Thankful Thursdays: You

Thankful Thursdays is back and it’s all thanks to you!

I’m thankful to you, the one reading this very post.

I often think about you.

I wonder where you are reading this. I wonder if you are still in your pyjamas reading this before you start your day, with a cup of steaming coffee, or are you a tea drinker, like me? Are you reading it on your phone or on your computer/laptop? I wonder if you read this when you arrive at the office, or do you read on your lunch break?  Is it a part of your daily routine, or do you binge read blogs on the weekend, like you do a TV series?

I wonder where in the world you are? London? America? Europe? Australia? I wonder which part of South Africa you’re from and if your internet connection opens my sometimes-photo-heavy posts quickly enough.

I wonder if you’re a mom, a dad, if you’re a teenager in high school, perhaps a university student and I wonder what you’re studying and what you’re hoping to achieve. I wonder if you’re in the working world and if you’re enjoying doing what you’re doing?

I wonder if you’re single, in a relationship, if you’ve just fallen in love, out of love – are you happy?

I share so much of my life with you and that’s why I wonder who you are, reading Vanilla Blonde – my personal journal. I love that I get to choose what to share and have given you the tiny little keys to my diary. I also love taking trips down memory lane and being reminded of things I’ve done or how far I’ve come, by going back into VB’s Archives.

I wonder how many of you have been reading since the very beginning, how many of you have gone through my different relationships, gone through my career building, read my highs and my lows. I wonder how many of you sporadically read, dipping in and dipping out.

Yes, I have Google Analytics and I can see most of this, but I don’t see you as a stat, a number… it’s so much more than that. I might wonder about who you are, what your hobbies are and what makes you tick, because I see you as a friend. I hope that’s how it comes across when I share a new recipe, or a beauty find, fashion find, or share an experience.

I’m so thankful for the comments you leave me. They make me feel like this isn’t a one-sided letter and I hope you know that I don’t see the comments as validation for a post, like some blogs have become. For me, it’s the friendship, the community and that’s what I’m very thankful for.surround.jpg




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  • Reply Elana Shaw

    busy reading this why my grade 10 Science are writing a test hahaha

    May 19, 2016 at 7:31 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      No ways! That’s amazing… See? I would have never known that and now it’s something I’ll think about when I’m posting! Thank you for reading! xxx

      May 19, 2016 at 7:33 am
  • Reply Yiota

    I have read your posts religiously from the very beginning (can you say addict ;)).
    I am at work right now looking for a bit of inspiration that I always seem to find in your posts….thank you for a great blog!

    May 19, 2016 at 7:40 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Wow Yiota, that’s really special! Thank you – it means the world!! xxx

      May 19, 2016 at 8:12 am
  • Reply Megan Hartwig

    Glad you could find some positive this Thursday! I am also so thankful for your Thankful Thursday posts! It reminds me to remove my ‘Negative Nancy’ glasses and try and find some positive in the world!

    May 19, 2016 at 8:08 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Megan – I have a feeling you’re a glass half full person 🙂 x

      May 19, 2016 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Antoinette

    Having a quiet day at the office so reading your post was enlightening.

    May 19, 2016 at 8:48 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Awesome! Thanks Antoinette! Hope you have a wonderful day x

      May 19, 2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Shereen

    Thanks Bailey, always find your posts inspiring.

    May 19, 2016 at 8:49 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thanks Shereen – that really means a lot to me! x

      May 19, 2016 at 8:53 am
  • Reply Kammi

    I check in around lunch time with a cup of tea, daily, for a couple of years now. It’s my break from figures and contracts 🙂 We are currently busy with the process of immigration and it’s stressful and tiring and an emotional roller coaster. This little spot here, it’s my ray of sunshine in a busy life, and will continue to be when I read from New Zealand 🙂

    May 19, 2016 at 9:38 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Kammi, I’m so happy to read this! Wow! You’re really going through an exciting / stressful period – it will all be worth it in the end. Just remember – you are exactly where you’re supposed to be 😉 New Zealand is apparently beautiful – I have a some friends who live there and they rave about it! Good luck with the move and I’m thrilled to hear I’ll have you reading there! x

      May 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply SHARON

    I read your blog while eating my lunch 🙂 You are like an older daughter who feeds me with her daily inspirations. I love how positive you always are!

    May 19, 2016 at 10:28 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      What a beautiful thing to say Sharon! Thank YOU x

      May 19, 2016 at 3:03 pm
  • Reply Zacha van Wyk

    I am reading this in my office, away from my family, friends and my beloved. I recently discovered your blog and i love it! It’s my go to place now. Been working as a social worker for the past year, in a rural area, somewhere in the Green Kalahari. Just a small town girl with the spirit of a city girl. I guess following your journey is keeping my city girl spirit alive. I miss Cape Town and Stellenbosch where i studied for 4 years. Thinking of packing up my bags and moving back to Cape Town. Thank you for feeding my city girl spirit.

    May 19, 2016 at 10:32 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Zacha, I’m so happy you’re new to my blog! Wow, you do some really special and hard work – you should be proud of yourself! I love your description – “small town girl with the spirit of a city girl” – that’s the best of both worlds! xx

      May 19, 2016 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Janine

    Reading this while taking a “smoke break” at work. I check in everyday to see if there is a new blog post and have to admit I’m slightly disappointed when there isn’t one. Very off the topic, but today whilst applying my mascara, I remember reading one of your older blogs where you posted that when you’re going out and you don’t put makeup on, you always apply mascara – and that has kinda stuck – one of Bailey’s Beauty Tips! Just thought I would let you know :).

    May 19, 2016 at 10:54 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Janine! That’s so cool ! You’ve made my day! Thank you for letting me know! x

      May 19, 2016 at 3:06 pm
  • Reply Zoe Pedersen

    This is part of my daily read….whenever I get a gap so it’s either in the morning….between meetings, emails or general frantic madness! Started reading your blog and then you voiced a youtube ad for a client of mind [remember MySmartKid?!] and meeting you in person converted me to a daily reader!! Love your blog. You inspire me to find the beauty in my daily life so thank you.

    May 19, 2016 at 11:12 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Zoe! I remember you, of course! This makes my heart so happy and I really appreciate that you read! THIS: “You inspire me to find the beauty in my daily life so thank you” …made me do a happy dance, so thank YOU!

      May 19, 2016 at 3:24 pm
  • Reply Tanya

    I’m reading this post on my couch in Pretoria but I usually read your blog in the mornings with a cup of coffee. Thank you for listening to your readers and bringing Thankful Thursdays back. I have been reading your blog for a long time and love having a glimpse into your world!

    May 19, 2016 at 12:27 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Love this Tanya! I’m so glad I was reminded about this – I don’t even know why it stopped, but I’m happy it’s back too – I enjoy writing them! I appreciate you reading and I love it when I see a comment from you x

      May 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm
  • Reply Danica

    I’m reading this post before tackling some household chores looking for some energy and inspiration. I had withdrawal symptoms when you got quiet around your wedding and honeymoon. Thank you for adding beauty to my world and most of the time for hitting the nail on the head when I need inspiration. I read your post about interview “guidelines” around the time I went for a job interview (I got the job!!!), so thank you… It is sometimes as if you are peering over my shoulder as you type your posts specially for me. I wish you as much beauty and love you give this world, you are sich a beautiful soul xx

    May 19, 2016 at 6:08 pm
  • Reply Sally

    Hi Bailey, reading this while at work. I have a patient in labour so she is actually doing all the work and I am catching up on your always inspiring blog. Let me get back to her. Thank you xx

    May 20, 2016 at 11:47 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      No ways, Sally! Haha! This made me laugh! So what did your patient have? A little boy or girl? What a rewarding career you have! x

      May 20, 2016 at 1:41 pm
  • Reply Keri

    Lovely xxx

    May 20, 2016 at 1:39 pm
  • Reply Lauren

    You have a reader in Japan who eagerly awaits a new post!

    May 21, 2016 at 9:42 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Wow Lauren! That’s awesome! What’s it like living in Japan? Must be amazing – do you have a blog? X

      May 21, 2016 at 9:51 am
  • Reply michelle

    I can’t wait for new posts, have been following u from the beginning. So please keep them coming.

    May 23, 2016 at 1:49 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Thank you Michelle! That’s really special to know x

      May 23, 2016 at 1:58 pm
  • Reply Simone

    I used to read your blog at work while I wait for my morning coffee to kick but its now been due to stricter security so I catch up in the evenings on my tablet in bed. I love your Life Lately and beauty posts. Keep up the great writing 🙂

    May 24, 2016 at 3:40 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Simone… I’m so glad you enjoy reading and that you didn’t stop because of the strict security rules! Day made! x

      May 24, 2016 at 7:57 pm
  • Reply hayley

    I read your blog all the way from Botswana… and i love it. Today it’s a chilly day and i am tucked in under a blanket playing catch up on the posts i have missed!

    May 27, 2016 at 10:43 am
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Oh wow Hayley! What is Botswana like? I’ve never been, but I’ve heard beautiful things! Enjoy being snuggled under the blanket – it’s the best! Thank you for reading x

      May 27, 2016 at 10:57 am

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