Cheers to One Year!

Hi everyone, and welcome back!

I took a short break, and today I am back and celebrating my one year blogging anniversary!!

A decorative cake with a plaid ribbon and a candle next to a bottle and glass of champagne.

To mark the occasion, I have given my site a makeover.  I hope you like it!

Boy, do I remember well taking those scary first steps into the world of WordPress a year ago when I published my first blog called, Why Scotland?.  I experienced all sorts of fears and doubts that day! Can you relate?  I worried about whether or not I would get any views. I wondered if anyone would be remotely interested in what I had to say.  I asked myself, “Do I have the sticktoitiveness to see this thing through?” I feared that people (especially those who know me personally) would think I was…well… weird. In the end, though, I decided none of that mattered.  It was enough for me that I was interested in my subject matter, and I knew my sense of pride and accomplishment would mean more than what others may or may not think.  So, I took the leap.

A cake with a plaid ribbon and a candle next to a glass of champagne.

I have heard that you should write about the thing(s) you are passionate about. You know, that ‘something’ you never tire of and that you could talk a person’s ear off about for hours.  For me, that thing is Scotland. It’s no exaggeration to say that I fell head-over-heels in love with the country from the first moment I got off the plane and my feet hit the ground.

If you have been to my blog before, you know that I write about my travel experiences in Scotland, but I also write about more than that.  I have a keen interest in history and in the stories of the men and women that grew the nation.  I’m enamored with castles, old architecture, kirkyards, gardens, and the beautiful and diverse landscape.  I enjoy Scottish music, literature, tearooms, and whisky.  It’s all of these things plus the wonderful people that draw me in again and again. Honestly, I never feel happier, more energized, or more myself than when I am in Scotland.

And so that is why I write this blog.

Before I close, I want to thank you for coming along with me this past year. Some of you have been here since the beginning, and some have joined in along the way.  You guys live all over the world, and I have had so much fun getting to know you.  

I look forward to our next year together!



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