Saturday, May 17, 2014

Happy 1st Birthday, Adelante!

While I've been casually yet noncommittally blogging for a few years now, one year ago today I created this space as a creative outlet and a way to document my upcoming adventures as an expat in Spain. While I never had big expectations for my blog, this little corner of the internet has blessed me in many surprising ways.


Through this blog I've been able to reinvigorate my passion for writing. I've harbored a love for writing my entire life, but I've always felt too nervous to share mine with the world. By challenging myself to write consistently on this blog, I've learned to be a bit more fearless. Spilling your words out onto paper (or in this case, a computer screen) inevitably lets out a more vulnerable side of who you are, and sometimes it's scary to show that side to an anonymous public. Letting go of that fear has been a profound growing experience for me, both as an aspiring writer and as a 20-something trying to navigate this chaotic world.


I'm also grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the blogging community and connect with some truly incredible individuals. In fact, I've met several of my good friends here in Madrid through blogging, and it's partially their fault that I'm having so much fun here and have committed to staying a second year. Having blogger friends equals having fellow adventure buddies, which means that there's never a dull moment (or an empty stomach) when we're together.


While I would have never guessed what kind of doors this blog would open, I'm excited to see what opportunities another year will bring - whether that be more personal growth, new friendships or possible career opportunities. But as many of you may already know, the title of my blog Adelante means to go forward or ahead, so that's exactly what I plan on doing as I embark on another year of expat life in Madrid.

15 comments:

  1. Congrats! I love watching your journey! :)

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    1. Thank you Casey! That means a lot coming from one of my blogging role models!!

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  2. Happy cumple! Like yours, my blog has opened up several opportunities and I've met a lot of close friends through it. Here's to more great posts and gorgeous pictures!

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    1. Thanks so much Cat! Your blog has definitely been a big inspiration along the way!

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  3. Felicidades! :) Cheers (with some Spanish wine of course!) to another year with beautiful photos and great stories!

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    1. Gracias Sylvia! And you're totally right, Spanish wine is ALWAYS the best way to celebrate :)

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  4. Felicidades bloguera bud! Love the photos :D

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    1. Thanks friend! I'm glad to have shared so many good bloggin' times with ya in Madrid! Can't wait for more adventures :)

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  5. Well then both congratulations and good luck are in order! Let the good times roll!

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  6. Congrats on your first year! PS. I think I saw you at the Pradera de San Isidro on Thursday evening. I wasn't 100% sure it was you, so I didn't say hello lol

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    1. Thanks chica! And yes, I was definitely there all day on Thursday! Next time be sure to say hola :) I'd love to meet the face behind your fabulous blog!

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  7. How beautiful and colorful--thank you for sharing! And congratulations :) also...I nominated you for a Liebster award! http://www.amyandthegreatworld.com/2014/05/a-liebster-award/

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