In late of September 2012, I started Alisha’s Appetite during a major time of change and uncertainty in my life.  I had been married for 3 months, just moved 10 hours away from home and was in the middle of my search for a job (read: unemployed).

I had been reading healthy living blogs for a few years and thought that I could start my own.  I knew I wanted to talk about living a healthy life (with recipes and workout tips), and thought what better time to start a new hobby than after a big life change? They always say to start new hobbies/habits when you move, so that’s what I did.

To say my first year of blogging as been a roller coaster ride would be putting it lightly.  I’ve gone through numerous ups and downs with blogging- from debating if I wanted to shut the blog down, to switching from wordpress to a self-hosted site, to meeting new friends/other bloggers, etc.   I’ve been thinking back over this past year and realized that not only have I learned SO much about blogging (and still have much to learn), but the things I have learned applies to my entire life.

Not only have I grown as a blogger since I published my first post one year ago, I have grown immensely as a person -and I owe a lot of it to blogging.  So I thought I would share what my 5 life lessons blogging taught me are because I am certain others will be able to relate.

5 Life Lessons Blogging Taught Me

1. Comparison is the Death of Happiness.

I never really understood this until I starting blogging, strangely enough. This is definitely one of those things that are easier said than done- but so necessary to my sanity.  After blogging for a few months, I started learning that there weren’t just a handful of blogs out there (you mean there are way more than the 10 or so blogs I was currently reading?) and the deeper I got into the blog world, the more I discovered that there are A LOT of bloggers.  Like, a lot. Now I think it’s super awesome (the more the merrier!), but at the time when I was just starting my blog, this newfound discovery was extremely intimidating.

Instead of not comparing myself to others, I did just that.  I have a hunch that my difficult job search had a role in diminishing my confidence in this aspect, but regardless, I felt incompetent as a blogger compared to other bloggers.

I am SO GLAD that I am not in that mindset anymore and have learned not to compare myself to others, or at least be conscious of it and try really hard not to let myself do it.  And not just in blogging, but in my entire life.  It’s easy to look at someone and think that they have it all, but it’s so important to remember that we all are struggling in one way or another.  We are all facing our own battles.  The secret to happiness is to appreciate what you have and enjoy your life for the journey that you are on.   This is hands down the biggest and most valuable life lesson that blogging taught me.

2. The More You Learn The Less You Know. 

I think Socrates might have been onto something when he said this…. but I really think that this applies to everything in my life.  The older I get the more I learn, but the more I learn the more I feel there is to learn!   I used to think of this as a negative thing, but now I look at it as something that’s really exciting.  We can technically never get bored or stop learning….. in life or in the blogging world.  There is so much that goes into blogging (writing, editing, design, social media, SEO, etc., etc., etc.), that when you think you have a good handle on things you discover more and more information.  I have a feeling this will be a pertinent theme throughout my entire life.  Which brings me to my next lesson…

3. Never stop Learning, Improving and Growing.

I have probably changed my design and colors more times that I want to admit over the past 12 months, but I think it’s ultimately a sign of improvement and growth.  Each time I change something, my blog is only getting better.  I’ve learned you can never stop growing, whether it’s on my blog, my work, my relationships or my life.  Always work to be the best version of yourself that you can be.  Funny how changing my blog design and material can help me understand this as a lesson for nearly every aspect of my life!

4. Change is Inevitable.

“So much can change in a year”- a quote that has hit home to me these past 12 months.  Not only has my writing, blogging style, fitness preferences, and photography skills changed and improved, my entire life is different than last year.  A year ago I was kind of in a weird place- I was so, so happy to be married to my best friend, but I was also dealing with a lack of both friends and a job in a new state.  At the time it felt like things would never change, but what do you know? They did! I’m starting to appreciate change now and embrace new life adjustments…because it’s inevitable: things will change.

5. Life Is About Creating Yourself. 

I used to think that I am and will forever be a certain way, and that I just need to “find” what that is about myself.  I now know that life doesn’t have a secret book with all of your life’s purposes written in it – Life is about creating yourself, changing, improving and becoming a better version of you.   The same goes for blogging: you don’t just FIND your voice and purpose as a blogger – you create it.

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And just because you deserve it- a bonus life lesson:

6. Never, Ever Give Up.

I am so glad that I didn’t quit blogging a few months ago.  I decided it was time for me to either stop completely or give it my all, 100%.  Since I have refocused my blog, I am so happy with the results and feedback that I’ve received.  So thank you to all of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning and those of you who are new.  You make this worth it and so much fun.  I love the challenge that blogging brings- I love to write and I love to use it as a creative outlet for my life.  I also am just discovering how great the blogging community is.  I’ve read about it so many times before from other bloggers but never understood it until recently….because just like anything in life you get what you give.  The more I put into my relationships with other bloggers, the more I get out of it.

To celebrate my first entire year of blogging, I have a lot of exciting things coming up- including my first product review and giveaway! Be on the lookout for the giveaway later this week.  (Hint, there will be not one but TWO winners. Yay!).

Bloggers: what life lessons has blogging taught YOU?  Anything to add?

How do you deal with change?

Have you found yourself in the comparison trap before?

XoXo- Alisha

 

32 Comments on 5 Life Lessons Blogging Taught Me (1st Blogiversary)

  1. Carly @ Snack Therapy
    30 September, 2013 at 4:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday to your sweet blog :). Blogging has really helped me find my voice. Plus, the people are just freaking amazing.
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:55 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! The people really are the best part of blogging.

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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:56 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! I really believe that, too- create not find!

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  2. Katie @ running4cupcakes
    30 September, 2013 at 5:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Woo hoo – happy blog-versary!! And I totally agree with all of your points, especially to not compare yourself to others – because you have NO idea what is going on behind the scenes in anyone’s life. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your lessons. . . and looking forward to the giveaway!!
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you! Yup, you never know what someone else is going through so be kind to everyone 🙂

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  3. Angela @ Health's Angel
    30 September, 2013 at 5:37 pm (3 years ago)

    LOVE all of these! Happy anniversary- so glad I found your blog through the blogosphere. 🙂
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

      Aww thank you ! I’m glad we found each other’s blogs too 🙂

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  4. Tawny
    30 September, 2013 at 5:53 pm (3 years ago)

    I love this post! As a newbie blogger it definitely is intimidating reading other blogs that have been blogging for YEARS. It is kind of like fitness, I have learned that you cannot compare your beginning to someone else’s middle and every journey is different. I think blogging is a great self-discovery tool, a way to meet like-minded and supportive people, and for family members that live far away to feel like they are still connected to you and a part of your life. Happy Blogiversary 🙂
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      YES! You are spot on! “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle”. Thank you!

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  5. Alex @ therunwithin
    30 September, 2013 at 6:24 pm (3 years ago)

    wow this is such a beautifully written post, these are great lessons just to learn in general
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      thanks girl!

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  6. Becky @ Olives n Wine
    30 September, 2013 at 7:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy birthday to your bloggy blog! I love this post <3 I have never really thought about it but blogging has taught me so much too and has opened so many doors that I never would have imagined! And don't get me started on comparison… Before I started blogging, I thought all of these bloggers had perfect little lives but guess what, they don't! We're all real people and no one is perfect or happy 100% of the time and it is totally okay. I think that's been the hardest part for me so far – just remembering to be myself and not comparing.
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks love! Realizing that bloggers don’t live perfect lives was a big learning step for me too!

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  7. Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    30 September, 2013 at 9:08 pm (3 years ago)

    Happy blogiversary love!!! I could not agree more with all of the above. Blogging has taught me to step out of my comfort zone even if it is virtually. I could have never imagined emailing a stranger to ask for fitness advice or to just tell someone I loved their thoughts on something. In the process I have “met” some incredible people and feel like I finally have the community I’ve always been looking for. Blogging has also taught me that if I am ever visiting somewhere or need advice I should put it into the blogosphere because no one gives better advice than a fellow blogger!
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you!! and YES- being outside of your comfort zone is a major selling point that blogging taught me. And I agree, who gives better advice than a fellow blogger??!

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  8. Danielle
    30 September, 2013 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

    I rarely comment on blogs but I just wanted to let you know that I recently found yours and am hooked! I completely relate to so many things you blog about with being in your mid 20s, married, and just trying to figure the rest out. You have a great blog and I look forward to continuing to follow it!

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    • alishasappetite
      2 October, 2013 at 9:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Danielle! Ummm thank you for the sweetest comment ever!! So glad that you can relate! We will get through our awkward mid-20s stage together 😉

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  9. Brittany
    1 October, 2013 at 12:30 am (3 years ago)

    Excellent post!! Blogging has been such a huge part of my life, it’s crazy for me to look back on when I first started. I really think it’s helped me in so many ways!! The comparison trap was definitely something I fell into early on with the blog, but thankfully I have found my way out of that! I loveee your blog and am so glad you stuck around!
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks brittany!!! <3

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  10. Jessie
    1 October, 2013 at 2:16 am (3 years ago)

    Happy Bloganiversary. I truly am glad you decided to keep your blog around – or else I would never of had the chance to come across your sweet self. Can’t wait for your first review & giveaway.

    Have a fabulous day
    <3

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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:01 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh you are just the sweetest. Thank you from the bottom of my heart <3

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  11. Arman @ thebigmansworld
    1 October, 2013 at 6:18 am (3 years ago)

    Great post and happy 1 year!

    Blogging to me has taught to me not be ashamed of what I post or which blogs I follow- I felt at the start, I couldn’t comment on certain blogs or befriend other bloggers because I’m a guy- and it might be crossing boundaries- I’m so glad I stuck around though! Looking forward to seeing how your appetite progresses 😉
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:02 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you Arman! I’m so glad that I found your blog and that you continued blogging. You are great at it!

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  12. Liz @ I Heart Vegetables
    1 October, 2013 at 7:41 am (3 years ago)

    Congrats on your first year blogging! That is SO awesome 🙂 #1 was probably the hardest lesson I had to learn, and it sucked the fun out of blogging until I learned it!

    I also just noticed you live in Ohio! That’s where I’m from 🙂

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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Liz! Oooh do you ever come back to Ohio? Possible meet-up?!

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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks girl! Can’t wait to meet you IRL soon!

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  13. Katie @ Blonde Ambition
    1 October, 2013 at 1:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Love love love all of this. I especially love that quote about creating yourself, not finding yourself. I think I even put it in my quarter life crisis post 😀

    I truly believe that blogging/writing/reflecting is an extremely healthy way to work through big changes in your life, or in my case, periods of stagnation 😉 Happy blogiversary! I’m glad you’ve found such joy in blogging, and I’m even more glad we found each other!! hahaha #cheesy
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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:04 pm (3 years ago)

      You nailed everything on the head, of course! And it’s not cheesy at all, I’m SO glad we found each other! It’s <3 😉

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  14. Ang @ Nutty for Life
    2 October, 2013 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

    This is actually the first time I’ve come across your blog, so it’s nice to “meet” you! And happy blogiversary! I clicked over from Julie’s (that’d be health nut julie) site. Thanks for sharing these lessons. I feel I can relate to a lot of them because my own blog is only still a baby and is growing and changing every day/week/month. It’s truly a learning process, just like life!

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    • alishasappetite
      17 October, 2013 at 8:05 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you for stopping by and nice to “meet” you too! I’m so glad you can relate and thanks for the sweet comment!! 🙂

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