As I was getting ready to write my blog post on Sunday morning, I realized that my one year blogiversary was in two days. How did that creep up on me? So, I changed my planned post to celebrate my little blog and write a personal post on how it all began.
To celebrate I decided to go apple picking. In fact my first blog post was about my favorite fall activity. I shared a delicious mini apple rose tartlet recipe (click here), which was read by my family and a few close friends. It was a good start.
I’ve always loved fashion, food and travel. But stopped embracing my passionate pursuits after experiencing one of the biggest losses in my life ~ the passing of my dad. It was a very dark time in my life. I have not publicly shared this because it is still very difficult to talk about. Grief runs its course and it comes in stages. There are still times when I break down like it happened yesterday. But with the love and support of my husband, family and friends I find hope that life goes on.
The act of writing has always been a cathartic one for me and I found blogging to be a powerful healing tool. My dad’s death has forever changed me and how I look at the world. I wake up early every morning to meditate and to remember him. My dad always savored the small things in life like the first sip of his hot tea on a cold morning or the first bite of his peanut butter sandwich, his favorite. I’ve turned to my memories for comfort. I am also learning to enjoy the little things and share the beauty of everyday life in the hope of spreading some love, joy and inspiration. That is how Nikki Living Life 2.0 got its name and its start.
I’ve met some pretty awesome blogger babes in this blogging community. I love how everyone celebrates each others wins, and really just support each other in any way possible. There is always a willingness to share and help one another. Without community this blog would feel very lonesome, and I would definitely not have learned as much as I did in such a short period of time.
Nikki Living Life has experienced such growth, beyond what I could ever have imagined, and it’s all thanks to you! I am grateful to you for reading, commenting, following, re-posting, sharing and actually coming back week after week (which still blows my mind), you are the reason I get to do this. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you. I would also like to thank my hubby Andrew who takes all the beautiful photographs for my blog. Andrew’s photographs have allowed me to tell an ongoing narrative of my evolving personal style and my pursuit for a healthy lifestyle.
Of course no birthday/anniversary/blogiversary is complete without something sweet. I have a great recipe for an apple cider float that I know you will enjoy.
French Vanilla Ice Cream (or ice cream of your choice)
Brown Sugar (optional)
Add one scoop of ice cream to a mug and pour in the apple cider. Top with whipped cream, a little brown sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Add slices of apple to the rim as a garnish.
Photo Credit: Andrew Swaine