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Today marks the one-year anniversary of JenRocksFashion! Taking the leap of faith to start a blog was one of the best decisions of my life. I’ve come a long way since my very first post, and I’m so grateful to you for reading/liking/commenting on my content.

Around Christmastime, I did a recap of my favorite posts of 2011. These are my favorite three since January:

El Camo Reyle

Making a visual connection between Dior eye shadow…and tree bark.

Loving Frank

Welcoming Frank Gehry into our basement.

The Art of the Gift

Cultivating a pretty present.

So, what have I learned during this past year?

  • To trust my gut.  Always.
  • To be open to creative inspiration, and be a keen observer–whether I’m walking down a city block or eating at a restaurant.
  • To write when I can and not stress about it.  Having a full-time day job (which sometimes spills over into evening and weekend hours) means that blogging is not my main priority.  And that’s more than OK.
  • That coming up with clever titles and photo captions requires a surprising amount of brain power.
  • That the process of brainstorming an idea, fleshing it out, and then clicking “publish” provides me with a sense of elation and joy.
  • That not even hackers, who brought down my site twice, could deter me.

Lastly, I’ve learned what famed American graphic designer Milton Glaser was talking about in Jonah Lehrer’s eye-opening book Imagine. He said, “[Creativity] is about taking an idea in your head, and transforming that idea into something real.  And that’s always going to be a long and difficult process.  If you’re doing it right, it’s going to feel like work.”

It’s true: crafting each post takes a lot of effort.  I experiment with different sentence structures and rearrange the order of photos.  I mull over words.  And I revise and edit some more.  But I love it so it’s not really work, is it?

Here’s to kicking off my sophomore year in the blogosphere!