It's been a while. I'm feeling decidedly unconnected. Let's catch up!

It’s been a while. I’m feeling decidedly unconnected. Let’s catch up!

2015 felt like the year of learning to balance — or should I say juggle — life, work and routine with a one year old.

As you know, there’s nothing routine about life with children. Every week is topsy-turvy, from ever-changing daycare schedules, to snotty noses, to spiking temperatures.

Speaking of spiking temps, I feel the need to share that my beautiful baby girl had a “febrile” seizure last September. She was 15 months old at the time. It was the most terrifying experience of my life. She is absolutely fine, and it was (fingers crossed) a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The months that followed were an emotional rollercoaster for me.

However, all that pain and anxiety was so much easier to handle because of the freedom and flexibility that having my own business brings. I was able to care for my baby, AND for my clients.

I am so grateful for the inspirational, caring, generous people that I collaborated with in 2015.

And I’m delighted to share just a few of the lovely websites I launched out into the world in 2015:

We’ll take a closer “behind-the-scenes” look at some of these over the coming weeks to demonstrate tools and techniques that might apply to your own website.

Last October, I had a launch of my own…

The Web Designer Beauty School. On the surface, this online course is about learning to use WordPress effectively to build a website, but really students find themselves building a flexible lifestyle and becoming empowered to work passionately on their own terms. (Just like I did!)

The Web Designer Beauty School course will be opening up again on March 4th. If you know anyone who has a niggling or nagging desire to design websites, or perhaps they’ve dabbled in WordPress but they aspire to master the code once and for all, please forward them this email and/or refer them to the Beauty School! I promise this course is life-changing. (They’re not my words. My students tell me so time and time again).

What’s in store for 2016?

I started by saying I felt disconnected, and I’ve decided that 2016 is going to be all about connection. Part of connecting is simply communicating regularly with you, << Test First Name >>, my dear clients, and all the Tall Poppies followers.

This year, I decided not just to set a lofty goal of blogging more regularly, but to actually find a way to get it done. I am absolutely bursting with ideas, experience, and technical information to share with you, to help you run businesses better and more easily.

In the past, those ideas got buried under client work. In the future, they will be landing in your inbox every two weeks.

I will achieve this goal thanks to some much needed help from two incredible people: the oh-so-delightful Sara Barry (, and the supremely beautiful and intelligent Ana Ottman (

I can’t describe how liberating it was to connect with Sara and Ana and actually implement so many plans that help me better serve you. When I get off the phone with these wonderful women, I feel invigorated—and one step closer to being connected – to you.

So here’s to 2016, and to deeper connections.


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