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1 Year Blogiversary: What I’ve Learned

This is totally nuts to me!
Grace + Ford: A Lifestyle Blog is officially ONE!

This time last year as I was doing research before I launched my blog, I was so nervous.
“What will people think of me? ” q uickly became one of the thoughts that was constantly at the front of my mind.

So here I am ONE year later with lots of trial and error under my belt. I’ve found my voice, my heart, and met some truly incredible people along the way. I am so thankful that I pulled the trigger on this and left that negative thought behind. As we celebrate, I’m going to share with you some things I’ve learned this past year. If you are toying with the idea of starting a blog I have two posts that can help you start here and here.
Other than that… I say do it. 🙂

WHY I STARTED Grace + Ford: A Lifestyle Blog
I wanted to start a blog because I had become “mom” and lost touch with all of the other things that made me, ME. I knew to be the best mother I’d need to get a grasp of those things and pursue them. I wanted to be an example for my kids that passions are real and harnessing them for good can change the world. I wanted to reach just one woman and be a light for her. Be helpful for her. Be there for her. Occassionally, I’ll get an email or message for someone saying “thank you, I needed that!” and that is where my success lies. Not in the sponsored work, number of followers, it lies with you.

HERE Is What I’ve Learned This Past Year:

1. Learning How To Say No: This was probably one of the harder things that I learned, but it was absolutely essential to being successful and trustworthy. It’s really easy to get caught up when a brand reaches out to collaborate and say “Yes, I’d love to!” without thinking about whether it aligns with your brand/mission/lifestyle. I’ve learned to say “No thank you”, and offer suggestions to other bloggers that I think would be a better fit. It will always pay off to be aware of yourself.

2. Priorities: Another huge thing has been making YOU my readers and followers a priority. Who is going to hear what I have to say if I don’t treat you like someone I care about? It has been so rewarding to connect with my readers, to chat about these topics, and learn from each other. It is my absolute favorite part about being a blogger… this community means the world to me.

3. It’s not about the numbers or the stuff. Almost everything you read about bloggers say the exact opposite. I will admit these feelings have gone and gone throughout this journey, but remember why I started has always been my saving grace.

4. It’s OK to not be everyone’s cup of tea. While this was NOT an easy pill to swallow it has brought me that much closer to the people who truly support me through and through. If I am not your style, we have nothing in common, or you just don’t care… THAT IS FINE. Once you hold onto that and know other opinions don’t reflect you, but the opinion holder, everything will go much smoother. Trust me, I take all of the criticism and negativity to heart, but in a healthy way. I will use that to either block someone that’s being ugly, have a tough conversation, or say “yeah you are right, let me work on that”. I truly believe that growing up means taking all of the feedback and using it to your advantage!

It has been a total whirlwind. I don’t think I’ll ever quite be able to articulate the amount of gratitude that I have for everyone who stops by. It means the world to me. You are supporting me which helps support me. my mental health, and my family. Sooooo… in essence you are my family!

We are here because of you. We are celebrating because of you. Thank you for your support, encouragement, love, prayers, thank you for all of it. You have no idea what it means to me and I will be eternally grateful.

Lots of love!
Jessica

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