I’ve Been Blogging One Whole Year!

I am now celebrating my first blog anniversary. One year ago today, I started this blog with no background color, no profile picture and no idea how the whole experience would affect my life. I soon fixed the background color and added a profile picture, but it’s taken me a year to find out if I could really do the things I set out to do on my fifty-ninth birthday.

I have completed my List of Fifty Things. I have created a 16” x 20” painting. I have made an art doll. Just in time for the last day of my sixtieth year, I made an art quilt. Of course, I never intended to procrastinate quite that long, but I’m not surprised that it happened. I’m guessing you are not surprised, either. The point is, I did it. I set some creative goals and I achieved them. I’m feeling good about that.

Really good. My inner children want to sing a song and do a happy dance and eat cupcakes, but staying up until midnight last night has left this sixty-year-old woman too tired to throw a big party, even if most of the guests would be non-corporeal manifestations of my own consciousness. The spirit is willing but the flesh wants a nap.

I do want to celebrate here, though. I love all the things on my List of Fifty Things, especially the Big Three, but the one accomplishment that gives me the most joy is the blog itself. It got off to a shaky start. I did a few posts in February and March, setting some reasonable goals, and then I disappeared from the blogosphere until July. I got fed up with myself for not doing the one thing I most wanted to do and I finally made the commitment to publish a post at least once a week, whether I had met any of my creative goals or not.

I treasure that commitment. I love having this weekly date with my writing self. I feel safe knowing that I can be trusted to show up and write something, no matter what happens. I feel relaxed knowing that it doesn’t have to be brilliant. I had to give up blog perfectionism early on and that set me free to just be honest and have a good time. This is playtime for me now, and I will not be giving it up.

I’m not giving up the other creative pursuits, either. I still have inner children waiting for their Altoid Tin Shrines. I rediscovered my love for sewing and embroidery and I’m excited about trying new projects. I am surprised to realize that the one thing that pulls me the most right now is the desire to learn more about painting. That one 16” x 20” painting changed the way I look at the world. For several days after it was finished, my eyes saw possible paintings everywhere and the whole world looked prettier. The feeling faded as I moved on to other necessary projects, but my heart is full of hope that it will return and grow stronger if I put my attention into painting again.

I believe painting will be my focus for my sixty-first year. I haven’t decided yet whether I will set specific goals about that. I’ll have to let you know. I need to rest and recover from that last project, and then we’ll see. Meanwhile, I promised I would show you that last project. The tale of its construction would take up several blog posts, with numerous citations of Murphy’s Law, but I will just say that there ended up being a lot more handwork than I had planned and I believe I have mastered the blanket stitch. It’s highly imperfect and I will not be showing you the back of it, but I love the way it turned out. If you clicked through to WordPress, you’ve already seen it in close-up. After a whole year of blogging, I finally have a header.

Pardon my husband's feet.

Pardon my husband’s feet.

Do you think it’s colorful enough?

9 thoughts on “I’ve Been Blogging One Whole Year!

  1. releaf1954 Post author

    Thank you, fairywebmother, for your good wishes and for staying with me every step of the way. My sixtieth was a fun year and I am looking forward to my sixty-first.

  2. sarahcotchaleovitch

    I LOVE IT!!! Sorry for screaming, but I just couldn’t help but smile when I saw this. And what a great blog. I think you are an inspiration for people who have cold feed about blogging and who just want to find their inner children. I can’t wait to see what you’re up to this year.

  3. releaf1954 Post author

    THANK YOU! I would love to be an inspiration to anyone who is thinking about maybe, possibly, perhaps starting a blog. I spent a lot of years doing nothing but thinking about it and I am so glad I finally found a way to start. You and my sister (fairywebmother) have been my most faithful followers, right from the start, and I am grateful for your unwavering support.

  4. all my crosses

    its VERY beautiful and so colorful, I LOVE it! congrats on your first year, i’m still finding my way around after 6 months lol happy to have found your blog 🙂

    1. releaf1954 Post author

      Thank you! It’s been an interesting year, with a lot of lessons learned. I’m still a novice, but I sure am having fun. I see we share a love of embroidery. Cross-stitch is a bit too technical for me — I gotta be free — but I’m grateful that my mother-in-law loved it. I miss her now that she has left this earth, but I inherited a wonderful collection of embroidery floss from her, and I think of her whenever I use it. She was a careful, meticulous cross-stitcher, so she probably looks down and laughs at the crazy, irresponsible things I’m doing with her floss. 🙂 Good luck in the second half of your first blog year.

      1. all my crosses

        Hi 🙂 I hope to meet lots of lovely crafters like yourself along the way 🙂 i’m new to embroidery, I bought my first 2 kits only the other week, but I’ve been learning, sewing machine, Tapestry, Latch hook after 7 years of cross stitching i’m spreading my wings 🙂

      2. all my crosses

        oh I forgot to mention i’m also going to try my hand at silk embroidery 🙂 I love the look of it, but whether I can master it is another thing lol

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