Yesterday marked the two-year anniversary of my first blog post for The Jenny Evolution. It wasn’t an easy post to write but an important one to kick off this whole journey.
My first post, “Ripping Off the Band-Aid,” was a way to introduce myself but also publicly talk about the fact that my kids have Sensory Processing Disorder. They are bright, amazing kids who have faced their challenges head on with gust and verve and are coming out on top. Personally, I think my kids rock.
When I started The Jenny Evolution, I really just needed an outlet to share my thoughts and emotions of being a mom of two sensory kiddos. Somewhere along the way of muddling through these challenges I had lost myself. It was time I reconnected with who I am. Two years later, I would say I’m definitely on my way.
What a Difference Two Years Can Make
Reading my first post, I realize I had recently started The Sensory Spectrum to reach out to other parents who had sensory kids. It really was just a lark. I was going to be thrilled if I reached just 100 people. Today I have more than 14,000 followers on Facebook alone for The Sensory Spectrum and run a private Facebook discussion group of almost 4,000 members. This following has less to do with me and more with the needs of the sensory community. I wish there had been a resource for me to turn to to learn about SPD and feel like I wasn’t alone. So I created one and feel honored to be embraced by so many other parents.
I also returned to my book-loving roots… just not in the way I thought I would. I’ve always been an avid reader but after having kids, I’ve been lucky to get through a couple of books a year. However, I go through children’s books like gangbusters with my boys, who read nightly with me. From this love of reading and cuddle time with my boys, I’ve been putting together books lists of reads that we love.
Let’s Ignore the Blogiversary
When I saw my two-year anniversary was coming up, my first inclination was to completely ignore it. I didn’t even mention the first year marker, so why would I make a fuss about completing a second year? I guess that the first year, I was testing out the waters and jotting down my thoughts whenever. Weeks would pass before I wrote another post. Then last summer I began to get serious. And boy did you all respond! I feel extremely blessed and lucky to have such an amazing community of people following The Jenny Evolution and joining in on the journey.
But I’m not one to make a big fuss over myself. It’s just not my style. So instead of some huge giveaway or releasing a barrage of balloons from the ceiling, I’m sending my thanks and love to each and every one of you who have made my path on The Jenny Evolution worth it. Thank you for your feedback. Thank you for your insight. And thank you for becoming not just a part of The Jenny Evolution but a part of my life.