Monday, October 4, 2010

a year in review: mckenzie blair turns one!

Well, the real McKenzie Blair is a little bit older than one, but this month marks my blog’s first birthday! I tediously created this space last October as a selfish means of self-expression. I wanted to be challenged and inspired. I wanted to keep a record of images, ideas and thoughts that I never wanted to forget. But most of all, I wanted to find a safe outlet for the creative energy inside of me that didn’t yet have a voice in my everyday life.
Along the way, I unleashed a fierce passion that had been living idly underneath my consciousness for most of my life. I realized I love to write. I love to click through photographs of beautiful things and let my mind wander. I love to use adjectives, and I love to write with a voice, not a formula. And I really love to let Pandora ring in my ear as I combine all of these things and create a post to share with the world.
So, here I am one year later, all these realizations burning in my mind as I think back to just how far I’ve come. 

This blog inspired me to change my major to print journalism – a move that may have postponed my graduation date, but also may have been the best thing I’ve ever done. 
This blog helped me snag a killer internship with Seattle Bride Magazine – an opportunity that is both challenging and rewarding in all the best ways possible. 
This blog has boosted my confidence and given me the courage to be who I am, free of shame or embarrassment. 
And this blog has introduced me to a community of bloggers that can only be described as fabulous. I’m eternally grateful for the love, support and kind comments from family, friends and complete strangers that have quickly become friends.
And now, a quick look back at some of my favorite mckenzie blair moments…
…my all-time favorite wedding editorial
…still on my wish-list
…a trend that won’t quit (and I’m not complaining)
…an exciting personal moment
…always filed away for my future kitchen: 

This year, I'd like to open up my page for 'business.' If you're interested in collaborating, sponsoring or advertising, I'd love to work with you! Please e-mail me for more information.

Here’s hoping that the next year of mckenzie blair brings even more inspiration, opportunities and joy to myself and my readers. Cheers!
"You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt


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Your blog is lovely, I wish You much prosperity, lots of lovely things..

Allison said...

Hooray, happy blog birthday pretty girl! Your blog makes me smile :)

Debby said...

Congrats!! These pictures make me want to have a party! xo

Anonymous said...

Amazing! That is the word I have for my daughter. You are amazing and I love you to death! Cheers to you honey. xoxo

Anonymous said...

Your Nana is soooo proud of you and loves reading your incredible writings in your blog. You are so special and I wish you many more birthdays

this free bird said...

Congrats to you Mckenzie!! I signed up to follow and am looking forward to year 2!


Leah said...

Congrats sweetie!! You are so amazing I adore your blog!!!


Kristin said...

Happy happy blogiversary to your beautiful blog!

bubbs... said...


All the best things for your next year blogging :)


Sara Louise said...

Congratulations to you! My blog just had it's first birthday as well last weekend. It's amazing how quickly the year went by.
I just came by your blog from Inspired Design, it's lovely. Cheers to your next year, your new major, and internship :-)

Lyndsy said...

Happy Blog Birthday! That is so great that your blog has had such an effect on your life. I love being able to just put it all down, happy or not :)

Cheers to your internship and the many good things ahead for you!