Seven years ago this month, I wrote my very first blog post (you can read it here!).
Seven years is a long time! (Five, I could believe — but seven? I often feel like I’m about two years “behind” and I need to catch up with myself somehow. Like life has gone by so quickly I haven’t been able to process it all. Can I just have an extra two years to process, please?)
Seven years ago, March 2011, I was fresh out of my training to become a Martha Beck life coach, and blogging was a way of letting people know about my new “thing” and sorting out the issues I saw coming up for my (gulp!) new clients and also issues I’d been working with myself.
But blogging here has become something much more than that for me. It’s a writing practice. It’s a practice of showing up. It’s a practice of pressing publish.
In many ways, it’s a spiritual practice for me, because it causes my “stuff” to come up. (Do I really want to write this? Do I really want to publish this? Do I really want to reach out and connect, with all that entails? It’s great to revisit these questions, and to ultimately see, again and again, that the answer is “yes.”)
There is something about sticking with a practice for the long haul. It’s a relationship. You don’t get the benefits of the relationship if you’re not willing to keep showing up, even when you’re not sure, even on the days you wonder “why the heck are we doing this again?”
So I’m glad I’ve hung in here for this blogging relationship. And I’m so grateful — and honored — to have connected with readers and clients I’d never have “met” had I not started blogging. These posts have been a starting point for some of my most treasured connections.
By the way, here are the ten most viewed posts on The Artist’s Nest from these past seven years:
When your downtime doesn’t happen
The difference between self-care and self-indulgence
Ways to shift your energy when you’re stuck or overwhelmed
Getting out of analysis paralysis (or: what to do when you don’t know what to do)
A two-step journaling process (for when you’re feeling stuck or scared)
The power of evening pages and “it’s done” lists
Two ways to deal with “idea paralysis”
Where self-acceptance and creativity meet
Knowing yourself: What words inspire you?
As any writer knows, it’s funny to look back at things you wrote a long time ago. With some of these earlier posts, I barely even remember them — I’m like, did I write that? (This kind of distance can be a great thing, as it helps you look at your writing — and yourself! — with more detachment. Which always makes me laugh, eventually.)
Just for good measure, here are three of my favorite posts:
Daily saving graces for hard times
Squirrel wisdom (or, the power of a good question)
Creating rituals around the tough stuff
Thank you, dear, dear readers, for your presence. Whether you’ve left a comment, shared a post, sent me an email (and some of you have done these things many times!), or simply “lurked” here (lurkers are most welcome!) — I am truly grateful. I’ve felt your presence, and it’s meant, and continues to mean, so very much to me.
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6 thoughts on “Seven years of The Artist’s Nest”
I’m so glad you want to stick around. I LOVE reading your posts and often feel you’ve written a post just for me. Thanks so much for your being here.
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Joan, that means so much to me — thank you! I’ve so appreciated your comments, insights and encouragement here over the years! ❤
Happy 7 years! I always enjoy your thoughtful, remindery posts. 🙂
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Thanks so much, Tara! I have so appreciated your insightful comments here over the years! ❤
Happy 7 year blogging anniversary, Jill! I’m so grateful to you for your insightful, wise words. Love that we both started blogging around the same time, too – there must have been something in the air in 2011. 🙂
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Thank you so much, Caroline! You have been such a wonderful supporter of this blog, and I am truly appreciative! (How interesting that we started blogging about the same time 🙂 ) Thank you for being you! ❤
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