Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Happy Sixth Anniversary

Today is the sixth anniversary of the day that I started this blog. It seems like a thousand years ago and it also seems like just yesterday. What is it about time that makes it stretch and twist in such a way that it can seem so short and long at the same time?

Six years...wow! I know that it's not ten or fifteen or some other double digit number like that, but I'm proud of sticking with my blogging, so six years is good enough for me :-) 

A lot has changed in my life since that first day six years ago and yet some things remain the same. When I started this blog I was in a phase of struggle as I tried to find my place in a new country. It was a thrilling prospect to get the chance to live in a different country than that of my birth, and yet it was a bit scary to change my life so significantly. As I mentioned in my very first post, I was experiencing all of the big life changes at the same time and the thing that capped it off was losing my mom right before I planned to come to England. My life was in disarray, but slowly I found my footing again.

Over the past six years that I've been writing this blog I've gone to various concerts, seen many places and things, and I've continued my education. One of the very finest moments that I've experienced over these six years happened to me rather recently. Back in September of 2013, I graduated and received my Bachelor of Arts degree after leaving university study some years ago. I knew that it was time to go back and finish what I started. I felt it in my soul and even though it was very challenging, I knew this time that I wouldn't leave until I finished. Here's a link to my post about my graduation weekend in case you missed it :-)

As I've been thinking about writing this post, so many things have crossed my mind. I've been going back and reading old posts here and it's been so enjoyable to revisit moments in my life as if it were a scrapbook. In a way, that's what it feels like when I go back. Looking back has been therapeutic for my blogging. I saw how candid my posts were back then and I could feel the joy and the sorrow in my words. I was able to go back and see the world again through my eyes at that time, through my words and the photos that I shared. I hadn't realized how much of me I had etched into this blog.

So as I go forward past this six year milestone, I want to return to the spirit of the writing that I used to do. I want to get back to sharing more about my experiences and I want to share more of my photos, from the place that I stand at this time in my life. I haven't been blogging in this way for a while and I want to get back to it. Now is the time! :-) I still am in love with taking pictures so I have a lot to share. Some are just simple photos and some feature some of the beautiful places that I've seen.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, things have changed in some ways over these six years and some things remain the same. In the end, I'm still Dori  :-)  This blog has brought such joy to my life and I appreciate all of the support over the years!


I hope that you'll come back and join me as I go onward towards my seventh year and beyond. We have a lot of catching up to do!  ;-)



Valerie Bird said...

Hi Dori!
Here's wishing you A Very Happy Sixth BlogaBirthday! Congratulations on reaching six years, and here's to many more ahead.
Lotsa love, Val X

Sarah said...

Dori, happy blogging anniversary! You know I have just recently been reading your blog, so the posts you are revisiting are new to me, and I enjoy the journey of your blog too. I also look forward to where it goes from here, and who knows, maybe one day one of your adventures will be one we share. :)

I am impressed by the six year mark you've reached. As you said, so much can happen in a life in that time, and it is a significant amount of time.

Congratulations too on getting your degree. This is my third try so I know it takes a lot more perservance when youre older & life gets to be full on its own without adding on the work a degree requires. But I know it has to be satisfying and fulfilling to have done at last. Here is to the next milestones & years of your blog!

BLOGZOOM said...

Once upon time..., I ran across a very compelling blog and also I earned an exceptional friend. Dori became my friend. The our blogs has almost the same age and so all that time we met. I remember the gift I got from you and it let me stupendous. Honored. Bursting with happiness: Sunshine Awards. Do you remember?

Thank you! May God bless you today and always.


Dori said...

Thanks so much for the congrats and thank you for the flag! It's so wonderful :) I'm touched that you made this. Hugs!

Thank you! I'm so glad that you've been reading my blog. I appreciate it so much! I have a renewed interest in going forward so I'm so pleased that you will hopefully be along for the ride :) Yes, I'm glad to have my degree completed. That was a big moment in my life and I wish you all the best as you complete yours. Hugs :)

I'm so glad that we became friends through this wonderful world of blogging! You are so kind. I do remember that award and I gave it to you because you are such a wonderful person and your blogs are amazing! Keep up the great work my friend! God bless you too. Hugs! :)

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Happy sixth blogiversary, Dori! You had already been blogging for two years when I started in February 2010. I still remember what drew me to your blog four years ago -- 1. yellow house 2. England 3. American woman who moved to England. Congratulations of your degree. Enjoy your reading-for-fun now!

Dori said...

Thanks so much for the congrats on my blogiversary and degree! I'm so glad that you came to my blog those years ago and you still make time to visit me now. I appreciate it so much! Here's to reading for fun ;-)