14 Years Blogging

14 years blogging

April 29, 2006, is the day I decided to start blogging. Yay for 14 years!

I’m forever grateful to my past self for taking the leap. Even though back then blogging was considered sketchy by many. Now it’s a standard for most businesses and has been for sometime now.

What a difference 14 years makes! Given we’re now in the midst of a global pandemic, what a difference six weeks makes.

Depending upon the country you live in, or what part of the United States you’re located, many of us are still remaining at home to help flatten the curve and stop the spread. I live in Quincy, which is part of Greater Boston and we’re in the worst of it so far.

My annual tradition on this day is to pick a word for the year. It wasn’t very difficult to decide on the word — HEAL.

To make free from injury or disease.

To make sound or whole.

To make well again.

To restore to health.

I hope that this time next year, the world will be free of COVID-19 and we will have a vaccine.

While staying inside, I’m also on a personal journey of inner healing. I’ve found several people on Instagram who are inspiring millions of us to look inward. Links to them are below, in no particular order, if you’d like to follow them too.

Dr. Nicole LePera
Yung Pueblo
Alex Elle
Lalah Delia
Lacy Ann Phillips

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Links to posts for past years are below. Thank you for being here!

This Blog Is A Teenager: 13 Years Old!

Blog Anniversary cupcakes

Thirteen years ago today, I became a blogger! Yay blogging! This blog moved from it’s original home and had a slight name change. But that happens with people all the time. Still the same blog!

In keeping with my annual tradition and with the word that I’ve chosen, this post is short and sweet.

The word for this year is SIMPLIFY. Because life can be busy and difficult, so I’m making things easy on myself when I can.

That’s it!

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Links to posts for past years are below. Thank you for reading and visiting!

12 Years Blogging: RISE

As of today, I’ve been blogging for 12 years! And what a joy it’s been!

April 29th is my blogging anniversary and the day that I pick my new word for the year. This year I’ve chosen RISE.

There are many definitions for RISE and the ones resonating with me are:

To move upward
To become heartened or elated
To increase in fervor or intensity
To attain a higher level or rank
To come into being
To exert oneself to meet a challenge

When I think of the word, I hear “Rise Up!” from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

I also hear Maya Angelou reciting her poem, Still I Rise.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.
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If you’d like to take a look, past words of the year with links to the posts are below. Thank you for reading and visiting!

11 Years Blogging: Mend

11 years blogging

It’s my 11th year blogging today! Yay! And I’m keeping up with my annual tradition of choosing a new word for the year.

After writing the post about finishing my quilt, I found it — MEND.

I mended my heart. I mended my quilt. And as my mother pointed out to me when I mentioned my choice of a word, “Our country needs mending.” The United States is not quite in tatters, but it’s not united either. We are a nation divided in need of healing.

Merriam-Webster defines mend in several different ways. Here are a few.

To free from faults or defects
To improve in manners or morals
To set right or correct
To put into good shape or working order again
To patch up or repair
To improve or strengthen (as a relationship) by negotiation or conciliation
To restore to health or cure

The picture above doesn’t have much to do with my word, except for it reminds me of the phrase that “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.”

I took a bunch of photos at Eataly and bought this Mieli Thun honey. It was really good! And who knew about nomadic beekeeping? The baguettes are just pretty to pair with the honey. And the sweetness of honey goes well with bread.

For this country to mend, I think we need a whole lot of loving-kindness and learning to be sweet to one another. Even when we’re strangers. Maybe especially so.

Since I first drafted this post, I realized that today is Trump’s 100th day in office. I was hoping that he’d be gone by now, but at least we have survived!

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If you’d like to take a look at my past blogging anniversary words of the year, see below.

10 Years Blogging

ten year blogging anniversary tree

Ten years ago today I started blogging! Yay!

As I’ve mentioned many times before, blogging changed my life and really opened it up. Because of blogging, I’ve met so many people that I would have probably never encountered otherwise.

Blogging especially moved me in big way towards my major goal of writing more. I was already writing freelance when I started, but feel more solid in it now. I’ve had so many writing opportunities. And look forward to even more!

Also, this lovely picture of a tree is one of many that I took recently on Instagram. Hope you’ll check out my feed sometime! By the way, today is Arbor Day. So go do some fun tree related stuff!

Back to the blog. In keeping with my blogging anniversary tradition, I pick a word for the year. The words below are the ones I picked over the past seven years.

Over this past year, it’s become increasingly clear to me that the only way to get what I want and need is to ask for it. Simple. Yet, sometimes quite hard.

Sometimes the ask seems impossible. How could this possibly work? But I’ve found that often just putting the request out there in the universe, may tilt things toward my favor.

When you really want something, the world conspires to make a dream come true.
~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

When I muster up the courage to ask, I often receive what I want. Sometimes the answer is a resounding Yes! Of course! Not a problem! Why didn’t you ask sooner?

So this year, the word is ASK. I am going to practice it well, but also keep in mind that sometimes others cannot ask. If I see a need and can help, then I will give without the ask.

By the way, if you’re looking for a freelance writer, just let me know and maybe we can work together. I would love to hear from you!