One Year Of Blogging

One year of blogging.

Even as I type these words it is hard for me to believe that it has been one year since I first pressed “publish”.

I had many dreams when I first started my blog. I wanted to inspire hope, give tips and tricks, and learn and grow as a person.

For me, this blog has been a beautiful way for me to document a year in the life of Jubilee. I have had highs and lows. I have had times when it was hard for me to sit down and commit to writing. I had times where I was nervous about sharing things that I hold dear to my heart. I had times where I was excited to have made breakthroughs I could have never thought possible.

Everyday Magic With Jubilee has given me an outlet to use my voice after so many years of feeling voiceless.

Growing up my family used to play the “high/low” game. We would each share our high and low of the day, and today I want to share with you some of my high and lows of this past year.

Highs and Lows Of Blogging (3)

Lows:

  • Doubting if anyone actually cared about what I as writing. I feared that I was wasting precious hours of my life writing words that would never be read. Was it foolish to pour so much of myself into something without “reaping the rewards” of the hard work?
  • There was nothing as discouraging as being let down by a post. Sometimes as a writer, you feel it. You feel the magic in the words that you are writing. You feel that you were able to accurately express the emotions swirling around inside of you, only to find that not many people seemed to care. There were times that I felt magic on a page and spent hours on a post, and it would get very few reactions. That same week I would quickly whip together a decent post, and people LOVED it. The biggest thing that I have had to learn is to be proud of myself for the posts that inspire me and let it be enough.

High:

  • Learning to stay consistent in the midst of my doubts.
  • Successfully posting 2-3 blog posts every single week for a year!
  • After years of struggling with eating disorders, I smashed my scale with a hammer and don’t plan on purchasing one ever again. I was able to share this raw moment with my readers, and one viewer told me that because of my post she decided to eat that day. That alone might have been the highlight of my year.
  • I have gotten to work with numerous brands that I love!
  • Growing my Pinterest has been a big win for me this past year! I only began to utilize Pinterest in October, and it has made all the difference! My monthly views fluctuate, but so far I am at 1.5 million monthly viewers on Pinterest. 
  • This blog has pushed me out of my comfort zone. I have been intentional to try new things, that way I can report back to my readers. In these 365 days, I have collected moments and experiences that I will cherish forever.

The biggest high of all is that I feel more like “Jubilee” everyday.

I will be honest with you all and say: this year has brought upon some of the hardest struggles I have ever had. There were days that it felt like one thing after another, but even though I was facing many “worst case scenarios”, I was able to find joy.

I have been able to find everyday magic and happiness. It’s impossible to know how different this year would have been had I not be intentional to look for good in the little moments of my life. I can’t answer every “what if”, but I imagine it would be as different as night and day. It would be the difference between looking at life through a grainy grey lens, rather than one filled with clear and vibrant colors. Colors and sights that give you peace to know that there is beauty in all things.

Thank you to everyone who has supported me this past year. I feel your encouragement everyday when I wake up, and I go to sleep feeling blessed to have the community that I do.

Here is to another year of magic!

28 Comments

  1. Awesome achievement, congratulations. It’s easy to feel disheartened when you’ve poured your soul into a post and receive little feedback but you’ve already found the answer which is to be proud of what you put out there.
    Keep writing Jubilee 😊

  2. First of all congratulations! I can’t wait to write my blog post on my first year blogging. I’m a solid 3 months in 😂 but I honestly feel like I’ve already learned so much. Everyday it’s something new. Thank you for sharing your trials and successes. It was very motivating! Keep doing your thing girl!

  3. Happy blogiversary Jubilee! Congratulations on building your blog and finding yourself in the process. I think that’s one of the biggest benefits of blogging; it teaches us who we really are. Wishing you all the best as you start your second year!

  4. Congratulations!! know how disheartening this can be. I have frequent periods of doubt and thoughts of just quitting. Bravo for your work and passion – it has paid off!

  5. Congrats on your blog-iversary! One year is huge. I totally relate to the whole they love it or they don’t. But hey, I loved creating it so that’s enough for me.

  6. I’m so happy you have been able to stick it out for the year! I have only been blogging for a few months, so this was very inspirational!

  7. Congratulations!! And thanks for keeping it real, we need to hear more real stories than overnight sucessess.

  8. I love this post. It’s so encouraging to read! I e only been blogging for a couple of months now, and this encourages me to keep going!

    1. It did feel great! I am so glad I took the risk and got rid of it:) It was very freeing!

  9. You go girl!!! Congrats on one year of blogging! Also, congrats on smashing that scale!! What a great accomplishment! I can’t believe you managed to post 2-3 posts a week for a year! You’re awesome! I sometimes struggle to post one a week. I admire your hard work and consistency! Here’s to another year of blogging!!! 🙂

    1. Thanks girl! It was definitely a struggle at times, but it’s been amazing to prove to myself that it’s possible:)
      The scale smashing was huge for my happiness! I’m so glad I did it 🙂

  10. Congratulations, Jubilee! A year of consistent anything is great. A year of consistent blogging is amazing! Like you said, it’s hard to keep going when you get next to no feedback and wonder if anyone cares. Deciding that you’re blogging for yourself is s game changer. You’ve inspired me many times since I “discovered” you. I’m happy I found you. I love your exuberance and joy, I love and appreciate your honesty and openness.
    Keep on keeping on, girl! You live up to your lovely name- Jubilee! 💖

    1. Thank you so much Sandy! Your support means more to me than you know ❤️

  11. Congratulations on one year, Jubilee!! I have loved following you on your blogging journey & can’t wait to continue reading more from you. 🙂 You are so strong & wise!!

    1. Thank you so much Hunida! I appreciate your support more than you know 💕

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