A personal note

2017 has been an extremely tough year for me. As many of you know, my fiance passed away suddenly in April.

Ever since I lost Austin, it has felt as though I’ve been in a fog, thinking clearly and focusing is tricky. It’s like I’m walking through treacle, any task I attempt takes longer than it did. Although I expected to have a hard time emotionally, I didn’t realise how much my ability to work would be effected. This has meant that I haven’t been able to release any many collections this year as I would have liked.

I am ever so grateful for my awesome design team who have continued to create wonderful and creative projects which have helped to inspire us all while I’ve been quiet, I am very lucky to have them.

I would like to thank every single one of you for your support this year and hope that I can be more productive in 2018 and will be able to bring you many more collections.

Happy New Year! :)

72 thoughts on “A personal note

  1. Judy Parker

    Grief is different for everyone. When I lost my son it took me a few years to be able to even read a book bc my concentration level was all over the place. Do yourself a favor, see a grief conselor. Its the best thing I did for myself. Your Design Team done an awesome job. God Bless and may 2018 be a year of healing and love for you. God BLess

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    1. Bird Post author

      I’m so sorry to hear what you’ve been through Judy. Thanks so much for the advice, may 2018 be kind to you too.

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  2. Laurie

    I am so sorry for your loss…It seems to have been a tough year for so many this 2017. I love your creations and hope the joy of making new ones will inspire you and spark your soul

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  3. Suezanne

    So sorry to hear of your loss and appreciate all you have managed to do during this difficult time. I sincerely hope that in time you will be able to look back with fond memories of your life together. May God bless you in this coming year and subsequent years to come. I myself know how hard it is, the pain never goes but merely dims. I love all your designs, help and encouragement so I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    Sending you a very big warm cyber hug from Scotland.
    God Bless
    Suezanne

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    1. Bird Post author

      I’m so sorry that you’ve been through something similar Suezanne. Thanks for your words and I hope 2018 is good to you.

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  4. Riverlandlass

    Happy New Year, and I hope you will find it easier to move forward in 2018. Thank you for all your files that you have shared with us, these are much appreciated. Take care.

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    1. Bird Post author

      I’m sorry to hear you’ve experienced something similar Andie, I hope 2018 is a good year for you too

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  5. Sharla Royeppen

    Hi Bird, I would like to convey my condolences. I hope that 2018 brings you healing and is a happier year for you both spiritually and creatively. A big thank you for all the files you have shared. Much love.
    Sharla.
    Paperfloralfantasies.

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  6. Constance Sheehey

    Here’s wishing you peace and happiness in the new year. Give yourself as much time as you need. We are all grateful for your talents!

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  7. Ann

    Happy New Year Bird. I hope 2018 will be a better, brighter year for you. Just try to keep moving forward, it does get easier with time. Thank you for all your free files and tutorials.

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  8. betty burgie

    Thank you all you have been doing, thoughts n prayers are with you.. Give yourself as much time needed, Your wonderful talents , sharing is very much appreciated.. HUgs…

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  9. georgina

    I am so sorry, and please hang in there, time really does heal, you are so kind and thoughtful through your pain to still share all your wonderful designs!!! Wishing you good health and peace and a Happy New Year!!
    Thank you for sharing your amazing talent.

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  10. Becky

    Having lost my husband unexpectedly in May 2010, I will tell you that grief is a journey with mountains and valleys. Some days you feel you have it all together and the next day you feel like you are coming apart at the seams and will never see the light at the end of the tunnel. The most important thing is to take care of you. Do not worry about what you are or are not doing for us. The only ones who won’t understand are those who have not suffered a loss, expected or unexpected. While I understand you were not yet married, you may find some solace on this FB page, One Fit Widow: https://www.facebook.com/OneFitWidow/. She has hit the nail on the head so many times for me with what she posts. It’s like she read my mind. Praying for you as you continue this journey.

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    1. Bird Post author

      I’m so sorry to hear that you have experienced this too Becky. Thanks for your kind words, I will have a look at that facebook page, thanks for the recommendation

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  11. Sandie Keeble

    Please take the time to grieve – we will all still be here, patiently waiting for whenever you feel the time is right to continue with your creative work. An unexpected loss of a partner can take longer to get over because we do not have the advantage of preparation time. Last December while my husband was waiting for an operation for bowel cancer, I was phoned at 10pm the night before to be told that if his heart failed he was unlikely to be resuscitated because he was so ill. However he made it through that. Now we have been told he has both liver and stomach cancer, so they cannot operate, merely manage. So in a way, I have had a year to prepare myself for the inevitable – but it will still take time when that moment comes.
    Please look after yourself and I wish you all the best for 2018.

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    1. Bird Post author

      I’m so sorry to hear what you are going through Sandie, I can’t imagine how difficult it must be for you both to come to terms with this. I know 2018 may not be a great year for you with the tough times you have ahead but my thoughts are with you and I hope you take care of yourself too

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  12. Susan Kimmet

    Grieving is hard, and takes time. Just remember that there will be light on the other side, and every day brings you a step closer.

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  13. Frances

    I am so sorry for your loss. Healing takes time and please take all the time you need.
    Losing a love one is like losing a part of yourself but it will get better. Please take care!
    Wishing a Happy New Year!

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  14. Lebonvallet Marie line

    Bonjour je peux quevouscomprendre car je viens de perdre mon mari le 12 décembre 2017 il s’est suicidé après une grave dépression, on se connaissaient depuis 35ans et je ne sais pas comment je vis pourquoi je mange, me lave,,vie…..juste pour mo fils mais qui a perdu son papa à 27 ans, sans réponse ni de mots, nous sommes donc de tout coeur et çompatissons à votre douleur, mais je ne souhaite plus les voeux car malheureusement tous’les’ans la vie nous amène son lot de tristesse ……alors bon courage à vous et de tout coeur avec vous

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    1. Bird Post author

      I am so sorry to hear this and I can understand exactly how you feel right now. We didn’t just lose our partner but our whole future was taken from us in one swift moment. It’s not just hard to even think about how we can carry on but also to find the will to carry on. All you need to do right now is get through each day, one day at a time. My thoughts are with you and I hope in time your pain will start to fade.

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  15. Marion Kelly

    My heart goes out to you at this time.Grieving is not a short fast process… It takes time You have lost the love of your life. Yet, in spite of your great sorrow you have kept giving joy to others by way of your talent .Thank you

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    1. Bird Post author

      You are so right Marion, I’m starting to realise just how long of a process this is going to be. Thanks for your kinds words

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  16. Orietta Vélez Dumani

    May this 2018 bring your heart serenity and acceptance to carry on. You have delighted us with your creativity and generosity making us smile quite often. Thank you! May you smile as often, too!

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  17. Christine M

    It all will take time, it sucks but you will come through it. Never worry about us, we love your designs!!

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  18. Lynda

    It takes time to heal a broken heart and it has been no time at all. Your desire to create will return when your heart is ready. Your designs give so much pleasure to so many people who aren’t blessed with your talent. Take care

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  19. Karen Page

    You do what you need to do, we’ll be here when you feel like putting out some designs. In the meantime, take whatever time you need, Creativity cannot be forced, but perhaps if you try creating something… anything, not necessarily designs, it will be therapeutic. So many times painting, coloring, cutting, or even just sorting my supplies has helped me feel better or taken my mind off things for a moment. And during periods of grief, a reprieve from thinking can be rejuvenating. May 2018 bring you peace and may your memories bring you comfort. Hugs!

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  20. rose tresures

    Sorry for your loss!! I pray for healing to take place in your heart. I hope you can remember the good and great times that you and Austin shared. Take the time you need for yourself. Thank you for all you do and may God bless you in 2018!!! hugs, patty

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  21. Denise M

    my heart goes out to u, i lost mine in sept too. i know how u feel. prayers to u i know it hurts, i was with my troy 1o years we were set to get married and god took him from me.

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    1. Bird Post author

      Oh I am so sorry Denise, it sounds sounds like we have been going through very similar situations. We were together for 11 years and were planning to get married too. I hope 2018 is kind to you and your pain starts to fade

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  22. Libby

    Hoping 2018 brings you peace and happiness. Allow yourself the time to adjust to this new reality. You are such a lovely, creative person ……hoping your creative projects help you to heal and move forward.
    Looking forward to your beautiful designs in the coming months.

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  23. Rebeca Hernández

    I deeply wish you strength and lots of love filling your heart. I know and I have experienced that God is my shelter in all those things which are so big to me. Blessings and 2018 be your best year in the Name of Jesus!

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  24. Diane Bove

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Sorry I have not been following any blogs, I was shocked to hear your sad news. I will include you in my prayers. ~Diane

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