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Since the first post in February 2012, Vintage Inspired Passionista has been a huge part of my life. Even before the blog, the idea of “being inspired by all things vintage” was in my soul as I played dress up in my mom’s closet. Now, on my 21st birthday, I look back at the 16-year-old me who started VIP almost 5 years ago, and I cannot help but want to get back to the passions that motivated me in the first place.

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A lot has happened in 5 years. I have moved 3 times, graduated from high school, started and graduated from community college, started a B.A. program at Emory & Henry College, interviewed people like Ty Pennington and Betsey Johnson, taken thousands of photos, written over 500 magazine and newspaper articles, styled fashion spreads and advertisements for local magazines, was the lead role in an independent film, was a lead actress in a theatre production, and posted over 1,000 blog articles. Phew! I am getting exhausted just thinking about it all *wink* What is so awesome about all of it is that all of it has been a wonderful blessing that has pushed me towards a bigger and ever-evolving dream. God is good all the time *praises to Him*

From working with Versona in Bristol, Tennessee on fall fashion, 2016.

Photo from working with Versona in Bristol, Tennessee for their fall fashion lookbook.

ย There have been a lot of times in my (almost) five-year journey with VIP (and even in my life outside the blog) where I have lost track of my mission, my goal, MY dream because I was so focused on the stats, following the trends, and trying to please everyone else. So, what is a girl to do when she is overwhelmed? She goes back to her roots.

I know my roots, and I cannot forget the journey I made.

Maria Sharapova

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Now, I just want to say a big THANK YOU to all of my readers, patrons, and supporters because I wouldn’t be where I am today or be able to continue this journey without all of your love and support. There are no words to describe how wonderful it is not only having the blog in my life, but also all of you โ™ฅ *clinks glass*ย 

Stay Fabulous,

Abby Hathorn

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One thought on “Cheers to Being 21 & Bringing Back Vintage Vibes

  1. Happy Birthday! It has been fun to watch you grow over the past 5 years! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

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