Time for a Change Can be a New Opportunity

New Opportunity, Last Post

The New Year is a good time to reassess our priorities. I’ve decided it’s now time for me to make a change and I’m going to stop writing this blog. Today is my last post!

I’ve come to a point where I feel I really need to focus my energy on finishing the final edit of my novel, as well as spending more time on my artwork. As you know, I recently released The Creative Zone, an adult #coloring book. Designing the artwork and the book itself was an enjoyable challenge and made me realize how important the visual arts are to me.

I’ve often hailed the virtues of creativity and for me, the creative process is where I feel I need to steer my energy.

Change, The Creative Zone, Kathy Andrew,akandrew.com, A.K. Andrew

Bottles: page from The Creative Zone #Coloring Book by Kathy Andrew

Thank you

I’ve loved writing this blog. It’s developed my skills as a non-fiction writer and I’ve learned so much from the research I’ve done over the past four years. In thinking of making this change, the most important thing is to thank all my readers and especially those who’ve taken the time over and over again to join in the discussions.The most enjoyable part of my blog has been hearing other people’s thoughts. 

I’ve also been incredibly fortunate in finding my blogging tribe in Bloggers Helping Bloggers through LinkedIn. What an incredible group of people!! Not only do I feel I’ve made lifelong online friends, but the level of openness and support has been amazing. While I can’t name everyone, I’d like to make a special mention to Jeri Walker, Susan Cooper, Leora Wenger, Doreen Pendgracs, Sherryl Perry, Jon Jefferson, Patricia Weber, Jeanette Palladino, &  Catarina Alexon.

Thanks to all of you for your unfailing support and friendship.

A.K. Andrew, Fort Point, Golden Gate Bridge, akandrew.com,a writers notebook

A.K.(Kathy) Andrew at Fort Point, San Francisco

 Where to Find Me?

So how can we keep in touch? While I’ll keep this website, I am active on my Facebook Author page  (I’d love it if you would “like” either page), on Pinterest and Instagram. And of course I’m on Twitter. You may have already noticed that my twitter feed now includes  visual art as well as writing related tweets. And for those of you who have only known me as A.K., I am using my full name Kathy for anything associated with my artwork.

I will drop in when I can to your blogs, retweet your posts and I hope we can continue to connect and learn from each other. Wishing you all a fabulously creative year.

Arrivederci,  A.K. Andrew

A.K. Andrew, akandrew.com, A Writer's Notebook, Kathy Andrew

What changes are you planning for the coming year? Have any of them come as a surprise? What new opportunities can you see on the horizon?

Come join the discussion and share with your favorite social media. Connect with A.K.(Kathy) Andrew:

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  1. Oh, at least you allow a comment! Will miss you on the blog, but I understand. I have had little time to blog myself. I also would love to find more time to do art, but I also need to work on my paid work. Look forward to tweeting with you about art, sketching, drawing, painting.
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  2. I totally understand. Good luck on your novel. I liked your Facebook page and am following you on Pinterest.

  3. So sorry to hear you are leaving the blogosphere, though I don’t comment I have still enjoyed popping in to see what you have to say periodically. I will now pop over to your Facebook page.

    I wish you all the best and I can certainly understand that sometime your creative pursuits take different turns. My painting has certainly been much more prolific since I stopped blogging. 🙂 Can’t wait to go see what you have been up to.

    • Thanks Debra- I too have missed your blog- it’s interesting for me to hear how it freed up your time for something else. And I’m very interested to hear that you are also a painter! Fantastic. I hope I’ll come across your work, perhaps on Pinterest. I really appreciate you stopping by here today.
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  4. I’ll miss you’re blogs Kathy, even though I know we just connected this past year, I’ve enjoyed your posts. Of course we’ll keep in touch on the other circuits. I wish you well in your endeavors and admire your commitment. Many days I wish I could close up my blog, certainly with the time it takes to keep up and interact, but I find it’s still beneficial for me. Good luck, and who knows, you may pop in once in awhile. 🙂

  5. Good luck with you novel and I look forward to seeing your artwork in the future.

  6. We will miss you, but ultimately you are doing what’s best for you. Plus we will definitely keep in touch. Happy trails to you…
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  7. Kathy, I have so much enjoyed your blog but totally understand your reasons to move on. I wish you the greatest success with your writing and your visual arts. It has been a true pleasure meeting you and will look for your tweets. (I’m not on FB so won’t see you there).

  8. Will miss you, AK, but understand y0u fully. Why do you think I keep on re-publishing old timeless posts:-)

    Good luck with your writing and do let me know what happens.
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  9. A.K (aka Kathy) — I feel a real sense of loss that I won’t be reading your oh so interesting posts anymore. I understand completely. I myself have gone to an every other week schedule after seven years of posting. It’s tough to keep up. BTW, at your suggestion, I bought “Testament of Youth” and “Paying Guests.” Now I have to read them! And I still need to get to work on filling in the pages in your coloring book. You’ve given me a lot of assignments — and a lot of inspiration. The best of luck to you in your creative pursuits.

  10. Sorry to see you go, but as a writer I completely understand and wish you all the best!
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  11. Oh, I’m sorry that you’re ending your blog, but that’s just me being selfish 🙂 I truly understand and I’m happy it’s because you want to focus more on your other creative endeavors. I know I’ll be seeing you about on FB et al. Take care, Kathy!

  12. We will all miss reading your posts.
    I am so happy you are working on the editing of your novel, that always seems the hardest part of the process (besides promoting it).
    I know those of us who read your posts, wish you good luck.
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    • That’s so nice of you to say William – I really appreciate it. I do enjoy editing, but to do it justice I need to give it more attention that I have been. And good luck to you on your writing adventures too:-)

  13. I understand and applaud you for following your heart. I know it will lead you to many great things my friend – BIG Hug.
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  14. Everything is for a season. You are moving on to bigger things!

    You are right about the BmB group – I have met some wonderful people who not only share advice but challenge me.
    All the best for the future.

  15. Re your exit from active blogging, what more can I say other than “a creative type’s gotta do what a creative type’s gotta do”. Godspeed, A.K.
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  16. Hi Kathy. I so agree with you about the BHB group. It has been a godsend to me as well. Looking at the faces of those who have posted comments here, I can pretty much refer to each one of them as a friend. I’m glad we’ll be able to keep in touch via other forms of social media, and I wish you the very best as you pursue your creative endeavours. You certainly are on the right track with those adult colouring books. They’re amazingly popular, aren’t they?

    I still hope we will have the good fortune to meet in person one day soon. Cheers!
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    • Thank you so much Doreen. It’s amazing how many friends we have all made through BHB. And what’s been exciting is to see how much everyone has grown over the past 4 yrs. I’ve always enjoyed coming to your site and learning from you but your website looks really fantastic these days, and your content just keeps getting better all the time. And yes we’ll def. keep in touch and I look forward to your next trip to California:-)
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