Today I write you with a sincere and heartfelt thank you for all you’ve done to make The Inspired Lens a success. I want to share with you why I will be shutting down the site.
Hosting a blog of inspiration is no small feat. Back in November, we told you we were shutting down before. Sariah had just discovered she was pregnant with number five (!!! eek! So excited!) and I, Sarah, had been tired for weeks. I took a long rest and evaluation period and Sariah and I started to go back to doing TIL on a more limited basis.
Fast forward to last week. I posted about a minor emergency that suddenly, isn’t so minor; an allergic reaction to yet another food that, 24 hours before, was just fine means that something is very, very wrong. To be frank, I’ve been dealing with a swiftly increasing number of food allergies over the last 18 months, and now it looks like it is an indicator that something may be wrong with my immune system. If you’ve ever had issues with your immune system, you know that stress and constant exhaustion doesn’t help. This means I must let TIL go – completely this time, because when I see the fan page or the website, I always feel like I should be working! – and I am crushed.
It’s not an easy task to let go, though I hope this, in some small way, explains the frequent absences and changes in direction as I tried to put as much energy as I could muster into TIL. I love you all so much, all the talent and wise words you’ve shared to the tutorials and freebies we all put so much time and effort into. Janelle, Angela, Amy, Kara and Sariah moved mountains in the work they did to make this site a success in just six short months, and it doesn’t feel good to have to say goodbye to all of this today, whether it’s a mutual decision or not.
I’d like to end by telling you that you, yourself, were the inspiration, always. Your creativity was astounding; coming up with new ideas, poses, processing. You pinned our tutorials and shared your own photos with others, and continue to get better with every shoot, every day. I can’t wait to watch as you grow, to be in awe of the pure talent I have gotten to see from all of you. Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for everything.
Love and inspiration always,