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International Label Day 2013

International Label Day is a holiday that was founded right here in WordPress, based on a Daily Post prompt, in 2012. It is a holiday that celebrates the words that we choose to let shape us, the subcultures we are proud to be part of, and the surprising meaning of the labels we all choose for ourselves.Β  Some of us are immediately drawn to a single word, others find a mantra, and still others have a combination of words that co-exist with each other.

This holiday is a glimpse into the labels that you might not see at a glance, or even a second or third look.Β  Yet, they are the important labels — the ones that shape the how and why of us.

It takes a certain amount of strength to label yourself, so I ask that you send all of these lovely participants a good deal of rawr love!

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Arden from Musings of a Dancing Wino
Arden from Musings of a Dancing Wino

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Debbie from D.G.  Kaye
Debbie from D.G. Kaye

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Sreejit from The Seeker's Dungeon
Sreejit from The Seeker’s Dungeon

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Archie from A Journey Called Life
Archie from A Journey Called Life

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Cutter from The Cutter Rambles
Cutter from The Cutter Rambles

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Beth Ann from It's Just Life
Beth Ann from It’s Just Life

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Lori from Repressed Expressions
Lori from Repressed Expressions

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Glory from Glorious Mettle
Glory from Glorious Mettle

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Misha from Misha Burnett, Author
Misha from Misha Burnett, Author

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Misifusa from The Presents of Presence
Misifusa from The Presents of Presence

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TwinDaddy from StuphBlog
TwinDaddy from StuphBlog

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Becca from 25ToFly.com
Becca from 25ToFly.com

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Steph from She Said What?
Steph from She Said What?

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Marilyn at Serendipity
Marilyn at Serendipity

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Rose from RosieSmrtiePants
Rose from RosieSmrtiePants

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Mer from Knocked Over By a Feather
Mer from Knocked Over By a Feather

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Karen from Mended Musings
Karen from Mended Musings

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Katybeth from OddLovesCompany
Katybeth from OddLovesCompany

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Sheena from NotAPunkRocker
Sheena from NotAPunkRocker

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Laura from PhrogMom
Laura from PhrogMom

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Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life
Jenn from My Fibrotastic Life

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Lucy's from Lucy's Living Guide
Lucy’s from Lucy’s Living Guide

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Grayson at GraysonQueen.com
Grayson at GraysonQueen.com

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Jackie from To Breathe Is To Write
Jackie from To Breathe Is To Write

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"Call me a Kiwi-- but not a fruit or bird". Caron Dann at The Crayon Files
“Call me a Kiwi– but not a fruit or bird”. Caron Dann at The Crayon Files

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Melanie Jo from Melanie Jo Moore
Melanie Jo from Melanie Jo Moore

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Matticus from TheMatticusKingdom
Matticus from TheMatticusKingdom

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Benzeknees from Benzeknees
Benzeknees from Benzeknees

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Jennie from Tip of my Tongue
Jennie from Tip of my Tongue

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Andy from  Andy Kaufman
Andy from Andy Kaufman

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April from Life After Coffee
April from Life After Coffee

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Diving Into Motherhood with No Floaties
Diving Into Motherhood with No Floaties

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Shree from Heartsong's Blog
Shree from Heartsong’s Blog

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Kozo from PeaceInRelationships.com and EverydayGurus.com
Kozo from PeaceInRelationships.com and EverydayGurus.com

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CK from Who Ate The Daisies
CK from Who Ate The Daisies

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Amy from Maranto Photography
Amy from Maranto Photography

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E from A Sign Of Life
E from A Sign Of Life

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Allison from The Elusive Pair of Jeans
Allison from The Elusive Pair of Jeans

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Kelly via Are You Finished Yet
Kelly via Are You Finished Yet

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TJ from The Whimsy Art of TJ Lubrano
TJ from The Whimsy Art of TJ Lubrano

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Rara from Rarasaur.com
Rara from Rarasaur.com

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It’s not too late for you to participate. Just write your post and link it to this one, and I’ll add you to the list of celebrators. I will try to keep this updated with posts that are written to explain the labels, if the blogger has chosen to do so.

Or, you can help us celebrate by visiting at least 1 of the participators and wishing them a Happy Label Day! If you’re confused about a label, just ask– these are the things we’re happy to discuss, the words that make us the us that we want you to know.

Thank you for celebrating with us and being so supportive of those who have shared a part of themselves with you today!

P.S. No labels were rejected, so if you’re not here and you sent me something– check in with me and let me know!

P.P.S. The featured image of Google celebrating Label Day is just me having a bit of fun even though putting a label on someone else sort of defines the entire point of the holiday.Β  Hopefully, Google is understanding of my insanity.

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183 comments

    1. Thank you, Steph– isn’t it such a lovely thing to see when assembled? πŸ˜€ People are gorgeous, inside and out. Thank you for participating. πŸ™‚

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  1. Reblogged this on She Said What? and commented:
    It’s International Label Day! Come and check out my selfie and all the other great bloggers that submitted one of their own. What a beautiful project and a beautiful community. Thanks Rarasaur xx

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    1. πŸ™‚ That’s such a common opinion that I almost considered writing a few paragraphs of response. I’m a fan of the concept of a labeless society– but like I just told TwinDaddy the other day…it’s sort of a utopia argument. I guess it’s my practicality speaking, but I’d rather find a way to make labels positive or ones of our own choosing, then try to find a magical way to abolish them.

      Sometimes labels help us find the unique and special aspect of someone faster. And sometimes labels give us the opportunity to discuss the important matters, and share the important things. It doesn’t surprise me that, when asked to choose any label at all, no one chose a skin color or anything so small. We all very big labels on very individual people– and that’s something worth sharing, no? πŸ™‚

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      1. I have to disagree again. When did you ever see anybody label themeselves as ‘crashing bore’ or ‘sexist pig’ even though you know there must be people out there who are just that.
        It’s a bit like lonely hearts ads. I should know, cos I’ve used those.
        http://nobodysreadingme.wordpress.com/2012/12/17/the-perils-of-lonely-hearts-ads/
        They consist entirely of half truths and out and out lies masquerading as labels. The post was tongue in cheek but the message is serious. Given the chance a lot of people (not all people) will lie about themselves., or be terminally mistaken to the point of delusion.

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        1. I shouldn’t be replying since I haven’t had coffee yet… but…

          I’d have to disagree again, Duncan. Someone being a sexist pig doesn’t mean they aren’t an artist, possibly even a good one. Having one label does not discount another. No label shows the whole truth of a human, of course– but it’s a starting point. It doesn’t surprise me, for instance, that the bloggers who immediately answered my email for these were the ones I took an instant liking to. They gave me a place to a start– a clear indicator of the label they see when they look in the mirror. They’re proud of those things, and even if I don’t share the traits or the interest– I understand what it is to value a concept or word. Not saying other bloggers didn’t grow on me, but every single one of these folk was an instant follow the second I saw them.

          And of course, even if it turned out that they were crashing bores… I could have avoided them at a later date. But I find it’s human nature to assume everyone is a crashing bore and then work in reverse. This way, the starting place between me and everyone starts with what I want them to see. If later they decide that my race or opinions on something or stubborn-goatedness is too much to deal with to get my geekdom, general cheer, and dinosaur-ishness– well then, that’s their decision to make. But at least I gave the self I know a chance. πŸ™‚

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          1. We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this Rara, but we’re pretty good at that. I just hate labels.
            BTW I didn’t mean ti suggest that these labels were exclusive. Yes, people can be artistic and be crashing bores. I only chose two examples of the things people never ever say about themselves.

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        2. Oh, and Duncan– only slightly related, but when your computer is back up and running, I’d love to do a debate style post with you. We could pick any topic and email back and forth a few times… and then switch sides and argue the opposition? I thought of you first, naturally. If you’re interested, let me know! xo!

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            1. Woot! I figured we’d be able to put something together. Based on some emails I got, I’m guessing we stressed out some folk with our back and forth today– but I assured them all it’s all part of our zany relationship, ha! There aren’t a lot of people who I wouldn’t just say “Thank you for your opinion.” and end the conversation– simply because most people can’t handle a real debate. I think the switching would show that it’s not personal when you’re bantering ideas– it’s just kneading concepts like bread. Anyways, I’ll think of something suitably non-stressful and then get the ball rolling sometime. πŸ™‚ Thanks, Duncan!

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              1. We stressed some people out by disagreeing? Jeepers. What we have to be all lovey dovey all the time on your blog? Naaaah. Can’t see it myself. anyway you could alwyas have taken my comments off if I was teeing you off, couldn’t you?
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                What on earth is the time in California?

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                1. 1:35am, so still early! Yes, though I’ve only deleted comments on something twice since starting this blog– and once with along with the whole post.

                  But yes, lovey dovey isn’t necessary. I could’ve just ignored you. πŸ˜‰

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    2. I get why putting a label on someone or yourself isn’t appealing as it can feel like you’re limiting yourself to a certain behavior. I used to hate the word ‘label’ simply because I only focused on what others pinpointed out for me, like ‘too quiet’ or ‘too dreamy’. Those things aren’t bad, it’s just a perception of others and I had to learn that I can choose how it affects me. I think the word ‘label’ has a negative tone on its own. May I ask something? If it wasn’t called a ‘label’, but personal trait or characteristic, would your mindset differ? Like Rara, I like the idea of a labeless society as well, but I don’t think that living without a label enhances equality in the world. The human nature is so complex that it only makes sense that people pinpoint elements in others and themselves, simply to indentify. I love this celebration as it gives a very positive twist to the word label in general and people focus on what’s positive for them or what feels good for them. It’s a great twist to what’s usually seen as “bad” πŸ™‚

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      1. I might take less exception to this if it wasn’t a label but something, a characteristic, that you like in yourself, or would aspire to.
        I didn’t tell Rara this, but I guess she’ll pick it up since she’s omnipresent and omniscient, but I really dislike ‘Tody is International Day of the (insert subject.’ They don’t change anything.
        I guess my label would be curmudgeon, but Rara will tell you I’m a bit fluffier than that.

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        1. Ah that makes sense though πŸ™‚ It’d be so awesome if people would appreciate themselves just like that, so that you could celebrate each day. Not that you shouldn’t celebrate each day, you have an unbirthday every day afterall. Unless you have an actual birthday…*ahem* Sometimes a little reminder is needed, I think.

          Ohhh I like fluffy!! πŸ™‚

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            1. Oh! I forgot to thank you for getting back to me (coffee kicked in πŸ™‚ ). I didn’t want to cause a huge discussion, but my curiosity got the better hand of me.

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              1. I always think it’s just polite to reply when others have made the effort to get in touch, and anyway it was an interesting couple of points, and a fun bit of a push and shove match.
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                1. Ah hooray!! ^__^ – And yes, I do agree on getting back to others if they took the time do write something. I try to do this myself as well! Have a great weekend, Fluffy Wizard.

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  2. Great stuff! Congratulations to all the participants. My labels at the moment seem to be brand names -rather conspicuous on my winter boots! I wonder if that connects via advertising to today also being World Television Day? πŸ™‚ Sue

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    1. World Television Day! That’s awesome. If I wasn’t celebrating this all day, I think I’d like to celebrate TV too… I’m a TV junkie. πŸ˜€ Thanks, Sue!!

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  3. Wow! All of the pictures for International Label Day are great!! I’m so glad I learned about this and participated. πŸ™‚

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  4. Reblogged this on Photography by Joylene and commented:
    I was compelled to reblog this post by the awesome rarasaur. Why does she not capitalize her label? I feel that she must be humble as well as awesome.

    This post is interesting to me as it got me to thinking. Socrates said “know thyself”. When forced to put labels on yourself it helps you to come to know yourself. Here are a few labels for me that I have put upon myself, others have put upon me and some that just are. I’ll start with the obvious and work towards the less obvious.

    Woman, daughter, mother, wife, grandmother, photographer, American, music lover, Air Force brat, TCK, OCD, underachiever, organizer, peacemaker, Libertarian, lover, listener, adaptable, fearful, brave, survivor

    I’m sure there are more that I can list or that others could list for me :), but these are the ones that most come to mind.

    What are your labels? Do you really know yourself?

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  5. Love each of them and can’t pick a favorite—I linked to you today —didn’t see mine on your list but I have my picture on my blog today . Guess it got left off but it’s all good. Happy International Label Day!

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    1. I’m sorry I left you out! I had a crazy night trying to set this up. My google email changed layouts again and my post it note program with all the names crashed… and, la! I ended up leaving off like 9 people!! Thank you, thank you for participating! I hope it sends some new friends your way! πŸ˜€

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  6. Fun! However, since I always resisted being labelled in the strongest possible way, I’m afraid mine would have to be a blank word bubble hanging over my head…and even that would be too much of a label for me πŸ™‚ I know, if I could somehow photograph myself stuck in a pigeon hole…now we’re talking. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’m so sorry! You’re added now. My computer decided to hate my guts last night and made assembling this an hours-long project instead of what it was intended to be. I ended up leaving off several people on the first round! Thank you for participating and labelling up with us, Cutter. *hugs* Sorry again!

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        1. Haha, it was, I swear. I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to assemble this at all. Luckily, it came through. I probably mentioned it when you sent the photo– but I love your cape! πŸ˜€

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  7. Wow, International Label Day has grown, and it is in the Urban Dictionary. How cool is that?
    I read the discussion above about labels and it reminded me of something. Labels like the ego are neither good nor bad. They are a necessary step in claiming our identities so that we can give them up to reach a higher consciousness or what Fr. Richard Rohr would call the Second Half of Life.
    Onelove, everyone. {{{hugs}}} kozo

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    1. I loved your label, Kozo, and your corresponding honest post. I’m gonna go back to that one and give a thoughtful reply, but I wanted you to at least know I read it. πŸ˜€ Thank you so much for participating again– I remember last year’s seeming like an impossible dream because I knew so few people. I count the participants of this day as my BBF’s, and for good reason– you guys are glorious. Thank you!

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  8. I really enjoyed this opportunity to be a little thoughtful and creative. Thank you, Rara, for making it happen!

    Lately, I’m hearing a lot of people say wise things about abandoning labels in favor of real communication, and I’m being swayed to that point of view myself. But – loving and respecting words as I do – I will always appreciate the power of the words people assign to themselves.

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    1. πŸ˜€ Haha! I actually waited till the last second to do my picture– and my computer was acting up so much that it was a blessing this post came together at all. πŸ™‚ So, no time for dino editing… but I may just go back and one… πŸ˜‰

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  9. this turned out great rara! I’ve become a follower of some I wasn’t aware of before and I have a few new followers myself. I love this concept. We are all going to be labeled one way or another so why not label ourselves? Even the label of ‘man’ ‘woman’, why not just ‘person’ or ‘human being’? So even if someone hates the ideas of labels, it’s there and I don’t see it changing much. So I understand completely your idea of giving us the chance to label ourselves the way we would prefer. πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Jackie! I’m of the same school of thought, and the system has served me well my whole life. I rock the labels I love, and no one gets the chance to put a different on me– because I’m too busy dancin’! Thanks for participating!! πŸ˜€ (And you’re right. This comment was awesome! πŸ™‚ I’m glad I saved it from spam.)

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  10. Seeing this makes me so happy!! πŸ˜€ Hooray for Label Day! I’ll definitely twirl by some bloggers here. Thank you so much for adding mine as well! Happy Label day *throws around with confetti* xo

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  11. Well I’ll be darned! I posted a comment earlier and it disappeared! It was a great comment too! Now I’ve forgotten what exactly I said that was so great, but I assure you it was! Love this post rara! You done good girl. πŸ™‚

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    1. It went to spam! How strange. Anyway, it’s recovered, and I saw it up there so I’ll probably reply to it in a moment. In the meantime, yay and thank you for participating! You’re awesome!

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    1. No worries, Beth Ann– I’m sorry you weren’t on the front run, but at least you’ll be on the sidebar for a long while so people can catch up that way! xo!

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  12. Hurrah! This post made me so happy! Thank you , Rara.

    About Labels – they define us the way we want . I find it more like a self discovery! Words that define you , shape you. I am going to revisit your post again , Rara! xo!!

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    1. Self-discovery is a beautiful thing! My label changes every day — every minute– but I always wear it with pride. πŸ˜€ Thank you for participating!!

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      1. That’s what happens with me too. Everyday, something new. πŸ™‚ I would like to thank you , Rara , for hosting this awesome label lover’s party on WordPress and thanks for having me. Someday ,lets plan a bloggers meet here! πŸ™‚

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  13. Just fabulous Rara! I love, love, love this! I was up late writing a post for Lesley at Are You Finished Yet… I love her label! What a fabulous idea, carried out so wonderfully! I love the community of on line support we share… all the powerful writing: the funny, the moving, the clever, political, raging, celebrating… all of it, makes my world so much better. Thanks for celebrating it.

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed this! I love it when we all come together in a big noisy party. Blogging itself is a celebration of our labels– when we make our names and choose our taglines– so it makes sense that the celebration would be sourced here. πŸ˜€ Thank you again!

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