2 Year Blog Anniversary

2 Year Blog Anniversary

Well, well, well, here we are, two years in.

Today is the two year anniversary for She Holds Dearly.

I thought we could take a little trip down memory lane from this past year.  Every year on my wedding annivesary we tell each other our story again.

It’s good to remember where you have come from, isn’t it?

I started last year off with a bang by launching Finding Time to Hold Dearly, a comprehensive ecourse on simple living and productivity.

It has done very well and hearing the stories of changed lives from my students has been one of the most rewarding experiences I have every had.

It is only available twice a year- next week and another week in May! So don’t miss it, if you are wanting to join in.

A comprehensive course intentional living and time management

There was the only post I have ever had go viral!

I had the honor of working with IKEA on my 40 Farmhouse Finds From IKEA post and it has been by far my most popular post to date.

IKEA finds for the Farmhouse, Affordable Decor

For profesional advancement sake I was able to attend two blogging conferences, Haven and Activate, which always refresh my soul and fill me with 5 million new ideas.

Haven is wonderful for the real life relationships I have forged there and Activate helped me simplify my focus and teach me more about the business side of blogging.

Throughout the year, there were nods to the French with

DIY French Tuteurs for the Garden . . .

 

Tutorial, Woodworking, Gardening Project, Pyramid, Obelisk, Trellis

the French Chair Makeover . . .

Antique Chair by sheholdsdearly.com

and the French Mattress Cushion Tutorial.

Custom French Mattress by She Holds Dearly

Summertime proved to be bittersweet when we lost our baby girl, Wren, but felt so held and loved by the very tangible compassion of my blog readers.

Miscarriage and Holding Dearly  taught me more about God’s grace through all the highs and lows of life and the need to fully enjoy your loved ones while you have them.

Grieving Miscarriage and Finding Hope

Shortly after, I tried gracefully to turn the big 4-0 and showed you all my 10 Tips to a Naked Cake.

Simple Cake Decorating by sheholdsdearly.com

 

We had two major room reveals, which are always peoples’ favorites. . .

the Farmhouse Living Room Reveal

Farmhouse Living Room Furniture by sheholdsdearly.com

and the Farmhouse Bathroom Reveal

Farmhouse Bathroom by sheholdsdearly.com

Finally, we talked all about Farmhouse Porch Decor Ideas 

and how to incorporate your story into your decorating.

Favorite Fall Decorating Trick by sheholdsdearly.com

If there was one thing I would say to my younger blogging self, it is this:

If there is a magic bullet, it is to keep showing up every day. 

Through all the highs and lows, the doomsday comments in the Facebook groups, the algorithym changes, the plateus, etc. there is no substitute for keeping your head down and continuing to do beautiful work.

Over and over again, and over and over again.

And isn’t this true for most of life?

Thank you for joining me on this journey so far, this blog has forever shaped who I am and the confidence that I possess.

I am a better designer, photographer, business woman and friend because of this site.  And having you with me, makes it all 100 times better.

I cannot say “thank you” enough!

This next year is bright and full of promise, there are plans for a youtube channel, teaching at Haven and 5 new products, three of which will be released next week.

The Finding Time to Hold Dearly course has been repackaged into three mini-power courses.

  1. One focusing on Children & Home,
  2. another for navigating through seasons of Crisis & Grief and
  3. the last one for the Working Woman

Oh, and if you aren’t already an email subscriber, be sure sign up (click on the image below) as I will be doing a giveway this week for my loyal subscribers.

Here’s to another year of Holding Dearly!

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43 Comments

  1. January 14, 2018 / 4:42 AM

    Congrats! I, too, just finished year two of blogging. I agree with all your tips about just showing up, even when it feels discouraging. Best of luck in year 3.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 7:53 PM

      So fun to meet a fellow blogger, thanks for your confirmation!

  2. January 15, 2018 / 2:57 PM

    Congrats Sarah! You have accomplished so much in a year! I love your advice for bloggers. I think it’s so easy to get discouraged, but really nothing beats hard work and dedication. I love your site and am looking forward to what year 3 brings! 🙂

  3. latanya
    January 16, 2018 / 8:24 AM

    Congratulations. I am an email subscriber. I really enjoy your decluttering tips. I like to hold on to things for way to long which drives my husband crazy.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 7:55 PM

      Oh, I’m so glad that you were able to learn something in the decluttering plan! Thank you for your great feedback.

  4. Nicole Gadsby
    January 16, 2018 / 8:51 AM

    I love your site and emails. I enjoy following ya. Have a blessed year! Congratulations 🙂

    Niki Gadsby

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:34 PM

      Thank you so much, Happy New Year to you, too! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog and emails, you just made my day!

  5. Amber
    January 16, 2018 / 8:51 AM

    I love that you are a believer and a thrifty person as well. Just like I am!

    Yes, I receive your emails.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:35 PM

      I always love meeting another believer, thank you for commenting today!

  6. Joni
    January 16, 2018 / 8:52 AM

    I’m a new subscriber. But I love your variety of content on your blog. Thank you for fresh ideas and insight.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:37 PM

      Oh, I’m so glad you found our little tribe and hope you continue to enjoy the content. Happy New Year!

  7. Penny
    January 16, 2018 / 9:11 AM

    Here is what I like about your blog:
    1. The name is inspiring and reminds me to “hold dearly” the things in life that are most precious: marriage, home, family, children.
    2. Your decor style of vintage and farmhouse.
    3. Your beliefs and likes.

    I am an email subscriber.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:39 PM

      Oh, I love your feedback, thank you for mentioning the deeper things! That’s so encouraging to me and I will continue to add in heart and thought with my decorating instructions.

  8. Christine
    January 16, 2018 / 9:21 AM

    I love your blog. We share so many of the same values. Have a blessed 3rd year!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:43 PM

      Thank you, Christine, what a sweet thing to say! I’m glad we share the same values xoxo

  9. Christine
    January 16, 2018 / 9:21 AM

    I love your blog. We share so many of the same values and tastes. Have a blessed 3rd year!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 7:57 PM

      I’m so glad you are here, it’s so fun to meet a kindred spirit. Happy new year!

  10. Karen L Chaudoin
    January 16, 2018 / 10:45 AM

    Your home is truly lovely and everything I like in color and contrast. It is a very soothing home.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:50 PM

      Thank you, Karen, that is such a wonderful compliment! That is exactly what I’m going for xoxo

  11. grammy goodwill
    January 16, 2018 / 11:38 AM

    I love your blog for how real you are. When I read it, I feel like we could be friends. Of course, you would be the crafty go to person! I would just be the needy person. Hehehe.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:51 PM

      Oh, Grammy, you crack me up! I’m so glad you’re here and I can learn from you in other areas I’m sure!

  12. Kathleen
    January 16, 2018 / 3:52 PM

    I’ve never seen that blanket at my Walmart (it’s a small store), but I really love your style, so if you love the blanket, I know I would too! Anyway, congrats on two years! And BTW I love the chicken pic! I’m a chicken fan, myself.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:53 PM

      Well, if it makes you feel any better, it’s currently sold out at my massive walmart, too! You are such a sweetheart to trust my design taste.

  13. Cathy
    January 16, 2018 / 4:55 PM

    Love your blog. So practical and down to earth. My kind of person. Love the throw. I’m a throw fan. The more the better. Congratulations on the 2 year anniversary! Email subscriber and loving it. Good luck and blessings!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:54 PM

      Thanks, Cathy, you’re my kinda girl! I love throw blankets, too, the more the merrier!

  14. Jackie
    January 16, 2018 / 6:26 PM

    I subscribe to your emails and enjoying it and your blog. Makes me want to take up blogging again. I may do that this year. Love the throw that you are giving away, and would love to have serveral. Happy blog anniversary!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 6:56 PM

      Thank you, Jackie, I’d love to see your blog! Send me a link if you do decide to take that up again.

  15. Tanya Hulbert
    January 16, 2018 / 10:22 PM

    When I read that you have already been blogging two years it blew me away! It doesn’t feel that long, however your photography and decorating skills have just grown and grown! As I scroll through my feeds, it’s your pictures that catch my eye, every time! I love your style and personal writing that touches my heart. Congratulations, sweet Friend of mine! Yes, I’m an email subscriber. Heehee.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 7:01 PM

      Wow, I’m speechless. This means so much to me, thank you from the bottom of my heart!

  16. Teresa Johnson
    January 16, 2018 / 11:04 PM

    I am brand new to your sight, just a couple of days ago, so it’s exciting to learn you celebrated your two year anniversary. Congrats! I love your blog so far, and I especially enjoyed how you did your entire living room make-over with items you already owned and that you repurposed or “freshened up”. All around awesome blog! Thanks so much for sharing yourself and I pray all the best and continued success for you! And I am an email subscriber 🙂 xo

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 7:06 PM

      Teresa, I’m so pleased that you have found my blog and are now one of my new subcribers. I can tell that we’re kindred spirits already!

  17. Tonya
    January 18, 2018 / 8:22 AM

    I am a new subscriber to your blog. It caught my attention with the 40 IKEA farmhouse finds and I have been enjoying your emails ever since. Thank you for sharing all of your ideas and finds. I wish you many blessings in the year to come. I will definitely continue to open your emails….

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 7:16 PM

      Oh, Tonya, you’re the sweetest! Thank you so much, thank you for sharing a little bit of your story with me.

  18. Mary Kaiser
    January 18, 2018 / 8:32 AM

    What I love most about your blog is that when you do a project, and it turns out lovely, you give a great tutorial on how you made it. Congratulations on your blog anniversary.

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 7:19 PM

      Oh good, I’m glad you can follow my instructions, haha. Thank you for being such a wonderful supporter, I look forward to the years ahead with readers like you!

  19. Debbie Reynolds
    January 18, 2018 / 1:28 PM

    Hi, Sarah. I am an email subscriber and I love so much about your blog. Let’s see…diys, room reveals, furniture makeovers…..

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 24, 2018 / 7:21 PM

      Oh, Debbie, I can tell you are my kind of girl, so glad our paths have crossed. Happy decorating!

  20. Tanya Leslie
    January 18, 2018 / 6:24 PM

    Hi Sarah…
    Well firstly I think that your simple elegant lifestyle that you so graciously share with us is amazing. As a subscriber I have learned so many things that have helped me live a more balanced and happier life with my family. Your posts are a ray of sunshine in my day and that touch of county class that truly means alot. I love that your genuine and most of all your faith is a foundation. I thought it was fun we both live in a farmhouse built in 1906 and really enjoy your design ideas. Thank you for your hardwork and sharing your life with us all. Happy 2nd Anniversary and God Bless you and yours.
    Tanya Leslie

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 7:59 PM

      Oh my goodness! You just made my week! Thank you for all your wonderful compliments, God bless you.

  21. Sarah
    January 20, 2018 / 12:15 PM

    Congratulations Sarah!
    I especially like that you spell your name with an “h”! In all seriousness, your faith in Jesus is at the top of my list!!! There are so many things that I enjoy about your blog, however your style, which is very elegant yet so down to earth, really stands out. Additionally, when you use greens (like your Christmas posts), my eye is drawn to those photos since green is my absolute favorite color! Blessings in the New Year!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 8:03 PM

      Thank you, this is wonderful feedback and I’m so flattered! This helps me plan for the next year.

  22. Jennifer
    January 21, 2018 / 4:49 PM

    I’ve been enjoying your blog and I’ve recently subscribed to the emails. I really enjoy your decorating style and your open expression of faith! Congrats on 2 years..here’s to many more!

    • Sarah | She Holds Dearly
      Author
      January 30, 2018 / 8:04 PM

      Thank you! It’s readers like you that make it all worth it.

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