by | May 5, 2014 | 90 comments

One year ago today (OK, tomorrow), I published my very first post on The Lyons’ Share.  It was called “A Fresh Start,” and it truly represented that for me – I had been so passionate about health, wellness, and fitness for so long, and had completed my health coaching certification, but didn’t have an outlet to share my passion with others, since my employer didn’t permit me to have a side business.  I had been reading health and fitness blogs for several years, had dreamed about starting my own, and had even dabbled in the world of blogging with a honeymoon blog and a summer vacation blog.  Fresh-Start(picture source)

But this was different.  With the other blogs, my intention was simply to share our vacations with family and friends, and to document them for ourselves.  With this blog, my intention is to have an outlet for my passions, but also to spread my thoughts, and (hopefully) inspire someone, somewhere to make a change in their own health.  This obviously requires putting myself, my opinions, and my blog “out there,” which made starting it all the more scary.  However, I never doubted that it was the right decision for me, and I’ve never once looked back. dont-look-back_149497686(picture source)

To celebrate my 1-year “anniversary” of blogging, here are the top 7 things I am proud of in the Lyons’ Share’s first year7 things to be proud of

  1. My content: I care a lot about the content that I put out on this blog.  Sure, some posts have been more well-researched and thorough than others, some photos are even worse than others, some opinions / preferences / food intolerances change, and some topics already seem passé.  However, there is not one of my 205 published posts that I regret posting, want to change, or wish I had never written.  I truly think this is something to be proud of.
  2. The feeling I had on January 6th: I have never been more nervous about or proud of a post than I was (and am) of my post titled “Living the Life I Have Imagined.”  The outpouring of support you all showed me – in the blog comments, emails, Facebook messages, and elsewhere – meant so much more than you could have imagined.  headshot with quote
  3. Reaching diverse audiences: I obviously don’t blog for statistics, and don’t stress too much about my pageviews or other analytics.  One thing I think is truly amazing, though, is the fact that I’ve had readers in 139 countries!  This is my favorite statistic of all, and one that makes me so grateful to have the blog as a platform. Screen Shot 2014-05-04 at 9.42.19 PM
  4. The friendships I have formed: I have so enjoyed getting to know all of you, and I am grateful for the encouragement, support, and conversations we’ve shared.  It’s amazing that you can feel like you “know” someone just from reading their blog and having a few outside conversations, but I truly do consider many of you my friends!
  5. The comments you all have shared: Although it sometimes takes me a while to respond (sorry!), I get an email every time a new comment comes through on the blog, and it makes me smile every single time.  To know that you all are reading, thinking about the topics I post, making changes in your own lives, and sharing your own opinions with all of us makes me so proud and happy!
  6. What I’ve learned about myself: The blog has taught me to prioritize, has encouraged me to focus on balance, has fueled my passions for healthy living even more, and has brought joy to every single one of the last 364 days.  Even on days when I felt confused or down in other parts of my life, I’ve loved that the blog has brought a big smile to my face!
  7. The confidence to start The Lyons’ Share – as a business: No, my blog is not even close to big enough to make money off of, and no, my blog statistics couldn’t convince me that my business was / is going to ultimately succeed.  But seeing how much I loved spending time on health and fitness, and how I could inspire some people just through simple posts, was part of what gave me the confidence to start my health coaching business.  I appreciate all the support, encouragement, and (of course!) referrals you all have given me for my health coaching so much. headshot with the lyons share sign

Enough sappy stuff … let’s celebrate this amazing year with a giveaway!!!  I’m giving away several prizes, and you can enter using the Rafflecopter widget below (you must click on the green buttons to enter).  the lyons share 1 year celebration and giveaway

You’ll have the opportunity to rank your preferences.  So, the first winner selected by Random.org will get his / her first choice, and then the second winner will get his / her first choice (unless it has already been selected, in which case he / she will get his / her second choice), and so on.  Giveaway is open to anyone for all prizes besides Arctic Zero and myMix; if you are international, do not include those two on your rankings.  If you do not want a certain prize, do not include it on your rankings.  Giveaway is open until Thursday May 8th at 11:59pm CT, and winners will be announced on Friday’s post.  All prizes have been donated by the companies, except the last, which I will pay for out-of-pocket.  Here are the prizes:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Once again, THANK YOU for an amazing year, and here’s to many more!

So tell me in the comments … How long have you been reading The Lyons’ Share? Do you have a favorite post or memory of The Lyons’ Share? Do you have any suggestions for improvement?

90 Comments

  1. Erin

    I have only been a reader for a couple of months, but I LOVE your blog. I look forward to learning new healthy tip and reading about new products to try. You are a great blogger- Happy Anniversary!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you so much, Erin! I appreciate the comment!

      Reply
  2. Jessie

    I’ve been reading for months,and I am so happy I have! you’re awesome & I honestly wouldn’t recommend you do anything different. Your original and true to yourself. Keep being YOU xoxo
    Jessie recently posted…MIMM: Sneak Peeks, Football, LoveMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you so much, Jessie! I’m so glad to be reading your blog, too!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, friend! You know I get a lot of inspiration from you, too!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Erica! I look forward to getting to know your blog better, too!

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  3. suzie

    I just started following a couple of weeks ago! Love your blog so far!

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  4. Hillary

    I’ve been reading your blog for about six months! I look forward to your monthly newsletter- it’s obvious you put forth a great amount of effort with each post you publish!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Hillary! I try my best! 🙂

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Deborah! I’m so glad I’m getting to know you, too!

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  5. Linz @ Itz Linz

    several months! no suggestions for improvements – stay how you are – TRUE TO YOU! that’s what makes you (and your blog!) so great! 🙂
    Linz @ Itz Linz recently posted…flying babyMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Linz, that means a lot!!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Kels! And congrats to you, too! What an awesome feeling to have no regrets, right? 🙂

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  6. Jill

    I’m a relatively new follower. Congrats on your 1 year Anniversary!

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  7. Paige c

    I just started reading in the last couple months when other bloggers I follow we’re sharing your content! I love recipes and health advice/info

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Paige! So glad you found me!

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  8. Michael Anderson

    Congrats on 1-year!

    I wholeheartedly agree with all of the things you feel proud about. Your passion and job for all sorts of healthy things – exercise, eating, happiness and more – comes through in every post.

    And I have said it before, but you are one of my absolute fave bloggers! 🙂 Congrats!
    Michael Anderson recently posted…15 Things I Learned at My Fraternity 150th Celebration WeekendMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Michael! Thanks for the Twitter shares, too. I can’t even remember how we found each other’s blogs, but I’m so glad we did!

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  9. Shannon

    I just started following a month ago but love it!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Lauren! I do have such a passion for this field – I love it every single day! I’m glad we’ve found each other!

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  10. Meg

    I’ve only been reading for a few months, but you seriously have your act together. I was surprised by this post because I thought you’d been blogging much longer than that!

    I like your health advice. It has helped me change some of my awful habits. 🙂
    Meg recently posted…Caution: Career U-Turns AheadMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you so much, Meg! This means so much to me. I’m sure your habits are not awful – every step in the right direction is something to be celebrated!

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  11. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    I know for a fact you’ve inspired so many people! Keep on dreaming big and never doubting that you can make those dreams come true 🙂
    Davida @ The Healthy Maven recently posted…Balancing TechnologyMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Davida! I appreciate the support 🙂

      Reply
  12. Barbie

    Love this blog!

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  13. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit

    Wow, congrats! I love blog anniversaries – such a good time to look back and reflect on everything you did that year! I’ve been reading for about the last 4-5 months. 🙂 Happy to have found you!
    Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit recently posted…Weekend. {wedding fun}My Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Lauren! I’m glad we’ve found each other’s blogs, too!

      Reply
  14. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Happy Blogiversary!!! You have done so much with your blog is such a short period. You should be proud! I always learn something from your posts. And you know how grateful I am to you for the food intolerance info/help!
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Marvelous New BeginningsMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Laura! You know that means a ton coming from you!! Glad you’re conquering your intolerances (with a teeny tiny break for some Swiss indulgences!)

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, friend! Didn’t we start around the same time? In trying to fact check that guess, I stumbled across your new (at least new-to-me!) About page … which is pretty much the GREATEST EVER ;).

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  15. Michele @ paleorunningmomma

    I just recently (within past month) started blogging and found your blog through the blog-vine I guess! It’s definitely encouraging to hear how you feel about your first year, as well as launching a business. I am going to become certified as a running coach and so have similar goals to you. It must be such a great feeling to be able to take what you love and turn it into not only a business, but a way to encourage people to meet their goals as well. Very glad I found you and looking forward to following you!
    Michele @ paleorunningmomma recently posted…Let’s Talk About Carbs Baby…My Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Congratulations on starting your blog, Michele! So exciting!!! I am very, very far from an expert, but if you ever want to chat and bounce ideas off of one another, I’d love to get to know you better! Shoot me an email if I can be of any help. Enjoy the journey!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Cassie! I’m glad you have!

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  16. Kerry @ The Adventures of Z & K

    Hmmm, when DID I start reading? Don’t even remember!

    Overall you and I share philosophies about healthy living which makes reading enjoyable. I also love the focus your content has on education. Keep it up!
    Kerry @ The Adventures of Z & K recently posted…Monday Morning MusingsMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      It’s been a while since we’ve found each other! Yes, I’m glad we share similar philosophies. Thank you for the kind words!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Sara! I think of you as one of my earliest readers, so I just had the thought … well who WAS reading prior to 7 months ago? I guess the answer is no one – haha!!!

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  17. Christy

    Congratulations on one year of inspiring, motivating, and informing! Your blog became a favorite a several months ago. I love the format… Your lists of 7 are always an easy and productive read when in another blog I otherwise might have passed and told myself that I’d read it later. I appreciate the product reviews that offer cons as well as pros. What drew me to your blog was the information towards cleaner eating. What’s kept me coming back- it’s real, it’s relatable, it matches the goals I have set and clarifies the goals I refine.

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Christy! I appreciate that feedback! I’ll keep up the lists of 7s (my favorite number, plus a good balance between meaty content and not too overwhelming), the honest reviews, and the focus on clean eating. Keep up the good work on your goals!

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  18. Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    Congrats on 1 year of blogging! I think I started reading right around the time you announced your career change. It has been so awesome getting to know you through your blog and comments! I love the variety of your posts…we obviously share the same passion for running but I also find it so helpful to read your posts about health. You always seem to break down the topics in a way that makes them easier to understand! Best of luck as you move into year #2:)
    Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine recently posted…Food Prep, Weekly Meal Plan, and Workout PlanMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Lisa! I really appreciate your feedback. So glad we’ve found each other’s blogs!

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  19. Kim

    Congratulations on your first year!!
    I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading here – a few months – looking forward to lots more great post from you!
    Kim recently posted…Sometimes Rocks CrackMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Cassie! And thanks again for sharing that recipe – it’s hard to make that one look appealing so I’m glad you tried it anyway 🙂

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  20. Allie

    Megan! I love your blog and hVe even a fan and following for a while now, I feel like I know you from Instagram now as well haha. All of your blogs are my favorite and look forward to reading them through out the week! You honestly keep my motivated every day and push me to follow my dreams. I would have never strived to become such a good runner without you, thank you for being my inspiration! I truly look up to you (:

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you for these nice words, Allie! So glad I could help out!

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  21. Mary ann

    this has been an informative journey and i can’t wait to continue !!!! thanks for sharing

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  22. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    Meg, I have constantly been inspired by your blog but most of all, I am proud to call you a good blend.

    Keep being you. I can’t wait to see this go places. see YOU go places.
    Arman @ thebigmansworld recently posted…Pesto and Parmesan WafflesMy Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Arman! I so appreciate your humor, support, and encouragement!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you, Emma! Glad you’re here!

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  23. Kerry

    congrats on the one year! I love your content–keep the healthy tips and delicious recipes coming!

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  24. Cori @ olivetorun.com

    Happy One Year! I can’t remember who found who first but either way- I’m glad it happened. You share some really great [and informative] content with your readers and I appreciate how much you put into your posts.
    Cori @ olivetorun.com recently posted…Why Should You Track Your Workouts?My Profile

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you so much, Cori! I’m glad it happened, too 🙂

      Reply
  25. ali

    i’m a new reader and really enjoy your blog! congrats on the anniversary 🙂

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  26. Miss Polkadot

    Happy first Birthday to your birthday and congrats to you for finding this blog to truly embrace your passions! I’m not sure how long exactly I’ve been reading – several months – but my favourite posts [can’t pick just one] are your Motivation Mondays. As long as you keep those up I won’t stop reading anytime soon!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you for that feedback, Miss Polkadot! Back to regularly scheduled motivation this upcoming Monday, I promise! 🙂

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thank you so much for those kind words, Lindsay! I’m so glad to know you, too!

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  27. Kristen M

    I’ve been following on twitter and reading along for a few months. I love soaking up health and fitness advice and exercise ideas.

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  28. Amy

    I’ve been reading for about 2 months, and if love the lists of 7. Congratulations on the anniversary!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Thanks, Amy! I love the lists of 7, too 🙂

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  29. Julie

    Congrats!!! You’ve been inspiring to me as I start on this journey as well. Would love to grab coffee/tea and chat one of these days too!

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    • Megan Lyons

      Yes! I would love to grab coffee or tea! I’m sure we’d have a ton to talk about! I’ll shoot you an email soon 🙂

      Reply

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the voice behind The Lyons’ Share. I love all things health, wellness, and fitness-related, and I hope to share some of my passion with you. Thanks for stopping by!
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