09 September 2014

Where on earth have you been....

........these past months!!!
From January till September: the days, weeks, months seem to be flying!

time flies
I feel that the time has come to tell you why it took so long.
Normally I do not like to talk and bother you with my personal stuff on Blogger,
but this time it will explain the reason why.
Very short after winning the Toby Award my mum
got seriously ill and needed a lot of care.
At the end of March I received severe back injury when gardening. Honestly, I've never had such pain in my entire life. For two months I could hardly do anything.
June came: time to paint the doors from our covered terrace that we build last year. After the job had done I felt very relieved. Finally prospect of a summer without ANY projects!! In rescent year our summers were filled with many projects.

In April and May I had time to evaluate my own work.
More than ever before and at the risk of sounding cliché I really do feel and found out I'm driven to make a change.

time for change
Already in the Autumn of 2013 I was no longer satisfied about my blog and website.
As you all know Microsoft ended suppporting Windows XP and thus they also pulled the plug from Frontpage! A huge shock to me as I love this software to build my website. At the end of April we got our new pc and Windows 7 stepped into my world. Reason: Frontpage compatible! Despite all facts about Frontpage and Windows 7 on the internet: the 64-bit Windows 7 does run Frontpage 2003.
In fact it is fully integrated in Office 2010!
Then I found out that Microsoft no longer supported the server software from my webhost too. BOINK!!! I send an email and they told me I was able to upload my website via FTP. It took a few minutes to find out how, but I'm able to maintain my website. Phew....quite a relief. One problem solved so far.
But......things are changing rapidly. Wordpress and WIX are rising stars if you want to build and maintain your own websites.
Pro's and cons: Wordpress need to be installed on your own pc and you need to look after updates as well. Plus you need to install it on the server of your webhost.
WIX is awesome: everything online and very user friendly.
But.....then there is my blog.....I found out that I no longer want to maintain a website + a blog. I wanted things to be easier to maintain and less time-consuming too.

moving in a new direction, crossroads

After a few weeks the "penny dropped": I want to merge my blog and website. So I choose for Blogger. Why: because I know how this works, it's online software, no worries about updates or whatsoever. It's from Google and Google loves/likes blogs.
And it's free to use!!!
I hear you thinking: but then your are stuck with a particular concept?
Answer: no absolutely not! On the contrary. After a few months I can say that Blogger offers a lot of posibilities. There is much more possible than we generally know. But you have to invest time, which I did. I love to build and maintain my own website. I love to Photoshop. And I want to design, build and maintain everything myself and I like to keep a blog format as well. Simply because I love this style so much.

By now I can say that I know how Blogger works! I know much more about HTML and CSS and I know how to deal with it. So yes I'm very proud.
I've been working on my new "blog-site" in these past months. And I'm pretty satisfied at how things turned out. But I need much more time to finish the project.

In the beginning of June my mother broke her wrist and needed a lot of care.
When she felt better, I was a nervous wreck and totally broken: mentally & physically, because I'm still dealing with my back injury too.
So all of August I took a time-out.
It is summer and I wanted to enjoy this time of year too as it is my favorite.

dream quote
And now it's September. I picked up my website work since yesterday.
And I only want to focus on that.
So now you know where I have been and what I have been doing
these past 7-8 months.
Milly Me will come back with a new website, a new look, a new homestyle.
When: I've honestly got no idea. It often depends on many factors that I can't control.
What about the designs, will there be a different look as well? Yes, they will also evolve. My head is full of designs, some designs are roughly sketched. I managed to make a few things......but they will remain secret untill my I completed my new blog-site, revamped my social media platforms as well.
So that everything is fully integrated into a new & fresh "Milly Me Community".

I end this blogpost with a quote of Coco Chanel saying: 
 coco chanel
Just because it's time to move on...and it's about time to make this change come true!

Take care!


Joyce Mayer said...

Miss Thea, don't forget to breathe!

Prudence ♥

lindsey said...

So pleased everything appears to be working out for you now, & I hope your mother is well. I have missed your blogs & "seeing" you on the Guild page. I look forward to the "new you" with great anticipation.
Hugs. Lindsey xx

Kays Kids said...

Dear Thea, I knew you were not well with your back and your dear Mum had problems. I feel for you.
We some times need a break to evaluate
what we want to do. I have a blog that has a selling site on it. I works well for me. You can add things or take things off in an instant. Very easy.
I look forward to seeing your change in the future.
hugs Kay

Inselprinzessin said...

Ganz liebe Grüße von Anja und allen Teddykindern.
Schön, dass Du wieder da bist, liebe Thea.

Ik ben Esther said...

Hi Thea,
Super om weer een blogje van je te zien!!Helaas is er aan mijn kant ook enorm veel gebeurt en duurt het al zo'n tijd dat je geen bericht van me hebt gehad...I am more than sorry for that!!!
Ik hoop dat er binnenkort weer wat rust in de tent komt zodat ik je weer kan mailen maar weet dat ik wel aan je gedacht heb!!
Liefs en succes met de nieuwe websit/blog en nieuwe ontwerpen!!
Dikke knuffel,

Elizabeth said...

Sorry you had such a hard time this year but think of all you've learnt about 'you' Lovely to see you again and so looking forward to your updates. Hugs, Elizabeth x

Helen Gleeson said...

Take care, take time and smell the roses. I cant wait to see what you have been creating! hope your mums doing ok. Hugs Helen

Amanda said...

Lovely to hear from you again. I love that you can turn blogger into a more website version, its so easy. Going to love your new version.

jen hangca said...

I am really happy for you! You know, about HTML and CSS. I'm looking forward in seeing your new website. =) Hope you can update me if it was already working. Send Flowers and Gifts to Philippines