The Magic 100th

This is my 100th post since I started blogging and I would love to make it special. I wish I could come up with something smashing like a giveaway or blog hop to invite you to. But for the moment I would be a terrible host and you deserve all the best. And since it would be my first party planning is essential. So let us save these kind of celebrations for later and try to make it a hit then instead of a disaster now. Any way I want to make it the magic 100th so I came up with the idea doing a summary of my time as a blogger. From my first post to what I wish for when I blow out the candles on the cake today.

The magic 100th | My Green Nook

When I started my blog I wrote in swedish and the name was Min Gröna Vrå (translated My Green Nook). The platform was Blogger and I did most of my marketing on Google+. My first post was Dare to Choose Life where I describe my current goals and views of life. It was published 7th July 2014 which means I actually missed my one year blogiversary(!). My first blogger friends were Aging Hippie and Martha Magenta. Via Google+ I connected with many other bloggers of which some I still see around. The Ultimate Party hosted by Tammy at Creative K. Kids where my first link up experience through which I met several nice bloggers. Tammy at My Life Abundant is one of them.

Begonia © Photo: Charlotte, My Green Nook

The first header image. Photo: Charlotte ©

After a while I realized blogging was my thing but Sweden is a small country and not quite there yet for bloggers (or at least not for me nor my blog). Writing in swedish made my blog limited even though a translation widget was available. I did not reach out to possible readers, followers and like-minded bloggers. I got few or no comments on the posts but great response on Goggle+. In September I got the fantastic news I was pregnant. Due to nausea and tiredness blogging was put on hold for a few months. When I felt better I had to decide – quit blogging or make a change. I gave it a shot – switched platform to WordPress and started writing in english. This I will never regret. The frog logo was next step. It would let people recognize My Green Nook in cyberspace. I kept the categories and the green thread. Some would argue my blog is too broad and I should have taken the opportunity to specialize. But my blog reflects me – I have an interest in many different areas and is more of the general type –  doing a little bit of everything.

A new look - My Green Nook

Getting a logo

This was the start of becoming an International blogger (IBA). I met new bloggers and attended more link ups, parties and blog hops. I connected with Gingi at Domestic Geek Girl, the sweet mom at Life Breathe Present and the poet Free Spirit Mystic among others. I took part in a 1000 Speak for Compassion writing the post Compassion in Everyday Life. A topic well suited for me and my new path in life.

Fate brought me to Deborah at Urban Naturale and the weekly blog hop she hosts. There I met Small Footprints at Reduce Footprints, who sadly have taken a break from blogging. I was featured at Meet and Greet. Soon I also belonged to the CTWW-gang taking on the weekly challenges. A world of green bloggers opened up and my writing about green living really took off. Marla at organic4greenlivings is one of my fellow green bloggers.

Take care of the Earth - My Green Nook

Being green.

In April I participated in the A to Z Challenge posting one plant a day during the month. It was really hard work but fun. I connected with new bloggers many of them authors. Wendy at Wendy of the Rock, Lata at Hot cup of Kaapi and Archana at Spice of Life were three I came to follow. I made it just on the hair – 2nd May our Baby Girl was born. I came to witness the kindness among bloggers. You gave me a hand during my first stumbling months as a mom. Now I am back blogging again.

Recently I created a new category called thoughts/reflections where I will share my inner dialog. Parenthood is also a new category which obviously include my life as a mom and days with a baby. I hope you will enjoy those and continue to follow my adventures. Gardening and a sustainable lifestyle will still be important parts of my life as well as my blog. So no worries – I will stay green!

In the nearest future I will be happy to manage to publish one post a week and will focus on connecting with you instead of writing. But my goal is to publish more frequent. I would love to be a part-time blogger and really engage to it. To get my own domain is a dream I have. But it costs money and I do not earn a dime on blogging today. To take that step I would at least want to make enough money to cover the cost of the domain. We will see what the future brings…

Footsteps to future. The magic 100th | My Green Nook

Thank you everyone who ever set a foot in my green nook. It is because of you I keep on blogging. New visitor? Welcome, feel free to leave a comment or check my other posts. See you around!

New Year’s Resolution – Summary of last year

Begonia. Photo: Charlotte ©2014-2015 My Green Nook

Did you make any new year´s resolutions last year? How did it go?

Looking back at the year we just left behind us I can honestly say that I am satisfied with my efforts. I have learned a lot about myself and my needs. My relationships with friends and relatives have evolved. Like I wrote in my first introduction, Dare to choose life, I have made up my mind and found peace in my choices. I cannot satisfy everyone around me. Nor my time or my energy will sustain all my previous relations. So I had to cut down on the social side which to you may sound strange or even crazy. But for me it was (and still is) a survival strategy. The result – I spend more time with the ones I love and hold closest to my heart. These bonds have even strengthen. I also have gained a new family – my spouse´s – which makes my very happy. I am lucky to have a second family who really cares and makes me feel more than welcome.

Photo: buerserberg (Petra)

Heart. Photo: buerserberg (Petra)

In my previously blog post, On a journey of discovery through life, I told you about my new experiences. Reflexology, Yoga, Writing class and SPA. It is a story mainly of success. During one of my reflexology sessions the therapist noticed that one of my legs were two centimeters shorter than the other. She help me adjust that and fixed my lopsidedness. The yoga classes were great and gave me a new tool for relaxation and active rest. I also got advise about pregnancy yoga so I can keep on practising on my own. My friend and I made a trip to the SPA and enjoyed the calming baths. The only thing I didn´t follow through was the writing class. It was sad but I had no choice due to my nausea. I will save it for an other time when I feel I manage to engage in it again.

Did you make any resolutions for this year? I didn´t. I only told myself to keep up the good work and stay focused on the path I am walking along.

To all of you – Stay strong but don´t forget to reach out your hand when in need. I assure you someone will take it and help you through even in the roughest of times.

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