Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Pleased To Meet You!

In September, this blog will be two years old!

Sheesh... When I look back at the first few posts it certainly doesn't feel like it was that long ago, but I guess archive dates don't lie.

One of my favorite things about posting here has been getting to kind-of "meet" those of you who follow along or comment from time to time.

It's such a unique experience - being connected to people from all over the place that I've never met. Receiving comfort from strangers in challenging times, adding new music to my iPod per your recommendations, and just generally getting to know you a little bit through your words and sometimes your blogs, too!


Some of you who read this are good friends of mine and I already know these things about you, but for the rest of you, if you'll humor me, I'd love to get to know you a little bit more. Because judging by the little bit I already know about you.. I think you're pretty great. :)

Whether you've been reading this for years, or are just starting to browse around, I'd love to know...

where you're from,

what you do,
(Either in school, for work, or just for fun)
&
what makes you happy!

A link to your blog, if you have one, would be fun as well!

To everyone who stops by to check in here, thank you so much for reading.
And for being so kind and supportive to a stranger.

It is really a pleasure to meet you.
xoxo

46 comments:

  1. I guess I'll start! I've only been reading for a few months now.

    I'm from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
    For fun I creative art & things.
    My dog never fails to make me happy. Her "smile" always makes me smile.

    PS - I like your personal posts the best. They always feel genuine!

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    1. Nice to meet you, Janelle! I have a postcard from Nova Scotia on my desk from when my grandparents traveled there years ago, and it's always been a place I'd like to visit - I'm sure it's beautiful! And yes, dog "smiles" are one of the happiest things. :) Thank you so much for reading!

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  2. Hey Kelle! I've been a fan of your photography and blog since I chanced upon them half a year ago, when I was vacationing in America. And now, I'm still here. :) So glad to be here, in fact.

    Currently I'm a consultant for a commission under the communications office of our country's president and what really makes me happy is being surrounded with creative and loving people. They keep me inspired to do the things I do! Them, and the amazing entertainment industry that never fails to keep me interested in life.

    Good luck with everything, Kelle!

    With love from the Philippines, Katrina

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    1. Hi Katrina! Wow, your work sounds exciting! And I love that you find happiness in the people around you. I think that's something that many people take for granted. :) Thank you so much for introducing yourself! It's nice to meet you!

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  3. Love this idea and those pencils! haha :)

    I'm from Sydney, Australia. I'm currently working at Printing company while finishing my study in Graphic Design. I freelance both design, photography and have started putting my art degree to use by creating illustrations which I will eventually sell :) This year all the pieces have fallen together and I have never been so inspired :D That's what makes me crazily happy.

    Jess xx
    http://jessica-bloor.blogspot.com.au/

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    1. Jessica, it's been so nice getting to know you via blogs and instagram! I'm so happy to hear that this has been such a productive year for you. You're so talented and creative - I always love seeing what you will post next. Keep doing what you love! And please, keep sharing it with us. :) Take care!

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  4. I'm not sure I've ever commented here before, but I've been following your blog for probably 6 months now :) I love your positive outlook on life and the beautiful aesthetic of your blog. So inspring!

    I live in NYC right now with my husband and work as an administrative assistant at a commercial real estate company while my husband goes to art school. I love baking cakes and exploring the city whenever possible. My goal right now is to find out what makes me incredibly happy and then find the courage to pursue it!

    Nice to finally "meet" you!

    Allison
    teamlysenko.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Allison! Nice to meet you! I'm unabashedly envious that you live in NYC - that is my dream home! How awesome that your husband has the opportunity to go to art school - sounds like you're in good company while you find what makes you happy and go for it! :) Best of luck with everything you do! Thank you so much for reading.

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  5. Please to meet you Kelle!

    where you're from: Ann Arbor, Michigan!

    what you do: I work in the marketing department of an architecture firm, but for fun I much prefer to take pictures, write fiction, and travel.

    what makes you happy: for starters: puppies, kittens, wine, netflix, road trips, sunglasses, art museums, epistemology, harry potter, vladimir nabokov, disneyworld, paris, lake michigan, artisan cheese, the color red, british television, belle and sebastian, carbs, and instagram.

    stop on by and say hello!
    <3becky
    www.loosefromthezoo.com

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    1. Hi, Becky! I love that you write fiction in your free time - that is something I have always wished I were creative enough to do! I'm sure that your love for travel also provides a lot of opportunities to find inspiration for your writing. :) Your list of what makes you happy is perfect - I especially appreciate that puppies was the very first thing haha. Love it. Enjoy your weekend!

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    2. :) Thanks for taking the time to reply Kelle! hope you had a lovely weekend too!

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  6. Hello!

    I'm from Vancouver Island B.C. Canada
    I'm a stay at home mom with a 3.5 year old son, but I also have a small business making jewelry that sells in cute boutiques across the island.
    Sun and sand make me happy! so I'm so stocked on summer right now (even though as I'm typing this looking out the window there are big grey clouds!

    just started reading your blog, have a lovely day :)

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    1. Nice to meet you, Tereza! I think it's awesome that you've found a way to run a small business while still being able to be home with your son! I'm sure he loves that too. :) Hope the gray skies have cleared up so you can enjoy more summer beach days! Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. My name's Sam. I live in Utah. I'm currently working as an administrative assistant while putting my husband through school, but I'm also working to become a doula. The early evening thunderstorms of summer make me very happy.

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    1. Dang, awesome wife award! I love that you and your husband are working together to achieve what you both want out of life. That's really wonderful. I am so interested in doulas and the work that they do - excited to hear about your progress in that and the things you do in the future! And yes to thunderstorms! If only California could muster up a good one - they're my favorite!

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  8. Love this idea! I kind of want to steal it. So I might. Don't be mad.

    I'm Megan! I live in Utah, like the lady above. Utah seems to be full of bloggers, don't ask me why.

    I work full-time at a credit card security company, but prefer writing and going to concerts with my husband.

    My husband makes me happiest. He suits me very well. I also love rainy days, making music and chocolate. Sooo much chocolate.

    Nice to meet you :)

    shakerattleandramble.blogspot.com

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    1. Please, steal it! From what I've read on your blog, you're a fantastic writer, so I hope that you continue to share that with the internet for years to come. :) A rainy day spent making music and drinking hot chocolate with the man you love... sounds like a perfect day. We're definitely on the same wavelength, Meg. Nice to meet you!

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  9. Awh your blog always makes me smile!! I think reading the other comments here shows just how true that is for other people too :) I guess this is a pretty good time to start properly commenting!

    So... I'm Lucy... all the way from Sheffield, UK

    I've just finished bible school, got married and now imma be a photographer and blogger (over at www.we-resolve.com )!! (I think all these things are what make me happy too... pph along with pandas, baby pandas make everyone happy right?!)

    Two years is a great effort blogging wise, it is nice to see how the blog has developed over that time!

    Lucy xo

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    1. Hi, Lucy! Thank you so much for the sweet words! I hope you don't mind that I read your comment with an accent once I knew you were in the UK. Haha how great that you went to Bible school! I have a few close friends that ended up doing that too and loved the experience. Congratulations on getting married as well! Can't wait to give your blog a look to see your photography. And YES to baby pandas! :) Take care!

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  10. Hi Kelle, this made me smile so bright. I've been a reader since the day you left a comment on my blog, I visited once and had to keep coming back for more. You're an incredible woman. This post is super sweet. I just had to comment :)

    I'm from Georgia,
    I'm an office assistant at a law firm, a student studying English, and a blogger (I guess I should include that lol feels weird)
    What makes me happy are beautiful people, people whose insides are as positive and present as a smile, writing, trying new things, music, etc.

    Congrats on your almost-anniversary! And thanks for this, it was really awesome :)

    The Indie Byline

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    1. Thank you! So glad to have you here! I love that you are studying English, that always seemed like such a fun major. Your writing must be beautiful - I loved what you said even just in this little comment "people whose insides are as positive and present as a smile." Gorgeous! You've got a gift, girlfriend! So nice to meet you! Thanks for the introduction!

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  11. hi!
    I'm Jess. I'm from Ottawa, Canada. I love film cameras & polaroids, and blog about them at www.adventuresinanalog.blogspot.com. I just recently found your blog, but I'm loving it thus far :) Happy anniversary! haha

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Jess! Can't wait to give your blog a read! Have a beautiful weekend!

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  12. I want to comment as well because I think you're just so darn cool!

    My name is Hannah & I started following your blog when you commented on mine (even though I rarely blog...I get the award for worst blogger ever). :)

    I'm from Fullerton, CA. That's why I love your pictures so much because they are my favorite places to roam as well!

    I work at a Credit Union & basically love to hang with friends.

    Love reading your posts!

    xoxo,
    Hannah
    www.lovehann.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi, Hannah! Nice to meet you! Love that you're from Fullerton! That's where my mom grew up and most of my family still lives over there - such a sweet town and I'm sure that living so close we have lots of the same stomping grounds! :) Thanks for stopping by! Hope to bump into you in person sometime!

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  13. My blog turns 1 in September! :) I feel the same way. It's been really amazing to find the kind of support and friendship online. My name is Jane btw. And I live in Fairfax, VA (although I like to call NY home!). I've been in the non-profit sector my whole professional life and right now Trader Joe's Cookie Butter makes me extremely happy.. oh and always my husband and our littler cocker spaniel who runs the show around the home!

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    1. Happy almost-birthday to your blog, too! Nice to meet you, Jane! I've never tried Trader Joe's Cookie Butter, but I can't say it doesn't call out to me from the shelf every time I walk past it. One of these days...

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  14. This is such a fun post, congrats on keeping your blog up for so long! This is my first time here but I'm from Seattle (just moved from my home town of Chicago!), I'm trying to blog full time and be a writer (i'm trying my hand at writing an ebook!) and travel makes me very happy (I just came back from India and Nepal)

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

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    1. Thanks, Marlen! I've never been to Seattle, but I've always wanted to visit because from the pictures I've seen, it's beautiful there! Hope you're enjoying being in a new town with a new atmosphere. :) Best of luck with your ebook, that's fantastic! Can't wait to hear how it all goes for you!

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  15. Hello, Kelle! I'm from a small town a little bit outside Chicago. I'm currently going to school; I have one year left for my bachelor's and then hopefully it's on to grad school! I don't work because I'm disability, but I actually have a job interview next Wednesday at the library I grew up at, so I'm really excited about that! Things that make me happy include: my dog Chase, my boyfriend Vince, my family, playing the piano, taking pictures, and reading.

    :)

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    1. Hi, Crystal! Yay, only one year away from your bachelor's - that's exciting! Your job interview next week sounds totally perfect for you, I hope that works out! I'll be thinking of you! Your list of things that make you happy is beautiful. Reminds me a lot of what my list would look like if I wrote one out. :) Talk to you soon!

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  16. I just found your blog and i love it. So, I'm a Canadian expat who lives in Sydney, Australia. I'm a yoga teacher but right now I'm mostly taking care of my baby girl. And what makes me happy? Travelling. x

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    1. Nice to meet you, Gaby! Wow, I'm sure Sydney provides some amazing outdoor yoga locations! Always very exciting to hear of someone doing what they love as a career :)

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  17. Just wandered in from your comment on my blog. I'm SO GLAD I DID. Definitely a new follower.

    I'm Canadian but studying medicine in Chicago. I'm a medical student, and wandering through the city by myself makes me immensely happy. As do banana marshmallows. And movie nights. ^-^

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    1. Banana marshmallows are a thing?! Omg... How did I go through so much of my life without knowing this?! And Chicago sounds like a really exciting place to adventure around. Hope to visit someday!

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  18. Hi! Just started following your blog and I absolutely adore it! Your photos are captivating and they make me smile :). I'm from Chapel Hill, NC and I'm a senior studying Environmental Engineering. What makes me happy are eating cake for breakfast, meditating at Lake Raleigh, and taking photos.

    P.s. I love your pencils! I almost got a pack just yesterday, but I wasn't sure how to sharpen them...

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    1. forgot to put a link to my blog: www.afteralec.blogspot.com

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    2. Hi, Alec! Thank you for the comment! You must be so excited to be a senior - I know the closer I get to graduating, the happier I become, ha! Cake for breakfast is also something that I believe should be totally acceptable on every social level. Can we partner up on making that happen?? Ps. Totally not sure how to sharpen these pencils. They're mostly for looks, I think.. but also for special occasions :)

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  19. Hi! My name is Lydia and my blog is raspberriesandsugar.blogspot.com. I'm from Utah.

    I'm a wife//daughter//student//friend, and a fresh 22 years old.

    What makes me happy? My husband, blogging, and chocolate cake.

    And I am inspired by your blog and your journey with endometriosis.

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    1. Thank you very much for your comment, Lydia, it's nice to meet you! I love the name of your blog - so cute! Makes me think of summer right away. Can't wait to give it a look! Thanks for stopping by!

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  20. I'm from Tampa, Florida. Photography, singing, writing, blogging, and other adjectives. (: I'm starting my senior year in high school, but soon after I'll be off to study/practice evangelism. What makes me happy are my friends, fleeting, carefree moments, reading my Bible, and good, healthy, cleansing food. (:

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    1. Good, healthy, cleansing food - I love it! I never thouguht that would be something that I'd really enjoy but in the last few months I have really started to get a kick out of healthy eating and how my body feels when I eat that way! I'm also right there with you on loving to sing and take pictures... Do you do any songwriting? I'm sure you'd be great at it. Enjoy your senior year and best of luck with your upcoming evangelism! Awesome to hear about! Nice to meet you, Ciara!

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  21. Better late than never...

    Hi, my name is Andrés and I come from Venezuelaaaaa!!! (internal joke for venezuelans, sorry), but I've been living in Europe -France and Spain- during the last six years and will probably be in Texas and somewhere in africa for the next five (This is part of my master scheme to conquer the world, but don't tell anybody). I love learning (languages and too many other stuffs), playing sports, meeting people, eating/cooking, traveling, reading (way too many subjects ). I'm also obsessed with spooky stories, though I don't believe them cause I'm am an atheist and skeptic (they do scare me though). I would like the day to have at least 48 h, so I could do so many other things (sleeping 16h, for instance). I also love to pet my bitch and take care of my orange trees (and I certainly abuse of the parenthesis). I think I read the best way to describe what I love to do in a certain's girl about page: life living. It made me laugh and I am following this girl's blog and youtube since then.

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    1. I am so envious of all the places you've lived throughout your life! Sounds like you are quite the adventurer! I'm so glad that you stumbled upon my blog and my videos - your comments are always some of my favorites and you seem like a brilliant and wonderful person. :)

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  22. Hi<3 my name is Natasha, I am a proud mother of two's beautiful daughters....I love photos, I love to travel, write a lot (my blog is part of me and my family) and read:)I am of Polish but lives in Spain,,,,,,,,,everything that makes me happy that this is my Family<3<3<3
    Welcome:)xoxoxo http://natatimblog.blogspot.com/2013/09/leave-home-and-come-home.html

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