Five Years, A Thousand Moments



This year started with a bang for me, and although there were moments when I did not feel like keeping up with my blog (because of other projects or happenings in my life), I managed to find that good balance between it all.

After reflecting a bit on what made this blogging year different from my previous year, there were a couple of things that stood out, amongst others. Firstly, growth … I am actually talking about personal growth. This year I found myself even busier than the last with events, work, and just living life. As you may have noticed, sometimes I needed to regroup, get rejuvenated, or take a holiday! So, I did! I was able to dig deep within myself to get the motivation that I needed, and other times even from unconventional places.

Secondly, I also travelled more, despite it being predominantly for business. I still made it a point to take little moments out of the day to have gratitude for even the smallest blessings, I visited more art exhibits, and blogged when I could. Guilt-free.

With daily affirmations, and writing out a list of attainable monthly objectives, I was able to meet and work with amazing people this year through my blog. There are loads of things that I wish I knew when I started my blog, but in each day, week, and year, you learn more about yourself and your blog -- I know that I certainly have.


You learn to progress and keep reaching for your goals, whatever they might be. This can also apply to life, not just blogging. Not everyone is going to like you and that’s okay! One thing that I try to remember is that our words are powerful, so staying encouraged, keeping positive people around, and voicing positive words will always have an effect in your life.

As many fellow bloggers may be aware of, having a blog takes an incredible responsibility, and maintaining one even for a couple of years is a feat in itself. This week marks my fifth year of blogging. I am so proud to say that I have still preserved my passion and sole reason that I started a blog—to express my style, inspire others, and showcase global noteworthy talent.

So, whether you have followed my blog for five years or you are a new reader, I just want to extend a massive thank-you for reading, commenting, sharing, e-mailing, and supporting me and my blog. It’s greatly appreciated! Here are several style highlights and a few special visual memories from this year.

What was one your favourite Fashion Tales outfits, memories, or posts this year?

THANK YOU!

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53 comments

  1. Vix Brearley10 December, 2014

    Happy Birthday to your blog! xxx

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  2. Wowww,,Congratulation honey for this moment! Happy birthday to your lovely blog. I wish a lot of more success to you! Have a great day! Kisses <3

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  3. Such a lovely post. Five years is an amazing achievement - look forward to the next five!

    Emma | Fluff and Fripperies

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  4. Yay Madison, CONGRATS!!!! Wow, 5 years are many and for sure you are doing a great job with your blog. Love what you wrote, I feel the same about mine and myself, I think this is the best side of blogging, making know in the deep the person you are and grow. Keep it up dear, many kisses! xo

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  5. Congrats on 5 years of blogging! That is a great milestone to reach! :)

    I am glad it's been such a positive year for you, hope that this next year of blogging is even bigger and better for you! :)

    Away From The Blue

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  6. Lady parisienne10 December, 2014

    Wow five years!!! You can be proud, Congratulations!

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  7. Happy blog anniversary, Madison! Here's to many more:) XOXO

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  8. Happy blog anniversary! 5 years, wow! That's quite some time! Wishing you many happy blogging days ahead!


    sunandsany

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  9. 5 years? Wow...well done sister!! I love every post I have read here and the outfits are refreshing. Cheers to more beautiful days! :-)
    Alles Liebe! xoxo


    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  10. Ivana Džidić10 December, 2014

    congrats...I agree with you, blogging for any number of years is a feat in itself! This year I forgot to celebrate my blog's anniversary, but I'm still happy I made it I guess.


    Happy fifth birthday to your lovely blog and many happy returns! love your selection of outfits...and great inspiration! http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

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  11. sartorialsidelines10 December, 2014

    Finding balance is sooo important - and it sounds like you've managed to pull it off!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial
    Sidelines

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  12. Happy Blog Birthday to Fashion Tales and cheers to many many more Madison! I agree that maintaining a blog for any extended amount of time is a feat in itself.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  13. congratulation!!! five years it's a very log time!!! :)

    http://lamodalena.blogspot.com/

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  14. Wonderful post (and although it's a tiny detail, but I love those candles... there's just something really wonderful about them). Happy anniversary to you and Fashion tales and many more happy and successful years in blogosphere! x

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  15. Herzlichen Glückwunsch dear Madison for 5 years worldwide on the Blog! And thank you so much for your visite and your comment. And YES, I can see the hat with the Madison M in your collage! Best wishes from Berlin/Germany - Baerbel

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  16. Congratulations on another stylish year of blogging! Your creativity, style and personality that shines through on every post, is always refreshing to see. :)

    Take care and best wishes,
    Daniella xox

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  17. Congrats ! indeed, blogging does take up a lot of time :)
    I like your outfit posts and this recap sure got the best of them.

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  18. Great post Madison and so proud of you that you had such a busy year and was able to balance it all because blogs are definitely time consuming. :) I love your idea of daily affirmations and your travel posts are always some of my fave because now that I'm actually traveling a bit I can appreciate them even more.

    Can't wait to see what you do in 2015!!

    xoDale

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  19. borka gamero10 December, 2014

    wow! congrats doll! keep it up <3
    xox
    borka
    www.chicfashionworld.com

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  20. Allie Mackin11 December, 2014

    Wow 5 years that IS impressive. I just hit my 2 year mark and oh yes is is quite the commitment and A LOT of work. And yes it is good to get out from behind the computer and live life!!

    Allie of ALLIE NYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  21. So wonderful doll...I enjoy your blog a lot and I'm glad you have kept with it too :)) 5 years is a great thing....I wish your blog many more to come too :)) xx

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  22. nicoleta buru11 December, 2014

    Amazing pictures. Congrats, my dear <3

    Have a great day,

    Nicole

    www.nicoleta.me

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  23. Erika Sorocco11 December, 2014

    Here's to another 5 years of fabulousness!

    xx

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  24. stylentonic Constantinos11 December, 2014

    Happy blog birthday dear!!!!

    www.stylentonic.com

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  25. ElleSees.blogspot.com11 December, 2014

    kudos to you!! congratulations and the biggest hugs from me!!

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  26. Rosa Mimmino11 December, 2014

    Already 5 years!! That's great!!! Hope to arrive at this point....;-) . Like all the outfits you show above!!


    Rosa


    Styleyourselfinstyle.blogspot.com

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  27. Congratulations Madison! You do a superb job with your blog AND everything else. You've reached a balance. I'm still trying to achieve that. HaHaHa I love your home decorating overall. You come up with the best and most unique ideas. I'm always learning something. You also stay true to yourself. I respect that. Wishing you many more.

    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  28. Nissi Mendes12 December, 2014

    Congratulations!! :-) Great Blogpost!
    Have a nice friday. xx, nissi

    www.nissimendes.ch

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  29. Congrats on five years! That's some true dedication. Even if your traveling was for work, traveling is still traveling and you get to see new parts of the world :)

    Mili

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  30. Thanks so much Rakhshanda, Five years! I can hardly believe it, and so happy !:) x

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  31. Danke für Deinen Kommentar. Schönes Wochenende!
    Happy Holidays, Baerbel! :-) / Madison

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  32. Thanks so much Daniella, I always appreciate your thoughtful comments and visits! Enjoy the weekend. xx

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  33. Thank you Dale! I'm glad that you are travelling more and find my posts inspiring. Happy Holidays! xx :)

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  34. Thank you Nnenna! Yes, there's definitely a lot of work that goes into blogging. :)

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  35. You're the sweetest dear! Thanks for your support, Lilli. xx

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  36. Thank you Elle! ((Hugs)) xo

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  37. Thanks doll! That's so great to hear! Happy weekend! x

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  38. Enjoying life is a must! Yes, it's true even a two year marker is an accomplishment, I do remember every year vividly! :-) Thank you for your comment!

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  39. I do really love it, and that makes a big difference. Thanks for your support!

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  40. Thank you Ivana. I always appreciate your visits and comments dear. Have a wonderful weekend. :)

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  41. Ah, Ja dankeschön, meine Schwester und you're so sweet. I am grateful to have met you through blogging. xx

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  42. Thank you very much Mica! xx

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  43. Congratulations Fashion Tailes!!!! You really managed to create a blog where I personally always love to come back to and get inspired. Well done on that <3

    Thank you for putting so much effort in inspiring others with your beautiful posts.

    XXX from Auckland (New Zealand)

    Mahshid مهشید

    http://www.facebook.com/thanks2fashion

    http://www.thankstofashion.com

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  44. Same here Sister :-)
    xoxo

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  45. Thank you Mahshid! I'm glad that you keep coming back for more, :). Enjoy your holidays. xx

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  46. Danielle Styles13 December, 2014

    Congratulations! Wauw 5 years! I love your blog very much and am looking forward to more inspiring posts!

    www.sohostyles.blogspot.nl

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  47. Happy blogversary! Wishing you many more years of blogging.

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  48. Liebe Rena, Danke!! Ich bin so froh, dass Sie mein Blog lieben und 5. Geburtstag. Ich finde die Erstellung von Inhalten aus dem Herzen immer ist die beste! Vielen Dank für Deine Blog-Besuche und Kommentare. :-) Ich wünsche Dir ein schönes Wochenende.
    Alles Liebe von Deiner Madison xx :)

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