Book Blogging Firsts Tag | Explaining The Hidden Reason Behind My Blog Name (yes I’m being dramatic here) and Gushing About The Support

Hey everyone!!

This week my blog hits 2 years old*!!! (I mean half of that time I wasn’t blogging but that didn’t mean I wasn’t a blogger) so this tag was perfect to look back and reflect on my blogging journey. *aww*

*Also this week I will be doing 3 posts for my blogiversary so stay tuned… (you know if you want)

Thank you so much for Lauren @ Twenty Seven Letters for tagging me. I love Lauren’s blog, her writing is amazing and her book reviews always make me want to read the book immediately– it is a super power I swear!! Thank you so much for thinking of me and please check out Lauren’s blog and read her tag, it was so fun to see her journey!!

Now on with my tag…..

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FIRST BLOG NAME AND DESIGN?

I have always been ‘Me and Ink’, I even used to sign my posts as ‘love from me’ which is weird the more I think about it but I wanted to be anonymous as the internet was scary and people finding me online IRL was even scarier. But then I used my blog and realised I didn’t need to be afraid, whoo!!

I thought I would explain my name as I never have…..so story time….

I loved the word ‘Ink’, I think it looks good (yes words can look good, how shallow am I?!!?) and I associate it with books and writing which despite not being a book blogger to start with they always meant a lot to me.

The ‘me’ part (I know you are thinking it seems pretty obvious why I used the word ‘me’ but I actually have a deeper meaning *suspenseful music*) I picked it because I knew I wanted to be anonymous and I was playing around with acronyms (as I wanted to be like Tony Stark with J.A.R.V.I.S (just a rather very intelligent system)) and I came up with M.E. which means mere existence in my head. I picked ‘mere existence’ as everyone is just a mere existence which means you can achieve as much as your greatest hero who is just a mere existence as well or you can choose to achieve little things that might not matter to anyone. I found it very comforting that I could choose big things or small things in my life so I picked that.

Then I put the two words together to form ‘Me and Ink’ I thought it sounded pretty descent. I told you it was deeper than it looked, it is slightly weird but hey it made sense to me than I became a book blogger and it made even more sense so really it was destiny.

In terms of design, well it took me months to realise you could change themes on WordPress and my mind was blown! It also took me ages to realise you could edit your homepage so it looked like the WordPress first page where it literally stated ‘You can edit this to tell your viewers about yourself’ or something like that so it was terrible to start with.

Then I got a theme and it was basic where I just wrote my name on top. Then I got a header which wasn’t very good– I knew it was blurry when enlarged and still posted it. (oops)

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And now I have this header (I think you need the pink border on the website for it to look better but still)

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My logo/icon also changed from this to this….. (I discovered Canva)

 

I am no design expert but I have a colour theme and try to go for basic but nice, if I continue with blogging I might pay for a designer to do it but at the minute I try to keep blogging as cheap as possible (in the best way)!!


FIRST BLOG POST?

My first post was ominously called The Beginning and it was literally an introduction post to what my blog would be. It was basically an ‘about’ page that I posted. When I first started I literally knew nothing about blogging– you can smell the inexperience on the post. But it was fun and I’m glad I still have it. I don’t think anybody read it but that was probably a good thing.


FIRST BOOK REVIEW?

My first review I have actually deleted it was The Chronicles of Narnia and I called it ‘To Read or Not To Read: The Chronicles of Narnia Book Review’ and although I liked the title, the review was terrible. I barely wrote anything and I didn’t lie but I deleted all my bad thoughts so it wasn’t a very authentic review hence why I deleted it. I thought bad opinions were bad but they really aren’t. Lying about your opinion is much worse.

So my first book review available is for ‘All The Light We Cannot See’ by Anthony Doerr and it is a mini review and then I analyse loads of quotes like I’m in a English class but it a great book and I love all the quotes so I don’t mind it, even with my weird analysis.


FIRST MEME PARTICIPATED IN?

I have never participated in a meme– I’m memeless!! I think they are really cool and I would love to participate it one at some point but at the minute I struggle to keep up with well… everything but maybe one day.


FIRST DISCUSSION POST?

I am going to do my first book discussion because I was not a book blogger for the first year and 4 months but I am going to keep it bookish today. It depends what you call a discussion but I am going with talking about two sides which means my first discussion was Paperback Vs Hardback which was really fun one and quite short really. But I liked it and I still stand by my conclusion which is good.

Mt actual first discussion for those interested was discussing the How I met your mother ending which I actually don’t agree with all my thoughts anymore but it was fun to write.


FIRST BOOK BLOG I FOLLOWED?

Ohh.. I’m not sure!! Like I said I wasn’t a book blogger to start but maybe Sophie from Sophie’s Corner or Rain from bookdragonism which are still two of my favourite blogs but I am guessing. Anyway I will use this opportunity to say that I love these two blogs– they write amazing content and I love it when they post!! Please follow them!!


FIRST FOLLOWER?

It took months as I didn’t know what I was doing and I didn’t post which turned out to not be a good combination for growing a blog (I know I was surprised as well) but it was ‘belikewaterproduction’ but I have never spoken to them (sorry) but I still remember so ‘hey’.


FIRST BOOK I READ BECAUSE OF OTHER BLOGGERS?

Oh well I watched Booktube first so it is hard to differentiate between where I got recommendations from but I would say that The Poppy War, The Boy Who Steals Houses, The Written, Descendant of the Crane and We Hunt The Flame are some of them. And I really enjoyed them so listening to book blogger’s recommendations improves your life– I am living proof!!

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I am going to be saying this a lot this week but I just wanted to thank you all for making blogging such a wonderful experience, honestly you all have made the world of difference and your love and support means so much to me. I can’t thank you all enough, I don’t deserve you!!

Blogging has included many things from me posting so many grammatical errors it is embarrassing and stumbling through blog design which can still be a bit rocky. Blogging is fun but I know not everything about it is perfect and it can be stressful from me trying to catch up with blog hopping before I go on holiday and ending up having 5 hours of sleep and a headache on the train. I have improved in many areas (I hope at least) and I’m well aware I have plenty more improvement to achieve but one constant has always been my readers and friends I’ve made in the bookish community. Your support has always brightened my day and honestly it always fills me up with so much happiness and I appreciate everyone who has ever taken the time to read, like or comment on my blog. I feel so lucky and the fact that I get to talk to you all about books has been my favourite part about blogging and I want you to know how thankful I am. It will always be the people that I remember and love about blogging and I am so thankful for everything.

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How long have you been blogging? Do you remember all your firsts? I love seeing how my blog has changed over time, do you like to see how far you’ve come?

Why did you name your blog what you did? What was your first discussion post?

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44 thoughts on “Book Blogging Firsts Tag | Explaining The Hidden Reason Behind My Blog Name (yes I’m being dramatic here) and Gushing About The Support

  1. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY!!!! 🥳❤️ I love love LOVE the story behind your blog name – so much thought went into it! And here Nish & I were arguing about who’s name was gonna go first in our very unoriginal blog name (I won btw, I wanted Nish’s name first 😂) Ahhh how lovely is it to read about all your blogging firsts! Hopefully when we hit a milestone we’ll be able to remember just as much as you 😛

    Excited for the other blogiversary posts you have planned! 😍

    💛 Ngoc

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    1. Thank you so much!! 💛💛 aww.. Thank you, I was slightly worried the story sounded weird 😂
      Aww.. I like your blog name, I think the names make it feel personal and inviting but I bet deciding it together is hard than deciding alone !! 😂 (congrats on winning btw 😂)
      Aw… Thank you!! It is nice to look back on them and I hope you both remember your firsts as well!! 😊

      THANK YOU SO MUCH!! 💛 I hope you enjoy them!! 😊

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  2. Ooh I’m glad you did this tag. I have it saved in my drafts and was going to tag you as I was curious about your answers. I love the story behind your name and I agree, it’s perfect for a book blog. I also take it you didn’t like the Narnia books that much from what you said? If so me either tbh (I think I may have said this to you before but it could be someone else) as I found them kind of dry to read which I don’t understand as the stories should be so interesting. I’ve also never done a meme. I never know what one to try and lots are weekly and I have no idea how I’ll keep up lol. Congratulations on two years blogging ♡♡♡ I look forward to your other anniversary posts although I’ll probably be a little late reading them as I have no internet atm and not over much data. I’ll still check Instagram messages every day hopefully though unless it gets too low for that too. And hopefully I’ll be back online soon – I just don’t know exactly when as it depends on when the phone company fix it

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    1. Aww.. I’m glad you for were excited to see my answers 😊 and I can’t wait to see your tag whenever you post it as well!! 💛
      Thank you so much, I think it suits books and I’m happy with the name still so that’s a good sign!! 😂
      No I didn’t love The Narnia books and is one of those rare instances I prefer the movies. The books felt like I were being told the story instead of living it so I agree about them being dry to read!! (I think we may have mentioned it before) 😊
      Yes I think keeping up with a weekly meme would be hard, I know you don’t have to do every week but I think once I start I would want to 😂 and I don’t know enough about all the options yet either but maybe one day!!
      Thank you so much Charlotte!!! 💛 and thank you, I hope you like them!! It is a shame about your internet and whilst I was on holiday I had the same problem and it’s completely fine💕 I hope the internet gets fixed soon for you though as I imagine it’s a nuance. 😊

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      1. Hopefully it will be soon. I think it’s the second tag I have in my upcoming list but I really need to try and figure a schedule out, and finish off some other posts, once I have the internet back.
        Yes it’s great and definitely suits a book blog ❤️
        Yes I love the movies but not the books. I might try them out again sometime, I think I still have them in the loft, but I’m not really in a rush to do so. I’ve seen an older version too when I was younger but I have no idea which one it was.
        Yes I agree. Like I love top ten Tuesdays but a top ten every week seems like a lot but I wouldn’t want to miss any topics. Plus I don’t know all of them either.
        I’m sure I’ll love them. I’m trying to catch up on comments atm but will hopefully get to read them afterwards as I’m really looking forward to them ❤️❤️ thank you, I hope it’s fixed soon too 😅

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        1. Yay!! I know my schedule is always a mess haha– I plan it but they it changes all the time but I look forward to it!! 🙂 I hope the internet comes back soon then!!
          I think it suits as well which is lucky as that isn’t what I started out as!! haha!! Thank you 💕
          Yes the movies are great, if you do ever get around to them I hope they are better than we remember!! Maybe the audiobook would be better!! 🙂
          Yes that is a meme I know of and it is a lot of work and like you I don’t think every week would be relevant to me!! I think you would have to plan ahead for the memes!!
          Yes I bet there is a big catch up after having no internet but thank you for your support on everything!! 💕

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          1. Thank you. I hope so too but I’m not confident that it will be 😦 mines going to be manic over the next two months between half doing Blogmas and having all of October’s posts in November as well as November’s 😅
            It’s a sign that you were always meant to be a book blogger ❤️
            Ooh that’s true, I never thought of that. I’ll have to see if the library has them.
            Yes definitely. I would anyway 😅
            I’ve tried to catch up now even though I still don’t but I’ll have to do it again. I’m going to try and read some things every few days, depending on data. And it’s fine, I love all of your posts ❤️

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            1. Haha yes that is a lot of posts that will need a lot of organisation but you can do it!! I’m nervous about blogmas and keeping up with everything 😂
              Haha aw.. that’s a nice way to look at it ❤
              Yes hopefully the library will!! 😊
              I think you did very well with no internet and you visit so many blogs and always leave lovely comments!!
              Aww.. thank you so much!! 💕💕

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              1. Hopefully I can anyway 😅 I’m sure you can do it 😊 you planned it a while ago and all of your ideas are fantastic.
                Aww thank you so much ❤️❤️ thats so sweet of you to say.

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  3. Wow, that’s such a cool and creative story behind your blog name! It definitely looks and sounds unique, and I love that there’s a backstory in there as well 😀 It’s always interesting going back and looking at where you started in blogging…I’m not very proud of my first review 😬 But that just shows how far we’ve come, right? 😉 Congrats on two years of blogging!!

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    1. Haha I’m glad you liked the story– I thought it was a bit weird but I kind of like it 😂 Thank you 💛
      Yes it is weird to look back on everything and it is slightly cringey as like you said you aren’t always proud of it 😂 but yes it definitely shows you how far you’ve come which is great 😂
      Thank you so much!! 💕

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  4. HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY SOPHIE!
    Aw it’s been two years, that’s so wonderful x ❤ and you stuck around too!! I'm so glad you did, and happy blogiversaryyyyy <3333
    woAH I can't believe you haven't posted anywhere about your name! You gave so much thought into it- I love it. One in a Million is supposed to be that everyone is an 'oddity' or unique, but I never went into the details on that, which I should probably do… now everyone thinks that I was talking about myself haha. It's so interesting to see how your headers have changed! I think even the first one was pretty ❤ and wow, 'belikewaterproduction' is a great name XD
    Happy blogiversary once more!

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    1. Thank you so much Aditi!!! ❤❤ haha I know two years feel so long but I still feel like I only properly started at the beginning of this year as I didn’t blog for the first year 😂
      Aww… Thank you so much *holds back tears* 😭💙
      Haha yeah I’ve never mentioned it, I always thought the story sounded weird to be honest!! 😂 but I’m glad you liked it and I definitely did overthink it 😂
      I love your blog name and the idea that everyone is unique is wonderful !! I think that comes across!! 😊 and thank you so much, i like the first one but it was a shame that enlarged it got a bit blurry.
      I know, I had a look and their blog had a different name but they haven’t used it in ages 😂
      Thank you so much again!! 💙

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      1. Aw yeah same ❤ those first few months were cof cof interesting, but I'm not deleting those posts 😂, they have barely been allowed to stay haha. ❤
        It's not weird at all! I love it! Don't worry, we all overthinked – overthank?? oh darn I'm NOT ok – overthought *ah good* our blog names 😂
        No problem, happy blogiversary!

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        1. Haha yes it is nice to keep them for nostalgic reasons and to look back and think at least I’m better than that now 😂😂
          Aw.. Thank you 💛
          Yes true and OVERTHANK I love it 😂 that’s true, it is an important part of our blogs 😂
          Thank you again ❤❤

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  5. Congrats and happy blogiversary! I love your name as it can represent your duality as book blogger and also a writer. I don’t remember my first follower too lol and as for blog design, we all grow. I was terrible at color mixing when making my header/logo/blog graphics but Pinterest has been helpful and I ca say that I’m a bit better than before.

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    1. Thank you so much Rasya!! 💕
      Aw.. Thank you, that means a lot and it does show the books and writer side which I like!! 😊
      Haha it is a very precise bit of information to remember!!
      Yes that’s the thing you have to start so you can learn to get better at it!! Pinterest is great!! 😊

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  6. Woohoo! It’s time for your cake party! Or dance party (whichever you prefer) OR we could be crazy again & have both! 😉

    I kinda love how deep your name is? Like, it was this huge secret where we all just thought it was ‘me’ nice & normal but no! You are actually a philosopher! (Who’s have known? 🤔)

    But well done!! I’m so happy for youuuu! 💕💕

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    1. Yes I think we must have both again… you know it is the smartest choice 😉😂
      Haha it does have a deeper meaning that appears 😂 I know the mystery of my life… secret philosophy 😂
      Thank you so much!!! 💕💕 it does feel like a cute little achievement for my blog!!

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  7. i loved to hear your explanation behind the name “me and ink”. i’d have never thought of me as an acronym, but it’s actually pretty smart. i also didn’t know jarvis was an acronym in the marvel universe, lol. but the whole mere existence thing it’s so true! it’s sort of calming to remember that you can actually choose whether or not you want to accomplish the “big things”. i guess just because i’m a person who wants a very calm life, without many big moments.
    unfortunately, for my name, i literally had no reason behind it, other than i like watching the sky and i like books, so i put them together, lol. i don’t even know if it is grammatically correct, but oh well!
    i really wish i hadn’t actually deleted my first blog but rather had just made it private, but for some reason, my old self was dumb. i regret it a lot, because i would’ve loved to look back at my old posts to answer tags like this one and also to see how much i’ve improved in my reviews and such. from what i recall, i think my reviews now are a lot more organized, since i use topics to break down my thoughts. before, i just wrote everything in one huge post and i wasn’t the best at separating my ideas, so i’ll literally go back and forward while discussing the same idea and i’m pretty sure my grammar was all over the place too, lol.
    for me, it would also be hard to remember what was the first book i read because of book blogger vs. book tube. i remember i read hopeless by colleen hoover because a book tuber i enjoyed recommended so much, as well as the raven boys. i hated the first one, but loved the latter, so it was truly a 50/50 recommendation, hahah.

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    1. Aw.. I’m glad you liked hearing my explanation. I always thought it sounded a bit weird so I’m happy to hear that 😊 haha thank you ❤ I didn’t know Jarvis was an acronym either until I got a book on marvel characters and I thought it was so cool and it has always stuck with me!! Yes exactly that’s what I thought because everyone always talks about big dreams and goals like they are everything but your personal goals with always be big to you and it is just as important as these so called “big things”!! 😊
      I really like your name as it sounds so cool and makes me feel really relaxed!! Just by reading it I would want to subscribe 💕
      Yes I get deleting things because it doesn’t seem like a big thing when you are doing it but it is so nice to keep things so you can look back and see the journey, you will always have your current blog to look back on though. I think my reviews have improved slightly, organising it into topics does help or else word vomiting is tempting 😂 I think you write great reviews.
      Yes it is hard to remember precisely the first time you heard of a book and recommendations can always be a bit shaky as everyone has personal tastes but I like hearing about different books nonetheless 😂 I also heard of raven boys through YouTube and I’m so grateful 😂

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  8. I loved reading this tag so much! The fact that you used mere existence is so creative and beuatiful! And yes, Ink is such a beautiful word! ! It has been super fun watching your blog change over the time you’ve been blogging, and I can’t wait to see what you continue to write! I can’t for the life of me remember all my firsts, except for my first comments…. I’m a goldfish, I swear!
    And your name (I know I’ve already said this but shh) is so amazing! AFCTL was based off of “How long does it take you to fall in love?/Oh, usually a few chapters” or something similar to that.
    – Emma 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Emma!! 💕 aw.. Thank you, that’s means a lot 😊 I always loved the work ink, I think is sounds nice and everything 😂
      Aw.. Thank you (again), it is weird to look back and see how it has changed but nice. 💛
      It is hard to remember the beginnings, I needed to research some things 😂
      Haha thank you so much 😭❤ I love that and it so true that it takes just a few chapters to fall in love, I love the meaning behind that 😊

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  9. Sophie, this is such an incredible post! Considering you’re one of my favorite blogs, it was so wonderful to see exactly to how you got where you were! And thank you so much for all of your kind words! ❤️

    I absolutely LOVE the story behind your name, and the whole idea of choosing big things or small things really hit me in the most incredible way.

    I too feel VERY similar towards my first reviews — they weren’t my greatest by any means, but they do help me see how my blog has grown and changed.

    And, finally, HAPPY BLOGIVERSARY! 💜😊

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    1. Thank you so much, thank you for tagging me!! 😊 aw.. I’m one of your favourite bloggers *blushes* thank you, that means a lot. I’m glad you enjoyed seeing my firsts, it was fun to see myself and reflect on everything. You’re very welcome, I truly mean them!! 💕

      Thank you, I was slightly nervous to share that as I thought it was weird so hearing that is wonderful. Yes I think choosing big or small things for your life is important and the small things need more appreciation as they are just as important! 💕

      It is nice to see how your reviews have changed and how they have improved– it is encouraging to see I think 😂

      Thank you so much, I can’t believe I have had this blog for 2 years!! 😂💛

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  10. AWWWWWWW!!! THIS WAS SUCH A BEAUTIFUL POST, Sophie!! 😍😍😍❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ A VERYYYY HAPPYYYY BLPGIVERSARYYY!! YOU ROCKKKKK!! And your blog is SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!! YOU COMPLETELY NAILED THE DESIGN ASPECT, AND EVERYTHING ELSE, OF COURSEEEE!! 😍😍😍😍😍😍☺️☺️😘😘😘👻👻👻👻❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    It’s soo nice to know more about how the reason behind the name (MIND BLOWN, BY THE WAYYY!! 😱😱❤️) and more about how you started your blogging journey! AND I AM SOOO VERYYY GLAD YOU DID BECAUSE…YOU ARE THE BESTTTTT!! 😘😘👻👻❤️❤️❤️

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    1. AHHH… THANK YOU SO MUCH!! ❤ And thank you for the happy wishes– it does feel like a celebration weirdly, I can't believe I have had this blog for 2 years!
      Aw… thank you so much, that means A LOT!! I'm never quite sure on my design and I'm very indecisive about it so thank you, thank you!! ❤ ❤

      Aw.. I'm glad you liked finding out my name (haha it does have a hidden meaning *dramatic music*) and my journey!! Aw.. thank you *blushes*!! THANK YOU for this amazing comment, it has made my day!! ❤

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  11. AHH HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY SOPHIE!! ❤ ❤ I'm so happy you have decided to start this lovely blog and I'm so happy you're part of this community, it has been wonderful getting to know you and to chat with you in these past few months ❤ ❤ and I never told you so, but I really love love love your blog name. It was destiny indeed haha ❤

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    1. THANK YOU SO MUCH MARIE!! ❤ Aw… that means so much and it has been absolutely amazing to get to know you as well– the community is wonderful and I feel very lucky to be apart of it. I'm so glad I got to meet you through blogging!! ❤
      Aw.. thank you so much, I was always nervous about my blog name at the start so that means a lot!! I like to think it was destiny haha!! Thank you again!! ❤

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