follower milestone

800 (?!?!?!)

Hi lovelies!

WE'RE AT 800 FOLLOWERS AHHHHHHH I CANNOT CONTAIN MY EXCITEMENT RIGHT NOW WHAT IS EVEN HAPPENING

(Okay, deep breaths, Topaz. Deeeeeep breaths.)

So as you can hopefully tell by the title of this post and the caps lock situation up there, we are at 800 followers and I'm not-so-internally freaking out. As usual, this post is late - I'm even worse at checking my stats on this website than the old blog, since the followers aren't displayed under the Subscribe button. So, like the totally incompetent marketing person I am, I only thought to check my stats after Tanvi and I had a conversation on this very topic. :P (Oh, and by the way, may I just interrupt my little celebration to say - Tanvi's a pretty cool person! You should totally go check out her blog because her photography's beyond gorgeous and also she just hit 100 followers so we can celebrate together! :D)

But yes, it's our first follower milestone on the new website, and no matter how many times this happens I'm totally shocked and bowled over by how far we've come. (Case in point: I may or may not have screamed. Literally. Hachii is staring at me like I just grew tentacles.)

I've discovered so many incredible people through this website, so as always, I just want to say thank you so much. I feel a bit redundant saying this yet again (for the 8th time now!!), but I so love every single one of you and I'd be nowhere without all your support. You're the best friends I could ever want. Thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for coming along on this crazy/weird/hopefully fun adventure - it means the world that you've decided to tag along! xx

love, Topaz

Heyyyy, we're at 600!

Hey guys! Well, it's our last day in New York! Our time here has basically flown by - seriously, I've had SO much fun. New York is one of my new favourite places ever. ;) After my last post we got to go see Wicked, which I'd already seen once before in Singapore, but I can definitely say that it was even better on Broadway. :D And we also stopped by some colleges and did a couple of tours - since we hardly ever come to the US, it was good to take that opportunity. New York is so different from Singapore (can somebody who's American please tell me: WHERE is the logic in having all green money?! Seriously, you can't FIND any of the bills! :P ), and it's been lovely exploring all that it has to offer, but I'm quite excited to go to Washington DC and, eventually, California. My housing arrangement info has come in for Stanford as well, so that's great!

Perhaps the one complaint I do have about NYC, though: in the entire time I've been here, I've had... maybe an hour and a half to write, total. IT'S NOT ENOUGH I TELL YOU. I haven't written this little in basically as long as I can remember, and it's kind of driving me insane. :P It feels like Frozen Hearts is following me everywhere - I need to work on it! It's ridiculously frustrating! Thank goodness for my notebooks, though - I've had quite a few ideas for stories, poetry, and songs, so I have been writing those down. ;) And on a plus note, I finally thought of a title that I'm happy with for one of my WIPs (not the sequel to FH, but a different one) - as we all know, I'm horrible at titles, so this is a major victory. :D

ALSO! The blog hit 600 followers! This post is probably way too late (I haven't actually been checking my stats at all since I left Singapore), but regardless, I'm as excited and humbled as ever to hit this amazing milestone. :D To all those of you who've found my ramblings to be worthy of reading: thank you. Thank you. THANK YOU. You guys are the best friends I could ever hope to have and I'm so grateful to each and every one of you - whether you're a more silent reader or someone who comments on every post, you have all made this experience wonderful. I love you all to the moon and back! <3

love, Topaz

500?!

Hi, lovelies! So. This happened.

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I try not to get all sniffly and sentimental in posts like this, but alas, I generally fail, because I actually cannot thank you guys enough for following this blog, and for liking and commenting on my posts, and for making me feel so loved in the Wordpress community. I've spoken to countless incredibly inspiring bloggers, made some of my best friends, and had so many wonderful discussions with everyone on here. To all of you who read my blog daily, who comment on each of my posts faithfully, who write your own posts that make me laugh and cry and wonder and imagine - you guys have no idea how much I look forward to talking to you everyday. Thank you for putting up with my rants and sticking with me even through the bad days. Thank you for celebrating with me and for giving me advice when I need it most. Thank you for the awards you've nominated me for. Thank you for all the times you've encouraged me. Thank you for the community that you've fostered, not only on this blog, but on every single one of your own.

I've said this before and I will undoubtedly say it again, but to every single one of the 500 people who have deemed my blog a worthwhile thing to read and to enjoy: thank you all from the bottom of my heart. For everything. xx

love, Topaz