One Year in the Circle of Love (online on HubPages)

HubPages My experience


I stumbled into HubPages by accident. It was a happy accident triggered off by boredom. I was there looking through Google for something interesting to do. I have always wanted to write but I had not written anything worth mentioning before, not in all my adult life, and this was a challenge in itself. For some reason HubPages appealed to me more than the others. I jumped into it thinking ’If I get past my first ten hubs, that in itself would be a great achievement’.


The awesome HubPage community


The first thing that I discovered about HubPages was its awesome community. I was fumbling my way through writing for a site online. It was a totally unfamiliar and strange place, and this community embraced me and welcomed me with such warmth that I was encouraged to pursue my interests further. Every day was a new learning process ( and still is ) and every hub was birthed in hard work. Slowly, the unfamiliar became quite familiar and the journey became more exciting with the friends I found online. I discovered something so exquisite and unique about this community – everybody here was so willing to help. Many times, they went out of their way to help me.

Sometimes, there would be a comment on one of my hubs that would leave me touched and encouraged. At other times, it would leave me with a feeling that someone is being touched by
something that I have done. This has been one incredible journey that has really helped me grow personally, put to good use my time and my talents and more than all of this, one that has helped me reach out to people. If you are not a member already join us here at Hubpages

Here are some people who have made my days here wonderful :)

Timorous - Tim is a great friend, a kind soul. (I warned you)

The clean life - Mark, the clean heart.

Denise - A lovely human being .

Beth - The woman of courage.

Klara - fun to be with :)

Saleheen - Plays hide and seek :) LOL

There are many others I haven't mentioned. I appreciate every single one of you. You have made my everyday special on these pages. Thank you :)


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One Year in the Circle of Love


Time flies by and it’s a year,
Since I fumbled around with fear,
I knew not what to do or say,
Or how to chalk out my way.

It seems now, like I know this place,
For I have walked its labyrinthine ways,
Learned some things the hard way here,
Friendly help was always near.

Sharing with you my every thought,
The jealousy of my spouse I bought,
He seemed to envy the attention you got,
And swore that I was truly lost.

My children peered to see my pet,
Mock the funny ideas I did get,
The bug that made me sick and fret,
On me was their every bet! (LOL)

My obsession and my waking thoughts,
Were wired around your wavy paths,
My camera, my pen was all I brought,
To every place and idea I sought!

Happy as I have always been,
I shared my smiles, my every dream,
Truly made this my sweet home,
Where I am so free to always roam!

HubPages has been my school online,
To read and write all things fine,
Friendships strong that may have been naught,
Have of my life now become a part!

Potential that I thought never existed,
Now their branches have persisted,
Expressions that are truly mine,
Now mark my every line:)

Mentors, friends and acquaintances,
Make my everyday as happy as this,
I am truly glad to have fumbled into
HubPages and to have met all of you :)

It’s time to salute the spirit of this place,
That has treated me with style and grace,
Featured my writings on their pages,
Fulfilling my dreams of all the ages.

To everyone who been a part,
Of HubPages and its forums lot,
To all of you who have supported me,
I say from my heart a real big Thank to ye:)

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My special thanks to all of you .......... 46 comments

Lita C. Malicdem profile image

Lita C. Malicdem 5 years ago from Philippines

I share the joy of your first year hub anniversary celebration. Congratulations, sofs! With more than a hundred hubs, you sure did have a very fruitful sharing for the community. You now harvest the fruits of your hard work. God bless you for your continued stay at HubPages with us.


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Andrew0208 5 years ago from Zion

Congratulations! Indeed HubPages is great community that also changed my life for good, it does make a good writer out of anyone willing to learn. Quite interesting to read about your good progress and I've got also some amazing testimonies celebrating my 3 years here earlier this year. Awesome!


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lisabeaman 5 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

Congratulations on your one year! I'm glad you found what you were looking for :) the HubPages community is very unique and incredible. I have been so appreciative of everyone on several different levels. Thanks for sharing your celebration with us!


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timorous 5 years ago from Me to You

Hi buddy :) I know the Hubpages community is much richer because of your presence. You seem to inspire others, and others in turn inspire you.

I'm delighted to have been here to help you along, whenever you've struggled with your writing and such. I will continue to do so...that's just what friends do. I want to personally thank you for becoming such a good friend, in spite of being half a world away.

Congratulations on the first of many years of fruitful writing here at Hubpages and beyond. ((((((hugs))))))


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rebekahELLE 5 years ago from Tampa Bay

Congrats Sofs! Isn't it amazing how special the HP community has become? I find the community full of very caring, talented, supportive people from around the world. It's rare to find a site like HP online. I find so many very well written, interesting hubs. Sometimes I wish I had more time just to read hubs!

I love your poem. Thanks for writing and sharing with us and keep up the great work!


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Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Congratulations on your anniversary, Yes you are right the wonderful community on Hub Pages does give it a wonderful feel, I sometimes feel very cosy and warm while writing answers to some of the lovely comments we can all receive. Thanks you for sharing with us, voted up and beautiful. Love the poem by the way, very well written.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Lita, thank you for such warmth and love.. I am blessed to have met people like you. God Bless you too :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Andrew, three years.. is a long time.. I can only agree with you whole-heartedly. Yes, for those willing to learn hubpages provides the right atmosphere. Congrats on your third anniversary and thank you for taking the time to read and wish me well.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Lisabeaman, Thank you. Yes Hubpages is a wonderful community indeed. I feel so privileged to be a part of it . I honestly appreciate you taking time to read and comment :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Oh Tim, I am so glad to have found such a lovely friend in you. You have been such a pillar of strength to me..With your head planted right on your shoulders you have given me the right advice whenever I needed it.. You are a gem.. and it is people like you that have made me want to come back again and again to HubPages. Thank you Buddy .. I can't say that enough :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

RebekahElle, this is a wonderful community and I can say that from the depth of my heart. Wow, We have never interacted and yet you chose to read and wish me.. doesn't that speak a lot for our community. Rebekah I also wish I had more time to read and comment. I just had enough time to post this hub and run away .. Thank you , so much for that inspiring comment :) I hope to get to know you better:)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Steph Harris, Thank you so much. I appreciate your dropping by to wish me.. Thank you for those kind words and warm wishes :)


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Sofs-I loved the poem and the photos. Thanks so much for the mention-you're sweet. I am so glad that I have met you-you've made a difference in my world many times over. Congratulations and here's to many more poems and hubs. :) ((((Hugs))))


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Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

One whole year, sofs!!! Happy HubBirthday! You do lovely stuff, we all adore you to pieces. (Don't mind me gushing all over the place. I'm just sharing the love.)


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cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

What a beautiful celebration of your one year anniversary. I agree with you about the community. It is such a supportive place. Glad to have met you along the way and I look forward to reading many more of your hubs!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I agree sofs. Finding Hubpages was a real treat for me. I had never thought about writing until a friend invited me to visit one day, now i can't imagine life without it. Thank you for sharing.

Smiles


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Sophie what a beautiful and touching Hub. You are the best and thank you for mentioning me in you hub. It means so much and is so great to have a friend like you. Even though we never met face to face, I feel as if I have known you forever. You are a doll and I feel honored to know you and have you aS MY FRIEND.

(((Hugs and Kisses ))) to you Sophie :)

Voted UP and Beautiful !!


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D.A.L. 5 years ago from Lancashire north west England

Hi sofs, congratulations on your marvelous milestone. You are without doubt worthy of this accolade and I am convinced there will be many more similar milestones you will achieve, you have so much talent. Best wishes to you


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Alladream74 5 years ago from Oakland, California

Well done on your anniversary.yes hubpages has a greta community and I thoroughly enjoy writing here.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Denise, thank you for the hugs and the wishes. It means a lot to me to have met you too. I am here because people like you have made it what it is. Thank you so much and (((((((hugs))))))))back to you.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Paradise, yes time flies by... one whole years has passed by. I have treasured and valued your support. your writing has made this place so much richer. I have learned so much from you. Thank you for your kind words and support :) God Bless!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Cara, thank you ! Yes this community has been most supportive and wonderful. Glad to have met you.. of course I have to thank Denise for that. I appreciate your stopping by and taking the time to say some lovely words. :) God Bless!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Ruby, honestly you are another beautiful person that I have met in this journey. We have shared our thoughts back and forth and somehow felt the bond. Thank you for making this place wonderful. Thank you for your support and encouragement :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Mark, the pleasure is mine. It is not everyday that you meet a warm and kind soul. I felt the connection immediately. You are fun to be with and God, sometimes that thread that we hang on to seems to be the only sane thing in this place.. sharing all that we want to without feeling that we are being judged. I am blessed to know you.. and will always appreciate your readiness to help :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

D A L you are one more person you inspired me in my early days to take my camera out. Your pictures always inspire me and your knowledge about nature fascinates me. I am truly blessed to have met you.. Oh wow, but I still miss you on this site though I am happy to meet with you elsewhere :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Alladream, Yes the community here is awesome.. I have loved every minute of it. Thank you for sparing me the time and for your kind words. Best wishes to you :)


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MsDora 5 years ago from The Caribbean

Impressive! You've been very encouraging to me too. Proud to be following you!


mtsi1098 5 years ago

well said sofs and congrats on the anniversary!!! I am glad you stayed around...take care


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sofs 5 years ago Author

MsDora, Thanks for read and the follow, I appreciate that. Hope you have a wonderful time here too :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Mtsi, I appreciate that. I am sure that I may not leave this place anytime soon.. I will always keep coming back to it. I am glad to have met a positive person like you here.. :) Thanks HP :)


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

sofs,

This article is as lovely as you! Congratulations on your first of many years to come on HP, and I will enjoy reading your words of inspiration. Up & UAB, mar.


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schoolgirlforreal 5 years ago from USA

Beautiful hub, a pleasure to read! Hope to get to know you. :)


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

Sofs,

Happy Hubversary!!! It is hard to believe that a year has passed. I still remember the first time I read your poems and met you! Thank you mentioning me. :) Thank you for always being positive - always with something good to say!

Your a fabulous friend -- funny, honest, cheerful! Always there when I need you and always present.

Love your poem! Cheers to a successful second year!!! :)

Beth

xoxox


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CMCastro 5 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

Congratulations to another Hubber who is celebrating a year on Hubpages. I look forward to reading more of your beautiful hubs and I hope you continue to read mine. I love birthday and anniversary celebrations so much. Thanks, Sofs. Christina


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Mar, thank you. HP is better because of people like you. It is wonderful to be here and to meet such lovely people day after day. I hope you have wonderful time here too. My best wishes to you :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

SGFR, thank you so much. Yes, we should get to know each other better and there is no other time like the present. Hope to visit you soon. My best wishes to you and God Bless :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Beth, time flies on HP. I remember our very first conversation on the forums and how we took a mutual liking to each other. Your hubs have always made me see the strong woman in you. I respect the person that you are and I am glad to have known you. What are friends for if we cannot be present for them?

Love you and wish you and your family the very best :) God Bless.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Christine, thank you. Looking at your profile i guess congratulations are due to you. I have enjoyed your hubs, the few that I have read, I need to read more and get better acquainted with you :) My best wishes to you :) God Bless!


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Beth100 5 years ago from Canada

Sofs, you always bring a smile to my heart. :) You are the BEST!!


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Beth, you are a sweetheart... thank you and have an amazing weekend :)


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

HI Sophie and Beth you are both sweethearts :)


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Markie.. you are one too.. :) Thank you so much :) you made me smile :) LOL


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ahorseback 5 years ago

I agree ...HappyhHub day ! Again I'm late for the party!....:-}


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sofs 5 years ago Author

No worries we can have another party just for you.. Thank you for the good wishes and hope you have a great day :-} smile on :-}


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jacqui2011 5 years ago from Leicester, United Kingdom

Great hub. I've only been here for around 5 months, but I love the whole hubpages community. I felt so lost at first, but everyone is so welcoming and helpful. Congrats on your 1 year here. Nice to meet you and I'm sure I will get round to reading more of your hubs.


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sofs 5 years ago Author

Jacqui, this one year has been awesome.. thanks to the HubPage community. Thank you for taking the time to read and congratulate. I appreciate this greatly :)

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