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!

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

  • Meegan

    Congratulations! Five years is so amazing!

  • Elena

    Congrats! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • YAY This is sucha big milestone — congratulations ;)

  • 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!

  • Happy Blogiversary :)

  • Rosie

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

  • 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 ▲

  • 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!

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

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

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  • Congrats on the anniversary!! Huge milestone!!

  • Courtney Patterson

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

  • JamieSplendry

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

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

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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!

  • Congrats on 5 years! What an accomplishment!

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

  • 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 :-]

  • 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! :)

  • 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!

  • 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

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

  • 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! :)

  • 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!

  • Elizabeth Edgar

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

  • Elle

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

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

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  • 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!