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June 17, 2011

When I wrote the last LABF post called “REINVENTION” it was the word that most described the journey I have been on for a few years and greatly relates to the NEWS I am going to share today.

When I started this blog (this wonderful…first step into the world wide web…first time I went public with my photography and writing…first time I began the journey of creating a written history and what became the outlet for creating a writing ritual), I creatively designed it to reflect one aspect of my life, HOME (small farm, cooking, decorating, family). For a couple of years, the design was perfectly suited to the original mission. I loved every second of writing about those topics (and still do) but during the second year of writing LABF, my life started to change in many ways. In particular, I started feeling inspired to work my way toward a new career in the creative arts. Suddenly, the framework and design I created here didn’t always match what I felt inspired to write about and ultimately, I realized I needed to make a change.

It has been an amazing journey this last year. I have had lots of highs, lots of challenges, lots of fun, and lots of humbling moments. In the end, the journey has been so worth it because I feel like I have created something that reflects ME. Authentic Me.

Introducing my new website and blog home


I invite you to come visit me on the new website/blog. I promise to share more about LABF, but in addition will also share lots of creative inspiration, my new on-line shop, and insights into making a major life change at 40.

Before, I sign off here, I want to say THANK YOU.


  • Thinking what I wrote was worth reading (over 1 million hits two years in a row).
  • Encouraging me here — I have received the most amazing support from many of readers and I love you for that!
  • Continuing to check in, even though I haven’t been consistent for the last year while I have been figuring all of this out.
  • Giving me a place to be creative, the best gift of all.

Lastly, I want each reader to know without the LABF experience, I would not be where I am today and for that I will be FOREVER GRATEFUL!!!!


Note: I will keep LABF up for at least a year.


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