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{One Year Later} What Blogging Has Taught Me

February 24, 2014

I think I’ve written and rewritten this post 20 times. I just can’t seem to get the words right. I have struggled with a handful of posts but of the 270 written in the last 365 days none have been harder than this one. Ironically, today is a day to celebrate. One year ago I started this beautiful blog of mine that has become so much more than I could have ever hoped for.

Many will not understand why this is such a monumental day or why it is even worth acknowledging, but for me today is a day to look back on where I started and the immense growth this blog and I have made in the last year.

happy birthday THM

On February 24th, 2013 I sat down at my computer and typed my first post. It was a long time coming and I think I had talked about starting a blog for years before I got the courage to do it. This blog was my first step in feeling my fears. A step that gave me the confidence to take so many risks I might have otherwise have passed up.

I remember exactly how I was feeling when I started THM. I was miserable at my job, I had injured my leg and couldn’t take out my frustrations at the gym and another brutal winter was getting to me. I felt like I had no hobbies, nothing to look forward to when 5:00 PM hit. I knew I needed a creative outlet and a place where I could let out the thoughts that were constantly reeling in my head. I also knew that I couldn’t send out one more email with a recipe or workout. I needed one location for all of this. A place where I could share these recipes, express my feelings and most of all, chronicle my journey. I could NEVER have imagined that it would grow into my passion.

In the past year I’ve learned so much about blogging and even more about myself. It is with that I want to share with you what blogging has taught me.

Feel your fears. I wrote a post on this last week. Starting a blog was terrifying and telling people about it even more so. I opened myself up to a whole new world of criticism but what I actually got in return was an incredible amount of positive feedback. There are times when I am certain people disagree with me or don’t like my recipes, but more often than not the response I get truly warms my heart. Seeing you make my recipes, comment on a post with your own experiences or send me an email just to say hey is why I wake up and do this everyday. If you’re considering starting a blog, just do it!

Change is good. I spent most of the past 24 years dreading change. It was something that gave me anxiety and any thoughts about the future were avoided at all cost (or spent calling my Mom declaring my newly found “career”). It is the same story for blogging. I was scared to move away from fitness and focus more on food. I was scared to try out more savoury recipes. Heck I didn’t sleep for 3 days when my blog was redesigned and transferred from blogger to WordPress. But in hindsight I am beyond happy I did all of these things. I’ve come to learn that change rarely feels good while it’s happening but is always worth it. Now to tackle my cookbook fear…

before and after

Bloggers are real people. I’ve been reading blogs for years! In my mind many of the blogs I read were celebrity status and would never want anything to do with me. Turns out I could not have been more wrong. I am thrilled when I hear from readers and in my experience so are most bloggers. If you’re too scared to comment or send an email, don’t be! Bloggers also make mistakes and are allowed to have a change of opinion. Bloggers aren’t all experts, but experts don’t always know what’s best for you. Now let’s discuss this hilarious twitter convo with Heather. I was legit starstruck when she responded to me. For the record Heather, I still have a girl crush on you!

KMB-tweet

You’re allowed to want to be successful. For some reason I’ve always thought I had to hide the fact that I want to improve. Whether it be in becoming a better version of myself , being a successful person or blogger, or in improving the blog, there is absolutely nothing wrong with growth. For those of you who have followed THM since the beginning it’s clear that my photography has greatly improved. That was something that I haven’t be secretive about struggling with or wanting to be better at. And you know what? The struggle was worth it and I look back and am glad I was transparent through the journey.

photography

Less is more. Besides this post of course. One thing that I value in other blogs is when they don’t overload you with words or information. I tend to keep my text relatively short and stick to one subject at a time. While it’s great to teach about ways to motivate yourself to workout, show pictures from your latest trip and share a granola bar recipe, having them all in one post is overwhelming. When I first started I tried to do it all, but less has certainly proven to be more. As it turns out this rule has been incredibly applicable to my workout regimen. What used to be a 6 day a week, well-planned ordeal has now turned into a “workout when I can and when I want to” type of deal. My body certainly appreciates this less is more attitude.

Pay it forward. Me and the blog would not be where we are at today without SO much help from others. I have had incredible mentors and friends teach me about blogging, photography, advertising or just an ear to vent to. The list could go on but I have to recognize four incredible bloggers who without a stitch of competitiveness have shared a wealth of information with me. I am more than happy to do the same for others and am hoping to incorporate more of these tips on the blog in the year to come. The same goes “in real life”. Your success does not depend on the failure of others. So pay it forward.

And to everyone else who is here everyday without fail, stops by occasionally, has volunteered as a taste-tester or has stepped in during kitchen meltdowns, I cannot thank you enough. This place would not be what it has grown to become without you. I feel incredibly blessed.

This blog gave me passion when I was feeling passionless, a creative outlet when I thought I had no imagination and a purpose when I felt I was living without resolve. What an incredible year it has been and I cannot wait to see what the next one brings. I’m sure you’ll hear all about it!

Bloggers, what has blogging taught you? Non-bloggers, leave a comment! I LOVE hearing from you.

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    February 24, 2014 at 5:21 am

    Happy First of MANY Birthdays to THM- I truly (no Jo like joking here!) and blessed to have come across your blog and connected with you instantly- something which only occurred with a mere few bloggers from the get go. I honestly can’t wait to see where THM goes up from here- so much so that you need a PA and can sponsor me a green card to be your biatch.

    Blogging has taught me that I need some epic blends to give me a reality check. A MUCH needed reality check.
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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine
    February 24, 2014 at 5:27 am

    Happy 1 year! I love seeing your blog grow everyday and I am so happy to be a reader 🙂 Keep up the beautiful and delicious) work Davida! XOXO
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine recently posted…Power Monday #34 Yogis To Follow On Instagram

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    February 24, 2014 at 5:39 am

    Happy 1 year!! So awesome looking back to see how far your blog has come especially your photography. You’ve so inspired me many times to want to push mine further too, now I need to put that into action.

    You seriously would make an awesome cook book!

    I was totally star struck too when I heard from Heather at Kiss My Broccoli and so many of the other more established bloggers that I thought would never give me the time of day.

    Blogging has taught me a lot of things but most importantly it has allowed me to meet some amazing people – you included <3 <3

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    Lori Delgado
    February 24, 2014 at 5:56 am

    Congrats and Happy Anniversary!!! I enjoy your blog and getting your recipes. Keep up the great work!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 2:26 pm

      Thanks so much Lori!

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        Lori Delgado
        March 12, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        You are welcome 🙂

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    February 24, 2014 at 6:08 am

    Happy Blog birthday/anniversary! isn’t it amazing what takes place in a year? Blogging is such a wonderful experience, has opened so many doors for me as well as friendships that I cannot remember life before it. It is also quite the learning experience along the way. I hope we get to meet up at some point “in real life”! lol
    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles recently posted…Having Control And Carbon Monoxide Scare

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    Becky @ Olives n Wine
    February 24, 2014 at 6:53 am

    Happy 1 year, Davida! I have th exact same feelings about starting a blog – what started out as a much needed hobby has turned into so much more! xoxo
    Becky @ Olives n Wine recently posted…Avocado-Egg Pizza with Sweet Potato Crust

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    Kelly @ Femme Fitale
    February 24, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Happy Birthday to THM!!!! Love this post! Your blog is one of my faves and it’s an extra bonus to have the Canadian connection at heart. The dedication and commitment you’ve put into your blog completely shines through & through. Congratulations on an amazing year…here’s to a fantastic next one xo
    Kelly @ Femme Fitale recently posted…Healthy Happenings: Elevate Vitality’s Cassie Mendoza-Jones

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    erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 24, 2014 at 7:03 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY THM!!! Oh my gosh I think I was nodding along to this entire post haha. I love seeing your before and after photo–gives all of us hope. Practice, practice, practice-that’s my current motto. I’m so excited to see what this next year brings for you and you better believe I’ll be reading along each and every day 🙂
    erin @ The Almond Eater recently posted…Sweat Happy With Yoga Challenge

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    Elise @ 9toFit.com
    February 24, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Happy 1 year! I seriously can’t belive you have only been blogging for a year, it looks like you have been doing this for 5+ years !

    and I will definitely be buying that cook book when it comes out!
    Elise @ 9toFit.com recently posted…Baked Avocado Fries

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    alex @ therunwithin
    February 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    wow I had no idea you have only been blogging for one year. I could have so guessed you had been blogging for far longer! that is a good thing! I couldn’t agree more, I think blogging is all about what you make it and what you want/need to get out of it. plus some of my best friends are my blends.
    alex @ therunwithin recently posted…Escape Plan.

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    February 24, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Yay, Happy 1 year!! I love reading your blog and I know you must be so proud of yourself. Can’t wait to see what things you’ll tackle next!
    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food recently posted…A short weekend that felt like spring

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    Cat
    February 24, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Aw happy blogiversary! I haven’t been blogging long but so far have been amazed and so grateful for the support in the blogging community.

    I actually can’t believe you’ve only been blogging a year – your recipes and photos are some of my very favourites! Very much looking forward to a cook book 😉
    Cat recently posted…Cat Links #17

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    February 24, 2014 at 7:27 am

    I love this and I love YOU, Davida! I’m doing a little groove for you on your first blogging anniversary!
    Blogging has taught me that seemingly insignificant thoughts can be great blog post topics. The little thoughts and experiences can bring us together just as much as the “big ideas.” It has also taught me to laugh at myself, encourage others, make friends from across the globe, honor my body, and have an open mind. 🙂
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    Paige@FitNotFad
    February 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Oh YAY Davida…I have a smile on my face reading this. Happy blog birthday! I’m so happy that your blog has transformed you in these ways. I know what you mean about the fear-facing that the blog pushes you into! I’ts hard but one of the best things about the blogging community is how overwhelmingly positive everyone is! In one year I don’t think I’ve ever heard anything but support from readers and friends. It’s just awesome. So glad I found your blog (or you found mine…but you know what I mean!)
    Paige@FitNotFad recently posted…Sweat Happy With Yoga March Challenge

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      Paige@FitNotFad
      February 24, 2014 at 7:47 am

      Oh also when Gina from Fitnessista favorited/retweeted one of my tweets to her, and responded to one of my blog comments, I couldn’t shut up to my boyfriend about it, trying to explain how a celebrity just responded to me….

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        Davida Kugelmass
        March 12, 2014 at 2:36 pm

        This made me giggle! I had the same thing happen with Carrots n cake lol

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    Jen @ SavedbytheKale
    February 24, 2014 at 7:51 am

    Happy 1 year Davida! I love reading your blog and trying your recipes! Can’t wait to see what the next year brings!! 🙂
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    Madison
    February 24, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Blogging has taught me that it’s okay if some people don’t like you (or your posts), just move on. You are doing this NOT to please everyone. 🙂
    Madison recently posted…My Two Cents on Premium Denim

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    February 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Aww, happy first blog birthday!! I definitely started blogging as a need to have a hobby (I was newly unemployed and had a few months before I was heading back to school) but it has definitely turned into so much more than that. It seems crazy how much time and effort I put into it, but I just freakin’ love it. It’s taught me that I do have a voice, and I can use my experiences to help people. Also, learned that there are some amazing, amazing people in the blog world.
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    Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle
    February 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

    no lie i was shocked to hear it’s only 1 year because you’re such a pro! so glad you started this space and eager to see where it takes you! congrats!!
    Caitlyn @ City and the Cubicle recently posted…Five Facts..Monday

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      Thanks so much Caitlyn! Sorry for my late reply. Still working on the whole being on top of blogging part 😉

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    February 24, 2014 at 9:05 am

    I honestly couldn’t imagine life without blogging in it, mostly because life without blogging would mean life without friends like you… and that’s seriously criminal. Love you tonnes, lady. You better know that <3
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    Lee
    February 24, 2014 at 9:18 am

    I am still so freaking amazed at how well you are doing at just a year in. Seriously- you blow me out of the water. Your photography is getting so much better and you seriously have the BEST personality. So glad our paths crossed this past summer- you are the best virtual co-worker EVER. Now come visit.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    February 24, 2014 at 9:22 am

    Weeeeee this is a big deal, Davida! I am overwhelmed with happiness that I found you and your blog. I feel like I know you SO well and that’s why we should both move to San Fran and have waffle parties err day with Curt and my imaginary boyf. Love you and this blog SO much!
    Alexis @ Hummusapien recently posted…Life Lessons: On Counting Ingredients, Not Calories

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    Kat
    February 24, 2014 at 9:25 am

    So glad to have “met” you and been able to be apart of your blog life 🙂 I love coming to your blog each and every day!
    Kat recently posted…Currently Loving

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    Lucie@FitSwissChick
    February 24, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Happy Blogiversary beautiful lady!!!
    And you bet it was one of the best moments when I first read your blog – which was only a few weeks ago. Hey, but better late than never, right? I seriously felt that ‘click’ or connection which makes me return to your blog daily and lets me feel like we’re so close. Is it possible? I am convinced it it.
    Keep doing what you’re doing Babe, cause you’re amazing.
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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm

      It’s totally possible because it is absolutely mutual! Even though I’m a sucky blogger who takes forever to respond, know that I am SO happy I found you too. Love at first blog site/sight?!

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    Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com
    February 24, 2014 at 9:47 am

    Happy Happy Bogversary Davida! Your blog looks a lot older than the 1 year its been around(this is a compliment btw)
    I love your line “Your success does not depend on the failure of others” it’s so true! Here’s to many many more years of THM! Now…about that cookbook… 😉
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    Kim @ BusyBod
    February 24, 2014 at 9:51 am

    You are truly so amazing and inspirational. I haven’t been reading since the beginning, but I have been reading along for a while now, and it has been an honor to be even a teeny tiny eensy weensy part of your journey. I can’t wait to see what the next year brings and where it takes you!

    Blogging has taught me to be vulnerable. It leaves me in a semi-permanent state of self-consciousness, but every time I publish something I’m a little afraid of, the reaction teaches me that I don’t need to be. It gets a little better, and I get a little less self-conscious and a little more comfortable with vulnerability. It is tiny baby steps. But they are still steps and I love the way it’s changing me.
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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    February 24, 2014 at 9:53 am

    Happy Blog Birthday to one of my favorite morning visit spots. xoxoxo

    The wanting success thing is something that I definitely still struggle with in the blog world. I feel like if I say out loud that I want to grow my blog, I’m being hypocritical. I genuinely love the growth I’ve had in the past few months on the blog, and I attribute that to talking to beautiful people like yourself. I can only hope that we continue to be friends both on and off line. I want to see the greatest successes come to you and this space because you have a real knack for it. Here’s to another year of THM.
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    Cassie
    February 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Happy, happy birthday my dear!! Blogging has taught me that I’m not crazy – there’s other people out there like me! It’s also taught me to face my fears 🙂 And, I’ve met amazing people (you, duh) from it. Whenever people in my life tell me they read my blog or share my blog I am genuinely so happy – I never thought anyone would be interested in my little corner of the Internet.
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    Dale
    February 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Happy Birthday Healthy Maven!! So proud to call you my best friend and love your blog so much!

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    cait @pieceofcait
    February 24, 2014 at 10:02 am

    happy birthday THM <3so happy you blog and that were blends, keep rocking it girl! xo

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    Melissa @ Nourish By Melissa
    February 24, 2014 at 10:11 am

    Happy 1 Year! I honestly can’t believe you have only been blogging for a year! Your blog is so beautiful and every post is just awesome, I really thought it was longer 🙂 Keep it up!!!
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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    February 24, 2014 at 10:18 am

    Congratulations on a year! I hope THM continues to be a place that makes you happy!
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    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat
    February 24, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Happy 1 Year Blogiversary Davida! How exciting! 1 year went by so quickly, didn’t it!?! I’ll be celebrating my first year of blogging next month, and it has most definitely been such a life changer. I’ve made new friends, I’ve learned so much, I’ve discovered my passions – overall it has just made me happy. I love it!
    Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat recently posted…Motivation Monday – Stay True to Yourself

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    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon
    February 24, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Happiest of first birthdays to THM! I love reading your blog, and without a doubt, have watched you grow (alongside many other bloggers, including myself!) over this year. I agree that I did not feel passion to do something after 5 PM until blogging came along- it is a great way for me to also feel like I am cultivating friendships while I seek out new in-person friends in my new state of Colorado. Best of luck in the next year and I look forward to following along!
    Marisa @ Uproot from Oregon recently posted…What I Ate {#11}

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      Wow thank you SO much Marisa!!!! I’m sorry for taking forever to respond…I’ve figured out a couple things about blogging but organization is not one of them!

      I so appreciate your support and kind comments. I’m happy someone can relate to that moonlighting passion feeling 😉 I totally agree that it’s an awesome way to make new friends. Maybe you should consider moving to Toronto…!!!

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    FitBritt@MyOwnBalance
    February 24, 2014 at 10:58 am

    Happy blog birthday!! Yay!!! I love everything about this post- so true and so genuine. You are my hero Davida! One of the best blogs I have ever had the pleasure of reading!!

    Your photography is so wonderful. I desperately want to improve but I haven’t made it a priority with my time. I know I need to.

    Xoxo-Much Love to You Today!
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    Morganne @ Nut Butter Runner
    February 24, 2014 at 11:07 am

    Yay!! Happy one year friend! I wish I would have found you a year ago, but I am certainly happy I found your blog! I love reading every day and seeing the yummy recipes you genius-ly created!
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    Jackie
    February 24, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Happy one year! So exciting!
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    Leslee @ Her Happy Balance
    February 24, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Happy blogiversary! One year is a huge milestone! <3 Your photos have always been droll worthy and I find myself thinking, "how would Davida photograph this?" when I take food photos. Keep all those amazing recipes coming 🙂
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    Juli @ 1000lovelythings
    February 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Dear Davida,

    congrats to one year into blogging and happy happy birthday for THM. I absolutely love your blog, your pictures and recipes. I can’t believe it’s only one year!
    This year for you really sounds life changing for the better and I am happy for you you made such a positive change in your life!
    Blogging taught me that I’m braver than I thought and that everyone has a inspiring story worth sharing. And I am so happy that I learned that you can have great friends from all over the world 🙂

    There are for sure many great years to come! I’m very much looking forward to tons of more great posts, pics and recipes!
    Juli @ 1000lovelythings recently posted…New Body Makeover Challenge – Week 7

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    rika@vm
    February 24, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Happy Birthday to The Healthy Maven! 🙂

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    Cassie
    February 24, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Great lessons! I’ve learned that I cannot control how people interpret my blog. Once or twice I’ve had family members read too much into a post and get upset. That was hard, but I won’t take anything back. 🙂
    Cassie recently posted…Make It On Monday #8

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    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    February 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Happy one year! What a great accomplishment! I hope my blog is as successful as yours has turned out to be after just one year!

    You’ve listed great tips – they’re all things that new-ish bloggers like me can learn from, so thanks! I always look forward to seeing what you have on your blog each day.
    Lauren @ ihadabiglunch recently posted…weekend happenings + finding peace in a culture of scarcity

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    Parita @ myinnershakti
    February 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Happy blog birthday!! Very exciting 🙂

    The past 3+ years of blogging have definitely taught me a lot about putting myself out there and not caring about what people think. Great life lessons to learn!
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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    February 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Unicorns came to my window last night and whispered to me that today was your blogging anniversary, so to celebrate, I got out of bed and jump on one of their backs and rode down the rainbow they live in. You know what was so cool about this experience? The rainbow had little munchkins making all of your delicious recipes, so I just kept eating and eating. I gotta say your Moroccan Turkey Meatcakes and your Banana Fosters Cinnamon Rolls were equally my favorite. However Jeffery, the unicorn I was riding, really fell for your Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies.

    Mmmmmmmmmm! Now I am stuffed.
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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    February 24, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Love reading your blog, Davida and I’m so glad that you’re in the wonderful world of blogging!!! Congrats on one fantastic year!!!
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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    February 24, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    Congrats on one year, my friend! Reading this, I felt as if I had almost wrote it. I share many of the same feelings as you, as well, as lessons learned in my past year of blogging. I wish you many many more years of happy blogging! I’m so glad I met you. I love you and your blog. You are my constant inspiration! 🙂

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    Jo @ LIVING MINT GREEN
    February 24, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    Aw, happy blog birthday, friend!!! Your is one of the few I read. Blogging has taught me that seriously awesome connections and friends can be made through the blogosphere. I’m so happy you & me are going to hold hands in Canmore and eat crepes.
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    Ksenija @ With An Open Mind
    February 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    WEEEEE!!!!!!!!! Happy 1 year anniversary love! I am so excited for you and love having you around. You definitely brightened our food bloggy world with your amazing posts and comments. I can’t believe that it has been only a year, feels like we had you around forever! So just promise me to stay with us until we are all grey haired cat ladies (sorry Arman) and share our recipes for soft cookies which one can enjoy even with dental plates. <3
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    Heather @ Run Like a G!
    February 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Happy One Year! You are a fabulous blogger! 🙂
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    Luv What You Do
    February 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Blogging has taught me how to sit back and think, process, digest, and then heal through writing. It’s also allowed me to reach out to new ‘friends’, people with similiar interests who I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I love it.

    Congrats on your exciting accomplishment!
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    Courtney @RunningforCupcakes
    February 24, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Happy Birthday to THM!!! Blogging has taught me that there are some really awesome people out there. I feel so blessed to be part of this amazing community!
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    Kim
    February 24, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    Happy Blog Birthday!!!
    I loved reading this and hearing your thoughts and seeing how you have changed in the past year!
    In my mind you are one of the “big” bloggers – you seem like such a natural and always have such a great post whether it is a workout, a new delicious recipe or just you sharing you!
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    Anna
    February 24, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    Happy blogiversary! You’re an amazing writer and I can identify with so many of the things you’ve mentioned here! I will definitely be a proud owner of your cookbook as soon as you decide to do it! (and you definitely should!)

    I’ve only been blogging for 5 months and I still have SO much to learn, but so far, I think I’ve just learned a lot about myself and what it is that I’m interested in. It’s definitely a process, and I’m excited to see where I’ll be as a blogger when my blog turns 1. But you can bet that I’ll be looking up to yours in the meantime!
    Anna recently posted…Thinking Out Loud {2/20/14}

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    Sophie @ life's philosophie
    February 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    Congrats on one year! I am new blogger (started in June) and your blog has always been an inspiration for me. I started my blog for similar reasons: I needed a way to focus my passions and creative energy. I have loved blogging since I started and I think the biggest thing it has taught me is how amazingly supportive the blogging community can be. I’m not afraid to comment, ask questions, ask for help, etc. because I know I will be able to find support somewhere. Have you ever done a post with blogging tips/tricks? As a newbie, I always like hearing how the experts succeed 🙂
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    kathy @ vodka and soda
    February 24, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    happy blogaversary! i’m so glad you took the plunge and started otherwise i would have never found and lurked your ass! blogging is such a big part of each of us and it grows as we grow. seeing how your blog has changed over the past 12 months is definitely something to be proud of.
    kathy @ vodka and soda recently posted…friday five: 5 things you would never catch a chinese person doing….

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    Nicole @ FruitnFitness
    February 24, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Happy first birthday, although you seem way to accomplished to only be one year old! I love blogging for so many reasons. It’s like my own journal, a way to share recipes and most importantly connect with others. Before I started my blog I was worried to comment on a blog. Now I love reading and commenting on blogs
    Nicole @ FruitnFitness recently posted…MIMM- Busy weekend fun

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    kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    February 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Happy blogging bday!! Blogging has taught me to be true to myself and that there are soo many ppl out in the universe that are like you and get you!
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    Kaitlyn @ Live Run Coffee
    February 24, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    Happy blog birthday!! This post really hit home for me… I’m a new healthy-living blogger (on WordPress, anyway) and your insights are so helpful. Blogging is an amazing creative outlet and I like how you pointed out that wanting to get better and be better isn’t a bad thing! I love the engagement we can all have and look forward to reading more of your posts. You’re a blog role model! 🙂
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    Amanda
    February 24, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Happy first birthday, THM!!!! 😀 I shall pop nude out of a black bean chocolate cake!!!!!!!
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    Jess @dearhealthyness
    February 24, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Congratulations on your first year! My journey barely begins, but this has taught me so much! When I thought I was alone, then I found this beautiful and empowering community! That’s more valuable than anything. Besides, the blog gives me the chance to talk about different topics, to share my opinion, and to know new people who shares my interests! I believe than one of the most beautiful things about the blog world is the diversity of opinions and lifestyles we all have. However, we share a passion for healthy living, and for helping others that unite us in an unique way, you can’t probably found with your co-workers (for example). Again, congrats! may this be the first of many more 😉
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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      You are too sweet Jess!!! I totally agree that one of my biggest drives for blogging is connected with such a fabulous community!

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    February 24, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    Happy one year blogiversary!!! I am SO glad you started this blog and that I started following you and that we’ve been able to meet IRL! You are awesome and your blog seriously inspires me all the time, whether it be your recipes, your photography, or your insightful posts. I hope many years from now you’ll still be writing THM and we’ll still be having our fabulous GTA blogger meet ups. 😉
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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    February 24, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    Aw, what a great post! I can’t believe you have only been blogging for a year- happy anniversary!
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    Jessie
    February 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Happy Blog Anniversary, my beautiful friend! I’m not sure when I started reading your blog (gosh – you’d think I would’ve written it down on my calendar LOL), but I’m so happy I did. Your blog i such a breath of fresh air and truly is one that I can’t go a day w/o reading. I wish you nothing but success and happiness in your days, weeks, month & years to come. You have such an extraordinary talent that anyone would be bless to work with <3
    Jessie recently posted…Quinoa, Quinoa, Quinoa

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    Shawn @ Fruity 'N' Nutty
    February 24, 2014 at 10:34 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Davida! I must admit, the first time you commented on my blog I was pretty starstruck. 🙂 Your blog is so amazing and I can’t believe it’s only been one year! These tips are really useful, thanks for sharing them. And congrats again!
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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    February 25, 2014 at 12:09 am

    Happy blogiversary missy!! I love reading your blog, find you to be both hilarious and talented, and really really hope that we can meet in real life someday because I think we’d get along fabulously! Keep on keepin’ on with living your fears, embracing change and creating delicious recipes. 🙂
    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness recently posted…Hiking at Lake Tahoe’s Emerald Bay State Park

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    February 25, 2014 at 6:35 am

    So true story, I’m sitting here in the last couple of hours of my shift at work, feeling like gum stuck to the bottom of a worn out sneaker. After pulling up my reader to TRY to catch up on blogs/stay awake earlier, I was nodding off within minutes. But THEN I see your tweet and I shimmy my way over here, scroll through paragraph after paragraph and am now FULLY awake (ok, that might be a little extreme…let’s just say my eyes are open at least), and filled with so much damn love for you, woman! So much! This post was raw and expressive and geez, I felt like we were sitting across from each other! I still canNOT believe you’ve only been at this blogging business for a year! By the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY THM!! I’m so so happy that I’ve been here for most of that year and been able to watch you (and the blog) transform! You’ve changed so much…you’re in a happier, more positive place and it shows through each and every word! I swear, if we ever get the chance to meet one day, I’m going to squeeze the life out of you in the biggest bear hug ever seen! 🙂

    PS, I did make those cookies, but I messed them up somehow and they came out flat and really REALLY crunchy! #notabaker Which is why I never said anything else…I need to give them another try! I STILL have that bag of bloobs! And now I’m hungry! 😉
    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli recently posted…Where IS My Gold Star?!

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    February 25, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I’d like to take a moment to sing you a song. Ahem, ahem…Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday The Healthy Maaaaaaaavvvveeeeennnnnn. Happy Birthday to you.
    What a beautiful, open and honest post. It sounds like you are exactly where you need to be in life. Change can be a wonderful thing, and since it’s kind of inevitable, it’s good to embrace it. I’m happy I found you, or you me so I could find you. You get the idea.
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    Sarah Pie
    February 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Happy 1 year! It’s hard for me to believe that you haven’t been around longer because I sit here trying so hard to bring my work up to standards like yours 🙂 (and I’ll admit to the same level of star-stuckness you had with Heather when you first commented on my blog!)

    I love that you shared so openly with us about your fears, the changes you’ve had to go through, and all that you’ve learned. Now about that cookbook…
    Sarah Pie recently posted…WIR #41: The Great Spring Cleanout

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    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change
    February 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Happy Birthday to your blog!
    And I am so happy that I stumbled upon your blog…your recipes always make my stomach grumble and hearing your random ramblings makes me feel not so alone in this crazy life. Can’t wait to see where your next year takes you.
    Kelsey @ Ramblings of Change recently posted…Just Trying To Catch Up.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      Hehe I’m glad someone likes the ramblings! Thanks so much Kelsey 🙂

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    February 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

    Happy blog birthday! You are killin’ it for just having one year under your belt. How far I had to scroll down to write this comment is a pretty good indication of your super loyal following!
    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life recently posted…Broccoli Rabe, Sausage, and Goat Cheese Polenta Bowl

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    February 25, 2014 at 10:24 am

    You are so amazing, inspiring, well-balanced, and beautiful – inside and out! I am so impressed with how much your blog has grown, and I really look forward to those posts on your blogging tips because I need them in a big way! Thank you for taking the time to be such a sweet friend to all of your blends, to be so fun and honest, and to share so much joy and deliciousness with all of us! And for the record … the first waffle picture looks pretty good to me ;).
    Megan (The Lyons’ Share) recently posted…Build Others Up

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      Davida Kugelmass
      March 12, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      Meg this comment made me cry the first time I read it and scrolling through now it did the same thing again. What I failed to mention in this post is what an incredible community I’ve managed to stumble my way into and how grateful I am to have found kind, knowledgeable and unbelievably supportive friends like you! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!

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    Alisha @ Alisha's Appetite
    February 25, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Happy 1st blogiversary! Congrats on the major success, love <3 Looking forward to seeing you grow and develop even more 🙂
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    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds
    February 25, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Happy anniversary!! I can’t believe you’ve only been at it a year! I’m impressed. And good for you creating something to fulfill you. The 8-5 work gig gets old, so we really have to fill our remaining hours with what makes us happy. Something blogging has taught me is what strong connections I could make to complete strangers. I was surprised how excited I would be to interact with my readers. Total internet loser status and I don’t even currr.
    Kristina @ Damn Ten Pounds recently posted…You had ONE job!!!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    February 25, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    Congratulations Davida! I am so so happy for you and so happy you started a blog since it allowed me to connect with you! The biggest thing I’m taking away from blogging is what I learned about myself- that I have something worth saying. That isn’t something I ever believed before I started sending my words out into the random void and it’s a priceless gift readers have given me. I could not be more grateful for it 🙂

    Congrats again! I think it’s so cool our blogiversaries are so close together. Next year- celebratory dinner yes??
    Gabby @ the veggie nook recently posted…building up to the big one: raw vegan caramel

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    February 25, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! I am so blessed to have gotten to know you!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo times infinity
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    Kim @ Racing Bananas
    February 25, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    “Your success does not depend on the failure of others” <–no truer words have ever been spoken. Love it! And happy birthday!!
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    Allison
    February 25, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY THM!!!! I love this post and love to see how much you have learned in your first very successful year of blogging. I love to hear that other people have been in the places I feel that I am in and have the same blogger celebrity crushes/intimidations. thank you for inspiring me to make my blog a better place!
    Cannot wait to see where the next year takes you!

    p.s go for the book it’ll be GREAT!!!
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    Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate
    February 25, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    I’m late (but I always seem to miss real birthdays, so no surprise there), but happy blogging birthday! It took me about two years of reading blogs and thinking of starting my own before I finally did it, and boy was it a game changer. The community that comes with blogging is seriously just unfathomable (and amazing) until you are a part of it. I mean, I have met a few of what I consider to be my closest friends through blogging/social media which would have seemed crazy to me before the blog. I feel like I was so stuck in a routine when I started school and blogging allowed me to branch out more because I had such a solid support structure. Here’s to another year of delicious recipes and random rambles!

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    Mary Frances
    February 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    You’ve only been blogging for a year?! I have always assumed you’re been doing this forever – you are SO good at it! I cannot agree more with the last one – I’ve loved meeting bloggers and realizing, oh my gosh, they’re just like me! (vs. aloof, successful, too busy to chat, etc.) I think I’m going to move from Blogger to WordPress soon – thanks for the preparation; I better get my naps now, huh? 🙂
    Mary Frances recently posted…Vegan Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    February 26, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Sorry I missed this yesterday! So happy for you – you SHOULD be proud of your accomplishments and all of the success that your blog has had. Good for you for being honest about wanting to be successful. Everyone wants someone (or lots of someones) to read their blog – that’s why they put them on the internet for all to see! Anyone who says otherwise isn’t being honest with you or themselves. Can’t believe you’ve only been at it for one year! That’s amazing 🙂
    Amy @ Long Drive Journey recently posted…February: Unplugged Recap

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    Karey @ Nutty About Health
    February 27, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Happy Bloggiversary (a bit late)!! Love your blog & it’s amazing all you’ve accomplished in just one year! Congrats!! 🙂
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    Dawn Cannady
    October 27, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Loved reading your blog’s birthday post. I’ve been debating on starting one myself. I’ve never been really great with words, so that has slowed me down. I’m creative, but not with words. I love painting, sewing, scrap-booking, cooking, gardening, refinishing furniture, etc.; but when it comes to wording…I get that complete ‘stuck’ feeling. Your post is an inspiration. I just may have to finally put fingers to keys and see if creative juices start flowing!

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      Davida Kugelmass
      October 28, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      Thank you so much Dawn! So sweet of you to comment 🙂 To be honest, I never would have and still don’t consider myself a writer. I just have lots of recipes and random life events to share so I write as if I were writing to my best friend. That would be my piece of advice to you! Go for it and if you have any questions along the way feel free to email me! Best of luck 🙂 -D

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