This weekendÂ is special. Not just because itâ€™s the weekend (although that alwaysÂ gives me cause to celebrate!) – itâ€™s a special weekend for me for two very important reasons.
Firstly, Sunday is my wedding anniversary, and this year me and my hubby Darren will be celebrating two years of ‘Mr&Mrsâ€“ness’. I donâ€™t know where that time went, but I like to think itâ€™s flown because weâ€™ve been having so much funâ€¦ it certainly feels that way. So I wanted to take the opportunity to wish my Mr lots of love on this special weekend. I canâ€™t wait to share more about things in my life throughÂ the blog this year, but Iâ€™m saving all the juicy bits for another day, as today Iâ€™ve got something else to talk about….
It’s the second reason I wanted to tell you more about… this weekend is special because it marks A Whole Lot of Lovelyâ€™s first birthday! That’s right, one whole year!
**bring out the cake!!!!**
Well what an adventure it has been! For those of you who’ve been with me from the start, youâ€™ll remember I chose to launch my website and business on the anniversary of my own wedding. You can go right back to my first blog post here if you want to reminisce.
I wonâ€™t lie, the first year in business has been hard graftâ€¦ it’s particularly hard when youâ€™ve got a full time job too that takes up a lot of your time. Despite some long hours over the past year building the foundation of my little empire, I am so glad I took the leap to create something of my own.
My first year in business has taught me so much, and continues to do so. Iâ€™ve made new friends, learnt tough lessons, bamboozled my mind withÂ new software and website skills, and Iâ€™ve really stepped outside my comfort zone and taken risks to buildÂ my little business to where it is today.
One of my favourite bitsÂ thoughÂ has beenÂ getting the opportunity to help and work with such amazing people. Iâ€™ve helped lots ofÂ people create something really special for one of the biggest days of their lives or for a really special celebration. I can honestly say itâ€™s been a pleasure to work with each and every one of you <3.
But I haven’t just enjoyed creating things for people who’ve ordered from me. When I started A Whole Lot of Lovely, I wanted it to be for everyone. Thatâ€™s why a lot of what I post on my Facebook page isnâ€™t just about me and my business â€“ itâ€™s there for you. To brighten your day, inspire you, put a smile on your face â€“ I like to share a little bit of lovely from all walks of life.
If youâ€™re reading this, I want you to know that all of that is for you. You see, you donâ€™t have to have bought a product from me to be my customer. Of course one day I hope youâ€™ll stop by and buy something from A Whole Lot of Lovely, but I get real pleasure from being able to inspire everyone who reads my blog and engaged with the business on Facebook. Your comments, your likes, when you share something I postâ€¦ it all means youâ€™ve found some value in it, and that makes me feel… well, really chuffedâ€¦ so please donâ€™t stop! :-)
So whatâ€™s in store for the next year I hear you ask? Well I am really excited about whatâ€™s round the corner. At the minute I am working with some truly inspiring people to help build more free quality content for you to get stuck into. Expect to see lots more inspiring stories, tips from realÂ people who have been exactly where you are, more pretty image inspiration and of course plenty more new designs and products to capture your imagination and treat those you love.
As a HUGE thankyou for all your support over the last year, I have two treats for you lovely lot…
Firstly as a birthday celebration A Whole Lot of Lovely is offering 15% off all stationery orders placed between 17th and 31st of March 2014, for anyone signing up to my A Whole Lot of Lovely email updates. Just use the Code BIRTHDAY when you place your order and sign up for updates using this link.
Secondly,Â over onÂ A Whole Lot of Lovely’s facebook page I amÂ running a competition to winÂ a fabulous ÂŁ100 voucher to spend on wedding or celebration stationery â€“ head over to my facebook page to find out more, the closing date is 31st March 2014.
If youâ€™re interested in either of my ‘birthday treats’ get involved â€“ you donâ€™t have to be planning a wedding, all designs on the site can be tweaked for birthdays, anniversary celebrations, christenings, hen parties, baby showersâ€¦ you name it, we can work it out!
If you know someone who’d benefit from this, don’t forget to share this with themÂ using the sharing buttons at the bottom of this post.
All thatâ€™s left to say is a massive THANK YOU once again and a big â€ścheers!â€ť to another year of A Whole Lot of Lovely!
Now letâ€™s have a little champagne cocktail to celebrate! ;-)
Emma – Owner, Designer (& lover of all things pretty)