My One Year Blogaversary

Now that I’m back from my spring break cruise to the Bahamas, I no longer have a an excuse to not blog. So here we are, with this hopefully being the first of many steady posts to come. As you can tell, its been a while since I blogged consecutively, so there’s definitely a lot of ground for us to cover so I can catch you up on everything. On January 20th, I celebrated my one year blogaversary. I received a notification saying it was my one year anniversary of my Hurdles to Happiness blog, but since I had taken a break from blogging, I smiled and left it at that. I didn’t arrange for any festivities, I didn’t post anything about it, nor did I invite my fellow bloggers to celebrate with me. But everyone loves a good celebration, and with you all by my side, there’s no one else I would rather celebrate with.

I’ll get to the celebration part of this post soon, but first, I’d like to go back one year and a month and a half (right before I started this blog and joined the blogging community). As most of you know, I wrote a Self-Help book for teenagers a while back and attended the Writer’s Digest Conference last January to pitch my book to notable literary agents. Something that each agent mentioned to me was the fact that I can’t become an author and publish a book if I don’t have a platform of followers. Their suggestion was join the world of social networking and become an avid blogger and tweeter. “Wow,” I thought to myself. “What could I possibly have to blog or tweet about that would hopefully be of interest to others?” This question stayed in my mind for quite some time, but I figured I’d have to give it a shot if I wanted to build up a platform with hopes of one day becoming an author. So I began posting about my writing process that involved everything pertaining to my book. Then I figured I’d throw some poetry into my blog and put in some poems that I had written a while back, and hopefully come up with ideas for new poems. And then it hit me. I also want to work on helping others as well as myself down the path towards achieving happiness. If that’s what my book is about, that’s what the majority of my blog should be about to.

A little inspiration goes a long way and I was truly hoping to help inspire any and all followers that would be joining me on the blogging path to Happiness. Little did I realize though, that within a year I would receive more followers than I could ever imagine and that my fellow bloggers would be the ones inspiring me. You have all inspired me through your blog posts, comments on my posts, pushes to continue writing, and especially through your encouragement and motivation to not only make me a better person and writer, but a better blogger as well. And to be quite honest, that is more than anything I could have ever imagined or asked for, and for that, on this one year (and almost two month) blogaversary I’d like to invite all of my fellow bloggers to comment on this post with links to your blogs. I would like for all of my followers to connect with one another and have a door opened to new blogs for you all to enjoy. So please, I ask that you help me celebrate my blogaversary by posting the link to your blogs for others to follow. I can’t think of a better way for me to celebrate my one year blogaversary than with all of you on this one year anniversary post. And with that, I’d like to make a toast to my fellow bloggers for helping me make it this far and for welcoming me with open arms into the world of blogging, and I hope together, we all have many years of blogging to come!

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The 21st Year Realization

Wow. It has been over two months since my last blog post and go figure
that one of my last posts mentioned how I was going to be posting more
often and become a more active blogger. Well I guess life just gets to
us sometime and distracts us from our goals annd the path that we want
to be on, but I’m back now and hopefully you’re all still around too!

So yesterday was my 21st birthday, and although most college students
would be excited about it, for some reason, I felt the opposite way. I
felt down knowing that I reached the famous milestone age of twenty
one, which is pretty much the age of complete independence and the
sign that college graduation is creeping up. So as you can tell, I
wasn’t too excited about my birthday, but at my birthday dinner, my
dad gave a toast and said something that will forever be engraved in
my mind. He exclaimed that majority of the population wish to extend
their lives and keep on living. However, if we just live our lives to
the fullest and enjoy every second of it, there’s no need to yearn for
more time. We’ll have accomplished everything that we set out to which
is the way that we should all live. I shouldn’t be focused on my age
and getting older, but spending it with people I want to be around and
just enjoying each and every moment I have here. I mean, it does make
sense right?

So I’m leaving on a spring break cruise today for the Bahamas and Key
West and will be coming back on Friday. Starting Friday, my goal is to
become a more active blogger and post a lot more frequently. And this
time I mean it. I hope you all have a great week and don’t forget to
try and make the best out of each and every day you have!