Sunday, February 5, 2017

3 Years of S&S

Today marks three years since I started this little blogging adventure! S&S started as the result of a breakup in grad school. I had already gotten my full-time job offer, and found myself spending a lot of time thinking about my ex. So a friend suggested I channel that energy into thinking about something more positive and proactive, and that was that! Seven and Stitch began. So much has changed since that time three years ago, and I'm so grateful to look back and see how much I've grown.

Once you get into it, you find out that the blogging world is kind of a small one. I follow (and admire) so many other bloggers, both local and famous in this little circle of ours, who have tens and hundreds of THOUSANDS of followers. But I am being 100% honest when I say that I am so proud of where I am. I can't thank you enough for following along and for all of the comments, likes, and shares. It means so much more to me than you all will ever know! Regardless of if I ever snag another follower (which, let's be honest, I hope I do) I never imagined more than 10 people would be the least bit interested in what I have to post and share. So whether you're just stopping by, whether you check in every week, or whether you're just trying to occupy a little bit of time on a Sunday, thank you. 

I look back at the girl who started this blog, and while I almost say I don't even recognize her, the truth is, I still carry a big part of her with me. Not the part that still gets upset over an ex, nor the part who got so nervous about every single post, but the part that was always looking for a little something more. That's not to say I'm not happy with where I am -- I'm probably the happiest I've ever been. But I've learned over the past 3 years to listen to that little voice pushing me to be a better me, regardless of what that will lead others to think. My relationship with my fiance, my job, and this blog have given me a sense of self security and confidence that I didn't know existed. This blog allowed me to be selfish during a time when I desperately needed nothing more than to take a good, long look in the mirror (not the mirror in my room that I use for selfies, the metaphorical, self-reflection mirror). It has since grown into an escape from my 9 to 5, a way to meet some great new people in a city I've lived in for over 25 years, and a hobby that I genuinely enjoy. 

Thank you, again, for following along through this journey and through the day-to-day! I hope you find a little something here and there to take away with you. Don't ever stop listening to that little voice and don't ever be afraid to ask "is there something more out there for me?" -- you might just surprise yourself to find out there is. 

Photography: Stacy Able Photography

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