It's My (Blog) Birthday! 2!!!

It is Oh Simple Thoughts' SECOND BIRTHDAY you guys! How crazy is that?! I started this blog as a place to keep family and friends updated on mine and Ben's engagement/marriage, and over these past two years it has changed into a creative outlet and inspiring hobby for me. I never dreamed I would invest so much time and engery into this website but I seriously would not change a thing. I am so thankful for not only this space, but for the tool it has been to meet some dear friends, and to share Jesus' name with others.

Today, as a way for my to reminisce and celebrate I wanted to share some of my favorite moments at Oh, Simple Thoughts. And to keep up with the theme of 2, it will all be in pairs. 

TWO FAVORITE POSTS- 

Our Love Story

Why We Saved our First Kiss for our Wedding Day

TWO MOST VIEWED POSTS- 

52 Almost Free Date Nights

Life Lately

TWO TUTORIALS-

Anthro Inspired Snow Globes

Pom Pom Garland

TWO FAVORITE RECIPES- 

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

Tomato Marinated Chicken and Barley Corn Salad

TWO PERSONAL POSTS-

The Hardest Post I May Ever Write

Joy vs. Shame

TWO MOST POPULAR GUEST POSTS-

HTML Basics for Bloggers

Simplifying - The What, Why and How

TWO LESSONS LEARNED- 

1. I think one of the biggest things I have learned is this is a creative outlet, and is a way for me to explore my gifts, passions, and thoughts in a unique way...it is not something that should consume me, or something I should look to in order to define me by how many pageviews, followers, or unique visitors I have each month...it is to share my passions. This is a place to inspire others to be Godly women by using their gifts.

2. Reach out. Always ask questions, and step out in faith. I found that 9 times out of ten when I asked a blogger a question about coding or sponsorships they almost never ignored me, and almost always helped me with my question. I have had great success and encouragement from just simply being willing to reach out to others and not be prideful in my ignorance or uncertainty. 

TWO GOALS FOR YEAR 3- 

1. I want to further develop my mission statement. Not only for the sake of my content and my readers but for myself, so that I am able to stay focused on my goals and directions as a blogger, and remember why I am here. 

2. Host another Renew Retreat that is even bigger than this years. I am beyond excited about the retreat coming up in October. I hope to see this become an annual thing, and a great network and community of godly women to join us in this in the years ahead!

And because what is a birthday without some goodies! Here is one awesome birthday giveaway for you all. One year subscription to the lovely printable library of Elle & Co. Design (if you want to learn more check out my

previous post

), motivational coffee mug, and a retro camper headband!

A big thanks to all these lovely ladies for celebrating my blog's birthday and helping to make this giveaway possible! Make sure and give them some love!