Barefoot by the Sea: Thank YOU!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Thank YOU!

One of the things I love most about running a blog is that connection you make with people across the country and sometimes, all over the world. Over the years I've made great friends and established a great network of blog oriented people who share, provide inspiration and ideas. I can't tell you how many times I've bookmarked a recipe or did a craft based on one of the blogs that I've read. Of course I have my favorites and those are the ones I visit often. I think blogging can be quite personal and you learn more about the people who run them and often times establish a nice friendship.

That friendship can sometimes lead to the most wonderful surprises! Earlier this week, I had THREE such surprises from three friends in the blogging world who I've grown closer to in the past year. I arrived home to the sweetest package with an encouraging note of friendship which meant more than to me then she will probably ever know. Her blog is one that I read it as often as possible, it's inspiring and encouraging, it's positive but honest. I appreciate the words she writes and I'm thankful to call her a friend. She sent me the sweetest notecards, you can check out her amazing work here
Another friend in the blogging world sent me a very flattering email seeking my advice about her blogging. I can't tell you how much that meant to me considering the fact I respect her as a blogger and have tried to have more meaningful content since I started reading her blog in 2014. I discovered her through 31 days and have never looked back. Her blog was one that I actually enjoyed so much that I look to her for daily encouragement and inspiration through her words.

Finally, I discovered a cool, chic and funky friend who loves photographs, her family and London!  I love that I can read about her exciting adventures, check out her decorating ideas and hear more about her family.  She sent me a message the other day - I just felt that connection.  

This to say that I'm so thankful for all of you who read my blog! Whether you visit once in a while or visit often, your support means the world to me. I know it's a busy world, everyone has things going on and distractions. Social media has overtaken our lives to some degree, at least mine! With so many blogs the newsletters out there I can't help to feel an immense amount of gratitude for those of you who continue to read, find inspiration through my words or check out a recipe or craft.
That being said, I have felt like I've been letting things slip from a blogging point of you lately. I still have ideas but time sometimes prevents me from sharing those are executing a recipe or craft properly. These encouraging friends this week have reminded me how lucky I am and therefore I'm encouraged to continue to run the best blog possible. The relationships we build mean the most and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who continues to support me!

On that note, I'm wishing you all a wonderful weekend!  I'll see you back here next week!


  1. What a sweet surprise! Wouldn't it be wonderful to meet some of our blogging friends in person someday? I'm sure I'll find myself in New England one day and would love to have lunch with you!

  2. Thank you for the sweet words.
    I feel the same about you. ♥
    I agree, I hope we can meet someday in person, until then...I enjoy the encouragement we give each other. :-))

  3. This is such a blessing to me. You have no idea how much you have encouraged me so that fact that you would say that, I mean, it literally leaves me speechless. I am going to check out these other blogs and today I am planning on doing that ice art with the kids. The one that you hang outside! I even recently told my husband about the ice rink your husband built. J thought that was really cool and if we have a home with a yard (that is cold enough) we will have to try that out too. You are such an encouragement Jessica. Thank you!

  4. I am so glad to read you have had some surprises to brighten your days! It's a wonderful group we are part of out here on the blogosphere. Friends by choice that we have met through some type of similar interests!


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