There’s Nothing Harder Than Saying Goodbye

It’s time for me to make a difficult announcement. To indulge in a spot of cliché, I’m not sure how to say it, so I’ll just come right out with it.

I’m resigning from Manolo for the Brides and Manolo for the Home.

During my time writing for Manolo for the Brides and Manolo for the Home, I’ve grown personally and professionally. When The Manolo took a chance and hired me to be a member of his team, I was a small-time journalist and freelance writer who’d started a blog mainly to complain about a boyfriend who was unwilling to get married. Now I’m a published author who’s married and a mom, and my accomplishments at Manolo for the Brides and Manolo for the Home have been the door openers to numerous interesting and lucrative opportunities.

I have loved every minute of writing for The Manolo. These blogs have been my introduction to entire worlds of design, fashion, etiquette, and more, not to mention my introduction to hundreds of awesome and amazing people. Reading your comments, receiving your emails, and answering your questions has been the very best part of bring a wedding planning blogger and then a home and lifestyle blogger.

But taking August off was eye opening for me. Between blogging, caring for a toddler, piles of contract work, the maintenance of a home, and trying to build a brand from the ground up, I was pulled in too many directions to be able to give my full attention to any one thing for any length of time, and I suddenly realized every part of my life had been suffering as a result.

When that’s happening, something has to give.

After weeks and weeks of thought, I finally made the decision to resign as Editor-in-Chief of Manolo for the Brides and Manolo for the Home. As you might imagine, it wasn’t an easy decision. I’ve been writing here since October 5, 2005, so these blogs have been a huge part of not just my life, but also who I am. The choice I’ve made is a bittersweet one – I’m going to miss writing here terribly, but it’s undeniable that it’s time to lighten my load before I drown in responsibilities.

Where will I go from here? Currently, I’m working on building my editorial services business, Christa Terry’s Editorialicious. But feel free to ‘like’ me! I’m still in the process of adding and editing all the copy on the web site and it’s not finalized (read: proofread) yet – plus everything on the Facebook and Twitter pages – but if you know anyone who’s looking for newsletter copy, SEO copy, editing, PR, or other content development services, send them my way. Other than that, I’m focusing on my family and giving myself some time to evaluate what I want to do next.

I’ll be thinking about all of you and wishing you the best for your weddings and your lives, and don’t hesitate to drop me a line at christa d terry at gmail if you ever just want to chat. Seriously, I’d love to hear from you because I’m going to miss you all terribly.

All the best,
Christa aka Never the Bride

P.S. – You can always see what yours truly is up to or just stalk my private life on my blog.

christa terry

8 Responses to “There’s Nothing Harder Than Saying Goodbye”

  1. Victor September 6, 2011 at 1:40 pm #

    Ms. Terry, I will miss your writing here terribly. But I understand and support your decision to change careers. You’ve built a wonderful commmunity here at Manolo for the Brides, and as someone who is not normally “into” the wedding thing (male, straight, and neither married nor engaged (but attached)), I felt welcomed and I truly enjoyed your columns & the discussions that followed. I wish you the very best of luck in your endeavors!

  2. Jennie September 6, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Rats! But obviously you have a lot going on! Take care of yourself – I’m sure we will see your star continue to rise!

  3. Omnibus Driver September 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm #

    I’ll miss you here, but I’ll be keeping up on your other sites!

  4. Anonymous September 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Good bye, Never teh Bride! Please know that yours was the only website I wanted to read during my wedding planning — thanks for always keeping it real, hilarious, and sweet!

  5. Lisa in Berlin September 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Good bye, Never teh Bride! Please know that yours was the only website I wanted to read during my wedding planning — thanks for always keeping it real, hilarious, and sweet!

  6. Heidi Aphrodite September 6, 2011 at 6:53 pm #

    Well, heck. I’m sure going to miss you; I’ve loved reading you! Good luck with your other stuff–and I’m now stalking your blog. :)

  7. Nariya September 6, 2011 at 11:37 pm #

    I’ve been an avid reader from Day One, and you’ve helped me through my wedding and the weddings of two roommates as well. Thank you for everything!! And can I just say, the name of your blog has raised you in my esteem immensely– and you were pretty high to start with. :]

    - Your continuing fan

  8. Polka Dot Bride September 20, 2011 at 4:26 am #

    I will be so sorry to see you go! But have so enjoyed your posts over the years and the smiles you have given me!