2 Year Blogiversary!!

2 Year Blogiversary!!

 

2-year-blogiversary- ruthie ridley

2-year-blogiversary- dreaming

 

2-year-blogiversary- handmade wreath

2-year-blogiversary- makeup

2-year-blogiversary- whimsical

2-year-blogiversary- california light

2-year-blogiversary- field shoot

2-year-blogiversary- ruthie ridley

Happy Monday friends!!!! I can’t believe I’m sitting here writing another blogiversary post!  Two years have gone by since this blog has been launched! So much has changed and I’m so grateful for this journey. Looking back at my  first post ever and even my one year anniversary post, I realize how much I didn’t know, but I’m so glad that I started! I was thinking the other day that if someone were to tell me all that blogging entailed, I probably wouldn’t have begun. Blogging is all encompassing, time-consuming, and requires a lot of dedication, but for some reason this blog gives me great joy, keeps my wheels turning, and feeds those creative bones that I have. Thank you to everyone who has stuck with me through this journey!  I couldn’t keep going if no one was reading, so thank you!
This year was full of a lot of amazing opportunities. There were some disappointments and a lot of growth that happened this year, but I came away with one thing. As I continued to blog, I realized that more than anything I wanted to get big collaborations, I wanted to grow more on Instagram,  I wanted more, more, more…. but it was never enough, I was still comparing myself to other people, and I was still feeling defeated and inadequate. The one thing I came away with this year is that you are not defined by numbers, collaborations or opportunities, you are defined by what’s inside of you and who God says you are. As I stopped being so obsessed with these things I found that my true self emerged and I was able to create in a way that I’ve never been able to before. I think it’s important as a blogger not to lose yourself and get caught up in name brands, money, and opportunities…even though all of that is very nice. Readers want to see authenticity, uniqueness, and true creativity.
As I move forward this year I want to bring forth my best self and share things that are on my heart more, create with excitement and things that inspire me. I will still aspire to obtain fun collaborations and ones that fit my brand but I will not make that my main focus anymore. I read this quote the other day and it made me smile: “Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation.”  I’m starting to believe as one does the best they can with everything that they have the right opportunities will come their way. I believe this year can be a huge year of opportunity, I just need to keep on keeping on and mostly keep being me!
Let’s talk about this dress for a moment! I discovered this amazing LA based brand right before Christmas! I was SO excited to collaborate with them for my 2 year anniversary blog post!! All of their pieces are designed by Christy (founder and owner), they hand pick fabric and have seamstresses to carry out the vision: “Our number one priority is the quality of our pieces. We rely heavily on the skill of our seamstresses. We sacrifice speed for precision, paying a premium for the most talented sewers in the city. We believe the best way to make a superior dress is to treat the people making the dresses with respect and dignity. All of our people are payed a living wage and treated as important members of the team. The next time you put on you Christy Dawn dress, take a moment to appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making it.”  I love this local brand and I urge you to check them out here.
Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart for being a dedicated reader! Many of you have stuck around as I had mentioned earlier and I am proud to say that my blog page views have miraculously doubled this year! Hoping to grow the Ruthie Ridley Blog family in 2017!! Happy New Year!!
Photos by: Sarah Schweyer

76 Comments

  1. Toby January 2, 2017 / 7:08 am

    ruthie!! congratulations on your bloganniversary you are such an inspiration to me as a mom and your general personality! you look absolutly stunning in these pictures and i am so happy i got to know you through stylecollective! xx toby http://www.poshandspicy.com

  2. April January 2, 2017 / 7:09 am

    Happy 2 year blog anniversary! You look so beautiful in this dress and these pictures if you are stunning !love this post because of your honesty. Blogging is so hard and it’s so easy to get caught up in being successful when really it’s the journey that is the most gratifying aspect of blogging. I am so happy to of met friends like you!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

  3. alexafederico January 2, 2017 / 7:24 am

    Congrats on your 2 years! I am at about a year and a half and I agree, it can be hard not to compare to others. I am hoping I will grow more in 2017!

  4. Jeanne Magyar January 2, 2017 / 7:25 am

    God Bless you and your family, I have enjoyed reading your posts and pictures. A truly great way to stay in touch.

  5. Elda January 2, 2017 / 7:33 am

    Blessings to your family and career endeavors! I really enjoy your humility as you share what’s on your heart and your faith. Thank you for all the fun styles you share it encourages me to find stylish clothing that feels comfortable yet looks amazing!

  6. Adrienne A. Brown January 2, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Yes, I agree, blogging is very time consuming and involved.Yet, I do want to be transparent and compassionate. As I build my blog these are the characteristics I want to put forth. Thanks for the post, BTW you look beautiful!.

  7. Leah Lowe January 2, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Gorgeous photos, love your floral crown!! BIG CONGRATS on your two year blogiversary!! I’m only 6 months in and constantly still learning, growing, and realizing just how much work it really is!

    x – Leah
    http://www.ellemaebloom.com

  8. Azanique S. Rawl January 2, 2017 / 7:38 am

    Happy two-year anniversary! I’m a new blogger so this is super inspiring to read about someone who has been through the beginner struggles. Congrats on all your success <3

  9. Jaime Cittadino January 2, 2017 / 7:45 am

    Happy New Year friend! So happy for you and all of your success! And can we discuss your makeup here?!!! You look incredible!

  10. Megan Wilson January 2, 2017 / 7:56 am

    What a stunning post! Congratulations on your successes! I’m excited to follow along in 2017!

  11. Rhoda January 2, 2017 / 8:06 am

    Happy new year and congrats on 2 years!

  12. Nicole Leffew January 2, 2017 / 8:19 am

    This is why you are so successful Ruthie because you are amazing! You are so right I need to stop comparing myself to others and focus on what God thinks. Thank you for everything you have done for me I look up to you so much! You look beautiful in these pictures too xoxo

  13. Sarah Jean January 2, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Congrats on making it to two years! I’m a little farther than that and it’s an exciting time.

  14. Aida Rodriguez January 2, 2017 / 8:42 am

    Congratulations on 2 years! Happy 2017 to you and yours!
    XO, Aida @mylifeinmascara

  15. monicaramos January 2, 2017 / 10:35 am

    Beautiful beautiful post! So well thought out I love it! 🙂 <3

  16. Andrea Bai January 2, 2017 / 12:04 pm

    Happy blogiversary! One of my goals for this year is to write more personal blog posts. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in deadlines and collaborations that it’s nice to just get down to the heart of it all.

    Glam Hungry Mom

  17. Jessica January 2, 2017 / 12:51 pm

    Happy Anniversary love!! You blog is so inspirational and I have to say that it’s my favorite!! I do tend to compare myself a lot but I’m not going to give up!! Thank you for this amazing post!!

  18. Willow January 2, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    Congrats on two years! That’s how long I have been blogging too. I agree that if I would have known how much work blogging would be, I don’t know if I would have started, but it has become a passion project and I wouldn’t change a thing!

  19. Ashley DTKAustin January 2, 2017 / 12:59 pm

    Congrats on 2 amazing years!! I cant wait to see what 2017 has in store for you!!

  20. sarah January 2, 2017 / 2:28 pm

    2 years, congrats girly that is SOO exciting.

  21. Blaire January 2, 2017 / 3:19 pm

    YAY!!! 2 years going strong! I’m so excited to jump on board as you hit this exciting landmark! You’re truly one of a kind!!!!!

  22. Anna English January 2, 2017 / 3:42 pm

    Happy 2 year Ruthie! What a wonderful way to celebrate, this look is stunning on you!

  23. Ana Prodanovic January 2, 2017 / 3:56 pm

    You are a true bohemian babe! I love the hairpiece.

    anaprodanovich.com

  24. Lee Anne January 2, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Congratulations on year two! I love reading your blog and seeing your gorgeous photos, heres to many more successful years!

    XO
    Lee Anne
    http://www.lifebylee.com

  25. lovelyyoubymolly January 2, 2017 / 6:27 pm

    Congrats Ruthie! I have enjoyed following along with you and I can’t wait to see another year of growth for you! I love your genuine heart. ❤️

  26. Mariam (The Petite Bijou) January 2, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I have loved watching your blog grow and you do amazing things! Keep up the wonderful work, Ruthie!

    xo Mariam | http://www.thepetitebijou.com

  27. Kwame January 2, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary! It’s a tremendous achievement. Also, you look great in that dress.

  28. Ali Rost January 2, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Many congratulations in your 2nd year anniversary! I’m loving the dress .. what a beautiful color 🙂

  29. Ashleigh January 2, 2017 / 7:52 pm

    Congrats on the two years having this amazing blog!! I also just celebrated my two years and it felt great! Wonderful Job!!!!

  30. Jessica Sheppard January 2, 2017 / 8:47 pm

    I’m so excited for you and celebrate this huge milestone, such a ginormous accomplishment! Thank you for not giving up and for your determination to “go for it.” You inspire me and countless others by being yourself and opening up the pages of your life. Love this stunning shoot to celebrate your blogiversary…every detail is exquisite! LOVE this post!

  31. xoxobellablog January 2, 2017 / 9:12 pm

    Happy blog birthday babe!!! U am so happy I have followed you along on your journey! You are so kind and such a wonderful lady. I am looking forward to everything you do this year.

  32. Raluca Loteanu January 2, 2017 / 9:23 pm

    Congratulations on your two years of blogging! I wish you a New Year with a lot of new great posts! I totally agree that the readers want to see authenticity and uniqueness, these things are the ones that make them return on the blog again and again.

  33. Elizabeth Ann January 3, 2017 / 1:19 am

    Happy blogiversary! Two years is awesome!! Also, I love everything about your outfit. That crown is such a fun accessory!

  34. Melinda W. January 3, 2017 / 4:43 am

    Congrats Ruthie! You look amazing in that dress! I’m so happy for you! I loved reading about your journey so far and the way you gave an honest glimpse into yours. I’ve been considering blogging for some time now and reading this made me want to give it a go even more!

  35. Stephanie January 3, 2017 / 6:59 am

    Happy blogiversary, friend! I’m so excited for you that God has given you the gifts and ability to keep up with this blogging thing for two years! I certainly know that takes so much work and you simultaneously work and mother beautiful children, which is incredible! Major props to you for your dedication!! Here’s to many more fantastic years!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  36. Alicia January 3, 2017 / 7:00 am

    “You are defined by what’s inside of you” — Couldn’t agree more babe!! It’s so important to remember that and not let comparisons / numbers get you down. Nothing ever feels like enough so you need something to keep you grounded!

    I also can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for 2 years – I thought it was so much longer. You’re doing an amazing job girl so keep doing what you’re doing 🙂

    Alicia xx
    http://www.golivexplore.com

  37. Anna Cobbs January 3, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Happy 2 year blogiversary!!!! Love your hair piece!!

  38. Meggan January 3, 2017 / 11:36 am

    happy 2 year gorgeous!

  39. AlwaysReiding January 3, 2017 / 10:03 pm

    Congratulations on the Anniversary.
    I adore these pictures–they are absolutely perfect, and the dress is fabulous! Thanks for supporting local business.

  40. Alexandra January 4, 2017 / 3:08 am

    Congrats on two years, amazing photography.

  41. Sumana Mohan January 4, 2017 / 8:14 am

    Such a lovely post! I started blogging 3 months ago and I agree with you that its hard work. But I’m loving how it brings out all the creativity in me and when I put together one blog post it’s almost like I gave something life. Heh.

    Keep up the awesome work!

  42. Komal January 4, 2017 / 8:20 am

    Congrats! You are a bohemian goddess!

  43. Erica Gwynn January 4, 2017 / 9:42 am

    YAAAAAAAS Ruthie, you just dropped all the truth bombs! It’s not about money or numbers or the “more” – it’s about HIS plan for us. Amen x a million, + CONGRATS on 2 years!

    Coming Up Roses

  44. Marie January 4, 2017 / 9:42 am

    HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!! I am going onto my 1st one this month. Very beautiful pictures and congrats!

  45. Jenna January 4, 2017 / 12:09 pm

    Congratulations Ruthie! Thank you for sharing a look at your journey through 2016 and I can’t wait to see what you have in store for 2017!

    Cheers, J
    http://www.cheersj.com

  46. Annissa January 4, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    Congratulations! What a milestone! The dress is beautiful and the color is perfect on you.

  47. Ashleigh January 4, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    Happy 2 year Bloggerversary!! You pictures are gorgeous and I love that orange dress!! I also just celebrated my 2 years. Keep up the wonderful blogging work!!

  48. Jenna at Boston Chic Party January 4, 2017 / 6:11 pm

    Happy Blogiversary Ruthie! What you wrote here is so true- comparisons to others is no way to go through life, gotta be yourself. These photos are so dreamy, girl- I can’t get enough of that floral crown! Oh and has anyone ever told you that orange is your color?? Because you look amazing!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

  49. Erin January 4, 2017 / 9:16 pm

    Happy blogiversary! 😉 You are always such an inspiration and I love reading your posts. You look absolutely beautiful in today’s post, as you always do. The dress is so pretty and I love the matching eyeshadow. Keep up the great work and I cannot wait to see where you go in 2017. Wishing you the most successful year yet!
    erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com

  50. Meaghan January 5, 2017 / 7:13 am

    Eeeekkkk!!!! Happy Blogiversary Ruthie! You are absolutely stunning in this dress, makeup, and flower crown. This might possibly be one of my favorite looks on you! I’m so proud of you with all you’ve accomplished and even more honored to call you “friend”. Cheers to a fabulous year xx

  51. Laina Turner January 5, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    Congrats and I LOVE that orange dress. You keep doing the amazing things you’re doing.

  52. Logan January 5, 2017 / 12:44 pm

    Congratulations on 2 years! You look so beautiful!

  53. Gennifer Rose January 5, 2017 / 1:41 pm

    Congratulations on your 2-year anniversary! I’m a big fan of your blog! The wreath crown in this blog post is just too perfect, love it!

    xo Gennifer
    http://www.GenniferRose.com

  54. tisha January 6, 2017 / 12:18 am

    You look gorgeous! Congratulations on your 2 years! More successful blog years ahead. You totally deserve it. You blog is lovely.

  55. sveeteskapes January 6, 2017 / 12:53 pm

    Congrats on your two year Blogiversary! you look gorgeous in that beautiful dress, that flower crown is so pretty and perfect for the occasion.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  56. Meileilan January 6, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Happy anniversary . I love your dress. So beautiful.

  57. Joe Forrest January 7, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Congrats on your anniversary! Beautiful pictures as well and I wish you the best for 2017!

  58. Nicole @ Work|Wear|Wander January 7, 2017 / 11:10 am

    Happy blogiversary, Ruthie!!! It’s been so fun following your journey, and I can’t wait for many more posts to come. I love that floral crown!!!

  59. Michelle Catallo January 7, 2017 / 9:50 pm

    It is difficult to not compare yourself to others, I myself just started into the blogging world and am focusing on only comparing myself to myself’s goals. Huge congratulations on your Blogiversary & a cheers to many more! P.S. The dress is beautiful and your smile is stunning!

  60. nha January 8, 2017 / 12:37 am

    Congrats love! Amazing style and love this dress. keep it up xx

  61. Lanae Bond January 8, 2017 / 9:55 am

    Congrats on your two year anniversary! I love your pictures and your outfit is so wonderful. I cannot wait to see what you have plan for your blog in the future.

  62. Rachel January 8, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    Congrats! That’s soooo exciting. I’m just starting out and have a long way to go until I hit 2 years. So great for you. By the way, your eye shadow is gorgeous!

  63. Dia Darling January 8, 2017 / 7:04 pm

    Blogging really is an amazing world. Happy Anniversary!

  64. Abby January 8, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    Happy two years anniversary! It’s amazing how much fun we have with blogging that we don’t evne realize we’ve been doing it for years. Wish you more blog success!

    Abby of Life in the Fash Lane

  65. Dashing Darlin' January 12, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    shutupppp….. I LOVE everything about this post.. the colors and your makeup are FINEEE!!! Your heart and your growth and of course your beautiful face!!!!!!!! Cheers to so many more amazing opportunities ahead for you!!!!

    xoxo,
    Angelle Marix
    http://www.dashingdarlin.com

  66. Jen Frick January 13, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Happy belated blogiversary my sweet friend! I can totally relate about comparing myself to others and always wanting MORE. But you said it best – “The one thing I came away with this year is that you are not defined by numbers, collaborations or opportunities, you are defined by what’s inside of you and who God says you are.” After a blogging hiatus, I’m so excited to get back into blogging with content I feel passionate about! Thank you for being kind, supportive, inspiring, and most importantly, YOU! Love you!! xoxo

    Jen | MrsJenFrick.com

  67. Debbie Savage January 20, 2017 / 8:51 am

    Ruthie! Happy Happy 2nd Blog Anniversary to you! Wow, I thought you were blogging forever! It is outstanding that you have blog for such a short amount of time and have experienced so much opportunities and blessings! I really resonated with your blog post. I am so thankful you shared your thoughts about your connection with God. I want to same for myself. It is difficult to not compare. I understand that too. Realizing that I am an instrument in His hands allows me to focus on being the best version of me so I can inspire other women to shine. I would love the opportunity of meeting you one day! Thank you for being my virtual friend and Style Collective Sister! Keep up the fantastic work!
    xo Debbie | http://www.tothineownstylebetrue.com

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