It's something I've never been good at.
It's something I really can't stand.
And yet, it's inevitable.
And it's happening here. Now.
Lots of things have changed in the six and a half years since I started this journey.
I went from a girl just trying to find a way to be home with my little ones, to a woman who found a way to make a living out of something that she loves with all her heart.
And those little ones? They've grown up. We're down to one kiddo left at home and she's graduating this year! (Ahhhh, someone please pass the tissues)!
I went from daydreaming about paper design to owning my own stationery shop.
I went from a small town, simple girl to a girl with opportunities that I never could have imagined:
- A trip to Martha Stewart's HQ in NYC,
- A spot on TLC's Craft Wars,
- And even discussions with Nickelodeon about having my own TV show.
I've met people and made friendships along the way that I cherish dearly.
This all still blows. my. mind.
And I am SO grateful, because all of this was GOOD change.
Now I'm nervous because I'm about to make a BIG change...and I'm not sure how it's going to turn out.
After six and a half years, Passion-for-Parties.com is going away.
Ugh, just typing those words fills me with emotion!
Y'all, I have poured my heart and soul into this business.
It is my baby.
And it did well for a long time. Like, amazingly well.
My website was in the top 1.7% of websites on the entire web.
Do you have any idea how many websites are out there? Y'all this was a pretty big accomplishment.
But then things changed.
Google did a little dance. Well, it actually did several dances over the course of the past year and a half.
Passion-for-Parties took a major blow to the chin. (It felt more like a blow to the heart, if you ask me, but I'm trying to keep from crying here...)
My website traffic plummeted. Actually, more like nosedived.
My income? Well, it's not good.
And despite my best efforts to salvage what remains, I'm afraid the damage is just too great.
So, I'm left with two choices.
One, shut down completely.
Or two, start fresh.
Well, if there's one thing you should know about me, it's that I am a VERY determined girl.
Quitting is not something I'm capable of...at least not without putting up one heck of a fight.
So y'all, even though on some level I feel like I've failed, I'm choosing to fight.
I still have so much to share. So much to offer. And I'm not ready to give up.
So, a new chapter is about to begin.
A new name. A fresh face. A new approach. And some surprises.
All with the same quality and uniqueness that you've come to know me for.
The new brand is underway, and my goal is to launch by late Spring.
Stay tuned for updates, and as always, thank you, thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for supporting me like you have these past six and half years.
It means the world to me and I will forever be grateful.
Now, it's time to start a new adventure.
I hope you'll join me!