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#2 (thoughts on two years)

“Year two? Bring it”.

#2 pencils

image credit: Homemade Serenity

That’s how I ended the post I wrote about my blog’s one year anniversary. And here we are, a whole year later. I tried to think of a clever title – something witty to say about the number “two”. This is what I found:

Two’s company.
It takes two to tango.
Two heads are better than one.
Two wrongs don’t make a right.
The terrible twos.
Tea for two.
Two-faced.
Two peas in a pod.
No two ways about it.

Not a very “inspired” collection of phrases, so it was up to me to collect my thoughts on the past year and share them with you in a (hopefully) meaningful way.

Here goes.

I started my second year of blogging with a few very specific goals:

Continue building a body of work that I could be proud of.

Check.

Figure out if I wanted to “go pro” with my blog  – and if so, how did I want to go about it (and what did that mean, anyway)?

Check.

Muster up the conviction and confidence in myself to “own” what I’ve done, and put it out there into the world (because, truthfully, how could I expect anyone to partner with me until I believed in me first?).

Check.

There were also some “unexpecteds” – which is of course, where all the really interesting stuff happens, right?

I wrote a post about trust – the scariest leap I’ve taken here – and was greeted with (whoa!) 100% support, love and kindness.

I completed my “Thursdays with Noah” series – one that I never thought would have a place here, yet was consistently met with some of the most lovely and enthusiastic comments. This has given me the courage to continue to write about things that don’t necessarily fit into my donut/dress/dirt “blog model”.

 A  woman I admire so  told me that I had to go to Camp Mighty – I went, and it was one of the most meaningful experiences I had that year (and, truth be told, kind of ever).

I did my very first collaboration with a blogger – and woman – I have such respect and fondness for, and enjoyed it so much that I plan to do more (look at me, playing well with others!).

But that was all so “year #2”. What’s up ahead?

Good question.

To start, more regularly scheduled features – you can now count on weekly favor-“ettes”, monthly NYC “finds”, and discovering one new blog a month to “blove”. I’ll be rolling out a few new series too (stay tuned; I’m so excited!).

I want to continue improving my photography skills – through practice-practice-practice and an on-line class I’ll be taking next month (thanks again Camp Mighty!).

I also hope to be writing “elsewhere” – posts and collaborations on other sites that mesh with what I do, but allow me to stretch my legs a bit and occasionally leave this safe and cozy nook of mine.

Finally (and MOST importantly), I hope to keep seeing you all right here – commenting, e-mailing, and sharing the love – both on and off-line. There aren’t big enough words to thank you for spending time on this blog with me. For sticking with me when my pictures looked like these. For your genuine enthusiasm for my latest “proud moments”. And for sharing all of your great tips, links and recipes whenever I ask (seriously, you guys are the best!).

I’m blessed, flattered and truly grateful to have you all here.

23 Comments

  1. Melissa on February 20, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Congrats, Sheri! I love what you are doing here and look forward to year three! Keep it up!

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 8:13 am

      Thank you so much Melissa – so glad we met! 🙂

  2. Jennifer Cullen on February 20, 2013 at 8:42 am

    Happy 2 year blogaversary!

    I’m so happy to know you and your blog. I love the direction you’re going. And I can’t wait to read more. Here’s to year 3! XO

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 9:47 am

      Thanks so much Jen – I feel just the same about you! xo

  3. Sandra on February 20, 2013 at 9:18 am

    Happy Anniversary! Yay for two years. And for setting goals and meeting them. I’m so happy for you.

    You have created such an amazing space that is so “you”. The writing, the photography, the topics, the take on things. It is so very Sheri Silver.

    I’m glad you started blogging too because if you hadn’t, we’d have never met!

    And I had to laugh when you linked to the scone photos. I have a few of “those” types of photos in my blog too. At least we know we are improving…

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

      Thanks Sandra – I often refer to you as my blogging “wing woman” and am so, so glad we met too. And I will NEVER remove those scone photos! 🙂 xoxo

  4. Peg on February 20, 2013 at 1:44 pm

    THAT was a very nice post. VERY nice. Congratulations on your two year anniversary.
    And thank you for your kindness and support.

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      Thanks so, so much! 🙂

  5. Melanie on February 20, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    Happy Birthday, Donuts, Dresses and Dirt! Congratulations, Sheri! You’re DOING IT!!! xoxo

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm

      Thanks my wonderful friend! xo

  6. June Pope on February 20, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    You were my very first blog! Saw you on Rachael Ray. Now I view many blogs daily and I think yours is one of the most diverse, intelligent, well-written I have read. And I have never found a typo in yours. Can’t say that for anyone else. Don’t know why you feel a lack of confidence because I think you can do anything…like Wonder Woman. Just saying!

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Wow! You just made my whole day – thank you so, so much for your amazing and kind words – they mean the world to me!! And I pride myself on no typos – you’ll let me know if you ever find one, ok? 🙂

      • June Pope on February 20, 2013 at 11:39 pm

        Ok, I will! Keep up the good work.

  7. Hollye Jacobs, The Silver Pen on February 20, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday to You! Happy Birthday dear Donuts, Dresses and Dirt…Happy Birthday to You!
    …and many more.
    Best wishes,
    Hollye

    • sherisilver on February 20, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      Blushing. Thank you! xo

  8. Leslie on February 21, 2013 at 8:44 am

    Congratulations, Sheri! You have accomplished SO MUCH in a short time. Can’t wait to see what you’ve done by your third anniversary!

    • sherisilver on February 21, 2013 at 9:04 am

      Thanks so much Leslie – have SO enjoyed getting to know you! xoxo

  9. Carole on February 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Congratulations, Sheri. I enjoy everything you share, but especially enjoy your favor-ettes. Here’s to another exciting year ahead for all of us.

    • sherisilver on February 21, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Thanks so much! Favor-ettes are back for good! 🙂

  10. Elizabeth on February 21, 2013 at 9:37 am

    Congratulations! And how amazing it is that you’ve checked off so many HUGE goals? I’m a fan forever and cannot wait to see what’s up next. Thanks for the continuing inspiration!

    • sherisilver on February 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Elizabeth – you’re the best – you know I feel JUST the same about you – big hugs! xoxo

  11. Jen on February 21, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    Happy happy anniversary! What an incredible year. I think the third is going to rock even more. So excited to see where you go!

    xo

    • sherisilver on February 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks Jen – means so much coming from you! xo

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