While goodbyes are often associated with a negative context, let me make clear that this post is filled with nothing but positive and encouraging sentiments. Let this be a happy goodbye to Happily Audrey.
This is a post I’ve been struggling to write for a few weeks now. Not because it’s sad, not because it’s out of my control and not because I don’t want to; I simply just want to get it right. One of the many flaws that comes with being a perpetual perfectionist is determining the best course of action for a difficult situation, even if it is a delightfully difficult dilemma.
Shortly after I returned home from my time at New York Fashion Week I decided it was time to start a new chapter in my life. I came home inspired, motivated and happy; but those feelings were no longer focused on this blog and that’s when I knew it was time to say goodbye. Happily Audrey has been my creative home for two years and this venture has opened up so many windows to adventure, friendship and self discovery. And to truly discover oneself means being open to the change that comes with it. The truth is, I’m ready for a change and can’t continue to give Happily Audrey the time I need to make it a true reflection of myself. The perfectionist in me won’t allow a half-hearted effort just to keep something going.
While this may be my last post on this site, it’s not the last you’ll see from me. If one thing is constant in my ever-changing mind, it’s that I’m always working on something. You may not hear from me for awhile; Instagram may not be updated for a couple of weeks at a time, but know I am always scheming, creating and working on the next big thing.
This blog, this space, this adventure would not have been possible without everyone who became part of it; and to all of you, THANK YOU! from the bottom of my heart. It’s amazing what you learn about yourself and others when you put yourself out there and try something new. The friends I’ve made and even lost during the last two years have helped make my priorities so much clearer; and for that I will always be grateful. Yes, it is a privilege to have a blog such as this and the responsibility I feel towards it and you is something I do not take lightly. With my blog there’s always been you, and you are so important.
If we’ve connected once, twice or a hundred times please know that I want to keep that connection going. That’s why I’m not deleting Instagram, just simply changing how I use it. I’ll also keep this email (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can keep in touch. Feel free to send me a note, a hello or your favorite sloth videos (sloth videos are always welcome!) anytime.
In the end, there are these three things I value and hope you can take away from the words and ideas I’ve shared here on Happily Audrey:
Put love first
We’re all on the same team
Happiness takes work