I have exciting news! Wildflowers and Progress was nominated for the Blogger Recognition Award – three times! This award allows bloggers to publicly recognize other blogs they enjoy and recommend, and then those bloggers have the opportunity to pay it forward. Many thanks to Natalie at Content With Simple, Autumn at Anywhere With Autumn, and Elise at Ask Dr. Ho for my nominations. I’m honored and flattered!
Where Wildflowers and Progress Began
Just like all roads lead to Rome, all signs pointed to blogging. Well, three of them, at least. Firstly, I desired a way to weave my passions into my life, and I wanted a hobby that was just for me. I’ve always loved writing, and I love projects that encourage (mandate, even!) continuous learning, so blogging was tempting. Simultaneously, I took over our social media at my day-job, and I liked the idea of a sandbox where I could learn and make mistakes without reflecting poorly on the company. Finally, Allie Trowbridge wrote Twenty-Two Letters. I grew up going to the same church as Allie, and her publishing a book encouraged me in my dreams to to publish a book someday. She proved it could be done, so I should preserve those college-refined writing skills from rusting!
So I decided to blog!
I saw many beautiful blogs of people showing the best parts of lives – wonderful trips, beautiful homes, picture perfect avocado toast! I wanted to contribute a blog that said, “If you’re like me, your life can be a bit of a mess. That’s okay. Let’s find beauty in this mess together, and hopefully get a little better.” And thus, Wildflowers and Progress was born!
If You Want to Start a Blog
If you want to start a blog, there are two things that I’d recommend:
- Write what you know – There’s a reason you don’t see me offering up fashion advice! I do, however, love reading personal development, relationship, and homemaking books and applying them to my life. So choose a topic that you already know or that you have a passion for learning about. Share what you enjoy with your unique perspective!
- Be okay with your pace and choices – There are a million reasons to blog! Some blog for the income, some drive traffic to their business, and some just keep grandma updated on their life. If your primary goals isn’t making money, don’t feel bad when someone says, “I made $1000 in my first week blogging!”. You had different goals. You’re not a failure because you didn’t hit someone else’s goal. You’re not even a failure if you don’t hit your own goal! Know why you’re blogging, and measure yourself against yourself.
15 Blogs that Deserve the Blogger Recognition Award
Now is that fun time where I get to pay the happiness forward! Honestly, I’ve stalled for quite awhile because I wanted to put together a list of blogs that I truly enjoy and recommend. So without further ado, here they are!
- Babel Rose – Written beach town local, this blog is a dream for anyone who loves DIY and sanity. Danyelle (my sister in law) touches on DIY topics like tips for big projects and tutorials, but also dives into the heart behind creativity. I can’t recommend this blog enough! New posts are up just once a month, so there’s no reason to ever miss one. (p.s. if you like the blog, just wait ’till you see her Etsy shop!)
- Simply Silicon Valley – This blog is a must-read for anybody who lives in the Silicon Valley, or for anyone looking for a little bit of peace in a fast-paced life. Taylor catalogues her family’s adventures and her suggestions for simplifying and enriching life in the categories go, make, be, do, and get. We’ve taken quite a few adventure ideas directly from this blog!
- Hannah Hart Beat – This is the first blog I ever loved. I met its author on a train in Spain (I think), and have been following on-and-off ever since. Hannah writes about fashion, music, and other loves and interests. It never ceases to disappoint!
- A Scent of Jasmine – Written by my childhood (and current!) friend Jazmin, a Scent of Jasmine is a peek into the life of a 26 year old Latina living in San Francisco. Jazmin has always blazed her own trail, and her blog is a fun representation of a life fully lived.
- Mom of Wild Things – While I’m not a mom and didn’t expect to suggest a mom-blog, this was one too good not to mention. Bethany is mom to three kids, and she focuses on raising readers and adventurers. I was hooked from the first post I read about why she lets her kids dress themselves. Definitely worth checking out!
- Scenes from Cedar Street – This blog was love at first read. Leah’s goal with the blog is to bring beauty to a broken world, which she does (dare I say it?) beautifully. Her topics range from motherhood, diy, and life tips. Like a good book, it’s the kind of blog where you can just soak in the beauty of it.
- Coffee with Summer – In addition to being a great resource for new bloggers, Summer also offers tips for a sane life. So often, people can error on the side of self-neglect or over-indulgent self-love. Summer, however, makes lovely recommendations regarding self-care and intentional living, but without falling off the deep end of selfishness of impracticality.
- ChioMa OparaDike – This blog is a keeper for any Christian woman. Author Chioma talks about relationships, sexuality, justice, career growth, productivity, and living in love. It covers quite the spectrum and is designed to inspire and empower you to live your best Christian life.
- Pretty Simple Ideas – I’m noticing a theme in the blogs I’ve chosen, and this is yet another that shirks the craziness of business in the favor of getting “back to the basics in life, love, and the pursuit of happiness.” While Sarah admits to being an aspiring Martha Stewart, she also is clear that her faith is #1. Her blog reflects her priorities, and she offers simple ideas that will infuse beauty into your life.
- The Daiquiri Diaries – While I’m not usually one for fashion blogs, this one caught my attention! In addition to helping people live a more fashionable life, author Tara also has passion for organ donation (she works as a healthcare professional) and Lord of the Rings/Star Wars/Star Trek, among other things. This unique package of a woman intrigued me, and I find her blog throughly enjoyable!
- Story Hill Lane – This beautiful blog is written by a woman I go to church with. As I mentioned before, fashion blogs typically aren’t my go-to. However, this is so much more than a fashion blog, it’s an infusion of beauty into your daily life. I love the grace and beauty Victoria lives and writes with. It inspires to me add a little bit more intentional beauty into my own day. P.S. She’s pregnant – so there might be some cute baby pictures soon!
- Young Wives Club – The title says it all, and I think every young wife should have this bog pinned to her desktop. In addition to marriage-specific topics, the bog also talks about friendship, faith, forgiveness, and many other topics. Plus they have an awesome content library, and who doesn’t love fun downloads?
- Pursue Simple Joy – I found this blog by first reading a guest post on a different blog. The post talked about helpful routines (which I love) and referenced Elizabeth George. Sold! Her actual blog is just as enjoyable as that guest post. Vanessa talks about simple and practical solutions for life’s frustrations, ranging from relationships to recipes!
- No Place Like Home – This blog is a homemaker’s dream. Christian author Hilary gives women the tools to turn their homes into havens. It’s not about cleaning, it’s about the transformation of your heart! Starting with encouragement and grace, Hilary then ventures out into solutions for homemaking and marriage. A must-read for anyone wanting to be intentional with their home.
- Creative Home Keeper – After finding herself grumpy and worn out, Victoria re-evaluated her priorities to hear and live out God’s truth. When she found peace in simple routines that improved her home and marriage, she wanted to pay that transformation forward! Now her blog helps other women live their life with more intention and purpose.
My first nomination was about a month ago, and I stalled for that long so that I could put together this list. I really do recommend checking a few of these out! Even if you just pin them for later. 🙂
Again, I’m so pleased to be nominated! Thanks again to Natalie, Autumn, and Elise!
To Pass on the Nomination
If you were nominated and you want to continue the tradition (no pressure!), you can follow these steps:
- Thank the blogger who nominated with you and provide a link to their blog
- Write a post to celebrate your award
- Give a brief story of how your blog started
- Give two pieces of advice to bloggers
- Nominate 15 other blogs/bloggers for the award
- Comment on each blog to let them know they’ve been nominated