Pieces of Me

My blog is one !

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

Thank you

To enter the giveaway:

Like always Josefa on Facebook.
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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. 

  • The Plumbette

    Well Done Josefa! And here I thought you had been blogging for longer! If I sent you a card it would say ” Congratulations on your first blogging birthday, and cheers to many many more!”

  • Dear always Josefa,

    Congratulations on turning one! I wish I’d been there from day one, but am happy to have now discovered you and be part of the Writers Reveal with you.
    And I look forward to sending you another card when you turn two. And three. And four and five and…


  • Michaela Fox

    Woooohoooooo! Congratulations on turning 1. What an achievement! I am in awe of what you have accomplished in such a short amount of time and can see that luck played no part. The success of your blog comes from your talent as a writer, your generosity of words, and your determination and honesty. Enjoy the celebrations and I would love to have a champagne and cupcake with you at anytime! Well done xx

  • Dear Josefa,
    Always Josefa is turning one,
    But the journey has only just begun,
    Your words reach wider than you could know,
    With each post taking us where you go,
    You make us feel like we are there,
    Your blog is something to be shared,
    Igniting our imaginations,
    On your first birthday, I send congratulations!
    Love Aroha
    Congratulations Josefa! It’s hard to believe it’s only been a year, your blog is amazing, something many people couldn’t build in 10. x

  • TeganMC

    Dear Always Josefa,

    Here you are, one years old, celebrating the time you have spent in the blogosphere. Even though you are young in terms of the blogging world, your maturity shines through your words. I have loved watching you go from strength to strength. From having your articles published to pouring your heart on the page, you’ve done it all. You handle yourself with grace, something made clear by the loving community that you have created. I wish you many more blogging birthdays and congratulations on keeping a promise to yourself.

    Kind regards,


  • Sheridan Ridley

    Dear always Josefa,
    I had no idea it was your first birthday! You seem so much wiser and more established than a blog of one. Every post sucks me deeper into the always Josefa world. Thank you for sharing this last year with your readers.
    I hope you receive a bunch of blogging love and enjoy your success you so rightfully earned!
    Hip Hip Hooray!
    With love from Sheridan

  • bodyandfeetretreat

    Congratulations and happy birthday to your blog !!!
    The inside of my card would read :
    Thank you for the stories that you tell. For the inspiration that you provide. For the part of you that you share.
    Even with all that you have going on in your life, your blog doesn’t get neglected and put on a back burner because of other priorities.
    I am glad that you have become less critical of yourself – I think sometimes we are our own worst enemies and we all need to love who we are and what we do more !
    Wishing you every success in the future as you grow from strength to strength !
    Have the best day !

  • Oh Congratulations Josefa.
    Thank you for blogging. For sharing. For writing your words so beautifully. For being inspiring and passionate. Thank you for sharing a little piece of you, with me.
    love and the warmest wishes for another wonderful year to come xxxxx J xxxxxxx

  • Monique

    Congratulations on turning 1! It is most definitely the first major milestone, I’m sure with many many more to come! I also just liked your FB page 🙂 Monique x

  • Tomfo

    Oh happy birthday!
    Here is my birthday wish…
    I wish you one more smile, one more laugh, one more word, one more happy!
    An infinity of one more of everything!
    Thanks for sharing such a beautiful post and space, my selfish wish… cupcakes and champagne with you next year, but then why wait?
    Have a wonderful day Lisa x

  • marypreston

    Congratulations on turning 1 & Thank You!!

    In a sometimes bleak world it’s reassuring to know that you are not alone.

    I wish you well. I wish you joy. I wish you peace.

    Thank you for taking us along for the journey.


  • JBMarigold

    Dear always Josefa,

    A Libran baby growing up!

    Characterised as charming, a pure and open mind, clever, detailed and artistic, social and co-operative, self-sufficient, idealistic, equalitarian and urbane.

    Your blog has run true to form and so I look forward to many more instalments!


    Love, JBM

  • I cannot believe you are only one! You seem so wise, like you have been here before. You have obviously found your true blog calling.

    Congratulations, on being able to filter your thoughts and emotions to create something beautiful.

    Well done, on pushing through that self doubt, and creating a space that so many can obviously relate to.

    Thank you for sharing.

  • Just popping in to wish you Happy Birthday x

  • Money Mummy

    Happy 1st birthday! I am so glad you kept your promise. You have built a wonderful blog!

  • Happy birthday! If I were to send you a card, it would say this:

    Dear Josefa,

    Every day there are new blogs being written, new people entering our community. Each one has something different and wonderful to offer in the words they share, and the way they craft them. What I admire about you though, that not only have you offered us your words, but also your commitment. Your dedication to your best, but also to those who share the community with you. And that is quite possibly one of the bed things to be brought to the blogging table.

    Love what you do, and really appreciate your support of IBOT.
    Love Jess xxx

  • OMG a Coach bag as a giveaway, everyone is going to be falling over themselves to win this! It’s been lovely to stumble across you and your lovely blog Josefa, here’s to another year of reading, crying and honesty. Em xx

  • I would write on the card …

    Happy Blogoversary! I had no idea you were a “newish” blog too – only a couple of months older than mine. You look like you’ve been doing it forever, such a professional!

    Yep, it’s crap, I’m shocking at writing anything on cards, I think it’s my version of stage fright – people know I’m a writer, so expect me to write something really awesome. Instead, my muse runs screaming in the other direction 😉

  • Zita

    HaPpY BiRtHdAy Josefa!! What an amazing accomplishment..here’s to many many more birthdays.
    Congratulations and look forward to reading more during your next year.

  • Renee at Mummy, Wife, Me

    Wishing your darling blog a massive happy birthday! I’m so glad I discovered this blog. When I first read your About me section, I knew instantly that I would be able to relate to you and fall in love with your writing. I think it’s great that you’ve kept your initial objectives in sight the whole time and have been true to yourself. And OMG! Coach bag. Will seriously have to enter that comp!

  • Di

    Happy first birthday. Wishing you many more to come.

  • Oh, Josefa, what a wonderful celebration! One year old and absolutely perfect 🙂
    Here’s to many more to come…
    Your posts made me laugh out loud, made me cry, made me think for a long long time after I finished reading….
    Keep going, keep growing 🙂
    Lots of love,
    Anya xoxox

  • Rita

    Happy first Birthday to your blog Josefa! You make us smile, you make us think, you make us cry too… You make us write. You have created a beautiful space over here! Wishing you many, many more years of blogging and writing.

  • Congratulations on 1 year!!

  • Rach

    hmmm what would I write in a card?

    Always Josefa you’re turning the big 1
    Reading you is always such fun
    You’re an advocate, a talent, you’ve come so far
    Lets face it Josefa you’re a total Superstar 🙂
    Much love Rach xx

  • Tabitha Dickinson

    always Josefa so true to life,
    Writing adventures, writing about strife,
    Number one blog, whose just turned one!
    Is there really anything that you couldn’t have done?
    Happy First Birthday always Josefa! wishing you many more in the future!

  • Karina Lee

    Happy birthday! Hip hip, hooray!

  • TwitchyCorner

    Happy blogaversary Josefa, you’ve achieved a lot in just one little year, well done x

  • Chantel

    Can’t believe your blog is only one – I thought you had been blogging heaps longer than that!!! Congratulations 🙂 xxxxx

  • Kaz Purtill-Wright

    My card would say

    Dear always Josefa
    Congratulations on your first anniversary in the blogging world, making it 1 year is a tremendous accomplishment, here’s too many more years to come. To celebrate your first year blog anniversary, I present you with this card, a gift inspired by paper, the traditional first year anniversary gift.

  • Leanne Shea Langdown

    Dear Always Josefa
    We love you because you are neat, tidy, deliberate, thought provoking, gentle, sincere, wise and full of heart. You are a warm and safe place to visit.
    You are ONEderful.
    Enjoy the ONEder of your first birthday.
    Love and hugs
    Deep Fried Fruit
    x o x o

  • Rebecca Thompson

    For someone who writes a weekly blog, I am absolutely terrible at cards. I am a fan of sending them, but what to write is always so crappy. It would probably be as lame as… Congratulations! It is a hard slog to keep this blogging thing going and to do it for 1 year and achieve what you have in such a short time is amazing. Well done to you.

  • Grace

    Happy blogiversary, Josefa! Thank you for touching all of us with your stories and reflections. Your voice is strong and authentic and it will only continue to be all those things and more in the years to come. It’s a pleasure to have you in our blogosphere xxx

  • Congratulations Josefa, you’re an inspiration to many of us! xx

  • Pip Macdonald

    My card would say,
    Happy Birthday Always Josefa – to all those who say social media is alienating and results in loneliness – they just need to stop by your blog, peep into your Facebook page and read your comments to feel the sense of community and friendship radiating from your readers.
    Hip Hip Hooray.

  • cath

    Congrats hooray your 1 today ,lets raise our glass and give a cheer, to alwaysjosefa whose blogs are great and whom we love so dear.

  • Sasha Pete

    Dear Josefa

    How the year has flown.
    This blog has given you a reason to express yourself with your words.

    Remember to uplift humanity and the reasons why you started in the first place.

    Your number one fan.

  • Catherine RodieBlagg

    My card would say,

    One already! I clearly remember the first time I clicked into Always Josefa. It was a post about family holidays and it moved me to tears.
    It’s amazing to think you’ve only been blogging for a year – you’ve had such great sucess – Mamamia, the Huff post, Daily Life and Essential Kids – how cool is that?
    Here’s to you you honey – one year down, many many to come.
    Lots of love,
    Catherine xxx

  • Heather Lowden

    Just entering the world of blogging, Youtubing. So much to learn and apply. A great site, lots of interesting things, and in a year. Congrats

  • Kim

    Have a blogging good birthday!!!

  • Kasey Evans

    Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is noone alive, who is you-er than you! Congrats to your first year!

  • Travelling Macs

    Just found your blog via a link on a blog I follow Conversations over coffee. Happy 1st birthday 🙂 My blog just celebrated its first birthday a week ago. I’m sure like me you have enjoyed watching the blog blossom. Yours looks so well set up that it is an inspiration for me to start some serious work on keeping my blog flourishing. Wishing you many years of passionate writing 🙂

  • Lynda @HomeleaLass

    Congratulations on your first blogversery!


  • Bennie_girl

    Happy blog birthday, its such a milestone. This year is my second year. Its so important to celebrate the first year and when reading back from your first post to now you’ll notice a change in your writing and grammar. I certainly did. I find that I have come such a long way.

    Congrats x

  • Robyn Oyeniyi

    Congratulations! Quite a milestone in the blogging world!

  • Candice

    I have only just clicked through to your blog,
    Congratulations on 1 year blogging, it would be a hard slog.
    Here’s to blogging for many more years,
    always Josefa, to you a huge CHEERS!!!!

  • amandagorton

    Happy First Birthday Josefa!
    You’ve come along way,
    Growing stronger everyday,
    Sharing your words,
    And Sharing your stories,
    Has bought to me a sense of glory,
    May your wishes and dreams come true,
    And you find happiness in everything you do!

  • Nikki@WonderfullyWomen

    Congratulations on a fabulous 1st year!
    The first post is the hardest, As doubt and fear creep in.
    But your amazing talent, Should not be kept within.
    You have a way with words, That bring smiles and tears.
    You must not delete your posts, Because of fears.
    Enjoy the celebration, With a glass of bubbles or a few.
    We are looking forward to lots more posts, As your blog heads towards two.
    xxx Nikki @ Wonderfully Women

  • LydiaCLee

    Congrats on turning one! They say, as with children, the first year is the hardest – but they also say, ‘when I was one, I was just begun’ and looking forward to following your journey and see what’s new as you head to two…

    • LydiaCLee

      Move mountains, baby! (Apologies to both the wonderful Margaret Wise Brown AND Dr Seuss)

  • Happy birthday honey!!! xxx

  • Suzie Elo

    Happy 1st birthday Josefa. The 1st year is the hardest but the greatest! Enjoy and best of luck for the many successful years ahead. xxx

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  • Emily Morgan

    happy birthday! Here’s to many happy more blogging anniversaries 🙂

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