Wednesday, January 16, 2013

It all started...

...a year ago today. 
I created this space (with the help of my friend Tracy) and sat down to write my first blog post.
Back then, I had no idea how much of a time investment blogging would be. It's a really big commitment to keep this space up to date. But I also didn't realize how fulfilling it would be to share my life with others and how much I'd fall in love with blogging.

I've learned so much from all of the wonderful women out there in the blogosphere. 
It's truly been a blessing to "meet" so many wonderful, caring, creative people through this space.
The connections and friendships that I've made are priceless.

To all my readers, I say thank you...for caring what I have to say, for supporting me over this past year. For helping me grow and look at the world a little bit differently because of your comments and perspectives.

What I'd like to do to celebrate my one year blogiversary is give back to my readers with a little project called Pay It Forward 2013. Besides writing, my other passion is reading. The quote from Stephen King really says it best "books are uniquely portable magic." Sitting on the couch by the fire with a warm cup of hot tea and a good book are some of my best moments. Transcending this world and immersing myself in another world - a world created in the mind of the author. And learning. I read a lot of self-help books to improve myself and grow in different areas of my life. Some books literally have the power to transform your life and thinking. That is a pretty powerful gift.

So, the first 5 people to comment with their email and blog address will receive from a book from me in the mail. However, I would ask one thing of you. To pay it forward. For you five lucky people to make the same offer on your blog. To post the button and pass along a beloved book (new or used) to five of your readers. It could be a favorite book or a book you think could really help the receiver based on what's going on in their life (i.e. fertility or pregnancy book, photography, cooking, diet, etc.) Blog stalking would be required. If you send the book media mail, the cost is under $3. It is a very inexpensive way to give something meaningful to someone else without expecting anything in return. 

Even if you are not one of the first 5 commenters, you can still participate in Pay It Forward 2013 on your blog. Just write a post, add the button (grab code from side bar), make the offer and send the books. Simple.

Here's to another year of blogging and to paying it forward!


Marie Annette said...


Amber said...

I love this idea and would love to participate and pay it forward! Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. Also congrats on the one year anniversary of your blog.

My blog address is and my email is

Toni Rapp said...

I love this and truly hope I am in the top five! at Who is this fertile myrtle.

Miriam said...

so much fun!!!

MaggieTheMrs said...

Happy blogaversary! I would love to be a part of this! I love reading and the idea of passing forward really great books! Can't wait to put this on my blog tomorrow!
-Maggie @

Mrs. H said...

I totally agree that books can change your life. Love reading! Great idea!

Kara said...

Kara Buchanan

What a fun and generous thing to do, Jessah!

You are always in my thoughts and prayers.

Kirsty Arnold said...

I just found your blog after you followed me and it's crazy eery haha because I had just put a pay it forward status on my personal facebook today - and was going to write about it on here! And now there's a blog button! I'll get writing! Thank you, and thanks for following my blog over at unspoken conversatiosn! I look forward to getting to know you x

Belinda said...

Aw what a beautiful idea!
In case I one of the first 5 my email address is;


Lya said...

Congrats on your one year blog anniversary! I'm so glad I found your space and that you are sharing your journey with us!

Love your project and would love to get one of those books :) (And of course keep the project alive)

Write me at or visit me over at

Cristy said...

Happy Blogiversary, Jessiah. So glad you have this space to share your journey with all of us.

Infertile625 said...

Happy blogiversary! My one year mark is next week! And although I didn't make your cut I love your idea! Maybe I will adapt your idea and start a chain of my own. The world can never have enough kindness!

Sidney said...

I'm here from the blog hop - captured by your very cute and clever name :) - and I'm happy to be following! Such a nice post to come in on - a blogiversary! Congrats and I'm looking forward to more!

2justByou said...

I'm a new follower and just saw the Pay It Forward button...I JUST saw a Pay It Forward post the other day and joined the challenge!!! It had a different graphic, and a little twist to it, but this is it!!! I wanted to tell you THANKS for starting this. I'll be grabbing the button, and I'm glad I found your blog. It must be fate, because I had been wondering where the PIF had originated (it wasn't on the blog where I found it).
So, thank you! You make a difference in the blogosphere.


Helen @ Blue Eyed Beauty Blog said...

This is such a fun idea!! I just found your blog today and look forward to reading through your archives!

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