November 3, 2012

I have some news! For a long time, I’ve been waiting to share this news with all of you. I was surprised how much I’ve wanted to share this on FCV for many months and keeping you all out of the loop felt a little dishonest. It always drives me nuts when bloggers announce they’re working on something amazing but they can’t share it with readers just yet. Infuriating! So I didn’t want to give any hints until I knew exactly when I could share the whole story.

Yesterday I finished up at my day job and took the big leap into freelancing, writing, blogging and creating full time. My goal for this year was to be in a position to do this by the end of 2012, so it’s very exciting that it’s happening two months early! It’s also a little terrifying, and Michael and I have had a lot of heart to hearts about the new plan, but it’s  really happening. I’m relieved and excited!

My day job, where I’ve been working since January, wasn’t a good fit for me. I had a feeling in my gut from the beginning that it wasn’t the place for me, but I felt I had to give it a shot. Well, sometimes the lesson is to listen to your gut. My poor family and close friends had to listen to me hem and haw over whether to leave for months. Thank goodness that phase is finally over and I can talk about other things again!

You’ve already seen a few of the projects I’ll be working on in the future, writing about marriage for Snippet & Ink and wedding DIYs for One Fab Day. I’ll be continuing to collaborate on a book with my dad, and working on a few other book ideas of my own. I’ll be teaching craft classes for adults and camps for kiddos, and I’ll finally have time to work through the long list of ideas I’ve been stashing away throughout the year.

Over the last year, I’ve learned a lot about what makes me happy and what doesn’t. I now know it’s nearly impossible for me to sit at a computer all day long, and I really like to be out and about meeting people and learning about the cool things they do. So in addition to the other projects I have going on, you’re going to get a lot more posts about goings on in Dublin, tips for enjoying my adopted city, and even more of my day-to-day. I’m even working on a few radio projects that will hopefully see the light of day in the next few months!

Now, for the most important part. Thank you all for reading, for supporting this space that I love so much, and for keeping me creative for the last two years. I’m excited about what’s to come and I know I couldn’t do it without all your lovely comments every week! FCV is only going to grow from here!

Until next week, have a happy weekend!


  • Reply Magda (@MagdasCauldron) November 3, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    Congratulations Emily! It’s great news (I hate “I’m working on something but can’t tell you” posts).
    Good luck!

    • Reply emily November 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks, Magda! Glad you know what I mean with that little pet peeve! 😉

  • Reply Cara November 3, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    This is fantastic Emily. So happy and excited for you and I think you will see huge success in this next season! Brilliant :-)

    • Reply emily November 3, 2012 at 7:13 pm

      Thanks, Cara! And thank you for your early enthusiasm last year – it’s been such a blessing to remember!

  • Reply Caitriona (Wholesome Ireland) November 3, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    Congratulations E. it’s a great feeling to be your own boss & have more space to invest in creative things. As we’ve just passed into the Celtic New Year since Wednesday perhaps it is a good start to the year. 😉

    • Reply emily November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      I didn’t even know it was the Celtic New Year, Caitriona! A new thing to go research now 😉 Have been inspired by you lately – love that you’re sharing your wisdom and voice through so many outlets!

      • Reply Caitriona (Wholesome Ireland) November 4, 2012 at 9:42 am

        Awh thank you Emily. I’m beginning to realise that blogging nowadays isn’t just about a website. 😉

        • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm

          Totally agree! All about multiple channels – hope to follow in your footsteps in the coming weeks!

  • Reply Jess (JessinBelgium) November 3, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Congratulations Emily and so well deserved. I cannot wait to read what comes out of this new creative focus! Best wishes.

    • Reply emily November 3, 2012 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you for the encouragement, Jess! I’m excited! Lots and lots coming up!

    • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      Thanks, Jess! I’m actually hoping Brussels might be in my future! Is that in your field of expertise? 😉

  • Reply Dawn November 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    So exciting! The very best of luck with your plans!

    • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Dawn! Lots more coming soon!

  • Reply Holly Kennedy November 3, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    What fantastic news Emily! Well done for taking the leap, it sounds so exciting, I hope one day I might do the same. I can’t wait to read all your new posts :-)

    • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Holly! I hope one day you get to do the same too! It’s very new, but I’m already feeling so much more free!

  • Reply julie November 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    I can’t wait to see where this road takes you :)

    • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you, my dear! I think the road will take me to more projects with miss julie!

  • Reply Katie November 3, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    Exciting news! I remember chatting about this dream when you visited NYC earlier this year, and it’s coming true!

    • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Katie! Hoping we get to see you guys over Christmas in China Village! Will be great to have another catch up!

  • Reply Kristin November 4, 2012 at 11:05 am

    As a fellow freelancer, I’m especially excited for you and your fantastic news! I can’t wait to see what new projects, posts, etc. you get to work on now. Congrats! x

    • Reply emily November 4, 2012 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! It’s a big step and I can’t wait to share more fun projects soon!

  • Reply Cait November 4, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Congratulations!! Very excited to see the creative stuff you’ll be doing!

  • Reply 31 Chapel Lane November 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Many congratulations Emily! Truly very exciting news, we trust the best is yet to come for you & Michael. x

    • Reply emily November 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Thanks, Joy! I hope so!

  • Reply Caroline@Bibliocook November 7, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Best of luck Emily! It’s a big step – welcome to the freelance world.

    • Reply emily November 9, 2012 at 11:29 am

      Thanks, Caroline!

  • Reply Lily Ramirez-Foran November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations Emily! so excited for you!! I know exactly how you feel, so fingers crossed that in a few months time you’ll be wondering why it took you so long to make the move! :) All the best!

    • Reply emily November 9, 2012 at 11:38 am

      Thanks, Lily! I have a feeling that will be the case!

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