Friday, December 20, 2013

Dream, then Do...

I got this fabulous sweet gift from my dear friend and colleague, Ellaine.
Although it is that time of year, it is not a Christmas gift - and no, it was not my birthday either.

Yesterday was my last day at work. Yes, as from today, I am officially no longer employed!
It is both so exciting a really, really scary at the same time. Some of you may know that I have been working at Country Bumpkin for a rather long time, lastly as editor of Inspirations magazine. I had never in a million years ever imagined that I would be working in publishing, let alone editing a magazine. It has been an amazing journey - fun, hard work and an enormous learning curve. I will miss it and all the truly talented and fabulous people I have worked with and got to know over the years.
Anyway, it is time for me to move on - and, although it is sad to say goodbye, it feels so right to step away. 

So what has that got to do with a notebook, you may ask? Well, the next chapter I am about embark on has a lot to do with this blog and with my own design work and embroidery. I have many plans for next year and sometimes it is hard to know just where to begin. I was thinking that to make it all happen, I would need a very, very good New Years resolution - except, I don't know about you but they don't really work that well for me. I have usually forgotten about them within a few weeks. 
Then a few weeks ago I read about choosing just One Little Word for the year. Just one word - the idea really appealed to me and for once I decided to actually participate in the workshop. So that is the reason behind this beautiful gift, that I will truly treasure (I feel like writing in it already, but that would be cheating). 

Over Christmas, I will be sharpening my needles, dusting off the keyboard and trying to get some order in my piles of 'stuff', ready to dive into 2014. I don't anticipate that what I am planning is going to be easy, but I am looking forward to every minute of it and when it gets too hard I will look down at my new little pen and be reminded "Don't say No, say How".

Have a fabulous weekend, 
Anna x


  1. Anna,
    Congratulations! I can understand when you say this change is exciting and scary at the same time but I am sure it will be exciting. Your plans sound exciting and I am looking forward to reading your blog and seeing your designs and embroidery. Your creative spirit will have lots of space in 2014!
    Best wishes,

  2. Congratulations on this big step, everything is looking beautiful, I wish you luck in the coming year. :)Suzi

  3. Congratulations Anna! Big, big step but so exciting. Can't wait to see what your vision will be but I know it will be beautiful.

  4. I had no idea you were leaving CB! Well, all the very best to you and I hope you have a wonderful time and lots of success with your own work.=)

  5. I wish you well in your new venture, and can't wait to see what it is! I'm sure everyone at CB will miss you, you've done such fine work with them.

  6. All the best for the new year, Anna. It all sounds very exciting and I for one am looking forward to following your progress.


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