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Chocolate’n’Waffles Is Five Years Old! #Giveaway #Blogiversary #Milestone

I have been wondering what this book should be about for a full week now. An assessment of my 2020? Of the last five years? A guide to my favorite books since I started blogging? A simpler new year post? All about me? Ha!

All of the above?

To find inspiration, I went back to January 2016 and read my very first post. Then I had light bulb moment. Why not update this old post? Let’s see what has changed!

I could say Iโ€™m an English student.

*insert laughter* Wow, a lot has changed here! Five years ago, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, but I was happy to study languages. The previous months had showed me I could handle 35 hours of classes a week, a student job, a dog to love and take care of, a life in a different country… before I hit a wall called agoraphobia. I owe this bump in the road where I am today.

Am I still a student? No, but I graduated from university with a Bachelor in English and Japanese applied to Business, and later got my degree in Publishing. Not too shabby! In the meantime I discovered there was a career to be had within the book world, and a place for me in the UK.

Today I am a Social Media Manager, and an Editorial and Marketing Assistant. I guess I’m an adult! … Only a few hours a day.

I could tell you I am French.

Well, I am still French!

Did I mention the fact I am a girl?

Still true, too!

My dog is the love of my life, I am (sometimes) funny, always working (whatโ€™s a day off?), awesome and crazy.

Ha, a bit of change!

I am still always working, I’m still awesome, and still crazy ๐Ÿคฃ But I now have two doggies, the best things that ever happened to me.

What else?

When I created Chocolate’n’Waffles, I thought I’d throw a bit of everything here. Some cooking, some reading, some beauty stuff. It turned out differently, as my content is 99% boookish. But looking back, I am proud to also have added posts about mental health, and a positivity feature that always makes me smile. But reaching five years of blogging is more than just about blogging… Does this even make sense??? It does to me!

What have I learned in the last five years?

  • Don’t settle for less.
  • There are ways to handle your self-sabotaging.
  • Flying is the best form of transport.
  • Better alone than with bad company.
  • Blogging is great, as long as you remember it is your hobby, not a job!
  • Friendships are the gold that make life shine.
  • Challenges are not meant to bring me down, but teach me to test what I believe are my limits.
  • I can’t live without Taylor Swift songs.
  • My reading with grow with me, and help me grow.
  • Running is actually fun.
  • I don’t have unlimited energy, so I must choose wisely.
  • Have fun.
  • We are constantly changing, and it’s up to us to decide where to go next.
  • Bookstagram is fun.
  • There is no such thing as too many books.
  • Don’t dwell on your mistakes, learn from them.

Not too bad. Do I’m proud to say HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY to me! And THANK YOU to everyone who is on this journey with me. Everything would be less fun without you, guys. Bloggers, authors, friends, I’m lucky to have met amazing people, and I’m grateful for your kindness and support.

Oh, this post is too long!

Wait, one more thing!

We can’t pretend 2020 was easy, but I am worried. Everyone is relieved 2021 is here, and I’m with you, but… Let’s not put too much pressure on this new year, or we will end up disappointed. Why not simply see what’s coming our way? I don’t have expectations for this new chapter, I’m only hoping it will be kinder to everyone. And filled with books, obviously!

Okay, I’m done! Now for the fun thing!

Giveaway time! My first giveaway without any affiliation to a publisher or company! (saying this as if I’ve been doing so many giveaways!)

To thank you for still being here, new or old friend, you can win a book of your choice (up to ยฃ10) as long as Book Depository ships to your country!

(sorry, European friends, Brexit means the website has cancelled all possibilities to ship to the EU ๐Ÿ˜ญ)

Simply go check my pinned tweet!

103 thoughts on “Chocolate’n’Waffles Is Five Years Old! #Giveaway #Blogiversary #Milestone”

  1. Happy Blogiversary Meggy! Five years is awesome and it seems like you have come a long way since then. Keep blogging, keep smiling. I love your Positivity Wave! I am glad I found you and now have my own Positivity Post each week. You inspired me.

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  2. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY MEGGY! I remember when we still all used to know you as the infamous Donna ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am so glad you found your footing and things and passions to love these past years. Here’s to many more years in the community! โค

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      1. Aww I’m really glad we ‘met’ too! โ˜บ๏ธ I remember when I first came across your blog. It was when you Donna, so years ago! I was a baby blogger and I was so intimidated by all your words! You were a real blogger and I couldn’t believe you were replying to me! ๐Ÿ˜‚ xxx

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  3. Happy Blogiversary! So happy you’re here!

    I also can’t stop flailing about Taylor Swift, even though I hate how it makes me feel basic >.< I am OBSESSED with Evermore right now. I swear it plays in my head while I'm sleeping.

    I love this time of year and the way it encourages so much reflection and gratitude for where we've been and where we are now. I'm coming back to blogging, so I look forward to seeing more of your posts this year โค

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  4. Happy New Year, and happy blogversary as well, Sweetie! And hereโ€™s hoping you celebrate many more. Youโ€™ve come a long way, and should be so proud of your achievements especially the inspiration you bring to all of us, daily. Itโ€™s been an honour to get to know you, and to share in a part of your journey, and Iโ€™m looking forward to seeing where 2021 takes us. ๐Ÿ’•

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  5. Happy blogiversary Meggy! It has been fun following you on your journey so far (even if I weren’t with you from the beginning) and I hope you have many amazing blogging years ahead of you!

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  6. Hello, new subscriber. I’m from Canada but now on the Isle of Man. Congratulations for 5 years blogging abd finding your niche. I look forward to reading your blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. Happy Blogiversary! Awesome milestone ๐ŸŽˆ I like your list of what you have learnt from the last five years – I would say my list would comprise of much the same points! Gotta love Swifty songs ๐ŸŽถ

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  8. I am a new friend and thanks for the chance at a giveaway. So often we in Australia are excluded from a chance to win a book:)

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  9. Happy Blogiversary! It has been fun watching your journey and seeing you develop into the confident sparkling young woman you are today! Have a great New Year, whatever it brings. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. It’s not brexit cancelling shipping to EU, it’s the UK having dangerous covid cases and EU having precautions for the time being. It’s a temporary thing.

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    1. From Book dispository home page: Delivery restrictions may apply should there be a trade disruption by the changing relationship between the UK and the EU. We are constantly reviewing our estimated delivery times but in some instances parcels may be delivered later than originally advised.

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  11. Happy Blogiversary!! I would totally agree that there is no such thing as too many books, I buy them all the time & love them all, I have nowhere near enough time to read them all but buying them & Judy looking at my bookshelves makes me happy – I do love reading through & listening to books on my journies to work ( that are few & far between at the moment!!!)

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  12. YAYYYY! Happy blogoversary Meggy, I’m so happy for you! And thank you so much for the giveaway, that’s so lovely of you ๐Ÿ™‚
    Megan S.

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    1. Congratulations !! I’m happy for your achievements. It makes me want to start my own blog too! ๐Ÿ™‚ More blogs and reviews to come.

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  13. Congratulations on 5yrs ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

    Just what I needed an uplifting blog. After being in shielding lockdown since March. Hubby and I not leaving the house unless for medical reasons. Books have been my lifeline my way to escape in to the pages of a fabulous story…

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  14. Congratulations on all you’ve achieved in those 5 years Meggy. You’ve come so far. You still have that Donna attitude in you but now you have that Meggy confidence. I’m so proud of you.
    And thanks for sharing a great giveaway with us.
    Here’s to a hopefully good year ahead. I like that you add no pressure. ๐Ÿ’• just hope.
    Amanda xx

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