Magnolia Bakery Cupcakes, NYC
Four years ago today, I hit publish and this blog was born. It was probably one of the only times I was so scared and nervous, I had no idea what I was doing, nor did I know what exactly I was in for. I naively picked a whimsical name for this space, I admit I love the way it sounded and there was an available gmail account. I wonder how many blogs were born out of the availability of the corresponding gmail account. Laugh. Four years later and the three words Eat Play Love absolutely define my online identity. Realistically speaking, if I could have a do over, I wouldn't change a thing. I embrace the beauty of those three words and how they make my life so much better.
This blog has brought so much goodness into my life in the past four years.
I don't think it's possible to count the number of real life connections I have because of Eat Play Love. Drinks, dinners, potlucks, cupcakes, breakfast in San Francisco, fancy shindigs to casually grabbing a cup of tea, laughter over a sandwich, VIP, hot lovely bowls of Pho, meetups, events, traveling, private dinners, special opportunities. I'm not quite sure when my "online friends" became my in real life friends because really the connections are strong and it doesn't matter to me if we have yet to meet face to face. You are my friends. Some of you I see almost weekly these days. There are things like a text to encourage me to work out, a phone call to wish me a happy birthday, a Sunday morning at IKEA in Utah, or a random meeting on a street of the West Village in NYC. My mind has no delineation between in real life and online. The warmth and caring, the goodness and laughter, have no boundaries.
All because of Eat Play Love.
If you regularly read this blog (hi mom, if it's the day you check your email), thank you. My life has expanded to lengths greater than I could have ever dreamt because of you, this space, my willingness to hit publish. I hope you stay around a bit longer because there's always room in my life for more goodness.
For my blogiversary all that goodness is wrapped in a bow that simply says, Gratitude.