So excited to be celebrating another year of This Happy Place Blog with you. I honestly can’t say thank you enough to you, kind reader, for stopping by when you can and for those in the Disney online community who have been so awesome and so welcoming. I feel so lucky to call some of you real life pals.
If you have been a follower for the whole two years or are totally new, I hope you enjoy what I’ve been doing with THP. I really strive to have unique content 24/7 and to make you feel a little bit closer to your happy place when a trip seems oh-so far away. Even though I get stumped or have writer’s block or don’t get to visit the parks as much as I’d like to, it’s so great to challenge myself with the content that goes live here. Even though THP is a hobby and something I do “for fun”, I do take it really seriously. I want my work to be something that keeps you coming back for more.
I’m not sure what the next year will bring. THP has this amazing new look that I *love* (thanks to Cindy Pepper!) and I feel like I’m finally hitting some kind of stride. But I also don’t have a Disney trip planned for the first time in forever. I have no idea when I’ll be making it back down there, and I think that’s going to really test my creativity and ability to bring you some fun content. I’m hoping the good ideas keep on coming! (And that maybe the airfare Gods make it possible for me to return.)
Because I made a vlog post last year, I thought I would do another one just to say THANKS “in person”. It’s weird. Last year, I was filming that in the house that we sold a few months later. Now James is in law school and we have this lovely apartment that is closer to work and a lot of our friends. Life is definitely different but it feels better, and making this vlog makes that sort of come full circle for me.
People mentioned in the vlog: Disney Hipsters, Melissa at Mouse on the Mind, Melissa at Disney on Wheels, Sarah at Running at Disney, Q from Australia, Amanda @ Amandimation, Rich from Mouse Troop, Jeff of Lance and Jeff, Katherine from Food Fitness Fantasy.
I also must must thank:
→ Talented guest posters who have made the features at THP so so fun and great: Alexa, Elena, Kimberly Michelle, Marshal, Kyle Ostrum, KJ Simpson, Josh Spiegel, Morgan Ditta, Karen, Katie, Latte Love Katie, and Rachel.
→ Everyone who made our February North East meetup so freaking amazing. I still can’t stop smiling when I think about it. Thank you so much for those of you who hung out! I can’t wait to do it again soon!
→ Ryan at Main St. Gazette who for some reason recruited me to do World News Roundtable. I’m still super honored, months later! (Plus he deals with my super crazy emails.)
→ My super supportive Dad for checking in every day (and letting me know he did) + my amazingly patient, sometime guest poster, Disney fanatic husband, James, for always being around to proofread my work and share a beer at the same time.
And can I say it one more time to you, reader? YOU are the best and make writing this blog fun. (I sound like a Fleetwood Mac song.) Don’t be shy. Be sure to say hi on Twitter or Facebook, and if you are looking for some other amazing blogs to visit: check out my blog roll to the right. I work painstakingly on that list to give you the best of the best.
Oh, one more thing: because I adore you so much, I’m doing a few giveaways. There will be three winners: two for each year the blog has been around and one for good luck. Enter through the Rafflecopter widget down below for a chance to win:
( 1) An I Heart NYC vinyl bag + NYC Vinylmation (See below)
( 2 ) A copy of Disneylanders by Kate Abbott
Good luck friends! Cheers to another year of Muppets, mayhem, and Disney fun!