Our celebration continues today!
Special greetings to Extraordinary YOU
from an Extraordinary blogging friend
and an Extraordinary giveaway!
I’m so honored to have been invited by the lovely Diane, to share a little bit here today for her blog anniversary week! A little backstory, I first “met” Diane over three years ago when she reached out to me via email, before she even started her blog! And here we are today, celebrating her first year blogging anniversary! That is a milestone I’m thrilled to celebrate with her.
As a blogger myself at The Inspired Room (my blog is nearly six years old now), I am in contact with many many people each week. My inbox is always full and overflowing and my Facebook stream almost gives me a panic attack with so many updates I can’t keep up with. It is easy for names and faces and stories to become a blur!
While I really enjoy hearing from everyone in the amazing community we call blogland, I am especially touched when I receive a personal, heartfelt email or comment from someone who reaches out as a “real life friend”— someone that I can connect to on a personal level (in spite of the fact that we’ve never met in person!) And Diane’s first email to me was just that, the first step in forming a real friend connection.
We see so many names every day on the internet. So many tiny avatar pictures flying through Facebook or in blog comments. But when a blogger or reader makes this big internet world a little bit smaller by sharing something more vulnerable or personal, such as their hurt or joy in life, or reaches out to be an encouragement to us, we are reminded that these are women just like us. Just like me!
We are all out here, living our lives, trying to make each day extraordinary among the ordinary hurts and struggles we all experience. We all need a real and personal connection. We need friends to encourage us and keep us going!
Blogging is so much more than showing off how we decorate our home or trying to get the most Pinterest repins or Facebook likes on our latest project — at its best, blogging is really about building relationships. Anyone who thinks otherwise is missing out on the true treasure of this community!
Through our blogs or FB posts, we share snippets of beauty to remind ourselves of what we love, to count the ways God has blessed us, and it is an honor to share encouragement with others who may need a little boost or nudge that day to live life to the full.
I love that we can use these blogs of ours, whether we write them or just read them, to connect with women all over the country and even throughout the world. Amazing, isn’t it? We can be a real friend to someone who needs us and connect with people we need in our own life to challenge us, inspire us and share encouragement to embrace our own extraordinary life!
I’m so excited for Diane to have her blog community surrounding her this week, cheering her on towards year two of blog friendship building! Congratulations, Diane! And I hope each of you lovely ladies are able to find the joy and greater purpose in connecting in relationship through blogland. You are all a blessing!
Thank you Melissa for your lovely and encouraging words for each of us. I am so blessed that you would take time from your busy life to celebrate with me today. One day in September, I Googled fall decor and discovered The Inspired Room. Her blog is a treasure trove of ideas, but it was the spirit with which she wrote that attracted me. That also was when I first discovered this wonderful bloggy world. As Christmas time rolled around that year I contacted Melissa to inquire about advertising my Longaberger Lifestyle business on The Inspired Room. She was amazing to work with and a wonderful encourager. Melissa and her blog were the inspiration for me to begin this adventure with An Extraordinary Day. That is why I wanted to introduce you to this extraordinary lady and her blog who were my inspiration. You are Extraordinary Melissa!
You Are Extraordinary
This beautiful inspirational art “You Are Extraordinary” was created especially to help celebrate the first anniversary of An Extraordinary Day by my friend Jennifer, of Studio JRU. She’s a wonderfully gifted and talented artist. Did you notice she even picked up colors from the blog? Isn’t it Extraordinary?! Thanks Jennifer!
One blessed person…maybe you!…will receive a reproduction print of You Are Extraordinary in this giveaway!
This inspirational art is an 8 x 10 high quality print on Ultra Premium Matte Paper. The artwork is centered on 8.5 x 11 paper, leaving a thin white border. Print will arrive signed and titled on white border under print and securely packaged in an archival bag. ©StudioJRU watermark will not appear on your piece. If you can’t wait to win a print…order yours here.
It’s easy to enter this giveaway….
Leave a comment and let me know what makes YOU extraordinary!
Because you are!!
Want an extra chance or two to win?
“Like” An Extraordinary Day on Facebook and leave me a comment letting me know you do. If you already are a follower, just leave a comment saying so.
Follow me on Pinterest! Leave a comment saying so with your Pinterest name.
Contest ends Monday, May 6, at 9 PM EDT. Winner must have a U.S. mailing address and will be chosen at random and notified by e-mail. Thank you to Studio JRU for graciously providing the art print for the blogiversary. I was not compensated for this giveaway.
The contest is closed!
Barbie of My Freshly Brewed Life is the WINNER!
“I’m extraordinary because I work full time, home school, am involved in ministry,
know how to juggle with my eyes closed! Love your blog!”
NOTE: There will be a giveaway each day this week. Be sure to come back!!
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