Life Lessons Learned in One Year of Blogging

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Wow – I have hit the one year blogging mark (in September actually, I’m a little late to celebrate)!

Blogging has been a really surprising journey for me. I started my blog mostly as a personal outlet. I had no idea I would write so much about personal finance or that I’d start sharing monthly debt updates. I also didn’t expect to fall in love with and start writing so much about fitness, or to be so open about my mental health!

My first post ever was about waking up early. This is hilarious to me now because waking up early (before my kids) has been a constant struggle ever since I published that post! 🙂

It has been quite a journey so far, and even though I’ve wanted to quit a time or two, I have decided to keep on blogging! 🙂 Today I wanted to share with you the life lessons I have learned through my blog.

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Life Lessons Learned in One Year of Blogging

We All Need a Tribe

I’m sure you’re familiar with the saying “it takes a village.” Well I would update that to say “it takes a tribe!” 🙂 I found my tribe for blogging and made some very dear friends. 🙂 I don’t know what I would do without my blogging friends (you know who you are!).

Tribes are necessary in real life as well – find your people who can support you in your work, your hobbies, your parenting, your goals, whatever it may be. Life is not always easy, but it is so much richer and more beautiful if we are surrounded by people who lift us up.

Goals Can Change Your Life

Goals, goals, goals! I set goals for 2016 and really stuck to them more than I ever have in my life! This would not have been possible without blogging. I share my goals publicly, and often. I have learned how motivating goal setting can be, even when you don’t fully achieve your goals. Set a goal today and see where it takes you!

We All Experience Seasons

The concept of “life seasons” is something I never really considered until I started reading other blogs. Especially in the mom blogger space, seasons seem to be discussed often. I can be very hard on myself and find the comparison game hard to avoid. In the process of sharing my life experiences via blogging I am constantly reminded to recognize the season of life that I am currently in. In my first year of blogging, with two very young kids, I have really accomplished a lot.

You Are Never Alone

I don’t know if I will ever big a big, successful blogger, but I do know I’m a writer at heart. Sometimes I write because I need to. I write to release pain and process emotion, I write to calm down my anxious mind, I write to get things off my chest. Some of my posts have been posts I just needed to write, and by making these posts public I have learned that I’m never alone in how I feel. Whether it was stressed about finances, mad over losing a parent, or questioning my mothering skills, I have been encouraged by the empathy and support I have received from my readers. So thank you! <3

You Can Let Go of What Doesn’t Serve You

This might be my inner yogi speaking, but blogging has really shown me that it’s okay to let go of what doesn’t serve you. Here’s a strictly blogging example – when I started Stay at Home Yogi, I posted monthly wishlists of products. After a few months it didn’t feel “right” anymore, so I dropped it! My summer of self love was also a bust – life just got in the way! Maybe I’ll try again next year.

It’s okay to let things go! Failure isn’t the end of the world. Moving on can be a beautiful thing. In relationships, in parenting, in your work – if something doesn’t feel good, listen to your intuition and drop whatever is not working!

It’s Okay To Rest

I have struggled with this and it is a lesson I’m still actively learning.

It’s okay to take breaks. It’s okay to take naps! It’s okay to slow down. It’s also okay to say no, or to ask for help. This applies to all areas of life, not just blogging. Many of us push ourselves too hard, every day of our lives. We try to achieve so much, and life is moving very fast these days. I want to encourage you to slow down and rest as needed (guilt free!). Hopefully in return you will remind me to rest occasionally too.

Those are my life lessons from one year of blogging! Happy anniversary (blogiversary!) to me! 🙂

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82 Comments

  1. Happy blogiversary!!! It has been so fun learning and growing with you this year! I can’t wait to see what this next year brings us. 🙂
    Samantha @ Momma Wants Java recently posted…DIY Weight-Loss TrackerMy Profile

  2. I love these life lessons! Each and every one is so important and wonderful to have a blogging outlet turn into such a lesson. The never alone one is especially important because blogging lets us connect to so many people we may not otherwise get to meet.
    Julie recently posted…Gratitude and Goals October 2016 #GratitudeGoalsMy Profile

  3. Yes! We all need a tribe! It took me much linger than a year to figure that out! Congrats on one year and many more to come!

  4. Congrats on your first year! You learned a lot more than I did a few years ago!
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  5. I love all of your lessons! Some of them I still struggle with myself. I’m happy to consider myself part of your tribe. 🙂 Congrats on hitting the one year mark!
    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family recently posted…5 Ways We’ve Saved Money This Week 52My Profile

    • Love having you in my bloggy friend tribe Jamie! 🙂 You are one of the perks of my first year of blogging for sure! 🙂 <3

  6. It took me a long time, about 4 years to start blogging correctly. However, that was 7 years ago and there was not as much info out there.
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  7. I liek not being alone. i have met so many wonderful bloggers this year who i adore.
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  8. congratulations on your first year of blogging may many more follow. Looks as if you have shared much and learned much along your route. Stop by and say hi when you have a chance
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  9. Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary! The first year was the hardest for me, such a steep learning curve. Congrats on sticking it out and learning from it! The second year is when you can really figure things out and fine tune where you are going. Keep it up!
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  10. I like this very much..somewhere close to my life and heart – You Can Let Go of What Doesn’t Serve You. It is very true what I feel now.

  11. Congrats on one year of blogging! It definitely takes a tribe! I will try to check you out from time to time. It will serve as a much needed reminder that I need to make time for yoga. It truly does make a difference in your every day life. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  12. These are all great tips! I need to work on the last one more. With so many goals and lists of things to do, it’s often hard to slow down and relax.

    • It really is! I totally get that Tara. The goals and the rest almost cancel each other out sometimes. But if we aren’t rested, we won’t be able to reach our full potential <3

  13. When I started blogging I did it completely blindfolded…literally! There were so many things I didn’t know, until I joined a amazing bloggers support group…everything changed then!

    Great post, thank you for sharing!

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  14. Congratulations on your one year 🙂 When I first started blogging, I didn’t know much about it. As I got more accustomed to it, I learned so much and eventually became REALLY busy! I definitely agree with your points and I believe one of the most important is taking a break 🙂
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  15. great article. thanks for sharing!

  16. I like this and agree. A tribe has helped me SO much.
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  17. First of all, many Congratulations on your 1 year blogging journey! Blogging is not everyone’s cup of tea. You made it and never stop writing!

  18. Congrats on your first year of blogging! You have learned so many great lessons. My favorite is find your tribe. I’ve made such valuable connections through blogging.

    • That’s really one of the best parts of blogging isn’t it Marci? Love the new online friends I have made through blogging 🙂

  19. What a great post, it was very encouraging. Happy blog anniversary to you. I also am celebrating one year too. I took a small breal from my blog, but now I am getting back into it again. A lot has happened and I might write about it if I get the guts too.

    • Happy blog anniversary to you too Michelle! <3 I hope you find the courage to write about what has happened, it might help you process things! <3

  20. Congratulations on your anniversary!!

    You shared some great lessons. I, too, was unfamiliar with the term “seasons”, until I started reading “mom” blogs. 🙂 It makes a lot of sense, though. I also learned the importance – and benefit of – setting goals. But my personal favorite of the lessons you identified is that it’s okay to let go. I can be both stubborn and a little obsessive, so once I start something, I have a hard time stopping before I reach what I think should be the end point. Books, articles, and movies are all great examples of this in my life. More recently, though, I’ve realized that my time is limited, and I don’t want to spend it in ways that I don’t enjoy, or don’t benefit me.
    Amy recently posted…A Barefoot Books GiveawayMy Profile

    • Stubborn and obsessive are great words to describe me too Amy! I love the way you put it – if you don’t enjoy it, and if it doesn’t benefit you – get rid of it! <3

  21. Loving your post and page. I had another blog and I learned so much…. but what I held dear was that you do need a tribe a blogging group that will uplift you and encourage you. Definitely will be following your blog.

  22. Happy one year blog-iversary! At the time of being in the trenches, it always feels like we aren’t doing enough, but it really is amazing to look back and see how much we’ve really accomplished!

    Thanks for sharing your goals and how you’ve made it along the way! I totally can relate to the “it’s ok to take breaks” thing. I actually took a break in the spring this year and then came back in August to get going again!
    Steven Goodwin recently posted…How We Automated Our House Cleaning ProcessMy Profile

    • That’s so true Steven! I have thought so often that I’m not doing enough – but when I look back over a whole year, wow! I have accomplished so much! Thanks so much for reading.

  23. Those are great learnings- Couldn’t agree more on the importance of goals!
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  24. The blogging life lesson that I love the most is that it is okay to rest. Sometimes I feel guilty of resting when I know I should be doing some writing. However, it is in these short naps that give me those light bulb moments when I wake up.

  25. I’m still in my first 6 months of blogging and I’m still learning a lot! The bit about resting is so important. Great post. #LifeLovingLinky

  26. Teresa Kunberger

    These are some things I am learning in my blog. I couldn’t agree more!

  27. Good life lessons there. I always struggle with letting go and setting goals. Thanks for sharing on #FridayFrivolity

  28. The seasons one speaks to me. It is exactly how I feel and I think I am just in one of those right now. I love blogging, but I also know that I am in the season to step back a bit.

  29. That’s very well said. Those are all great lessons to learn from blogging. Blogging has taught me a lot as well and it has definitely helped improve my life.

  30. Great post! It reminded me that in November it’ll be my blogs 1st b-day haha It’s crazy how fast a year goes by.

  31. There are many lessons we’ve learned from blogging. The most important is to stay humble and be compassionate.

  32. Congratulations on your one year bloganniversary. It’s been lovely reading your honest posts though my linkie all this year. I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging a year though, your writing speaks like you are a pro who’s been doing this years.

    Sally @ Life Loving
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  33. There’s so much that I’ve learned from blogging as well. And on top of those lessons, it has helped me keep a positive mindset especially with what’s been happening around the world lately.
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    • So true about having something positive to focus on in midst of all that is happening in our world Carol <3 I feel the same way!

  34. I’m so glad I found your blog (through Turn it up Tuesday). I loved reading these lessons! I’m a brand-new blogger, just launched 2 weeks ago, but I’ve already got the feeling I’m in for some big {positive} changes! Have a great week!!

  35. Congrats on one year blogging! I’ve read that something like 80% of blogs don’t make it past 6 months… so celebrating your one year blogging anniversary is actually quite a milestone 🙂 I can relate to lots of what you said here… I never DREAMED blogging would teach me so much!

    • Wow Carly! Thanks for reminding me of that statistic. I remember reading it when I first started out and feeling terrified! lol I guess I made it after all though! 😉

  36. Great article thanks for sharing. I know sometimes I feel like giving up but I have so much passion in it. I got to stay focused. I would like to invite you to the Homesteader Hop we would love to have you! https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/2016/10/12/the-homesteader-hop-24/

  37. I just hit my 1 year anniversary too!! It’s been quite a journey and I have learned so much. The biggest lesson I’ve learned is not to be too hard on myself. I often set goals and if I don’t meet them, I can be a little harsh…on myself. I’m so glad you have your tribe and have also learned along your journey! xo

    • Happy anniversary to you too Erin! You are doing an AMAZING job and I can’t believe you have only been at it for one year. Definitely be easy on yourself, you’re doing wonderful!!

  38. congrats on the one year mark! I read somewhere that the majority of bloggers get discouraged and abandon it between the six and nine month work. I wish you continued success #waywow

  39. This is a great post to read when you are down, when you feel like you are running in circles, to remind yourself what you’ve accomplished and learned. No matter how long we blog we need to reassess figure out if what we are doing, each activity, is worth it or just taking up time. That’s a hard realization at times, we truly can’t do it all. I’m pinning this as a reminder to myself. Thanks.
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    • So so true that we need to re-evaluate often and see what is worth our time. Because our time is so precious! <3 Thanks Nikki!

  40. I’m coming up on 1 year on December 1. I am trying to remind myself that I do not have to do “all the THINGS”. There are so many tasks to do with blogging. I just need to find those that serve my goals and let the rest go! Great reminders!
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