four years

Last night I realized that I missed my blog anniversary. On May 26th, four years ago, I started writing this blog very tentatively. I felt rather silly and like I was talking to the wind. Little did I know, how my creative life would completely change. It has been a wonderful ride and I'm glad I've fought off the times (many times) when I've had the temptation of just letting it all go.



To celebrate, I've decided to host a small giveaway. I will select four winners at random. One will win this piece I created today and the remaining three will win a printable of their choice. The giveaway will be open until Monday at noon. Please make sure that you leave an email or link through which I can reach you. To make it interesting answer this: What has been your biggest accomplishment in the last four years?



I thank you all for stopping by and taking time out of your day to visit. To those of you that leave comments, please know that I read every single one and I take them to heart. You make me smile often.

Thank you. Thank you.



Have a great weekend!

79 comments:

  1. Congratulations!

    Bringing a beautiful little girl into this world is by far my biggest and great accomplishment. To this day I still marvel that she is ours.

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! My biggest accomplishment in the last 4 years... I'm torn. I can't decide if it's finishing my Master's thesis or starting Anodyne Design. :)

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  3. Congrats!
    I'd have to say my biggest accomplishment is nursing my daughter for 1 year. The pregnancy/birth were easy compared to the first few weeks of nursing- I wasn't sure I'd make it to 6 weeks, much less a year.

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  4. Happy anniversary! here's to many more years of creating and sharing.

    I'll be vague about my biggest accomplishment, and just sum it up as: healing the past.

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  5. well, happy anniversary! may i just say that i am very glad you didn't throw in the towel--yours is one of my most favorite daily reads.

    not to be redundant with your other readers, but keeping my two boys happy and healthy these last four years has been a feat of unparalleled proportions. i am also incredibly proud to be working with my hero, ina may gaskin, on the safe motherhood quilt project.

    here's to four more years and counting!

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  6. Happy Anniversary!

    I'm going to sound like most everybody else, but it's the truth. My biggest accomplishment has been "surviving" parenthood and tucking my girls into bed for the last 1,461 nights or so.

    Thank you for blogging so well - I skip a lot in my loaded reader, but never A Little Hut. Keep up the inspiring work!

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  7. You have a very inspiring space here and you are somewhat accountable for a growing paper stash. :) My biggest accomplishment is that over the last four years my husband and I became completely debt free and as of this evening placed an offer on our very first house! Ahhh! I am such a ball of excitment.

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  8. wow, what a lovely giveaway. congrats on the 4 years! i have only been blogging for about 4 months [but reading them for many more!] and i'm so happy about joining this awesome community. i love your work and find it very inspiring.
    my greatest accomplishment these past four years, besides bringing my two amazing kiddies into the world, has been to start my little business and open my shop in the past month! I've been working towards this for so long, and I'm thrilled that I've gotten here now. I can't wait to see where it takes me. thank you!

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  9. Happy anniversary and for all that you have accomplished in the past 4years! As for me, What has been your biggest accomplishment in the last four years?....well within the last four years would be graduating architecture school which was near impossible LOL but i have so much more to look forward to in the NEXT four years!

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  10. My biggest accomplishment of the past four years including surviving a house fire, going back to work after being a stay at home mom, and having four surgeries last year and keeping my sense of humor! (as well as my two sons who are thriving despite all the upheaval.)

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  11. I can't decide between training for/running a 5K (2 1/2 years ago) and publishing my first book (2 months ago).

    Here's to another 4 years!

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  12. Congratulations on 4 years of blogging! I really enjoy your art and your posts.

    My biggest accomplishment in the last 4 years . . .raising my 3 children.

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  13. OMG, this flower is gorgeous!

    My biggest accomplishment - home birth of my third (and last!) baby

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  14. Congrats to the four years!

    My biggest accomplishment in the last four years. It is probably that I finished my special education Exam despite having two kids and giving birth to one of them in the middle of my studies and having a husband with stress related problems.

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  15. I love your blog and find it very inspiring. It's hard for me to name one single accomplishment, but sitting here right now, it has to be been keeping my family happy, healthy and loving life.

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  16. In the last four years, I have sent both of my daughter's to college, returned to school myself, earned my BSBA in Accounting, graduated Summa Cum Laude, and started working full time so that my overworked husband could finally take the long deserved opportunity to be the homemaker in our family.

    I get all tingly and tired just thinking about it. :)

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  17. hi there! congrats on the b-day!
    my biggest acomplishment was to get married =)
    it will be 3 years since then in august.

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  18. Happy Anniversary!

    My biggest accomplishment in the last four years is my career! I've always wanted to work in the media, and since graduating school in 2005, I've gained a positive reputation for myself in the industry. I still get a little bit excited when I see my name on the credit roll ;)

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  19. Graduating from college and going from a music performance degree to biology and ending up in MIT for bioengineering. It's been quite the amazing past couple of years...

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  20. i recently celebrated four years in my dream job. i am lucky and grateful to be able to say that. not that it's not stressful (yesterday was a doozy), but i get to do creative work that i feel passionately about and that makes our planet a better place.

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  21. Congratulations on four wonderful years!!! :)

    My biggest accomplishment would have to be starting Operation NICE last summer. It's definitely been the most fulfilling thing I've done thus far.

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  22. Yay! Free stuff from one of my favorite blogs! MY biggest accomplishment: not killing my husband (we've been married for 3). Seriously, I swear raising a kid and carrying another is no feat compared to not killing their father sometimes...
    Though I have learned a lot in the past four years, through classes, books, personal experimentation and just life in general. I guess being open to new learning experiences is something else I'm super proud of my self for during the past four years as well.
    (messy_mcspud@hotmail.com)

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  23. my biggest accomplishment has definitely been to quit working for other people. taking control of your own life in all ways is very fulfilling.

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  24. Congratulations! You probably don't realize how many people you've inspired.

    My biggest accomplishment is returning to school as a non-traditional student to finish my graphic design degree.

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  25. Congratulations! What a milestone!

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  26. Congratulations on the anniversary! Your work is amazing and never fails to bring smiles to me. :)

    In the last four years, my biggest accomplishment is supporting myself through college, and am now enrolled in a criminal justice master program here in the States. It has not been an easy journey for me.

    Have a great weekend!

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  27. have two babies and getting ready to have another. it's been a busy 4 years! for you too: congratulations!

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  28. congratulations for coming along so far! my biggest accomplishment is an ongoing one.. maintaining my business has been difficult during the recession and i'm glad that i'm still chugging along. :)

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  29. Congratulations!

    My biggest accomplishment was more of a hurdle. Deciding it was time to do what was right for my children, my business and myself. Becoming a strong independant now single mother and business owner!

    Wishing you many more years of success!

    Karen
    info at veneziebags dot com

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  30. I'm glad you've kept up your blog for 4 long years! I haven't been reading that long but I do really enjoy reading and seeing all of your creations! My biggest accomplishment in the past four years is completing my Master's degree while working full time and still managing to fit in some creative time to make things. Woo hoo! Thanks again!

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  31. Happy anniversary!

    Lots has happened to us in the past four years, but I think the biggest accomplishment is the one that has made us the happiest - taking up printmaking. We're constantly learning new things and experimenting with it all the time.

    We're looking forward to the next four years of A Little Hut!

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  32. congratulations on your anniversary. i think my greatest accomplishment in the last four years is getting over postpartum depression and learning how to keep anxiety at bay. that's a pretty huge accomplishment and it infiltrates every part of my life.

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  33. Happy Anniversary! What a generous and pretty way to celebrate!

    My biggest accomplishment in the last 4 years is two-fold: purchasing our first home and beginning our family with an incredible little boy.

    Here's to many more accomplishments in the coming years!

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  34. Happy anniversary!!! Love that white flower!

    I'd say my biggest accomplishment in the last four years has been taking the risk of leaving my well-paying government job in order to move to a more creative city. My husband and I are now living with less, but are also pursuing our dreams. :)

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  35. Let's see... 4 years... got married, moved to a new state, bought and restored a 150 year old house, had 2 kids, and got a new job! How's that for accomplishments! :)

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  36. Hi! Congratulations!
    I am a little confused here and my biggest accomplishment in the last four years will be somewhere between completing my masters and reducing my size 8 to size 0.
    Thanks

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  37. Congrats on 4 years!!

    I haven't brought any babies into the world...yet, so I'd have to say that my biggest accomplishment in the last four years was going back to school, then quitting school to move to Europe and starting my own business. I'm not sure if that counts since it's more like three accomplishments, but oh well ;)

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  38. Congratulations! I love your blog and always look forward to seeing your new creations.
    My biggest accomplishments in the past 4 years has been bringing a delightful boy into this world, and also learning to navigate in Athens (Greece) and learning Greek from zero to a level where I can read a newspaper with some help.

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  39. Happy Blog anniversary!

    Hmm, accomplishments... my daughter. Being a mother has been all consuming for the past (almost 3) years and I can't remember much before that that felt like such an accomplishment in comparison.

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  40. My biggest accomplishment in the past 4 years? Surviving grad school. Hopefully in a few months, I can say finishing grad school.

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  41. Two kids + not (verifiably) insane + keeping my creative little jewelry business going. Happy blogoversary to you!

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  42. Congrats and happy 4th blogaversary. I'm glad you stuck with it as you have made a positive impact on me. I'm learning (from you and other artists) just how important and okay it is to exercise my creativity on a regular basis.

    My biggest accomplishment in the past 4 years is finishing my education - first my BA and then MA (in August). With this I'll be able to care for myself and my kiddos on a single salary.

    It was inspirational to read the accomplishments of the others. I say. "Bravo to all of us!"

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  43. Happy Anniversary! I enjoy reading your blog and have never posted a comment before.

    I would have to say my biggest accomplishment in the last four years was leaving everything that was familiar with me to go teach missionary children in Brazil. It's something that I'm so proud of, and among a lot of the rewards it gave me the courage to move away from everyone again to pursue my masters degree in oriental medicine. It'll be so good to be done one day to move back home again.

    heatherpjohnson@gmail.com

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  44. Happy Anniversary! My biggest accomplishment has been overcoming my fears and insecurities surrounding my creative life.

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  45. Congratulations! Four years blogging is a huge achievement.

    My big one(s) in the last four years have been my daughter who was born not quite four years ago, and finishing my PhD while being a mum. One is hard enough I think, doing two (even if the PhD took forever) is pretty good and I need to remind myself of it sometimes! :)

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  46. I love anniversaries.

    And a happy one to you.

    My biggest accomplishment was having a second baby and crawling out from under a post-partum depression that lasted almost a year. I'm better now. I'm still married. I'm a good mom again. And I'll never let it happen again.

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  47. Congratulations!!! I love looking at the beautiful things you create and I love this gorgeous flower.
    Survival is my great accomplishment.
    nancy_mc@live.com

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  48. oh wow.
    congrats on 4 years.
    your work is amazing and we are all so lucky that you share it with us.
    my greatest accomplishment...i had my third child and for the first time i am enjoying every second of life with a newborn. with my first two children, i suffered severely with PPD, but this time around i went on medication and i am loving every second of my new baby (even the middle-of-the-night feedings). he has been such a blessing to me. so that is my not only my greatest accomplishment, but also my greatest gift.

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  49. Happy anniversary!

    My biggest accomplishment has a name. She is Maya and she is 2 1/2 years old. I enjoy every minutes of it, including the rough road to get to here.

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  50. Biggest accomplishment? Ugh! SO much has happened in these last 3 years it's actually difficult to name just one: married, home renovations, baby, business... but I think the one that stands out might be quitting my day job. That just felt so liberating.

    Congratulations! 4 years is a long time to be blogging. I feel like I've only learned about it about 2 years ago... !

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  51. You know - that's a funny question, because I think I'd have to say my blog. It's connected me to so many wonderful artists like you, brought me friendship and encouragement, and the urge to create inspires me daily because of it.

    You are an amazing woman. TFS.

    Lydia
    www.understandblue.blogspot.com

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  52. Greatest accomplishment? It's got to be learning how to play George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Over a period of 2 years.

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  53. It's crazy how fast it goes and you look back and wow - 4 years! Congrats. A lot has changed for my family in the past four years. I was finally able to get pregnant four years ago and we had our first daughter. That was truly amazing and tough. We are so glad that she came into our life. We also had a little boy two years later and are about to welcome another little girl into the world soon. I think the past four years have been busy.

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  54. Congratulations to the last 4 years, thanks for all your inspiration. I've been an addict to your blog for about 2 years! :) My biggest accomplishment in the last four years is passing the RD exam to become a dietitian, especially since I struggle with test anxiety.

    ktoper@gmail.com

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  55. my biggest accomplishment in the last four years was completing my first (and, unfortunately ONLY) mini-triathlon in 2005. If i didn't have to swim a quarter mile in a lake, I'd do it more often....

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  56. Happy Anniversary!
    First off, I'm so glad you didn't quit the blog because you have been such a great encouragement to be creative through your blog. I'm always interested in your creations and the what you share.
    I'd have to say moving half way around the world and making the best of a completely new life style has been my biggest accomplishment. I'm hopeful to have many more accomplishments, creatively speaking, in the year to come.

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  57. happy anniversary! how wonderful to be able to look back on four years like that ... starting tentatively, feeling silly. I felt the exact same way when I decided to start working towards the academy of music. it took years of singing practice, but I got in, and it is definitely my biggest accomplishment in the last four years. and it is making me so happy!

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  58. Happy Blogiversary. I for one am very glad you didn't give up blogging.

    My biggest achievement (apart from my son) is finding a hands on outlet for my creativity which had previously only lived in the realm of pixels. It's been a great journey moving from mouse to needle and back again.

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  59. Congrats!!

    Your anniversary almost coincides with my fourth wedding anniverary. I've also started putting quilts in competitions in the past couple of years.

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  60. Happy anniversary! My biggest accomplishment, as many others have said, is being a patient, loving parent to two kids.

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  61. Patricia,

    Congrats on Four Years. I started a craft blog about the same time and even though it's evolved into sort of a catch-all, I still love it. I love your work, you're one of my fav online peeps and I love that I can catch up by Twitter when I'm not at home. Enjoy the next four years and all they bring. Have a great summer and, oh, my greatest accomplishment is going to be out of school soon and ready to hit the NJ beach with me for 3 wks. Kids rule.

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  62. Congratulations and Happy Anniversary. I have no idea when my blog anniversary was but May 26th is also my wedding anniversary! :D

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  63. Congrats! You are inspiring, so keep at it!!! :)

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  64. Well, giving birth was kinda big...
    But I also recently sewed curtains, I've never done that before and figured it all out by myself, I'm a bit proud of that! I also sew clothing but I always have help with that!

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  65. Congrats on the 4 years!
    I also have a couple of accomplishments...
    but the biggest is surviving Endometrial Cancer. Long story short.. The Doctors say that I am one of the very few that get it AFTER having a hysterectomy.
    But I am still here and so far so good.

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  66. Kind of an odd combination of two things: 1.) Overcoming and being cured of many years of chronic vertigo; 2.) Going to clown school to become a clown for the 2009 Portland Rose Festival. Recovering from vertigo made me realize I'm not going to say "I should have" in my future and going to clown school proved to me that I will take on challenges beyond my comfort zones and won't say it.

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  67. 1. going back to work then going back to being a mom working at home.
    2. moving

    maplesfamily@hotmail.com

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  68. Happy Anniversary! Here's to many more!

    No Pulitzers or huge triumphs over adversity here, and no clown school (though that sounds pretty damn cool!), just the muted pride of being a mother "and." A mother and a business woman, a mother and a paperback writer (well, almost), a mother and that crazy lady who sings the entire They Might Be Giants Flood album while folding the laundry.

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  69. Congratulations on 4 years! My biggest accomplishment would have to be my daughter. I can't believe how perfect she is in every way - even tohugh she's not always an angel. The best gift of my lifetime.

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  70. biggest accomplishment? hmmmmm? my proudest accompishment is being the best wife and mother I can be. Thanks for asking!

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  71. ok, that comment above is from me

    amybabadie@yahoo.com

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  72. i love your give away patricia.
    biggest accomplishment - being a mother. wife. journeytoafrica.

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  73. Bonne 4th Anniversaire!!! What a beautiful accomplishment...a lot can happen in 4 years-the bad, the ugly + the beautiful...but I'm so happy that you continued sharing parts of your world with us because it's special hearts like you that have inspired such greatness in all of us. Looking forward to many more years of exciting adventures from your beautiful world...

    What a great question! In the last 4 years my biggest accomplishment has to be making the final decision to quit my corporate job+ to stay home and raise my 2 lil' munchkins...which has in turn opened locked doors, reawakened my hidden creative passions, started a creative blog (upon the urging of my wonderful+artistic sister), meeting amazing kindred spirits, listening to my heart and believing more in myself.
    Here's one of my favourite quotes that keeps me going: "Each trial in life can be the catalyst to our potential." -Geri Walton
    xo Jo ;)

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  74. I only recently started following your blog and all your beautiful work is so inspiring!

    My biggest accomplishment is probably getting my Bachelor's degree in November and getting accepted into a PhD program.

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  75. Congratulations Patricia!
    I wont forget your blog anniversary now as May 26th is our wedding anniversary too!

    Our little guy who is almost ready to turn two is my biggest accomplishment!

    radiyas@gmail.com

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  76. Congratulations!

    This is beautiful. Thanks for being so generous...

    My biggest accomplishment in the last four years is my switching to vegetarianism and sticking to it!

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  77. love it! happy blog anniversary!
    my greatest accomplishment from the last couple of years has been taking the risk to quit my job in january and change careers in order to find a path that I really love. granted, i'm still looking for full-time employment, but hopefully, not for much longer!

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  78. happy blog-o-versary!

    my biggest accomplishment very easily could have been a huge mistake. i left a job i despised without a new one lined up. it ended up being a blessing - i hadn't realized how truly unhappy i was and how that was effecting different areas of my life. now i'm happy to say i've been at a job i love for the past two years and counting. :)

    cheers,
    kelly

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  79. What a beautiful piece.

    Happy Blog-versary!

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