Christmas, Blog Anniversaries, And Dealing With Life
Have you ever had life not go your way? I bet you have. Whether it be financial, medical, or even emotional, eventually tragedy will strike your life.
It sucks when it happens, but that’s the nature of Life. Seems pretty unfair sometimes doesn’t it? So what can we do about it?
Don’t Be A Self Centered Jerk
Humans have a tendency to be a little too self centered…especially when tragedy befalls us. Neither you (nor I) are the center of the universe. We’re just one very small piece of the puzzle, yet it feels like we’re dead center with our tiny problems in that big old universe.
You know what? Suck it up! Don’t overreact. Life isn’t fair. Bad things do happen to good people all the time.
It’s the moments when life is at its worst, that define us as a person most.
Act with grace, humility, and of course humor.
I’ve written about dealing with my own personal tragedies before. One of my own defining moments ended-up changed my financial life forever. Even though it was a terrible situation at the time, I now consider it a very positive moment in my life.
Sometimes terrible situations aren’t all bad.
When life goes haywire the people around us tend to suffer too. Don’t forget them. They also suffer through our egos, our emotions, and our tears. Instead of lashing-out, reach out to them with care and appreciation. Let them know how important they are in your life.
Mr. Tako Escapes recently hit its first blog-anniversary, and it feels like a pretty big milestone. Hurray! One year old!
It’s been quite a life changing year, and it turned out to be a real learning experience. Originally I set out to write a couple posts a week, thinking “Oh, that won’t be a huge deal…not a big time sync.”
Well, I have news — it’s been harder and more time consuming than I ever imagined.
But also extremely useful. I’ve learned a lot! Believe it or not, this blog is a HUGE part of my life right now. While it hasn’t been financially successful by any definition, I still keep going. It really means alot to me that people read my stuff, and sometimes even leave comments!
Thankfully I kept my expenses really low by hosting my blog with Squidix, so it’s not a big financial burden. I’m still paying the $3.73 per month I started with, and don’t foresee calling it quits anytime soon.
Going Off The Grid
I apologize for the short post today, but things recently happened that put me “out of sorts”. I wanted to do a better “anniversary post”, but I had my own personal tragedy to deal with. It sucked a whole bunch of time I would normally use for blogging. Sorry folks!
Unfortunately it’s the holidays right now, and this post is going to be the last you’ll see from me for about a week.
The Tako family is going to be doing a little traveling this holiday, and we’ll be leaving home very soon.
Nothing strange about that, right? What’s unusual here is that I’ll be without internet access for most of that time period. Yes, I’ll be “off-grid” this holiday.
That means I won’t be able to do much in the way of posting or even basic blog maintenance. Yikes!
For all my regular readers, I apologize for the irregularity, and poor planning on my part. I care about each and every one of you, and appreciate your readership more than you probably realize.
Thank you all!
Really, truly, thank you for being a part of this blog.
Have yourself a very wonderful holiday, and please look forward to new posts again in about a week (pending no new personal disasters).
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29 thoughts on “Christmas, Blog Anniversaries, And Dealing With Life”
Happy anniversary! 1 year is a pretty big deal. You’ve got a beautiful blog here. Looking forward to your 2017 posts.
p.s. I’m sending you a separate email. I think you’ll find amusing the Google Ad that popped up on this post.
Happy Holidays also to you!
Happy blog anniversary. And hope you and the family have a safe trip and happy holidays 🙂
Congrats Mr. Tako and enjoy the “off the grid” week. Maybe you even get withdrawal symptoms!
Merry Christmas and enjoy your departure from the grid!
Congratulations on the blogiversary! That’s like five years in blog years. I enjoy your writing and appreciate that you have stuck with it.
Sorry that you are dealing with tragedy and I hope that the holidays lift you up a bit and you have some quality time with your family.
Enjoy the holiday time off, I hope your situation improves. Going to a place that’s off grid actually sounds appealing. We usually do so once a year in august, and it’s very therapeutic. The blog will be here when you get back.
Congratulations on your blog anniversary! I have enjoyed reading it. Keep ’em coming! (after you take your much needed break :-))
Hopefully you can find some peace amidst the difficulty. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Thank you for the writing that you do, do.
Happy First Year, Tako!
Enjoy your break, we’ll likely all be here when you come back with something interesting to say, and it’s so true, some of the worst things that ever happen to us have silver linings. Thanks for a year of good reads.
Congratulations on the anniversary, Mr. Tako!!
I’m very sorry to hear you had something bad happen–I hope it all works out for you guys. 🙂 I really like the phrase from Frugal Girl: “Nothing is all good, and nothing is all bad.” I hope there’s a silver lining for you!
Congrats on the 1-year “blogiversary”!!! That’s a tough accomplishment. Like you said, you initially go in thinking it shouldn’t be too time-consuming, but it definitely is. And not just the writing specifically, but maintaining the site, social media, etc. So, nice job – always love reading your posts!
Hope the personal tragedy turned out Ok. Have fun during the holidays – sounds like you have some fun travelling lined up. Merry Christmas!
Keep up the good work Mr Tako. I enjoy your blog! Merry Christmas!
Happy Holidays Mr. Tako! Enjoy your time off. I’m sorry to hear you are going through tough times. I hope whatever it is is soon a tiny speck in your rear view mirror.
And congratulations on your Blogerversary!
Have a great holiday! Being off grid for a while is good for you. I’m already looking forward to our next camping trip. Happy blogging anniversary too. That’s a great accomplishment. 🙂
Happy first blog-anniversary, Mr. Tako! I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday trip. Don’t beat yourself up about not hitting your exact schedule you envisioned. No doubt you’ll be back and better this new year pulling from all of last year’s blogging experience. 🙂
Merry Christmas Mr. Tako and family,
Have sure come to appreciate your thoughts on finance not to meantion Food pictures.
Have a great week off and will look forward to your return.
Happy Christmas to you, too! Thank you for the articles. I value the advice!
I agree that tragedy can put us on a route to actually have more fulfillment. It definitely makes us stronger. My ex-husband cheated on me with an old girlfriend of his, and I was shattered and devastated for a couple of months. Then, I realized that I was letting two people ruin my “one wild and precious life”, so I went out and lived to the fullest. I started flying airplanes again, I bought a motorcycle, I traveled with my girlfriends, and I got to play drums on stage with a local band. When he found out I was doing all this, he realized, that he had chosen the wrong girl to be with and came crawling back to me! I had no intention of doing these things to win him back, I did it for myself and I became a much stronger woman in return. I know it sounds weird, but sometimes I get too comfortable, and I hope for a struggle of some sort, as long as it doesn’t mean an illness, and only impacts me and not a loved one.
I hope you still consider it a happy anniversary, Mr. Tako. I’ve enjoyed reading your posts from the beginning.
Sorry to hear there is some negativity in your life; I hope it is not terribly serious or permanent.
Happy Blog Anniversary. Always enjoy reading your articles. Keep up the good work in 2017!
Merry Christmas Mr Tako! Hope things will turn out well soon! Happy anniversary for your blog too!
I think we are all impress how many readers and comments you have received for only a year old, so you must be doing something right. Have a good year.
Happy Holidays Mr. Tako! We’ll still be here when you return – so enjoy your blog. Take some time for you – nothing’s more important than that! Congrats on finishing one year – we bloggers know how difficult that is to do!
Mr. Tako — I’m truly sorry to hear there’s something bad going on. I hope it’s some consolation to browse these comments from your loyal readers.
For what it’s worth ($0.00 honorarium and a timeless commemorative comment thread) I’m awarding you my “Favorite Blog of 2016” citation, made up on the spot, but which is also true. I refresh the site daily in anticipation of new posts. This year, I’ve made your pho recipe (delicious), invested in the vanguard energy index fund (WEC is in there somewhere 😉 and almost talked my wife into a Craigslist freezer chest (would have been awesome) before she wielded her brutal veto pen of justice.
I also have a two year old about to enter pre-school and a popcorn maker in heavy rotation. G-d bless the internet for leading me to a kindred spirit. And G-d bless the whole Tako family for a wonderful 2017.
It’s good to hear from you, and I would thank you and happy new year to you too. Life is complicated, and I’m trying to set new goals and resolutions for the next year so that I can perform and be focused on my work. Nowadays, I’m doing things which make me happy, and that is my passion Blogging, just like what you are doing.
It’s okay Mr.tako, make sure to give the blog sometime and add valuable information which we expect from you. It is okay that you are busy with the life and things go around you. I will wait for your next post.
Happy Holidays Mr. Tako. Thanks for all your articles as they are really useful and informative. Hope you are doing ok with your personal issue at this time. Take care.
Wish you a happy blog anniversary Mr. Tako Escapes, hope it was an excellent year to you. Thanks for digging out the deep points and placing them all in a beautiful manner. Sometimes I feel life is not fair with me only because the people around me are enjoying their lives, but then such wonderful and motivational articles help me to get back on the track. Keep motivating people as much as you can through articles. Merry Christmas man!
Happy Blogiversary and I hope your situation has improved in whatever way you need for the most growth and happiness in your life.