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My Blogiversary – 4 Years and Counting

sunflowers-abstract-background_fJh4nnvd-002Four years ago this week I pressed the “publish” button and I was off and running with my little blog, Renee’s Revelings.  It’s always amazing to me how quickly time goes by.  I started my blog just because  I had some stories I wanted to share.  Most importantly I wanted to share our family stories of how we have dealt with chronic medical conditions, and childhood leukemia.  My opinion has always been if I can touch one person’s life who maybe is struggling a little, and I can give them hope that they will be ok then my writing has made a difference.

I’ve told stories about so many things over the past few years.  Tom’s Travels, grand-kiddies, quirky happenings around the house when Travel Man is away, and lots and lots of family stories.  Little did I know that I would enjoy writing and sharing my stories so much.  It has been a positive force in my life, and now I’m always looking for tools and tips to improve my writing.  I will admit I have had bouts of not being able to write one word.  This was especially true when my Dad passed away two years ago.  It was so difficult to put any thoughts and stories on paper.  I honestly had to do a ton of just plain journaling my thoughts in order to find my way back to my stories.  But after getting through  the loss, and helping my Mom start to put things in order for herself I found my way back to my story-telling.

Blogging has been a great learning experience for me.  Teaching me how to be more social (that’s out of my comfort zone for sure), and teaching me so, so much about the world of social media.  Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, and on and on. Oh my there’s a lot to learn out there in the blogosphere.  I had better get busy! As I continue on in my blogging adventures I hope you will come along with me, and bring your cup of coffee too!

 

October is Here, it’s Time for a Change.

IMG_0034It’s time for a change, time for a new beginning, time to get back to my writing and story sharing. So grab a cup of coffee and get comfortable.  I have some new stories and thoughts to share. This post is slightly of the more personal variety, because it is directly about me.

This past year I have had the most difficult time writing on a consistent basis. I would write for a few weeks, and then nothing for the next four weeks. Then I might start to write and post, and just not publish it.  Honestly, I have been battling myself quite a bit this year just to get my little stories out of my head and published here.  Life is always full of twists and turns, positives and negatives.   I’ll be the first one to tell you there has been a lot going on in Renee World this year, and I have been  letting that get in the way of what I like to do.

So now that the calendar has turned to October and it is time for some new beginnings. The update to my blog is going along quite well, thanks to the help of a certain Travel Man that I know.  How does everyone like the new look so far?  I am quite pleased with the outcome, and will continue with little tweaks and updates as I plug along here.

The fall TV dramas/comedies have commenced.  My favorites right now are; The Good Wife, Scandal, Blue Bloods, Nashville, and The Big Bang Theory. And now it’s October.  October for me is the time for all things fall, and the countdown to the holidays; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and The New Year.  It’s about finding new pumpkiny recipes to try, and dusting off the crock pot for soups or stew.

In our house the appearance of the crock pot on the counter means that the days are getting shorter, and it gets dark outside way to early for my liking.  It does not always mean that the weather is getting cooler like most other parts of the country. For those of us that live in the desert of the southwest we are asking, “Was it below 90 degrees today?”, or “Is there any rain in the forecast, any at all?”

Baseball is in the midst of the playoffs. Football is here.  The pool water is suddenly getting way too chilly to go for an afternoon swim.  The leaves on my ash tree are turning yellow, and  the mornings are starting off a little cooler now.   So it’s goodbye to summer, and hello fall.  It’s so good to be back in the blogosphere.

Wow 125 posts on WordPress!

You published 125 posts

Goal of 125 Posts Completed. Congratulations!

Hello friends.  This is the message that popped up on WordPress when I finished my post on the Zucchini Bandit!  I’m so excited!!  I’ve been blogging since last August, so I’m coming up on a year of blogging adventures.  It’s been quite an adventure for me.  Learning about  the world of blogging.  Discovering that I enjoy telling my stories, and sharing my tales.  This whole experience  has been completely and utterly enjoyable for me.

I’m looking forward to continuing my storytelling, and adventure writing.  For we all know that life is an adventure all on its own.  Thanks to all of my faithful followers for coming along on my family’s journey. 

One of my favorite quotes by Ralph Waldo Emerson- “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

 

 

Reader Appreciation Award

 

Meg over at Meg Travels has graciously nominated me for this lovely award.  Her blog is a travellers paradise.  It’s fun to read about her adventures and get lost in the pictures.  Get your cup of coffee and check out what Meg’s been up to lately.

The rules for this award:

Link the award back to the one who presented it to you.

List six nominations.

My blog nominations for this award are  (drum roll please……….)

Marie Wetmore– Life and career coaching

Shutterbug Sage– Such a great photography collection

thethingabout joan– Great stories of Momhood and life in general.

Pleasant Valley Sunday– Diane has a descriptive way with words that pull you right into her stories.

Creative Noshing– A plethora of wonderful recipes. 

The Suburban Cook-Wonderful recipes mingled with life’s happenings.

 

Thanks again Meg for the nomination.  It’s a treat to be recognized, and be able to recognize your fellow bloggers too.  Happy Monday everyone!  Hope everyone’s geared up for a great week.

 

 

Hip, Hip, Hooray!!

Hello friends, I just realized that I posted my 100th blog post today!!  Yay for me.  what a nice way to end the month of May.  I never knew how much I would enjoy writing and sharing my stories and tales with all of you.  It is truly fun, and has opened up a whole new world to me.

So cheers to my blog today-

Now onward and upward to the next 100 posts!!  Stay tuned for more stories and recipes to come.  Grab your cup of coffee and come and join me.

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