Blogging has become such an amazing creative outlet for me, in a time that I have needed it the most … mommyhood! I am so thankful that over the last year through blogging I have been given the opportunity to do what I love and to grow as a wife, mom, friend, and writer through Espresso Ever After. I am so thankful to you, for following along, encouraging me and and supporting me through this blogging adventure! Cheers to 1 year and to many more to come!
In honor of my 1 Year BLOGiversary, I wanted to give you a behind the scenes Espresso Ever After tour of my 5 favorite blog posts from the last year. This tour includes my vision as well as my mental and emotional states at the time of creation and reveals the WHY behind the content of each post. I hope you enjoy the tour, and thank you for your love and support in my blogging journey! As usual, grab a latte, get cozy and enjoy!
:Backstage Access to Espresso Ever After : My 5 Favorite Blog Posts:
This was a fun piece for me to write because I got to be real about how hard being a mom can be, but remembering to embrace the battle and maintain the perspective that the opportunity to be ‘mom’ is a tremendous blessing. This post was born out of the lie that is perpetuated through Facebook every single day: “Life is gloriously awesome at all times of all days… How come your life isn’t?!” While creating this post, I wanted to encourage moms in their role of “mommy”, and help them understand that REAL mommy life is hard and tiring work… And it ain’t easy, or perfect!… And that’s ok! My prayer was that it would be an encouragement to moms everywhere who might be struggling in the every day grind of mommyhood. I was honored for this to be my first post published on the Huffington Post.
This post highlighted Paisley’s 4th birthday party. My background in special event planning and my natural tendency towards anything creative and fun, make planning parties one of my very favorite things to do! Blogging has allowed me to share this passion and inspire others toward creative creations, and the incredible feedback I get on posts like this make me more excited to share ideas going forward! Check back over the next year and I’ll be highlighting a lot of parties, events, and creations that you can steal, edit, or incorporate into your own functions!
This was an intensely personal and emotional post for me… probably the most personally emotional piece I’ve written to date. I remember sitting at my keyboard wiping the tears as they rolled down my cheeks. The tears were mostly happy tears as I was reminiscing on how blessed I was to have a happy, vibrant and healthy 1 year old… But there were also some sad tears as I considered many of the people in my life who have experienced tremendous pain through infertility, child loss, child sickness/disease, developmental disorders, and various other trials. If there was a take home message for this post, it would be to fix your focus: trust in God’s plans, remember God’s goodness, and be grateful for all His blessings in life.
This post was inspired by our first wifey/hubby weekend getaway since the birth of our second child. For my husband and I, it was such a great reminder to put each other 1st and to keep the spark burning even amidst the busyness of life and raising young children. In this particular season of our lives, our careers were both very busy and let’s face it, raising young kids is always busy!… We knew we needed some time together (away from our kids), and we recognized this trip was long overdue, so we drew a line in the sand (or snow in this case!) and just booked it! We remembered the truth that our kids are the indirect beneficiary of a strong and vibrant marriage, so it’s important to them that we take a break from “mom and dad” and spend time simply being “husband and wife”.
This was one of my first blog posts and I was juggling 2 jobs and working from home with 2 kids. In full transparency, it was difficult to accomplish all I needed to do in a given day, let alone do them well. Being spread thin meant I wasn’t able to invest myself fully into any one area, and although I held it together on the outside… I was beating myself up on the inside. This post was the result of me trying to find a balance in my day and looking for a way to “fill my cup” when I felt like their was no time to do so! Enjoy!
Thank you for journeying with me through Espresso Ever After. I am very grateful for your support, feedback, and for the friendships I’ve developed with many of you. I’m excited about the future, as I truly believe the best is yet to come!