Yesterday I mentioned that today would be a very special day in the life of my little blog.
One year ago today, I sat down and wrote my very first post on ChiaSeedMe.
I was beginning my second semester as a first year high school English teacher, commuting two hours every day, and in desperate need of something besides work in my life. CSM provided that for me; it quickly became the highlight of my days. With every post I fell more in love with food, writing and photography. Now I can’t imagine my life without this little space.
One of the questions I’m asked most often about my blog is “why ChiaSeedMe?”
When I started this blog, I had been eating chia seeds for quite some time, and I loved so many things about them. What’s not to love? They are high in protein, high in omega 3′s and omega 6′s, help balance blood sugar, help keep you full longer, high in iron and so much more. But chia seeds themselves aren’t the only reason why I chose the name.
I also chose it because of what chia seeds represent for me. They’re tiny little seeds, hardly bigger than the tip of a pencil, but they pack a serious punch. I try to focus my life around the little things that make a big difference, and the words I write here and photos I snap every day have brought to light all the little things in my life that make it what it is. The way the light filters through the trees in our backyard just at the onset of evening, the way I can see the husband just perfectly through the space between our living room and office, and the softness of our down comforter when I pull it up over my shoulders each night – these little things bring me such joy and are a constant reminder of just how blessed I am to be living this life.
This blog has never been just about what I eat for dinner each night or which workout I choose each morning, although I do love writing about those things. It’s about this all encompassing idea that this life we live really isn’t just about what we do each day. It’s about really feeling our experiences. It’s about seemingly unimportant moments that make a big impact by bringing a smile, focusing on the good, working through the bad and coming out better at the other end. Moments that embed themselves in the very fabric of our minds and change us forever, one little thing at a time and sometimes without us even realizing it. I believe these tiny little things matter more than we even understand.
And along the journey of this past year, I’ve gained one of the greatest things I could imagine. Friendships with other people who not only have the same interests in life, but who are so thoughtful, caring and supportive. Who reach out with comfort when I’ve quit my job and I’m feeling doubtful or help me decide whether to keep my hair short or grow it long. And in the midst of it all, I can hardly believe how blessed and thankful I am.
So, thank you for coming alongside me this year. Thank you for reading. Without you all, my small corner of the internet would be awfully lonely…serving only as a space to bounce my thoughts into the air and watch them as they fade in the distance. You are the glue that holds this little blog together. You give it energy and life, and it truly wouldn’t be the same without you.
As a small way to show you just how thankful I am and to celebrate the first birthday of CSM – there is only one thing I can see fit to do.
Let’s give away some chia seeds!
Monterrey Bay Spice Company is a great source for not only chia seeds, but herbs, spices and teas as well. They have been a great sponsor for ChiaSeedMe me throughout this year, and have kindly offered to send two readers each a bag of my favorite little seeds. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post by midnight on Sunday, January 15th to enter! You can say anything you want…just make yourself known:)
In addition to that, I personally want to do something for you guys as well. I will choose one more winner from the comments on this post, and you’ll receive a little care package of some of my favorite “little things.” I’m not telling what will be in it, but I promise it will bring a smile to your face!
Because it’s the little things that matter most.
**Unfortunately, the contest is open to U.S. residents only. International readers – I don’t love you any less!
**I will choose a winner using random.org.
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