Tuesday, February 11, 2014

3 Years

Today marks 3 years since the beginning of PPF.  It's overwhelming to think about all the things I've learned during that time & all the places this blog has taken me.  I have had some of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences & made deep, lasting friendships that I will cherish for years to come.  Each morning when I sit down at my desk to start the day, I remind myself how fortunate I am to be able to do something that I love, enjoy & am passionate about.

Though I have shared recently about some personal hardships I'm facing, I believe it's even more important to share the moments that are good.  Which is why when I came across the quote above, I felt really convicted by it.  How much more likely am I to talk about life's difficulties, to complain about the things I don't have, to feel depressed about my physical limitations?  When in reality, I have more than I need...and far more than I deserve.  

Celebrating this anniversary means something to me - it means recognizing everything that has come from this blog is a gift.  That doesn't mean that there haven't been stressful moments, hurtful & negative comments and some mistakes I've made that I wish I could take back.  But, as a result of those circumstances, I have learned valuable lessons that have helped me grow.  All of the chances I get to connect with, encourage & uplift other women; all of the opportunities to travel & work with brands I admire; all of the photo shoots when I get to spend time with my husband - every single moment has been a blessing far greater than I can even put into words.  

Saying thank you hardly seems like an adequate response for the amazing support you have given to me over the last 3 years.  But I hope you know how truly grateful & humbled I am that you come to read each day, that you take the time to comment & send me notes throughout the week and that you allow me to share myself freely.  Here's to many more years of finding affordable style, embracing real beauty & talking about our joys.  


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