Sunday, June 16, 2013

With gratitude

Today is my 2nd blog anniversary! And as I said in my post yesterday, I honestly don't think I would have lasted this long if it wasn't for some of the other amazing people in this community that have fueled my fire, encouraged and inspired me and kept me going! I have had the opportunity to meet many of you in person this year which is truly awesome and I've made some amazing friends.  And I've met many more of you across the interwebs that I consider wonderful friends as well.  

I had hoped to do a thank you styled giveaway like I did last year, but you know this little thing called being pregnant kind of has gotten in the way of me doing a lot of extra shopping/work.  So, I hope this post can instead serve as a show of my love and gratitude for so many of you.  I'll do my best to mention as many as I can, if you don't see yourself called out here, it doesn't mean I don't love you, I may just have been a space cadet.

HUGE LOVE AND THANKS TO:

Megan and Nora, aka Two Birds - for Inspiration Monday, for hosting a fantastic MN blogger get together where I was able to finally meet super awesome people, for your wonderful periodic garage sales, and just for being awesome people.  Nora, you'll be a style muse for me as I go through pregnancy!  And Megan, best wishes and congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

Megan Mae - one of my first long distance blogging friends, you've been a wonderful supporter of me from very early on.  I always appreciate your feedback and your suggestions and kind words.  And I still love your buttonflowers and obi belts.  And sharing the kitteh love!  And for blog challenges!

Lynne - most deserving of Ally's Blog of the Year award last year, you are the most generous, gracious, kind hearted individual I've come across on the internet.  Thank you for all the wonderful goodies you've sent me. You're an inspiration.

Heidi - for thrift tips, Target tips, and for hosting some pretty fun challenges this year!  I enjoy your professional style and I still plan to learn to sew at some point thanks to you!

Heather (and Kayla too) - for always having a kind word, for being my style twin and Pinterest soul mate, for organizing a fantastic pen pal swap and for just being awesome.  You're definitely someone I wish I lived closer to because I think we'd have tons of fun hanging out and shopping together!

Sage - Speaking of penpals!  I have enjoyed being penpals with you so far and I owe you a letter!  I enjoy your writing - you are very inspiring and do very good work!

Kezzie - My darling sweetheart across the pond, you make me smile, you make me laugh and you are positively delightful.  I get the feeling if we ever meet up we will giggle like silly girls for hours and nothing would make me happier if that ever were to happen!

Erin - I think we need another thrift trip for real!  And I want to see more pictures from your trip, I know you have to have more!  And I always enjoy reading your thrift tips, you are definitely my teacher when it comes to good thrifting!

Renae - another kind hearted, sweet person that I love!  You always have a nice thing to say - and I promise to do more jewelry close ups for you.  I keep forgetting, but I know you love them!

Sheila - you're one in a million, I look up to you a great deal!  You always have a kind word, but have never been afraid to give me constructive criticism - which is greatly appreciated!  And I think my Pippin would be BFF's with Vizzini, just saying!

Amanda - what can I say to you my dear?  I am beyond thrilled that we've been able to meet and hang out a few times in the last year.  You continue to fuel my fire for vintage goodies.  You are so kind and sweet and adorable and the love you and C share is so inspiring to me.  I am so happy to call you friend and I am also so happy for the success you and Ashley have had with Tandem Vintage!  Speaking of, when is the next sale, wink wink, nudge nudge.

Vivienne - you have challenged me to look at my wardrobe in a more ethical way and that's a good thing!  I still have a long way to go, but I definitely think more critically about an item I'm about to purchase and there are stores I have given up shopping at completely.  And I love that you're back to blogging even being so close to having your baby - you'll give me an idea of what to expect in the later months!  Pregnancy looks good on you!

Laura Go - For my totally awesome blog design!  It's one of the best things I did for my blog this year!  I still can't thank you enough for how awesome it is!  You are SUPER talented!!

Katie - I believe somehow we will still meet up at some point!  South Dakota isn't that far away!  And you are one of the sweetest and faith filled ladies I've come across.  You have taught me a great deal about making vintage accessible for every day - I long to put on some saddle shoes and go to a 50's diner with you and sip on milkshakes, I think it would be a blast.

Sara - you make me laugh, you have awesome taste in music and even though I can't drink right now, I can just picture hanging out in a bar with you.  Because you are awesomesauce.

Megan, Meghan Edge, Sharon, Emily, Anne, Lisa, Jess, Ally, Lindsey - I don't mean to clump a bunch of you together - but I love all of you for your presence here, you are faithful daily readers who always take the time to leave me kind words and I appreciate all of you so very much - and I appreciate all of your blogs too, I enjoy your words, your style, your ideas.  You all inspire me!

Lori - oh my love - I'm at a loss for words!  You are one of my very dearest friends I've made this last year, I enjoy every minute we get to hang out and I just can't wait until our next adventure.  And I love you most because you are so true to yourself and that is such an inspiration to me!  I can't wait until our next meetup with Miss Cambria as well - whom I also adore and am so thrilled I met this year and have to thank for sharing clothes with me!

Maca - I'm going to attempt to tell you this in Spanish - Tu eres mi persona favorita.  How did I do?  I used an English to Spanish translator.  But seriously, you are one of my most favorite people, I have enjoyed our meetups so much and I still feel like we've been friends for years and years.  I am so excited that you live closer now so we can meetup more often!  And I'm excited for our happy hour with Heather and Rachel too - who I also have to say thanks to for always stopping by here with a kind word and I have to say I can't believe I'm friends with such beautiful ladies - that goes for all three of you, seriously!

Whew.  So much blog love here.  I have to encourage you all to check out these fantastic people, because everything I said about each of them is SO true.  And again, if I didn't mention you by name, I apologize, it is likely an oversight.  But please know I also appreciate everyone who comes here without leaving a comment.  I know plenty of people who just enjoy reading blogs and that is ok - I still appreciate you taking the time to share in my life a little bit!

I also have to thank a few important people to me that I know IRL - I have two wonderful girlfriends who have been reading my blog religiously and in fact, were probably my only readers for a time!  It means the world to me that they indulge this little hobby of mine and they've both even asked me for advice before - which totally flatters me!  So Jes and Gina - thank you.  You guys are awesome.

And of course, I couldn't finish up my love fest without thanking my other half - my wonderful amazing husband the Pants Monkey.  He deserves the biggest thanks of everyone - there are times when I have self doubt (I'm human) or maybe even a little fatigue and he encourages me and reminds me of why I love doing this.  I was ready to throw in the towel when we learned we were expecting and he gave me a ton of reasons to keep going.  And sometimes I won't think to photograph an outfit, especially on weekends and he'll say "hey you look cute, you should blog that!"  So, he just rocks.  For all the reasons.  Love you babe and thank you.

ON WE GO!  THANK YOU AGAIN TO ALL OF YOU!

XXXOOO,
Bethie the Boo

14 comments :

  1. Congrats again Beth and thanks for the lovely words! Hope you are having a fab weekend:)
    ~Anne

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  2. Dear Beth,
    You might be the sweetest, nicest person on the internet. I hope you enjoy your anniversary!
    --V

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  3. What a wonderful group of friends you have! I know most of 'em and concur in their loveliness. This is a darling post, full of genuine warmth, and is just the kind of nice thing you would do. You are exceptionally sweet. It's our pleasure to know you.

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  4. Congratulations on your 2nd anniversary, sweetie! Rock on with your fun self! Thank you so much for the kinds words - I think Vizzini would beat up Pippin, though!

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  5. Awww, you are so awesome Beth! I'm glad you've stuck it out. Getting through the phase of making connections is one of the hardest parts of becoming a blogger, and I hate to see people lose faith in it. But you've rocked it, drawing people in with your videos and sweet personality.

    I'm glad to have "met" you and that I've been able to stick around and watch your blog grow. Here's to many more years!

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  6. <3<3<3 Love ya tons dear! I love reading your blog, and I am so happy to see you have this outlet and be so creative with it! Happy blog anniversary!!! <3<3<3

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  7. Congrats on 2 years! You are an amazing person and I lurv you!! :)

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  8. Yay! Happy anniversary! Thank you for the sweet note! I am grateful to have found such a sweet friend! :) I will let you know when the next sale is SOON - we are working on it! :) I am sad to say that I had to cancel the swap AGAIN. I guess your pile will just grow and grow until I see you again! I do miss you!

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  9. Awwww you are so sweet Beth! What a great post and lots of amazing ladies! :) Can't wait to meet up and have a good time soon!

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  10. you are too sweet! thanks for the kind words, and i couldn't agree more about all the blogger i know that you wrote about!

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  11. AWWWWWW!!!! :D thanks dude!! I love that we read a lot of the same blogs, a really good group of blogs you have here! Congrats on two years!

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  12. Oh my, you are the sweetest, sweetest person! How thoughtful of you to take the time to mention so many things about the people you've come across. This post is just a testament to your character and what a lovely person you are :)
    I really hope we do get to meet someday!! That would be a blast! :D

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  13. Happy belated blog anniversary!! I've had so much fun reading along and I'm so excited to stick around and see what the next chapter of life holds for you! :)

    Jess - J's Style

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  14. Ah, congratulations on your blogiversary Bethie! I am still not yet 1. I always enjoy your posts xx

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