Birthday Roundup Celebration: 12 Essential Posts From A Life On Your Terms

Yesterday morning I was hit with a severe case of procrastination, so I decided I would surf the internet for a while.

While looking for a source of motivation in the places I would definitely not find it, I struck gold: a post about lessons learned from a year of blogging.

‘A year,’ I thought to myself. ‘Good for them. That’s a long time.’

And then a flash of lightning hit me in the face, the clouds parted and a heavenly cherub descended from the heavens and planted a thought into my head: I should see how long it’s been since I started my own blog.

As it turns out, I’ve also been blogging for a year now. 

Sadly, my blog’s birthday is more like my dog’s birthday – the official date is questionable. Is it the day you brought the little guy home? Is it the day you decided you’d spend a fortune to save it’s life? Is it about six weeks prior to the time you met him? So, to avoid the agony of tracking down the two dogs responsible for your little miracle, you make up an arbitrary date and call it a day.

I started my blog as an experiment. I’d already failed at everything else, adding ‘blogging’ to the list wasn’t going to further damage my pride.

When I realized that I was good at it and I liked it, I decided to formally launch it using Corbett Bar’s course called ‘How to Start a Blog That Matters.’ If you want to launch a blog I suggest checking it out. It’s where I learned all of the fundamentals and I wouldn’t be here without it.

The official ‘relaunch’ was sometime in August with a roundup post, but I’d written a lot of content that I felt was good, relevant, and I didn’t want to just toss it.

So I’m declaring today, July 17th, as my blog’s birthday.

In celebration of this momentous event, I’ve decided to refrain from lecturing you about the lessons I’ve learned from blogging and instead revive some content you might have missed from the early days of ALOYT when I was writing for 8 people and it was called ‘The Corporate Renegade.’ That’s a true story.

So here they are, my top 12 favorite posts ever written on this blog. May they live on in infamy and may ALOYT have many more birthdays to come. I hope you’ll be here to celebrate them with me.

Excuse Me Sir, Can I Speak to Your Owner?

On Lemons & Other Fruits

A Battle Cry For The Underdogs

You’re The Rule, Not The Exception. Get Over Yourself.

15 Facts of Life You Need to Come to Terms With If You Want a Shot at Being Happy – Part 1

A Way to Start Trusting Yourself, Dealing With Vulnerability, and Overcoming Fear

One Habit to Adopt That Will Change Everything in Your Life

Get Unstuck: A Comprehensive Step by Step Guide to Identifying the Most Important Action to Take and What to Do First + Free Download

Vulnerability and Self-Esteem: An Unlikely Partnership in Living a Life on Your Terms

Announcement: Your Glamorous Road to Success Doesn’t Exist

A Life On Your Terms: Is It All It’s Cracked Up To Be?

Hate Your Job But Can’t Bring Yourself To Quit? Here’s One Reason Why.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone whose helped me to get to this place. I won’t cop out with a generic thank you either. I’m dropping names because you deserve it.

So thank you to everyone whose been with me from the very beginning, like Nada for example. She’s stuck with me despite my changes in style and she continues to be someone I write to directly whenever I’m stuck.

Ollie, Jerek, Guido – I’m nothing without you guys.

Thank you to those of you who’ve become essential to the interactions on this blog, and whose opinion I depend on and respect very much.

Morgan, I love that you don’t write me off when it takes weeks to respond to your emails.

Mark – you have the most amazing insights and I’m shamed that I haven’t gotten around to calling you, but it will happen if you’ll still have me.

Brian, thank you for making me laugh even if I want to cry.

Kwesi, thank you for responding to all of my emails with your thoughts. Laure, I couldn’t go without your editing skills.

Iris, Jo – you’ve been here for a long time and I’m glad to know you.

Tammy, CJ, Chris, PatrycjaKate, Kevin, Trevor thank you for creating dialogue on this blog via comments. It wouldn’t be the same without you.

The tricky thing about thank-yous is that you’re bound to miss someone and spend the rest of your life making up for it. I guess I’m prepared to do that. So, whoever you are that I’ve forgotten, I am your slave.

Lastly, I want to thank every single one of the people who read every week but haven’t reached out via email or comments.

Thank you so much for going on this journey with me. I only wish I knew your name so I could thank you personally, but consider this me reaching out and hugging you and thanking you for giving me your undivided attention.

You could be doing anything but you’re right here beside me. I don’t underestimate what a privilege that is. The significance of that act isn’t lost on me. I’m grateful for it all the time and I’ll work hard every day to continue to earn your attention for years to come.

– Liz

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  • Tammy R July 18, 2013, 9:57 am

    Liz! I don’t eat cake, so I’m bringing a fruit bowl topped with walnuts. Do you like bananas, blueberries, pineapple, and grapes? How about some strawberries?

    Your kick-ass posts are the reason we’re here, so keep on writing! Enjoy your time off with family. I hope you’re donning a party hat and sipping some fine beverages!

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:33 pm

      Hmmmm yum bananas, blueberries, pinapple, grapes, strawberries, mangoes. All sounds great. Thanks for the fruit salad!

      Under no circumstances should there be any lemon!

  • cj July 18, 2013, 2:28 pm

    Holy Crap! With a capital C. You did all this in a year. We do have hope over here at The Hoombah, Liz. Happy BDay to your young and bold blog!

    Oh, and I’m bringing a Frisbee. Frisbees are fun.

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:34 pm

      You have more than hope CJ. You have success already.

      I agree with Frisbees. But bring multiple because my throws tend to be a little on the wild side….

  • Mallie Rydzik July 18, 2013, 4:16 pm

    Ah this is terrific! Gives me hope for what I can accomplish with my site in a year. I understand the birth date thing though–I’ve been working on this since June but won’t actually “launch” until August 1st!

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:34 pm

      Thanks Mallie! Let me know when your site launches. I’d love to see it :).

  • Kwesi July 18, 2013, 5:07 pm

    Liz, you just know how to sit with everyone and share the things that makes sense and you are also funny the right way. I admire your warmth and social skills. You have filled us all by thanking us by names. Such a simple thing but not common. My heart for you is in the right place. Love you.

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:35 pm

      I love you too Kwesi! But I think that’s obvious!

  • Brian July 18, 2013, 7:40 pm

    Time to break out the chips, guacamole, vegan cheese, Margaritas and get that legendary sombrero out of the closet (hope it hasn’t been packed). The dance tunes are cranked. This is definitely a milestone worthy of gran fiesta! Proud to be part of this community and still marveling at what you’ve accomplished here in just a year!! Plus all the other stuff you’ve been makin’ happen since setting out on your journey. I think I can unlock the secret of how you pulled it off in 6 words: beautiful…writer, mind, heart, soul, person.

    Looking forward to much more of the magic that makes this place shine so bright in the vastness of the blogosphere and makes all of us who come here, and those still to come, so happy we discovered it.


    P.S. – Hope Lucas hired a sky writer, flash mob or at least bought you some new colossal Lego set to mark the occasion. 🙂

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:38 pm

      Garsh Brian. There’s no response fit to describe the warmth I feel when reading your comment. I’m just going to leave it at that and responde via email. You’re the beautiful writer, mind, heart, soul, person! I can’t wait until we can show people what you’re made of.

  • Sowm July 19, 2013, 3:24 pm

    Happy Birthday to your blog Liz! I know this blog will keep changing lives and posting amazing content. So thankful that this exists! 🙂

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:39 pm

      Sowmy! I can’t believe I missed you at WDS. When are you going to reach out? I’m looking forward to talking to you.

  • Kate Kindle July 20, 2013, 9:18 am

    Of the ten you put here, I like ‘Fifteen……’ Rules for happiness. Yes, and Happy Birthday to your blog.

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:40 pm

      Oh I like those too Kate! I was going to cheat and put Part 1, 2, and 3 all with different links on the numbers, but I didn’t!

  • karen July 24, 2013, 6:08 am

    Congrats to you and your wonderful achievement with this blog —- and in only one wee year.
    Super Duper
    Enjoy the party.

    • Liz July 25, 2013, 3:40 pm

      Thanks Karen! A year really isn’t that long is it? I’m so greatful and proud. Thanks for celebrating with me.

  • Jo August 10, 2013, 3:03 pm

    I love the dog comparison! I’ve been having the same issue – first blog posts were in April, but I started blogging once a week from the end of July. So I’ve also had mine for a year! It’s gone through many revisions and I think there’s another one coming up but I’m mainly proud of my posting every single Friday.

    I love your posts. They’re so passionate, which is also why I like Scott, so I guess maybe that’s why you fit together so well!

    Here’s to A Life on Your Terms!


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