Things That Blogging Has Taught Me In 2011

I know that everyone did their look back at 2011 last week but I decided to take the ENTIRE week off and spend it with my family.  So that means I am a little late to the party (those that know me IRL are SHOCKED about this…cause I am never ever ever late (hee hee)).

A year and a half ago I had NO CLUE what I was in for when I started Vintage Revivals.   I am overwhelmed with gratitude at the blessings that it has brought into my life.  Opportunities that were never even on my radar of dreams have come because of this little blog.  But I have had to learn a whole bunch this year some was easy, some was scary, and some is still impossibly hard for me….Balance??  Whats that strange word?


You know what I mean right?  I LOVE everything about my blog.  I could do it all day everyday and still love it.  When you do something that you love so much and passion is your driving force its super easy to make it THE priority in your life.  Passion keeps me up at night thinking about anything and everything.  Passion has THE WORST deadlines (I want it done, and I want it done NOW!)  Passion makes me commit to things that are hard.  But.  Those hard things make me a better person,  keeping a hard deadline helps me with my procrastination issues, and if Tatertot Jen can stay up all night, then I can too.  (Wink wink)



Before I started Vintage Revivals I did not decorate.  Literally I had my MIL come over and help me and then I would leave it like that for years.  The first project that I was really nervous about was my wall of mirrors.  I had never seen it done but it seemed like a fun idea, so after lots of encouragement from my MIL I did it.  And I am so glad that I did because it gave me confidence to try the next out of the box idea.



Do not be afraid to put yourself out there!  When you are doing something amazing don’t be afraid to ask people to come along for the ride!  Whether it is other bloggers,  Brands,  Media, readers, anything or anyone that you can build a beneficial relationship with they WANT to be on your bandwagon of awesomeness, I promise!!



You are good enough. Your blog is good enough, your projects are good enough, You are good enough! It is SO easy to compare ourselves to each other right?!  Someone tweeted this quote that I LOVED.  I have it on my notes on my computer desktop and I read it constantly. (If anyone knows the author please let me know!)




The things that we share on our blogs affect people.  We have in our power the chance to make this world better,  to make it happier,  to make it more inspired.  We also have in our power the chance to tear people down,  to have them leave our space feeling worse than they did when they came.   That carries a huge responsibility, SO STEP UP AND OWN IT!!  Make a difference in someone’s life for gosh sakes!

So what lessons have you learned this year?  I want to hear it!

Love Your Guts


  • Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts 02.01.2012 at 20:40

    great post!

  • Gentri 02.01.2012 at 20:48

    Love this Mandy. :) So inspirational and you are so right!

  • Jenna@TheLifeoftheWife 02.01.2012 at 21:03

    I love the first one! Passion is my driving force for everything I do! Thanks for this post :)


  • Sabrina 02.01.2012 at 21:08

    You are awesome! Thanks for giving me the confidence to keep up with my little ol’ blog!

  • Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest 02.01.2012 at 21:10

    Wonderful post! I am shocked to see that you hadn’t done a bunch of decorating before you started your blog! You are so talented. You make me feel much better because that was exactly how I was when I started 5 months ago but I absolutely love it!

  • Dixie Mom 02.01.2012 at 21:14

    That was a great post Mandi. I’m afraid I’m still trying to figure out what lessons I learned in 2011. 😉

  • Amy @MaisonDecor 02.01.2012 at 21:14

    Well I think you said it best for the passion part. That is how I am…kind of embarrassed sometimes how I am so sucked into this blog and creating stuff and just loving it all soo much! I liked this post a lot!

  • All in the Detail 02.01.2012 at 21:21

    Thank you so much! I am new here in Blogland and this has given me 2012 motivation!

    Here’s to a new year and new possibilities!

    Thank you again.

  • Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks 02.01.2012 at 21:28

    I just love everything about this post. Everything! You are amazing, girl. xoxo

  • A Blissful Nest 02.01.2012 at 21:45

    Thank you SO much for this wonderful inspiring post. You picked me up when I did not even know I needed it. Much love, happiness, and success for the New Year!

  • smalltown20something 02.01.2012 at 22:04

    Bandwagon of Awesomeness is hilarious! Great post!

  • Cassie @ Primitive & Proper 02.01.2012 at 22:32

    i agree whole-heartedly! welcome back from your week off!

  • Jenna at Homeslice 02.01.2012 at 22:43

    I love your lessons!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Kara @ June & Bear 02.01.2012 at 22:50

    i’m so glad that i jumped on your bandwagon of awesome. i love your style and your blog. hope you had a great week off.

  • Michelle Johnnie 02.01.2012 at 23:10

    You are awesome. I wish I was on the same bandwagon as you!!!!

  • Susan @ Living with Punks 02.01.2012 at 23:59

    Love how you said all of it Mandi! Thanks for your encouraging words :)

  • Jennifer 03.01.2012 at 00:26

    Wonderful Post Mandi! I have recently started blogging, so I’m not sure I’ve learned many things. But I honestly just love posts like this, because they teach me so much!! So thank you!

  • Heidi@TheCraftMonkey 03.01.2012 at 00:26

    Thank YOU! And AMEN Sista!

  • Stacie @ hometownperch 03.01.2012 at 01:33

    Thank you for this. My friend and co-blogger (also Mandi) and I were just talking about some of these same things today over coffee. It’s a good reminder to do what in our hearts and joy will follow.

  • Carol-Anne (Use the Good Dishes!) 03.01.2012 at 01:40

    Two big (PAINFUL) lessons I learned this year: 1.I have to let go sometimes. 2. The world will spin on its’ axis without me turning the crank.

    Almost killed me, learning this. But I think I’m getting it….

  • ~Ali~ 03.01.2012 at 01:44

    Oh gosh…I just love you to pieces! The reason…..every time I visit your blog I am inspired to be ME! Not inspired to want to be like someone else! I don’t know that I have ever wanted to be me before…I’ve always compared myself to others and wanted to be more like them. You are one of a kind, missy, and you are DANG good at it! Thanks for being you and inspiring me to be me! MUUUUAAAHHH!!! xoxo

  • 03.01.2012 at 01:53

    I loved this post. It is so inspiring to keep going as I am growing my blog and small business. Thanks for summing things up! It is wonderfully encouraging.

  • Tiffany 03.01.2012 at 02:27

    Great post.

  • Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers 03.01.2012 at 02:46

    Such a great post! And don’t feel like you’re late, I posted a blog about what I learned in 2011 yesterday…

    Can’t wait to see what you’re going to come up with next in 2012!

  • Andrea | 03.01.2012 at 03:18

    I’ve learned that we’re each on our own timelines. Or perhaps I should say that I’m still learning that. You know, the everything-has-its-season business. That as a single mom who’s working full time, yes, it does take me longer to get things done.

    So in 2012 I’m going to honor that in two ways. First, by accepting that things happen when they happen. And also by recognizing that I may need to push myself a bit harder than someone who’s not doing everything that I’m doing.

    Thanks for sharing your lessons learned, Mandi!

  • McKenzie 03.01.2012 at 03:36

    This is just what I needed to hear! I feel like I have ideas, but I freak and back out. I need to step it up and just do it! I finally broke down and painted my kitchen table with stripes and my chairs in different colors this last year and blogged about it. People loved it! I am SO glad I did it! Thanks for the pep talk!

  • Renewed Upon a Dream 03.01.2012 at 03:55

    This post seriously made me smile today. Thank you so much!

  • Jessie 03.01.2012 at 04:40

    It’s been said a lot already, but this is a great post! I love your point about how the things we choose to share on our blogs do affect people. Thanks for the self-confidence reminders!

  • Julia @ 551Eastdesign 03.01.2012 at 05:06

    So true! I love what you said about putting yourself out there. This might be a little off base but I think it’s true to what you are saying. It’s from Abraham Lincoln and he said “What is right isn’t always popular and what is popular isn’t always right.” Everyone has something different to offer and if it’s not right for you…keep it to yourself! :)

  • 03.01.2012 at 07:28

    Love your passion Mandi!

  • Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} 03.01.2012 at 10:51

    Ya know Miss Mandi…. this is honestly the best 2011 review post I’ve seen yet! That quote about envy just about put me to tears! I am a new blogger and its STRESSFUL and its dang hard not to compare yourself to all of the “big time blogs”. I admire you for your strengths and your success! Thanks for the awesome post and Happy 2012 :)

  • Jessica Bruno 03.01.2012 at 11:59

    Hi Mandi! What a very inspiring post :) I love that quote about envy. Wow, you have only been blogging for 1.5 years, you certainly have accomplished alot girl! Enjoy :)

  • Sunday 03.01.2012 at 13:37

    Thanks for the great post Mandi! My blog is almost ready to go and this was just so encouraging!

  • TracieB 03.01.2012 at 13:46

    This is why you are one of my favorites! You are so real and I love the inspiration that u have and give…..I would have never guessed that you didn’t decorate before you started VR…it was always in you! You are one talented girl! :)

  • Stacy Curran 03.01.2012 at 14:12

    This is a great post — I love everything about it. The writing, the message, the honesty…thank you!

  • Colleen Jorgensen 03.01.2012 at 16:14

    How do I print this whole post and put it next to my computer :p. It’s that good. Thanks.

  • Shelly@ConfettiStyle 03.01.2012 at 16:31

    What a terrific post, filled with such inspiring words. What I’ve learned about myself over the last year is to trust my talents and creativity. They have brought me many successes in my life and as long as I hold on to what is true and great about myself, I’ll always have success.

  • Anonymous 03.01.2012 at 17:20

    As I sit here contemplating starting a new blog… one with which I hope to inspire others I’m smiling because all those points are just what I needed to hear!
    B x

  • Anonymous 03.01.2012 at 17:49

    I CAN NOT believe you just started decorating!! Your creative genius is amazing. It seems like you have been decorating since you first decided Barbie’s Dream House needed a makeover LOL. For me, 2011 has taught me that I am in charge of my mood. No matter what happens, I can not let another person’s actions determine my day. I have a wonderful family, a roof over my head, and food in my belly, the rest always works itself out. :)
    Jamie R

  • ellie g 03.01.2012 at 19:57

    I would freakin get on your bandwagon of awesomeness every single day! I love you to pieces. I wanna be 1/2 as cool as you are. I want to have 1/8th the creativity. You. Are. Original. And one of the bestest girls in the world. We’re gonna rock 2012…right?

  • bridget {bake at 350} 03.01.2012 at 20:02

    OK….so this is my first visit to your blog and I’m in love with this post. Love. Thank you! Can’t wait to read more!!!

    PS…that Taterot Jen IS always up all night, huh?!? 😉 Love you, Jen!

  • Simply AJ 03.01.2012 at 20:25

    Mandi… this is the best post I think I have ever read, seriously! You always have a way of empowering us with your insight and talent. Thank you!

    I needed this Pep Talk! This is my first full year of blogging and I’ve had a few hard knocks to my ego and my confidence shaken a bit. You are so right my dear friend… I need to put on my big girl britches, be myself, revive my passion and just GO-FOR-IT!

    Gosh… Love your guts too! AJ@queenofmynest

  • Desiree 03.01.2012 at 22:41

    Very inspiring post! I’ve really focused on what makes our family happy this past year and not worrying about what others think. I’ve even branched out and started my own craft blog. Wishing you more success!!!

  • Kassi at Truly Lovely 04.01.2012 at 21:51

    Thanks for sharing these! Definitely something I needed to read to get going in this New Year! And if I may.. Congrats on all YOUR success!!!

  • Jen @ My Own Road 05.01.2012 at 17:22

    I love your quote about passion being the most relentless boss you’ve ever had. It’s SO true…

  • Cortney 07.01.2012 at 17:05

    Thank you for this encouragement! I love it! I have been designing, and redesinging a blog for over two years but way to afraid to push the publish button. I keep erasing my posts, not being able to imagine anyone wanting to read about me since there are soooo many more inspiring things to read and blogs with perfect photos etc. I feel so encouraged knowing that you were not a decorating genius in the beginning, I feel like I have to have everything perfect before I can let people in….
    Thanks Again. You greatly blessed me today!

  • {Hi Sugarplum!} 10.01.2012 at 20:22

    These are all great and so inspiring…and I really need to take them to heart! Thanks for putting yourself out there each day for us!

  • Georgina 24.01.2012 at 12:21

    Great post – thank you for reminding me that I’m not the only one going through some of these negative concerns about whether what I am writing is interesting to anyone else except for me!! Glad you’ve overcome yours and your banners in the post above are helping me to overcome mine!

    Keep doing what you’re doing!

  • Kelly 27.02.2012 at 01:40

    I just found your blog and I LOVE IT!!! I love this post too!!!! Thank you for being such an encouragement to the rest of us bloggers. I am a newbie and it’s SUCH a blessing to see others have the same thoughts/insecurities that I do but pushed through to great things!!! Makes me EVEN MORE EXCITED about this new journey I’m on!! THANKS!

  • Holly T 28.02.2012 at 16:48

    Mandi, I seriously love your guts and your blog! I get a lot of crap in my inbox and I mark everything for deletion except for your blog posts! I’m working on a new venture right now, and you really inspire me and make me feel like I can do whatever I WANT! Love this post!!

  • Beautifully Coastal Design Blog 01.03.2012 at 19:53

    Absolutely awesome post and such an encouragement to a newer blogger like myself. I hope I can look at my blog a year and a half down the road and say “I’m proud” … proud of the relationships I’ve built … proud of the things I’ve shared … proud of putting one foot in front of the other even when it seems like no one is reading and I don’t know what I’m doing … just proud!

    I hope you know what I mean.

    Thanks for sharing your heart!

    Lesli @


Post a Comment