Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Blog Birthday

Grace and Viola is a year old today! 
I cannot believe that one year ago today I wrote my first blog post. It honestly feels like forever ago. Although 2012 brought me new friendships and adventures, it was by far one of the most challenging years yet. I experienced my first break up, was diagnosed with depression, and had a difficult first semester of college. But I'm going to put all of that behind me, because I am focused on making 2013 an amazing year. I have decided to kick my pessimistic view on life and try to embrace the good. Why not, right? I am living in Boston with two of my best friends. What's bad about that? I really want to work on being myself. Looking back on my first blog post, I can see how much I have changed in the course of a year. I am becoming who I always wanted to be. My 13 goals of 2013 are going to allow me to focus on my health and happiness, which will make me a better version of myself. I have never been one for new years resolutions, but I am serious about changing my attitude and living in the now. I cannot waste any more days or months or years thinking about my troubled past. 

Starting today, I am going to consistently blog and journal because those are two things that never fail to make me happy. Since I have been struggling with my depression, I have not blogged in months. It was just too hard to pretend that everything was happy in my life and I did not want to write lies. However, I am feeling better and I think there are going to be a lot of new and exciting changes in my life that I want to share with all of you. 

I hope your new year is as wonderful as you are and thank you so much for continuing to read Grace and Viola after my extended absence. 

Until next time, Mandy


  1. Happy Blog Birthday!! Looking forward to reading some new blog posts here ;)

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  2. So proud of you and this post is absolutely beautiful <3 We had strikingly similar (but different in little ways) years with break ups, depression, and college. But we both DID IT. We came out better and stronger, shining brighter than ever. I believe in you and believe that 2013 is going to be a stunning year for you. x

    1. Thank you so much Lauren. We did have very similar years. Reading your posts always made me very emotional because I felt right there with you at most times. You are a truly beautiful person.

  3. I'm glad that you are feeling better! You've got some great goals here (365 is a goal of mine as well!) I hope that 2013 is good to you and can't wait to read more xx

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  4. Glad you're back on the blogging scene! Your blog is just lovely and I can't wait to read more of your posts :)


  5. I've been blogging for exactly a year now, too :3 I can't believe it's been an entire year already! So glad to hear that you're feeling better! Keep up the blogging, pretty lady!
    xo Heather

  6. happy birthday to your blog lovely :D

  7. Happy birthday to your blog and happy new year! x

  8. happy bloggy birthday! And I'm glad you're feeling better!

  9. Happy Blog Birthday and I am sending you lots of good vibes for the new year! <3

  10. cute blog! and your blog design is adorable!!

    good luck on your resolutions (:


  11. Girl you rock that great attitude and all these goals! I journal but I cannot do it everyday so I used to stop but now I journal when I have something to say and the time to focus on it. I am trying to eat raw as often as possible and working out...I'm aiming for 3 times a week! haha! Happy Birthday to your blog and I hope you have a terrific 2013 doll!


  12. Lovely blog!!! Happy birthday to your blog.

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  13. great blog ! Would you like to follow each other ?

  14. cute blog! and your blog design is adorable!! little black dress

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  16. oh my goodness i just found your blog and i love it! especially your cute and quirky style! and the fact that you live in boston, one of my favorite cities

    hayley xoxo