A Bittersweet Announcement

“A lady always knows when to leave.”

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I’m not normally a person who finds herself at a loss for words. I’ve written countless chapters, blogs, letters, emails, to-do lists, cards. . .even post-its. Words, words, words. Lots of them. I have all the words for every occasion.

Until it’s time to say goodbye.

You see, this is my last post as a Bright Ideas Girl. After seven years of writing, teaching, and spreading creativity, it’s time for me to step down from my post. I’ve spent many seasons with this beautiful project, but the seasons have changed in my life (as they often do). I don’t have the same time and energy to devote to Bright Ideas as I once did, and I won’t do you the disservice of giving you a half-hearted effort.

I want to make it clear that this does not mean that Emily and I have had a falling out, or that we are parting on bad terms. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Bright Ideas is on the verge of some incredible things, and Emily and I realized that she is the one best positioned to run into this bright future. It wasn’t an easy choice to make; in fact, we both wrestled with the idea for some time. In the end, we both knew that my exit would open the way for the new things that are coming. I am stepping back, but I’m also waving her forward into a brilliant new chapter in the Bright Ideas story. It’s a bittersweet, yet joyous parting.

Now, this won’t be the last you ever see of me around here. I love you all too much to never come back for a visit. I’ll be around for future collaborations, and I’ll always be that loud voice cheering everyone on.

As I go, I want to say an enormous “thank you” to all of the amazing people that have followed us, contributed, and helped Bright Ideas along over the years. This has been the most incredible journey, and I’m overwhelmed when I think of what this has become. I’m proud, honored, and grateful to say that I had a hand in Bright Ideas. Thank you for joining us on this journey, and I hope you’ll stay on for the next part of the ride. The best is yet to come!


Stay hungry. Stay foolish. Stay excellent.


P.S. Big things are on the horizon, so stay tuned for more news from Emily about what’s coming next!