I can’t believe this day is here. It’s time for my final goodbye to Mortal Muses. The post snuck up on me…it felt like I had all the time in the world and then all of a sudden I looked at my calendar and it was my turn to bid farewell to this beautiful creative space.

Endings are always a time to reflect, to look back. So as I sat down to write this I decided to return to where it all began–the original Mortal Muses blog. Granted, it’s a shell of its former self– many of the photos are no longer linked and it doesn’t look as nice as it once did. But much of the writing and content remains, and it still makes me proud. I remember my first post there almost four years ago! I’ve come a long way since then and many of you have been on this ride with me.

You may not have known it at the time, but you were with me through the sorrow of miscarriages and the joy of pregnancy. I felt your support loud and clear last year and connected with so many of you after writing this post about my struggles with infertility. I was overwhelmed by your comments here on the blog, on Facebook and over email. I just went back and read them all once more and I teared up all over again. It made me not want to leave this space! That outpouring of love meant the world to me then–and now–and I thank you for that.

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And as I settle into motherhood I know that so much has changed. My daily practice (or not!) of photography, my attempts at time management, my thus-far fruitless search for “me time”, and my desire to create are all still finding their place in my new world. I don’t know where our next project will lead me but I’m excited to continue the journey with all of the amazing women here and our new contributors who will be joining us.

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So as I say goodbye I want to thank you for visiting us here…for reading, for feeling, for commenting, for sharing, and for inspiring. I’m going to quote myself here from an old post I wrote to our Mortal Muses readers back in 2011: “Every one of you challenges me in some way whether you realize it or not. To be better. To take risks. To try something new. And the biggest challenge of all…to be myself.”

The community we have built here is amazing and I truly hope to see you over at our new space next year. As much as it’s a time for looking back, it’s also a time for looking forward….so until then, 

~Christy {Urban Muser}