Guess what? On November 8th I forgot to wish my blog a happy two year birthday.
Two years (and 12 days ago) I wrote this post. Little did I know that this space on the internet would become such a constant part of my life.
Today, in honor of that, I thought I would write a letter to my blog-less self.
Dear Blog-less Racheal,
Remember when you thought, "I should start a blog?" Well, you did! And two years later you still write almost daily. Crazy huh?
You will never believe the amount of personal information you are comfortable with putting on the internet for everyone to read. I know that now you worry what would happen if certain people read your thoughts, but you will learn that nothing will happen and it isn't a big deal.
In fact, it is when you share the most that you become closer with your friends, some internet, some not. (Yes, you will have only internet based friends. Weird, I know. What is even more weird is when you have dreams about them. Don't get me started.)
On that same note, you will never be able to tell your real-life friends what you did the night before because they will quickly interrupt you and say, "I know, I read your blog."
You will find that having a record of your life is very handy. You will be able to answer questions like, What recipe did I use for that casserole? and When was that wedding? with just a click of the mouse. Never discount the ability to be able to Google your own life.
You will also be able to document many wonderful times in your life, like when you found out you were pregnant and when your beautiful daughter was born. Yes, you have a daughter! I want to tell you every single detail about her, but I think it is better for you to experience it all for yourself. She is worth the wait.
You have no idea what your body is capable of. In a year you recovered from major surgery is record time, mastered breast-feeding, completed two half marathons and a triathalon all on very little sleep. So, don't doubt yourself. Have confidence that you can do anything you want to.
Sleep as much as possible now (see above).
Quit the artificial sweetener. Please just do it. You will feel so much better and you will find that you enjoy the taste of coffee, tea, cottage cheese, and more without that extra wang.
Don't waste your time trying to quickly get more readers for your blog. They will come and some will stay. Some won't. You will get over it. You will learn that the best kind of reader growth is slow. One friend at a time.
In the next two years you are going to get the opportunity to visit many different places. Don't waste a second not taking it all in.
I have good news and bad news. The good news first - you will get to where you want to be in life. Very soon. However, the funny thing about that is once you are there, you will want to be somewhere else (the bad news). I wonder if that ever changes? As soon as I find out I will let you know.
That is all for now. Hold on tight, because the next two years are going to be a bumpy ride.
Two years and 12 days in the future Racheal
Click here for my one year post.