I’ve been pondering the decision to close my blog down for a while now and this week I finally made up my mind. The reason I started my blog in 2015 was to inject some creativity back into my life. Somewhere between a career in TV, motherhood and divorce, I had lost the drive to be creative and I began to feel that something was missing from my life
I set to work one cold January morning and didn’t stop for weeks. I quickly learnt a new set of skills in a very short space of time. Teacup Toria was born and it felt amazing to be creating something for myself, that I had complete ownership of.
As soon as I started writing the content for my blog, it felt like the missing piece of me that had been lost, miraculously reappeared. I made the decision to include my doodles in many of my early posts and realised how much I had missing drawing.
This feeling hasn’t gone away, in fact it ignited a desire to use my creative talents even more and in February this year I took a giant leap of faith by starting my own arts business. Teacup Doodles appears to be going from strength to strength and the main reason for closing my blog is so I can devote all my spare time to building my business.
I feel completely blessed to have discovered a huge passion for creating bespoke artwork that captures family life and its special occasions. In fact, I see it as a great privilege to create a piece of artwork that will proudly hang on a wall in your home and make you smile. I love imagining that visitors to your house will see it and smile too. The thought of all those smiles, makes me one proud and very happy lady.
My readers will know that family life is something I have chased for myself for many years and which has somehow eluded me. I have written many blog posts about this throughout my short blogging life; sharing honestly and openly the highs and lows of my endeavours.
As my second divorce comes to its’ final stages, I find myself feeling happy and content. I am finally grateful for what I have in my life, not wishing for what I don’t. I also find myself on the last stages of my house renovation and I’m thrilled to have created a gorgeous, peaceful home for me and my boy. Everything seems to have fallen into place; perhaps I have arrived at the destination that was meant for me all along?
Throughout my little blogging journey, there is no doubt that my life has been enriched, not only the experience, but by the many people I have met along the way. The parent blogger community is one of the most supportive networks I have ever been a part of and where I have found great compassion, solidarity and friendship. For this reason, making the decision to close my blog has been a very difficult one but I’m pretty sure that the friendships I’ve made will stand the test of time.
My blog may not have made it to the Tots 100 or worked with big brands but that’s never why I began. I began so that I could inspire others with my story and reclaim my lost creative voice. I’m proud of the support or hope others found when reading my posts and I’m proud that my creative voice has become so loud that it’s pushing me on to achieve more.
This blog was always about never giving up and finding my happily ever after…….well this is my happily ever after and there’s no place I’d rather be.
A Thank You:
Thank you to everyone who has shared in my journey. Your comments, support and kindness gave me the wings I needed to fly.
I hope you’ll continue to follow me through Teacup Doodles. I’m hoping to create a new website with a monthly blog which will offer part-business/part-home life insights. You can also still find me on Instagram as @teacuptoria