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The End of an Era.

So, here we are. I can't believe it has been 5 years of Chelle Belle. I started this page at the age of 16, still at school doing my GCSEs. I thought it would be a great creative outlet, where I could write for pleasure but also have some sort of impact on readers. I had no niche in mind, just lots of random ideas and a fire in me to publish them. Here I am now 22-years old, about to start my journey as an English teacher, a lot more grown-up, and a burning fire to find my next passion. 

I cannot thank you all enough for the support I've had over the years. Thank you for every post you've read, shared and commented on. I never would have thought this blog would reach the lengths it has. I mean, over 65,000 reads....INSANE. 

This page has been a huge part of my life growing into the woman I have become and even though I won't be posting anymore content, I know it will be a huge contribution to the woman I'll become from now. I've had the most amount of fun blogging and I've learnt so many things whilst doing it. I truly applaud every full time blogger out there, because believe me, it is not as easy as it seems. There is more to it than just writing and clicking publish. It takes so much time and effort to maintain a page like this, and I can only imagine it to be even more so when your bills are reliant on consistency. I've definitely slacked on posting over the past year or two due to other commitments, but I'm glad that I've had such an understanding community. 

I started this with no qualifications and you've witnessed me achieve my GCSEs, A-levels and now a Bachelors Degree. I started with just a few experiences, and now I have many more under my belt. I started with no views or followers and now I have a small community. A community I am immensely grateful for and I hope to stay in contact with on my other socials! 

Saying goodbye to this page almost feels like saying goodbye to my childhood self. With it being my 22nd birthday the day this goes up, it feels appropriate to end this era today. 

This page has been a form of therapy at times and I cannot put into words how much it has impacted my life in the most positive ways. I love reading old posts back and reflecting on who I was/where I was at the time of writing it. I also love seeing how much my mindset has evolved from the age of 16 to 22. Not just that, but my voice too. I always said I wanted this page to be more like a conversation rather than essays, and I really hope I did that justice. I hope it felt as personal to you as it did to me. 

I plan to leave all my posts up and I won't be deleting this page, so if you ever want to read some of them back again, feel free. I'll be right there with you. 

My tagline for this page was 'finding joy in the journey" and it's crazy how fitting it is. I really have, and once again I want to thank you for being a part of it. 

So, for the very last time.....

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x