Three Year Blogiversary and $1,000 Cash Giveaway

Three Year Blogiversary and $1,000 GiveawayHello everyone and happy Monday!

August marks my third year of blogging. You can click here and read my very first blog post, which is rather embarrassing for me to share.

The other thing I’m embarrassed about that you can’t see when clicking over to that old post is the way my website used to look. One thing I regret not doing is screenshotting the way my blog has looked over the years so that I can laugh at myself. I have had some pretty bad designs that I made myself because I was too cheap!

Luckily, all you can see are my beginning blog posts…

I first started blogging on Blogger (don’t make my mistake, read why you should start on WordPress) on August 10, 2011. It was just a few days before a vacation, and I remember even though I was only a blogger technically for 3 or 4 days, I was on my blog the entire time we were on vacation.

I remember Wes being confused about the whole blogging thing.

And I bet he had no idea what would come from it.


Blogging has been a very positive hobby/business for me.

My life has greatly changed in the three years I’ve been blogging. Just three years ago, I was a full-time MBA student and also working as a financial analyst. I was working and attending school which meant very long days for me. My days were jam packed and my friends and family would often complain about not being able to see me much.

Now, I’m out of school (graduated with my MBA two years ago this month) and I am a full-time freelancer. I am happier than ever and I love the career path I am on right now.

Back then, we also had a decent amount of debt. We were continually spending more and more money because we were unhappy with our jobs and the only thing to really make up for that in our eyes at the time was to spend more money because we “deserved” it because of the stress we had from our jobs.

Now, my student loans are completely paid off and we are working on our spending. We are not perfect, but we are improving.

It’s also been positive because I have been able to hire my sister for some of the tasks I need done, and she is able to make some side money as well.


Thank you.

I personally want to say thank you to all of my readers, friends, and family. Without all of you, blogging would not be the same. I appreciate all of you, and I enjoy reading the awesome e-mails, tweets, and messages I receive each and every single day.

The blogging community is amazing!



To celebrate my 3 year blogiversary, I am having a giveaway. I will be giving away $500 cash to two winners, for $1,000 total!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

EDIT: I have chosen and contacted the winners. They were Samantha and Heather. Please come back in the future because I will have another great giveaway.


  1. says

    Happy 3rd Blogiversary! I have only been following your blog for a few months but I’m hooked. You have a great style of writing and I love reading your income reports. It really is motivational.

    Have you heard of – It’s an archive of old web pages and if you put your domain in the search, it will give you a snapshot of dates over the history of your site. You click on the date and it will show you what your site looked like at that time.

    Even though I’ve only been blogging a year, it’s amazing to look back at my first design and cringe!

    – Ricky
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    • says

      Thanks Ricky. And oops you are right. I have used that website before and I completely forgot that I could just look at that to see what my website looked like!

  2. says

    Wow, you’ve accomplished so much in 3 years! I bet you never thought this blog would open up so many doors for you. Congratulations on all your hard work and finding a passion. Here’s to many more blogiversaries!
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  3. says

    Congratulations on hitting 3 years. Even thought there is a huge age difference between us, I am learning many things from you. So thank you for starting your blog in the first place!

  4. MJA says

    I really need to get past the fear of failing and just leap into the world of blogging/blog management! You are my hero!

  5. Michelle says

    Congratulations on your 3 year blog anniversary! I stumbled across your blog a few months ago and have been hooked since!

  6. says

    Happy 3 years of blogging! You have seriously inspired me and motivated me in ways I can’t even explain! You are a huge reason my husband and I “woke up” and realized we needed to pay off our student loan debt as soon as possible. Thanks for all you do- keep up the awesome blog! :)
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  7. Byron Ahn says

    Congrats Michelle on your 3 year anniversary. I saw some of the original posts and designs and you certainly have come a long way! But it is quite impressive how hard you have worked to get to where you are and where you will be going!

  8. says

    Happy Blogging Anniversary Michelle! I just celebrated my 1st year blogging,… I cannot imagine what I’ll feel like when I reach three years :) Also, I started on blogger as well – what was I thinking?!? the things we learn.

    PS, GREAT giveaway!
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  9. says

    Congratulations! I really like your blog and you definitely made massive progress!

    It’s interesting to see how you went from debt to earn enough money to live the lifestyle you want :)

    Cheers to another blogging year!

  10. Grayson says

    You have done so much over the last three years. I am coming up on my two year in 11 days and I am really excited to see where this takes me. It has been an adventure since the beginning!

  11. Crystal says

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I’m actually starting to learn more about the blogging world and am excited to get started. I feel that I have a lot to share with the world :)

  12. Sarah says

    Happy anniversary! I can’t believe you’ve only been doing this for 3 years. You are my blogging idol (no joke) and inspiration. Congrats!

  13. Edmond says

    OMG, Happy anniversary! Luv your blog. Fab., divine & splendid. 2 fingers snap. Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. . Dear Santa: I have been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

  14. Cindi says

    Hey, I just found your lovely blog. Congrats on 3 years! I have been thinking of starting my own blog, and I see you have some info on that so I am going to have to click on that link. Now if I could get my student loan paid off too like you did.

  15. says

    Hi Michelle!

    I want to start off by saying how much your blog has helped. I’ve been wanted to start my own fashion/personal blog but had no idea where to start until I found your blog! You have also helped me gain more ideas and ways to make more money and save more! I’m not even exaggerating but your blog has truly changed my life and I’ve saved/gained more money because of you. Thank you for sharing your tips and ideas! And happy Blogiversary!!

  16. Stan Papusa says

    Wow this is a great giveaway and I’m glad I’ve found your blog. I’ve actually learned a few new things and will gladly visit it more often now. Happy anniversary!

  17. Crax Prax says

    Happy Anniversary and thank you soooooo much for the contest! Many more years and contests from you lovely blog! :)

  18. nicole gagnon says

    Thanks so much for this opportunity! I wasn’t able to get the 10 extra entries because I don’t have a twitter to follow everyone :( I hope my chances are still good considering I was able to complete the rest!

    Congrats on your 3 year Blogiversary! :)

  19. tamra gibson says

    Thanks for the giveaway. I am so sorry but I am afraid I entered the wrong Pinterest url’s on maybe the 1st and 2nd one. So sorry

  20. Kimberly says

    Congrats on your three year anniversary, and may I say you two are the cutest couple ever! By the way your blog is such an inspiration to me, I mean its AMAZING! It is awesome seeing how far you’ve come. You are my blogging idol, keep up the good work Michelle! :)
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  21. Mason says

    Congrats on 3 years in the blogosphere! You have inspired me to start a blog myself and I definitely will be checking out your “Learn how to start a blog” section

  22. Isabella T. says

    Congratulations!!! I’m actually a new follower; your articles are really great. And as a graphic designer, I must say that your layout is very nice! It comes off as clean and posh. :)


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