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Omg guys!

In the middle of all life’s chaotic craziness, I missed my blogiversary! It was December 6th! lol! I’m so proud to share with y’all that Inspiration Indulgence turned TWO YEARS OLD last week! This post is to say THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU to my readers because y’all know I would NOT be here today if it weren’t for you!

When I started my blog two years ago in the midst of my college graduation week, I had no idea it would turn into something where I could meet lifelong friendships all over the world, share my thoughts about life, get paid to collab with awesome brands, and connect with y’all on a daily basis. It truly has been a remarkable, humbling experience that I will NEVER take for granted. Guys, I’m still blown away that I get one person to visit my blog a day, let alone thousands of you!! It’s been a dream come true. Blogging is my passion and I wouldn’t be standing where I am today without my beautiful, supportive friends.

Blogging has changed my life in more ways that I can count. It has held me accountable to the promises that I make, has showed me the value of true friendship, and has shown me the power of words. Just for fun, I thought I’d share with you 5 ways that blogging has changed my life.

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1.) I became more true to myself

My #1 goal with my blog is to be as genuine as possible. My first year of blogging, I tried all sorts of things that I THOUGHT my readers would like in order to fit into a tiny little box. In case you didn’t know, conformity sucks…and if you are trying to stand out, here’s a hint: Don’t conform. It wasn’t really until this year when I felt as if I found my true voice and my authenticity. Be who you are. Because people LOVE who you are! Your personal vibe attracts your tribe! Ultimately, blogging has helped me become more truer to myself, because y’all have inspired me that who I am is ENOUGH, just the way I am. And I thank you for that. xo

2.) I get to make an impact 

I love blogging about fashion, but my passion is ultimately with blogging self-help posts. It is not always easy becoming vulnerable to share my personal struggles with you all, but they are the posts that seem to connect the most with my readers. I don’t think I could ever blog about just fashion, because there is SO much more to me than that! I also believe that my background in counseling sets me apart from other bloggers; it allows me to connect my two passions, fashion and helping others! I think of the sweet letters I have received over this past two years from readers about how they “really needed to read my body confidence post,” or “how reading A Letter to You When You’re Feeling Insecure helped me shift my thinking about suicide.” Those emails are priceless and validation that I need to keep doing what I’m doing!

3.) I’ve met friends all over the world  

Through my blog, Instagram, Snapchat, and my other socials, I’ve had the opportunity to meet friends ALL OVER THE WORLD. Take my sweet friend Molly, from Seattle, whom I met on Instagram last year …and then went on to actually MEET IN PERSON this past summer! Also, take my sweet blogging besties Lindsay, from Chicago area, Kylie, from Kansas City, and Amanda, from Indiana, whom I’ve actually Skyped and talked on the phone with. Take my sweet friend Zana from Banja Luka, or my friend Kelly from Ontario, both ladies who I met on Instagram! I can’t believe that this platform allows me to connect with ladies all over the world. The wanderluster in me LOVES this, and I wish I could someday meet all of my internet friends. (I should note that unless you’re a blogger yourself, you might not get this and think I’m totally insane. lol).

4.) I get to make money doing what I love

I am not yet at the point of making a full time income (plus I’m just starting my counseling career), but the fact that I was able to quit my other part-time jobs to get paid to write, collaborate with my favorite brands, and post awesome outfits on my blog is STILL mind-blowing to me. I will never take this for granted. Like EVER.

5.)  I have newfound confidence

Blogging has allowed me to find my voice and believe in myself during trying times. Along the journey, I’ve met some nay-slayers and those who have scoffed at what I’m doing, but it pushes me even more to be different. There are not many fashion bloggers from the area where I am from, so I feel pretty weird at times wall-hunting and taking photos. However, I’ve used my fears to push myself to go out of my comfort zone, and to challenge myself to not care what others think about me. This awareness alone has been life-changing.

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Again, I can’t thank you enough for being on this journey with me. It’s been so amazing, and I cannot wait to see what 2017 brings! To celebrate my love for y’all, I’m giving away a $100 Target gift card! (Bc that store is like my bank account’s arch nemesis and I know y’all are guilty of spending a weeee bit too much money there as well from time to time.) You can enter several ways below through Rafflecopter; you choose how many entries! Winner will be chosen randomly and will be notified by email as soon as giveaway ends. Giveaway runs from 12/12/16 12:00 AM CST until 12/19/16 12:00 AM CST. Good luck, babes!

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Xoxo,

  • Happy two years of blogging Chelsea!! ?

  • Jodi-Kay Edwards

    Eeee so exciting girl! Congrats, we need to chat, I hear you on the wall hunting haha, I’m struggling trying to keep my all white/grey theme.
    http://lifestylefinesse.com/

    • Lol yes!!!! I struggle with it as well. Downtown Green Bay is my fave place to take photos!

  • Congrats on the Blogiversary! Thanks for the giveaway and I can always use a Target gift card :)

  • Ruthie Ridley

    Congrats!!!! These are such amazing accomplishments!! You go girl!! I celebrate 2 years at the beginning of January!! XO

    • Aw yay, Ruthie! Congrats!!! xoxo

  • Zana Djakovic

    Congrats my dear Chels! Yoor blog is a December baby just like me – maybe that’s why we have a great connection lol. Thanks my darling for being always so kind and supportive friend!!
    I am so happy that my path has crossed with yours, because I honestly can tell that you inspired me in so many ways! Thank you for that and never stop doing what you love and do best!

    • Love you, lady! December babies, all the way! XO

  • Danielle Mariah

    Congratulations!!

  • Happy blogiversary!!! Keep it up girl!

  • Meileilan

    I love this post! As a new blogger it gives me hope. You make me feel welcome with your messages, you make me want to meet you and be friends. Like you, i live in an area where “blogger” word has not heard before. So i may look a little weird that i take pictures of myself and post like doing a magazine portrait (haha). I am pushing myself more and be my authentic self to the world. Love you already. xoxo

    • Aw! You are so sweet! Thank you for your sweet comment! I’d love to be friends with you! Girl, that’s awesome though, you have an opportunity to be unique and to share blogging to the world! I’m proud of you. Thank you SO much for stopping by!! I’d love to take a peek at your blog, send me a link!

      • Meileilan

        Yay!! I am smiling right now just reading your reply. Just melt my heart ❤️ Here is my blog page http://www.meileilan.com

  • Awe i love this post! I love seeing how bloggers have grown and changed. I love how you wrote about your journey from trying to conform to finding your authentic voice. I feel like I started off super clear on what my authentic voice was, but the last two months I have gone off track a little. I don’t know if its been business from the wedding or spending too much time consuming other people’s content, but i feel a little out of sorts. I want to get back on track before my anniversary in a few months!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Thanks for your kind words and for your honesty, Rach! I think maybe it’s just the stress of this time of the year! You will find your voice again. And sometimes, all we need is a good break! 😉

  • Happy Blogiversary, Chels! Aside from being super beautiful and always looking stunning in your fashion posts, I love your blog and always find your inspirational posts so encouraging! Congrats on all the accomplishments made thus far! :)

    • Thanks, Cara! You are so sweet. Your words mean the world to me! Thank you again. <3 I love your blog as well!

  • YAY congrats on two years of blogging! It’s crazy how fast it goes, isn’t it??

  • Barb Lina Dionicio

    Congratulations! That is awesome! Thanks for sharing your lessons learned. I started blogging 6 months ago and it has been very therapeutic for me to put my thoughts into words. Keep up the awesome work!

    • Good for you, lady! And congrats on starting a blog! I can’t wait to see where this journey will take you 😉

  • Elizabeth Johnson

    Happy Blogaversary! That’s awesome!! I love all the ways blogging has changed you. It’s amazing what some vulnerability will do for the soul. It can be so scary but so rewarding in the end. As always love reading your blog!!

    Elizabeth Ann // http://www.lovedoinglife.com

    • Thanks Elizabeth! Agreed. Vulnerability is very scary, but very rewarding! You are the sweetest.

  • Happy blogging anniversary! Having a blog (for me, anyway) is like keeping a personal journal throughout the years and you have this tangible proof of how much you’ve grown, changed and evolved. Cheers to more great things in 2017!

    • SO true. I have grown incredibly throughout the past two years, it’s insane!

  • Neely

    Happy blogoversary! I am so glad you started blogging. Love reading your posts! Mine is TOMORROW!

    • Omg!!! YAY! Congrats girl!!! We totally were on the same wavelength when we started! haha

  • Yay! Congrats on a successful two years, such a great accomplishment!

    XO

    Lee Anne

    http://www.lifebylee.com

    • Thanks, Lee Anne! You inspire me! xo

  • Blogging is one of my number one passions in life and I love seeing others that feel the same way!

    • That’s so awesome, Shane! Love sharing your enthusiasm!

  • Congrats on two years!

  • Happy 2 years! I love your blog and am so glad you do this! And, thanks for a great giveaway too! :)

  • Ashley

    Happy 2 years, babe!! Excited to see you continue to grow!!

  • Raluca Lo

    Congratulations for these two years! I am very glad I discovered your blog!

    • Aw you are so sweet! Thank you!

  • Yes to all of these things! Happy 2 years Chels :)

    • Thanks Jenny, sweetie!! xo

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Love this so much!! Happy 2 years, Chels- you’re killing it! I also think it’s SO fun to meet so many awesome people online, and I love that getting paid to write is icing on the cake!

    • Thanks Kels! You are the sweetest, and I’m so thankful for our friendship!!

  • Happy blog birthday babe!! You are just loving what you do! I agree with you 100%

  • The beauty of blogging is that you get to share your resources with the world.. helping a multitude of people.
    Happy blogversary!!!

    xoxo,
    BefittingStyle.com

  • I couldn’t be happier about your corner of the internet and I LOVELOVELOVE that we’re friends from it. Let’s Skype soon???

    Coming Up Roses

    • YES!!!! I have January free…no class!!!!

  • Congrats on your anniversary… blogging is pretty darn awesome. So, happy to hear you are getting so many wonderful things from it. Confidence and making money doing something you love are amazing gifts.

    • Aw thanks so much for your support and kind words, Amber!!

  • Congratulations to you!! I love your blog!

    • Thanks so much, Em! You are one of my truest, most dedicated readers <3

      • Aww thank you! I haven’t been online as much lately but I always make sure I check in on what you’re up to when I am.

      • I appreciate that. You are usually one of the first people to comment and that NEVER goes unnoticed!! XOXO

  • Happy blog anniversary! I agree with all of this – blogging has helped me form so many great friendships! Can’t wait to see where your blog takes you in the next year!

    • Aw thanks Shannon! My blog has been a lifesaver. SO grateful!

  • Happy blog anniversary!! I can totally relate to all of this, especially about making friends and becoming more confident. Your blog is fantastic, just like you!

    • Aw thanks sweetie! I’m so happy we have connected through it!! xoxo