note to readers – one year later.

Hiiiiiiiiiii.

So exactly one year ago, I posted my first blog post on this site. I can’t remember what triggered me to start a blog, but I thought it would be a cool way to get some unbiased feedback from people who don’t know me. I knew that I wasn’t going to hold back and that people would probably be really harsh, but that’s exactly what I needed.

Back then I was super, super single and had only had one or two relationships in my life. I thought this blog would be a funny look inside my ridiculous dating adventures in Chicago. I’ve gotten myself into some…predicaments. I never thought I would actually find a real boyfriend who I am obsessed with and love. Like this was not a part of the plan. It’s okay though because I’m super happy.

I feel like I need to say thank you so much to every person who has commented because I have changed so much in a year. If anyone was following me back then, you know I was a spoiled, ungrateful brat who cried and yelled until I got what I wanted. I partied and drank several nights out of the week and obviously I couldn’t find anyone who wanted to deal with that.

Although the harsh comments sometimes made me mad and defensive, they honestly have helped me in a way I didn’t know they could. I’m so much more aware of my actions now and how I talk to and treat other people. I’ve caught myself thinking, “What will happen if I blog about this?” before doing something and realizing that y’all wouldn’t approve. So I didn’t do it. I have no idea what I’m doing in my relationship and I have tried to take all the advice I get on here about how to make my relationship work. So I can’t thank y’all enough for helping me become a better version of me.

Obviously I’m still a work in progress and hope I continue to get better, but if you read my blog last year I hope you can tell the change in me. I feel like a different person and I love it. I will continue blogging as long as y’all want me to! Love everyone as always!! ❀

-Reese

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35 thoughts on “note to readers – one year later.

  1. Waffles says:

    Hey Reese. I’ve been reading your blog for ages, but this is my first comment. I just wanted to say your blog is my favourite blog to read and I find myself checking constantly for new updates haha. Please do keep blogging, I’ll probably die if you stop. Sending love and best wishes all the way from Western Australia πŸ™‚

  2. kelseyxsays says:

    So proud of what you have accomplished! Thank you for letting us readers into a tiny portion of your life. It’s not always glamorous, but it’s very real and nobody is perfect! Looking forward to many more laughs from this blog. πŸ™‚

  3. Meg says:

    I love that your blog is real life..you have come a long way girl and I think that’s amazing! Keep it going !

  4. Awwwwww Reese! I can’t believe time has flown so fast!!!! You’ve done amazing at keeping up with this blog! I admire your dedication ❀️ I look forward to your posts and tweets in between my study sessions😭πŸ˜ͺ you save me from going crazy.

  5. Y says:

    Thank you sweet girl for sharing a part of your life with us. It’s so funny how invested I have become in your blog. Sometimes I find myself thinking about things you’ve done. I remember when you and Brady were on a break and I will spend hours trying to figure out what his reason was. You have grown so much and your blog is a refreshing reminder that we are all human and make mistakes. You’re awesome Reese. It has been a pleasure taking this journey with you.

  6. Ana says:

    In that case, blog forever and ever!! 😁 you have come a long way and can’t wait to see what else you get yourself into! πŸ™‚ hope this coming year has many more great experiences for you!

  7. Zeina says:

    Hugs! You’ve come a long way, baby! And just FYI, nobody actually knows what they are doing in this life. You just gotta wing it.

  8. K says:

    you have come so far. and i admire your courage to put it all out there and you have taken some of the harsh comments very well. Some of them I have thought were rude and a little harsh, but as you said, sometimes you need that (calling you names and such is not needed though. Hopefully some commenters were able to grow with you)

    here’s to another year lovely.

  9. C says:

    Reese! You are the best and I’m such a fan. You totally are inspiring me to want to start a blog. I’m so happy that this year has brought you so much happiness!

  10. Ann says:

    Hi Reese! I used to read a bunch of the popular blogs out there but have slowly stopped. Yours is the only I still read, and I also see the rude comments people make. I’m glad that’s not stopping you from continuing to share your life with us, and even more happy that the readers feedback has helped you grow. I think you’re amazeballs and can’t wait to read more! Have a great weekend πŸ™‚

  11. Brittany says:

    Hi Reese! I’ve read since the beginning but never commented mainly because by the time I read other people have commented my thoughts. I think you have grown so much and I’m so happy for you. Major props for taking all of the harsh criticisms and growing. It’s been so much fun to read along with your journey. I love following along on twitter too.

  12. Danielle (D) says:

    I think I started reading on like your 3rd or 4th blog post, and have been addicted ever since! You have grown SO much in the past year – so much that I literally thought you’d been blogging for longer! lol (time flies!). Happy 1 year! I look forward to watching you grow more and reading about all the other crazy funny things you do! ❀

  13. Amber says:

    Happy one year! I don’t comment on every post but I read every one and obsessively check back for more! I love reading your stories, hearing about your work and friends, the links to the clothes that you post, the TBT posts and especially reading about you and Brady! Keep up the awesome work!

  14. Arianna says:

    Hey Reese….I’m definitely super proud of how far you’ve come! I’ve been swamped lately and haven’t commented but I have definitely kept up with your posts. You’re not perfect….none of us are. You have shown countless times what a strong, confident, driven woman you are. To open up to your life to criticism is not easy. You’ve taken the good with the bad all while taking steps to become better version of yourself. I love that you’re effectively communicating with Brady and growing. My only piece of advice is to continue growing but don’t lose sense of who you truly are. Do you! And continue to learn and grow from your experiences. I think you’re truly awesome and brave to share your life so candidly with us:-)

  15. Sara says:

    You have really come a long way.And it takes guts to put yourself out there for a bunch of strangers to critique, but you have handled it well. It’s a new kind of group therapy. If your mom was still working as a therapist, you would put her out of business. (kidding.) Still, great job and thank you for sharing your experiences!

  16. megg says:

    A whole year has passed?! No way. It’s been the best read. I for reals have laughed out loud, cried, felt heartbroken, angry, sad and incredibly giddy. Well done. Your vulnerability and honesty have taught me so much. Can’t wait to see what the future holds. You’re amazingπŸ’š

  17. Poppy says:

    Happy blog birthday Reese! I’ve been a reader since day 1 and I’m so happy for you that you’ve found someone steady! Keep it up and good luck on year 2! ❀️❀️

  18. Bethany says:

    Hey Reese, just wanted to say please never stop blogging. I don’t know how I found the blog but I am always eagerly waiting for your next update. When I read your first post it was Christmas time 2014 I was so hooked I binge read every opportunity I got for two weeks straight until I was completely caught up. Your life is totally different from what I am used to and you have inspired to push myself. So thanks from this girl all the way from Harare, Zimbabwe; it’s one of the countries above South Africa. We love you too

  19. Victoria says:

    I love love love love your blog! It reminds me of me before I got into my serious relationships. I feel like a lot of the posts you write about reflect me! I was the same way! And then I met my boyfriend and we are two years strong! I even refuse to name my ex who completely tore me apart, heart and soul, it took me 3 years of being single to find myself and to know what I deserve! I was crazy, drunk, and living my life and no that I am calmed down, (believe it or not) I am only 23 lol I cant see myself without him, or my life being what it is now. I am so happy! and Reading your blog gives me that sense of nostalgia because after reading every single blog I always sit back and remember the times I had! I love your blog and I hope it goes on for a while yet! or there is a sequel! I find myself thinking, “like gosh I would love to be her friend! We would talk for days!”

    I am glad you found happiness! I cant wait to keep reading. πŸ™‚

  20. Ch says:

    I can definitely see a change! But either way I was rooting for you the entire time. I’m so glad you are happy with who you are. You’re smart, hilarious, witty, and sharp-tongued. You definitely have a gift for storytelling. And you’re also finding out that you have a bigger heart than maybe you thought you had. πŸ™‚

  21. Ch says:

    Oh, and I agree with what Megg said about admiring your vulnerability. It takes guts to admit things sometimes. Something that I struggle with too.

    Btw, on your previous post where you had trouble telling that guy you had a boyfriend… I’ve been there too. It always feels awkward and I’m not sure why, maybe partially because of course I like being paid attention to. Until you find out they are creepy as all get out lol.

  22. Happy One Year Anniversary!! I’m so happy that I discovered your blog & quite early on–by the second post I believe. I am loving every post and it’s exciting taking the journey with you. I also like that you’ve started to include stories from the past, they’re quite funny. Like I always say, don’t ever think I’ve disappeared;I am quite the loyal reader, lol! Seriously, it’s like my addiction to Grey’s Anatomy, ha! Keep writing and keep growing. We aren’t going anywhere!

    ❀ Lynella!

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