Sometimes I look up, smile and say, “I know that was you God, thanks!”
Ahoy my friends!! It’s a sugar plum kind of day today, as we celebrate Scrapbook Journeys’ first Blogiversary!! Oh the joy! 😀
A year ago, today, I took the plunge into the unknown, and started this blog… I was quite nervous, making the temptation to hide in the shadows and never take that step into blogging feel viable… But, in my heart of hearts, I knew that I wanted this much, much more than the fear.
Enjoy being bold, and if that’s scary at first, marvel at your ability to walk through the fear ~Rivka Solomon
Nerves and all, I hit the ‘Publish’ button on the very first blog post: ‘Charity Begins With Sun-chasing in Kinangop‘ And now here we are! We made it, yes we made it through the 1 year mark! Hooray! 😀
It hasn’t been a walk in the park, but if I had to-I would do it all over again, and I’d still choose YOU to come with me on these journeys! Thank you my friends, for reading, commenting, sharing my posts-I love you for it! In marking this blogiversary, I invite you to join me as we reflect on some of the lessons I have learned along the way.
Start Where You Are- Just Do It!
Before I published the first blog post, so many ‘what ifs’ crossed my mind. Moreover, I wanted to wait for the perfect moment, the perfect circumstances… but in the end, I just had to do it!
Because the truth is- the timing will never be ‘just right’, and the circumstances will never be perfect, and neither will the money ever be ‘exactly right’! I am thankful that I did, because we wouldn’t be here today right? 😀
Throw Yourself Into The Deep End, And You Will Find That You Can Swim!
*Okay, this is figuratively speaking.*
If you recall, I started posting about the blog on Social Media , sometime before the blog materialized. All this while, I was having doubts on whether to push through or not…
But there was no going back… I had already created the anticipation, and shared my vision with others. This gave me the courage and push to do what I had said I would.
And, when you dive into the deep end, the interesting thing is, you actually find that somehow the strength to swim is right within you. 🙂 *once again, figuratively speaking*
Believe you can and you are halfway there ~ Theodore Roosevelt
Nothing Is Ever What It Seems-You Are Not Alone!
There have been moments when it’s seemed to me as if my industry counterparts have ‘it all together’.
Recently, I got to sit down with fellow bloggers on what was the heartiest lunch I’ve had in a while. Hearty-well because of the food, but more so- the heart of the conversations. People were talking openly about their blogging journeys, and the different ways they deal with it.
It was encouraging to realize: ‘I am not alone’. Fueled by a love for what we do, each person is going through it, but giving their best. And when all’s said and done, isn’t that what truly counts? 🙂
*Stay in the game.*
Don’t Quit> Rest, Reflect, Recharge and Repeat!
In the past 12 months, I’ve had moments when I questioned: ‘ Am I making a difference? What I should change..?’ All these are necessary questions to the journey of life; I trust that we have those moments when we ask such questions of ourselves, perhaps in different ways.
Then came the times when I could not write a blog post for the life of me! When the words refused to come, and the inspiration had seemingly left the building!
Through it all, I am learning that it’s okay to take time out to rest and reflect. And as I recharge and consider ways to grow in the journey, I will resume as a better person: *a better writer, not a quitter*.
Consider Each ‘No’ As a Redirection
This is probably one of the greatest lessons that I am consistently learning. Part of this ‘job’ entails sending email proposals, some that come back with a nicely packaged ‘No’. On those days, it helps to remember why I do what I do.
Plus, the best thing about one person saying no, is the fact that it might lead to a bigger Yes down the road… or it simply wasn’t meant to be. 😀 So, when it’s all said and done, it means gaining a stronger backbone, and learning to *aim much, much higher*.
6. You are Stronger Than You Know
Sometimes life throws us all sorts of curve balls, and we don’t know how strong we are until we come out on the other side. From learning WordPress, tackling all sorts of technical terms, living on Pinterest, trying to maintain balancing act on social media platforms-there is hardly ever a dull moment!
I hope to do a ‘Tips on How to Start a Blog’ kind of post someday, for someone out there like me. 🙂
7. Fall More in Love with Your Art & Have Fun with It!
I love what I do, I genuinely do. 🙂 And through the ups and downs, this love certainly keeps me going. The best part- it’s super fun. It’s really that simple…. I want to keep doing this, learning and getting better, and best of all> to have a ball while at it! 😀 😀
>>I’m looking forward to many more blogiversaries and lessons in the future! Hopefully my 5+ lessons have inspired you, one way or another.
I love, love, looove sharing my travel experiences with you; plus hopefully inspiring you to go out and make some amazing memories of your own! For that, I feel especially grateful.
To Wanjiku Thuo and to my sister Shiku, my second eyes and partners in crime; to Wiza, who’s played the role of web-developer, near-therapist, adviser and now friend, at different points: a special thank you. 🙂
It has been such a fantastic ride, Thank You for sticking with Scrapbook Journeys! I appreciate YOU my dear readers and now my Scrapbook Journeys’ family. 🙂 There aren’t enough words to say thank you. * I heart you* 🙂
As always, I love hearing from you, be sure to leave a comment/question or feedback in the Comments’ section below.
<Sending you lots of love. Stay Inspired Always.>
Photography Credits: Wanjiku Thuo
JeenAugust 8, 2017 at 1:17 pm
HAPPY FIRST BLOGIVERSARY, and great work you are doing writing those great pieces showcasing this beautiful Kenya
Scrapbook JourneysAugust 16, 2017 at 12:10 pm
Thank you Jeen! It’s great to have you as part of the
#ScrapbookJourneys Family! 😀 We #KEEPON!
Nancy mainaMay 8, 2017 at 8:26 am
Hey marion this is so amaizing and you know what you are going far by God’s grace..keep it up..
Scrapbook JourneysMay 16, 2017 at 2:17 pm
Amen and Amen! To God be the glory! Thank you Nancy! Your words of encouragement are super appreciated! Bless you and Cheers to many more years of growth and blogging!
Bryce RaeApril 25, 2017 at 12:11 am
Congrats on your first year !! Here’s to your next 🙂
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:35 pm
Thanks a lot Bryce! And Yes, cheers to the next! I hope to see you on the blog, many times! 😀
RachelApril 24, 2017 at 12:31 am
I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, but until recently it’s only been a hobby. I’m working on increasing my traffic and I’ve got to say, you’ve hit the nail on the head about blogging!
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:37 pm
Hi Rachel, thank you! Wow 5 year! #Goodstuff and you’ve just inspired me to keep going! Thanks for sticking in there, and being able to inspire newbies like myself. I now know the pains of growing traffic, and hopefully this new blogging year will make a turnaround! All the best! 😀
CatherineApril 23, 2017 at 9:21 am
Hey Marion, good job you are doing and very inspiring. All the 7 lesson are good but I needed the first and the fifth more.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm
This is great to read! I am thankful for this platform, and I am super glad to read that you relate to something! I wish you all the best as you start where you are! Hope to see you here on the blog many times 😀
Ivy MkajumaApril 22, 2017 at 9:09 pm
Hongera Marion! Keep sharing and inspiring…
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm
Thanks a whole lot Ivy, it is really good to read from you here. Glad to read that it’s inspiring, stay on as we mark many more years on Scrapbook Journeys! 😀
Edwina MakokhaApril 22, 2017 at 1:24 pm
Congratulations my dear friend! Your blog has inspired me to tour and know about my country! So keep the stories coming ! And I look forward to 5 years anniversary
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:42 pm
Hello Edwina! It’s a great pleasure to read from you-many thanks! Yaay, I am truly happy to know that you’re inspired to #TembeaKenya Keep On! Amen to 5 years, I look forward to it, and hopefully you will stay along for the ride! Thanks again! 😀
phinaApril 21, 2017 at 10:47 pm
Congratulations Marion and the crew good job people love this very inspiring… Amen and keep going… # good stuff
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:43 pm
Thank you Phina! It is a true joy to read your comments, I hope you will keep them coming. We made it TO 1 year thanks to readers like you, and I completely appreciate it! Bless you 😀
JackieApril 21, 2017 at 10:01 pm
Lovely!!! keep going Marion…you inspire me.
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:44 pm
Thanks a whole lot Jackie! I am thankful for the platform, and it’s a win each time someone gets inspired by the work we do….truly. Thanks a lot for reading and do stick around for more! 😀
PatriciaApril 21, 2017 at 3:19 pm
Yaaay kudos Scrapbook journeys one year already keep going the sky is the limit happy for you
Scrapbook JourneysApril 27, 2017 at 2:46 pm
Thank you Patricia! I truly appreciate your support through the months, thank you for always commenting and showing love on Scrapbook Journeys. I totally appreciate you! And Amen! 😀