Well hello out there! We realize that we have been missing in action since we signed off for summer vacation way back in June. But don’t worry, we are still a rogue band of six designing friends. However, we have all found ourselves consumed with other things and priorities. You know, life sometimes gets in the way! Check down below to read what we all have been up to individually.
After much deliberation of what direction to take with this blog (over wine, of course), we have decided to make posting much less formal. Rather than regularly posting three times a week about wine, food, and design, we will post when, and if, we can. As we all have our own blogs, we may also share links to relevant postings there. We promise to keep up the fun tone and stay in touch as much as possible.
Mary Anne says: “I am fortunate to be enjoying a great work/life balance. I keep up my design business on a part-time basis, with 2-3 clients on the go at any one time. The rest of the time I spend with family and friends, at the cottage, working through my travel bucket list, and enjoying this beautiful city in which we live. I have also renewed my interest in yoga and clean eating. My husband is inching towards retirement by working 4 days/week, the kids are launched and we want to be free to enjoy life while we are able.”
Lisa says: “Much like Mary Anne I have found a great work/life balance. Dividing up my time working on my clients’ projects, my own cottage renovations, travelling and keeping up with friends and my large extended family. I’m so fortunate and thankful to be able to do all of this and hope to keep this wonderful pace of life going for a long time.”
Donna says; “Busy. That would describe life for this TBB. With a full time day job that is taking up more and more of my time, I’m dividing the rest of my time between family (including my darling little grandsons), my increasing travel portfolio and starting a new blog. ~deep breath~ With all of this activity, spending time on the design side of my life has been limited to our own home, which will have to satisfy me until other areas of my life slow down.”
Maureen says: “My life has taken a huge direction change. My husband is now headquartered in the Big Apple for up to 3 years and we decided we had had enough of his commuting (for the past 20 years) so I am along for the Manhattan ride. While I’m here I plan to absorb any DESIGN in any form that NYC has to offer. I will also endeavour to use this time to expand my design /computer skills. As much as I’m looking forward to family and friends visiting us, I’m super excited for a NYC TBB reunion.”
Sonya says:” I don’t even have time to think about how busy I am! I’ve spent the last year working on several design projects, the largest being seven – yes SEVEN – Tamarack model homes in Kanata with fellow TBB Maureen. Between the design work, a contractor hubby and 3 busy kids, there is sometimes just enough time to relax with a glass of vino at the end of day … and then we start all over again!”
Nicole says:”Busy? Did someone say busy? I’m working full time making windows pretty and functional in Ottawa, specializing in Hunter Douglas blinds. On the side, I do a little colour consulting and room design as well. When I’m not measuring rooms or windows, I’ve got two little people in my life that still require a fair amount of hands on care. I also commit many (MANY!) hours volunteering and fundraising for my children’s school. Movie nights, logowear, Spring Fling…you name it, I’ve done it! After that, I train for half-marathons. 10 completed so far! I cherish my TBB outings and getaways to unwind and disconnect. Come on NYC!”
Well, that about sums it all up. We are still committed to Wine, Dine and Design, just in a more informal way. Believe us, we still have lots to share with you, our wonderful followers. Thanks for listening and we will be in touch soon!