Monday, March 04, 2013

Happy Birthday To My Blog



Today is an important day in my life and it all has to do with this blog. Today is the 5th anniversary or birthday of my little blog here and I can't quite believe that it has already been five years! Where does the time go?

First of all, starting this blog was one of the best things that I ever did. Writing this blog has been very cathartic especially in the early days and it has brought me such healing. When I started on this journey, I had no idea how much a seemingly simple act of writing a blog could do so much in my life. I can remember myself very vividly on the day that I wrote that first post. And in reading it back today it is like going into a time machine. I remember being in a state of mind where I was still grieving the loss of my mother even though I thought that I was doing okay. Also, I was recovering from an injury that I had suffered in a car accident. And I was trying to work through major culture shock. I didn't write it all out in that first post, but I alluded to it a little. If you'd like to read my first post you can do so here.

Even though I didn't scream it all out in so many words back then, I remember that time very well as I look back and I see some growth. No, I don't have it all figured out and I don't think anyone does, but as an ad used to say back in the day... You've come a long way baby!  :) I haven't really thought about all of this a lot because I've just been living my life, but I guess that's how it is, isn't it? We go forward and take stock from time to time, so I guess that this is me taking stock. Just like everyone else, I'm a work in progress and this blog has helped me immensely!

I had thought about starting a blog for a long while before I actually started. And then one day I just decided that this was the day and even though I couldn't have known what it would bring me, deep down inside I knew that putting my words out there would start my healing. I know it may seem like I'm making a big deal out of starting a blog, but I can't overstate how much of a lifeline it was to me as I started out.

I started this blog on March 4th and as I mentioned in my first post, there was power in the date. When I say the date, I take it into my consciousness and "March Forth" and to me it means to march forth into your life. Words definitely have power! I took a deep breath and plunged right in. And even though it was a simple act, it was my act of going forward in life. I could hear my mom saying to go on and go forward. My mom figures very prominently in the earlier days of my blog and I know for sure that having this blog to write definitely helped me to cope with her loss. I still miss her every single day and I'll miss her, my dad, and my brother for the rest of my days. But I know that writing this blog has given me the outlet that I sorely needed in those early days and I am grateful.

And speaking of gratitude, I want to say a HUGE thank you to you, my readers :) I appreciate your support so much and connecting with many of you through email and social media has been a pure pleasure. I know that my posting has been rather sporadic over the last three or so years. It's been nowhere near as frequent as it was in the beginning, but I thank you for sticking with me over these years. As you may know, for the last few years I have been taking up some university study so my posting has been all over the place and nowhere near what I would like it to be. But with all being well, in about three months (fingers crossed), I will be done with that and I can recommit myself here at this blog that I love so much. I want to return to the much more vibrant posts of old and I hope that you will come along with me as I reboot my creativity and share my little corner of England with you :)

So in closing I'll say...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

FROM A YELLOW HOUSE IN ENGLAND
 

Have a great day everyone and hey, have a piece of cake! :)

12 comments:

Diane Corriette said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging. I enjoy reading your blog even though I don't usually comment. Sometimes I wonder where all the time goes!

Diane Corriette said...

Congratulations on 5 years of blogging Dori

Aldon Hynes said...

Happy Birthday, Blog! Five great years! Keep at it!

Dori said...

Diane,
Thank you so much! I'm so glad that you come by and read what I write here! Thanks for the comment. And yes, where does the time go? I'm floored that this much time has passed :)

Aldon,
Thank you very much! And I hope to make the next five years even better :)

Stacie Sayz So said...

Happy Blog Birthday! Five years is quite an accomplishment. Keep it coming!

Dori said...

Stacie,
Thank you! I'll keep at it :)

eof777 said...

Happy 5th Blogavesary Birthday! You've been at it a while and had a lot on your plate back then.... Wishing you much success in all your do.
Eliz

A said...

Happy birthday to your blog Dori :-)

Nieves said...

Happy 5th Blogbirthday Dori! It is a long time already. I wish you a long, long life to "From a yellow house in England" and keep on writing to keep us enjoying with all the nice things you post. Congrats and lots of kisses!

Sissym said...

Time flies even! I think known you about 3 years. I will never forget the gift that gave me the "sunshine awards"! I think you a very amiable and charismatic. I like everything you write. So let's continue. It'll be a few time: giving congratulations to you for 10 years of my blog! Viva!

Kisses

Eve said...

Happy Blog-Day! xxx

Dori said...

Thank you to everyone for your congratulatory comments! I appreciate your continued support so much :-)