one year down...

One year ago today I published my first post on this blog.  As with any new adventure, it was exciting and a bit nerve-racking all at the same time.  Personal blogs are so exposing!  I had had the desire to start a blog for years--I had even had a few false starts--but I knew that in order to write I needed a purpose.  When the idea for The Contented Bee came to me, I knew it was just the approach I was looking for.  I'm a teacher at heart and I so longed for my writing to be a way to teach and inspire others.  The idea of doing that through writing about the things that I am most passionate about (simple and nourished living), I new this blog thing could grow into something lovely.  


I've been surprised over this past year to hear so many positive responses to my posts.  Thank you to those of you who have told me that you read, told me what you like, and told me that you've found inspiration in my words.  That's why I write and those words of encouragement fuel my desire to write even more.  

I've also been so pleased with the number of readers and visits that I've had to this site over the past year!  It blows me away that I have had posts where hundreds of people have read my words!  It's humbling, really.  So, thank you.  Thank you to those who visit my site regularly to read my words.  Thank you to those who subscribe.  Thank you to those who who stop by occasionally.  And thank you to those of you who not only read, but also interact with me in this space.  Without each of you this space wouldn't have purpose--it wouldn't have life.  Thank you for allowing it room to grow and develop.

My hope for this next year of blogging is that my words would be able to reach further and make a larger impact.  Not because I've got all the answers---believe me, I don't---but because I think there's more to life than what society makes us think there is.  The simpler life is a better one, not an easier one, but a better one, and I want to spread that message as far as I can.  However, I need you, dear readers, to help make that dream a reality.  I need you to share this blog with those around you.  Share it, tweet it, pin it, like it, comment on it, repost it, do whatever it is you all do on social media.  Together, I'd love to make this grow into something amazing.  

On the right side of my homepage, you can connect with me via InstagramTwitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.  You can also subscribe by email to my posts using FeedBurner.   I'd love to hear from you!  Comment on a post or send me a message.  While I mostly write from what's going on in my own life, I love hearing suggestions as well! 

And so with that, here's to another year at The Contented Bee!  Thanks to each and every one of you.  You are are so very appreciated and so needed to make this what it is.