Yes, I’ve come to a decision. And it feels quite momentous, like today is a really big day for me. I suppose it is.
I’ve decided to close down my Phoenix cards business. I know it’s the right thing to do, but it still feels odd. I think it’s because I started this business when I was desperately trying to find a way of staying at home with Boo when she was a baby and being able to carve out a life at home with her. And I did. That was nearly 4 years ago now, so this business has been with me through the baby years and I associate it with a big change in my life. And, of course, I still love the products. That hasn’t changed and I can’t imagine it ever doing so. I’m actually compiling a huge list of cards, wrap and stationery that I’ll be buying before I cease trading!
But what will I do? You may have already spotted that I blog a fair bit. It’s like an addiction for me now! I love the interaction within the community, I enjoy reading other blogs, I care about supporting others, though I’m still a total newbie myself. I’m so happy to see that this passion of mine is actually bringing in opportunities, for my family and I, and it felt like crunch time. I juggle a fair few things here, wear a few too many hats, and so I have decided that something has to give in order for me to pursue more, both with my own beloved blog, and also freelancing opportunities.
So, whilst it’s with sadness I close Jocelyn’s Cards down, it is with excitement that I look to the future. The plan is for it to be a slow burn. Keep writing here, pitch the odd idea and look for writing work elsewhere so building up my portfolio, ready for the point when I have a little more time on my hands when the kids are a little older. That’s the plan, but of course, me being me, I’ve had a couple of article ideas that I plan to pitch this week (well, they’re in my head, so it seems a shame to waste them) and I’ve spotted a couple of gaps within some local businesses that I feel I can help with – might as well offer up some help! And so it is onwards and upwards, I hope, and if I don’t try it, then I’ll never know, will I? I may even have bought myself a cheeky little Prosecco to celebrate this new beginning, too 😉
It does seem only right that I offer a few buys to my lovely readers, who have brought me this far on my new journey and whom I hope will continue onwards with me. So, I’m popping some packs together, that you can order with me just by tweeting or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids mix pack of cards £10 for 10
Adults mix pack of cards £10 for 10 (generally speaking, probably be 7 ladies & 3 mens cards in them)
A surprise! Take a chance and get a mixed bag of gorgeous cards, wrap and stationery (I promise it’ll all be discounted!) for £25
I also have loads of card samples, some of which I’ll use for crafting with the kids, but I have A LOT, so shout if you could make use of those.
Postage £2.50 for all packs, however many you buy, it’ll just be the one postage amount. I can take payment via Paypal, bank transfer, or cheque.
You can, of course, order anything else you like from my website this month, and be aware I’m placing my final order with Head Office on 24th may.
So, goodbye Phoenix, hello new world! Please wish me luck…