Celebrating The Good

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Celebrating The Good

This last weekend was insanely busy! There were birthday parties, movies in the backyard, homemade cheesecake, rain storms, puddle splashing plus a whole heck of a lot of blogging work ALSO went on!

Some of you may not know, but I am one one of the Co-hosts for the Blog Staycation. The Blog Staycation is a weekend-long virtual conference, where bloggers gather to learn, support, encourage and inspire one another. To date there have have been three Staycations, and the most recent one just ended on Sunday night. There was a lot going on for this Staycation! At the end of some of these chats, my fingers and my brain ached from how fast they were both working to try to keep up and process all I was learning! Now after the Staycation is over I feel more recharged than ever and ready to hit the blog world running because of all I learned this past weekend! There were amazing chats on monetizing, Periscope, social media and more!

Besides all that was happening with the Staycation there has also been a lot going on in the background for my little blog. I would like to share some of it with you. First off last week, I had two of my posts featured by the highly successful online women’s forum BlogHer. This means that many, many people were able to read my work. And also because of these features, my follows and likes exploded on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

In case you missed it, here is what was featured:

The story about my miscarriage, the birth of my first daughter and my September 11th experience.

I had never publicly shared this story before, even just a few close family members knew the entirety of it, but I felt inspired to do it last week. The words flowed and in 30 minutes the post was written and done. I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would take off like it did. It has been shared across Facebook, Twitter and numerous times via other social media shares. I am touched and honored by all of those who shared their kind words and comments about my experience.

Also featured on BlogHer last week was my post, The Secret Life of Bloggers! I have to admit, that having my messy, wreck of a desk pictures broadcasted across social media also inspired me to clean it up! It looks so pretty now, but go ahead and take a look at the before picture below. It’s the desk with the toddler on it and the leaning tower of folders…


Also exciting, is the fact that I finally set up a Mail Chimp account this week and have plans to start sending out weekly newsletters! You can still receive post updates to your inbox via RSS feed, but the newsletters will be packed with some really great information and fun freebies that I won’t be posting here on the blog and you can only get from the newsletter. So I would love it if you would consider signing up for my newsletter!

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Lastly, at the beginning of this year I began a very concerted effort to connect with brands and companies I already support and love. I am excited by the response I have received from many of these companies! So look for BIG things coming this way to my little corner of the Internet!

Thank you to everyone who already follows me here, your support is invaluable!

If you would like to participate in the next Blog Staycation that will be happening January 14th-17th, make sure to join the Facebook group and sign up to receive our email updates here.

Now if you also participated in the Staycation I want to see your accomplishments and success!  So please link it all up below!

Stay Happy! Stay Informed!




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      Thank you! I really am excited by all I learned. I am ready to try and take over the world, well once the kids are in bed I can try to at least clean up my portion of it!
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      Thanks Tamara! I am still having dreams about that homemade cheesecake… but one really shouldn’t eat that every day. I can’t wait till the next birthday where we can celebrate with that delicacy again :)
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  1. sometimes the universe shines on you in big ways – and it’s even better when you shine through on your own. Excellent recognition for a wonderful writer. Congrats!

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      Thank you so much! It was an amazingly fun and filling week. I just wish that all of my blogging friends could get the recognition they deserve, because truthfully there is much of their work that they quietly do which really needs to be recognized!
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  2. Congrats on all the press! Hopefully you do a new blog staycation soon enough. I’d love to participate sometime maybe next spring? (Is it insane that I’m already planning out that far????)

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      Thank you Debbie! I learned so much at the Blog Staycation and I feel so ready to move forward with some of the goals I have been too scared to proceed with. I am going to try. They might say no, but they might just say yes :)

      Have a great day! I am so glad you are back from your lovely summer time break !
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