What I've Learned from 1 Year of Blogging.
Hello! Quick side-note first— I finally edited my travel diary video from our trip to Turks & Caicos in February, so check that out for a view of the clear turquoise water and sunny skies!
I’m so happy to share that it’s my blog-a-versary! It’s my blog’s first birthday this week!
In honor of that, I thought it would be nice to give eight things that I’ve learned from blogging for one year:
It’s beautiful to keep track of progress and milestones. I’m one of those people who religiously keeps a journal with my daily adventures, prayers, ups, and downs. Much like keeping a journal, this blog gives me an opportunity to sit down and reflect on my successes and note-worthy events in a week.
I get to share with my family and friends. Many times, my closest family and best friends don’t know what state or country I’m in, let alone what I’m up to! I travel a lot, and I’m constantly working on something. This blog gives me to opportunity to share with my family, friends, and followers what I’ve been up to, what I need help with, and what I’m planning on doing in the future.
It’s a mish-mash of all of my other feeds. It’s a known fact: there’s way too many social media feeds to keep up with. This is a nice spot to download all of my Youtube videos, photos, tweets, and all my stories from the week!
I get to look back at all of the good memories. In the past year, I went to the UN, I’ve spoken at many schools, met Dr. Jane Goodall 3 times, met Cardinal Seán & Bishop Reed, held a position on the NYLC, blogged for Dr. Jane 7 times, had my own art show, received a provisional patent, and traveled to 12 states & 2 countries!
I get to explain what I get out of opportunities. Sometimes it’s great to see what I’m up to and where I’m traveling. However, beyond pictures of me posing with people and trophies and whatever else, I get to actually explain what I take away from these opportunities through my blogs. I learn lessons in the most unexpected places, like the meaning of human presence from a humdrum visit to the nursing home or the beauty of faithful friendships and bravery at Discipleship Week.
I’m human, so I get to share what goes wrong, too. I started this blog to share my successes and adventures, but it’s a lie to say that it’s all rainbows and unicorns. For example, the most successful blog post I’ve ever had is my response to some hate mail I got in “Haters Gonna Hate, But I’m Gonna Love.” I get to frame my negative experiences and hopefully inspire others by getting back up, even stronger than before.
This blog has gone amazing places. My March for Life blog found it’s way to Cardinal Sean’s blog, Leah Darrow gave beautiful feedback on a post that I wrote inspired by her podcast, NCWIT shared my post about their award weekend, and so much more. I’m grateful for all of the opportunities I’ve received, but also all the opportunities I’ve been given to inspire others.
One year comes to a close, and I hope that this next year of blogging will be just as fruitful and inspirational! Feel free to hit the subscribe button on my main blogging page.
Thank you to everyone who inspires me to keep going, and to everyone who continues to support me.