"There is nothing like that exquisite moment when
you first discover the beauty of connecting with others
in celebration of larger ideals and shared wisdom."
GORDON GEE, American academic
On this day fifteen years ago, It's A Beautiful Life drew its first breath. I introduced myself to the world, committed myself to writing 100 posts in 100 days, and wondered what, if anything, would come of this new venture called blogging. Now here we are fifteen years later.
This has been the place where I write about living a beautiful life. For me, my posts are a lot like writing letters from home: we share our lives and trade recipes, favourite book titles, and 'oh, here are a few pictures of the garden, our family at Christmas, our visit to so-and-so', etc. I have truly enjoyed meeting kindred spirits from around the globe who share similar interests in discovering the beauty of our world and creating it in our ordinary, everyday lives. Sometimes in our upside-down world it's easy to lose sight of what makes life gracious and fulfilling. Writing here with you in mind helps me to remember. It's become my favourite place to write.
Your presence here makes me glad. I was especially grateful during those hard quarantine days during the pandemic. What a solace it was to find your replies to posts I'd written. It made me appreciate all over again, just what a beautiful online community we have in Blogland. It made such a difference to feel a sense of community and not feel so isolated within my four walls during that time. How often your lovely and encouraging comments came at just the right time—not only then, but all through the years. When I especially needed a boost to keep writing, there you were lifting me up with your words. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Here are two headers I created and used in earlier years. The second one was a real favourite - I loved the girl in her hat - in my dreams I could imagine wearing such a hat (smile):
For interest's sake, the stats on the first anniversary: 400 posts published that year with over 10,000 pageviews. Today, our archives host over 1100 published posts and well over a million pageviews. Who would have dreamt! That's small potatoes in the social media world, nonetheless, I am amazed... and grateful.
To mark this anniversary, I've curated a small collection of 15 posts from the August archives - one post to represent each blogging year. These posts really are a slender slice of my life. Lots of memories floated to the surface. Reading an old post and I was right there remembering the event and even the ambiance in which I wrote it. I certainly felt the passage of time. Lots of water under the bridge, as they say. I am thankful to note that my writing skills have vastly improved over time. Reading those early posts, I was sorely tempted to give them a good edit, but it is what it is, that's who I was at the time. Ever evolving and learning. Although my blog's look has changed over the years, my theme has remained constant throughout—it's always been about living a beautiful life.
I've enjoyed the glance backwards. Please see the links below, if you care to take a browse.
Intro - Dear Beautiful ReaderHello and welcome to It's A Beautiful Life.My name is Brenda... Read More
August 2008Day 1. Just Jump In
Today is a red letter day for me! I'm jumping into the ever-
growing circle of bloggers as I create this new blog... Read More
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August 2009Evening in the GardenThe evening was so beautiful last evening. It waswarm, balmy, and with very few bugs... Read More
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Friendship, Chocolate, and a Birdie
A long time friend came for a visit
today. We shared a simple lunch... Read More
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With hands busy polishing brass—and there's quite a lot of it—
in the theatre of our local performing arts centre this... Read More
☙ ❦ ❧August 2012Letter in the Post
What a lovely morning. Lots of storms and rain these days,
but also lots of beautiful sunshine and hot weather... Read More
☙ ❦ ❧August 2013The Simple Woman's Daybook
Outside my window...grey clouds scudded by earlier this morning,
now blue skies and puffy white clouds sail past as if... Read More
☙ ❦ ❧August 2014Unveiling A 'Me' Photo
As you may recall, this past May I attended my first
writer's retreat. It was an awesome experience... Read More
☙ ❦ ❧August 2015Memoir Moment: The Piano
Some of my earliest childhood memories revolve
around the beautiful 1900's piano that once sat... Read More
August 2016Peach Tart on a Warm Summer's Day
Such a warm summer day. Hot, but not so
blistering as to make your cheeks melt... Read More
Late Summer Blooms with a bit of Musing
Have you have ever seriously wondered if you are a late
bloomer in life? Everyone else, after high school... Read More
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Childhood Summers on the Farm
As a kid, I never thought we lived in an interesting place. To
me, it was just so ordinary. Plunked on a small farm in... Read More
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Peace Rose: A Notecard Set
Some years ago now, a dear blogging friend Vee used to
host a Notecard Party. It was held once a month... Read More
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Small Treats & Something Normal in Covid
I haven't gone shopping 'just for fun' since March. It's been
only for essentials and basics, so you can imagine... Read More
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Garden Glimpses at Last
It dawned calm and overcast this morning. With a mix
of rain clouds and smoke hazing the sky from... Read More
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Hold Expectations Loosely
As a girl, I remember having a kind of impression
that life should line up with my expectations... Read More
After all these years, I still love writing here on It's A Beautiful Life. As with seasons of life, sometimes I write more often and sometimes less often, but my heart is always here... with you, dear beautiful friends. Thank you for sharing the journey with me and for making it such a pleasant one. Here's to the next fifteen years - I wonder what they will look like. As long as I can, I will carry on. I hope you will as well.
Wishing you a beautiful day,
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