- Monday, 9 February 2015 -

One Year On

Hello my lovelies! In all my life, I don't think I've ever stretched my dedication enough to stick to anything. I've floated in and out of instrument lessons, had a brief fling with many a sport and dabbled in just about every language imaginable, all of which ended in tears of frustration, leaving my mother scorned and bewildered as to why she wasted good money on fleeting obsessions. During secondary school, I recall the bubbling envy I harboured toward everyone who'd slotted so simply into place - my group of friends was comprised of such colourful talent, there was the musical one, the sporty one, the artsy one... Whilst I merely drifted along devoid of an identity.

As far as hobbies go, I combed the realms in a deep desperation to discover my calling (let's not talk about that one time I actually took up professional trampolining), however all to no avail. It wasn't until a few years ago whilst aimlessly scouring the internet I stumbled upon a little thing we like to call a 'blog'. Completely captivated by the diary-esque entries and sprinkles of personality peppered here and there, it was like reading a magazine written by a long lost friend. I fell head over heels in love with how you could call this little corner of the web your own, where you could channel your creativity whilst imbuing it with ideas, inspirations and general life musings.

I'll admit, it took me quite a while to muster up the courage to finally create a blog, with doubt viciously whispering in my ear, my mind was a flurry of negativity. I've never been able to keep a diary so why should an online version be any different? Because blogging is the best thing ever. In a year alone I've bore my soul to you all, you've seen the good, the bad and the ugly and still stick by me. My blog isn't just a hobby, it's a way to capture and preserve memories and make friends. It's a door that suddenly swings open, where a whole mess of new opportunities and experiences lie. It's the escapism I so sorely need whenever life hits you hard, it's not just a blog, it's a lifestyle.

No longer are you categorised a 'student' or a 'sales assistant', you somehow ascend an astral plane, because you are now known as a blogger, and it's the best thing ever.  Blogging isn't merely an opportunity to probe PR companies, sniffing after free samples, nor is it instant access to a book deal. It's a chance to grow as a writer, a creative, a person - looking back, it's hard not to wince with embarrassment over my past posts, but it's also hard not to beam with pride when you realise how far you've managed to come.

  1. Congratulations Claire! I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog in the month or so that I've been following it!
    Wishing you all the best in the future and I look forward to many more amazing posts!

  2. Aww Claire this was such a sweet post! I have been following you for about a month now, but I fell head over heels in love with your blog. Your writing style. Your photography. YOU. Absolute perfection! I'm looking forward to reading more from you <3

    She Will Be

  3. Happy anniversary ! Any many more to come. So glad you stuck at the blogging - you're so good at it.

    Petite Pomme

  4. Happy blog birthday, Claire!

    Your blog is one of my favourites and I still can't believe (last time I mention it, I swear!) that it's only a year old! You always post such wonderful, colourful, creative posts - I'm always excited to see a new post of yours on my Bloglovin feed.


  5. Happy Blogiversary !! I love your blog, it is so cute and you wouldn't believe you have only had it a year! Well done!! :) I look forward to another year on FineandDandy! Xx


  6. I love this blog. I always get excited when I see a new post in my feed. My blog has just had its 1st Birthday so I guess we all have something to celebrate x

  7. Congratulations! I started blogging at a similar time to you and I'm pretty impressed I managed to last the year, its definitely something to be proud of! :)

    Sarah / Sarah Smiles

  8. Happy blog birthday to one of my absolute favourite and longest loved blogs out there! I've lovingly read your blog for almost a year (My blog's 1st birthday isn't until April/May) and I can't wait to see what the next year holds for you, Claire! xxxxxxx

    Rhianna | www.robowecop.com

  9. What lovely words. I've only just discovered your blog bit I feel right at home each time I read a post, happy blogiversary, here's to many more! x

  10. Aww, this just reminds me why I love blogging. It's such a wonderful thing to have your own little part of the internet to create and make your own <3


  11. Eeeek congratulations lovely!! :D

    I can't actually believe that you've only been blogging a year! :O that's insane! xxx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

  12. Oh I love this! I'm so proud of myself for sticking to blogging too and I love how much of a community there is! Keep it up girl!


  13. Aww. Love this post! & I feel exactly the same way you do - My blog is also 1 today!! Woop

  14. Aww. Love this. And we've been blogging nearly the same amount of time. Your corner of the internet is one of my favs. So glad you kept with it so we could meet this amazing girl called Claire.

    Rach // illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

  15. Your so sweet, you deserve the best!


  16. I absolutely love this post! So lovely and inspiring to hear how much blogging means to you :) I've started and not kept up blogs before until recently, and now I'm determined to carry mine on as I've discovered this lovely and supportive community and it really is the best! Good luck for the next year, you deserve every success with your lovely blog :)


  17. Aww this is such a lovely post and you have such a nice way of writing. Happy one year and good luck with your blogging journey! :)

    Eunice Caroline.

  18. Congratulations Claire, my gorgeous little internet friend! You are truly an inspiration, a kind soul and a princess in my eyes! Your blog always fills me with giggles, motivation and captivates me with every word. I find myself drawn back all the time and I'm so happy to have found your little corner of the internet.

    Also, 'It's not just a blog, it's a lifestyle' - Can we talk about how I need this on a tee please?! Haha.
    Here's to another year!
    Lots of love,
    Jemma xx

  19. Love the idea that a blog doesn't define people as just a ''student'' etc, it gives you potential and lets you be anything you want. Lovely post :) Rebecca // rebeccamariee.blogspot.com xx

  20. I love this post! I've been blogging for a few years now and totally get where you say you can look back with pride :) xx

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

  21. This is beautiful, blogging is awesome!
    Love from Colombia!
    Mushroom rain blog