Thursday, March 27, 2014

One Year in and Loving It

Today marks a pretty epic day in my little life. One year since I joined the blogging world by publishing my first post.

It has been such a fun journey so far.... I didn't even realize how much I would love it. I used to always keep a journal, but these days that almost seems like a daunting task. It gets disheartening when you are going to journal, you open up the page in great anticipation.... only to discover you haven't written since two Christmas' ago. You feel compelled to write, "I have two new nephews... so and so is married... I did this.... Cory did that...." And so instead, you do the silly thing of putting it away till a later date when you have more free time to expound upon all of the many changes that have occurred. I don't think I need to explain what ends up happening with that situation most of the time.

But blogging is different... I just get to write about whatever I am feeling, without the self inflicted pressure of needing to record every momentous occasion in my life.

I love it.

And so, in honor of this blogging journey I have begun, I am going to re-post my very first post. When I read it, it takes me back to that exciting span in my life. It seems like so long ago, and yesterday at the same time.

Full of Life
March 27, 2013

Well here goes... I have always been anti-Facebook, which is totally unheard of in this day and age. Perhaps that is why I am... I loath conforming to social norms. However, I do love reading blogs... which I suppose is not much different. But in my own mind I have discovered and established a difference. A blog is written with purpose, not merely to let your buddies know what Starbucks you frequent (no offense to all you Facebookers, but you know what I mean).

I have never blogged before because I have not found that purpose that compelled me to do so. Until now...

I wanted the title of my blog to be "My Happy Little Life" because that is exactly how I feel about my life. It is the most completely wonderful life; however it is not as if I do a bunch of grand things. I just love living. I so often find myself quoting Meg Ryan in "You've Got Mail" in my head, "I lead a small life, well valuable but small." I feel exactly the same way.

Well, who would have known that many other people had already thought of "My Happy Little Life" as their own title. Every blog site with that title was already taken. I even visited a few of their sites because I felt that we must instantly be kindred spirits.

So I looked up the synonyms for "happy". What a truly wonderful word! The meaning that is wrapped up in those five letters. Cheerful, overjoyed, jubilant, thrilled, blessed... the list goes on and on. Blessed was my first choice, but of course that was already taken. Therefore I settled for "jolly". And you know, I think it suits me. Webster's definition of "jolly" in 1828 says, "Merry; lively; full of life and mirth; jovial. It expresses more life and noise than cheerful." And so I say, it is perfect! Full of live. That is exactly what I want to be.


  1. congrats on blogging for a year!!! :)

  2. yay! I hit my 1 year in September and have loved it. I'm glad I found you :)

    1. Hi Erica! It does make it so fun to be able to look back so easily on those things which were important a year ago. Amazing how things change!

  3. Good Job Jonni! Always a joy to read.


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