Saturday, October 25, 2008

My 100th Post

Today is a milestone for me. This is my 100th post!!!! I’m thrilled that I’ve made it this far. (smile) When I started off on this journey, I didn’t know where it would go…I just knew that it was the thing for me to do. When I started out back in March of this year, I was in a different place in my heart and mind. Even though I was coming into my second year of being here, I was just starting to find my footing. My life felt like a whirlwind and the uproar was just beginning to subside. I had been feeling that my life was adrift almost and I was mourning the loss of my roots. I knew that I had to find something that was mine in order to ground myself here in this new place.

Some may question that I found what I needed in a blog. But, yeah, I did. It illuminated the way for me…it was an outlet. I could have continued with just writing in my journals, but I felt that I was turning too inward since I’ve been here, so a blog was the nudge that I needed. And it has helped me to see the humor and fun in life again as I examine my thoughts. Writing has always been a comfort to me in my life and I’ve kept journals off and on since I was a kid. In times of turmoil in my life, I always turned to writing it out. I wrote on the day that my daddy passed, because at twelve, I didn’t know what to do with myself that day. I was lonely that day and it helped somewhat to write out my fears. Writing was still my friend on the very first day of the year, many years later, when my mom passed away. Even though I was a grown woman, and not a twelve year old, I still didn’t know what to do with myself or my thoughts. So when I don’t have anyone to talk to, I find peace in just writing it out.

So getting to this 100th post is great. It is a milestone that fuses together my love I’ve always had…writing…and my new love…blogging. Blogging has brought lots of comfort to me. I’ve cultivated more discipline and I’m less of a procrastinator. (smile) But the best part of blogging is the sense of community that I feel now. I’ve gained some wonderful blogging friendships and I’ve realized that no matter what continent you are on, some things are just universal. It’s a cliché, but I’ve found that it’s true…we are more alike than we are different. That realization has been a great gift to me.

And thank you to all of my blogging friends and readers and commenters for supporting me and my blog. (smile) I’m just so grateful to have found you all when I needed you.

39 comments:

Lidian said...

Congratulations! Looking forward to many many more of your posts!

Mike Golch said...

Congrats on the 100th post! you only have 400 + more to go to catch up with me!
I hope that you are having a great weekend.That's my story and I'm sticking to it by golly!

Elizabeth Harper said...

Woo Hoo ! 100 posts, that's a book practically.

Congrats on the milestone and I'm glad we met though blogging.

Thank you too for your kind comment about my story. I bet you have one to share too. Pick an object or even a picture of an object you already have and tell us a story about it.

The Fitness Diva said...

Congrats on your 100th post!
I missed my first 100th, so I'll have to remember to commemorate my 200th!

Keep on blogging! ;)

On The Verge said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!

Jacqueline said...

Dori,
Congratulations on your 100th post! :-) I'm happy that you're blogging also. It would have been a real shame to keep all that inspiration cooped up in your journal alone.

I'll continue to be a faithful reader. :-) Cheers!

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

Congratulations! I am so glad to have met you. This is a wonderful way to connect with people.

CharmaineZoe said...

Congrats on the 100th post. I've really enjoyed reading your blog since I found you. Here's to the next 100 (raises glass):-)

Tammy Warren said...

Yea you. 100th that is great. I love to go back and look at some of my old post. What a diary...for all to see.

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Congratulations on 100! I'm darn glad you're here, lady. May you have 100 more 100 posts.

Ivanhoe said...

Congratulations, Dori! I'm glad you enjoy writing, because I enjoy reading you :o)
Here's to many, many more!

Jennifer said...

Congratulations! Blogging really is the big connector. And I'm looking forward to reading more, too.

Lifetime Mom said...

Wow, congratulations on your 100th post! :)

Anne said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. That is great!

Deana Wilmink-Martina said...

Congratulations Dori. Up to lots of hundreds of postsa more.

Vera said...

Congratulations and looking forward to the next 100 posts! :)

TH said...

yay you make it cheer!

Regina said...

WooHoo!! Happy 100th!!
Now you have to be bigger and better! The pressure is on!
Congrats!

HEALTH NUT WANNABEE MOM said...

That is indeed an accomplishment and a milestone. I just love your blog and looking forward to 100 more.

Hummingbird said...

I just found your blog today while card surfing. I'm an American married to a younger "Brit Boy" too. We're living in the States right now, but have plans to move back to the U.K. next year - either to a farm in Devon or to Brighton (where he's from). Anyway, I'm enjoying reading your posts - congrat's on reaching 100 - I'll look forward to the next 100 too! :-)

pjmu said...

Congratulations! Wow!

Da Old Man said...

Congratulations on your 100th.

Breeni Books said...

Congratulations! Keep 'em coming!

jodapoet said...

Congrats! I share your sense of community and also be more disciplined as a result of blogging.

Babs (Beetle) said...

Congratulations on your 100th post!

Mountain Woman said...

Congratulations on your 100th post. What a wonderful milestone for you. I'm glad you've found such comfort and direction and friendship in blogging and we who visit your blog so enjoy reading it.
I agree with you that we are definitely more connected through our similarities than our differences.
Here's to many more 100s of blog posts.

Sara said...

We both had our 100th post on the same day! cool!

Tammy Warren (Cricket) said...

Hey Dori! I know I was already over here once to say happy 100th post. I wanted to invite you over to a 2nd blog that I have started.

BK said...

Congratulation on the 100th post! I'm sure there will be many more to come. And you are right, blogging sure is a wonderful way to connect to people around the Globe. True blogging and networking, we can grow to respect each other and understand each other better.

Alicia aka "Fashiona" said...

Congrats and here is so many more milestones.

alicia
http://todaystyle.today.com/

Gandalf and Grayson said...

Congratulations on your milestone. Blogging is lots of fun!

Sue said...

Contrats on your 100th post. Wishing you many more to come. :)

Dori said...

Lidian,
Thanks so much for the support :-)

Mike,
Wow, you really are a star :-) I will do my best to catch up with you. I hope you had a great weekend too!

Elizabeth,
Thanks pal for the support and I'm glad we met too :-) Maybe I will give the story a whirl one day ;-)

Fitness Diva,
Thanks and I will be following along with you as you get to that 200th :-) Love your blog.

On the Verge,
Thanks! :-)

Jacqueline,
Thanks and you are so kind :-) You are simply a wonderful supporter and friend.

Renee,
Thanks dear and I'm glad that we met too. Blogging has been such a blessing to me :-)

Charmainezoe,
Thanks and I'm so glad you have enjoyed my blog. I love yours too. Here's to you too...(raises glass back) :-)

Tammy,
Thanks so much. You are right, this is a wonderful diary to have :-) I'm so glad we connected.

Susan,
That is so sweet of you. Glad you're here too :-) And thanks for your good vibes to my longevity.

Ivanhoe,
Thanks buddy! I enjoy reading what you write too. I love that we share the expat thing :-)

Jennifer,
You are right, blogging is a wonderful connector, with ourselves and with others. Thanks for your support :-)

Lifetime Mom,
Thanks so much :)

Anne,
Thanks for the congrats :-)

Deana,
Thanks friend for always supporting me :-)

Vera,
Thanks for the congratulations and for your visits :-)

Th,
Thank you!

Regina,
Thank you buddy. And yeah, I'll have to up my game a bit :-) EEK! I can't!!! Just kidding. LOL. Thanks for all the support.

Health Nut Wannabee Mom,
Thanks for always coming to visit me and I love your blog too. You always teach me something that I don’t know. You are so great :-)

Hummingbird,
I’m so glad to meet you. I hope that you enjoy your move whether it is to Devon or Brighton. Sounds fantastic . And awww, you have a younger Brit Boy too! :-)Thanks for the congratulations.

Pjmu,
Thank you! :-)

Da Old Man,
Thanks :-)

Breeni Books,
Thanks and I’ll do my best! :-)

Jodapoet,
Thanks. Yes, blogging is a great community builder :-)

Babs (Beetle),
Thanks for the congratulations! :-)

Mountain Woman,
Thanks. I’m so glad that you enjoy my blog and that I found you as a friend. I look forward to writing my next 100 and I look forward to reading more of yours :-)

Sara,
Yeah, I know. I thought that was cool when I read yours. Congratulations to you too! :-)

Tammy,
I love your new blog! Thanks for inviting me over pal. :-)

BK,
Thanks! You are right, the view that we get into each other’s lives is a great way to understand others better. This is one of my great loves of blogging :-)

Alicia,
Thanks and I do look forward to making it to the next milestone :-)

Gandalf and Grayson,
Thanks and yes, blogging does make for such a fun time :-)

Sue,
Thank you so much for the congrats and good wishes to me! :-)

***To everyone, thanks for your friendship and support. I’m inspired by all of your kind words!

Babette said...

Congratulations on reaching this milestone! :o)

Dori said...

Babette,
Thanks for the congratulations! :-)

Vista said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I thought I would do the same. Life is very different in a foreign country. I've spent many years myself overseas and it opens your eyes to the ways the world is different yet so similar for all of us...

Jeff
www.vistaphotography.com

Lynn said...

congratulations on your 100th post! :)

elaine said...

Congrats on your 100th post. Keep it up! Happy Blogging!

Dori said...

Vista,
You are so right...living away from where you were born changes your view forever I think. It's a blessing to get the opportunity. Thanks for visiting me :-)

Lynn,
Thanks for the congrats and for visiting me :-)

Elaine,
Thanks for visiting me and happy blogging to you too :-)