April 11, 2011

Lines of Beauty Has a Birthday


Yesterday Lines of Beauty turned one :-)

I didn’t have any idea what I was heading into when I began this site. All I knew was that I had to start it. When I think back to my main concern, other than a time constraint, I can’t believe that what might have potentially derailed Lines of Beauty was my worry about what people were going to think of me. Holy mother of god don’t ever let this thought get in the way when your heart is telling you to do something. Promise me.

Little did I know a year ago how much Lines of Beauty would enrich my life. Little did I know that my checkbook would never get balanced again, or that my sheets wouldn’t get changed as regularly, or that the fall leaves wouldn’t get completely raked before the first snow fell. I also didn’t foresee that a love affair between writing and I would ignite. Until this year I always thought for me to be creative it involved yarn, an embroidery needle and some felted wool. Now I know that as long as I am creating something, even if it’s cooking, I am usually a pretty content girl.

Early on in the year I remember my sister asking me how I felt about Lines of Beauty. My response was that I felt different about it every day. Some days it energized me; some days I wondered what the hell I was doing. But as the year continued on I could see from my stats that my readership was growing and I became slightly obsessed with how people were arriving at Lines of Beauty. I grew encouraged, and Lines of Beauty found a comfy little home in my life. It has become my favorite thing to do.

And this is where I begin to get a bit verklempt:  If it weren’t for all of you and your continued support and interest in the conversation of aging, I wouldn’t be writing this post. I know for some of you embracing aging is a challenge. I hear you. It is at times for me as well.  I want to thank you all for visiting when life allows you the time. I would especially like to thank all of this year's ‘beauties of week’, pictured above, for stepping up and sharing your story. So many of you have said that it was an enriching exercise to be featured, which makes me happy. I can’t wait to hear more of your stories. I know that there are probably many of you out there that are hesitating sending yours in, and to you, one of my favorite quotes come to mind: Nothing feels better than doing what you are afraid to do. So send your thoughts on in!

In closing I want to share with you a very serendipitous blog birthday surprise that occurred. Lines of Beauty turned one yesterday and also yesterday our little baby got its first mention in the press.  It was completely coincidental. It was like magic.

Special thanks to Aldra at Consciously Frugal for letting me steal your ‘holy mother of god’ line that I love so much.

And love to you all,
from down under (the water),
Louise



10 comments:

  1. YAY!! Happy Birthday, Lines o' Beauty! Louise, thank you so much for creating this fabulous corner of the interwebs, for featuring so many amazing women (and men!) and for starting this much needed discussion in the first place. What a great first year! Can't wait to see what comes next. :)

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  2. Thank you CF. You are one of my inspirations I hope you know. I am looking forward to the next year for both of our little corners of the interwebs.

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  3. Louise, you have so many things to be proud of, and this lovely blog is one of them. Congratulations on a year of great writing and interesting stories.

    Hooray, hooray!
    A.

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  4. I think every one of us knows that getting a year older is a very very good thing! Thank you for your incredible site! Much love and continued success...

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  5. Louise, I celebrate You and Your Lines of Beauty. I appreciate being a Beauty of the Week offering some of my ruminations. Long have I stored deep within my desire to be a 'little old lady'. Now I am and love it. Thank you for asking me and thank you for risking . . . every reader and blog writer of Lines of Beauty is a winner!

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  6. Brandi Chaney-HullApril 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    A Happy Birthday wish to, Lines Of Beauty and congratulations on your majical mention!! I am new to your page Louise and am loving it already!!!

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  7. Congratulations Louise on one year of wonderful postings on Lines Of Beauty!

    Happy Birthday to an free spirited blog!

    This is a great blog featuring so much of what all women and me face as they reach towards the aging process and accept who they are rather than resisting it.

    This blog is liberating and releasing for all women and men!

    Thank you for each post filled with wisdom, spirit and truth!

    Love ya,
    Maria
    xoxoxo

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  8. Woohoo! Happy 1st! Here's to many more birthdays!

    Elizabeth (aka thelifetraveler)

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    http://ourdailygreenlife.blogspot.com/2011/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

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  10. Thank you Fresh Green Kim! You have a great blog at Our Daily Green.

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