Friday, March 9, 2007

It's My (Blog) Birthday!

Actually, it's both of our bithdays- yes, March 9, 1956, was the day I made my own appearance on the world's stage. One year ago on this date, I decided to do something to lift myself from the doldrums I was wallowing in because I'd reached the famous half-century mark, and Becca's Byline was born.

I've had writing dreams since I was just a little girl. I wrote my first "novel" when I was eight, and published a "newspaper" for my sixth grade class. I often played make-believe at being a writer for an international magazine, and my dad's big desk in our basement was "world headquarters" where I gave out writing assignments to all my friends, then edited their work. Words, and pages filled with words, excite me. I'm fascinated with the power words have of evoking emotions, informing minds, and changing hearts. I love studying words, playing with their rhythm, setting them out on the page and rearranging them like the pieces of an intricate puzzle. So, for my 50th birthday, I gave myself the gift of a word playground~this blog~a place to write and to share what I'd written with others.

My, what a gift it's turned out to be! I had absolutely no idea that by beginning this blog I'd be catapulted into a world filled with talented, courageous women, sharing their dreams, exploring their vision, healing their hurts. I've made friends all over the world who inspire me, educate me, and amaze me every single day. Because of this medium, I've scribbled every Sunday, delved into the new worlds of poetry and haiku, been emboldened to try some photography, and, wonder of all wonders, written a complete novel in one month!

I think I've stayed true to my intention when I wrote my first share my thoughts on life in general, and my own in particular. What I never imagined was how much my life would be enriched by the thoughts, visions, and ideas of the people I've met in cyberspace, the people whose blogs I visit at least once a day for a dose of humor, wisdom, inspiration, and hope that there is more to this life in general than one person's daily grind, people whom I've come to care about, and think of as a great extended family.

So, I'm saying a huge THANK YOU to each of you for sharing the gifts of your wisdom and insight with me over the past year. I'm looking forward to meeting even more of you, and to many more adventures yet to come!

**photo courtesy of stockexpert



Blogger Star said...

Thank you for the gift you gave us on your 50th birthday, my friend. Wishing you a brand new year of dreams.

Happy Birthday!

Blogger Tori said...

Happy Birthday Becca!
I am so glad that I have discovered your blog...
I plan on doing lots of catch up reading this weekend!
Congratulations on doing something so glorious for yourself on your last birthday!!!!

Blogger Bibi said...

Happy, happy birthday Becca. I'm sure you have inspired, amazed, and educated others in return!

Blogger deirdre said...

Happy Birthday! And what an amazing gift you give to each of us all year long. I never could have imagined this blogworld would be so rich and inspiring and kind. So, Happy Blogiversary to you! Have a wonderful weekend.

Blogger Susannah said...

Happy Birthday to you lovely B! thank you for not only sharing your words with us, but also for your wonderfully kind and support comments you leave me - the blog world we have created, our little corner of it, is truly a miracle :-) big hugs xxoo

Blogger Tammy said...

Happy Birthday sweet Becca! Your blog is all those words and more. Thank you for sharing you!

May this year be full of blessings!


Blogger Alex aka Gypsy Girl said...

Happy Birthday! Twice! I'm really enjoying your blog and your visits to my corner of the bloggie world too! To many more posts together!!! YAY! All the best, Becca!

Blogger Deb R said...

Happy Birthday and Happy Blogiversary!! I hope your day has been wonderful. was my brother's birthday and my best friend's husband's birthday too!

Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Happy Birthday! You are a special woman.

Blogger paris parfait said...

Bonne anniversaire, mon ami! So happy you've achieved this milestone and we've become friends in the process. Your beautiful writing enriches us all. Thanks for the nod! Wishing you a second year of blogging that's at least as wonderful as your first! xo

Anonymous bella said...

Happy Birthday, sweet Becca. It's been so wonderful getting to know you, and such a treat coming here to read your stories and gain inpiration, perspective.
You are a star that shines bright amongst a sky full of sparkles.

Blogger Shaz said...

congratulations Friend Happy Birthday !!!

Blogger tricia stirling said...

happy birthday to you and your blog!!

Blogger Becoming Amethyst said...

Hey ~ did I come late to the party?!! Happy belated birthday, Becca and bloggiversay! You're a ray of sunshine in my bloggie world, and I am happy to mirror back some of your sunshine :-)

love x

Blogger Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Happy birthday to you and your lovely blog!! I'm glad you gave yourself (and us) the gift of Becca's Byline and I look forward to seeing what the next year brings. Much peace and happy wishes, JP

Blogger AnnieElf said...

Happy Blog Birthday Becca!


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