One Year

celebratory cupcake

I started blogging one year ago today. It’s pretty hard to believe where the time goes. By nature, I would describe myself as an extremely visual, creative, curious, reflective person, who a year ago found herself in a place where this side of herself wasn’t in full expression. This is very ironic given that I spend my days, both professionally and personally, in and around intensely creative people and environments. I won’t go so far as to say that blogging literally saved my life, but it did open a new and exciting world that constantly indulges my innate creative side – a world and side of myself that I’m still learning about everyday single day.

The absolute best thing about blogging is that it’s your space among the cosmos, and within it, the one place where you have full creative control. It challenges you, educates you, helps you find your voice and allows you to build that voice. Through my site I can share what I’ve learned, reflect on life, and explore my passions. Liberatingly, this means it can be something as surface as my love of exploring some place new for the first time, to my take on a popular fashion trend, to something a bit more concrete and serious – whether it be my thoughts about a museum exhibition or a film I’ve seen that hit me so hard it warranted an analysis that I needed to share. I’m in a zone where I can write playfully one day, and where I can stretch myself to write even more thoughtfully and critically the next. Even better, it can be about any and everything I chose for it to be. It’s astounding when you think about it – this freedom doesn’t apply to many other areas in life.

On a personal note, where blogging has saved my life (if I were to use that ultra dramatic catch-phrase), is in always improving my outlook on life or finding the lesson when the outlook isn’t quite so positive at the moment. It’s made me grateful for where I am despite the times that I do question “what next?” because somehow sharing and reflecting on my experiences and ideas with you forces me to always engage with life and shapes my perspective. Essentially, through blogging you start to see the good because you’re always look for it so that you have a story to tell.

In honor of All That Glitters’ “Blogoversary,” I thought I would share my personal all-time favorite posts so far. Interestingly, I probably have an affinity toward many of these stories because they were such happy experiences in and of themselves, but I also enjoyed writing about them and sharing them visually. They remind me of such wonderful times and still make me smile every time I look back on them. Others are posts that directly fulfill that missing expression I’ve often felt and allowed me to have a voice.

Today I celebrate post 210! Thank you for reading and growing with me. I hope somehow it inspires you to find your voice and your space among the cosmos in whatever way works best for you as well.

love & light,

Candice

Happy 2013!

It’s Monday, January 7th and for me this means back to life, back to reality, back to work. It also means 16 days to catch you up on since my last post right before a much needed winter vacation from reality and work! And I’ve got to tell you, A LOT can happen in 16 days: a mini road trip to Northern California for the holidays, a day in San Francisco getting to know the real Walt Disney, Christmas in Santa Cruz with my boyfriend’s family, a surprise trip to Carmel, good food, good company, A LOT of eating, A LOT of movie watching, and A LOT of time reflecting and resetting for a new year.

Despite the happiness, then bumpiness, chaos, and missing cheer that came with this past Holiday season; I have to say, the magic of the Holidays as we got closer and closer to Christmas turned things around in an instant and the spirit of the season made for a very memorable and happy ending to 2012.

So sit back, relax, and take a short journey with me as I relive (okay, catch up because I’m seriously behind) on blog posts sharing all of the fond moments over the last 2 weeks and to wrap up a very challenging, but life changing year. The good news is those Mayans couldn’t have been more wrong and we made it to an uncharted 2013 calendar year.

Here’s to the year I’m believing that dreams come true. The year I turn the big 3-0. (Luckily, I still have quite a few months more to adjust and absorb this unbelievable fact!) And the year that All That Glitters, will be more luminous than ever. I can’t wait to see what happens!

Happy 2013! Cheers! 🙂

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{How I rang in 2013 – with a glass of Martinelli’s Apple Grape Sparkling Cider!}