100th Post and a Giveaway!

23 Mar

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100 POSTS!!!

I can’t believe it! When I carved out my little cornet of the internet on November first, 2011, I didn’t honestly know if I would stick with this more than a month. I didn’t think anyone would read or care, but 100 posts later we’ve had some good discussions, I’ve had an essay published on a major online community, and I’ve made friends I never would have met otherwise. I know it’s not as big as, say, a year’s anniversary, but for a lady notorious for starting projects and not seeing them through, 100 posts is a pretty big deal. On this auspicious posting occasion I feel like it’s a good time to looking back on all that’s happened in the last 4.5 months. Oh, and celebrate with a GIVEAWAY!

I’ve gotten tons of questions and comments on the rotating art gallery I use as my header. I’ve talked about how much I love the artist, the lovely Nidhi Chanani of San Francisco, and even dedicated one of my favorite Friday Fives to how her art perfectly illustrates my life right now. Nidhi has graciously agreed to help celebrate my 100th post by giving away a signed copy of her gorgeous book Everyday Love. It’s an 8×10 soft cover with 96 pages of over 98 of her gorgeous art prints. Help me thank her for her generosity by heading over to her etsy shop and checking out the book for yourself. See below for how you can win a copy of this gorgeous collection of some truly unique art.

It’s Friday, boys and girls, which means that 100th post or not, it’s time for a Friday five. I wanted to share five of my favorite experiences since November first, when I started this blog. Here they are, in no particular order:

Going away with A before tax season started, and starting a new tradition.

Visiting my little sis and seeing some seriously amazing art.

Going on a spiritual retreat (sadly without A) and further cementing some already amazing friendships.

Writing this, and having some amazing conversations with my girlfriends as a result.

Joining a gym and committing to make time to put my health first. (Btw I found out last night that I’ve dropped 4% of my body fat in the last three weeks. I’ve lost 7 pounds of fat and gained five of muscle. Boo yah!)

So that’s my Friday Five. Now, on to the GIVEAWAY!!!

Enter to win a signed copy of Everyday Love by Nidhi Chanani up to four times by doing the one or all of the following:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me one of the best things that’s happened to you since November first, 2011.
  2. Follow my blog via a reader or email. (Enter your address in the field on the top of the right sidebar for an email subscription.)
  3. Tweet a link to this giveaway.
  4. Share a link to this giveaway on Facebook or Google+.

If you choose to do any of options two through four, please include them in your comment. (If you already follow my blog through a reader or email, include this in your comment as well.)
For example, here’s a sample comment:

One of my favorite experiences has been crossing three goals off of my life list since November. I already follow Bigger in Real Life by email, and I tweeted about your giveaway and posted about it on my wall. (Or whatever the Fbook lingo is. Ya’ll know I’m not down with the FB.)

This person would get four entries into the drawing for Nidhi’s book. Comments will be open until 9:00pm PST on Monday, March 26th. The winner will be chosen through a random drawing, and I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday, March 27th.

Good luck everyone! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

12 Responses to “100th Post and a Giveaway!”

  1. Cara Olsen March 23, 2012 at 11:51 am #

    Firstly, that picture is adorable! Did you make it?

    Secondly — So proud of you, Christy! 7 pounds lost and 4 pounds of muscle?!?!? AH-MAZING! Girl, you go an get it right get it tight! (That’s one of my bestie’s key phrases)

    I don’t have a twitter account, so I don’t think I will be participating in the giveaway, but one of the best things that happened to me this year would be surviving another hurtle of marriage. Every year Michael and I still love one another is cause for celebration.(Which is where I suppose celebrating your anniversary comes into play, lol). In a society where love is synonymous with feelings, lust, and sex, I feel rich and blessed to know that what makes our marriage exceptional is none of those things.

    Happy Friday, love.

    • Christy A. March 23, 2012 at 11:56 am #

      Girl, you’re crazy, you’re entered twice! One because you answered the comment question, two because you follow me. The twitter/fb are just extras.

      And, ah thank ya! I like that: get it right, get it tight. I’m writing that on my mirror.

      The pic is from another website, you can click it for the link.

      And I love your big event…good for you two. Happy Friday!

      • Cara Olsen March 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

        Oh, well awesome then! I guess I didn’t read carefully enough. I better win. . . that’s all I’m sayin’

        DO IT! Mirrors, ceilings, fridge. I have stuff like that up all over the house. 🙂

  2. Monica March 23, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    Yeah, I’m repeating you. But really, one of my favorite things done this year was to go down to So Cal and visit the little one and see a really awesome museum. I almost think I liked the architecture (what not spell check on this thing?) better that what was inside the museum.

  3. Elaine (@BanieMcBane) March 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    A bunch of good stuff has happened to & around me since Nov 1 ^_^ One of them that I’m most excited & floored by is booking a trip to Australia. It seemed to unattainable until we booked those flights!

    I’m amazed by how many big things on The List have been put in motion since I made it ^_^ Thanks for the inspiration!

    Cheers to 100!

    • Christy A. March 23, 2012 at 3:19 pm #

      Yay for Australia! So happy for you and C!

  4. ericrynne March 23, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    Yay for 100!!! Congrats!

  5. Cyan March 23, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

    Loves reading your blog!
    I would probably say since November this whole new job situation and succeeding in school has been pretty awesome. I just assumed I would be a nanny my whole life but its obvious that there are other plans in my future and I love it.

    I love Nidhi Chanani’s art!!Heres to hoping the odds are in my favor!!!!

    • Christy A. March 24, 2012 at 10:28 am #

      May the odds be EVER in your favor.

  6. geekosupremo March 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    What’s been good? Connecting with my wife, figuring out that I have a lot to work on in myself, working on these hard parts of myself so life is better for myself and those close to me, working (the kind that comes with dollar bills), planning a trip to Australia, hanging out with good friends (like at The Hunger Games opening weekend), … I’m sure there’s more but that’s what I can think of right now.


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