Friday, February 27, 2015

Happy Five Years, Good Day Regular People


This month is the 5th anniversary of Good Day Regular People.

What began as a place for me to write my stories has grown into one of the most amazing things I've ever done in my life. It's you and our interactions here on this blog, exchanging words, finding each other through differences and similarities, that have added a dimension to my life that I wouldn't have been able to predict.

I am deeply grateful that you are here. The pride that I have and the contentment from words published, all a possibility through blogging, shows me we are a fortunate generation indeed. When you are someone that has held a life long wish for your work, whatever that means to you, to be seen and shared with others, and then have it happen because of something that allows this just this like a computer, it's easy to see my astonishment.

Blogging here has been an entry way to friendships, contacts, a daily sharing in each others lives. We belong to a community. When I think of the opportunities that led to the people that I know count on daily as friends, all because of blogging, I wish it for everyone.

My life is surreal. I do things now I imagined as only possible for others. My life has become what I timidly held a wish for it to be -- to be someone whose words have meaning, impact, change perspective or remove a bit of loneliness in those minutes that someone reads.

None of the encouragement and belief that I needed to pursue more for myself would have happened without the words of support from you who read and are part of everything here. I am so fortunate. Hand to my heart, every day, I think about the pride and happiness I have in the inspiring community that is around me. 

I am grateful.

Five years ago, as I sat with my face toward a white screen, I never could have imagined how everything was about to change. Events were up ahead in my future that surely were meant for someone else. Writing my words here has made me stand taller, smile more, laugh every day, speak with conviction and value who I am. I am proud of who I am. I am a different person than I was before I started this blog. Because of this blog, I speak.

You accepted me, with the quirks, the screw ups, the "dork at the keyboard." Seeing how you came to love me was pivotal. Could it be OK to be real, no other way but authentic, and people would still like me? It was more than OK.

You changed everything. And that, changed everything.

I am a well of emotion today.
Five years.

From the bottom of my heart, I feel so lucky.

Happy Five Years to me. Today, I smile and tear up while I celebrate this blog. I marvel at all the good that has come my way because of it. And yes, I'm looking at you.



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45 comments:

  1. You feel like the recipient of love; you are the source of love in equal measure.

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    1. Such a joy to find you, to cross paths with you, friend. xo Thank you.

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    1. So happy I did it, Elan. It has been miraculous, the work done, and the relationships made. xo

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    1. My long time friend, Ms. A. So happy to know you.

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  4. You are fabulous...simple as that!

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    1. I love you right back, lady. Forever. xoxox

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  5. Happy 5, I'm do glad I know you in and out if the computer.

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    1. Thank you, Lance. Happy to know you too and to have you here.

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  6. Your words are like a balm for my soul. My life is richer with you in it!

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    1. I am so happy to know you, K. xoxox Thank you.

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  7. Happy 5 Years to you...and us. Because of you.

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  8. Opening your page to a new blog is like opening a gift. It's exciting and whether funny or poignant, it's going to be a very good gift. Thank you for continuing to give to us, my friend. Happy 5 year Anniversary.

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    1. I love you to pieces, Tess. I do. xoxo

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  9. Five years of wonderful storytelling and even more generosity and heart. Congratulations!!

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    1. Thank you, Ann. This blog, found me and led me to LTYM. How incredible, how absolutely amazing.

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  10. Congrats! You make us all better writers, better humans.

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  11. You are amazing and an inspiration to me. Congrats :)

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    1. Thank you, MCB. I am thinking of you. xo

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  12. Congrats, my Surname Sister ;) So happy to have found you in cyberspace! xo

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  13. Happy 5 years! So glad that you took the plunge. xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Jenny. It al led to LTYM!!

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  14. Happy happy 5 years to you, my friend!! Thank you for all your inspiring words. I'm honored to know you. <3

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    1. I'll always love you, robot mommy. xo

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  15. Congratulations, beloved. From your second follower (after Mama Rose)

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    1. This will always make me laugh, Dusty. xoxoxoxoxo

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  16. What an accomplishment.
    Isn't it nice to know that your "Words" have changed lives?! x

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  17. Congratulations! And here's to 5, 10, 15... MORE! :D

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    1. I'm not going anywhere, I love it here!! Thank you.

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  18. Happy, happy anniversary. One of the first blogs I ever read regularly, and still one of my favorites. So glad you are here, A.

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    1. I remember finding you! I thought, What a talent!! Happy to know you, Nancy.

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  19. Happy 5 years to you, my dear friend. You were one of the first people in the blogging world to embrace and support me, and I appreciate that forever. Love you. xo

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    1. Thank you, A. I appreciate all your friendship, support, and loyalty through these years. You are something else. xo

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  20. Happy Five Years to you! I will always remember your encouraging words to me as a new blogger, almost right out of the gate. Here's to many more years of words that mean something to others ::raises coffee mug:: xoxo

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