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Hello everyone! To those of you in the states, it’s the 4th – yeah! Have fun celebrating our day of Independence. Living abroad on the 4th is the hardest for me because I once loved how Boston came together for the gorgeous concert and fireworks on the 4th on the Charles River. I really miss going there with my friends. It’s amazing to me how close home is to my heart yet in reality, how far away I really am! How are you doing today?

I’ve gone a bit MIA, I know… Missing in action. And for that, I am truly sorry. I’ve been very busy, a bit too much, and I’ve finally wrapped up my next book. I wrote the final page yesterday and today, I am sorting out the photo credits and directory. It’s been a massive undertaking! In addition to that, I’ve been teaching nearly 700 students online in my Blogging Your Way e-course for the past 5 weeks. It’s been lovely and today is my last lesson there. I love teaching online and am so grateful that I hired three amazing women and bloggers, Jeanette, Nicole and Katrina, to stand by my side and work along with me to teach this dynamic, exciting class. Thank you ladies SO MUCH. I love the community that BYW has built and the many meet-ups BYW students are having in spots all over the world from London to San Francisco.

So… What is inspiring you lately? I am inspired by large-scale floral patterns, polka dots, vanilla nail polish sent to me from a friend in Denmark, my friend Steffi’s new business cards and blog redesign, and how beautiful the new lavender on my balcony looks and smells – it’s the simple things, right?

I miss you all, soo sooooo much. I will be regularly writing here daily next week and going forward. My online class is wrapping up, my German language course is soon to end, my lecture in Wiemar is this Saturday and my second book is finished – now I can return to you on a full-time schedule once again.

With love, Holly xo

Posted by decor8 in News on July 04, 2012

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  1. Dear Demoiselle commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 2:42pm

    I knew about the book, the German language course and the BYW course – I just realized fully that you have been doing all three things simultaneously… oh dear. Holly, you must be an Ûbermensch! Congratulations so much on finishing the book; I know that this is a much bigger undertaking than most people think. I hope you’ll get the chance to get some time off and enjoy summer now!
    Dear Demoiselle´s last blog post ..G is for…

  2. Shabby Chic decor commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 3:14pm

    Sounds like you’ve had a busy past few months! Congrats on the completing the second book, I look forward to checking it out!
    Shabby Chic decor´s last blog post ..Office Reno – King Street

  3. Tracy A. commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 3:22pm

    Welcome back, and Happy Fourth of July to you as well! You certainly have been busy!
    Tracy A.´s last blog post .."Liberty is the breath of life to nations." ~ George Bernard Shaw

  4. madame love commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 4:13pm

    Happy Fourth of July Holly.
    I really enjoyed BYW and I think you’re a very inspiring person.
    I am also very excited about the new people and interesting bloggers I met online and looking forward to our meet up in Hamburg in July!

  5. Marloes commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 4:25pm

    Welcome back! I missed my daily inspiration and already wondered if something was going wrong. Good to read that’s all positive things(although it sounds like you need 48 hours in a day instead of 24). Have a lovely summer!

  6. katrina commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 4:59pm

    congratulations on finishing your next book — that is so very awesome and i can hardly wait to check it out!

    thanks for having me as a co-teacher at byw2! i had a great time and learned so much from everyone.

    happy happy 4th!

  7. Valentina commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 5:14pm

    Great Holly! I’m so happy for you! Your words forward serenity, joy and enthusiasm and this is very good for you and all your readers!!!!
    Today…..I’m ispiring by……your new book… I completed the pre-order on…… I’m so exiting!!!!! But november is far away…….
    Valentina´s last blog post ..Una sera d’estate

  8. Valentina commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 5:20pm

    excited…not exiting……. I’m also burnt out!!!!
    Valentina´s last blog post ..Una sera d’estate

  9. Zoe W. commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 5:46pm

    And as one of the 700, may I just say thank you for such a great course. So much to think about, so many new ideas… it’s been brilliant.
    Zoe W.´s last blog post ..Pompom Quarterly : The Review

  10. Katie B. of commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 6:30pm

    I’m so glad you’re back. Was starting to worry about you, but it does sound like you’ve had an incredibly busy — though fun — time lately. I’m really looking forward to reading your second book!
    Katie B. of´s last blog post ..Four Free Printable Cleaning Checklists!

  11. Claudia commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 6:53pm

    Happy 4th, Holly!!
    Claudia´s last blog post ..Away for the week . . .

  12. Maria @ All Things Luxurious commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 7:28pm

    Oh my goodness! You have been so busy! I cannot wait for your next book, I am still reading Decorate and I just love it so much. It has given me so much inspiration for the small space that I live in — I have never loved an apartment more. :-) Have a wonderful day!
    Maria @ All Things Luxurious´s last blog post ..Design Crush: Antique Doors

  13. Louise commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 9:21pm

    Sounds like true multi tasking to me! Phew. How exciting it all is for you! Being the queen of multitasking, may a congratulate you! Happy Fourth of July…from a Brit! x

  14. Momographica commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 9:27pm

    Hey Holly, It’s good to hear you are back! :)
    This BYW course had been quite lovely, I learnt a lot of new stuff and soon will put it into practise! Congratulations on your book, of course I’ll be sure to purchase it as soon as it come out!
    I am feeling very inspired by Paris, French culture…I guess is because I am leaving for there in two days. Have a lovely week-end!!
    Momographica´s last blog post ..Momotan Happy Adventures in Europe

  15. Lisa@ celebrate CREATIVITY commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 9:35pm

    Hi Holly, congrats on all the undertakings. Plenty there to feel great about.

    I’ve missed your last few BYW2 lessons because I’m out of town and I’d rather study fom my computer, not this tiny IPad screen. Can’t wait to catch up on finals when I get home.

    So pleased to have signed up for round two. Wonderful course, organized, informative, colorful, fun lessons. The list of adjectives and superlatives is a mile long but you get my point.

    Looking forward to BYW3 (in the works?)

    Enjoy the week,

    Lisa@ celebrate CREATIVITY´s last blog post ..OLD GLORY Patriotic Pillow Project

  16. Blenda Tyvoll commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 9:38pm

    Hi Holly,
    I honestly don’t know how you do and do it all so well! Congrats on finishing up your latest book. Can’t wait to see it in person.
    I’m one of your grateful students in BYW2….enjoying every minute of class. Have a safe and wonderful trip this weekend.

  17. Kate @ Songs Kate Sang commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 10:39pm

    Happy Fourth! You have been missed!
    Kate @ Songs Kate Sang´s last blog post ..Kim and Family {Songs Kate Sang Photography}

  18. Meredith commented
    July 4th, 2012 at 10:49pm

    Congratulations for wrapping up your book! Looking forward to it. Like you work has taken me away from what is SUCH and amazing class. I am playing catch up right now! Thanks to you and your new experts for such a wonderful class…. anyone who missed it this time has really missed out! Glad I signed up!

  19. Mel commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 12:51am

    Even though I’ve been a lucky one to have you on the course, I still missed you here! You’ve been doing so much, I hope that you also get some time to rest:)
    Mel´s last blog post ..Oh what a Fine Little Day…

  20. Serena commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 3:19am

    Hi Holly! So nice to see you here again. I agree with the other commenters above, I don’t know how you do it all. You’ve created such an amazing community with BYW – I feel so lucky to be part of it. Thank you and happy 4th July! xx
    Serena´s last blog post ..DIY: No-Sew Wedding Bow Tie

  21. Sacred & Profane Designs commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 10:19am

    This is soooo exciting!!! Congrats on the new book!!!

  22. Amy commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 10:44am

    Holly, sad to be on our last day with you at BYW but thrilled your book is finished and you’ll be back to blogging. An example to us all with your dedication, passion and enthusiasm. Amy x
    Amy´s last blog post ..Wedding shoe dilemma

  23. Sue Schlabach commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 4:34pm

    Happy fourth from a few hours from Boston. Fireworks landed between thunderbolts. Quite a display! I love your first book and I’m goose-bumpy thinking that a second is in the works. Sending you virtual watermelon, strawberry pie and dorky little flags… Sue

  24. tatiane commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 6:23pm

    I am sooooo glad you are back :)
    I missed my daily dose of beauty from decor8
    take it easy, relax and enjoy all your achievements – you deserve it!

  25. Dulci Dantas commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 7:24pm

    Miss you a lot!!!! I love your blog!
    Dulci Dantas´s last blog post ..Guardo o lencinho branco…

  26. Kristin Johnsen commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 9:03pm

    We’ve missed you but sounds like you’ve been having an amazing byw class! 700! Wow!

    I’m enjoying the little things, too – and really enjoying the blogging world that you and Leslie helped me find! Best to you, Holly!
    Kristin Johnsen´s last blog post ..New Theme: Petite Melodies

  27. Kristin Johnsen commented
    July 5th, 2012 at 9:05pm

    Whoa! That is not my blog that got included up there…..strange….

  28. Steffi commented
    July 6th, 2012 at 11:30am

    Hi busy bee, I’m so happy that you like my new design! Please let’s do the just us-our-iphones-lots of coolsshops-good food-and-girls talk-busy-bee-event soon in Hamburg! I’m in! xoxo

  29. Christine commented
    July 6th, 2012 at 4:15pm

    Hi, Holly

    Welcome back! I miss reading your post!! Congratulations on wrapping up your 2nd book. Have a nice weekend!xx

  30. Dani Frank commented
    July 6th, 2012 at 7:58pm

    Had a wonderful 4th myself and look forward to having you back and being able to enjoy your blog post more frequently! Life is fun when your busy

  31. Corinne commented
    July 7th, 2012 at 2:06pm

    Holly, if you are in Weimar, please do not miss Goethe’s house! Such lovely colors!

  32. Angie commented
    July 7th, 2012 at 8:09pm

    Gosh Holly how do you manage it all! I’m a student on BYW and it’s been great having you present the course! I’m so sad it’s ending soon, but looking forward to all the new things you have instore to show us here at decor8 blog.

    Congrats on finishing your new book and thank you for sharing Steffi’s new blog – Love the design, congrats to her!

    = Angie =

  33. Neethi commented
    July 8th, 2012 at 9:38am

    congrats on completion of the book Holly…Honestly…. was soooooo glad to see you back!! Iam sure you had good fun compiling your book and your classes too!! Hope to see inspiration on your blog soon..Missed it all this while!!

  34. Virginia Neave commented
    July 8th, 2012 at 9:53am

    Your energy and enthusiasm is inspiring – kudos to you! Looking forward to having you back online – lost myself in Pinterest to fill the gap. Also had a fantastic trip to the USA (am from Australia and visited family at Lake Tahoe) and happened upon your first book in a Joann store – bought as my memento of my trip, had been wanting to get for so long and seeing it the flesh just couldn’t resist. Will certainly not hesitate to get the next one – when is it due on the bookstands? Thank you so much for everything – the inspiration and support you give (unbeknownst to you), through all your wonderful channels- internet and good old fashioned hardcopy! Best wishes and I hope to get time to do your BYW course soon……… Love from Australia x

  35. dawn commented
    July 8th, 2012 at 9:16pm

    congratulations holly on nearly completing your second book…i remember the day you said you were planning to follow up with a 2nd…at your book signing in st. louis park @ antropology…well done!
    dawn´s last blog post ..midsommar dag…

  36. Louise commented
    July 9th, 2012 at 12:11pm

    Love you blog. Thanks for the return

  37. Ege Denne commented
    July 9th, 2012 at 1:59pm

    Inspiration? I’m not sure.. I think I am focusing in having an open mind. I have move to Spain, Torrevieja, and it is a tourist place, but I feel I can see so much from many places here. The buildings, the food, the nature. And I still remember the feelings I got from walking in Buen Retiro Park, in Madrid. The park is so magical, and I have only seen just a bit of it. Will be back again :) Maybe you will get inspiration from there?
    Have a nice summer! :)
    Ege Denne´s last blog post ..Post-kort fra Torrevieja #3

  38. Chris Olson commented
    July 9th, 2012 at 6:17pm

    Hello Holly,
    I am absolutely loving all the amazing inspiration and awesome new friends I am making in your fab BYW2 class! I really can’t fit enough positive adjectives in my description of your class. Can’t wait to get your new book! xo

  39. De Nai Jones commented
    July 9th, 2012 at 7:45pm

    Elated all is going well! Missed the posts but thankful life is brimming with good things. Thank you for all that you share with us. xo

  40. Inge commented
    July 9th, 2012 at 11:05pm

    Wow Holly! Congratulations on finishing your last page! I’m curious about your new book… How do you manage to get it all done: your blog, books, your daily life? I’m also full of ideas and that’s why I also got a little “break” from blogging, but it wasn’t because I was out of inspiration! On the contrary: my head is full of ideas for my next project. I’m hoping to start my little cute shop online soon full with vintage gems & decoration. My inspiration lately? The South of France, my two blue pots of lavender at my front door, my blue glass mason jar, my blue bottles on my mantle piece… Blue & lavender, the leading words for my inspiration lately!

    I wish I started your BYW course as well, but I was on holiday (in the Provence)… So next time you’re organizing the next BYW class, I’m definitely hopping on that train. ;-) Would love to learn new things from you guys!

    Have a great week and good luck with publishing your new book!
    Love, Inge x
    Inge´s last blog post ..Your Spot is Hot {a cute Californian cottage}

  41. desiree - vosgesparis commented
    July 10th, 2012 at 12:07am

    700 ! wow you are a star X
    desiree – vosgesparis´s last blog post ..Monday Giveaway – Win a denim cushion by House of C

  42. Pip Lincolne commented
    July 10th, 2012 at 11:36pm

    Holly! I have loved Blogging Your Way. Thank you SO MUCH for running such a great course. I learnt a TON of stuff, and I already knew a thing or two about blogging! Thank YOU for a great experience.

    x Pip

  43. Esther commented
    July 11th, 2012 at 3:39pm

    I’ve been completely inspired by sports at the moment! Watching Tour de France and I am preparing for the summer Olympics. Finally and excuse to wear a cute Union Jack flag t-shirt. ;-)

    Anyways, congrats on the new book!! Glad to hear it’s going well.
    Esther´s last blog post ..Tote bag in fuchsia with leather straps

  44. Chrystina commented
    July 11th, 2012 at 6:49pm

    I’m enjoying your new look on the page!! (I’m behind on reading…) It’s taking it back to basics.

    Things that have been inspiring me lately? The color turquoise, my new house, the Pentatonix (an a cappella group), and a few new blogs that I’ve found (and am also way behind on reading).

    I’m so excited for you and all of your adventures/opportunities. You should totally come back to the states for 4th of July next year to hit Boston again (on my to do list) – but for the past 5 years I’ve enjoyed the 4th of July in Philadelphia, and that’s pretty amazing as well :)
    Chrystina´s last blog post ..adding a little color to my bedroom

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