To my dear readers:

Today Inspiration Indulgence officially turns one year old!!

I just want to say that I can’t thank all of you enough for reading my writing and following me along on this crazy journey. Starting a blog changed my life, and I am forever grateful for the people I have met along the way and the lessons I have learned. When I got the idea of starting a blog, I had no idea that it would be so therapeutic and joyful for me. Each and every single person I have met along this journey has been a blessing to me. Sometimes, I STILL can’t believe that people actually read this blog!

The story behind the blog

A year ago from today, I was getting ready to graduate college. I started Inspiration Indulgence as a form of procrastination and as a creative outlet. (You could say my motivation for my schoolwork was nonexistent at this point!) I wasn’t really sure what I wanted my blog to be about, but I knew that I wanted to touch people’s lives and encourage them to be a better person. Thus, Inspiration Indulgence was born. I originally focused on food, travel, fashion, and self-improvement topics, and slowly integrated other fun topics such as party-planning, wedding planning, and decor. Recently, I’ve taken to vamp up my fashion portion of my blog, and I’m having a blast with it!

I was originally afraid to tell my family and friends about my blog. My blog was very personal to me and I didn’t want to feel judged. What if they didn’t like my writing? What if they thought this whole thing was stupid? I originally had a lot of insecurities about opening up to others. I even contemplated quitting my blog for quite some time. But I found that the more I blogged, the more I found peace and comfort in my own words. I even found that the more vulnerable I was with my writing, the more it has actually helped others.

Wow. That’s why it’s all worth while to me.

If you are curious, throughout the past 12 months, here were my top five most popular posts, in terms of sharing and pageviews!

A Letter to You When You’re Feeling Insecure
How to Be Happy During a Rough Time
10 Tips for Successfully Living With Your Partner
7 Places in America to Travel to in 2015
What 25 Brides Would Have Done Differently On Their Wedding Day

Okay…this blows my mind. This year, Inspiration Indulgence reached over 118,500 unique visitors!!

Wow. Honestly, I can’t even fathom that so many of you choose to hang out with me in your spare time! To celebrate and as a token of thanks, I pulled my own money together and bought a $35 Target gift card to give away to one lucky reader.

*Target, Instagram, and Facebook are not affiliated and/or involved with this promotion in any way.

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Again, I can’t thank you enough for all of your support, love, and well-wishes throughout the year. I do my best to treat my readers like my family. If it weren’t for you, Inspiration Indulgence would not be as successful as it is today.

All my sincere love.