Our 1-year Bloggiversary!

Grounded & Surrounded is 1 Year Old! We are so excited to celebrate our one-year "bloggiversary" with you. This past year has been full of lessons learned, friendships developed, and dreams established.

 

Did you know that we set up this website all on our own this time last year?  The first graphic design we ever attempted was the website header and our “About Us” pic for the sidebar.

We seriously had to google “how to add text to a photo” when we first began working on this blog, and are super excited about how far we have come in such a short time.

When we decided to start Grounded & Surrounded, Sammi & I mistakenly assumed blogging was all about the writing.  Somewhere along the way we realized that in order to be successful, you have to be just as invested in building your platform and marketing your blog as you are in creating content for it.

 

Grounded & Surrounded is 1 Year Old! We are so excited to celebrate our one-year "bloggiversary" with you. This past year has been full of lessons learned, friendships developed, and dreams established.

 

We are so excited to celebrate our one-year “bloggiversary” with you. This past year has been full of lessons learned, friendships developed, and dreams established.

We have worked hard to develop a place where our readers feel welcomed, encouraged, and challenged to embrace a healthier way of living. Healthy is a tough word to define, and everyone seems to have conflicting opinions about the best way to get healthy.

Unfortunately, there is no magical formula, no secret recipe and no simple way to live a healthier life.  You’ve just got to try!  And keep trying until you find what works for you and your family.

Grounded & Surrounded is 1 Year Old! We are so excited to celebrate our one-year "bloggiversary" with you. This past year has been full of lessons learned, friendships developed, and dreams established.

Healthy is something you must define and re-define throughout your life; it is a never-ending evolution of self!

Sammi & I have loved sharing our own heath journeys with you throughout this past year, and can’t wait to discover what lies around the bend for Grounded & Surrounded!

We decided to give ourselves two very special gifts to commemorate 12 beautiful months of being blogging besties!

First, we FINALLY got some professional photography done for the website.  Our good friend, Kristi from Picture Perfect Portraits, did the shoot and she went over the top, y’all!

Grounded & Surrounded is 1 Year Old! We are so excited to celebrate our one-year "bloggiversary" with you. This past year has been full of lessons learned, friendships developed, and dreams established.

If you live in our area, you absolutely must follow her business on Facebook and be sure to consider her the next time your family needs pictures.

We have sprinkled a few the shots in this article, but are saving our absolute best shots for……you guessed it….our second bloggiversary gift!

We are going to give Grounded & Surrounded a facelift!

Woot! Woot!

We have another incredibly talented friend who is helping us design a new logo, and we just know it is going to be AMAZING! We are not going to share her name because she is allowing us to pay her with food…yes, we bartered our kitchen talent for the sake of the blog….and graphic designers who accept food for payment are tough to come by!

We are busy working on the specifics and can’t wait for the big reveal at the end of the month. Grounded & Surrounded is here to stay, and we are excited to make it even better for our readers in the year to come.

Grounded & Surrounded is 1 Year Old! We are so excited to celebrate our one-year "bloggiversary" with you. This past year has been full of lessons learned, friendships developed, and dreams established.

Thank you for everything you have done to support and encourage us throughout the past 12 months, it truly has been a joy to connect with so many new friends through our blog. We are hoping to compile some testimonials for the re-design, and would to hear about your favorite part of being a Grounded & Surrounded reader.

If this blog has impacted you in some way over the past 12 months, would you please tell us about it in the comments?

If you are a blogger, be sure to leave a link to your blog also as we have a special plan to incorporate your words into our redesign.

Thanks again, and here’s to another 12 months of blogging bliss!

Sammi & Sarah

 

Photography by Kristi from Picture Perfect Portraits.

18 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your one year! I’m so glad I came upon your blog a awhile back. (Love the new pictures. You two look gorgeous). I’m looking forward to learning more here and getting to know both of you better.
    I love how God has blessed us to share and uplift each other across this medium.
    BTW, I’m just figuring out the text on pictures part, too. 🙂

    • Glenice, we are so glad you found your way back to us (that doesn’t always happen!). It’s always fun to make deeper connections with other bloggers, as we all need support and encouragement from one another. Swinging over to your blog to check out your Red Apron Series now.

  2. Looking Great, Ladies! Beautiful! Beautiful!

  3. How did I not know about this blog?? Sarah, you know I am a big fan of your writing and I’m so glad I found this. Looking forward to seeing your big reveal!

  4. I loved this post and the pictures!!! I think it is a wonderful idea to celebrate. I can’t wait to see all that God has planned for Grounded and Surrounded!

  5. Just found your blog, and so glad I did! It looks adorbs! Can’t wait to see what you have coming down the pipeline. 🙂

  6. Congratulations! You’ve done so much in just one year, I am amazed! And I love your pics! 🙂

  7. I love this! I am so excited for you guys to have made it to this milestone and am absolutely proud as heck of all you have done to make healthier living more attainable to everyone! It’s been a pleasure to ‘meet’ you guys via this blog and social media and I am so looking forward to seeing what the next year brings!

    • Thank you so much for saying this Nicole. That has been our goal from the very beginning to make “healthier living more attainable to everyone”. We truly value your friendship and have learned so much from you this past year!

    • Thanks, Nicole! It’s amazing how fast the time goes and how much you learn along the way. Thank you for your friendship and support this past year. My chickens are always bragging about how they got their first “breakout role” on your blog, they truly have become quite full of themselves with all the videos and blog posts written in their honor this past year.

  8. I have LOVED getting to know you both this past year and just love your personalities. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement to be healthier in all aspects of life! I can’t wait to see the new site!

  9. It has been really fun for me to get to know you two ladies better via FB and the blog. I’m in a bit of a health food desert (oops, just typed DESSERT…irony…) where I live, and it’s great to be able to connect with someone with similar values regarding food and family. Many blessings to you as you start year number two!

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