Time to Celebrate:: Traveling Mama is 7 Years Old!

by Tina on May 12, 2014

in Celebrations

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I hope all of you moms had a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend, full of pampering and loads of kisses.  My husband was in Belgium, but was SO sweet to send me a beautiful bouquet of peonies, my favorite flower, and the kids made me artwork, which is always my favorite gift.  I am feeling incredibly loved and appreciated and ever so grateful for the wonderful family that fills my life with an endless supply of happiness and joy.

And since we are talking about feeling loved and appreciated, I wanted to give a little shout out to all of you who have made Traveling Mama a possibility for me.  A few days ago we passed our seven year mark and I am sitting here just shaking my head in near disbelief.  How is it possible that seven years has gone by?

It has been an incredible journey and I am completely overwhelmed with the realization of how much has changed in our lives and how much we have learned through the process of blogging.  When I first started Traveling Mama, we were new to Morocco and just simply trying to keep in touch with our family and friends back in the US.  Neither of us knew how to use our first DSLR camera that my parents had given us with the one stipulation being that we had to send constant photos back of the grandkids.

Oh my gosh, you guys.  I am seriously about to cry.

We have learned so much, grown to be photographers, and me a stylist, and had so many opportunities open up for us that we could never have imagined when we first began.  And while that is fantastic and life altering, the best part of all of this has been meeting so many wonderful people along the way.  We feel blessed beyond words to have reached out to so many corners of the globe and found so many happy, smiling faces looking back.

I have spent the last seven years showing up almost daily with something to say, and now in this moment I am nearly speechless.

Thank you so, so much to each and every one of you who has come and supported us here on Traveling Mama.  I don’t know if I would ever have had the courage to believe so deeply in myself if I had been alone, but having you all here with me has brought me courage and put a fire in my belly to dream bigger, reach further, and never, ever stop believing.

So, in return, I wish the very same for each one of you.  May you dream bigger, reach further, and find the courage to believe in your own possibilities!

Thank you again for all your love and support and may there be many more years to celebrate! xoxo

 

Photography: Tina Fussell

Honeycombs: Cute Tape

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Sophie May 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

It is very touching. Incredible journey indeed! I thought you and your husband had always been photographers. Your are instillating a lot of hope in all creatives reading you! So what were you trained to do originally? I love photo and graphic design and always dreamed to develop this part of me, my main field being editorial. I will move to Copenhagen in August with my husband and two kids after living in the US and Australia… life is an adventure!

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Thank you, Sophie, so much! I have a degree in International Affairs and my husband has a degree in Music. :-) I won’t be here in August but we should definitely connect when I get back in January! Let me know if you need any advice or info before you move! How exciting!

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deborah May 12, 2014 at 1:19 pm

Congratulations! Keep it up, looking forward to another 7! Cannot wait to hear about your trip back to the States!

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:04 pm

Thank you! I think I’m finally starting to get excited about the US- it’s going to be a huge adventure filled with loads of travel!

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Barbara May 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Dear Tina,

first of all congratulations! 7 years is an incredible achievement. Your words really touched me, I felt tears welling up myself, while reading them. You are a true inspiration for me. Thanks so much.

Warmest regards, Barbara

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Oh, stop! You are going to make me cry again! I’m so happy to know that something I have done has been an encouragement to others and helped inspire them. It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Myla Lopez May 12, 2014 at 2:51 pm

This post is beautiful! Thanks for sharing your journeys with us. I started reading your blog a few months ago and loved reading your different posts. They are candid, honest and relatable. Wishing you the best in the years ahead.

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Thank you so much! I’m so glad you joined us!

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Juliette May 12, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I can’t believe it’s been that long! I remember reading your Moroccan adventures, but they don’t seem that long ago. Time flies, huh? Congratulations on hitting this milestone and doing it with such style! This blog ages well! =D

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Ahhh… yes, the Morocco days! It really doesn’t seem like we have been gone for over four and a half years. And you are too sweet. Now I hope I can age just as gracefully as the blog! :-)

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Jodi May 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

Congratulations on 7 years! Keep it up! Looking forward to (at least) another 7!

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Thank you and I very much hope so too!

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Effie May 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm

Happy Birthday, Traveling Mama! To many more :)

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:08 pm

Thank you, Effie!

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Celena May 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Congratulations, Tina, on your rewarding 7 years! May you have many more :)

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Thanks so much! xx

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Amy May 12, 2014 at 8:47 pm

Gosh, Tina, I’d just assumed you and your husband have been doing the photo + styling thing for many, many years. I am truly inspired by what you just said about creating your own opportunities. The feel-good advice is everywhere, but I’m truly motivated when I see others make it happen.

You just made my day. All the best.

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Tina May 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm

No, no. I only started taking photos about two years ago when my husband was too busy to help with blog material! (What motivation, right?) :-) I definitely encourage others to dream big and work hard. Crazy awesome stuff can happen! :-)

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my scandinavian home May 13, 2014 at 9:25 am

Wow! Happy blog birthday – what a milestone! I look forward to celebrating with you this weekend at The Hive! :) /Niki

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Tasha May 15, 2014 at 1:53 am

Congratulations Tina, so glad I discovered your blog.
You do brighten up a dull day when I enter your world.

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