Pieces of Me

Do you want to catch up for coffee?

Two years ago when I first started to write this blog I thought I had found my passion. I always knew I loved to write. I just never believed in myself enough to write. When that changed and I hit publish on my first ever blog post part of me felt like I had found the answer.

I was writing. I was connecting. My words were being read. In that moment I felt exhilarated. Here I was holding my passion and stringing it out with every single word. But passion can be a fickle thing. It is hardly a switch that can be flicked on or off. Even though I certainly did think it could when I published that first blog post.

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Over these two years I have learned that passion is far from on or off. Passion is hard work. On the days when I have been up all night with sick little boys, the laundry is under attack from the washing and there are only two tomatoes and old bread in my fridge because I haven’t managed the shopping yet, passion seems impossible.

So instead of being kind to myself on such days, or weeks even, I retreated to a place where the only voice I could hear was no longer of passion, but my ego. You are not good enough. You have fooled people for too long. Your game is up. You are not a writer.

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So the words became less. The connection became distant. The moments I judged and doubted myself became more. Until I stopped and asked myself: why am I doing this again? Ah yes, passion. That is why I am here. That is why I started. Right in that moment I felt like I was back at the foot of the mountain staring at the impossible.

The impossible can be heavy to carry. Until one morning I came across this video on my social media and something changed. Listening to Elizabeth Gilbert and my self-doubt began to shift. The impossible slowly became lighter, with possibility taking its place.

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Passion doesn’t need to get me out of bed in the morning. Curiosity does. Passion will not always quench my ego. But curiosity will. On the days when I can’t find my way, I will seek solace in my curiosity and let that be my way. As I turn the page and start the next chapter, the third year of this blog, I will let curiosity drive my words. In the moments when I forget or feel heavy under the strain, I will come here and remember.

My blog is two. In that I find my humility and my gratitude. I cannot thank my readers enough. While this blog may be a canvas of my words, it would be empty without the heart, the connection and the love my readers share with my words.

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Last year when my blog turned one I teased the idea that maybe for my next blog birthday I would organise champagne and cupcakes as a way to celebrate. You know what? That still sounds like a perfect way to celebrate. So if you would like to join me for a coffee, champagne, cupcakes and lunch at my favourite restaurant, let me know in the comments below: do you want to catch up for coffee?

I have made a reservation for five, so I would love to host four guests with my compliments, to celebrate always Josefa turning two. Lunch will be held in Melbourne. Transportation and parking will be the responsibility of each winner. Please only enter if you are available on Saturday October 18 for lunch. Entries to join me for lunch close midnight Sunday October 12.

Like always Josefa on Facebook – that would be nice. Share this post on your social media – that would be nice too. Leave a comment below even if you can’t make it to lunch – I would love that the most xx

Oh and I am just smitten over the blogs new look
and especially this little video about me – have you watched it yet?

Thank you for being part of my journey.

  • LydiaCLee

    What a lovely idea – while I am too far away to join you, I think it’s a great idea and am slightly envious of the four that get to join you…love the new look too.

  • Congratulations on your new blog design. Looks gorgeous. Happy bloggy birthday. Hope you have an excellent party. Xx

  • Josefa, the blog redesign looks perfect and I’m glad you’ve found your way back here again. Lunch sounds lovely. I hope you have a magical time.

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Well you have definitely stolen my heart. I had tears watching your video – I know I am such a dork! You have a way of voicing my inner most thoughts, of calming me, of inspiring me. I am so happy for you that you are finding fulfillment on this journey of yours. Happy second birthday x

  • What a lovely redesign, and it’s nice to have you back around the traps! Happy 2nd lovely!! x

  • Happy Bloggy Birthday Josefa! The new look is divine! If I lived in Melbourne I’d totally love to catch up for coffee! Lucky 4 readers!

  • The Plumbette

    Happy Birthday Josefa. You have achieved incredible things during your two years of blogging! The design looks fab and I wish I could meet you for lunch but I don’t live in Melbourne. What a lovely thing to do for your readers! X

  • Happy Bloggyversary Josefa! I love the new look. It’s bold yet feminine and lovely. I’m in the process of a very over due re-design so it’s good to see what other people are coming up with.
    I live in Geelong but that’s virtually a suburb of Melbourne! I’m used of trekking to Melbs for all the exciting stuff so put me in the draw please!!! I’m free and ready to dine xxx

  • Michelle Kindregan

    Happy Birthday to you. I related to almost every word in that blog. I love your new design and I’m glad that you are curious enough to keep going. What a shame I don’t live in Melbourne. I would love to meet you for coffee.

  • I would LOVE to join you and celebrate this birthday with you. You have done so amazingly well these two years. It would be so wonderful to meet you and chat and eat.

  • Michaela Fox

    Happiest of birthdays Josefa!!! Wow – I am seriously in awe of what you have achieved in two years of blogging. I adore your writing style and I love your new blog design!! The header is just gorgeous and the look/feel very cheerful and optimistic. Nice work. I am sooooooooo disappointed I can’t enter your comp as I will be in Port Douglas on a much-needed holiday. I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your 5 guests. Enjoy, and happy birthday xxx

  • I love checking out new blog designs and yours looks amazing, no wonder you are happy with the result! What a lovely idea for you blog anniversary, catching up for coffee would be fantastic!

  • Jody at Six Little Hearts

    Happy Birthday Josefa! How exciting that you’ve reached two here. I love the new look too. I am in Melbourne and would love to meet you to celebrate! Apparently I will not be getting to ProBlogger for some time…so what a great way to meet up with a fellow Melbourne blogger – ‘s.’ Happy Bloggy Birthday! x

  • Denise

    Isn’t Liz Gilbert fab? I love her too. Happy 2nd birthday and congratulations! Love the new redesign, it’s fab xx

  • Chantel

    I LOVE the redesign – it is so you!!!! Happy 2nd birthday xxxxxxx

  • Congratulations! Beautiful blog and what a beautiful way to share your bloggy birthday with some readers. I’m in Perth so it could be a bit far! Enjoy…

  • Kellie Anderson

    Congratulations! Love the redesign. I would LOVE to catch up for a cuppa xx

  • Kathy www.yinyangmother.com

    Congrats on the 2nd birthday and the lovely new look. You have achieved a lot in your two years. I notched two years last month but let it slip quietly – a period when passion was waning, so you are not alone there. Glad you are celebrating though – video is just great.

  • Happy bloggy birthday, darling Josefa. I would fly to Melbourne to have coffee with you in a heartbeat, but alas, I can’t do it so soon. x

  • Oh I do wish I could come for lunch! That sounds perfect!
    Loving the new look, loving that you’re back and recharged and ready for the next amazing year. xx

  • Wish I was in Melbourne, I would so be there! Your new look is amazing too, I love the design and the colour, it’s very fresh and oh, I just LOOOOVE it!

  • Hi Josefa, happy 2nd bloggy birthday! I’d love to join you for lunch. I’m in Melbourne and free on the 18th:-)

  • Kate

    Happy happy birthday! Wow you have achieved so much in two years – what a journey – congrats. I’d love to come celebrate ❤️

  • TeganMC

    Happy Blogiversary! The new blog looks great too! I look forward to reading more of your passion and curiosity x

  • Malinda

    Happy blog birthday to you! You’ve done an awesome job. Wish I lived in Melbourne but I’ll be chinking glasses and licking up sprinkles with you from here.

  • Pip (@melbournelass)

    Coffee, champagne, cupcakes, catch-ups – all the best things in life begin with ‘C’ – it’s taken so long for me to leave a Comment! this year but I’ve been following you all the way – and now I see you in the Sunday Age! – man oh man have you come so far. Am finding it hard to believe your ‘not so humble’ blog is only 2 yrs. Still what a platform to launch from into your heady writing heights. Pick me – it’s been too long between catch ups. I’m free, in Melbourne and totally able to drink champagne now 😉 Pip x

  • Lara at This Charming Mum

    Well, I’m not entering as I wouldn’t be able to make it, but I think it’s a fabulous idea! Congratulations on turning 2 – and the new look for the blog is gorgeous. Well done 🙂

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile

    Gosh Josefa you are more than enough! I think you’re spot on about curiosity being a driving factor. I wish I could enter your birthday celebrations but I’m away that weekend! Have a fab time – you’re such a special person! Keep on writing!! xxx

  • Dannie Wallace

    Hi I would love to coffee and do lunching with you and i am actually free that day too 😉 wow! Love my coffee as well that video make me think of who i am so powerful Josefa loved it . Made my day to think about it xxx Hope i an be winner would love to finally meet you and chat.

  • Rita@thecraftyexpat

    Happy Blog Anniversary Josefa! Congrats on the new design! It looks really nice! And, I loved the video too. All the best. You are a wonderful writer. May all your dreams come true. I’m available the 18 so it would be nice to catch up again.

  • All That Is Beautiful – Eliz

    Happy Birthday! Your new blog style is gorgeous and yes I would love to have a coffee with you. x

  • Kelley @ magnetoboldtoo

    one day we will catch up for a coffee.

    Or perhaps margaritas?

  • Hugzilla

    Happy blog birthday! And wow, I wasn’t expecting the new look either. It’s very sleek and cool. I can relate to the struggle as well. Oh how I can relate. But it’s nice to look back and see what I’ve created despite all the laundry and despite the kid-wrangling and know it’s all because of those late nights where part of my brain was trying to push me to bed but the other part of it kept pushing on. Congratulations on two years!

  • Hugzilla

    Happy blog birthday! And wow, I wasn’t expecting the new look either. It’s very sleek and cool. I can relate to the struggle as well. Oh how I can relate. But it’s nice to look back and see what I’ve created despite all the laundry and despite the kid-wrangling and know it’s all because of those late nights where part of my brain was trying to push me to bed but the other part of it kept pushing on. Congratulations on two years!

  • DreamingOfMalta

    Happy 2nd birthday!!! I would have loved the opportunity to come but I live in Sydney. I will be visiting Melbourne 2 weeks too late. Love Melbourne. Love the coffee/restaurant scene there. Reminds me of Southern Europe which I recently travelled to. We’d have a lot in common being Maltese, my husband Greek and I just loooove coffee. Oh well an opportunity missed. Hope it’s an enjoyable day.

  • Happy 2nd Birthday! The blog design is beautiful. “Passion doesn’t need to get me out of bed in the morning. Curiosity does.” Thank you so much for sharing that gem! Xx

  • Sarah Mac

    Happy 2nd Birthday. What a lovely idea to hold a party.

  • Happy Bloggy birthday Josefa – Your canvas of words is truly a beautiful thing. If I was in melbourne I would SO be there. Instead I will toast you from Sydney and indulge in a cake in our honour xx

  • Happy Blog Birthday Josefa! This is the first week since I can’t remember that I’ve actually had a chance to read the blogs I’ve been wanting to read because my blogging and work has just been so busy. I’ve seen your blog around and it’s amazing what you’ve achieved in 2 years, I actually thought you’d been blogging a lot longer than me!!! I would love to enter your gorgeous little celebration but unfortunately I’m in Brisbane. It’s such a lovely gesture.

  • Mel

    Hi Josefa, I’ve never met you in person, but feel like I know you well. I’d love to get to know you in person and cupcakes and champagne sounds fabulous! Happy second birthday too

  • Travelling Macs

    Happy 2nd year of this blog 🙂 I lol forward to reading about the luncheon .

  • What a great idea to celebrate your second birthday! Can i say that the photos in this post are so lovely. Well done on two years. My blog is only about 12 days old. Reading this post gives me inspiration that I can keep going. Happy birthday and keep writing!

  • Happy 2nd birthday Josefa – you are certainly celebrating in style! Thank you for your words and stories, I look forward to many more to com x

  • Lou Grech

    Happy 2nd birthday blog! Josefa you are such a great supporter of the blogging community as well as being am inspiration to us all. And I would love the opportunity to join your lunch on Saturday to help you celebrate 🙂

  • Entries to join me for lunch – are now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who entered and more so, thank you everyone for the beautiful and heartwarming well wishes. I really appreciate them. Josefa xx

  • Gosh these photos are so beautiful

  • toushka

    Happy 2nd blog birthday! Nice new look. Gorgeous photos, and as always, superb words.

  • Happy Bloggy Birthday!

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