Little Chief Honeybee turns 2!


Two years ago I made my very first post. While I claimed to attempt updating at least once a day, I had no intention on it ever becoming such a large part of my life. I had no idea that a ways down the road it would be my biggest business venture, and that it would bring into my life so many wonderful people that I will never forget. I didn't plan to document outfits or breakups or relationships. I didn't expect my soon-to-be-new-boyfriend to "get" it (and he didn't, for a while!) I didn't expect so many incredibile opportunities to be placed at my door (or email inbox, if you will). I didn't expect to meet one of my very best friends in the world. I never in a million years could have imagined that in twenty four months that this would be where I'm at in the world.

the first photo ever posted on LCH!

This blog means so much to me. It sounds so silly to say that, I'm sure, but it documents so much of my life since I was freshly-twenty-one. I hope that this little piece of the internet will still be around once Mike and I decide to start a family, and I would love to share this with our children one day. The good, the bad, and the entire journey. I know I've said it before, but I don't feel like any of you are "readers" or "fans" or "followers"... you're truly all fabulous friends that I have the privilege of being around. Even if you just lurk and never comment. If you haven't taken a chance to email me or introduce yourself, please do! I want to meet every single one of you! You are the ones that make this adventure so exciting! So worth it! (It may take me a couple of days to respond... I'm notoriously intimidated by unopened emails!)

In May 2009, I started this little blog and called it Honeybee In The City. Here I was, a wide-eyed 21 year old girl moving to New York City by herself after having only ever been to Times Square. I moved into an apartment in the East Village. I didn't even know where the East Village was! I had no friends in the city, and no idea what I was getting myself into. But I was excited! I would've missed out on so many wonderful things had I never taken that chance. BUST Magazine was absolutely a to-die-for experience these past two years. I'm still constantly inspired by those girls on the daily. I took sick while there and missed out on a week or two of fun, so the blog really kind of didn't pick up until the end of July/early August. But to think that it's come this far since just then!? It's mind blowing. And I love the fact that I have this little space to reflect back on my two summers spent living and working in New York City. Those were two of the best summers of my life and I have so many fond memories!

I used to look up to certain bloggers and just be fascinated at how they carried themselves. They seemed to have this air of confidence about them and they just motivated me to want to be a happier, stronger person. After a tumultuous three year relationship failed (finally!) I gave myself the okay to start living a much more positive life. While I've kept the sad sob stories to a minimum on LCH, I've found that since making the conscious decision to be happy, I don't have quite as many. Life doesn't seem overwhelming anymore. This blog has been there to see many great things transpire in my life, such as getting Georgia or getting back in touch with Mike. I've roadtripped to meet friends and see places. I've documented a large part of my final two years of college. And yes, I actually go back and read some of those entries and cringe in horror and embarrassment at my lack of story telling ability, grammar, and all around interest. (Seriously, It's hard for me. I have to just leave those in the dark past! I get so so so embarrassed!) As crazy as it is, it's been a learning lesson and it's been something that I can look back on and measure just how much I've grown up since then. I'm still a kid, and I think I'll always have a bit of that in me, but now I'm 23 years old, engaged to a wonderful person, and I'm just now on the doorstep for the rest of my life. It's exciting to say the least. And yes, I'm very very cheesy!

One year ago I was overjoyed at the fact my blog had 600 readers. 600 people who thought I was interesting enough to subscribe. (When Mike and I got together, I only had like 220! He's been with LCH almost the whole way!) Now today there are over 4,000 subscribers in just Google Reader (and 5,000 with BlogLovin!)! It's a dream come true and I can't even wrap my mind around it. But that's not even the best part. The best part is the people I've come to know and love and speak to on a daily basis because of blogging. It's brought so many wonderful people into my life. Not only people but sweet businesses and brands, too! I've had the incredible opportunity to work with some of my favorite brands since I started blogging and that's been totally surreal.

So with that I say thank you! To all of you! You all make this journey such a blessing and such a fun experience. The comments, emails, tweets, etc are all just icing on the cake. To know that you're at all interested even remotely in my simple little life in Tennessee... well, that's awesome! I hope to share so much more with you in the future. Including but not limited to: a wedding, fun adventures, a new home in due time, and maybe even little honeybees of our own! But like I said, don't let this be one sided! Send me your emails and your blog links and the like! It's no good for thousands of people to know all about me if I don't know about you, too! Friendship is a two way street!

Thanks for making Little Chief Honeybee one of my favorite parts of the day. Every single one of you deserves credit for this little blog! ♥ I love you all so so much! And Happy Birthday, blog! 

Here's to the next year with all of you! I hope I'm able to meet so many more of you in person and create lasting friendships! I hope I can see more of my best friends in different states, and make so many memories my brain fights to hold them all (that's where you come in, LCH!). Here's to year three of blogging! xo

74 comments:

  1. Congrats on your blog milestone and your well deserved success! xoxo Molly

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  2. Aw! Happy Birthday blog! I'm so glad I stumbled across you and your blog, you've become one of my closest friends in the whole wide world, and if it wasn't for your blog (and the ad you had on ABM!) we might not have found each other! Love you!!!

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  3. That is just so sweet! I know I haven't been reading your blog long, Kaelah, but all ready it's become one of my favourites to read. I am so glad you've been successful with it, and that is has made such a positive impact on your life! *hugs*

    <3 Ash

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  4. Congrats! Your post was so adorable! Your blog is a daily must read for me!

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  5. kaelah you are truly an inspiration!! i love reading your blog every day, and your positivity and love of life is tangible. Reading your blog encouraged me to start my own blog a few months back, and here I am 68 followers strong already and have enjoyed every minute so far. Writing a post each day helps me find something fun and worth smiling about when I might not otherwise have done.

    I'm so excited to continuing the LCH journey with you into year 3 :-D

    love
    rosie xx

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  6. Awwww yay! Happy Birthday LCH! I know I mostly lurk and don't really post comments very often but I love your blog. It's always so uplifting and full of positivity. Honestly, LCH is the first blog I check in the morning before anything else!

    XXO AMANDA

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  7. Happy Happy Birthday to your sweet blog!! It is being such a success, at least for me, your blog is fun to read and the pictures and outfits never fail to amaze me. I cannot believe you ever had a day when you didn't feel compfortable in blogging. I hope you will continue like this for at least another couple of years =)
    xx
    Juliette

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  8. Ahh Happy Blog Birthday! I havent been here from the start (only about a year) but its been great seeing your blog grow! Hope the next years just as good, if not better for you!

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  9. Happy Birthday to your wonderful blog! I loved reading your story & how the blog came to be. :]

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  10. Congratulations on reaching to the two year mark!
    Your blog is most definitely one of my favourites and I bet it'll continue to be in the future! xx

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  11. well done kaelah, you have come a long way in two years, be very very proud of yourself :) happy birthday!

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  12. Congrats on your blogs birthday! Your blog is one on my favorite daily reads :)

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  13. What a nice post Kaelah! Your sincerity is so lovely! Happy birthday to your blog :)

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  14. Happy birthday blog! I have been a lurker mainly. I think I commented on just one post before. I am a newbie blogger myself, just 9 months. But I am absolutely into blogging and I love reading about your little ole life in Tennessee, as well as looking at your variations in your cardigans and cute dresses combinations! Heck if it works, stick with it! You do a great job and you inspire all of us with your positivity. Well done you!
    :-)

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  15. Happy Birthday! It's great that the blog has grown as much as it has, it's such an inspiration. :D

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  16. Happy blog birthday! Those photos of you are gorgeous! Looking forward to another year of reading your lovely blog!
    xoxo~meg

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  17. wow congrats! I've only had my blog for about three months and it's been such an exiting experience to seethe amount of followers grow. Even though I just discovered yours, it has been so inspirational for me! I'm dying of excitement to have over 120 followers, I can't imagine how exciting it must feel to have as many as you haha. I hope i can one day celebrate my blog's 2 year birthday =)

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  18. that's so amazing! i hope i keep blogging as long as you have. i have heard so many people talk about all the awesome people they have met through blogging. i would love to do that!
    this post makes me feel so good to know that you started right where i have. congrats on all your accomplishments and all the ones we all know are coming in the future! Happy Birthday!!

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  19. i'm a brand new follower - happy birthday to your awesome blog! not to sound too creepy or anything, but i've been reading through some of your older posts and i have to say it, you are freakin beautiful and your style is to die for! so excited to see more of your outfit posts and read about your daily adventures! xx, Kara

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  20. happy bloggy birthday! congratulations on all your success and everything your blog has brought you. i read your blog daily and it has such a positive impact on my life!

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  21. congrats!! your success is so inspiring you've become one of my favorite bloggers because of how genuine you are.

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  22. Yay! Happy birthday LCH!! :)

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  23. So awesome! I just found your blog and have been reading through it and look forward to getting to know you:)

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  24. Congrats to you!! I first found your blog while I was sitting in a cubicle...kinda unhappy at the job choices I'd made-- reading during my lunch break:)...I was so inspired by you! Life got a little in the way, but I returned to reading on here a few months later. I think I mostly appreciate your blog's organic nature...it's true-to-selfness(know that is not a real term;). Anyway, your blog is a daily source of inspiration. You are my favorite. (How could I not love a girl that occasionally rocks pink hair!:)...Whenever I tell my hubby about your posts, he's like...'the bee girl':)...I adore you!...If you're ever in NJ...or Philly...or even NYC, I'd love the chance to grab a coffee and chat;)...

    I hope the next year is even better-- I'm sure it will be. You've got something here:).

    xoxo, Krista

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  25. Yay!
    Kaelah you're so sweet.
    I love reading each new post and seeing what you're up to :)
    x Lisa

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  26. you worked/ interned at bust? i wonder if you know my friend jessica (tall, short dark brown hair.) she interned there for a few years, i believe :)

    xo
    ~chantilly

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  27. @Chantilly: yeah i've worked there the past 2 summers! and Jessica... hmm, what's her last name? It's a big possibility! :D

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  28. Congratulations of reaching such a huge milestone. You are definitely my inspiration, even so that I sent you an email, which I've never done before. Cannot wait for the three years. haha. x

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  29. Aw, happy birthday, blog! Here's to many more post-filled years.

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  30. Wow, congratulations!

    It feels like I've been reading your blog for a lifetime not for under two years.

    Even though I mostly lurk you've helped me be more confident about myself and more positive about life in general, thankyou.

    x

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  31. Happy happy birthday, little honeybee bloggie! :)

    What a coincidence! My blog celebrates its first birthday today. Party party!

    Laura

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  32. Congrats! Your blog is a daily read for me. I'd love to hang out with ya,but I'm kinda shy/awkward and don't really say much,but I'm working on it! Happy Birthday LCH! Here's to another year. :) Take care Kaelah!

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  33. Happy 2nd Birthday Blog!!! <3
    you inspire so many girls
    and so glad i found your blog.
    you are beautiful and i love ya Kaelah!!
    xoox

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  34. congrats on your two years, woot woot!

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  35. Happy sweet day of your birth dear LCH. Couldn't have read a better post on the growth of you're blog. May this lead into ever greater thing!

    xox

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  36. Happy Birthday to your Blog!!! I found your blog about 6 months ago and I've been totally smitten! The way you write, your love for Mike and the fact that you always look so adorably proper in your outfits makes me smile on a regular basis! Thanks for being here, putting the energy in, and sharing your blog with all of your internet friends!


    <3 <3 <3 MuffinLovesBiscuit

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  37. Happy 2 year birthday, LCH! You're definitely one of my favorite bloggers, and it's so fun to follow along with you! =]

    Here is a link to my tiny place in the blogging world. I would love it if you would check it out. <3

    fillmyheartup.blogspot.com

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  38. Thats amazing!
    I hope that one day my blog will hit it off just as good as yours have...I'm the same age as you where...maybe thats a good place to start :P
    www.booksartandstartrek.blogspot.com

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  39. Aw Kaelah! I love this post. Congrats on two years!! I hope I can reflect on my own blog in a similar way down the road a bit!

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  40. Congratulations on your blog turning two! You deserve every single follower and comment you have and get. You're such an awesome, gorgeous, and just all around inspiring person. It's a real honor to be one of your readers and I hope to meet you someday! <3

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  41. Happy Birthday blog! I just sent you an email to say hello, since I haven't introduced myself yet. But I am just-new fan of your blog, and so far, I love it. I'll continue to be a fan for year #3!

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  42. Happy Birthday!
    I haven't been reading your blog very long, but it's certainly been an inspiration to me and my artistic and blogging endeavors. Hears to many more years of being such a creative and amazing little slice of the internet!

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  43. Congratulations on your 2-year bday!

    I've been following along...creepin along...for a few months now! I love reading about your day to day and the links you post.

    You and others inspire me to update my blog more frequently (and, I've started another blog for my yoga teaching business)!

    Check me out at ashmastandrea.wordpress.com and yogagypsystl.com :)

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  44. Happy birthday to your blog, and your first photo is amazing!

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  45. Congrats Kaelah! Many more years to come!

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  46. Happy Two years to your blog! I just found it a few days ago, but I'm hooked.

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  47. Aww, happy birthday, Little Chief Honeybee! I love this little corner of the internet and it's been so awesome to come along on your journey these past few months. You're such a wonderful person and I feel so happy to know you! Keep on keepin' on, girlfriend! <3 <3

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  48. happy birthday LCH! :) This was such a sweet and heartfelt post. I'm glad to be a reader.

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  49. Happy blogging birthday lovely lady x

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  50. congrats! this month marks the 3 years for my blog

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  51. Happy birthday to one of the most wonderful blogs around! Keep up the good work xx

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  52. Such a lovely post, I'm really happy for you! I've just started blogging myself & you are one of the bloggers than I look up to, so thank you and I look forward to reading your blog for years to come!

    Holly xo

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  53. Congratulations! I can't tell you how much I loved reading your post. It's so full of joy and awe. I love that you choose to have a positive outlook on life <3 My blog is only 4 months old and I have many moments of self-doubt (and I am still trying to get my boyfriend to 'get it' haha). But your story is incredibly inspiring! Keep up the fabulous blogging and all the best.

    Elyse at GiveMeBows x

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  54. You seriously are the sweetest. You deserve every good thing that has and ever will come to you!

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  55. Happy Birthday, LCH! And congrats Kaelah! I love your blog so much and am really glad that we've become blog friends.
    Three cheers for LCH! [yeah, totally cheesy...I know. *wink*]

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  56. I am seriously so excited for you and happy that this little blog has brought you so much joy and so many amazing connections! I am flattered that we chat via Twitter sometimes. You have been an insane inspiration to me with your self-confidence posts about body image. I am literally indebted to you for how much you have unknowingly helped me overcome. I can't wait to see/read about how many more amazing things you do with your life!

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  57. Happy birthday to your blog! :D

    Have a great week!

    Miki.

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  58. happy birthday to your blog! I'm excited to have my blog to document my pregnancy and babys life. Blogs can be so amazing!

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  59. What a great birthday blog post! I really enjoyed reading this and I love forward to more! Happy Blog Birthday! :)

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  60. Happy Birthday, Little Chief Honeybee!

    And I have to say, I do love your blog writing style along with your outfit posts!

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  61. Happy Birthday Blog!! I've been following along almost since the very beginning and I'm so glad you're still blogging! Honestly this is my favorite blog to read, keep the posts coming!

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  62. I want SOOO badly to be just like you in 2 years. Posting a post just like this one. Inspiring.<3

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  63. I am so happy for you Kaelah! Happy first birthday to your blog. Your success is well deserved, and I look up to you so much! You are truly such an inspiration, and I cannot wait to keep reading your blog, and growing mine. You are one of the reasons I started blogging. :)




    Meanz (Koi Story)

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  64. Congrats! and Happy blogbirthday..
    I just recently follow your blog and I'm addicted! :-)

    have a wonderful positive life!
    cheers

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  65. kaelah- my friend who worked at bust is jessica harris & was a poetry major at columbia. i think she did music reviews.

    maybe you crossed paths once or twice, since it was about the same time frame & she was always saying how the bust office was so small :)

    anyway, hope yer having a beautiful day!

    xo
    ~chantillyongs

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  66. happy birthday! i love your blog. and what you said about making a conscious decision to be happier, i have noticed that once you get that negative relationship out of your life it becomes easier to smile on a daily basis. you're adorable and i look forward to your posts :)

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  67. I started blogging a few months back, and just over the last weekend found your corner of the blog world and have been inspired to try and blog more consistently. Happy birthday to your blog and keep the good stuff coming!

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  68. Aww such a sweet post. You are crazy successful and in just two years. Congrats that is such a huge accomplishment!

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  69. Happy Birthday LCH, you have come a long way.

    Loving the tats btw, make me proud to be a tattooed lady also.

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  70. Just found your blog today and let me just say it's AMAZING, you're amazing... thank you for existing & sharing! xo

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  71. You're awesome! A big congrats... cheers to many more years! <3

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  72. That's what I LOVE about blogging too! I wish I had a ton of free time, I wanna go read your blog from day 1 :D

    Lemme know if you ever hit up Fla!

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB