Friday, September 17, 2010

I Blog to Inspire

Today I have been blogging for one year!!! To celebrate I'm giving away the following...

Beautiful hand made tags...

No two are alike...

This HUGE Collage pack filled with scrapbook papers, brads. buttons, ribbons, ephemera, a mini album, hand made notebook and so much more!!

To enter my give away do the following...

1. leave a comment for 1 entry
2. Like me on FB for 1 entry
3. become a follower for 1 entry

Winners will be drawn one week from today!!

Today is the last day of the SITS Back2Blogging Event!!

It's been tons of fun, given me a greater appreciation for my Blog and I've met some really amazing women bloggers I never knew about!!

Today, our assignment is to answer the question: “Why Do You Blog?” 

The story I am writing exists, written in absolutely perfect fashion, some place, in the air.  All I must do is find it, and copy it.  ~Jules Renard, "Diary," February 1895

I blog for several reasons.

I love to write, to journal, to keep track of my days.

I love meeting other like-minded women who try their best to balance it all...wife, mom, teacher, artist and friend.

But the main reason I Blog...

the reason that keeps me striving to be authentic and creative and you.

For 5 years I wrote a weekly column in the newspaper called "View from the Front Porch".

I wrote about life, about hopes and dreams and goals. I was funny, sometimes sad, I was always real.

When I write a story or a blog post or a column I share little bits with you. Sometimes I'm loud and outgoing other times I'm quiet and whispering.

What I like in a good author is not what he says, but what he whispers.  ~Logan Pearsall Smith, "All Trivia," Afterthoughts, 1931

I write because I have something to say. 

There is no greater joy than to inspire another person to become.

My mission here is to get you to see.

See your days, your hours, your minutes as a chance for you to become something you only dream about. 

I am a Mom
I am a Wife
I am a Seminary Teacher
I am a Friend
I am a Creative Soul

I am someone who sees each day as a gift and intends on living every moment I'm given.

I am a writer
I am a blogger.

When once the itch of literature comes over a man, nothing can cure it but the scratching of a pen.  But if you have not a pen, I suppose you must scratch any way you can.  ~Samuel Lover, Handy Andy, 1842


  1. Congratulations on your blogging Anniversary. Perfect tribute!

    Found you on SITS...

    I love that you love to inspire others and be inspired. Great reasons for blogging! And....I was a seminary teacher too and loved to come to blogs for some advice and inspiration.

    Great job! Keep blogging!

  2. Happy Bloggiversary!! I'm coming over from SITS ~ I too blog to inspire. My post today is based around this as well :)

  3. Happy Anniversary! You inspire me and I love that! I think that's one of the great things about blogging is that we can see different views and become more open, more knowledgeable about the world and the people around us. Thank you for being you!

  4. Congrats on a full year of adventure! I blog to share a piece of me with the world. It's also a great way of updating family members that live far away. Thanks for the chance to win! Best Wishes for 20 more years :)

  5. Congratulations on your first year!

  6. One- Happy Blogiversary!!!!
    Two- LOVED LOVED LOVED - did I say I loved your post about why you blog? and the quotes are simply wonderful! The giveaway... the mini-book I soooo want!
    Three- just wanted to say thanks for the kind words on my blog yesterday.... my MIL was a kind and caring person... still not sure how her son became such a jerk!

    Have a great weekend and Keep Blogging!!
    I think I will make that into a T-shirt... has potential!

  7. hey I already like you on FB

    And I already follow you as an RSS feed...
    do I get 3 entries for that?
    Doesn't matter I never win anything anyway:)

  8. Inspiring and so FUN to read!! Love reading your weight loss blog

  9. Congrats on your one year of blogging! I have a blog but unfortunately I need to work on consistancy! Love reading your posts - they do INSPIRE!

  10. Happy Birthday to WOMP!!! And Happy Anniversary, Leslie!!

  11. Congrats on your blogiversary!!! It is such a cool feeling isn't it - really an accomplishment for your investment of time - one whole year of tracking whom you have met, inspired and learned about - and I am so glad you do write what you do - this post and others are always so engaging and inspiring to me, Kristin xo

  12. Congradulations on your blog. Cute cute stuff. Thanks for the chance.

  13. Those are some great reasons to blog!

    And congratulations on your blogoversary! Those tags are adorable!

  14. Oh wow - congrats on the anniversary! I hope that year two is fab!

  15. I came over from Lisa Bearnson's blog...this is great!

  16. I am a follower of your blog now (and have bookmarked it so I can check back often!).

  17. Those are really pretty tags Leslie! I am anxious to use the packet you sent me. I have decided to stop blogging so I can have more time for the Lord, my family and myself. It was a hard yet simple decision. I will still be following a few blogs, including yours: ) You always inspire me and I want to have that kind of inspiration around me. Thanks Leslie for always being supportive and putting your energy into what you love!


  18. congratulations to you...i love your bog...been away for a while because my ittle guy has been sick...too many close calls with him...i started bogging because i joined a scrpbooking forum and then thought it would be great to help me find someone in the world that had the same illness as my little guy...i have never realy put any post out there to find another soul in the world with his illness....maybe one day i will, but i really don't know if it would work anyway...i do live in hope that i will one day be able to talk to another mum in my there you on a tangent, but that is really why i started getting onto forums and

  19. Happy 1-year anniversary in the blogging world!! I have enjoyed reading your blog and plan on becoming a faithful follower--you are a very good writer!!

    Thanks for the opportunity to participate in an awesome giveaway!!

  20. Congrats on your one year anniversary. Just stumbled across this blog by way of Lisa Bearnson and I am loving what I see!

  21. Congrats on your blogiversary!

    Well, I don't have a blog BUT I have kept a daily journal for years now! I write in it EVERYDAY! There are some things that I want my son to know--there are some things that I don't want to forget--There are ups and downs in my journal---It's my life....that's why I do it!

  22. Congratulations on this anniversary - your blog content is inspiring. (learned of you thru Lisa B.)
    Thanks for the chance to win and best wishes for the next year and beyond,

  23. I enjoyed reading about why you blog and thinking about why I do.(I blog with my grown daughters. If nothing else, it keeps our communication going.) There's a quote from e.e. cummings about having a "witness to our lives." Maybe that's why we blog... so someone will know we were here.

  24. Congratulations on your anniversary! I linked here through a post on Lisa Bearnson's site. I look forward to following your posts.

  25. I just checked into Lisa Bearnson's blog and saw your anniversary info. So I'm checking out your site and it's AMAZING. I feel such energy, passion and happiness with your artwork and your words! Congrats for the milestone! I'm bookmarking you now!


I appreciate your thoughts and ideas...they inspire me!! I will be visiting you soon. Have a CREATIVE day!!

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