Guess What Today Is?

November 21, 2011 · 61 comments

Okay, not today. FRIDAY.

Life of bLyss turned 1 year old!

Happy blirthday, LOB. Happy one-year blogiversary.

And let me tell ya, it has come a long way from the beginning… my rookie first post is bush league. Remember when Life of bLyss looked like this?

And now, a blogiversary year in review.

The First Year of Life of bLyss

After noting that I used to want to be a baby cow when I grew up, I recapped my first Turkey Trot 5k. After my daddy beat prostate cancer, I was surprised with a PUPPY for my birthday, and videotaped her for the blog because I was that obsessed with her. Then, I had a little issue with a cocktail ring that landed me at the fire station and PRed in the Shamrock Half Marathon, after which I had a running breakthrough.

I then decided to register for my first full marathon shortly before my attempt at raising awareness for breast cancer when my sister was diagnosed.

Jerry, my friend from college, got called up to start for the Dodgers this past yea and I was nice enough to blog about his first major league butt slap. I narrowly avoided a stress fracture in my shins and made a video I thought was cool at the time recapping my joy before running the Willamsburg Run for the Dream Half Marathon.

By the summertime, I made a video highlighting my excitement over my old college roomies visiting me in Virginia Beach, I made an awkward video about my Bender Ball ab crunch moves, and I showed off my mature taste in music with a throwback playlist. I also learned a lot from a breakup.

I created a strapless dress arm workout, had an awful first PDR run in marathon training in excessive heat, and passed on my tips for throwing a killer bachelorette party before serving as Maid of Honor in my friend Lisa-Marie’s wedding.

And remember the week JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE WORKED OUT AT MY GYM? That month, I rehashed my running story, I became everyone’s least favorite person, I photo-bombed, I showed my love for Cely in a “Thirteen Things Thursday” post, and we completed our first 20 mile training run.

I was a little bit enthusiastic over winning Chris Brown tickets on the radio. And I explored the parallel between running with my dog and walking a drunk girlfriend to the bar. And right before I fully completed my marathon training, I ate it on the sidewalk. To celebrate that victory, I made a Life of bLyss T-shirt shop.

As I geared up for my first marathon, I had a few random posts here and there. And THEN, I finally ran the Marine Corps Marathon. Since then, I’ve been blogging about random things like music for playlists (with some fitness mixed in). Like dressing as a loofah for Halloween, for example.

It was pretty cool to come full circle and write a guest post for Peanut Butter Fingers, the first blog I ever read, as well. πŸ˜€ It’s been a pretty great year for the blog, and I owe a huge thank-you to my readers, companies like Love Grown Foods who partner with me, and my friends and family who have supported it.

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1 kaliesthoughts November 21, 2011 at 6:31 am

I love this post! happy blogoversary
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2 Amber K November 21, 2011 at 6:41 am

Happy blogiversary! I haven’t read your blog for very long at all, but you seem like such a genuine person. To many more blogs to come!
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3 Jenn @ Peas and Crayons November 21, 2011 at 6:50 am

happy happy birthday to your baller bloggy! i’m proud to say that I remember ALL THESE POSTS!!!! <3 Cause i'm a super fan slash stalker like that!

love you mucho girly! congrats on one year and here's to many many more! <3 xoxo
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4 nicole marie November 21, 2011 at 7:57 am

happy birthday to your blog!
justin timberlake at your gym? gosh, he melts me! so handsome! x
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5 Lyka Ricks November 21, 2011 at 10:59 am

All the Best! Happy Blogiversary! It’s a triumphant year for you.
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6 katie November 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Happy Birthday to your blog girl! You have grown so much in a year and your blog is fabulous as ever!!!

xoxo <3


7 Erika - The Teenage Taste November 21, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Happy Blogiversary, Alyssa!


8 Colleen @ The Lunchbox Diaries November 21, 2011 at 12:30 pm

The blog is ONE YEAR old!! I’m glad I knew that this day was coming up πŸ™‚ And just from recapping your year – it seems like it’s been a pretty awesome one! You clearly left out the most important event of the year – a wine fest blogger sleepover weekend – but I can get over that πŸ™‚

I’m proud of youu!! Have a fabulous blog birthday πŸ™‚ xoxox
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9 Kirstie @ Musings of a Happy Life November 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Awww! Happy Birthday, Life of Blyss! πŸ™‚ And what a beautiful recap post.


10 Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers November 21, 2011 at 12:41 pm

this was honestly the best one year blogging anniversary post i’ve ever read. you did such a great job recapping LOB and i had so much fun clicking on your posts and reading some of the ones i missed. here’s to MANY more years!! πŸ™‚
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11 Sara @ RunnerWife November 21, 2011 at 12:45 pm

Happy Blog Birthday!!!! I loved your recap post! You have such a great year – only means more to come!!


12 Hollie@lolzthatswim November 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

AWE. Happy Bloggy birthday! πŸ™‚
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13 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 21, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Happy blogday!!! I prefer that name because I have trouble spelling annavers… anniversa…anniverser… you get the idea πŸ˜‰
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14 Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile November 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Yay, happy blogiversary!! I love your blog, and such a great recap! πŸ˜€


15 Lori November 21, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for a year! Your blog ROCKS! Happy Blogoversary. πŸ™‚
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16 Lindsey @ Happy or Hungry November 21, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Well well, what a year for you! Happy blogiversary!!!!
I love the video you made about your besties visiting, haha.
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17 Britton November 21, 2011 at 2:06 pm

happy blogiversary!!! i have really enjoyed reading your blog and hearing about your running journey!! i look forward to reading more!!! congrats!!!
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18 Melissa November 21, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Happy blogiversary LoB! Just started reading your blog in the middle of marathon training since I was on a hunt for other bloggers training for their first at MCM, but now I am a loyal reader πŸ™‚
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19 Kelsey November 21, 2011 at 2:19 pm

HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! πŸ™‚ Your blog is awesome!
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20 Ari @ Ari's Menu November 21, 2011 at 2:27 pm

YAY!!! Happy one year!!!! πŸ™‚
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21 theAlmostRunner November 21, 2011 at 2:52 pm

oh hey LINKS! how long did it take you to compile this?! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLOG! : )
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22 Janine @ThePurpleGiraffe November 21, 2011 at 3:01 pm

Happy blog-iversary! You’ve certainly had a helluva year! Here’s to the next one!
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23 Erin Kidd November 21, 2011 at 3:43 pm

You have been my blogspiration for a year now! It feels like Zandi and I were just reading your blog posts together. Love your blog πŸ™‚
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24 Lindsay @ In Sweetness and In Health November 21, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Ahhh happy blogiversary!!! You are so totally awesome and I’m so incredibly happy to read your blog all the time :). Love you pretty lady!
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25 Kailey (SnackFace) November 21, 2011 at 5:00 pm

HAPPY BLOG BIRFDAY!!!! I am so so so happy we’ve met via blogging. Now let’s make it happen in real life! xoxo
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26 janae November 21, 2011 at 5:10 pm

HAPPY 1 YEAR OLD BIRTHDAY!! This is so so exciting and now I will be spending my lunch break going through any of those posts that I missed:)
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27 Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy November 21, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Happy blogaversary πŸ™‚ xo
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28 Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie) November 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm

Happy bloggiversary!! <3


29 Kat November 21, 2011 at 10:35 pm

Hey! Happy blogoversary! I just found your blog today and so i feel this is all very serendipitous and I will continue to read your posts. Whoa link overload. Bookmarked.



30 Heather @ Run Eat Play November 22, 2011 at 12:11 am

Happy one year of blogging! Love your blog!
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31 Kristen @ notsodomesticated November 22, 2011 at 12:53 am

Happy Birthday to your blog, girl!! You are awesome … keep those hilarious posts coming! πŸ˜‰
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32 julie November 22, 2011 at 1:12 am

haha!!! bush league omg haven’t heard that saying in FOREVER. i miss it.



33 Lindsay @ biking before bed November 22, 2011 at 1:56 am

Congrats on a super successful and wonderfully spazzy first year!
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34 Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy November 22, 2011 at 2:44 am

Happy Birthday!! You’ve come a long way! I’ve been blogging for over a year and still have a ways to go :)!
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35 Brittany (it's gonna be somethin' good) November 22, 2011 at 4:30 am

I recently found your blog from pbfingers and, I must say, I love it! You are hilarious! Congrats on your 1 year blogiversary! Reading blogs like yours and PBfingers has inspired my best friend/aunt and I to start a blog of our own. I hope ours has as much success as yours has!
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36 Dad November 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm

I kinda like your rookie first blog – but I liked you when you wanted to be a baby cow too!


37 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers November 22, 2011 at 3:33 pm

Congrats! So many good posts πŸ™‚ xo
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38 Jaymee November 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Happy one year! Adorable post. Love yo blog girlfriend.


39 Caitlin November 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

What a fun post – I bet it was cool to look back on your last year through your blog. Congrats!
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40 Chelcie @ Chelcie's Food Files November 22, 2011 at 7:45 pm

LOVE this post, I clicked on the links when you first got Chloe and watched the 8 week old puppy video of her haha puppies are the greatest I wish they would stay that little forever!
Congrats on one year of blogging!
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41 Carrie Shaw November 23, 2011 at 1:15 am

Happy Blogiversary!! I just found your blog and it seems like this is the perfect time because I get to catch up on everything. Can’t wait to read more!
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42 kristen @ livinlifeinlouie December 7, 2011 at 12:32 am

i know IM a bit late, but happy one year blogiversary.


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