It turned out to be one of the best things I have ever done. Of course, I didn't know that at the time... I felt completely out of my depth. Some people had businesses or established blogs, some had big dreams and ambitions. And I felt like Christopher Columbus sailing into new territory. I had a lot of learning and catching up to do!! And I still feel like that a lot of the time....
I had no thought of starting a blog when I set out on that course. I had signed up to be part of a creative group where I could share my ideas and connect with like minded people. And starting a blog felt such a brave thing to do. A fellow 'Flyer' and I took courage to do this together.... three years ago, to this day.
And what I did not expect when I set out on my journey, was the wonderful community of friends that I would meet along my way. My life has become all the richer for this. I went on to discover other online courses and made lots more friendships. But I learned that blogging is not something that is confined to online....
I now have a wonderful friend who lives quite near and so we see each other regularly. We met through Shimelle's 'EXPLORE' course when we were encouraged to find a buddy. Well, Pauline has become much more than a buddy. We both love photography and get excited over the same creative ideas and materials. We have so much in common.... she feels like a twin and I feel so lucky.
And I didn't anticipate going on a residential with blog friends, but I did! Lizzie organised this with a band of helpers and what a fantastic time we all had!! I knew lots of the people before we went.... some by name, others because we have formed online friendships or follow each others blog. And after our meeting, closer and new friendships have been formed. Some of us are meeting up again in November, at another residential. I can't wait! And the other week, while I was on a day out, I arranged to meet up again with Ruth. But what is magical about blogging is that you can also
call someone and invite them to meet even if you've not met before! I did this while on a visit to Devon this Easter and I had coffee with Jenny.
I have plans to meet other blog friends too. I have two more residentials booked in the coming months, both arranged by people I met on that first online course. And my connections interweave as friends meet other friends and my journey continues... becoming ever more exciting and adventurous. And I am so full of gratitude! I never imagined that my journey would unfold in this way and I feel I am still at the beginning. I still have so much more to learn! But I am proud of my first video downloaded onto YouTube. And I have promised a tutorial to go with the Maxi Mini book. It is being written now. And I also have something else to reveal: my first neme. I want more focus writing my blog, and some fun! So more about this very soon.
Meanwhile, I want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been part of my wonderful journey. I have been inspired, cheered on and enriched by your support, comments and friendship. I will be sending some good mail...
AND ALSO A GIVEAWAY....
If you would like the chance of winning one of my handmade notepads just leave a comment. You don't have to write a blog. Maybe you like to read them. And I will pick a name from random on Saturday 29th June.
Thank you for visiting. And when I am home from work I will be pouring a glass of wine to celebrate.
Cheers!!! Happy Blogiversary to me!!