Celebrating Two Great Years

Posted by on Feb 17, 2012 in About Live Love Work | 29 comments

The Happiest Years of My Life

When I started blogging about work-life balance, and personal and professional development, I began enjoying life more and more each day. It’s not because my life is perfect, nor because I have everything I want- far from it! Life continues to have it’s ups and downs, challenges and joys.

My happiness flourished when writing about loving my work and my life inspired me to make the most of life every day. Loving my life is a daily practice of purpose, growth, gratitude, friendship, and celebration. That’s really all there is to it.

February is my bloggiversary! Two years ago this month I started Live Love Work. Little did I know I would grow personally and professionally, find wonderful friends, and experience new levels of happiness thanks to this blog.

The 7 Best of Live Love Work

How timely that I was nominated by my dear friend Deeone Higgs at Releasing Me Today for the 7 Links Challenge to share 7 of my best blog posts the month of my bloggiversary. I’ve lived, learned, and shared so much with you over the past two years, and here’s the best of Live Love Work.

1. My Most Beautiful Post: Have a Little Patience

2. My Most Popular Post: How To Live Healthy: An Essential Guide to Self Care

3. My Most Commented Post: 37 Great Life Lessons in 37 Years

4. My Most Helpful Post: How to make the best of your mistakes

5. My Most Surprising Success: 6 Things You Aren’t Doing on LinkedIn

6. My Post Most Deserving of a Second Look: Stop Negative Thoughts, Encourage Positive Thinking

7. My Most Fun Post to Write: Navigating Career Success Is Like Riding a Motorcycle

7 Insights into Live Love Work

In addition to the 7 Links Challenge, I am grateful to have been nominated for blogging awards by Deeone Higgs at Releasing Me Today and the lovely Amber-Lee Dibble at Alaska Chick’s Blog. Both awards encouraged me to share 7 things about myself.

I previously shared 8 things about myself in my niche amnesty post, The Genuine and Quirky Chrysta Bairre, and I hope you check it out! Today I’m going to share 7 things about Live Love Work.

 1. The number 1 search term people use to find my blog is “positive thinking” and “think positive”.

2. The number 2 search term people use to find my blog is “gratitude”.

3. The search term that amuses me most is “Paul McGillion”, which leads to my blog thanks to photo I posted of me and Paul McGillion in my niche amnesty post. (Really, check it out if you haven’t already!)

4. My logo and blog design were created by my dear friend Erin Woodell at Moxie Image Studio.

5. I write most of my posts in 90 minutes or less.

6. My cat, Tiger, helps me write most of my posts. And by help, I mean sits on the desk and bats at my fingers while I’m typing.

7. Thanks to this blog, I’ve met more amazing and inspiring people than I can count on all my fingers and my toes!

Day 12 Hands

7 Bloggers That Influence Me

Thank you to each and every one of you for joining me on this amazing journey! I want to take a moment and give special thanks to a just a few of the bloggers that have influenced me so far.

1. The first blogger that inspired me: Janet Callaway at JanetCallaway.com

2. The friendliest blogger I know: Adrienne Smith at AdrienneSmith.net

3. A blogger I’ve learned a lot from: Samantha Bangayan at What Little Things

4. A blogger with a beautiful spirit: Deeone Higgs at Releasing Me Today

5. A blogger with wisdom and wit: Kelly Gurnett at Cordelia Calls It Quits

6. A blogger with leadership and heart: Jon Mertz at Thin Difference

7. A blogger that’s just a lot of fun: Hajra Khatoon at Hajra Kvetches!

Thank you for celebrating my bloggiversary with me! I look forward to many great yearest to come!

I love your comments! What’s your favorite post on Live Love Work? How did you first hear about Live Love Work? What topics do you want to read more of on Live Love Work?

29 Comments

  1. Congrats, Chrysta. I think I came late to this party! My “blogoversary” is first of March. Been at this just over a year (I started at another site), but I’m more motivated than ever.

    It’s interesting how the time has flown. I look up to you and others who have continued consistently to build a great audience over the years. When we first start, sometimes we wonder if we’ll ever run out of things to blog about or things to say. After making it a year, I wonder if I have enough publishing days to say all that I would like to say! :)

    Hope you have many more great blogging years to come! Wishing you the best in 2012.
    Steve Rice recently posted…Mouth-Open, Tongue-Flapping, Ears-Waving-in-the-Wind Dream Chasin’My Profile

    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Steve! And happy bloggiversary to you, too!

      Though my blog is officially 2 years old I got off to an inconsistent start and I wasn’t posting weekly until about a year ago. All of this experience is part of my blog and the lessons I’ve learned, and so I’ve learned to embrace the ups and downs of blogging! :)

      I love reading your blog and you’re off to a great start! I look forward to following your blog as you learn and grow.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  2. Dear Chrysta,

    Happy 2 Year Anniversary! May you have many many more to enjoy! I have a few very important anniversaries in February, myself, so I feel in great company here!

    I enjoyed your 7LinksChallenge and look forward to diving in a bit more. I’m still new to your space but have been enjoying the way you share your messages a great deal. :)

    Have a fine weekend!

    Cat Alexandra
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    • Thanks for your awesomer and awesomer comments, Cat! And thanks for the anniversary wishes, too. Happy anniversary to you as you celebrate your February milestones.

      I’m so grateful you stopped by and commented not one, not two, but three times today! What a wonderful gift you’ve given me today. Thank you!!

      Chrysta

  3. Chrysta, it just feels me with such *glee* to celebrate the occasion with you! =) The warmest hugs and congratulations! And thank you so much for mentioning me in your post. I sure have learned a lot from you too and I’m so glad we’ve met. I was definitely nodding my head with your 7th insight about all the amazing/inspiring people I’ve met through blogging as well. What a rich community we have! =)

    Now off to explore some of those 7 links that I haven’t read yet! =)
    Samantha Bangayan recently posted…“Empires of Gold”: Do Good Dictators Exist?My Profile

    • Thanks for your wonderful support and shared celebration, Samantha! And thank you for teaching me so much about social media, blogging, and building online relationships. You taught me a lot about Twitter, specifically, through your excellent example.

      I am grateful every day for the amazing friendships I’ve made through blogging. I’m so glad you’re one of them!

      Have a fabulous day!

      Chrysta

  4. Hi Chrysta,

    What a wonderful post! Congratulations on your second anniversary …and well wishes for a lot more years of happy blogging!

    Isn’t it wonderful to go back in time on your blog. I know a few of my blogging friends have done that already and it was great to read their posts that I had missed.

    I have been nominated to do the same thing but haven’t found the time yet. I certainly will, hopefully soon.

    Thanks for sharing some of your posts which I had missed as well!

    Have a great night!

    Ilka
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Ilka!

      It is wonderful to appreciate and celebrate progress, even when the progress seems small. I love nurturing progress, not perfection, and I’ve made some progress, for sure.

      I was originally nominated for a blogging award in October and I decided to take my time and write a responding post when it felt right. Recapping two years of blogging was the perfect time to reply!

      I look forward to reading your award post whenever you write it. I’m enjoying getting to know you and reading your blog, too!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  5. I step away from the internet for a weekend and find in going through my backlog that your blog has turned 2! (And I’ve received a lovely shout out!)

    Belated CONGRATS to you and I’m so glad we’ve connected! Your daily doses of positivity and can-do spirit are serious bright spots that I’ve come to depend on.

    Here’s to 2 more fantabulous years (and counting)!
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Cordelia! ;)

      Yes, my little blog turns 2 this year, and what a journey it’s been. I got off to a shaky start and allowed myself to get distracted by other things, but I came back to blogging and I found not blogging was as great a learning experience as blogging.

      I’m so grateful I found your blog many months ago, and thanks for publishing my first ever guest post on Cordelia Calls It Quits! Another great blogging triumph!

      Chrysta

  6. Congratulations Chrysta! What an accomplishment! I am glad our paths crossed through social media. Including me in your list is an unexpected honor. I am very grateful.

    Chrysta, keep writing, keep doing what you are doing!

    Jon
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Jon!

      I am truly enjoying getting to know you, and I’m grateful we connected by chance.

      Have a fantastic day!

      Chrysta

  7. Happy Anniversary Chrysta!

    Thank you for sharing your posts and facts about you.

    I loved your post entitled ‘How to make the best of your mistakes’.

    Like Pea, I got a picture of you sitting typing away with your cat on your desk!

    Brilliant! :-)
    Hiten recently posted…How limiting beliefs can prevent people from succeedingMy Profile

    • Thank you for your awesome comment, Hiten!

      So glad you enjoyed reading more about my blog. I always enjoy reading what goes on behind-the-scenes of my favorite blogs and learning more about my favorite bloggers! I look forward to getting to know you better, too.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  8. I thought I left a comment! Now I don’t know what happened! Well I did check your other posts linked here and yes, I would agree with each of the compliment you choose for them!

    Congrats on the two years anniversary! I finish two years in August this year and believe me, I thought I couldn’t survive this long! I love these posts because I get to learn so much about the blogger! 90 mins, really? I think for days and work on it for longer! I am trying my best to write it on one go, but I never get around to doing it that way.

    And thanks so much for calling me fun! I think I have tears in my eyes right now! ;)
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    • Thanks for your comment, Hajra!

      Although I started my blog two years ago, I feel I really started my blog just one year ago. My blogging was inconsistent to start, and I believe this is the case for many bloggers. Still that first year was part of the learning process, and during that time I continued to shape my writing and my voice so it seemed appropriate to acknowledge that despite the results of that first year, I was making progress.

      If I had more free time I’m certain I would average much higher than 90 minutes per post, but I make do with the time I have. It’s not always easy, and I get the job done!

      It helps to carry a notebook around with me at all times and I jot down ideas as they come to me. Sometimes I take 5-10 minutes and outline the post or write a first draft in my notebook. I also find that really good conversations with friends can spark a post, and I’ll take a discussion and build on it.

      Of course I called you fun because you are fun! You are great fun! I love the way you share meaningful ideas with a little fun mixed in. Your voice is very unique and I have not come across anyone in the blogosphere that echoes your individual and amusing style.

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  9. HI Chrysta,

    Happy Anniversary and here’s to many more posts from you in the future!

    I was nominated recently to do one of these 7 links challenge posts which I will do shortly.

    It’s a wonderful way to take stock of one’s creative offerings and celebrate all those who have contributed to our success. You did a great job at both of these.

    I believe I first came to visit your blog via the wonderful Janet Callaway. I always enjoy reading your pots Chrysta because they are real and from the heart. Thank you for sharing with us as you do. :)

    ~Marcus
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Marcus!

      I look forward to reading your post in response to the blogging challenge. I love reading more about the blogger and the blog process. I agree it’s encouraging to celebrate our blogging progress and accomplishments.

      Thank you for sharing how you came to my blog, as well! I’m sure I’ve met many wonderful bloggers by way of Janet’s blog, which I came across entirely by chance! What a great find I made that day.

      I always appreciate visiting your blog and knowing I’ll come away with some insight and wisdom into the human condition. You address complex topics with thought and care and I love that!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  10. First…That equals TWO challenges! That is 14 of each! LOL, no I am just kidding!!

    Chrysta,
    THIS was even better than normal! You had me almost tearing up (no snark, just today’s overall feeling I guess)when I opened your post in my inbox, “The Happiest Years of My Life.”

    Do you know, really deep inside yourself, KNOW what a difference you people, YOU, make in other people’s, MY, life? I can only hope so.

    Happy Two Year Anniversary! (Does it feel just as special as the first one? Or different?) Happy days and happy thoughts to you and yours.

    These have been the absolute happiest 13 months of my life Chrysta.
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, and thanks again for the nomination! Though it took me some months to decide how to address the nomination, I realized recognizing my bloggiversary was the perfect time to do so!

      I appreciate your kind words and your support! Blogging truly has inspired the happiest years of my life, and I am so grateful for you. Without you, I likely would not have continued blogging. It’s hard to write in a public space when you feel like you’re talking to yourself. Your support, encouragement, nominations and comments have meant the world to me. Thank you! <3

      My two year bloggiversary does feel different from the first, mostly because I’m much more connected to my blog this year than I was last year. When I started this blog there was a little trial-and-error, and I was learning how to balance work, life, and blogging.

      I feel far more accomplished this year, and as I look back I realize how important that first year was to the progress I’ve made today, even if, at the time, it didn’t feel like I had accomplished much.

      Thanks for being part of my growth! Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  11. What a lovely post. I would agree with the comment about Adrienne. I love the image of Tiger batting at your hand as you write and I’m nearly 100% positive that the 90 minute posts are all the better for her/his contribution. :)

    Happy blogiversary!
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Pea! I’m grateful you stopped by!

      I love how Adrienne’s friendly, helpful and positive attitude comes out in every one of her posts and her comments. I can’t help but smile whenever I read anything she’s written. :)

      I’m sure Tiger thinks I’m sitting here making clickity-clack noises with my fingers just for his amusement, and of course he wants to help! Doesn’t the world revolve around kitties, after all?!

      I’m looking forward to checking out your blog later today. Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  12. Happy Bloggiversary, fellow February Anniversary blogger and friend! (I’m not sure that sounded quite right, but I am sure that you get what I was trying to say. hahaha)

    This was such a fun spirited post, and I think that you did a most excellent job at celebrating this victorious month! I am a lover and practitioner of celebrating the smallest victories, and two years blogging is a huge accomplishment to celebrate! GO CHRYSTA!!! :D

    I’m extremely proud to say that I have connected with such a lovely spirited individual who makes me smile just reading whatever you write, be it a post, comments, or responding to a tweet or status. You are truly a wonderful lady and an awesome friend, Chysta! Thank you for just being YOU!

    Thank you for also naming me as being a person with a beautiful spirit. That is truly humbling, but an honor coming from you.

    You did a wonderful job at the 7 links challenge too! I’ve read a few of the post that you’ve selected, and the ones that I haven’t, I will be sure to check them out.

    I’m familiar with each of the other bloggers that influence you except for Kelly, but I couldn’t agree with you more about each of their descriptions as well. Each of them are truly the creme de la creme of the blogosphere.

    I also loved the insights you shared about Live Love Work! 90 mins, huh? That’s actually pretty good! I think Tiger might have a lot to do with that though, wouldn’t you say? ;)Loved the search words too. I can certainly see why each of them are the case for your work here.

    This post… Pure Awesomeness! Loved everything from “Happiest Years of my Life” to “What topics do you want to read more of on Live Love Work”. I’m only one individual, but I think you already cover everything and more here. Like I said before, it’s always a pleasure to read any of your thoughts. So just keep them coming, Chica! :) Great Job!
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    • Thanks for your awesome 600+ word comment, Deeone! I jest- I didn’t actually do a word count. ;)

      I love celebrating small victories, too! It’s wonderful to reflect on how far we’ve come instead of just focusing on how far we have to go. Life isn’t great tomorrow, or when I’m done, life is great today! And every day I make progress is a day to celebrate!

      I’m sure I could spend a lot longer than 90 minutes on each post, and my blog might even be the better for it, but one thing I’ve learned about work-life balance is that it’s enough to give my best effort, within reason, and to make sure I have time for me, too.

      Though Tiger likes to “help” when I’m blogging, I do believe his contribution means more time in front of the computer instead of less. You should see the typos that are all Tiger’s fault! ;)

      I don’t know if you noticed I changed some of the categories in the 7 Links Challenge. There were a few posts I feel were truly special, and I wanted to make note of them even if they didn’t fit in the original categories. Inspired by you, I made the challenge and the award work for me. Who says we have to live by someone else’s rules?

      I do hope you check out Kelly’s blog- she’s all kinds of kickass! I love being surrounded by inspiring and engaging people that strive to make the best of life every day.

      Thanks for the encouragement and I’m so grateful to call you a friend, Deeone! I love reading your blog and your comments. You inspire me with every day!

      Uh oh, Tiger just jumped up to “help” me reply to you. I think it’s time to pet the kitty!

      Have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  13. Happy Bloggiversary! We’ll drink a toast next week.
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    • Thank you, Lynda! We shall toast to our progress together in less than a week! :)

      Until then, have a grateful day!

      Chrysta

  14. I love your post Chrysta and am so glad that Deeone nominated you for this challenge. I also enjoyed going back and locating the posts that I wanted to give more attention to so I’ll be sure to check out the ones I’ve yet to comment on of yours.

    Thank you so much for naming me the friendliest. I’ll be more than happy to take that honorable mention any day of the week. I’m so very flattered.

    It’s been such a pleasure getting to know you this past year and I can see why people would find you after searching for topics on positive thinking and gratitude. You definitely have shared some wonderful posts on these very topics and continue to inspire us all.

    Thank you again Chrysta and I hope you have not only the best day ever but a wonderful weekend as well.

    Happy Anniversary!

    ~Adrienne
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    • Thanks for your awesome comment, Adrienne!

      There are many wonderful compliments I could pay to you, and when I thought about narrowing it down to just one word that describes you, friendly came first to my mind. I love how your personality shines through in all your posts, and all your comments and emails, too! You’re helpful, positive, and friendly, and no doubt this is a factor in your blogging success.

      I’m so grateful to have met you, friend!

      Have a beautiful day!

      Chrysta

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