ONE is the Magic Number

June 28, 2011

Time to celebrate!!

One year ago today I posted my first blog post–Acceptance Without Exceptions–here on “That’s What GEM Said.” I was nervous and reluctant to start my own blog since I wasn’t sure I had anything to say worth reading by either acquaintances or strangers. While I love to hear myself talk tend to be very passionate about expressing certain opinions and thoughts of mine, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to articulate them well in a written forum. Just because I thought I had some interesting things to write about didn’t mean it would be conveyed as such. But with some encouragement and gentle nudging from of a few friends, I decided to go for it. And I’m so glad I did!

Though I haven’t blogged as consistently as I had when I first started (life just keeps happening!), I love being to release the words in my head and captured on screen. THGS has been my personal virtual journal–a place where I can vent, sort out my thoughts, pander on life’s musings, or just be silly. I used to question whether it was a good look to be so transparent and open about my life in such a public arena. But the more I share my pain, the more I heal. The more I admit my faults, the more I mature. The more I acknowledge my doubts, the more faith I gain. The more I confront my fears, the more courageous I become. So sharing some of my most private thoughts and feelings has been quite exhilarating and therapeutic!

Even after a year, I am still struggling with “accepting without exceptions.” I still struggle with remembering that I can only control or change myself. I still desire to try and make everything right and perfect as I see it in my eyes. But changing attitudes and mindsets is not something that just happens over night, or even in 365 nights. The important thing is that I have identified the areas in my life that need work and I’m actively making moves towards self improvement.

I’m so thankful for all of you readers!!! I’m especially grateful for those of you who leave comments and offer feedback. Being able to engage in discourse about what I write or just read words of encouragement or critique is extremely helpful to me,  and inspired me to keep writing.

Thanks for a great year!!! I look forward to another year of blogging bliss 🙂


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  • Reply pattycakes June 28, 2011 at 1:35 am

    It’s been a year? Whoa. Time flies. Congrats on staying committed to the blogging journey. Even though it’s a very public way of journaling, I believe it provides another level of personal introspection that is different from writing in a diary. I think it will continue to reveal more to you about yourself over the coming year. Keep it up!

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:44 pm

      time does fly!! it seems like just yesterday i was entering the blogging world. and you’re right, writing personal blog entries is another level of personal introspection–one id never imagined before hand.

      thanks for the love patty cakes!! *hugs*

  • Reply max June 28, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Congrats on your first year Gem! It gets easier after this. But only a little.
    Love the blog!

  • Reply Wu Young, Agent of M.E. June 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Congrats on the anniversary Gem Jones! Although I only started reading around October but I’ve enjoyed your posts. You and a few other bloggers have shown the ability to be versatile when it comes to topics. Whether it’s wanting to kick cancer’s a**, dating, or discussing football you get it done. Don’t feel bad about not posting on the regular. Getting your thoughts out is hard sometimes. Can’t wait for more Nacho, Chimp, or Dilfer questions this fall.

    Vaya con Dios, I’m rolling with the chimp!

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Wu, i have to admit: you are one of my favorite commenters. partly because you comment on almost everything i write, but also because you are so encouraging and insightful, even if it is over something as silly Dilfer/Nacho/Chimpanzee 🙂

      thanks for the support! i really appreciate you!

  • Reply *Yoles* June 28, 2011 at 10:09 am


    wishing you continued success… ⍣Congratulations⍣

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      awwww thanks for the love Yoles!!!!! sadly your pretty designs arent coming up on my screen 🙁 but thank you for the gesture, you’re a master at that!

  • Reply Soula Powa June 28, 2011 at 10:21 am

    Congrats on the Blogaversary, Gemmie. I wish you many more.

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:53 pm

      thanks homie!!

      and your avi doe?!?! LOL

  • Reply Jai June 28, 2011 at 10:55 am

    I find your blogs quite refreshing, honest, and relatable. Congrats Gemmie!!!!!

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm

      thanks Jai! im glad you can relate–definitely good to know 🙂

  • Reply Phidelity15 June 28, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Congrats on your anniversary Gem Stone Jones (yeah I just made that up :-)) I enjoy reading your words and thoughts, so many are a reflection of my own. In that I know that I’m not the only person feeling that way or that I’m not the only crazy person out there..either way MJ had it right.

    I hope you continue to delight us with glimpses of your thoughts and musings for many years to come…or until you done told us all of your business, either one will do LOL

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:56 pm

      thanks sis!!!! LOL @ Gem Stone Jones. i LOVE that!! *adds to nickname collection*

      i’m so glad to hear you can relate and feel me on things i write about. sometimes i feel embarassed to admit certain things but then i find out so many others share similar thoughts. so reassuring!

      thanks for the love, support, and encouragement!! *hugs*

  • Reply That Damn African June 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Damn, you just made me realize I missed my blogiversary three days ago lol. Glad you got over your initial reservations and started this here joint. It’s always been a good read. Congrats!

    • Reply gemmieboo June 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm

      oh no, you missed your blogiversary! you need to do a post so we can all shower you with hate and resentmentlove and affection!!

      thanks for the well wishes! much appreciated sir 🙂

  • Reply madscientist7 June 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    congrats. 🙂

  • Reply keisha brown June 28, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    we want more!!
    can’t wait for the nfl to come back and to read your hi-larious recaps!!
    congrats and keep going!!
    *does an extra special salt-n-pepa pelvic thrust

  • Reply Ivy St. June 28, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Congrats on one year and many more to come! Hopefully there is a football season this year. I enjoyed the football talk.

  • Reply MsEvaHoney June 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Congratulations my goon!

  • Reply Cheekie July 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

    Yooooo! Happy Blogaversary, Gemster!!! *flings Kevin Garnett shaped confetti*

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