Friend Friday: Giving thanks

by byanika on 15/04/2011 · 20 comments

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Hi Sweethearts!

Today is the first anniversary of the Friend Friday Group.  One year ago the wonderful and talented Katy  of Modly Chic started this group with a handfull of bloggers, and today over 600 bloggers are a part of the group. That is the power of a community for you. Thank you so much Katy, and my heartfelt congratulations to you!

This week the topic is gratitude. As Katy puts it: “We each have so many people in our lives and in the blogging community who have helped us along the way. It’s time to shine the spotlight on them and give credit where credit
is due. “

When it comes to me personally – I owe a lot of who I am to:

My mother and my husbond.

I am blessed with a loving family and wonderful friends, who enrich my life and support me, but my mum and Alex are the ones who have given everything to help me, who have fought to help me survive and really live. I love them so much it hurts, and give thanks that they are in my life each and every day.

When it comes to me professionally – I owe a lot of who I am to:

The teenagers I work with. They are a blessing and joy, when they challenge me to be a better and even more loving adult presence in their lives, when they very kindly ignore that I cheat at basketball during breaks with them, when they come into my office and let me hold their hand. They are why I do what I do.

When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots:

YOU! You, my darling readers. I am so grateful that you take the time to read my blog and that you share with me from your lives. I enjoy our conversations so.

I am also extremely grateful to so many of my fellow bloggers, for your feedback, your support, your love. You know who you are, because I tell you that I love and appreciate you every chance I get.


One blogging challenge I’m grateful happened because it made me stronger was…

…the commotion in parts of the plus size bloggersphere last summer concerning who qualifies as a “real” woman and not. I was very disheartened by the exlution of women who were not curvy and thus did not qualify as “real”. After a few days of thinking about how to deal with this issue I took a deep breath and wrote a long post that I now refer to as my manifesto on our own right to label our selves and our worth.

 I was nervous writing the post, aware that I might alienate some, that I might loose readers, but I knew that I needed to be true to my self and my beliefs. There was no way I could stand by and not dare to speak up. You know me, I believe in translating my intention into action, so I got busy with spreading som serious love into the bloggersphere, running an ongoing series where I feature lovely bloggers, based on the idea that they blog, so they will be featured. I am very proud of my series, and happy to report that so far nearly 70 bloggers have taken part.

I feel that this whole episode has made me stronger as a blogger, more focused. After I posted my manifesto I began calling it as it is.  I am a self worth activist. There you go.

To my readers, I’d like to say…

… each and every one of you are special. There is no one in the whole world who is just like you. Isn`t that wonderful?

I love you.


The Friend Friday project by Modly Chic is a way for fashion bloggers to share more about themselves and create a friendly connection with other bloggers. Join the conversation by joining the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Google Group.

If you would like to join this wonderful network but feel unsure of how it works be sure to check out the eminent post on just how to do the Friend Friday by the gloriously talented and savvy Grit and Glamour!


Ps: The outfit. I couldn`t help my self, I had to rework my nude dress. So the dress is ByAnika. Scarf, H&M. Earrings worn as neckless and neckless worn as bangle, H&M.

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