Today I was suppose to be on here announcing a new Design Team. Instead I've got something else to post-something that has been a difficult decision but one that has needed to be made for several months now. I didn't know how much to share but sometimes it's good to get it all out..so here goes:
2013 dealt my family many personal struggles. Some of you may or may not know that I was diagnosed with Lyme Diesease the end of 2009. Unfortunatley, for me this has become a chronic illness and it is something that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Last spring and summer my symptoms worsened and it was a very scary time for me, my symptoms were at the worst they had been in the last four years. I found out in August that I was pregnant and was very concerned with the state of my health and the health of my baby. A few weeks later I did miscarry. It was a very sad time for me as you can imagine.
Then just a month later our family received another blow as my mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in October. She had received her yearly mammogram in March of 2013 and it came back clean so we were definetly not prepared for the news. Thankfully, she was given a 100% full recovery after treatment. She underwent a double masectomy in December and will start 6 rounds of chemo here in the next few weeks. After that she will receive radiation treatments. So she still has a long road ahead.
SO-during this time I kept going and going and it's now catching up to me. I'm simply to the point where I am just burned out at the moment and need to take a break. February will mark the 5th Year Anniversary since I debuted Lily Bee Design. During all these years I have been a small operation. I've designed 95% of the collections, prepped them for production, overseen production, filled orders-you name it I've done it. Besides the enourmous amount of work and dedication that goes into running a business, I am also a mom to three little boys. I simply need to take a break. Phew, feels good to get it all out!
I want to thank all of my designers over the last year who stuck with me when times were tough. Heather Leopard, Lisa Dickinson, Summer Fullerton, Leslie Ashe, Stacey Michaud, Wendy Sue Anderson, Diane Payne, Diana Fisher, and Nicole Nowosad. And to Amy Heller-it was a rough road for me when we were getting her collection together. Thank you for hanging in there with me! To the new Design Team applicants who applied. I am so sorry! I was so excited by our applicants and I had a team chosen but in the end it made me realize I couldn't move forward.
I hope you will not forget about Lily Bee. I hope to be back sooner than later and hopefully better than ever. Time will tell. Thank you, thank you, thank you Lily Bee Friends!