It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and there’s so much I’m thankful for – including the fact that today, my little ol’ blog is 3 YEARS OLD!
Now I just happen to know a few readers who’ve been tuning in since October 8, 2008 when I published this little review on a Rimmel Eye Pencil (see? beauty obsessed even then) and to those very special peeps, I am humbled and incredibly touched by your support.
To the new readers who have joined in along the way – I love interacting with you, reading your warm and illustrative comments, and of course, liaising with the prize winners. What an awesome “job” I have.
And I’d like to propose a toast:
Cheers to me for finding something I love to do. I’ve worn a lot of hats over my career, and blogging is the only role that I’ve consistently poured my heart and soul into. Yes, I do wake up at 6:00am to blog, and no – I’ve never hit snooze on the alarm clock. I’m THAT addicted to writing.
Cheers to my family who not only support – but encourage – my little side business. Blogging has brought about many exciting and profitable opportunities, but my husband has been behind me since day one, when I wrote simply to have an escape from the suburban mom lifestyle. We giddily declare on a regular basis, “Who knew?”
Cheers to my friends (the girls and online buddies) who support my habit with witty comments, forwarded e-mails and timeless banter about shopping, family and the possibility of a patented coffee IV drip.
and of course…
Cheers to my readers who keep this blog relevant, keep me authentic, and keep coming back for more! *Blushing!*
So what are my goals for the upcoming year?
I’d love to continue with the status quo… reviews, recipes, family and fun. A few awesome giveaways when the opportunity presents itself; a few random rants when appropriate and very necessary.
I’ve also teamed up with a spectacular brands – Fisher-Price, General Mills, Urban Barn, MTF Price Matters and more… so look for suggestions, tips and featured products from the companies I love.
Finally, although I’ve always maintained that the look of my blog really does reflect my personality (neon and bubbly) – I do feel that it’s time for a change. One that reflects how I’ve grown; and how my blog has matured and transitioned. Therefore I’ve enlisted the incredibly talented Sprout Abound (who is a new media designer, modern gentleman and overall good guy) to work with me to create a new Lena-inspired look. As I’ll also be making the big-girl move from Blogger to WordPress, let’s all join hands and hope the transition is a successful one!
And to round out this Blogiversary post, my very good friends at ShesConnected (thank you!) have decided to help me celebrate by offering my readers the chance to win a $100 Visa Gift card!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post telling everyone what you’re thankful for this year. I’ll draw for a winner at the end of the month – that $100 will come in handy for holiday shopping, I’m sure!