Suzanne and I started The Paper Variety almost 2 years ago and it's time for us to take a break. Our lil challenge blog here will be on vacation for at least the duration of the summer. We'll be back in September, most likely, to assess and go from there at that time.
Our most sincere apologies to those who applied for our design team. This decision to break was made just a week or two ago, a few weeks after the call was posted. Suzanne and I feel bad for those who made the effort to apply, but we hope you understand.
Suzanne and her husband are in the process of adopting a little one to complete their loving family. As they get closer to the final stages, the process and preparation takes a lot of Suzanne's time and attention. She and her husband are completely devoted to making this happen.
In May, I decided to provide a healthier lifestyle for myself. I've been overweight all of my life and at almost 40 y/o, I'm way past due in taking care of myself. I've been learning about nutrition and I now exercise daily. I've lost weight and I feel great with more energy, I'm out of the house a lot more and I stay active. I'm doing well but I have a long road ahead of me. I've also started dating again after a few years of being single, and I'm enjoying that wonderful feeling of having companionship again.
For these reasons (plus a few more unmentioned), Suzanne and I do not have the time to keep TPV open for the summer. Arranging and posting challenges, seeking and emailing sponsors, the projects, the tutorials.. it all takes a lot of time at home in front of the computer. It was a hard decision, but a much needed one.
We'll be back in a few months and decide what we're going to do from there. We may keep our format/schedule the same with twice monthly challenges, or we may go to a monthly one. We honestly don't know yet, it all depends on where our lives have led us at that time and what time we have open to us. Those who sent in DT apps recently, we may invite you to join us in the Fall, if you're still available.
Right now, things are up in the air with our future plans for TPV, but one thing is for certain.. we are not closing. We just need a break and refocus our priorities as our personal lives are changing. We hope you understand.
Please follow us here and on our Facebook page (if you haven't already) so you don't miss any of our news in the future. When we reopen, we'd really love to have you back with us.
Have a great summer, everyone!