Update: The winners for this giveaway have already been chosen. They are:
It seems like just yesterday I wrote, “It’s a pretty exciting week in Tiny Buddha world,” before crafting a massive year-in-review post for the site’s first anniversary.
Yet here we are again, a full year later.
So much has happened in this year, but instead of creating a lengthy year-in-review list, I’m just going to recap the five biggest highlights, for the site and me personally. I’ll also provide a selection of posts from the year that you may enjoy reading if you’ve missed them. But first I’d like to thank you—every last one of you.
This site is what it is because of you. I am continually inspired, humbled, and flat-out blown away by the vulnerable, generous, insightful blog posts many of you submit. You really put yourself out there, and it changes people’s lives—more than you may realize.
For those readers who haven’t written for the site, you also make the site what it is. For your heartfelt comments, here and on Facebook; for your willingness to learn and grow; for being exactly who you are and bringing that light here, thank you.
Lastly, thank you all for your help in keeping Tiny Buddha up and running. Earlier this year when the site crashed, signaling it was time to get a dedicated server, many of you sent thoughtful emails and generous donations. I saved all of those emails, and I refer to them whenever I need a reminder that what I do makes a difference. There are no words to describe my gratitude for your kindness and support (well, except those ones).
To celebrate the site’s 2-year anniversary, I’d like to offer 5 readers a free copy of my eBook, Tiny Buddha’s Handbook for Peace and Happiness.
This is a compilation of some of my most popular posts, including a few posts that you won’t find on the site. If you’ve already purchased a copy, you can enter to win a copy for a friend. I’ll be happy to send it to them instead! To enter:
- Leave a comment on this post, including something you’re proud of from 2011 so far.
- Tweet: RT @tinybuddha Giveaway and Review: the 2-Year Anniversary of Tinybuddha.com http://bit.ly/oQKkxU
Please note this is an electronic book, meaning you will receive a PDF file through email. If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still enter by completing the first step.
You can enter until midnight, PST on Monday, September 12th. I will choose the winners using randomizer.org, and contact them on Tuesday, September 13th.
Top 5 Highlights from the 2nd year
1. Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hardest Questions
Shortly after the 1-year anniversary, I started writing my first print book, Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hardest Questions. Previously, I had asked a handful of difficult questions on the @tinybuddha Twitter page, including, “What’s the meaning of life?” “What does it take to be happy?” and “Why are relationships hard?”
Featuring nearly 200 of these responses and stories from own experiences, Tiny Buddha offers numerous perspectives and ideas for an empowered life, even in a world with so much uncertainty.
I’m thrilled to announce that Tiny Buddha is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com! It will be officially available through Conari Press, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, just after the New Year. I look forward to planning some exciting events leading up to the launch!
2. The Tiny Buddha Quote Widget
Thanks to Michael from Pliable Press and Joshua Denney, designer extraordinaire, I launched the Tiny Buddha quote widget in February, 2011. This allows you to display the Tiny Buddha daily quote right on your WordPress blog.
3. Tiny Buddha’s Handbook for Peace and Happiness
Once again, with the help of Joshua Denney, I launched Tiny Buddha’s Handbook for Peace and Happiness, a compilation of my most popular blog posts, in March, 2011.
I’ve revised and improved the eBook numerous times since it first launched. If you purchased my eBook before August 8, 2011, and you’d like the most current version, please contact me at email(AT)tinybuddha(DOT)com, and I will be happy to send you one. Please include the email address you used to purchase the eBook so that I can look up your account.
4. Tiny Buddha, the Nokia Ovi App
Earlier this year, Nokia contacted me about creating a free app for their Ovi store. If you have a Nokia device, you can download that free app here.
5. The Intent Web Award for Spirituality
Last month, Tiny Buddha won the second annual Intent Web Award in the spirituality category. Many thanks to everyone who voted! If you haven't visited Intent.com before, I highly recommend checking it out.
Most Popular Posts from the Year
As of right now, there are 927 posts on the site, meaning there’s a lot you may have missed! Some of the highlights from this past year include:
Top Posts about Happiness
- How to Sustain Happiness (by Catherine Li Stevenson)
- 3 Lessons from Traveling that Lead to Everyday Happiness (by Ehren Prudhel)
- 10 Simple Tips to Live Wild, Happy, and Free (by Lynn Zavaro)
- 7 Things That Influence Happiness That You Don’t Need to Have (by Francis Tapon)
- The Beginner’s Guide to Simple Daily Happiness (by Scott Dinsmore)
Top Posts about Mindfulness
- 8 Ways to Make Meditation Easy and Fun (by Goddess Leonie)
- Feel Happy and Stress-Free: 7 Simple Tips to Stay in the Now (by Henri Juntilla)
- 7 Obstacles to Mindfulness and How to Overcome Them (by Henri Juntilla)
- Being Present When Life Falls Apart (by Sonya Derian)
- Leting Go of Fear by Stopping the Stories in Your Head (by Angela Gunn)
Top Posts about Passion and Purpose
- What You Need to Live a Life of Purpose (by Scott Dinsmore)
- Lifestyle Design: How to Create Your Life as You Want It (by Angela Severance)
- 50 Questions to Create the Life You Really Want (by Lynn Zavaro)
- Discovering Happiness through Purpose in 3 Natural Steps (by Scott Dinsmore)
Top Posts about Self-Love
- How to Love Your Authentic Self (me)
- 21 Tips to Release Self-Neglect and Love Yourself in Action (by Tess Marshall)
- How to Feel Comfortable in Your Own Skin (by Mary Dunlop)
- 3 Steps to Stop Making Comparisons and Start Valuing Yourself (by Margie Beiswanger)
- 3 Causes for Judging People (and How to Accept Yourself) (by Jarl Forsman)
Top Posts about Friends
- 21 Ways to Build Strong Friendships (by Cynthia Hughes Lynch)
- Conflicts with Friends: 13 Ways to Communicate without Drama (by Nicole Franco)
- 25 Ways to Be a True Friend (me)
- Staying Friends When You Wanted More (by MK Miller)
Top Posts about Relationships
- How to Maintain a Relationship with a Loved One Who Has Hurt You (me)
- How to Set Healthy Boundaries: 3 Crucial First Steps (by Britt Bolnick)
- 10 Ways to Create a Strong, Intimate Relationship (by Lynn Zavaro)
- How to Help Someone Who Won’t Help Themselves (me)
- 7 Vital Choices for Happy Relationships (me)
Top Posts about Change
- The Power of Change: How Leaving Home Can Bring You Home (by Erin Lanahan)
- Changing Your Reality: Turning Hurts into Lessons (by Brandy Harris)
- How to Make a Difficult Decision: 30 Tips to Help You Choose (me)
Top Posts about Peace of Mind
- 4 Simple Steps to Freedom (by Jackie Vecchio)
- 6 Questions That Will Make You Feel Peaceful and Complete (by Lynn Zavaro)
- This Moment Does Not Define You (by Lisa Stefany)
- Be Stress-Free: Eliminate 5 Common, Unnecessary Stressors (by Juha Kaartoluoma)
- The Gift of Anxiety: 7 Ways to Get the Message and Find Peace (by Ariella Baston)
- Worrying About the Future: On Trusting in Uncertainty (me)
Top Posts about Letting Go
- How to Forgive Someone When It’s Hard (me)
- 20 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Angry with Someone (me)
- 4 Reasons to Let Go of Jealousy and Celebrate Your Greatness (by Kayla Albert)
- How to Let Go of Fear to Live Passionately & Authentically (by Cat Li Stevenson)
- Let Go of Control: How to Learn the Art of Surrender (by Amy Johnson)
Going into the third year, you can expect to see a more social Tiny Buddha. I hope to announce some exciting new developments a little later this month!
In October, Tiny Buddha will feature a Sounds True book store—meaning you can purchase a wide selection of books on happiness, peace, and mindfulness right here from the site.
In January, Tiny Buddha, Simple Wisdom for Life’s Hardest Questions will officially be available for purchase.
But most importantly, Tiny Buddha will continue to be a place for community—a space where we all have the same authority and ability to share what we've learned and learn from each other.
Sending you much love and light!
Photo by Joshua Denney