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It’s Midlife Boulevard’s One Year Anniversary!

We made it!

Had you asked my partner Anne Parris or me a little over a year ago if we’d still be here, doing this a year later, it might have taken us a few minutes to gather ourselves and our thoughts and give you a coherent answer. At the time, we were overwhelmed with our desire – and what we considered our responsibility – to create something new, something special, and something that we believed in with all our hearts.

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Had you told me a little over two years ago that someday my business partner would be a woman I’d never met before who is a southern girl who lives across the country from me, with a heart as big as all outdoors, a lightning-fast sense of humor and a way of connecting with people that is something you’re born with and can’t be learned, I might have thought you were nuts.

I’m sure if you’d told Anne that her business partner would be a cynical, straight-shooting and quick-tempered New York-raised Jewish girl in California who prefers reading and writing to conferences and Google hangouts, she would have thought the same thing.

Anne is Richie Cunningham to my Arthur Fonzarelli. She is Shirley to my Laverne. Mary Richards to my Rhoda Morgenstern. Thelma to my Louise. We are a great balance. Anne keeps me calm and I wipe the stars from her eyes. It just works.

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Anne and me at BlogHer’14

So here we are. We’ve made it this far, and we plan on sticking with Midlife Boulevard for as long as we have readers and contributors, sponsors and advertisers. We love what we’re doing. We love our columnists who come up with original, interesting things to say for each post, the writers and bloggers who contribute work they’re especially proud of, the readers who comment, the brands who support us, the community that has cheered us on from the start. Anne’s husband keeps our website up and running, my husband keeps our heads out of the clouds. We’ve just hired our first employee, and we look forward to adding more employees as we grow.

It hasn’t always been smooth or easy. Publishing 3 new posts, 5 days a week takes a lot of time. Anne still has 2 children at home. Over the past year there have been ups and downs in our lives that have affected each of us to the point that we had to step away from what we were doing to regroup. We have always had each other’s backs, always understood.

And always we’ve felt the support of all of you, in so many ways. Whether by email, private message, handwritten note or positive comments, we know you are out there, appreciating Midlife Boulevard and enjoying the exceptional writing we share from over 200 contributors. We’ll publish our 900th post this week, Our 1000th before the end of 2014.

That’s a lot of words about midlife, and there’s still a lot more to be said.

To celebrate our one year anniversary, we’re giving away four of our favorite books of Fall 2014 to one lucky winner.

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult
Lila by Marilynne Robinson
Some Luck by Jane Smiley
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

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Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, <a href="http://www.emptyhousefullmind.com">Empty House Full Mind</a>, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on <a href="http://youngadults.about.com/">About.com</a>. Sharon writes for the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sharon-greenthal/">Huffington Post</a> and <a href="http://purpleclover.com">Purple Clover</a>. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

Sharon Greenthal

Sharon's blog, Empty House Full Mind, focuses on observations of the world from the midlife empty nest. Sharon is the Young Adults Expert on About.com. Sharon writes for the Huffington Post and Purple Clover. Sharon is the mother of two grown children - a daughter, 26 and a son, 24. She lives in Long Beach, CA with her husband and their perfect dog, Lambeau. Instagram: sharongreenthal

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Elaine

Tuesday 25th of November 2014

OMG ... I had no idea that your blog is only a few months older than mine! I entered the blogging world in January of this year. When I started blogging, I came across your blog and thoroughly enjoy it. I can certainly relate that it hasn't always gone smoothly. I have had to care for an injured parent and then I became injured and had to take a break for two months while I healed from a shattered wrist. I missed blogging terribly but those two months gave me a lot of reading time ... and your blog helped fill that void! Thank you!

Happy Thanksgiving.

Elaine www.OMGlifestyle.com

Teresa Vincent

Saturday 8th of November 2014

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!!! So happy to have found you! Keep up the great work!

Lisa Weinstein

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Congratulations on your anniversary ladies. I recently discovered your site and I really enjoy it! I just registered for BlogHer 15 - hope to meet you there!

Kay Lynn

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Congratulations! One reason I love blogging is the chance to meet and be-friend people like you two.

Jennifer

Friday 7th of November 2014

Huge congratulations!!

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