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My “Who Knew?” Blogging Moments: One Year Blogiversary

December 14, 2017

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Today marks one year since I hit that “Publish” button for the first time as founder and creator of this blog Textures of Grace. I think it was at 4:00 in the morning to be exact! I remember my heart was pounding so hard at that moment I thought it was going to fly out of my chest! But I had to keep calm and quiet because my husband was sleeping soundly beside me. Little did I know where this little space on the internet would take me. Nor did I know how much blogging would effect every single day of my life after that. I repeat EVERY SINGLE DAY!

One day I will share my story on how Textures of Grace got started, but for today’s post I thought I would share some “who knew?” moments that blogging has impacted in my day to day life over the last year. Some are candid, some are tough, and some are amazing.

WHO KNEW?…

– that my beloved bubble baths would no longer be my relaxing get away from the daily stresses of life, but rather just another office space to catch up on blogging tasks from my phone.

– that I would go from NEVER letting people take my photos to having weekly photoshoots in very public and sometimes busy places. And THEN actually plastering those photos all over the world wide web EVERY SINGLE DAY! [insert anxiety gasp here]

– that being a social media prisoner was part of the job description. [it is no joke guys! INSANE! I touch more on that HERE.]

– that I would gain almost 10 lbs due to Brunching (it’s a blogging thing as I shared HERE and HERE), Wine (my anxiety increased so my wine intake did too!), and Cheese (well because cheese!…and it just reeeeaaally pairs well with wine)! [I’m not so much a new years resolution person, but I believe I actually may have one this year! :/]

– that I would now feel uncomfortable with and sometimes judged by those that knew me before I blogged. [I believe a part of this feeling comes from what I shared HERE.]

– that my chats with God would become more friend-like and that relationship would often fill the loneliness electronic life can bring. [God is the most perfect friend. I touch on this HERE and HERE]

– that I would constantly have to remind myself to not disregard my own intuition and creativity regardless if it’s the norm. [comparison can impose on you no matter how much your against it. More on this HERE.]

– that despite my anxiety struggles, others often seek me as a calming spirit to comfort their own anxieties. That then in return end up calming mine. [isn’t God so good like that?]

– that I could learn to accept imperfections as shared HERE.

– that I would meet so many beautiful souls all over this world. And that just like me some are pursuing their purpose in this life one blog post at a time. [these beautiful souls have been a God send numerous times over the past year!]

– that my family would be right by my side every step of the way as my biggest supporters. Even when home cooked meals and a tidy home digressed significantly as I tackled this passion God placed in my heart.

– that my first year of blogging would bring a year of peace in the midst of a storm full of reflection….

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My very first post HERE touched on the subject of purpose as I was in a place where mine was unknown. I was basically stepping out of my comfort zone BIG TIME where I felt led. And honestly just hoping blogging would pave a way towards my purpose. More on stepping out of comfort zones HERE.

I’m starting to understand that our purpose is really just to go wherever God leads us. The trick is remaining in tune with God’s voice each step of the way. It’s listening for Him, asking Him questions, telling Him how we feel. He will ALWAYS listen back so it’s nothing but beneficial to share our heart, fears, desires…all of it! And then if we let Him, He will ALWAYS guide our next step. And even hold our hand while doing it if we need it.

Blogging for the last year has definitely had it’s ups and downs. But it’s the ups that confirm my position behind this blog is in deed a God thing. God never said our purpose would be easy or well defined even. But He did say that if we trust Him, He will lead the way to our designed purpose(s). And to me there is nothing more calming or peaceful than being in God’s path no matter the unknowns.

Thank you to each and everyone of you for sharing this journey with me here at Textures of Grace. Your presence, communication, and support does not go unnoticed and I’m eternally grateful. I look forward to what year two brings us.

Annette ♥

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68 Comments

  • Reply Marcie December 14, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Congrats on making it through the first year! Your photos are gorgeous, so I’m shocked that you used to not like your photo being taken. And yes to being a social media prisoner. Seriously, who knew?

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you Marcie, I truly appreciate that. Totally who knew!! The social media struggles are real!! Thank you so much for reading.

  • Reply candy December 14, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary. Blogging takes over ones life if we let it happen. Your photos are wonderful so you must be doing something correct.

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:11 pm

      Thank you Candy. And you are so right….if we let it happen. Thank you so much always for your support Candy. xo

  • Reply Scheherazade Taylor December 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Fantastic blog! I always enjoy reading these, and this one, so personal, was well done, to say the least. Elegant, truthful, inspiring, and well… you. I can’t imagine doing this myself. I actually tried once, to share my personal struggles and advice. Definitely was Not my calling. So I can imagine the impact, to a small (I tried for about a month) degree. Congrats on your year! You’re doing an amazing job!

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Thank you Sheri…you have always been an amazing support through all this. It means more to me than you know. xoxo

  • Reply Jessica December 14, 2017 at 10:41 am

    I loved reading this because it is basically my life as well! It has definitely changes A LOT since becoming a blogger!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:15 pm

      Thank you Jessica for reading. When I think about the changes…”who knew” are the only words that best describe it for me. Who knew?! 🙂 So glad you are blogging Jessica. xo

  • Reply Cathy December 14, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Happy blogiversary! Oh my, yes on the taking photos in public places and plastering them on the internet! I used to duck out of photos before blogging, isn’t it funny how that changes??? Yes to being a social media slave too. I can’t put it down because it’s work!! This is such my life too, but so fun at the same time, right?!!! Love your blog, keep it up!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you Cathy! Yes, blogging is definitely amazing and I can’t imagine doing anything else. I really appreciate you reading. xo

  • Reply sarah tripp December 14, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    Happy blog anniversary babe! I think we can all relate to being social media slaves.

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

      Thank you Sarah. The struggle is real!! lol Thank you for reading. Your blog is amazing btw. xo

  • Reply Mindy Thompson December 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Love all these textures! So cute
    Xo Mindy amixofmin.com

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Thanks!

  • Reply Lacey Faeh December 14, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    Congrats on 1 year!

    xo
    L
    A Lacey Perspective

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      Thank you Lacey!

  • Reply DTKAustin December 14, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Congrats girl! That’s so exciting! Keep up the amazing work!

    • Reply Annette December 14, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Thank you Ashley, I appreciate that. xo

  • Reply Amber December 14, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Happy 1 year! Im the same… I hate my photo being taken and now its weekly and all over the web. lol! And yes, we are all prisoners of social media.

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 8:09 am

      So glad to hear I’m not the only one. Thank you for reading Amber. xo

  • Reply Connie December 14, 2017 at 11:54 pm

    Congratulations Annette!!! Keep up the great work!!! Remember to lean on Jesus. He is your rock and your peace. Love you

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Thank you Connie. xo

  • Reply Shira December 15, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Wow- loved reading this. I can relate to so much!

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 8:10 am

      Thank you Shira. It’s good to hear others can relate. I appreciate you reading. xo

  • Reply Laura Leigh December 15, 2017 at 7:34 am

    What a fun post! Happy anniversary gal! Wish you continued success.

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 8:11 am

      Thank you Laura. xo

  • Reply Nancy December 15, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Social media prisoner!!! 😋 so true!

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Yes!! 😉

  • Reply Amy M Loochtan December 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    I find comfort in blogging too, it’s stressful, but also a stress reliever! Glad Im not the only one!

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 9:11 am

      Your so right. Thank you for reading Amy. xo

  • Reply Courtney Buechle December 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Everything you said is so true! But i agree, I love blogging and wouldn’t change it for the world even if the new algorithm stinks haha. Happy 1 Year!

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 9:12 am

      Ugh is really is terrible right now! oh well…it is what it is! :/ Have a great weekend Courtney. xo

  • Reply Anna English December 15, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Congrats on the one year! So exciting, and a lot more fun in store!

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Anna.

  • Reply Casey December 15, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Congratulations sweet friend! I am so proud to know you and be n your blogging journey with you!

    • Reply Annette December 15, 2017 at 9:13 am

      Thank you Casey. I’m so blessed to have you in my corner. 🙂 xoxo

  • Reply LuxMommy December 15, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Congrats on one year! I just hit one year recently too and I feel ya. It’s an amazing journey and you’ve done it so well!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Thank you, I appreciate that. 🙂 Congrats on your 1 yr as well. Best of wishes to your next one. xo

  • Reply Jenni LeBaron December 15, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    I totally get feeling uncomfortable sharing my blog with those who I knew before blogging. I always wonder if my acquaintances are ever catty about any of my posts. But I’m slowly getting more comfortable with that.

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Coming from a private person, it has definitely been an adjustment. Thank you much for reading. xo

  • Reply Patricia Hobson December 15, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    I am so proud of you Annette. You put your heart and soul in everything you set out to do, love that about you. This past year has been so fun for me, to see your love for fashion, come to life in a blog. The name Textures of Grace ……is a perfect name for your Blog. May the Lord richly bless you in your next year of Blogging. Love You Annette!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:09 am

      Thank you Mom, I so appreciate you more than you will ever know. Love you…thank you for always supporting me. xo

  • Reply Melissa December 15, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    Congrats and thanks for sharing! I am 3 months into my blog and I also believe it’s a God thing. Your post is a good reminder that I need to rely more on Him in this process and lss on myself!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Congrats Melissa for your success. Keep talking with Him…he will guide you through some magical moments through blogging if you let Him drive. 🙂 It’s a powerful platform we have been given through this journey. Blessings your way. xo

  • Reply Dawn December 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    So proud of you friend! I love how you keep God in the center of everything! Glad you made that leap, because it lead to our wonderful friendship! <3

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Thank you Dawn. I’m so thankful for our friendship…more than you know. xo

  • Reply Ruthie Ridley December 15, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    Its amazing what blogging can do to ya!!! COngrats on your anniversary! Loved this post!!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

      Thank you Ruthie, I appreciate that. xo

  • Reply Sami Summers December 15, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    Congratulations on your one year Blogiversary! I just hit my 6 months at the beginning of December and my-oh-my is there still a massive learning curve. I love what you’re doing and wish you nothing but the best as you continue forward!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Thank you so much Sami, I really appreciate that. Congrats on your 6 months!! That milestone is a biggie too. I’m so glad you are blogging. Keep up the good work. xo

  • Reply Kim December 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Happy blogiversary! The first year really is full or learning so much yet so rewarding all at once!

    xoxo,
    Kim

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:18 am

      Thank you Kim. You are so right. Thanks so much for reading. Have a great week. xo

  • Reply Anna December 16, 2017 at 5:40 pm

    I love your post! Reading this I picture myself in a few months’ time… It’s like a full-time job but passion makes it pleasurable and so worth it! Happy blogiversary! And I hope next years will bring you even more rewarding moments and lots of success!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:19 am

      Thank you Anna! You hit it right on the nail. Sooo much hard work, but the rewards are worth it. Best of wishes on your journey Anna. xo

  • Reply Melissa December 17, 2017 at 10:54 am

    Yeah!! Happy blogaversary!!!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Thank you Melissa.

  • Reply Madeline December 18, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Congrats on your first year of blogging!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Thank you Madeline.

  • Reply Danielle December 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Congrats on making it to one year! I’ve definitely had those same feelings as a blogger. It gets tough sometimes but if it’s really what you want to do you have to push through and it ends up being worth it!

    Keep Sparkling✨
    Danielle
    Sparkling Southerner
    Find me at : Instagram

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Absolutely! Thank you for reading Danielle.

  • Reply Lindsay December 18, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Loved reading your post!! Thank you so much for taking the time to share! Congrats on one year as well!

    • Reply Annette December 18, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thank you Lindsay. xo

  • Reply arin December 18, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    aw, such a rewarding job isn’t it?! congrats on one! xo

    • Reply Annette December 19, 2017 at 1:55 pm

      Thank you Arin. Yes it is. 🙂 xo

  • Reply Natalia Loren December 19, 2017 at 2:13 am

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing this journey with us and for writing such an honest post x

    • Reply Annette December 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Thank you Natalia. xo

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    • Reply Annette December 30, 2017 at 11:04 am

      Thank you! 🙂

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