My 1st blogiversary! The heartfelt reflection! {and giveaway}

At this time last year I was sitting in the same comfy spot nervously getting ready to publish my first ever blog post.  After weeks of late nights trying to navigate blogger, creating a logo and header, determining what template to include as well as how to accomplish the layout...and then there was the button creation and html coding {still a work in progress, so if you can help, I'm all ears}, I finally took the plunge.  As I waded at zero entry inching my way into the blogosphere, it felt pretty good.  Now, I surely wasn't plunging in with cannonballs or anything, but I am proud of my strokes a year later.


I must, though, remind myself of what I set out to accomplish.

First, step outside of my comfort zone.  And yes I have {sort of}!  I'm out there in the blogosphere and on Instagram, but I'm trying to remain anonymous {at least to those who don't know me personally}.  Naive, I am.  Why can't I live in a world where everything is tulips and cupcakes?  Paranoid, well, at times.  For now, these steps are more than enough for this girl!

Second, organize my therapy ideas and materials for easy retrieval {as the filing cabinets in my brain are getting a bit rusty}.  This one for the win!  I cannot begin to explain how often I hop on my blog {yes, most of the page views are mine} and search for a post.  I am so excited to be able to see what I did last year during this upcoming school year.  It will be the memory I've never had.

Finally, do something I enjoy {crafting, organizing, creating}.  And with the addition of TpT for creating materials, along with some craftivities and organizational avenues for my speech room, totally accomplished.  Now, if I could only get back on my digital scrapbooking kick.

Which brings me to balance.  Do I have time for this?  Not on most days.  Will I continue?  Yes, if I remember to keep it all in perspective.  Do I love followers and commenters?  Absolutely, positively!  Is that driving my passion?  Only twice monthly on Mondays {totally kidding}.  So, as I work to balance the other important things in my life as well as this blog, I am grateful for many things, not to mention a network of SLPs across the country who continue to amaze and inspire me with their ideas, compassion, and energy.

So since it's my party, I can do what I want to, right?!

My first ever product created for TpT was my Back to Speech material.  You can read about the first edition here.  {Yes, it was made using Microsoft Word and I had no idea how to create JPEGs to add to my blog.}  Can you believe anyone even purchased it?  I am still amazed and totally grateful.  So, I've updated it for 2014-15, let the original purchasers know, and now want to give it away!  I'm want to choose 5 commenters at random.  Which means I need people to comment, so just do it, step outside of your comfort zone!  You can comment on anything you want!  Leave me an email or, if chosen, I'll reply to your comment as ask you to email me {remember I totally understand a little apprehension of putting yourself out there}.



If you have read a post or two, thank you for reading.  It really does mean a lot!


10 comments

  1. Congrats on your first year!! It's so refreshing to read this because I am where you were last year!! This shows me there is hope!!! LOLOL Love what you do and I hope you have many many more blogiversaries!!

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    1. Thank you for making my day and...you are a winner. E-mail me at 1sparklleslp@gmail.com and I'll send you the product! Make sure to include your blog name, so I am look you up! Keep it going girl, you can do it!

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  2. I've just recently discovered your blog but have loved getting some new ideas/materials from a fellow SLP. Happy blogiversary!!

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    1. SLPs stick together! Thanks so much! You are a winner too, so email me at 1sparklleslp@gmail.com so I can send you the product!

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  3. Hi there!
    Happy 1st! I've followed your blog regularly, it's such a wonderful help! I'd love to use this tool for my son. Thanks for the chance! My email is Morgan.vaughan@yahoo.com

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    1. Oh I am bowing down to you now! You are so sweet! I'll send you a copy of my product! I'd love to hear how you use it with you son.

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  4. Hey Sparklle SLP,
    You are amazing and having only just forayed into the blogosphere I can totally appreciate where you came from. You've done an amazing job with your blog, your ideas and your passion sparklle. You and others like you are the reason I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself (although I totally didn't go for anonymity, much to my husband's chagrin). I am completely impressed and look forward to reading your wonderful speech chestnuts! Keep on bloggin', baby!!

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    1. How do you do it?! You are the best commenter, follower, SLP, mom, and bloggy/IG friend around! I do envy those who are totally as themselves in social media. It makes me smile to see personal and professional pictures and ideas! Can't wait to read your posts, I love you IG pics. I'll be sending you my product too!

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  5. Thank you for being brave and sharing your work on this blog! I love it! cpnass@gmail.com

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    1. Same to you! Totally appreciated! You fulfilled my goal and I'll be sending you my product too!

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