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This weekend was a mad whirlwind, friends. I spent Friday - Sunday giving the collection I had worked on for a month the final touches and trying to figure out how to unveil the first Wordpress collection without letting fear take over me. Somewhere in between writing a newsletter and replying to some of the bunch of emails I had accumulated through the week, I got misty. This is my last collection until 2013 and it made me think of how I landed in this place last year. 

I'm very pushy with myself and not very kind when it comes to pointing out my own mistakes, so the new experience of feeling proud of myself is still foreign to me but I do feel an utter respect and gratefulness for whatever happened that was so wrong and so right at the same time that I ended up in this place where I find myself today. 

I'm so thankful for all the people (you) who believed in me, who have walked through the whole Blog Milk experience with me and those, who I can count with one hand that pushed me through the ugliest times and reminded me how I had so much more to give in every aspect of my life. I owe so much to my friends who always think my crazy ideas are the best and my family who are proud of me regardless of how far I go on life. I owe so much to you that visit my blog every day and leave me the kindest comments and emails and to those friends who I met years ago through the internet when I took on blogging full-time.

Thank you! I am so grateful for you and you amazing kindness.

See the new Blogger Collection
Browse through the first Wordpress Collection co-designed with the lovely Brandi
or See our Previous Themes.

Happy week and happy blogging :)

34 comments:

  1. Hello from France,

    I just bought the Folio wordpress theme. I'm very happy and excited. And I am so happy that it exist beautiful wordpress themes like that. It's really cool because it's easy when we are not a very good technician like me. Thank you Ana, Brandi and Blogmilk!
    Long live blogging and Blogmilk!

    Kahina

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    1. "cool" in french means "great"...I simply say that because my boyfriend has just told me that "cool" in english means "fresh"...oups :o)

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    2. Oh Kahina! You have no idea of how thankful I am for your purchase. You kicked off the day for me buying the first theme only 15 seconds after I published! I don't say this lightly. You ROCK!

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  2. Ana this is such exciting news! You have a lot to be proud of (and I'm not just saying that because I am excited that you are now working with WP ;-)

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    1. Hahaha! Yay! Brandi is such an awesome person to work with so I'd recommend everyone to go for her if they need a custom design. Seriously. I was a bit nervous to think I had to work with someone aside from Matt and Lena who helped me propel Blog Milk but she was so committed and so wonderful. It was like she had always been on board. Amazing!

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  3. Ana, they're all so lovely! Great job! I love the theme of minimalism throughout. Question -- where do you get the images you use in your demo blogs? Are they stock? (I'm looking for some stock photos to use for a project right now and all the ones I find are not very aesthetically pleasing.) Great job, again!

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    1. Hi Emily! The ones on the demos I get from either flickr or gettyimages ;)

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  4. What a wonderful post and congrats on all you do Ana! You are one of the people I look up to professionally so always know that I think you are damn fabulous and talented! I can't wait to dive in and take a look at your new work! x

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    1. Thank you SO much, Nadia! You are the best... AND Thank you for being part of Blog Milk for such a long time. xo

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  6. Your awesome Anna and I love everything about you. Your designs are top notch as always you have gave me so much inspiration and drive since I have met you to push myself and my work forward to a place I am happy with. I hope you always do well with everything you do.

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    1. Thank you so much, Noor! and thank you for your wonderful support and help :) xx

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  7. They are absolutely stunning! Congratulations, Ana and Brandi. :)

    xo. Jamy

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    1. Thank you sweet, Jamy! You're always so kind.

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  8. this collection is so beautiful ana! you do amazing work and certainly deserve to be proud. i am so happy that you do what you do. xo

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    1. ... and I am so happy that I met you! Thank you Christine! I adore what you do too! xoxo

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    1. Stop it! You are always telling me this beautiful things and one day I'm gonna buy them all :) haha! JK Thank you, Melissa! You rock!

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  10. Yayyyy, Christmas has arrived!!! Im 100% Blog Milk all the way and cant have it any other way!! Im grateful you believe in yourself and have the aupport group that you to help you push your creativity to the next level. It has blessed me in my very tiny corner of the blogging world. Thank you Ana! xoxo

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    1. Oh Tiffany! You're so sweet and so kind and so amazing! Thank you SO much for everything! xoxo

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  11. Wow oh wow! It's all so gorgeous! And seriously- so much has changed in the last few years it's astounding. When you're all famous, I'll tell people I was with you 'way back when...'

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    1. hahaha! Thank you, Tiffany! You're too kind :)

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  12. Loving the new Blogger collection, Ana! Your designs are so swoon-worthy. I had so much fun watching them come alive in their Wordpress forms.

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    1. oh darling! How I loved working with you. Love you!

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  13. Stop it! If you keep making beautiful designs I'll always want to change my blog :)

    You are so incredibly talented. I'm so proud of you Ana!

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    1. Hahaha! Let's do it! You know I can always use a good excuse to spend some blissful hours talking to you!

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  14. Congrats on the new collection Ana! Lovely as always. xo

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  15. Congratulations. You are so inspiring!!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Laura. So honored!

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  16. Amazing work! Seriously, I love all the collection!

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  17. Another beautiful collection, Ana! You should feel very proud of yourself and all that you have accomplished. From Live to Enliven to Blog Milk, you're so inspiring, and I'm happy you found your way to this happiness; You deserve it. Keep up all the great work you do.

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  18. I am SO excited that you've launched your WordPress themes! I told you I would buy one as soon as you came out with them, and I just did! :) Thank you and Brandi for your awesome web skills!!! I can't wait to change over my blog! Thank you!!!

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