On Turning Three

April 18, 2013

in Life Lessons

blog anniversaryCurled up with a hot cup of coffee, listening to the rain pattering outside on this spring morning, I am thinking about the past three years of my life. I am reflecting on all the events–big and small–as I contemplate the impact of Naked Girl in a Dress on my life and that of my readers. I am in this thoughtful mood because today is Naked Girl’s third birthday. While three seems young, it’s is a long time in this space. In blog years, I feel like an old lady. I have seen more established bloggers I followed before starting this blog, stop writing in this medium. Additionally, I have seen countless blogs leave the space quickly after starting.

As I have reflected this morning, I have looked back to my first blog post. I wrote about the unpredictability in life ; a fitting post to write at that time. At the one year mark, the title of the post mentioned celebrating a happy life. Life was so much better one year later. Turning two, I saw yet another leap in progress, happiness, and success in my life. It’s been a wonderful exercise today to realize how far I have come, and the transformation that has taken place in three short years.

What’s most important, though, is my progress towards becoming a naked girl in a dress. It was a goal I established for myself in the early months of my separation, and something I will continue to aspire to for years to come. I feel my actual age, three, when it comes to this perspective-on-life transformation I am working towards achieving for myself. I have had moments that were milestones in my progress as well as countless setbacks. What I have learned in the last three years is that setbacks are as valuable as achievements in reaching for my goal. The greatest surprise is the number of women and men choosing to be a part of this journey and working towards becoming  a naked girl (or boy) in a dress (suit).

This has been a wonderful three-year journey. Thanks for being here each step of the way. I am particularly grateful for your presence in my life with the missteps, but enjoy celebrating with you as well. You all are kind, thoughtful, and encouraging. I celebrate today, knowing the journey is that much better because of my readership.

Here’s to celebrating year four together next year.


champagne celebration

Today’s post is in response to Studio30 Plus’ weekly writing prompt: “old.”


TB at Blue Collar Workman April 18, 2013 at 10:39 am

Wow, 3 years, that’s awesome! Congrats! Come a long way! I just passed my 1 year mark. Maybe I should’ve celebrated. Oh well. :-) After 1 year I’ve come a long way, I bet after 3 years you come a REALLY long way!
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 18, 2013 at 10:48 am

Thank you, TB! You absolutely must celebrate your 2nd.

Ilene April 18, 2013 at 11:58 am

This post is so inspiring! And, yes, I do believe we learn from our setbacks. As I was reading it I couldn’t help but think I want to be a naked girl in a dress too! Happy third birthday!
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 18, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I would be happy to have you join along with all the rest of us naked-girl-in-a-dress wannabes. I know we can achieve it!

Kimberly April 18, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Congrats! Your words bring wisdom into my life daily…so glad we connected!
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

This comment means more than you know. I am so happy to have connected as well.

alfred lives here April 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Happy Blogaversary!!! That is a great achievement… well done!
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thanks so much for the blogaversary well wishes. It’s great to turn three!

Joe April 18, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to you
Happy BIRTHDAY, dear Naked Girl In A Dress
Happy birthday to yoooooou!!

Is it too corny (or sexist) to say “you’ve come a long way, baby!” Because seriously. Long way.
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 22, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Thank you for “singing,” Joe! I have come a long way in the last five years. I agree completely.

Candace April 19, 2013 at 7:27 am

Congratulations on turning 3 :)
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 22, 2013 at 1:51 pm

Thank you so much, Candace!

Marie Nicole April 19, 2013 at 10:20 am

Cheers to you! Our blogs are the same age’ish…

And I’ve always so loved the title, the concept and the thought behind naked girl in a dress… Happy Birthday and long life to your blog.
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Naked Girl in a Dress April 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Well, what do you know! Looks like our blogs will go through menopause around the same time as well. :)

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