It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of 2018. In March I turned 24, crazy right?! I started American Girl Fan in 2008 when I was 14...yes, 10 years ago!
On that July day when I first hit the publish button, I would've never guessed I would be writing here a whole decade later. I didn't know I had started a journey that would change my life. I only wanted to meet a few girls who loved American Girl dolls as much as I did. I didn't have friends who were into American Girl, so I thought it would be fun to create a place to connect with other fans. I had no idea what was in store or how all of this would shape me into who I am today.
I already had a passion for writing, but I didn't know that I would find a new passion for photography, or that crafting would bring out the maker in me, eventually leading me to my job and business that I love.
God has given me abundant blessings through American Girl Fan. I started it with Him by my side and I believe He helped me keep it going. You reading this today, are one of those blessings. I'm also grateful to have had the opportunity to work with and talk to lots of inspiring business women and entrepreneurs who motivated me even further to do what I enjoy.
So many of you have encouraged and supported me over the years. None of this would've happened without you and I can't thank you enough for joining me on my journey!
This year I have worked full time on my Etsy shop, Creative Doll Crafts, and I recently launched my second business, Uniquely Me Bows. Between making new items and packaging orders, I couldn't find the time needed to post here. I never forgot about it though.
For months I did a lot of thinking and praying about the future of American Girl Fan and I feel now is the time for me to step away. As hard as it was to make this decision, I know it's right and I have peace about it in my heart. :)
It really has been an amazing 10 years sharing with you and I couldn't have asked for any better! I'm so proud of this wonderful, creative community of doll collectors!
My website will stay where it is, so you can come back at anytime to read my previous posts and tutorials when you want to. :)
I'm on Instagram if you'd like to continue to follow my doll photography and shop updates: @creativedollcrafts
My previous email is inactive but you can write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I'm always updating my shops, pop in and see what's new!
Thank you again for your visits, kind words, and overwhelming support. It has meant so much to me and the memories still encourage and inspire me everyday.
I love you all!