Tuesday, January 3, 2017

~Time for New Beginnings for 2017~

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year's 
celebrating with family and friends!!
I've enjoyed these past years hosting Simple & Sweet Friday parties.
I can't believe it's been 252 weeks of fun.
Which adds up to almost 5 years and over 1,000,000 pageviews!
Looking back it went by so fast.
I've been so amazed with your creativity each week!
Your inspiring posts and projects have been awesome!!
But, I have decided to take a break from the parties for awhile.
I will still be posting on my blog, 
Rooted in Thyme.
I would like to start taking classes in;
Art, Flower Arranging, Cooking and Garden Design.
I will definitely be sharing,
 what I learn with all of you!!
There's some new ideas, I'd like to make on Etsy too!
I just want to thank all of you for your continued support throughout the years.
I have to say a very special thank you to my daughter, Carly.
Without her help,
 I would never have started the blog or the parties.
Of course, Stan, my family and Justin too!
I want to wish all my blogging friends
 a very
 Happy 2017!! 
You have inspired me and I will always love you for that! 
May you be blessed with a happy year filled with
 good health and happiness!

"You are never too old
to set another goal or
to dream a new 
dream"
-C.S.Lewis

27 comments:

  1. I look forward to all your creativity:) Enjoy the coming year..:)

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    1. Thanks Monique. Love your creativity too!! ♥

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  2. Jody! Thanks so much for hosting your party, but I totally understand. What a great way for you to start the new year my friend! Best wishes to you in your new endeavors!

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  3. Hi Jody..
    I just started following your blog in December. I've enjoyed it so much. You're so talented and inspiring! Your photos are beautiful. I look forward to joining you on your creative journey. Happy 2017! My it be filled with lots of love peace and creativity.

    Tamara xox

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  4. I wish you a great new year. Look forward to your posts this year too.
    Hugs from here

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    1. I've always loved your hugs ♥ Thanks Bente!!

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  5. Jody,
    Love your Happy New Year photos! Thank you for hosting your blog party. Yours was one of the first parties that I joined weekly, and from that, connected with new friends. Weekly blog parties truly were where I found new blogs, new friends, new ideas, etc..., and I am so thankful for bloggers who host them.

    I invite everyone looking for a place to share their photos from their blog AND from Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook to share them with Monday Social, a weekly linking party that I co-host with Katie of Let's Add Sprinkles and Eilis at My Heart Lives Here.

    Here is information about Monday Social. http://botanicbleu.blogspot.com/p/monday-social_13.html

    I look forward to continuing to read Rooted In Thyme for all your inspiration in 2017.

    Judith

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    1. Thanks for the invite, Judith! I will stop by. Happy 2017!!

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  6. Jody,
    Thank you for all these years of hosting a wonderful party! I will miss it but totally understand your decision. I too am rethinking the future of bogging for myself. With Joe now retired, I want to spend more time dong other things so I am looking to cut back a bit on blogging n the upcoming year. Looking forward to your future post!!
    Happy New Year!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Debbie, I know with Stan retiring last February, it's been great. I'm sure you and Joe will find lots of fun things to do. Happy 2017 ♥

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  7. Happy New Year! Your posts are always so inviting and fun! Many good wishes to you and your family in 2017 xo

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    1. Ashley, Happy 2017 to you too! You are such a creative artist! I'll be stopping by to see all your beautiful illustrations!! ♥

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  8. I can see why you'd be ready to take a break from hosting the parties but I hope you don't have too long a break between now and your next post because I'm looking forward to seeing all the things on your agenda!

    And the lights/words -- those are fabulous. Just sayin' -- fabulous!

    Thanks for your years of hosting and here's to the great new year! Stop by when you can and I will, too!

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    1. Thank you Jeanie! I will be stopping by Marmelade Gypsy. Happy 2017! ♥

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  9. Jody, Happy New Year and all the best as you take on these new adventures. You've been wonderful to host the party each Friday. I've much enjoyed this weekly party and all the inspiration it offers. I look forward to seeing what you've been up to. Good luck with the classes and the Etsy shop.

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  10. Sarah, Thank you for always sharing on the blog! Happy 2017 ♥

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  11. Thanks for sharing, and Happy New Year to you! I look forward to being inspired!

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    1. Debbie, thank you for your sweet comment! Happy 2017 too!

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  12. Jody,
    I hope the new year is a BRIGHT one for you and much goodness comes your way. I look forward to more of your inspirational and wonderful posts this year. Your pictures are not only sweet, but interesting also. :)

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. Sheri, Thank you so much for stopping by with your kind comment. I want to wish you and your family a wonderful 2017.
      Hugs, Jody ♥

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  13. Thank you for all of the parties & Happy New Year!

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    1. Cecilia, Thank you for always sharing your creative ideas! Loved them all! Happy 2017!!
      Hugs, Jody ♥

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  14. Hi there Jody, The new year seems like a perfect time to shake things up. I hope you find joy and satisfaction in your endeavors but I will miss your Simple and Sweet Fridays. Thank you for hosting the party and also for featuring some of my posts. As a new blogger, they were invaluable in getting my blog out there. All the best to you and Stan, Pat @ Bringing French Country Home

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  15. I sure have enjoyed partying with you over the years. It sounds like you have some fun new projects and learning opportunities coming your way now, and I hope you enjoy each new experience. I'll be here reading each and every blog post. Happy New Year to you all!

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  16. Jody, I completely understand. Link parties are great fun, but a lot of work, and it does detract from the core business of maintaining your own content. Thankyou for all you've done to assist us in increasing our blog traffic, and all the very best. I'll remain a faithful reader and visitor. Love, Mimi xxx

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