Two-Year Anniversary of Small Hands, Big Ideas and My Move to Boulder

2010 August 17
by Grace Boyle

I can’t believe it.

Two years ago, I sat alone, clicked “Create New” on Blogger and typed in a silly name to start this blog, just so my family could keep in touch and hear about my new life in Boulder. Ha!

Three days prior to creating the blog, I packed my bags, put everything I owned into my car and headed West on August 15th, 2008.

Two years built: a blog, a life, a community, a job, a woman not a girl, love (out of loss) and deep, meaningful friendships.

I almost teared up writing this because I distinctly remembered two years ago where I arrived in Boulder empty-handed, with no job, no place to live, no friends and left behind four years of college, a boyfriend and any sense of comfort. I had nothing but I had everything I needed within me. I covered much of this in 2009’s last year, one-year anniversary of moving to Boulder and also from a blog perspective, I even moved from Blogger to WordPress.

This year in number’s here’s what has happened ’round these parts – From August 2009-August 2010:

The blog has sustained and I do not plan on stopping.

Here are some personal favorites, just a few, for the rest check BEST OF:

On Originality Blogging Content and Copying November 2009

The Dating Lifeline December 2009

Daddy’s and Their Daughters January 2010

Filtering My Dreams As a Woman in 2010 February 2010

The Power of People Who Are Down February 2010

Comparing the Eras: Where People Wrote Letters And When They Did Not March 2010

I’m a Wanderlusting Seeker, Not a Nester March 2010

Connecting With a Stranger June 2010

Are We Ever Really Independent? July 2010

I feel better than ever living here. People would ask me the obligatory, post-college question, “So what’s next, what will you be doing?” and I would answer, “I’m moving to Boulder, Colorado.” When they said, “Why?” or “What will you be doing there?”

I couldn’t quite answer them, but I always felt sure in saying, “I want to build something out of nothing. Like a house, you need to plot your land, then slowly build the foundation, then add the walls, a roof, start to decorate and finally, fill it with people to make it liveable. That is what I want to do by starting something new.”

I have done that. I have built the ‘foundation’ and found ‘the people’ and feel like I have a ‘home’ here (not literally, not a homeowner yet!) and I feel so satisfied in the tangible success, milestones and growth. I’m grinning, ear to ear, full on dimples.

Finally, thank you to all my readers and supporters. Your e-mails over the years have been nothing but inspiring and I have sought to respond, to everyone. Please don’t stop reaching out, stopping by, commenting and to many of you who I have since met in person, I love it. I mean it from the bottom of my heart, that my gratitude is long winded and never ends.

Here’s to many more years of blogging, sharing, dimples, laughter, good food and growth!

xo

Gracie

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  • http://twitter.com/jrmoreau James Ryan Moreau

    So proud of you Grace :-) Keep on building and growing! It's lovely to witness and be a part of.

  • http://doniree.com/ doniree

    Congratulations, lovely friend – I'm so glad you paved your way here and that our paths crossed in the meantime :)

  • http://twentyorsomething.com Susan Pogorzelski

    Grace: This is terrific, congratulations on both anniversaries! I wish I could tell you which blog post of yours is my favorite, but the truth is, you spark inspiration with your insight in everything you write (though your post about loss struck such a chord with me and will always remain at the forefront of my mind). I probably don't say this enough, so I'm going to use this as an excuse to now: your independence and love of travel are two of my favorite things about you and I admire you for your willingness to stretch those wings, come what may. Kudos to you, Grace! Keep writing, keep changing, keep flying.

  • LostInCheeseland

    Keep it up Grace!

  • Mehnaz

    Congrats, Grace! You've made change happen in the biggest way! Keep on going, my dear. Nothing but the best to you :)

  • http://juststandardlines.org/ Cheila Esquilin

    YAY!!! Congrats girl!! You've come a long way! I can't wait to read some of these; since I've been MIA. :-)

  • http://akhilak.com/blog Akhila

    Congrats Grace on your two-year anniversary, and on becoming a huge success in Boulder! It's been incredible to follow your journey through this blog, and though I may not always comment I absolutely love reading your posts. They are always original, varied, interesting, well-written and generally a breath of fresh air :) You always give me something new to think about, so thank you for blogging!

  • Ali

    Happy Blogaversary!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Thank you for all your support as a witness and integral piece to it all :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Doni Thank you my dear friend. We've paved a lot but I know our journey together isn't over :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Susan Thank you so much. It's so kind of you to offer your feedback and kind words, it means a lot to me.

    And back to you, keep writing, keep changing and keep flying :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    Yippee, thank you! xo

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Mehnaz Thank you so much for your support. Nothing but the best, back to you xo

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Cheila Thank you!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Akhila Thank you so much. Commenting doesn't mean you aren't a reader 😉 and in knowing you over the years and also reading your blog posts has been a source of inspiration for me, as well.

    Your kind words about my blog mean a lot to me. They really do. Thank you. xo

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Ali Yipee, thank you! xo

  • http://www.bflofutsal.com/ryanknapp/ Ryan Knapp

    congrats Grace! Now, don't stop growing, keep pushing forward!

    onward and upward!

  • http://www.needlemeethaystack.com/ Andrew

    Congrats on two years, and many, many more!

  • http://www.lifeaftercollege.org jennyblake

    HUGE congrats Grace!! So excited for you. Sending a big hug and virtual cupcakes — you are a constant source of inspiration and smiles 😀

  • http://www.lifewithoutpants.com Matt Cheuvront

    Awesome! Even though we haven't kept in touch as well as I'd like (no one's fault but my own) I want you to know that you were a big inspiration in me having the guts to move myself to Chicago (and now moving BACK to Nashville). And through the past couple years you have continued to serve as an inspiration for me and (clearly) many others. Keep it up!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Ryan thank you so much. Your support over the years has been so positive and I really appreciate your always honest opinion. I hope all is well with you and the new job!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Andrew Woo! Thanks :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Jenny Thank you dear. Yay for virtual cupcakes. xo

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Matt Happy to hear that and thanks for always providing positive and uplifting feedback. Good luck with your move and onwards/upwards for you too!

  • http://ryanstephensmarketing.com/blog/ ryanstephens

    WHEEEEEEPPPSSS!

    [See. Above. It's. A. Good. Thing. Promise.]

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    I see above, I like WHEEEEEEPPPSSS!

    I'll take it and thaaaank you :)

  • andreavlewis

    Congratulations Grace! You and your blog are truly one of a kind!

  • andreavlewis

    Congratulations on two years of blogging! You and your blog are one of a kind!!!! Never stop blogging! :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.com Grace Boyle

    @Andrea AW, thank you!

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