Today’s post is a little different because I was given the honorary Blogger Recognition Award! This is not only my first award, but also a HUGE surprise because I had no idea my little blog could impact someone enough to think about me! Thank you so much to Natalie at Sacred Perennial for nominating me. It means the world that you thought of me.
As a recipient of this award, I have a few rules to follow:
Thank the blogger who nominated me and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show the award.
Write a brief story of how my blog started.
Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
Select 15 other bloggers that I want to pass this award onto.
Comment on each of the 15 blogs to let them know that I have nominated them and provide them the link to this post.
How The Light Owl got Started:
I have been blogging since blogging became a thing, but I haven’t been consistent with it in many years. I had a Xanga site (well, many Xanga sites) and loved having an outlet to express myself. However, when social media came around (namely MySpace), my blog fell by the wayside. I’ve had lots of moments of inspiration since then where I got the urge to start blogging again. I had ideas and plans to create a personal blog but they never panned out.
Lately, I have realized how many people ask me for my personal and professional advice. At LEAST weekly, I get asked about my healthy eating and fitness routines, relationship advice, managing stress and anxiety, and so on. I don’t know why it never occurred to me until recently to start writing about wellness and mental health, but it’s like a light went off in my brain about a month ago! The Light Owl name came easily. I wanted a name that reflected wisdom, inspiration, and positivity. I told my husband that I thought it would be fun to start a blog and he encouraged me to go for it! Two weeks later, I was launching The Light Owl officially.
Advice to New Bloggers:
I’m still so early in my blogging journey. This post commemorates the two-week anniversary of The Light Owl’s launch! But I have definitely learned some things already. The two biggest lessons I’ve learned are:
- Chase after your dreams! Going after mine by starting my blog has been one of the best decisions I have made. I know there are ups and downs, and I have already experienced both. One thing I have started doing to keep myself from feeling discouraged is writing down all the positive feedback I get. That means any positive comments people leave, encouraging words, etc. I have written down. It is a great reminder that I’m doing okay and that what I have to say matters.
- Read and learn from other bloggers! I’m a part of a few blogging groups that I have intentionally sought out because they are more focused on community than link dropping. As a result, I feel like I’ve gotten to know some people on a personal level. When I started blogs in the past, it was very lonely. Now I have people who I can talk to about the things I’m excited about or discouraged by. Doing life with other people is so much better! Plus, it makes me feel good that people who genuinely care what I have to say are reading my blog.
Blogger Recognition Award Nominees:
Here are the bloggers and blogs that I’ve nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award (in no particular order!) These bloggers are women who have inspired me in some way, shape, or form. They’ve all played a role, big or small, in my blogging journey thus far. These are some of my favorite blogs to read and I hope they will become some of your favorites too!
- Sarah // Hello Sarah Lou!
- Giustina – Domestically Blissful
- Alissa // Everything’s Not Okay, And That’s Okay Coaching
- Mallory // Mindful with Mal
- Amanda // Blissful Gal
- Molly // Style Miss Molly
- Summer // Coffee with Summer
- Tami // The Inspiration Lady
- Elizabeth Ann // Love Doing Life
- Jenna // Halfway Girl Turned Whole
- Robin // Feather and Flint
- Cait // Cait Rammy
- Nadalie // It’s All You Boo
- Kait // Life as Kait
- Ashley // Ashley Beaudin
Thank you again to Natalie at Sacred Perennial who nominated me! You made me feel like what I’m doing is worth it.