One Year Blog Anniversary


One year ago today I hit publish and shared my first blog post; I am amazed how well my blog has been received. I have learned a lot about blogging over this last year but I have learned so much more about myself! I knew absolutely nothing about blogging to make things even more challenging Word Press is not the easiest platform to navigate for a new blogger. The last year I have had hundreds of ideas that I have cataloged for a later post some may never see the light of day, but the process is what I enjoy most.

My intention in starting this blog was to share my love of all things beauty with women over 40 I love doing reviews, sharing my thoughts and opinions! What has been the most rewarding and also the scariest is sharing my heart and allowing myself to be vulnerable with a community of women. You guys have been so supportive and also very transparent I love reading your comments as you share your own very personal journeys.

When I started this blog I really had no goals of having a huge following or reaching the masses, this last year has been about me allowing God to STRETCH me! Hitting publish every week still makes me uncomfortable and nervous the crazy thing is I like that I am being challenged!

My blog is modest by most blogging standards I don’t have a huge following, brands aren’t chomping at the bit to work with me and that’s okay with me for now lol. Karen’s Essentials has been a resounding success not because of the numbers, likes, hits, and followers but because of YOU. I have struggled with comparing myself with other bloggers and what they have to offer. I have learned there are literally millions of other blogs that are “better” but no one can be me except me! You guys accept me for me warts and all and I am so grateful.

The blog has become the baby that I have loved and nurtured for the last year, and just like having real children I have at times been overjoyed, proud, excited and then there are the times I have felt overwhelmed, exposed, angry and disappointed.

Where do we go from here? I would like to grow and enlarge our community of women and I have some ideas how to do just that. Thank you all for coming along with me the last year, thank you for your support, encouragement and honest feedback. Thank you for sharing your heart in such a public forum I know it’s not easy!

Before I become too emotional WHEW; there will be a giveaway to celebrate this milestone. I haven’t decided if I will do one big give away or do a few throughout the month I will share the details soon.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for hanging out with me for the last year!