2 Important Life Lessons I Learned Through Blogging + A Giveaway

I can’t believe it! One Awesome Momma has just turned 2! When I published my very first post 2 years ago, I didn’t think I would have done the things I’ve been doing for the past 2 years. I didn’t think I will love blogging this much! From the amazing community, the fun experience, and the awesome campaigns I’ve worked on, blogging is such a wonderful journey. Join me as I celebrate One Awesome Momma’s 2nd blog anniversary, by looking back on some important milestones of the blog, and sharing important life lessons with you which I’ve learned through blogging.

toddler girl wearing white tee, rainbow skirt, brown sandals, holding balloons while walking - 2 important life lessons blogging I learned through blogging
toddler boy wearing white tee, rainbow plaid shorts, brown laceup shoes, smiling and holding a balloon - 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging

mommy and kids wearing matching outfits, white tee, rainbow skirt and rainbow shorts, walking while the kids are holding balloons - 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging

on her: tee // similar skirt here // sandals
on him: tee // similar shorts here // shoes
on me: tee // skirt // sandals

Make sure to read until the end, there is a surprise waiting for you!!!

Looking Back At One Awesome Momma’s 2nd Year

Before we dive in to the 2 important life lessons I learned through my 2 years of blogging, let’s quickly look back at One Awesome Momma’s 2nd year of blogging.

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summer outfit idea - woman wearing white tee, rainbow skirt, blush sandals with bow, holding sunflowers - 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging
summer outfit idea - woman wearing white tee, rainbow skirt, blush sandals with bow, twirling - 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging

summer outfit idea - woman wearing white tee, rainbow skirt, blush sandals with bow, walking while holding sunflowers - 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging

My second year of blogging, just like the first year, has been nothing but amazing! Sure, it wasn’t always rainbows and butterflies, but the great things that have happened always tramp the not-so-good ones.

The Brands That I Worked With

Even with all the negative things that have happened, I cannot take for granted the fact that I’ve been blessed enough to be able to work with brands I’ve always loved and looked up to like Carter’s, OshKosh B’gosh, Baby Dove, Shoe CarnivalDaniel Wellington, Neutrogena, and Groupon. I cannot forget all the memories we created while working on the fun campaigns for Tomorrow Sleep, Sleepyheadsbuybuy BABY, Loving Lion Books, Gaylord National Resort, and CanvasChamp.

And let’s not forget the other awesome projects that I’ve worked on with Arctic Zero, Starfish Project, Le Tote, Naot Footwear, Maria Shireen, Sandy Ma Photography, Dream Pairs ShoesMisook, CaseApp, Kamik, SippyNipple, Real Sangria, Rad Swim, Ryleigh Rue Clothing, and Basic Invite.

When Pinterest Thieves Stole My Traffic

This year, I’ve exceeded my first-year monthly pageview goals all because of my post about my daughter’s mean friends. That post consistently brought traffic to my website for months until spam accounts started stealing my pins on Pinterest; and then all the traffic that was meant for me, went to them. Suffice to say, I lost the traffic that I so deserved. I took a lot of hit; my traffic went down to less than my monthly pageview goal. But I didn’t let that stop me. I worked my a*s off, and have been slowly recovering from that. Last July, I am over my monthly pageview goal again.

Slow Growth On Social Media

Despite the continuous algorithm changes on different social media channels and how frustrating Instagram and Facebook can be, I found that I’m still growing… slowly, but still growing which is good. In fact, on Pinterest I am mind-blown that I am reaching over 8 million users a month! Now, if only that would translate to blog traffic, right?

People Started Sending Me Emails

I always love reading emails from you, my readers, or from someone who just stumbled upon my posts. I had someone email me about how relatable my post was; and someone asking for advice. It just warms my heart to receive emails like this. So, if you ever need to tell or ask me something, don’t hesitate and just reach out. Like I always say at the end of my posts, I would love to hear from you.

2 Important Life Lessons I Learned Through Blogging

I have never forgotten the 9 things I’ve learned after my first year of blogging. But this year, I want to share with you 2 important life lessons I’ve learned through blogging. These life lessons will help anyone become successful in anything.

That’s not to say that once you know these important life lessons, it’s going to be easy moving forward. No, it’s still going to be hard; you still have to put in a lot of work, but keeping these 2 life lessons in mind will help you to keep on moving forward no matter what happens.

Always Remember Who You’re Doing It For

As I’ve said last year, blogging isn’t a walk in the park. From the ever-changing social media algorithms, to new GDPR requirements; there’s always something new that you have to learn or improve on.

It's not going to be easy, and that is why you must always remember who you're doing it for to keep yourself on the right track. A motivational quote from the article 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging.

This year, I did go through a phase when I felt like I wasn’t doing anything right, or my blog isn’t going anywhere near the goals I have set for it. There were days when I wanted to just close my Instagram account; and days when I thought maybe I should just quit blogging. On days like these, I try to remember who I’m doing all of these for; and that has helped me A LOT to keep on pushing through and to strive even harder to achieve my goals.

Always keep in mind why you started in the first place; that should give you the motivation that you need to keep moving forward. A motivational quote from the article 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging.

Blogging, just like anything else, requires a lot of time, focus, effort, and constant improvement on your part. Whatever it is you’re doing in life, it’s not going to be easy (especially when you’re just starting out); and that is why you must always remember who you’re doing it for to keep yourself on the right track. When things are hard or they aren’t working out as you hoped, it is essential that you think about this life lesson. Always keep in mind why you started in the first place; that should give you the motivation that you need to keep moving forward.

Allow Yourself To Fail

Sometimes, you have to be wrong to find out what is right. A motivational quote from the article 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging.

Wouldn’t it be nice if we all just succeed the first time we try something? But in blogging, just like with everything else in life, it’s inevitable to commit mistakes. Most of the time, you’re not going to achieve your goals on your first try (you’d be VERY LUCKY if you do), and even with proper knowledge and training of how to do something, things might still not work out for the better. And when that happens, don’t stress because that is part of life.

It's perfectly fine to stumble, as long as you pick yourself back up, learn from it, and keep trying. A motivational quote from the article 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging.

Life is a constant trial and error adventure. What made someone succeed may not exactly work for you. Sometimes you do everything from the books, and still things come out falling apart. You have to find the right formula for your own success. And in order for that to happen, you have to be wrong to find out what is right.

Failures are meant to be embraced and used as turning points in your life. A motivational quote from the article 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging.

It’s perfectly fine to stumble, as long as you pick yourself back up, learn from it, and keep trying. Don’t let your mistakes define you. Failures are meant to be embraced and used as turning points in your life. Use them to your advantage and treat them as teachable moments so you can better yourself and your life.

I hope you find these 2 important life lessons valuable. They sure do help me a lot to keep pushing through. Thank you, once again, for all your support and for sticking with me for the past year. I hope you still continue to in the next years to come!

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toddler siblings wearing matching outfits, white tee, rainbow skirts and rainbow shorts, playing with bubbles while sitting on the grass - 2 important life lessons I learned through blogging

To my ever-supportive family, and the man behind the camera, my husband, thank you so much! All of these wouldn’t have been possible if not for their continuous love, support, understanding, and belief in me.

To all the brands that I’ve worked with, I am absolutely grateful for each and every one of you! It was beyond amazing to have worked with all of you!

And of course, to my blogging BFF, Meredith from Mommy in Leggings, thank you so much for sticking with me, for believing in me, and for your never-ending support! I love you girl!

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mommy and daughter wearing matching white tee and rainbow skirt lying on the grass with bubbles - 2 important life lessons learned through blogging

Here are my top 10 posts for my 2nd year that you might want to check out:

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In celebration of One Awesome Momma’s 2nd blog anniversary, and show you how much I appreciate you, I’ve partnered with my favorite bloggers to give one lucky winner a $275 Target gift card. Enter below for a chance to win! And don’t forget to share this awesome giveaway with your family and friends!

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What did you think of this post? Did you find these life lessons helpful? Did they motivate you? What other life lessons that you have learned would you like to share to everyone going through the same journey as yours? Let me know in the comments. You know I always love to hear from you.

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60 Comments

  1. August 7, 2018 / 8:20 AM

    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary! You’ve achieved some amazing things. That’s wonderful you have had so much success with your blog.

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:35 AM

      Thanks Marysa! It means a lot!

  2. August 7, 2018 / 9:05 AM

    Congratulations on your second bloggerversary!! Cute skirt too!!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:35 AM

      Thanks Marta!

  3. August 7, 2018 / 9:11 AM

    Congrats on 2 years of blogging!! I totally agree that you need to remember who you’re doing this for and stay true to yourself. Blogging is not always easy, but it’s such a great hobby to have! Good luck to you in your 3rd year!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:35 AM

      Thanks Katie!

  4. August 7, 2018 / 9:20 AM

    Congratulations on your 2nd year! So excited for you!!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:35 AM

      Thanks Lane!

  5. August 7, 2018 / 9:22 AM

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I am new to blogging too and I am encouraged that you are doing so well (except for the Pinterest mishap)!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:36 AM

      Thanks Susan! There’s a lot of ups and downs but don’t get so hung up on the downs, just keep pushing forward and you’ll surely achieve what you want to achieve. Good luck on your blogging journey! 🙂

  6. August 7, 2018 / 10:11 AM

    Happy 2 Years girl! Your kids are adorable and you look amaze in this skirt!! I enjoy following along on your journey!

    xx Rebecca
    thecrystalpress.com

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:36 AM

      Thanks Rebecca!

  7. August 7, 2018 / 11:49 AM

    This is so great! Happy blogiversary and I am in love with your fabulous skirt!!

    XOXO
    Cathy

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:36 AM

      Thanks Cathy!

  8. Liz
    August 7, 2018 / 12:15 PM

    Congrats on your blogiversary!! These lessons are perfect – thank you so much for sharing what you’ve learned with us!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:37 AM

      Thanks Liz!

  9. Calvin
    August 7, 2018 / 4:39 PM

    Awesome share. Life lessons help us grow

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:37 AM

      That is so true! Thank you!

  10. Congrats on an amazing Blogversary! These lessons are great and definitely ones that will take you through many more years of blogger! I am loving the skirt you’re wearing!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:37 AM

      Thanks Laura!

  11. Marisa
    August 7, 2018 / 11:27 PM

    Congrats on your blogiversary! I’ve felt alot of those feelings too but I’m glad that you share your life’s moments on your blog, its really a favorite of mine to read! Thank you for connecting with me on my social media and being a positive face in this blogging world of ours. Wishing you more success in the coming years!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:38 AM

      Awww! Thanks so much Marisa! Your words mean a lot! It has been great connecting with you on IG too!

  12. August 8, 2018 / 12:27 AM

    Happy Blogiversary babe and I love the outfits!! I love that you mentioned these two lessons, so true…and so important!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:38 AM

      Thanks Kileen!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:38 AM

      Thanks Jessica!

  13. August 8, 2018 / 1:13 PM

    Wow – you’ve worked with some amazing brands!! And the content you have put out for the last 2 years has been great!! Cheers to an awesome 3rd year!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:38 AM

      Thanks Morgan!

  14. ashley hargrove
    August 8, 2018 / 1:51 PM

    Congrats on 2 years!! It’s amazing to see how far you come and ever more exciting to see where you will be in the next 2 years!!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:38 AM

      Thanks Ashley!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:39 AM

      Thanks Lydia!

  15. August 8, 2018 / 7:14 PM

    The Pinterest bots must have been so frustrating! Blogging is hard, and you hit the nail on the head when saying you need to go back to why you started to keep pushing through the hard times ❤️

    Xo Jannine | http://www.happystylishfit.com

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:40 AM

      It sure was frustrating to the point that I stopped reporting them because nothing is happening if I do. The pins get deleted and the bots create a bunch more. I feel like I’m just wasting my time and I should focus my energy elsewhere.

  16. August 8, 2018 / 7:18 PM

    I love everything about this post!!! xoxox

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:40 AM

      Thanks girl!

  17. bianca roman
    August 9, 2018 / 8:08 AM

    happy 2 year blogversary!!!! i can’t wait to see what the next two years hold for you. and i hope you start surpassing many more personal and professional goals!!!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:40 AM

      Thanks Bianca!

  18. Laura Leigh
    August 9, 2018 / 8:10 AM

    Great lessons to have learned and congrats to you on the success!

    xo Laura Leigh
    Louella Reese

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:41 AM

      Thanks girl!

  19. August 9, 2018 / 12:03 PM

    Happy 2nd bloggiversary!! Sounds like you’ve had some great opportunities!

    xo, Laura

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:41 AM

      Thanks Laura!

  20. CJ
    August 9, 2018 / 1:33 PM

    Congrats on the 2 year milestone! Hope you are around the blogosphere for many year to come! 🙂

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:43 AM

      Thanks CJ!

  21. maggie
    August 9, 2018 / 1:45 PM

    Happy 2nd year!!!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:43 AM

      Thanks Maggie!

  22. Brianna Cavins
    August 10, 2018 / 4:25 PM

    I really hope I win!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:46 AM

      Good luck! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  23. Rosie
    August 14, 2018 / 10:38 AM

    Congratulations on your blogiverary! And a cute skirt to twirl and celebrate! I give you a lot of credit, I tried a blog once for fun, it lasted two posts and I was out of steam! Harder than it looks!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:47 AM

      Thank you! It means a lot. And yes, it sure is harder than it looks.

  24. Sara Sullivan
    August 15, 2018 / 3:03 AM

    Congratulations on 2 years of blogging! It’s a big commitment that takes tons of time and energy!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 16, 2018 / 9:47 AM

      That is so true! Thank you!

  25. Brandon Sparks
    August 20, 2018 / 11:28 AM

    Big Congrats to you. Thanks for this great giveaway. Good luck all..

    • Belle
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 1:30 PM

      Thank you!

  26. August 20, 2018 / 11:21 PM

    Happy 2 years. You have a nice blog and lovely kids.

    • Belle
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 1:30 PM

      Thanks Tiffany!

  27. Cassandra D
    August 21, 2018 / 8:08 PM

    Have a happy blogiversary !!!

    • Belle
      Author
      August 22, 2018 / 1:32 PM

      Thanks Cassandra!

    • Belle
      Author
      October 9, 2018 / 6:54 PM

      Thanks Stacy!

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