Celebrating 5 Years of Blogging + Giveaway

Tomorrow marks the FIVE YEAR anniversary of Small Towns & City Lights. FIVE! I’m still trying to wrap my head around it. Back then (in 2012), blogging was nothing like it is today. In fact, there weren’t a whole lot of blogs out there at all. I had just finished my undergraduate degree and in the midst of applying for all the jobs, I needed something to keep my sanity. And I decided that something would be me starting a blog.

While I took a bit of an extended break toward the end of that first year of blogging as I moved from New York back to Florida, transitioned into my first full-time job, adopted a dog, and moved into my first apartment (read: joined the real world), I knew it was something I couldn’t wait to dedicate more time to and once I was settled into my routine, jump back into it I did!

Celebrating 5 years of blogging!

Blogging has 100% changed my life for the better. It’s allowed me to do SO many things, like:

  • Connect with people from around the world that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise
  • Have an outlet to pour my passions + creativity into
  • Share information to help others plan trips + live better lives
  • Experience unique opportunities
  • Improve my writing, marketing, and Web skills

I did my first-ever reader survey last year and it was incredibly helpful to hear directly what kind of content you lovely readers are liking, not as into, or wanting more of. If you could spare a minute to answer a few quick questions below, I’d so appreciate it!

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blogiversary giveaway

And last but not least, a thank you to you all for sticking around and/or stopping by. I appreciate your support more than you know! In honor of this big blogiversary, I’m giving away TWO $25 gift cards (because yay for increasing your odds of winning something) – one to Amazon and the other to Sephora. Two of my favorite places to shop!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Starting a blog has been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made I can’t wait to see what the next five years of blogging brings!

  • Congrats on 5 yrs of blogging!!! That’s amazing!!! Blogging has been great benefits. I love that I have met (virtually) so many other bloggers that have the same passion as I do. Keep up the great work!

    • Thanks, Mistle! I couldn’t agree with you more!

  • Aw congratulations! Blogging has changed my life for the better, too. :)

    • Thank you! So glad we live in a world where blogging exists!

  • Meegan

    Congratulations! Five years is so amazing!

  • Elena

    Congrats! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • YAY This is sucha big milestone — congratulations ;)

    • Thanks, Bri! Can’t believe it’s been 5 years already!

  • Congrats on 5 years Rach!!!

  • Brittany


  • Congratulations on your fifth anniversary! I enjoy your blog and social media posts. I, too, find that blogging has improved my social media, marketing and design knowledge. Also, fun giveaway!

    • Thanks, Marette! Blogging has opened up so many different things for me. I love it!

  • Happy Blogiversary :)

    • Thanks, Jenn! Can’t believe how quickly 5 years have flown!

  • Rosie

    Congratulations!!! Five years of diligence! Quite an accomplishment!!

    • Thanks, Rosie! Can’t believe it’s been 5 years!

  • Happy five years! That is so amazing! :)

  • Angela Newsome

    Happy Blog Anniversary!

  • That is such an achievement, congratulations. Thanks for this awesome giveaway as well.

  • Kim Pincombe-Cole

    Happy 5th Blogiversary!!!

  • Happy fifth year blog anniversary! I think my sixth is coming up sometime this year. It’s crazy to look back & see how much time is changed & how you’ve blossomed as a person. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

    • Thanks, Carmen! You’re so right – things have changed quite a bit in 5 years!

  • Jocelyne Shults

    this is so exciting and yes. I can’t wait to get there too. Congrats to you and your success. -Jocelyne from resonatecreations.com

  • How exciting! Cheers to 5 years. My 2 year is coming up haha.

  • Michelle Schultz


  • Kimberly @ Berly’s Kitchen

    Congratulations on 5 years! Best wishes in 2017!

  • Natalie

    5 years is quite a milestone! Here is to a great 6th year!

    • Thanks so much, Natalie! I’m very excited about it!

  • 5 years is certainly a big milestone. Congratulation and well done you. xx

  • OMG 5 years?!? Thats amazing! Congrats Rachel!

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

    • Thanks, Rach! I can’t believe it’s been 5 years! Crazy!

  • Congrats on the anniversary!! Huge milestone!!

    • Thanks, Jackie! It really is – I still can’t believe how long its been!

  • Courtney Patterson

    Congrats on five years, and cheers to many, many more!

    • Thanks, Courtney! Can’t wait to see what the next 5 bring!

  • JamieSplendry

    Congratulations on 5 years, that’s a huge accomplishment! What a great way to look back at your life!

    • Thank you, Jamie! You’re so right – lots of great memories on here!

  • Congratulations on 5 years! That’s amazing! Great giveaways too.

    • Thanks, Shann! Crazy how fast the years have gone!

  • This is super exciting! Congrats on this milestone!

  • Sarah Jean

    Congrats on five years! And oh man, I can’t pass up entering a giveaway for Sephora and Amazon!

  • rachel jenkins

    How awesome!!! I plan on starting my own blog :)

    • It really is! So exciting for you starting a blog! What’s the topic going to be?

  • Candy Kage

    Wow five years of blogging under your belt. Congratulations! Sounds like you are still loving what you are doing which I think is wonderful.

    • Thanks, Candy! I absolutely am! Blogging has been one of the best things in my life!

  • Five years – that’s amazing! I’m coming up on two and a half!

    • Thanks, Erin! Hooray for blogging anniversaries! Time goes so fast doesn’t it?!

  • CONGRATS! Five years is huge!! I love your blog and insta! Ive been a follower for a while! Cant wait for more! :)

    • Thank you, Kristen!! That means a lot :) Any favorite types of posts you’d like to see more of?

  • Congrats on 5 years of blogging! So wonderful to see how far bloggers have come within the community! I’ve enjoyed your content and can’t wait to see your content for this year as well!

    • Thank you so much, Kiara! I appreciate your kind words :)

  • Congrats on 5 years! What an accomplishment!

  • Congrats on 5 years! Hard to believe I hit 6 this year!

    • Thanks, Shane! Congrats to you too! Crazy how fast the time goes, isn’t it?!

  • Rochelle

    Congrats on the milestone. Great giveaway!

  • Happy Blogiversary! Such a great accomplishment. I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring you :-]

    • Thanks, Leanna! I can’t wait either (but totally not wanting to rush it) – can’t believe how fast these last 5 years have gone!

  • Kelsie Kleinmeyer

    Awesome! Congrats on 5 years! I’ll have to enter :)

  • Joy Hammond

    Congrats lady!! I’m very happy for you!! I have been so glad that I started my blog just a few months ago, can’t wait to see what I’ve done in a year! :)

    • Thanks, Joy! Congrats to you on getting your blog started!

  • Congrats on five years! Here’s to five more! :)


    Thanks for this great giveaway!!

  • Michaela Sigourney Manning

    Congrats! I’m just celebrating a year of my little travel blog – it’s flown by though! And I can’t believe how much I’ve improved already.
    Congrats again!

    • Thanks, Michaela! Congrats on your one-year blogiversary! Crazy how fast it goes, isn’t it?!

  • Wow 5 years should feel like a long time in the blogging world, i just celebrated my 1 year and it already feels like I have been doing this for ages, haha! Congratulations, look forward to many more great stuff from you!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • It definitely does! It’s amazing how much things have changed in the past 5 years!

  • Congrats on 5 years! That is amazing! I love that bag too! So cool!

    • Thanks so much, Kristin! I’m so excited about my blog swag, haha.

  • Emily Bendler

    Congratulations on 5 years!! That’s awesome!! I’m so inspired!

  • Congrats on 5 years!!! No matter how many years yo blog, you always have some new marketing tactics to adapt to! :)

    • Thank you! You’re SO right, haha. Things are constantly changing in the blog world!

  • Amy Heffernan

    Happy 5 years. Heres to many more !:)

  • Congratulations on your wonderful anniversary and for sharing your thoughts with all of us around the world.

  • BaileyDexter

    Congrats on FIVE YEAR anniversary of Small Towns & City Lights! Looking forward to many more!

  • Ashleigh

    Happy 5 years of blogging!! And such a great giveaway, thank you for hosting! Best of luck in your blogging future!

    • Thanks so much, Ashleigh! Looking forward to lots more blogging to come :)

  • Elizabeth Edgar

    Congratulations!! 5 years is HUGE!! I celebrated my first year of blogging in November. I entered the giveaway! <3

    • Thanks, Elizabeth! Congrats to you on your first year! You’ll be at 5 before you know it!

  • Elle

    Congrats on this 5 year milestone and here’s to many more!

  • Congratulations on this 5 year milestone! This is HUGE!

  • tannawings
  • Shannon

    Thanks for the chance!

  • Isabel

    thank you for the chance!

  • Zoey

    Congrats on 5 years! That’s an awesome achievement!

  • Sarah

    Congratulations on 5 years!

  • susan


  • Loraine Ellis

    Awesome this would make my day!

  • 5 years! That is so amazing! Congrats to you! You are definitely right about blogging being so different than it was in 2012. The blog world has changed so, so much!

    • Thanks, Jess! It’s amazing how different things are these days!

  • CONGRATS ON FIVE YEARS! That is such an accomplishment, and you should celebrate!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • Ashley M.


  • Christine Murray

    Congratulations. Thanks for the chance.

  • lmurley2000

    congratulations on 5 years

  • Thomas Murphy

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  • Paol Trenny

    Congratulations on your 5 years blogversary!

  • Oh my goodness, congratulations! I’m so happy for you!