September 20, 2015

A year ago today, I made a spontaneous decision (which is a miracle in itself because I've never loved spontaneity).  That spontaneous decision changed my life more than I ever thought it would.

Prep For A Day has slowly evolved into one of the best aspects of my life.  Blogging has given me a new purpose.  It's given me a goal, and it's given me the courage to do some pretty amazing things.
I will admit that my preconceived notions of blogging were so adverse to the reality.  I ran into some unexpected hassles, but I'm all the better because of them.

I automatically assumed that all bloggers hire someone to design their websites for them (and, I suppose, I assumed that would be my course of action).  Boy, was I wrong!  I've learned so much more about HTML than I ever wanted to...

I also assumed that the majority of bloggers focused on fashion, and I'm so glad that isn't the case!  I love fashion posts, but I've read so many inspirational and helpful lifestyle posts over the past year that a solely fashion-based blog world seems rather contrived.

One fear I had when I first started out was that I'd never fit into the "blogger niche."  I thought making blogger friends would be the equivalent of trying to be friends with the popular people at a high school. Yet I found my niche, and I found a group of amazing friends (MANY thanks to Jessica, along with Katie, Katelyn, Mikayla, SmileShineInspire, and many others).

The biggest fear I had was that my parents would be the only ones who would ever consider reading Prep For A Day.  I may not be anywhere close to 100,000 page views, but I'm heading there.  I may not have 100,000 Instagram followers, but I recently reached 1,200--and to me, that's a huge deal!

To anyone who's ever read along and kept up with the blog:  thank you.

To one year, and many more.



  1. Happy Blogging Birthday Tori! Can't wait to see where your blog takes you in the years to come!


    1. Thank you so much, Katie! I wouldn't be here without your help!

  2. Yay! Happy birthday,!! I totally agree with you on feeling like there were "blogger expectations" that I had to live up to. I even felt/still feel that way sometimes about my Instagram. I'm no where near a huge number of followers or even subscribers BUT just knowing that I can get my thoughts out of my head, makes me feel pretty great. I also have made some pretty great connections and friendships (ahem) through both Instagram and my blog too. I can't wait to see what the next year has in store for prepforaday!

    Choose to make today great!
    xo Jessica

    1. I'm so happy that we've bonded over many things (white picket fences, IHOP pancakes, etc.), and I'm so thankful for all of our conversations and collaborations!
      I look forward to our next Snapchat conversation!

  3. Happy Blog Birthday!! I've always loved reading your blog, and I'm excited to see where your blog takes you!:)
    xo, Syd

    1. Thank you Sydney! I've loved working with you during the past year!

  4. It has been a pleasure reading your blog this year! You should be so proud of your accomplishments. Can't wait to see what this next year has in store.

    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

    1. Thanks so much Mikayla! I've always loved reading your blog, and your help over the past year has been wonderful!

  5. Yay! Happy blog birthday :) You're one of the sweetest bloggers out there! Continue to shine :)


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