I have tormented myself over this post for hours. Somehow with each draft I delete I have felt that it is not quite right. It is not quite good enough. My blog is one! I have to stop and pause when I read over that. There is a small part of me that still can’t believe it is true. This last year has been one of the most important of my life. I made a promise to myself when I started this blog that I would give this little space one hundred per cent of my effort and my attention. When I hit publish on that very first blog post I was not confident that I could live up to that promise.
At the beginning it was hard. Each week as I tried to sift through the jumble of thoughts and emotions, so that they made sense and had some connection, wore away at me. I was my worst critic. I doubted, criticised and condemned almost every word and every photo.
Yet as the year slowly unfolded, I learned to be less critical. My expectations of myself didn’t change. But my perception of the blog did. I started to like it here. Really like it. I loved watching the words flow, the images follow and most importantly, I would sit back once a post was done, and enjoy reading it for myself, like it was brand new.
My little writing space has become a part of me and grows to be more a part of me each day.
Sometimes I think it is expected to rattle off numbers, statistics and achievements in honour of a first blog birthday. But that is not what this space is about. That is not what I am about. The achievement is that I kept my promise. A promise that I made to myself and one that I worked hard to keep. That is more than enough. I will never take what I have created for granted. I will never take myself for granted. In that lies a task greater than any other I have set out to do.
I know it sounds cliché to thank your readers on a blog birthday, but I feel that if I don’t, I would be leaving out such a huge part of what this space is all about. Yet a simple thank you doesn’t seem like enough. In that, I am giving away a little something I love, to one of my beautiful readers, as a way of celebrating always Josefa turning one. A Coach bag and scarf to the reader who answers the following question best:
If you were to send always Josefa a card to commemorate turning one,
what would you write in that card?
Birthdays demand celebrations and I want to celebrate always Josefa turning one. I love the community that has grown from this space. I love the connection I have made with people who I would never have known, were it not for this space. Maybe next year I’ll have to organise champagne and cupcakes for everyone as way to celebrate? I guess therein lies the one thing I love most about this space. I love all the possibility.
To enter the giveaway:
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All responses, the answer to the question, must be entered as a comment below.
This is a game of skill and the winner selected from the answers below.
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You must like the Facebook page/or share via social media and answer the question to be eligible for this giveaway.
One entry per person only.
The giveaway is for Australian residents only.
The giveaway closes on Tuesday October 1, 2013.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday October 2, 2013.
The winner has 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by me ~ it is as simple as that. A small thank you to the community of readers that have become such a part of this space that I feel humbled and blessed each time they read my words and share my stories.