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.
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.
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.
If you made it that far...
... you definitely deserve learning about the new Freebie Section in the store!
There are already some Workshops and digital goodies for you 🙂
There are more than those two!