Tuesday, June 14, 2011

A Fresh Start

Hello to all my friends here in blog land! Long time no see! Hmm, where do I even begin? The past couple weeks have been filled with decisions and some changes for me, but the good news is that as I write this, I feel incredibly happy, relieved and excited about the future.

As many of you know, life has been pretty crazy for me throughout the past year. In a nutshell, here are just some of the big changes the past year has brought for me:

* Getting married
* Starting grad school
* Becoming a founding board member for Wish Upon a Wedding DC
* Seeing my Capitol Hill career all but vanish in the wake of an election
* Earning my wedding coordination certificate and taking steps toward building a business
* Taking on the substantial role of Weddzilla Blog editor

This is not to mention the personal family issues, financial issues, and other day-to-day challenges that we all face in our lives and that I have faced, as well. In the end, after months of dealing with the most intense stress and pressure I’ve ever felt in my life, I knew that something simply had to give.

That’s why after a great deal of personal consideration, I decided to move on from my position as editor in chief at the Weddzilla Blog, which I officially announced last Friday. As you can imagine, this wasn’t an easy choice for me, since I was truly passionate about the blog and loved every minute of my experience living out what has long been a dream of mine. But in light of internal changes taking place, the fact that the amount of time I was putting in wasn’t compatible with the financial benefit I was getting, and everything else I have on my plate, I knew it was without a doubt the right choice.


In the end, I am incredibly proud that thanks to the amazing contributions of our bloggers and the work we have done together throughout the past six months, the blog has now grown to include a team of more than 60 fabulous writers, has gained a widespread readership and has gotten a great deal of positive recognition. 

As for me, I plan to spend the next few weeks refocusing and regrouping. I need to reassess my long-term goals as I continue earning my master's degree and working with my awesome wedding coordination clients, one of whom is getting married this Saturday!

Of course, I plan to stay very active in the wedding blog world, am open to any other freelance blogging/writing opportunities that come my way and am planning to reevaluate this blog, as well, now that my first anniversary has come and gone. Chances are, I’ll have a couple more posts to share here and will then start to work on launching a new blog, as many of you have.

Ideas? Suggestions? Let me know! Fresh start, here I come! :)  

(Photo Credit: greenhousearts.com) 

16 comments:

  1. Congratulations on making what I'm sure was a very tough decision! I can't wait to see your new blog. I've found that writing on my new blog is a little tougher than having a wedding blog, mainly because the material is not as focused. I'm still loving it, but I'm struggling a bit to find my "new" voice.

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  2. I am so happy that you have made the right decision for you!!!

    I hope you know what a great job you did as editor and I wish you all the best!!!!

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  3. Good for you! It is hard to make those kind of decisions but you are going to be even more wonderful after doing so!! I didn't realize until just now you are in DC!! YAY for that.

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  4. Sounds like you made a great decision given all you have going on. I can't wait to see what you have in store for this/new blog.

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  5. You'll have to let us know where you move on to. I enjoyed working with you and can't wait to meet in person.

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  6. Was wondering if it we true or not (you leaving Wedzzilla). Sounds like you are happy and at the end of the day thats all that matters! I can't wait to follow along on your new blog!

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  7. Congratulations!! You have achieved so much and have worked so hard and you made the right decision for you!! Good luck with everything and make sure to let us know about your new blog!!!

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  8. very happy to hear that you are focusing on yourself and your goals. good luck with the future plans :)

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  9. i'm proud of you for doing what you felt was the best option for you! i'm proud of you :)

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  10. Whatever you do, good luck! You are so right in pursuing what you want to do. The path will become more clear and we'll see you soon (as you know I just continued with my blog though the content changed!)

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  11. The best decision is always doing what is right for you! Good luck!

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  12. You are a strong woman and you have done a lot and I cant wait to see what the future brings you! Im excited for the wedding you have this weekend! You just might be the inspiration I needed! <3 You've always been a great friend and support so I want you to know I am here to do the same.

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  13. We miss you very much at Weddzilla, but can completely understand that was the right decision for you. You worked so very hard on the blog, which was completely admirable, but you definitely need time for yourself and your husband as well as focusing on all the other exciting things going on in your life. Good for you for making a decision that I know was probably very difficult to make, for the sake of being happier!

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  14. It sounds like this was the best choice for you. You have so many exciting things in store. Good luck with everything!!

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  15. Sometime you have to step back and evaluate what is important to the most important person, YOU!! I completely understand and wish you the best of luck.

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