Wednesday, August 18, 2010

500!?!

I had a completely different post planned for today. A post that was really more about having something to post today than something than involved any real insight. But when I got to my blogger dashboard I noticed that this is my 500th post. And well, we must celebrate in style with a number like that!

If you were to know me personally, which at this point I think my regular readers pretty much do, then you might know about my personal battles with anxiety. As a result of that I've not only become a gigantic hermit, but I've also turned into an introvert.

Blogging is my therapy. It's a journey I'm taking to document the milestones and important events that occur in my life and the lives of my husband and children. It's my boys scrapbooks. It's spiritual journey. It's my journal. It's my cookbook. It's my small way of sharing and encouraging through my own life experiences. It's my release.

There are these seemingly small events that happen in all of our lives that seem so special and amazing at the time. Events that we want to document and remember. Events that we usually end up forgetting. Blogging has helped me to slow down and capture life's small moments. With this blog I can leave a digital footprint that shows exactly who I was when those moments occurred. I'm leaving something for my children, who will hopefully gain insight into the kind of person that I am. I want my children to know me and know me well. I'm not sure there is any tool better suited to do that job outside of blogging.

And so to celebrate (because, really, we MUST celebrate ... and do so in style!) I'm giving away to one lucky reader a $25.00 gift certificate to my shop Oh Mandie, where you'll be able to pick out whatever lovelies that your heart desires.

Entering the giveaway is as easy as pie.

1. Leave a comment on this post. Say hello. Tell me why you blog. Heck tell me anything at all, just leave a comment. One Entry
2. Follow this blog (right hand side) and go on this continued journey with me. Leave a comment saying that do so. One Entry
3. Make a purchase from Oh Mandie. Five Entries

Good luck! Here's to 500 more!

21 comments:

Chana said...

Congrats girlie!! So proud of you, and I blog for the exact same reasons as you!! To hold onto these moments that slip away so fast...
Sign me up for the giveaway PLEASE! I was on your Etsy site last night for an hour trying to pick something out! There was a pair of earrings that I almost bought! Glad I waited till today, going over there now for 5 more enteries! LOVE your stuff!

Faith said...

Congratulations on your 500th post!! How exciting!! :)

tessica said...

wow and I was excited for 200!
that is so awesome mandie! What an accomplishment!

AlyGatr said...

WOW, happy 500!!! I follow and read YOUR blog because you are just too charming not to read :) I wish we lived closer because we could be "in person" buds and I could totally cruise your farm and let Merrick talk to the duckies :)

ElegantSnobbery said...

WOW, 500 is so awesome! Isn't it so awesome knowing that your life and moments - good and hard - are recorded and enjoyed by others? I've loved your blog for years! :) Congrats for blogging so long!

Awesome, awesome giveaway! You know I'm obsessed with your shop!

Jen said...

Hi! I love reading your blog and hope you never stop blogging :-). Maybe we can someday meet up and let the kids play together.

Congrats on post 500!

Jen said...

Following you!

Em said...

woo heres to 500 more posts! congrats girl!

sarah said...

well done on your 500th post! you have a lovely shop!

sarah said...

oops i left out my email...

well done on your 500th post! you have a lovely shop!

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

Audrey said...

Congrats on 500! Your shop looks really cool and I'm super excited for this giveaway!
twigerina[at]hotmail[dot]com

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I must say that I don't have a blog, but I admire you for being committed - it's a lot of work!
paigeedoodles at yahoo dot com

kittycat said...

what a lovely giveaway!

Elaine said...

I love blogging. It is my creative outlet!

clothed much, a modest fashion blog

jhitomi said...

Congratulations on your blog. Just want to say hi and the reason I love the world of blogging (tho I only read, I don't write one yet) because of the sense of community...how everyone is willing to share, comment, sympathize...

T @ The Happy Clipper said...

Congratulations! I just found your blog.
huffychic@gmail.com

Grace said...

Congrats on getting to 500!

gsyed1120 at gmail dot com

Rich and Mallory said...

Congrats on such a milestone!!!
Mallory1031(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Congrats to you! So glad the Internet can give you such a great and inspirational outlet.

Thanks for the chance to win!

--Liza

ejm6x (at) yahoo (dot) com

Megan said...

Your stuff is so pretty!
may.63(at)wright.edu

Candy said...

Congrats on 500!!!

oohmybento[at]gmail[dot]com