Birthday & Blogiversary Celebration!

by Lindsay on July 14, 2011

in Personal Growth, Readings, Souls, Spirituality

Happy Birthday, The Daily Awe

On July 17, 1980 I was born in a tiny town in Pennsylvania in the middle of a hailstorm. Well, in a hospital while a hailstorm was wreaking havoc outside.  In the town I was born, automobiles were ruined and roofs of homes caved in. Nurses were bringing in large hail stones in for my parents to see while I was entering the world.

On July 17, 2010 this blog was born in the middle of a spell of boredom. My intention for this blog was to post something interesting on a daily basis (hence “The Daily Awe”). As you can see from the earliest posts, my primary goal was to share things that made people say “awww” or read in awe. Daily. My creativity is astonishing, no?

Earliest posts on TDA:

Through the Eyes of a Dog

Wish List

Thank you, Stranger

Healthy Vulnerability

Toss of a Coin

As I sit here a year (and 128 posts) later, I struggle to find the words that would properly articulate how much has changed for me – and The Daily Awe – in the past year. Birthdays are a good time to take inventory on our lives: where we’ve been, where we are now and where we want to be.

Since I love bullet points and lists, I’ll use one to try to capture just how this blog has changed and enriched my life in the past 365 days.

  • Intuitive development: a year ago I knew I was intuitive and I knew I’m an empath. But oh my goodness, I had no idea I could do intuitive readings and I hadn’t the slightest clue what to do with being an empath aside from trying to use it to win poker games. When the student is ready, the teacher appears. I’ve met a couple of really incredible teachers in the past year who have taught me how to do intuitive readings, how to use my empathic abilities for the greater good and how to read auras.
  • Relationships: I’ve met so many people in the past year from this blog that it just blows my mind and puts me in awe. See? I knew that ‘awe’ part of the blog name would come in handy! People all over the world are my penpals and friends. When I started this blog, I was convinced only a couple of friends and my mom would read it, if that. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy to be wrong. I’ve got friends all over the world now, and the most pleasant surprise came in the form of meeting some incredible people right here in the city of Toronto thanks to this website.
  • Spiritual growth: I’ve talked a few times about how the spiritual side of life came to my attention. My spirituality has grown exponentially over the past few years, but this past year has by far been the most significant. I attribute that in part to this blog, thanks to doing research for articles and the people I’ve met who have come into my life and taught me so much.
  • Writing rocks!: I’ve always loved writing, but this space has given me a chance to strengthen my writing skills. I still have a lot of improvements to make, but I inwardly (and outwardly if we’re going to be honest!) cringe when I read some of my old content. The cringing is good – it means I’m improving. I hope.
  • Changing the world: I always say if just one person benefits from an article they read here on The Daily Awe, then I will be happy. And based on the feedback I’ve received from readers, I’m damn happy. My life path number in numerology is 33 – that means part of my soul purpose is to use my life to raise people’s consciousness and give them an understanding of how to improve their lives. I don’t have any goals to be famous (but rich would be nice!), nor do I have any grandiose plans for changing the world. But I do have the innate desire to help others grow and to work with people 1:1 to help improve their lives. My space on the web has given me the outlet to do just that.
  • Writing a daily post is too lofty: Back when this blog started I had more time on my hands and less responsibility. Meaning, I had hours each day to scour the Interwebz looking for fun things to write/post about.  This blog is entirely written, designed and maintained by one woman: me. I can’t post daily. I thought about changing the name but…I dunno, I feel like TDA is my ‘baby’.  So for now, The Daily Awe it shall remain. A future name change contest might be in order, though…

Having this blog has helped me realize just how much our lives (and we as human beings) change within a year. It’s remarkable, really. And since the birth of this blog coincides with my own birth, it’ll be a great way to take stock on the changes I’ve made along the way. I hope you’ll stick around for another year to see what happens here.

How do you take inventory on your life each year? Reading old journals? Quiet reflections? Measuring your waistline? Don’t talk to me about that last one…they weren’t joking when they said your metabolism slows down at 30! 

I couldn’t end this article without sending a heartfelt thank you to those of you who are reading this. From the bottom of my heart to the top of my soul, thank you. Thank you for reading, commenting and sharing your insights & stories with me. Thank you for your emails of support, encouragement and questions. Thank you for allowing me the chance to do intuitive readings for you and get to know some of you on a soul level.

Cake, anyone?

Now that the mushy stuff is covered, I’m thanking my readers by offering a free intuitive reading to the first person who can accurately guess my birth weight in the comments. Use those intuitive muscles! If no one guesses it exactly, the prize will go to the person who is closest.

Not into baby shower games (c’mon!) but still want in on the blogiversary/birthday celebrations? I’m offering readings at 50% off as a thank you to all of you. Please visit the intuitive readings page and then email me and let me know which reading(s) you are interested in.

 Contest & discounts end at 11:59 PM on July 17, 2011. 

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{ 44 comments… read them below or add one }

Tracy July 14, 2011 at 11:20 am

My guess is 6.2 lb

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:46 pm

Thanks for the guess! I’ll let you know if you’re close or the winner on the 18th!

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Emilia July 14, 2011 at 11:59 am

9 pounds? Not sure why I get that number!

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

If you’re right, my poor mama!! I’ll let you know on the 18th!

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Teri July 14, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I really should know this I’m sure we talked about this during one of our sleepover chats until 4am, but alas, I don’t. So I will say 7lb 9oz

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Teri!! I’m gonna email you at some point today. :) Thanks so much for guessing!

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Julie | A Clear Sign July 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

Happy Birthday!! So funny, that is also my husband’s birthdate (though he is much older) and my son was born a few days later, so this is always a happy time of the year.

Let’s see, you don’t have to count me into the contest but I will guess 6 pounds 9 ounces (my first guess was 7 lbs 3 oz so I can’t choose!)

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:47 pm

I didn’t know your hubby and I share a birthday – that’s awesome! Happy birthday to him and your little boy, too!

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LB July 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Happy (almost) Birthday! My guess is 7 lbs 3 oz – that’s what came to me even before I read Julie’s (or any other) comment. Of course, maybe I was just picking up on Julie’s thoughts – ha ha ha.

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Maybe you were! That’s so funny. I’ll let you know in a few days!

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Kara July 14, 2011 at 1:33 pm

My guess is 6lbs, 8 oz. for what it is is worth. I love your post, and that fact that you are celebrating your success and how much meaning you’ve gotten out of it, it should be celebrated.

Happy Birthday, fellow Cancerian! I’ll be thinking of you this weekend. :)

Kara

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:48 pm

Thank you, Kara! I feel so happy with where this blog has gone & taken me. Happy birthday to my fellow Cancerian, too! :)

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Laura July 14, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Happy birthday and Happy blogiversary Lindsay! Congratulations on your first year of blogging. I love your new blog theme by the way. The blue background fits you quite well.

Okay, I will put my hat in the ring at 8 lbs 6 oz.

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thanks, Laura! I’m glad you like the new theme. I’m digging it too – feels much lighter & cleaner to me. Thanks for the guess. I’ll announce the winner after this weekend!

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Melissa B. July 14, 2011 at 1:43 pm

I’ve got 8 pounds 3 ounces in my head. I’m sure it’s probably something we talked about when we were little, but I can’t remember. LOL! Happy Birthday (early)!!!

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 1:49 pm

Thanks, Melissa! Gosh, that conversation would’ve taken place YEARS and YEARS ago, lol! We’re getting old. :) Thanks for playing!

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Zee July 14, 2011 at 1:53 pm

6 lbs. 13 oz.

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Thanks for the guess, Zee!

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Tangy July 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

6lbs. 10oz.

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Hiya Tangy! Glad you’re participating in the contest! :)

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Mom July 14, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Love your blog, Linds and especially I love you! I won’t “guess” your birth weight because that would be cheating.
I don’t know where all the years have gone, but I remember everything about the day you were born! It was one of THE HAPPIEST days of my life, # 1 daughter. ♥

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I love you too, Mom! Thanks for your support – even when I’m being my crazy, weird self. <3

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Teri July 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm

In all of my guessing excitement, I forgot to say Happy blogiversary, and more importantly Happy Birthday to someone who probably knew me better than anyone else “back in the day!”. I hope your day is super special!

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Thank you Teri! I just love you and I feel happy to know I’ll always be able to count you as a friend in my life. I treasure our memories and have the old notes to prove it!

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Teri July 17, 2011 at 10:57 am

Oh my! I still have the old notes, too! Does Chimichanga ring a bell? :-) I love you, too, Linds! When will you be in PA again?

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Kristin July 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Happy EARLY Birthday and Happy Blogiversary!! I’m thrilled for you Lindsay!! I love your blog and CHERISH your intuitive advice and reading you gave me recently. Thank you so much for the amazing work you do!

I am going to guess 6lbs 12oz as your birth weight.

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thank you SO much Kristin! I’m smiling reading your comment. It was my pleasure doing your reading — really! And good guess on the weight! I’ll announce the winner next week. :)

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Heather July 14, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Congratulations on your Blogiversary and an early Happy Birthday to you! I’m so glad that I found your site, I love your articles and always look forward to seeing what you’ll write about next! My guess is 6lbs. 3oz.

Enjoy this beautiful day!

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Lindsay July 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Thanks a bunch, Heather. I count you as one of my friends now and I’m so glad you found the blog! 6 lbs. 3 oz. is a VERY popular guess here today! :D

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Justin | Spiritual Development July 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Hi Lindsay,

Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary on your blog. LoL on using your empath abilities to win poker games.

I had the same goal of writing posts daily but now I settled for every three days. And I agree that it is so cool to be able to connect with so many like minded people on the web fro all over the world.

7Lbs 3 oz.

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Lindsay July 17, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thank you Justin! And yeah…I totally did use the empath thing to help me “read” others like a book and figure out how to win poker! Maybe I’m in the wrong field of work…lol. :)

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Mehrsa July 17, 2011 at 3:39 am

Happy birthday dear Lindsay!
you were 7.0 oz :)

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Lindsay July 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thank you, sweet Mehrsa! :) I’ll announce the winner(s) tomorrow & in next week’s newsletter.

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kat July 17, 2011 at 8:11 am

I’m going to guess 7 lbs 6 oz.
Lindsay, congratulations on your one year anniversary! I discovered your blog after you posted a very kind and helpful response to a question I posed on another website. Your words were very reassuring to me and I have been learning from you ever since! Kat

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Lindsay July 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

Thank you so much, Kat! I had no idea…which website was that? I’m so glad you read TDA! :) Great guess, btw!

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kat July 17, 2011 at 10:29 am

Pavlina…

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Lisa at Practically Intuitive July 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

Congrats on your first blog-a-versary! :) It takes a lot of work to keep something growing and changing as we grow and change. YEY for all your hard work.

I got 6lbs 7oz. Not sure why but I’m going with it. :)

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Lindsay July 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Thank you Lisa! You’re right – keeping our websites (and businesses and relationships) growing and changing is hard work! But oh so rewarding. :)

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Vicki Miller July 17, 2011 at 12:47 pm

My guess is, 8lbs.10ozs

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Lindsay July 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

Good guess, Vicki!

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Maria Cosby July 17, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Great post. Happy Birthday. Weight – 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

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Lindsay July 17, 2011 at 7:32 pm

Thanks so much Maria. I don’t know if I’ve told you lately, but I love your blog. :)

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Sol | Some Insight Required July 18, 2011 at 4:32 pm

Hi there Lindsay!

And happy birthday to the Daily Awe even though it’s like, hmm… four days late? BLASPHEMY!

Alright, silliness aside. I won’t even try to guess your birth weigh, but something tells me it was lower than normal. 2kg or something, perhaps? Owai –! I just guessed! The contest is already over, anyway.

Really though, I agree with meeting people around the world, though I’ve sometimes felt like the ‘outsider’ even in this niche. Sometimes I tend to think I’m that ‘special breed’.

Have a nice week, Lindsay. Even though I’ve not known you for long, I’ll be standing down here in the comment section to support you!

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Lindsay July 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

Hi Sol! Belated thank you from me! :) I think you are a special breed, Sol. And that’s a good thing! It’s tough to feel that way and have trouble finding a circle/group you feel “at home” with – I know this from experience! But I’m glad you’re here in the comments and in my life, albeit virtually!

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