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.
- 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.
- 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!