I would like to start this blog by offering the most heartfelt “I’m going to miss you ” to the Wonderful owner of Nuts & Bolts Media, Andrea.
As many of you now I was lucky around this time last year and won a total Blog Makeover through a contest on Facebook, and had the pleasure of ‘meeting’ Andrea through texts, emails and the web. We worked together patiently as she answered my myriad of dumb questions, as I was new to blogging, assuring me each time that no my question wasn’t dumb (trust me I know a dumb question when its asked! I have worked in Marketing a large portion of my adult life), I waited patiently while she herself was taken down by a flu that took over her home…and joyously we celebrated with the chat and exchange of colours, fonts and decals. Sadly, after putting a year of hard work, dedication and commitment to her clients, and friends…someone decided it would be funny and she was struck down by a virus or DDos attack (yupp, I copied that from an email because I have no idea what that is!). Sadly over a week I watched my email as she graciously attempted to keep us all aware of what was going on, apologizing for the inconvenience, the loss of revenue for some, and working diligently at restoring our sites and trust in her and her company. While I am aware, she was attacked professionally as well as emotionally…I took the time to remind her that HER level of professionalism was unwavering.She herself remained calm in the time of duress and struggle, I was encouraged by her willpower, her loss of revenue, which has resulted in the breakdown of her company….her baby which she dedicated so much time and Energy to over the past years.
SHE herself never failed to encourage us, when we were down, or at a loss…and yet we stood by not able to help her save for following her instructions on backing up our data (Note to self…ask Jesse what that is!). Sadly, she was forced to admit defeat, and with a heavy heart she made sure we were still protected from the wolf at the door and we were transitioned without much fuss to another reliable host. (That poor boy has no idea how dumb the questions can be 😉 )
Sadly, the door was forced shut on Andrea, yet I am positive she will rise above this challenge and find herself in a brighter environment with stained glass windows…letting the sun shine in and offering her a rainbow on her future. She taught me many things this past year…she taught me strength, character, fonts, publishing rights, laughing at the little things and embracing the possibilities. She was and will remain a valuable resource in my conquest of the blogging world.
Many times throughout my life, I have heard the statement made “When one door closes, another one Opens…” , and I must admit there have been times when I silently shake my head, and think “Sure…sure it does…”, and in my own self pitying state I sludge forward, make a plan…and then suddenly remember that another door did open. I was reminded of this this past week, as I watched in silence from the sidelines, while I embraced the challenges before me. This is a new beginning for us…Andrea and I both…and we will do amazing things each on our own, but with the memory of the lives we have touched!Read More