much love — and congrats!

14 Melissa October 6, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Thanks, Satya! The year went by so fast. Cheers to you and your projects.

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