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My First Blogiversary!

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It’s been a year since I started this crazy adventure of blogging.  Hooray! Time to pop some bottles and celebrate! I was really excited about starting in on a new adventure but the idea of opening up myself to the world was super nerve-racking.  I know that I’ve learned so many things through this process.  The greatest thing I’ve learned is just to be myself and most importantly to be comfortable with who I am.  I remember being really concerned about how I was being perceived and sometimes letting that take over.  I’ve come to realize as long as I’m doing what I love, it really doesn’t matter.  And I have loved this past year of Shannon Did What.

When I started to get people requesting that I write certain blog posts, it started to hit me.  I felt like I was actually succeeding with this new adventure, like people were valuing my opinions and advice.  I love helping other people, so this was huge for me.  It was also crazy when my roommate started to refer to me as “her roommate…who’s a blogger”.  I never thought that I would think of myself of the “blogger” type, but hey never say never, right?

I’m so grateful for all of the support and love that I have been given over the past year.  Really it means so much and has really helped me be me!  Can’t wait to see what else is in store!

If you haven’t already, remember to sign up for my Blogiversary Mini Giveaway. Win my ultimate travel Instagram photo kit - my favorite super lightweight, quick open travel tripod, a 32GB fast processing SD card and a Photo Book from Artifact Uprising.  You’ll never have to ask someone else to take your Instagram pics with this kit and you can print them all out to show your friends!  [Contest Closed]

Yours Truly // Shannon


New Year, New Dreams

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I had dinner with a couple of friends the other week and the conversation led to how quickly this year has gone by. I know I probably say it every year, but really, this year has flown by. When I can vividly remember something that happened back in February, it really has gone by fast.  The topic turned to not even addressing New Years resolutions yet. My friend listed out a few she had for herself; eat healthier, be on time etc... However, has since not been able to see these through. I started questioning myself. What was my resolution? Have I taken any steps to accomplish it? I then remembered my resolution was simply one word, free.  Be free. Free from worries. Free from unnecessary stress. Free to live life. Free to be the person I imagine myself to be.

Before this resolution, I had gotten stuck in a life that did not feel like me. At times, I was controlling, quick to judge and more or less complacent. I had become someone who did not live life to the fullest and just simply enjoy life. As I began to let go, as a result of my resolution, I started to feel more like my true self. It's pretty hard to admit this, but I think sharing my story might be able to strike a chord in someone else. Thinking back to January, I realized that a year ago did seem a little longer ago than at first thought.  This simply because I am and have been living out my resolution.  I think this blog is pure evidence of that.

Choosing another a resolution is a really hard thing to do.  I feel like I’m putting a little too much stress on it because I had a really great one this past year.  I don’t want to choose something cliché because it really feels like more pressure to see it through. I think that it’ll just come as the year starts to unfold.  I’m going to look at it as more of making new dreams instead of a resolution.  I feel like chasing your dreams is the most fun adventure of all and much more rewarding.

Hope you all have a safe and happy new year.  Cheers to 2016!

Yours Truly // Shannon