Thursday, 21 September 2017

Happy 8th Blogday!


Oh Hai,

This morning I woke up in a luxurious hotel in London. Not a bad way to start the day. I'd been in London the day before to shoot some footage for HelloWorld and had intended to attend a premiere that evening, so, booked a lovely hotel to primp and preen in before walking the red carpet in a floor length cream and sequined maternity dress. The. Glamour. 

Well, the shoot ran on, I missed the premiere, I got to my hotel tired and frazzled, they noted this, upgraded me to a suite, I put on my over sized asda pj's, ordered some tomato soup room service and was asleep by 9.30pm. The. Glamour. Ha!! 

This sort of experience is definitely the stuff of 2015, the year of glitz, but not so much of 2017. I'm enjoying the novelty.

Thank you @Amy_balabil, twitter.


2016/2017, my Sept-Sept 8th year of blogging has been blissful. I talked two years ago about my heart breaking and life crumbling, one year ago about building myself up and healing and now, life is good. Life is so, so good. 

I was in a taxi last night with a close friend and he talked about a great heart ache and how although at the time it felt as though the world was falling apart, it needed to to give him what he has now. That resonated with me because I can see that I needed to walk through those hard years to be in the year I'm in and I'm so crazy grateful.

Thank you Grumble Designs, insta. 

September is my favourite month of the year. Despite having been out of full time education for 11 years now, I still seem to run on an academic calendar and for me, September means a fresh start and new beginnings. 

Last September I was at the beginning of a new relationship and feeling great. My days were filled with getting to know an amazing man, making an effort (you know how at the start you try extra hard to look nice haha) and slowly introducing Darcy into the mix.

Thank you @bek_jw, twitter. 

Lucky for me, Darcy took to Liam from the off. He was and is great with her. We were quite strategic and made sure to never rush, never do gifts (I've had step parents buy my love and know it doesn't work) and never push and it worked. Liam was everything I had hoped I would find in a man and as you all know, it's still going very well. 

Professionally this blog year has picked up too. 2014/15 was amazing, 15/16 I needed a break but 16/17, I have found my stride again. I am loving my content, loving my slightly older audience, loving being in the 'mum crew' (ha, cringiest term ever) and just really enjoying, for the most part, internetting. As well as making videos and general social media, this has been the year I wrote and released my first fiction into the foray and it was received with rave reviews and a healthy spot at Number One in the Sunday Times Book Chart. Can't complain at that! Added to that I've had TV appearances, another stint on Radio One, worked with fantastic brands, articles I've written published in magazines and I'm currently working on the new and set to be incredible show, HelloWorld.

Thank you @DeelyBopper, twitter.

As well as internet life, my real-life life is looking pretty sweet. My circle of local friends has expanded what with a house move (the new neighbours are ace), I've started being more involved with things going on at Darcy's school (I'll never say no to a parent/teacher cheese and wine night!) and our never ending schedule of playdates has also been a joy for me as I grown so close to some of the parents. What's even more lovely is that Liam has too and we have a wonderful social group going on. 

Something I haven't written about in this post yet about my wonderful new life is the wonderful new life I'm growing! I'm currently 25 weeks pregnant with my second baby girl, expected January! Liam and I had talked quite openly about wanting to have children and were happily surprised to find we were able to have one so easily. So many of my friends try to conceive for so long and so it doesn't escape me how lucky we are. 

It's been a year of change. I'm in a new relationship, I'm in a new house, I've taken on new roles in lots of the things I do, but one thing that hasn't changed over all these years is you. 

Every single time I have asked for your support or needed a pick-me-up, one or more of you has been there. And I mean EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. To people that don't immerse themselves in this crazy world, they might thing, 'nah, it's just a stranger, it doesn't mean anything', but oh my God to to me it does. I have loved celebrating with you, sharing with you, sometimes crying with you. This community is one of my best relationships and I'm never unaware that without you, there'd be no us. So, as ever, thank you. For everything. Always.



Every year I finish with the sentence from the year before. 

In 2016 I said -

"Happy Birthday little blog! What a journey we've been on. First year a wedding, second year a baby, third year a business, fourth year friends, fifth year a community, sixth year, sadly, a broken heart and seventh year, strength. What do you think will come next?"

This year I will add - 

Happy Birthday little blog! What a journey we've been on. First year a wedding, second year a baby, third year a business, fourth year friends, fifth year a community, sixth year, sadly, a broken heart, seventh year strength and sixth year, love. What do you think will come next?

Love. I think the theme of this year has to be it. Love from Liam, the love Darcy has for our new family unit, our love for this new baby coming in 15 weeks, love for our growing social circle and the love I have received from you. Love wins. 

I want to also say a big thank you to all the people who submitted art work for this post. I couldn't choose all of it but have loved each piece and hope you do too. 

So on we go into our ninth year. Crazy. I'd love you to tell me in the comments when you found our community, what you like about it and a little about yourselves. Share the love!

Toodlepip!

xx

29 comments:

  1. Love your blog Louise and found it early 2014 x Massive congrats on 8 years of blogging x Thank you as you and some of your friends for inspiring me to start my own beauty blog x Hope you have an amazing day.
    Sarah Chappellx www.hellochappes.blogspot.co.uk

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      BREAKUP REHAB ( AWESOME TRUE STORY )

      I am Brian Donald and this is my testimony. In September 18th 2017, my girlfriend Maggie called it a quit to our 6 years relationship. it was pathetic, i tried to calm her down but she insisted on breakup because she has met another nice guy in Sydney. the pain was too-much for me to bear, so i went online to look for help then i saw a blog about this powerful spell caster from USA called Dr. Ugo Wonders. i read alot of testimonies about him but i was not too sure if he could help me because i was living in Australia but i decided to give him a try. i emailed him all about my relationship problem and my fear for distance, he assured me not to worry that distance is not a barrier and that the wind blows, so shall my help locate me in 24 hours.i trusted him by his words at once and followed his instructions. Immediately after 24 hours of casting the spell as he instructed me, my girlfriend who left me to be with another man came back home to me and started begging me forgiveness. i was shocked, surprised and amazed and i was like "wow" it worked like a magic. this is the reason i decided to share this my wonderful testimony with the whole world to contact this world classified spell caster called Dr. Ugo for any relationship or breakup issues via his email generalspelltemple@gmail.com or call his mobile number +13863369876 website: http://generalspelltempleblog.wordpress.com

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  2. Amazing, congratulations Louise I'm so happy for you ��

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  3. What a beautiful blog post, this honestly gave me all the warm feels and made my smile. I feel SO happy and proud to see both your blog and your youtube channel grow.

    Jess
    www.liljess.co.uk

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  4. I love this blog post, yours is one of the few that inspired me to start my own! My little blog community is small but so much fun to chat with and moan to when blogging just isn't going so well!

    Kenzie
    kenzieblogslife.wordpress.com

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  5. Happy 8 years of blogging! x

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  6. Happy 8 years blogging Louise, your blogs are so creative and insightful, really proud of you x

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  7. & Thank You Louise!
    For your inspiration, the escapism you give, the encouragement that flows out of you! As a new mum, someone who has struggled with self confidence and esteem, and someone who blogs themselves - you've always helped me to overcome so much (even though you won't even know it!). So... thank you! Xx

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    1. For anyone interested, my blog is:- www.iamelizabethx.co.uk
      Come on over & leave a comment :D

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  8. It's lovely to see you so happy again :) really enjoying your new content. Can't wait to see what the next year brings!
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  9. Loved this! So happy to see you grow to be happier too.

    Tamzinlena.co.uk

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  10. I love this little community. I first found you through Zoe maybe about 18 months ago and have been hooked ever since. I love how blunt and honest you are and I feel like I can relate to you on so many levels. Here's to another year ��!

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  11. Congratulations on 8 years! I love the content on this blog, as well as your channel - love watching you grow!

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

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  12. A huge congratulations on eight years of blogging, that's insanely amazing! It makes me so happy that you've had such a good year after the previous one xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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  13. This was a beautiful read Louise <3 You deserve everything that you have right now and more! So happy for you that life has thrown some love your way! Congrats on 8 years <3 xxx
    www.samanthafrances.co.uk

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  14. Happy 8th birthday Louise - cheers to Year 9!

    https://lizziedailyblog.blogspot.co.uk/

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  15. "First year a wedding, second year a baby, third year a business, fourth year friends, fifth year a community, sixth year, sadly, a broken heart, seventh year strength and sixth year, love. What do you think will come next?"

    Should read eighth year love?

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  16. Wow Louise 8 years blogging that is phenomenal, I have been blogging for nearly 2 years now and it is so much fun. Fell free to check out my blog and if you do leave a lil comment somewhere <3 Keep blogging xx

    itsmadisonevans.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. Congratulations Louise! Keep on being yourself and continue to inspire everyone in the blogging world.

    Hannah | https://thediaryofhan.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I am so pleased you have found such happiness! I gave birth 2 months ago now and being part of the mum crew has taken some getting used to (who knew being a mum was actually this difficult) haha, but I'm enjoying the mummy blogging and vlogging. Hope you're well lovely xx

    sophiejc.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Congratulations Louise! Keep sprinkling positivity and kindness on all your platforms!

    Sara - Flemingo

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  20. I can't believe your blog has turned 8! I found you in 2014, and am happy I did because you are 1 of the most open people on the internet and it's inspiring to see how you try to stay positive even when it gets rough. Thank you for being so amazing and I can't wait for the little babygirl! x Elke https://elkieslittlecorner.blogspot.be

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  22. Aww Louise, this post made me so emotional! Congratulations on your beautiful journey and success! I found your blog in 2013, actually I first found your youtube channel :P....time pass so quickly!

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    Andrea Brito
    http://www.simplicityinvogue.com

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  23. I really enjoy your blog! Congratulations on 8 years! I have no idea when I found this blog but I'm sure it has been a while (2013 I think). I am glad you have had such a nice year!

    Molly | mollyeez.blogspot.co.uk

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  24. Happy 8 years of blogging! I'd love to read more on your blog about your pregnancy and see more photos here about it all! Good luck for the next year.

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