365 days. 346 posts. 12,041 comments. Limitless amounts of love.
That’s what I have received in the past year through this blog.
The very first Holly Investigates… segment also debuted with a look into the hard-to-pronounce grain quinoa (keen-wah, for the record). After several of these posts, I abandoned this. And I admit, it was mostly due to laziness. So sue me.
May came quickly, and with it, my first friend wedding + 2nd ever half-marathon!
To celebrate my 1-month blogiversary (and in shameless hope of upping my readership), I hosted my very first giveaway. Clearly, a big milestone in a blogger’s life.
June began with the news that Michael Jackson died. R.I.P.: You will forever be my man in the mirror. And my one and only Billie Jean. Not to mention you rock my world. Have I told you lately the way you make me feel? Because you are truly a thriller.
The first official month of summer saw the first of several rhyming posts as well as a pub on wheels. Because let’s be real, it doesn’t get any better than drinking beer while pedaling an oversize pub through the streets of Minneapolis.
One of my bestest college roomies also got married in June (and I was in the wedding!)…
After several months of blogging, I finally started getting into the groove and becoming more creative with posts. Not to mention, I went through a stage of total obsessiveness with overnight oat bran…
Must recreate that soon.
August was a CRAZY month. Seriously. I didn’t even need my blog to remind me of that. In one of my most popular posts ever, I revealed How I Became an Everythingtarian…
I also scored my own domain name. No wait, I definitely paid money for my own domain. It all started at this WordPress address before moving over to www.thehealthyeverythingtarian.com, where you are currently reading my daily ramblings.
Oh yeah! I got a completely new job and moved to Madison!
Apparently, August was BUSY month.
Beginning in September, my pre-marathon nerves really began. Seeing Michael Pollan speak live in Madison definitely helped quell the nerves a bit, as did coming up with another favorite post of mine, A Blogger’s ABCs.
There’s only one thing to say about October: I ran my mother-effin’ first marathon.
Looking back, I forgot how awesome of a month October was. I even got nominated for a Foodbuzz blog award! I seriously do not know how that happened. In another one of my all-time most popular posts, Nellie taught us all how to make our own homemade Greek yog! I need to stop being lazy and start doing this again. So easy!
November marked the beginning of the crazy holiday season. To avoid getting wrapped up in the insanity, I decided to raise money to build a clean water drinking well in Cambodia instead of receiving presents. To this day, I cannot thank everyone enough for their donations, support, linkbacks and what not. Doing this made me TRULY see just how many good people there are in the world. There are lots of them – trust me.
I mulled over some thoughts on perfection in December as well as celebrated my 25th birthday. Eeek! In Jessica Simpson terms, that makes me halfway to 30. In real terms, that makes me halfway to 50. Quite frankly, both equally scare me.
How did I celebrate?
I also made some 2010 resolutions (although I prefer to call them “things I will do in 2010”), which I am currently hard at work on.
In January, I totaled all of our well donations up and realized we raised $1,145 for the construction of a clean water drinking well in Cambodia. My heart still warms thinking about it.
I fell in love with Anthony Bourdain. I had my first Madison bloggy meet-up. I flashbacked to my time teaching English in Thailand. All were wonderful posts…trust me.
February! What happened in February? Hmmmm…
For one, I instituted my 12-Step No-tox, which quite frankly, I have used often since its inception. Hint: It’s so much better and more delicious than any crazy diet fad or trick out there.
In March, I finally admitted to myself how much I enjoy writing, and as a result – the words really began to flow. Ironically, my readership also went down this month. However, I could care less because I really, really feel like this month was filled with some of my very best (and favorite!) blog posts ever.
First up? Mama Everythingtarian’s favorite post ever…
I delved deeper into my neurotic psychosis and talked about overcoming criticism and rejection, which is something I struggle with every. single. day. Still. I may or may not have had an issue with this yesterday.
In one of my prouder moments, I showed you all just how much I can pack down. Breakfast, Indian buffets, three-course dinners, beers + snacks all in one day. I also learned how to lead from my salsa man Doug and definitely kept living the good life…twice: The Good Life, Part One + The Good Life, Part Two.
And that brings us to April.
Oh one year…how you can go so fast and yet so slow at the same time! Some days, I want time to speed up so I can get to experience all the fun things I have planned. Other days (most days I would say), I just want time to well…take its time! Days pass, weeks end and I never feel like I have enough time to appreciate each day for what it is. The present.
However, blogging has helped me reflect on each day, take the good and the bad, turn it into something I can laugh about and let me live the next day to the fullest. And it is because of each of YOU that it keeps going, growing and progressing.
So, thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you.
If I wasn’t poor, I would host a fabulous giveaway. If I had major hook-ups with Whole Foods, I would get you each a $1,000 gift card. If one of my parents worked for the airlines, I would send you somewhere exotic and full of good food. If I knew Jake Gyllenhaal, I would keep him for myself and set you up with the celebrity crush of your dreams.
But alas, I don’t.
However, I do have love + thanks. And I am giving you each a piece of that as I type this.