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I know I already got mushy on y’all last week with sharing our wedding on our 3 year anniversary, but today also happens to be a significant day in BSB history. I am so excited to share this happy bit of news with you- today is BSB‘s 4th Blogiversary! I started this blog 4 years ago today, mere weeks after E popped the question. I started this blog as a place to organize my thoughts, ideas and inspiration for our big day but I believe it has turned into so much more than that! I shared – openly and honestly – alot of hopes, dreams, fears, doubts and insecurities along the way. It was highly personal for me, and it still is! I’ve spent the last three years of my life working on this blog (post-wedding) and it has had its ups and downs, that is for sure.

Making Things Happen{personal image from Instagram}

Last week I attended the Making Things Happen Intensive in Atlanta with the wonderful Lara Casey, Emily Ley, and Gina Zeidler. It’s something I’d wanted to do for YEARS, basically since Lara first announced the workshop. Ever since I discovered Southern Weddings back in 2008 I have been so inspired by Lara and all she has done in her career. She has made so many AMAZING things happen and has always shown grace, kindness, and humility. I was so excited to attend this workshop that has touched so many of my dear friends in the industry– I was also excited to meet the super savvy Emily as well as the lovely and talented Gina. These incredible women along with the 25+ attendees all really inspired me and helped me to open my heart. Needless to say, the MTH workshop was an amazing experience for me, and I am still kind of ‘unpacking’ my brain and sorting through all of my self-discovery from last week as I type this.

 

{image from the MTH2012 blog}

One thing that I’ve realized lately (and that MTH really pushed me towards) is that I want to do what FIRES ME UP, what MAKES MY HEART SING. One of those things is writing and connecting with readers of BSB. I want to put more energy and focus into this blog- which I have definitely already been doing since the beginning of this year. I’ve had struggles along the way and I’ve developed other interests and hobbies that took my attention away from blogging. Over the years I’ve struggled with whether or not to keep things on this blog personal or professional, I’ve struggled with how much of myself to include here. I’ve struggled with wanting to make this site amazing and a great resource but having limited resources, knowledge and skills to make that happen. I’ve struggled with feelings of insecurity, and allowing myself to get caught up in comparing my successes to others’. I’ve struggled with FEAR– fear of failure, fear of embarrassment, fear of falling flat on my face. Fear of pursuing that which brings me JOY even if it falls outside the ‘norm’. It’s about time for me to feel that fear and do it anyway. Life is too short to not go after something that makes my heart sing. Life is too short to be the only thing standing in my way. So this is me saying that I am committing myself to bettering this site and making it even more amazing, organized, helpful and inspiring to all of you brides out there. Doing this work gives me goosebumps, makes me smile, and brings me JOY, and I have been so very very lucky to have done this for the last four years. It’s been a journey and I can’t wait to see what’s around the bend. THANK YOU for all the support- for reading, for commenting, for emailing, and for sharing- I appreciate it all so very much!!

 

PS- Stay tuned! Coming up today we’ve got a fun giveaway and DIY project for you all!

 

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Jessica is the creator of The Budget Savvy Bride; she launched the site in May of 2008, shortly after becoming engaged. Jessica has been recognized as a budget wedding expert by various media outlets and continues to share realistic inspiration and actionable tips to help brides save money on their weddings. Google

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  • http://www.stephaniecreekmur.com Stephanie Creekmur

    So happy for you! I am not a bride (nor am I interested in ever becoming one) and yet I still enjoy your little slice of the web! I think that says a lot about what you have created! Glad to hear about MTH, I so wish I could have been there! Still contemplating it – maybe Chicago? We shall see! Anyway – congrats on 4 years! :)

    • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Savvy Bride

      Steph, so sweet of you to comment!! Thank you so much for your kind words. I’d definitely recommend MTH– it was a wonderful experience. YOU are already making lots of wonderful things happen on your own– hope to see you again soon!!! xoxo

  • katelyn

    yay, congratulations to you! can’t wait to hear more about mth, too!

    • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Savvy Bride

      Thank you so much! It was an amazing experience! My friend Sarah, who lives in Denver (@missSE06 on twitter) is going this fall to the one in TX I think! :)