One year later…

It all started with one little sentence..

“Here I am at my most vulnerable state inviting you to be a part of the journey.”

and in the blink of an eye 364 days have passed.

OfGraceAndRoses officially makes a year tomorrow. 

I don’t know whether to ecstatically jump for joy or cry my eyes out.

This has been such a beautiful and significant journey. There have been many ups and downs; moments of utter confidence and moments of discouragement and defeat; but I would do it ALL over again if I could. 

I have learned so much about myself, you all, life  & God in this little ol’ journey this year.

In honor of my BLOGAVERSARY Im sharing TWO things with y’all today.

#1. 5 lessons I’ve learned this past blogging year

#2. OGR’s official Logo (I’m so excited & in love)

Here are my top five lessons this year:

1. The risks placed in your heart are ALWAYS worth taking

Even if things don’t go as planned, even if you’re scared senseless, even if other’s don’t get it…. If God has placed it in your heart, DO IT.

Do it once. Do it again. Do it scared, but do it.

It’s Always worth it.

2. Live (& write) for an Audience of ONE

Starting OGR was scary because I hated sharing what I thought/wrote with other people. I feared that people wouldn’t understand or like what I had to say.  So naturally the first couple of months I found myself so hung up on my stats, comments, shares etc. This made me antsy and added this extra pressure to be “perfect” and have it all together.

I felt like I had to prove something.

A couple of months later I was confronted on my “too perfect” posts and I started to realize this one thing…

I was focusing way too much on the way in which other’s would react to my posts instead of writing for an Audience of ONE.

I was redirected and reminded of why I  started blogging in the first place. 1.Because God had placed this little (big) dream in my heart and 2.For myself and how I’d grow from the experience.

And so blogging because less about the numbers and more about bringing Glory to Him whom deserves it ALL.

Let me explain..

I don’t mean that I dont write for you all, because frankly sometimes I do, that just happens. What I mean is that in reality I’m writing about Him and for Him and so instead of being hung up on how you all might take what I say, I’m more concerned with what He thinks about what I say, do, write, am.

3.Make mistakes!

I have made soooooooo many blogging mistakes in the past year. I’ve been inconsistent in some months and have waited until Monday mornings to write posts, I have refused to have a niche, although that sort of happened on it’s own and I have published uneditted posts. But I’ve learned along the way.

My mistakes have only made me a better blogger. They’ve allowed me to pinpoint and address what needs fine tunning, not only in “blogging world” but in real life as well.

4. Listen, Be in tune, measure your peace. Embrace Redirection.

Oh how I’ve learned to listen this past year.

There were MANY moments where I would spend so much time writing a post and come Sunday night realize that it’s NOT time for the specific post to be shared and that God is leading me down another direction. Yes, this has been stressful at times but I realized that those posts that I felt I needed to hold off on would pop back up at the PERFECT moment in my life ( and maybe some of y’alls too).

It became a little checking game (just like using spell check) to measure my level of peace before putting up a specific post.

Redirection happens. And although frustrating at the time, at the end you’ll be thankful.

5. Give Grace, always give grace.

Sometimes I can’t post.

Sometimes things dont go as planned.

Sometimes nothing is working like I want it to.

Sometimes I have writer’s block or I don’t feel as connected.

And in those times I’ve learned to sit back and give myself grace because I’m a little too harsh on myself AND because He has.

I hope that these last 364 days with OfGraceAndRoses have been as amazing for you all as it has been for me. I pray that you may have seen and felt His presence through my words and that you know that you are constantly in my heart and prayers.

You have helped make this experience so WORTH IT for me and have been a huge part of all the growth that this year and this blog have brought me.

I’d love to hear the ways in which OGR has been a blessing to you in this past year or which particular post has stood out to you. Send a message, leave a comment, let me know 🙂


Here is OGR’s official Logo ❤️


Let me know your thoughts 🙂


11 thoughts on “One year later…

  1. The logo is so beautiful!!!
    You know I am such a fan of your blog and you, you are so amazing and encouraging.
    I loved this one because you confirmed that we all need to check our peace at times.
    Thank you for who you are and being the brave one to go along with this journey.
    God is and will continue to use you mightily!

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    1. Amen❤️ Thank you my love.
      So glad that you’re such a fan and that you like the logo as much as I do lol

      Thank you for the support & love.
      Love you beauty👑❤️


  2. Emily, I love seeing an email saying you’ve posted a blog. Every time I see it, I’m so proud of you because it’s another week you didn’t give up. I know what it feels like to feel defeated and give up. So I encourage you to strive for another year on each anniversary and you’ll see God work his power.
    P.S. love the logo !

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    1. Ashley, I love seeing comments from you. They’re always so encouraging and uplifting. Believe it or not you’ve definitely have helped me push through some tough days with your words. Thank you ❤️


  3. I really liked your tips you had especially the numbers and follows comment you made. I think I worry about that instead of truly talking to the audience of one. I also love the tip on grace.

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    1. Yes I understand you. It’s really hard not to focus on the numbers sometimes. We tend to attach success to high stats and follows which is not really what makes us successful, not saying that the numbers aren’t great they just shouldn’t be EVERYTHING.

      A while back I started to think of things in a different way. I decided if only ONE person, aside from me, reads my post and is blessed by it then I’ve done what I’ve had to do, and even if the only person who reads it and receives from it is me It was still written with a purpose because regardless God was doing something.

      I realized that you never really know all the ways in which you affect people. I won’t always hear all the testimonies, which doesn’t mean that what I’ve written hasn’t affected people. We don’t always see the fruit of what we’ve planted but it doesn’t mean the fruit doesn’t exist.

      Also when you’re writing for an audience of ONE it takes off the pressure of trying to necessarily reach people because you trust that he’ll connect the right person (whoever needs to read what you’re writing) to the right post and it takes off the pressure to be perfect before the world; it gives room for you to be yourself because in reality you’re writing for your dad.

      Hoping that this helped at least a bit lol

      Brigette, I think you’re great. I can’t wait to see what GOB looks like and what’s in store. I know it’ll be nothing shorter than amazing. I bless you and your blog. ❤️

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