On January 4th…

On January 4, 2011, one year ago, I hit publish on my very first blog post.

After four days of erasing and formatting I created my own space on Weebly.com.

It was my ninth month of maternity leave with my daughter and I was suffering from PPD, high anxiety, and a serious case of cabin fever. My brain was swirling with words I needed to get out and a desperation to meet other people who were experiencing the same thing I was.

I thought that if I wrote about how I felt it might go away.
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Hitting publish that day connected me with more friends, resources, and tools than I could have ever imagined.

I joined “Write on Edge” and began to meet other bloggers, learn to write clearer and with description; I learned to use my voice.

And when I was feeling the pressure of motherhood, PPD, or anxiety the blogging community’s love and support flew out in abundance making me the recipient of their virtual hugs numerous times.

Here there is no competition.

Just encouragement.

And I’m grateful to be apart of it.

To be apart of World Moms Blog, where I contribute, and to be apart of Urban Moms Network, and Theta Mom.

To have had the opportunity to work with numerous brands and participate in giveaways.

I’m grateful to have been invited to write on the wonderful blogs that I admire.

And to have also broken into the vloging scene! (yikes)

Thank you all for being with me throughout this past year, you have made me feel like my voice is being heard.

And sometimes that’s all that a person needs.

 

I leave you with…. my very first post EVER…

01/04/2011

My new years resolution, something I never make, was to start a Blog (okay and to discover if the Slap Chop is really all I need to dice, chop, and mince in seconds.), I have been on Twitter for awhile and can see the interest in Blogs and think it would be a great venture.
Now would be a great time to mention my anxiety and OCD. Starting a Blog with a 9 month old ransacking your house, a husband leaving every piece of paper he finds in his pockets all over the floor for said baby to put in her mouth, and the bulimic cat barfing everywhere isn’t an easy process. A blog on a good day isn’t an easy process.
So I made a list.. because that’s what a multitasker does, we make lists, I waited until the baby was napping and I tackled the Blog, and then I accidentally deleted it, and then I threw things and screamed.. and then I promptly picked those “things” up and rearranged my cupboards.
So… now, January 4th, 4 days in and I’m typing my first Blog post. I can definitely say there is relief that I’ve come this far. I’m excited to share my stories of parenting, post partum, anxiety, and relationship blunders with the world (all 4 of you)… hang in you might like what you read, maybe even laugh a little!!

Leighann πŸ™‚

Β January 2011
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55 Responses to On January 4th…
  1. Galit Breen
    January 4, 2012 | 8:12 am

    Happy blogoversary, girlie! Wowsa, Am I *ever* glad that beautiful you hit publish! xo

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 9:28 pm

      I’m so glad that we have met Galit.
      Your support, encouragement, and friendship is so appreciated.
      You are someone special.

  2. Lady Estrogen
    January 4, 2012 | 9:27 am

    Yeah! Happy blogoversary πŸ™‚
    I’m glad you hit publish too, sweet cheeks.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 9:26 pm

      We would have met anyway.
      It was meant to be.

  3. MommaKiss
    January 4, 2012 | 9:51 am

    A year? You girls who are new (compared to me) have totally got this thing DOWN! Go You!

    Isn’t the internet amazing? I mean, the nice people on the internet. Heh.
    Happy New Year, girl!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 9:26 pm

      are you kidding!?
      You are a super blogger!
      I get excited every time I see your name!

      • MommaKiss
        January 5, 2012 | 10:42 am

        Shut up, super I am not.
        I AM pretty fabulous, though. No denying. Heh.

  4. Alison@Mama Wants This
    January 4, 2012 | 10:00 am

    Happy First Year, Leighann!

    I’m so glad you hit publish 365 days ago. And that I met you. xo

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:44 pm

      It has been wonderful meeting you and seeing your blog grow!
      You’re a fantastic support Alison.
      Thank you.

  5. Julie
    January 4, 2012 | 12:03 pm

    Happy ‘versary Leighann!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:41 pm

      I miss you.

  6. Kimberly
    January 4, 2012 | 12:15 pm

    The blog world wouldn’t be the same without your gorgeous face in it.
    Seriously.
    And it would be boring…because you bring the part-ay.
    Love you face and congrats on the anniversary.
    I hope that your computer buys you flowers and a diamond necklace.
    Mine was a jerk and forgot our anniversary. That’s why I disowned it and got a new one.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:41 pm

      What?
      There’s supposed to be gifts?
      I didn’t get shit!
      Who do I call about this?
      I’ll write a letter.
      It’s what I do.

  7. Miss Marina Star
    January 4, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    I’m so glad you hit publish! I can’t wait to see what happens during your second year of blogging!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:38 pm

      thank you so much Marina!
      You are such a great support and I’m thrilled that we met.

  8. Paulette
    January 4, 2012 | 1:28 pm

    Happy Blogaversary (is that right?)!!! You’re super awesome and one of my favs! That sounds a bit suck uppy, huh? Oh wells, it’s true.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:38 pm

      You are one of MY fav’s
      you are sweet and supportive and I don’t know what I would do without you.

  9. Kim at Let Me Start By Saying...
    January 4, 2012 | 1:41 pm

    I’m here from The Mom Pledge blog hop.
    I’m glad you found a place to voice what was going on in your head, your heart a year ago. I feel like blogging was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
    Good luck on year 2!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:37 pm

      When you said year 2 I had to stop and think…
      Wow.
      I am on year 2!
      I hadn’t thought about it until now!!

  10. Lindsay
    January 4, 2012 | 2:04 pm

    Happy Anniversary dear friend!! I’ve truly enjoyed reading and watching you grow, grOW, GROW over the last year. πŸ™‚
    You are truly talented – funny, witty, awesomely sarcastic (is awesomely a word?) and most of all, always supportive of those of us who are trying to keep up with your awesome-ness (again… beginning my own dictionary, but that’s my perogative)
    I’m looking forward to the next year of fun, laughter and a few BIG events!! πŸ™‚ YAY!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:34 pm

      What a sweet thing to say!
      I’m so flattered given I look up to you and your photographs, your strong relationship, and your sweet boys.
      Here’s to a new year!

  11. Jennifer
    January 4, 2012 | 5:30 pm

    As a gal just three months into blogging I’ve got to tell you that you are a huge inspiration to me! Thank you for your wonderful blog.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:22 pm

      Oh my word you have just burst my heart open!
      Thank you for your comment.
      Wanna know a secret?
      Bloggers never get tired of hearing that.
      I’m dancing and twirling RIGHT now!

  12. Tracy
    January 4, 2012 | 5:39 pm

    Happy blog anniversary! I love stopping by and reading your open, raw, emotional and inspirational words. Thanks. πŸ™‚

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:21 pm

      Oh if you only knew how sweet I think you are!
      Love your blog, your look, your parenting, and your words!
      Thank you!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 7, 2012 | 10:45 am

      Oh my word.
      You have no idea how much I love your blog.
      And for you to come here and say you love my words?
      Swoon.

  13. Kimberly
    January 4, 2012 | 5:55 pm

    Happy one year! I’m glad you published that post last year and that I met you through your journey.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 4, 2012 | 8:20 pm

      I’m so glad that we met!
      You are truly a beautiful person, I can’t wait to see where this year takes you.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 7, 2012 | 10:43 am

      I’m so so glad I met you.
      What a wonderful friend you are.

  14. Elena
    January 4, 2012 | 8:23 pm

    Congrats to you! Happy 1 year anniversary. So happy you hit publish. What would I do without my peacock lady? πŸ˜‰

  15. Rach (DonutsMama)
    January 4, 2012 | 9:27 pm

    Happy Blogiversary! So glad I found you. Or you found me. I don’t know how we found each other, but, yay!

  16. Not a Perfect Mom
    January 4, 2012 | 10:07 pm

    Happy Blogoverssary!
    What an awesome first post…I daresay I’d be embarrassed for anyone to read my archives…ha!

  17. Elaine
    January 4, 2012 | 10:22 pm

    Isn’t it fun to look back at your first post?

    GAH! Mine is SO old and funny to look back on. My blog has changed so much (I started in 2006).

    Anyway, so glad you here and Happy Blogiversary!! πŸ™‚

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:54 pm

      You are a serious veteran!
      I am going to go and look back at your first post now.

  18. Leigh Ann
    January 4, 2012 | 11:20 pm

    I SO love your first post! Well, and every one after that. Don’t think that you didn’t have a voice, because it comes through loud and clear, even back then.

    And another eerie parallel….I also have a bulimic cat. WTF?

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:54 pm

      you do not.
      Did your vet give you medicine for it?
      ours did and I lost it.

  19. Kapaldo Family
    January 4, 2012 | 11:53 pm

    Happy Anniversary! I’m new to your blog (found you on iPPP). Judging by the comments I’ve been missing out! Looking forward to reading your second year of blogging πŸ™‚

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:52 pm

      What a sweet comment!
      Thank you so much, I look forward to seeing you.

  20. Robin @ Farewell, Stranger
    January 4, 2012 | 11:53 pm

    Happy blogaversary! I’m so, so glad you started blogging, and especially that it was only 3 days after I did. I will always remember you as one of the first people I found and be grateful for it.

    Much love to you. xo

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:52 pm

      I’m so happy I met you first.
      What a wonderful friend you have been.

  21. Sweaty
    January 5, 2012 | 2:08 am

    A very happy One Year Blogiversary to you, Leighann! My only regret is to not have found you earlier than I did! So glad you persisted despite that accidental delete, and hit that publish button. My days would definitely be lonelier without you in it, girlfriend!

    Cheers! Here’s to many more blogging years and true friendships! Love you tons!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:49 pm

      ACK!
      Imagine us not meeting?
      NEVER!

  22. Amber
    January 5, 2012 | 2:10 pm

    Happy 1 year blog anniversary. I am so happy that you found blogging and that I was able to find you through blogging. You are an amazing woman.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:46 pm

      I’m so happy we found each other too!
      What would I do without your snarkiness to keep me company?

  23. SoberJulie
    January 5, 2012 | 2:57 pm

    Happy Blogiversary!!!How wonderful that you fulfilled that resolution, I certainly appreciate it!

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:45 pm

      Thank you!
      What a sweet comment xo

  24. Jessica
    January 6, 2012 | 2:12 am

    Congrats to you! I’m so glad you stuck with it and I’m happy to have you as a friend.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:38 pm

      Thank you Jessica! I’m glad we found each other.

  25. Greta @gfunkified
    January 6, 2012 | 3:27 pm

    Happy birthday, blog! I hope you celebrated your little heart out, Leighann, because you’ve made such a beautiful space/voice for yourself.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 6, 2012 | 11:16 pm

      thank you Greta! You are a ray of sunshine!

  26. Natalie @ Mama Track
    January 7, 2012 | 9:12 pm

    Congrats! So glad you hit post–then and now.

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 8, 2012 | 9:41 pm

      I’m so glad that I found YOU!
      What a wonderful writer you are.
      Thank you for your comment!

  27. Alexandra
    January 9, 2012 | 5:23 pm

    One.Year?

    Where did the time go?

    So happy to meet you..you are a wonderful, warm, real, lovable person.

    It WAS love at first tweet for me.

    xo

    Here’s to many, many more years on the lifesaver for us both: the internetz.
    xog

  28. Carri
    January 13, 2012 | 10:32 pm

    That’s so awesome! Congrats! I really wish I had you all in my life when I was deep in my PPD. I would have recovered so much quicker. Who knew there are SO MANY women out there that suffer.
    xo

    • multitaskingmumma
      January 15, 2012 | 3:27 pm

      It would have been great if we had this support system when we were in the midst of this but I’ll take what we have now.

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