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I’m Taking a Break from Designing

I announced on Instagram a couple weeks ago that starting in February 2016, I will not be blog designing. I haven’t decided if this is temporary or permanent. As much as I love designing, it’s becoming a chore nowadays. I’m busy with teaching, coaching, getting my masters, and being a wife. Teaching is my priority and over the last year and half, it has started to take a backseat, and that is not what I want. I also make hardly anything. I spend hours and hours on designs and at $50 each, lets just say it is way less than minimum wage. I also have felt I’m expected to drop everything I’m doing to work on designs. I’ve had a half dozen designs not be completed because of failure to communicate, and I now have to do them over my holidays when I would much rather be spending time with my family. I just need a break, or I will go crazy. I also need this time to reevaluate my prices, because if I resume designing, there will be a price change.

Extremely difficult decision, but I need a break. #lpaulldesignsforall

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Thanks so much for your continuous love and support. It means the world to me.

XoXo,

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Why I have decided to NOT design for Word Press.

When I made the decision to switch L. Paull Designs for All from Blogger to Word Press back in February, I had every intention of offering design services for Word Press starting this fall. However, I have changed my mind…and here is why:

I lack the knowledge and the time.

Even though I started working on the switch to WP in February…it didn’t OFFICIALLY happen until July. Several reasons….uhm, I was kind of planning a wedding…priorities. AND I had to learn what in the world I was doing….which is why I can’t offer services. I lack the knowledge, and I lack the time to really learn it. There are SO many possibilities with WP, that I don’t think I would ever be able to understand it fully. My job is a teacher, and I want it to stay that way. I love the connections I make, the happiness I bring to others, and of course the extra income as a blog designer….but it is like a hobby to me, and I can’t imagine giving up my passion for teaching to become a full time blog designer…which is basically what I think I would have to do.

I get emails daily about blog designs. A lot of my clients are new bloggers that are full of questions….with Word Press, I would have questions ALL THE TIME…and I honestly don’t have time to answer all of them.

I also want to get back to designing pre-designs at a lower price, like I used to, because there are SO many aspiring bloggers out there that just want something cute, not necessarily custom! So, I would love to be able to get back to that!

Teaching, Grad School, Family, Coaching. Those are my priorities right now. I simply can’t add more to my plate.

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Overwhelmed and Thankful: Booked for 2015

This summer has been a crazy whirlwind for me. On June 12, I married the love of my life. It was the most perfect and happiest day! The next day we left for our Disney World honeymoon. When I returned, I went back to work on designs and haven’t stopped since. While I love designing and creating, it can also be very overwhelming at times. I’m a one woman show, and try to get back to people as soon as I possibly can. I appreciate all of your patience and support this summer, and for the last year!

It is with both joy and a bit sadness that I inform you that I am booked for 2015. I booked for the summer rather quickly, especially since I took 2 months off prior to the wedding, and over the past couple weeks booked for the rest of the year. This is mainly due to me cutting back to 4 designs a month when I start back to school, and taking the weeks of Thanksgiving and Christmas off completely. Last Thanksgiving and Christmas I worked almost every day during those breaks, and I need to remember to take time for me, and my family.

I am hoping that going back to my school year design schedule will allow me to create pre-design templates that I haven’t been able to do in months! So please make sure to check back often!

Thank you again for all of your love and support….you honestly have no idea how much this little business means to me, and my husband!

All my love,