It's My Blog-iversary!
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Victoria, Truthfully is officially a year old!
Thinking back to August of last year, it was a funny time for me to launch a blog. I was right smack dab in the middle of a new life...new city, new job, new everything. Though I had moved back to my hometown in the Bay Area, everything felt unfamiliar. Reed and I were adjusting to that little ache that lives in you when you miss family, friends, and places all the time...while also developing a real love for the growing community we found ourselves in. We were a little overwhelmed, and yet I had never felt so strongly to just quit the excuses and start writing. I needed a corner of the universe where I could make, think, create, write, and unpack myself. My motivation was never to build a blogging career, acquire a massive audience, or keep up with the latest blogger trends (none of those things are bad, they just weren’t why I started). Instead, I was hungry to create an inspiring space where the people who cared about cultivating beautiful hearts and lives could come and feel at home. I wanted to write honestly and show up with abandon.
I was very much in the tension of scared and excited to be more public with my creativity than I had ever been.
Here we are, one year later. I’m so glad I did this. Mostly, because of how it has connected me with YOU, the reader. I am just as much you as I am me, and every new comment, message, and subscriber has fueled this when I didn’t want to write, or wondered if anyone cared. My endeavors here have opened marvelous doors with inspiring companies like Darling Magazine and has made complete strangers into real friends. Victoria, Truthfully has given me a glimpse into what I’m capable of. I can (and did) blog every day of December. I can write for magazines without any professional experience. I can write really raw, heartfelt pieces while also share the fun “lifestyle” parts of my heart. I always feared for my blog, (what I’ve truthfully feared for myself) -- that it would either be too much or not enough.
Today, I can tell you that I’ve done away with that fear, that pressure, and in embracing my expression in this little corner of the internet, I’ve embraced more of my real self too.
Thank you so much for reading, and thank you for embracing who I am -- all of me -- the deep feeler and thinker, the pastor and bookworm, the wannabe beauty and fashion guru, the wife, the friend, and the adventurer. I no longer feel the need to compete, prove, or strive. I like the hustle of hard work, but this blog is a lot less about a sprint and more about the long haul. Whether here or elsewhere, I’m in this creative thing for life. With a heavenly perspective, I just don’t think I’ll ever run out of words to write or inspiration to share. In this big, beautiful life...how could I?
What are you scared to do, write, make, or say?
Oh friend, it’s time. What I mean, is there's no such thing as the perfect time. You could be in the middle of change as I was, and it’s time. You could be in a long season of much of the same...guess what? It’s time. How do I know? Because life is incredibly short and there are just no promises that you’ll get as much of it as you think you will. And ultimately, the world needs you. The world needs the WHOLE you, to make what you’ve been dying to make, and to go for that dream that lives inside of you. You owe it to yourself and to us to be yourself and to take a leap. You may not always love it, and there will be moments and stretches of time when it feels like you’re doing it all completely backwards. Lean into the discomfort of that and don’t quit. Keep going. Keep making. Keep learning. Believe me, I’m with you, and a million other brave, messy, and amazing people are too.
I still have so much to learn. There are ways I want to go to the next level in my writing, editing, content, and consistency. Mostly, I want to keep going. I want to bravely and truthfully show up to this blog for me and for you. And if you need a reminder of why it’s important to risk sharing that inner world, let this blog post be it. But before I start a fire under year two of this shindig, I want to celebrate. Pause. Appreciate. Thank. Wonder. That's what this post is all about. It's been an incredible first year, and I'm just so happy you're along for the ride.
Year two of Victoria, Truthfully, here we go! I have this sense we are just getting started...don’t you?
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