Coming Home for Christmas… Year in a Review

I'm finally back home and I want to take this as a reason to wish you all a wonderful and happy time with your family and friends.
I didn't plan to write this post, I actually didn't want to send you a message at all until I'm done with the "renovation" here. 
I know I'm talking about this for months now and, believe me, this took a LOT of time. And once we were done with one piece another came up and we had to start all over.

What I mean with "being back home" again is that here, Digidesignresort, is my "home", my online home where I met wonderful friends, visited wonderful friends and spend hours with them if a problem came up - people who always had an open ear and always a good advice.
So it felt natural coming back home after many adventures in life and business, online and off. 

I'm finally back, totally focused and committed with all my heart. 

Rough Year

Without going into much detail, I want to tell you that this year, like quiet some before, has been rough. And I mean really rough. From losing my friend Maren, you know her as Dreamcatcher Designs, having a most probably diabetic cat at home and ill family members it has been a year of decisions.
I had a good friend by my side who knows a lot about Mediation, Business and about building a Business who spend countless hours helping me to get back on track. I can't thank him enough.
The result is that I finally made the decision to come back to Digidesignresort. For more personal reasons than are good for me I could never get rid of the site although I didn't take care of it for much too long. I just didn't feel the creative juice anymore, I couldn't design and draw anymore and really, I just couldn't. I know it's a bad reason especially if that is your business but well, that's how it was. I tried to keep everything with minimal effort which also resulted in things not working at all.
It was like a vicious circle. I couldn't get out but I also couldn't leave it as it was.

Decisions made

Somewhere in the middle of the year when I had the feeling that things couldn't be worse I started recording drawing lessons. Having studied arts I thought it shouldn't be a big thing, but actually it was. Still I have a friend and my Mum who encouraged me to go ahead, stay on track and just put my heart and soul into painting, drawing and being creative again. I can tell you: It took some time. But ok, I slipped back into it.
And I enjoyed and still enjoy every minute. 
So I wrote a long post here about Digidesignresort and how things will go on. It even was hard for me to decide if I want to be in business using my mother language (German) or the language you all speak, I learned for years and communicate with you in - English.

You see, here I am. Writing in English, telling you about the decisions, about the somehow a bit "new" Digidesignresort and that we are still not completely done with the renovation but still loving any minute of it!

What's already new

First, I spend a LOT of money for the site! Everything here was so outdated so I worked with our programmer like crazy to a. move to a new server, b. get rid of old files, c. get rid of old software and to finally update everything and add some more functionality.
Actually that was the very first step...
While he was working on that Mum and I restored tons of files, all of Mistica's and Digidesignresort's Digital Scrapbooking Kits, Printable, Workshops, Videos... whew - you name it, I build it all over the place! Like Gary Keller says in his book "The One Thing"* I had to eliminate myself from my business to get an objective look and be able to get things done.
Over the years I had not "just" created Digital Scrapbooking Kits as Mistica Designs or Digidesignresort. I build online courses (hey, it was a normal move, after all I'm a teacher 😉 ), Workshops, Videos, Bullet Journal Printable, hand-drawn Elements, Printable, Word Art, you name it... I most probably created it, all over the place!
And yes, we did! Mum and I somehow managed to sort the files, give them SKUs and put them back into the store - this time with an individuell description - and all layouts our wonderful Creative Team created we could find.
Shame on me at this point: I haven't had seen many of them, just because I had hardly time to breath those days but I know it's a lame excuse! 
Anyway, they are there now, sometimes 20 or 30 for just one of the Digidesignresort's Collaboration Kits.
So we can proudly present  our new store, with new previews, new ways of downloading your kits and a new way to present them.
Have a look here.
Second step accomplished but still a work in progress...
As already mentioned, I also started recording Videos. Just to get back on track, draw regularly and finally show you that I do not just "say" that I'm back but I'm actually are. So I post beside all the dust here two videos per week and, believe me, it sometimes is really really hard to stay on track...
But you can check out the result here on our YouTube Channel. And, when you are there, why not subscribe, watch, leave me a comment? 😉
Well, that is basically the third step but in reality things are running at the same time.

Patreon encouraged me

At the same time I've published a Patreon Page. If you don't know what it is:
Basically it's a mini-membership site where you can subscribe (and cancel) at any time for  a small amount of money (like e.g. $2) to support your favorite artist. 
When I first sent out the announcement that I now have Patreon I had some people signing up, helping me out to fund the site.
Sure I try my best to give back and provide you lots of value, month after month.
If you are interested to help or just check out, please go here. Even if there are just a few people so far, you guys mean the world to me. It shows me that it is well worth to go on because you are still there, you still help, encourage and support. And maybe there are more who will help.
Believe me, it's not "just" the money (although that is really needed) but also the support, the Dollar which says: "Yes, go on, it's not meaningless what you do!".

That's it for now

Guess I'll be bothering you with more updates. I just want to be really transparent with all of you who support me along that stony path.

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    1. Thank you, Neala! I just felt it was time to share what’s going on here and yes, we are still here although it didn’t look like it for so long.

  1. Merry Christmas! Wishing for you a year of inspiration and success and of course of peace, love, joy and good health. Can’t wait to see all that you are creating for us in the new year.

  2. Thank you for all you have done and all you are doing, in spite of going through such rough times. You are appreciated! Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year, and may 2020 bring you peace and creativity in abundance! I’m heading over to your Patreon to show my appreciation.

    1. Heather, Thank you so much for joining Patreon! I really hope you enjoy what I’m posting and it makes me so happy to hear that you appreciate all that. Making a difference in one person’s life, even if it is just by giving him or her a creative outlet, lets me go on with this journey.

  3. Merry Christmas to you too and thanks so much for your generosity with these freebies. Wishing you a wonderful New Year – may it be everything that you wish for.

    Hugs Emerald

    1. Emerald, thanks for your kind words 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you a wonderful New Year as well – with lots of happiness, health and laughter!

    1. Frohe Weihnachten und ein schönes neues Jahr für dich, Stephanie! Glad to have you back and I hope you have been concurred your PhD, not an easy path! But yes, back to creative endeavours!

  4. Here’s wishing you a happy and healthy 2020. May you be blessed and continue to grow in happiness. Thank you for all you share.

    1. Thanks for your kind words, Rhonda and you are so welcome! Enjoy each of them and I hope to see what you are doing with the freebies 🙂

  5. Sorry your year has been rough, but hoping the New Year will bring you much needed time and relaxation. Love your site and can’t wait to see the changes that have been made. I know that they will be worth it.

    1. Thanks so much for your kind words! Those are the words which make you go through it each and every day and let you work hard. Hope to see you around! Hugs!

  6. Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a much happier new year. I lost a close friend about 3 weeks ago, hoping the same for myself!!!

    1. Hi Susan, I know it takes time to get “over it” or at least to live with it. Totally with you and sending you lots of love and strength. Happy New Year though

  7. Thanks for the all beautiful things you sent all this year.
    Have a happy Christmas and a great and sucessfull New Year.
    Zelia from Brasilia Brazil

  8. Thank you! It is so relaxing to sit down with my favorite photos and do something magical with them; I appreciate and welcome your designs to my plethora of scrapbook choices.

    Blessings and Merry Christmas.

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