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{VIDEO} Highlights from Blogging Over The Past 4 Years!

February 24, 2017

 

4 years ago I launched this little corner of the internet. I had approximately one reader, me. For three months I didn’t tell a soul. Eventually I drunkenly told a friend (#truthbomb), and then C, and then finally my friends and family. I was absolutely terrified to share this piece of my life, but I was also desperately in need of it. I was miserable in my job, had just moved home from a whirlwind couple of years in NYC and was living in my parents basement. Change was necessary, though I could never have expected I’d be sitting here today.

It's been a wild ride since starting THM 4 years ago! Today I'm sharing the highlights from The Healthy Maven and what has been this journey so sweet over the past few years.Over the years I’ve heard from so many of you about how THM has helped you feel a little less alone, get creative in the kitchen and transform our society’s very narrow definition of health. And while these things completely fill me with joy, what you don’t know is that I needed this place more than you. As dramatic as it may sound, THM saved me.

As my recent podcast guest Natasha Adamo shared, “you don’t need to be healed to help others” and this statement could not be more true. While I’m certainly not healed, sharing my journey on the internet has made me better. To know I’m helping you is just icing on the cake.

I know I’m on a very long journey and certainly have plenty to work on, but I’m no longer that scared, self-conscious and completely lost 23 year old that was living in my “basement apartment”. I’ve found purpose in my day-to-day life and in the process, also found myself.

Along the way, I’ve achieved a thing or two. But as I sat down to put together this list, I was surprised by the memories that came to mind. Some of them, like my first TV appearance were a no-brainer, but more often than not, it was the smaller, less extravagant experiences that roll past me in my highlight reel. I’ve had my moments when I get too wrapped up in the numbers, but the reality is that they’ll never give you the same kind of personal gratification that knowing you did your best will always give you. Yes, even if you feel like no one acknowledged it.

What strikes me most about my journey in blogging is not the fruits of my labor, but rather how sweet it’s been to earn those fruits. It was the purpose I was seeking when I started the blog and I’m eternally grateful that I succeeded.

Each year I’ve posted some kind of reflection on my blog’s birthday, so I thought I’d share those before I jump into my list of highlights from blogging:

My First Post

One Year Later: What I’ve Learned from Blogging

Two Years Later: What Blogging Has Taught Me About Life

Three Years Later: My Favorite Posts on THM

Here are my highlights from the last 4 years of The Healthy Maven!

Writing This Post

This is the first time I can remember being truly vulnerable on the blog. I’d definitely opened up before, but this post just felt so raw and real and I still look back at the girl who wrote it with deep admiration. She’s my inspiration when I feel too scared to talk about things.

secret to skinny

My First Foodgawker Feature

It’s funny because I don’t even submit to Foodgawker anymore, but at the time it felt like a huge accomplishment! I had never picked up an SLR before starting the blog, and honestly didn’t love photography so it felt very validating to know that something that didn’t come naturally to me was seeing success because of my hard work.

Baked Cinnamon Apple Chips- no dehydrator required! // thehealthymaven.com

Filming and Editing My First YouTube Video

I had this deep feeling inside of me that video was something I wanted to jump into. I was terrified to do it because I’m a perfectionist and I hated the idea of having to produce some crappy content to get better, but I’m so happy I went for it. Filming my first video was a total spur of the moment decision. I literally just walked in the door, set-up my camera and started shooting. I then locked myself in my apartment for two days while I taught myself how to edit. Is it perfect? Definitely not. But I had to start somewhere and I’m so happy I did.

My First TV Appearance

For my first LIVE appearance on National TV, I didn’t tell the brand or the PR firm that I’d never been on TV before (that is if you don’t count the time I played the recorder on TV in 2nd grade…). Only Jess and C knew and they were my ultimate support, fan girl/boy that day. I’m so happy that the segment went well (minus the whole getting my blog name wrong!) and even turned into something longer term. After that I made appearances on the Dr. Oz Show, E!News and most recently, an Israeli TV Show.

My First Magazine Feature

This moment is hilariously memorable not because of the feature itself, but because I was so excited I started dancing like Beyonce and threw my back out. I’m assuming it was the universe’s way of telling me to chill out and not get a big head.

Launching the Podcast

Having a podcast was something I dreamed about during my long commutes to work while living in NYC. I was dumbfounded by the process of doing it so it held me back for a long time, but I’m so fortunate to have my girl Cassie helping me out and amazing people in my life who have been willing to give me an hour of their time to interview them. It’s been such an incredible adventure and one that I’m beyond excited to see where it goes. You can catch up on all the episodes HERE.

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The People

This place would be nothing without the people. The relationships I’ve made with other bloggers, the brands I work closely with, and you guys mean everything to me. I’ve made real, long-lasting friendships through this space that I know I’ll keep with me even if the blog disappeared tomorrow. To all of you who have showed kindness, lent a helping hand or who I can now call a friend, thank you.

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I did it.

Perhaps the biggest accomplishment of all is that this space still exists. Not only did I find the courage in me to start THM four years ago, but I’ve showed up everyday since. Maybe not with  a blog post or a social share, but the blog was never far from my mind. I showed up here every single day. Even when no one was reading. Even when people criticized me or shared hurtful words. Even when I was overwhelmed with the work. Even when I didn’t feel like I was good enough. I showed up. This act, this simple act of showing up will always be my proudest accomplishment. I can’t believe I freaking did it!

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I say this every year, but THANK YOU SO MUCH for allowing me to pursue this passion of mine. I may need this space more than anything, but this space also needs you. To those of you who comment, like, hang out in the tribe or secretly read, watch, listen but have never done any of the above, this place exists because of you. I’m grateful beyond measure and I hope you’ll stick around for as long as you’ll have me!

Happy fourth birthday THM! I can’t wait to see what the next four years have in store…

It's been a wild ride since starting THM 4 years ago! Today I'm sharing the highlights from The Healthy Maven and what has been this journey so sweet over the past few years.

*All photos by Bettina Bogar (B – thanks for being my unofficial photographer over the past few years! I love you!)

Comment and say hi! I love hearing from you guys and especially those of you who don’t comment often (or ever!). I’m here reading every single one so let’s chat 🙂

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  • Reply
    Diane
    February 24, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Hey Davida, congrats on 4 years! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple of years now and you never disappoint. Your voice is refreshing and I wish you all the best!
    Diane recently posted…Travel the stress-free way with SendMyBag

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    Beverley @ Born to Sweat
    February 24, 2017 at 10:11 am

    Davida I love youuuuuuu!!! All your accomplishments are so amazing and go from big, to bigger, to BIGGER (i can’t think of another synonym so i just put bigger in capital letters).
    Also Curts Bodhi voice is hilarious and exactly what I would expect Bodhi to sound like if he spoke words.
    Beverley @ Born to Sweat recently posted…5 Burpee Variations to Step Up Your Workout

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 24, 2017 at 10:41 am

      Aw thanks babes! And so grateful for these crazy blogs of ours that brought us together! Also Curt totally nailed it. That’s exactly what Bodhi would sound like!

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    Sam @ Hygge Wellness
    February 24, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Congratulations on 4 amazing years! I’ve always loved your content & I can’t wait to see what else you have in store. xo ☺️
    Sam @ Hygge Wellness recently posted…Daily Eats #3

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    Alana
    February 24, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Hi Davida, I am a newer reader so was not around for your first TV segment but just watched and damn, you nailed that! No wonder you went on to do many more segments. Congratulations on four years, looking forward to reading for many more!
    Alana recently posted…A Birthday for the Record Books

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    Ashley | Fit Mitten Kitchen
    February 24, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    I don’t know why, but I am getting all emotional for you. You and this space mean so much to people–that is amazing!! So happy to learn from you and watch you grow, it truly is inspiring. Thank you for being YOU <3
    And Happy Birthday THM!!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:18 am

      And thank you for being YOU and going after your dreams. Your determination and persistence totally inspire me. Keep at it babes! Lots of love xoxo

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    Jody
    February 24, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    Congrats on 4 years!
    Jody recently posted…Kitchen Tools: What’s Your Favorite?

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    Jaclyn
    February 24, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    Happy 4 years!! You deserve all the success and happiness that comes your way, you have helped me and I am sure so many others throughout the years by just being you and sharing your knowledge and passion. You have made me realize how important it is to go after things and not be afraid to just do it, so thank you, thank you, thank you!! I love keeping up with your podcast and your blog. Hope you celebrate your success with a glass of wine, or two 😉
    Jaclyn recently posted…Homemade Coconut Yogurt Part Two

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:19 am

      Oh don’t you worry 😉 Hit a wine bar in SF and it was the perfect way to celebrate! Thank you for always being such an incredible support. I’m so happy blogging was able to connect us and I love watching you grow with Holistic Foodie. Keep doing your thang! xoxo

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    Bev
    February 24, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Seriously, so proud of you! And so happy that your blog exists. I really love it and your posts inspire me so much. Can’t wait for more!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Thank you so much! Keep doing your thang, girl! I love your message and everything you stand for! xoxo

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    Becca
    February 24, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    I really loved this video! I can’t remember how long I have been following your blog, but I love how it has naturally evolved (as we all do in life:)) This gave me a lot of good thinking points…I have been invited to live aboard a boat for year and travel to a lot of amazing places in about 10ish years from now. I think that is enough time to get up the confidence to write a blog about the experience!! I already have amazing confidence in myself and my cooking skills (I am known for my cooking/baking)… the other sites I have heard about traveling the Great Loop, only focus on boat logistics and non of the fun stuff, like how you feed yourself and how you still like your boatmate after being together for such a long time:) Hope you are settled in and having fun exploring your new city!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:17 am

      Here’s what I’ll say, Becca…DO IT. Seriously, you will not regret it! My life is entirely different because of a decision I made to step outside my comfort zone. I encourage anyone to do the same. Thanks so much for your support through the years! I am eternally grateful.

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    Jolie
    February 24, 2017 at 6:05 pm

    Happy 4 Years! So happy to watch this place (and you!) grow and succeed. You are lovely, and keep doing you!

    xx

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    Alicia @bridges through life
    February 25, 2017 at 1:36 am

    Happy 4 years. I love reading along and hearing how this blog has made you grow. Life is a journey and we can’t always sit around and wait for things to be perfect

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

      exactly! Plus we only improve if we try 🙂 Thanks for the support, Alicia! Always appreciated!

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    Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor
    February 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Davida – this is SO amazing. I’ve been blogging full-time for about a year now and eerily my story seems kinda similar to yours! I moved back home to my parents just under a year ago to continue building my blog and improve my photography as well as pay off those pesky student loans and your success really gives me hope. Already I have seen some incredible opportunities and I think you are so right when you say that not all of your best memories come from the big milestone moments. I definitely feel a alot of happiness and validation just by showing up everyday like you’ve said and trying to improve – and it’s so cool to look back at where you started and see how much you have grown in a relatively short time. The best part is being able to be creative everyday and be constantly learning. It’s never boring that’s for sure. Congrats on 4 years – what a milestone!!!
    Taylor @ The Girl on Bloor recently posted…Thai Green Curry Chicken Vermicelli Bowls

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:26 am

      Hey girl! So happy we were able to connect through blogging and super cool how similar our journeys have been. Keep doing your thing, girl! xoxo

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    Victoria
    February 26, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years of THM Davida! You are truly such an inspiration in the blogging world and your blog is one of the few I read on a regular basis. Thanks for being you, cheers to many more years!!
    Victoria recently posted…Turmeric Milk

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      February 27, 2017 at 11:14 am

      You are so sweet, Victoria! Thank you so much for always being such an amazing support for me and THM. Lots of love!

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    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets
    February 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    Happy Blogging Birthday. You’ve come a long way and I’m so impressed. Also I said it before and I’ll say it again, you have mad skills when it comes to your videos.
    Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets recently posted…Week in Review: The Little Things (#72)

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    Liz
    March 2, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Congratulations on 4 years! Your blog has turned into one of my absolute favorite health blogs out there the past year or so. It’s where I come before any other.

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