It All Began With a Photograph: A Farewell Post

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It all began with a photograph. A tree-lined street, a beautiful fall day, serendipity.

The image I captured months before helped to set my life on a new trajectory. I used that image as the first banner of my first website, Handmade in PA.net. It just so happened that it was an image of the street that the founder of Scoutie Girl, Jan DiCintio, called home.

When Jan came across the image, she wrote me an email to introduce herself.

It wasn’t until that moment that I realized I was living two backyards away from the woman behind one of my favorite blogs.

Jan and I struck up a quick friendship in a local community where few people shared our interests & points of view. A few months later, she approached me about taking over the site. She was wanting to consolidate and focus her business around her line of fabric. She could tell I was looking to take my own writing to a new level and a bigger audience. It was a perfect fit.

In July 2009, I became the new owner of Scoutie Girl. For the first few months, things largely remained unchanged. Then I began to experiment with longer, more personal writing. I took on issues like the problem with “buy handmade” and a lack of abundance mindset among members of our community.

And that’s when I hit my stride.

But hitting my stride wasn’t a matter of staying the course. Hitting my stride actually meant stepping into my growing expertise in digital marketing and business in the New Economy. Just as Jan focused her business on fabric, I focused on business.

I always believed I would have more time, more energy, more space to devote to Scoutie Girl. Next month, next quarter, next year. That time & energy never came because I’m quite good at focusing. There was always a more pressing priority in my core business.

Earlier this year, I decided to let Scoutie Girl go so that she could grow into her next phase. Someone else would need to provide the vision and be the catalyst for creative innovation in her corner of the internet. It was a decision made with love; I loved Scoutie Girl enough to know that someone else could do wonderful things for her.

A couple of months ago, I found that person. Amanda Rose, who has been running Dawn Correspondence for about 5 years, will take over the helm of Scoutie Girl starting Monday, November 18.

It’s been truly an honor first leading and then facilitating the Scoutie Girl community. I look forward to seeing Amanda’s fresh vision come to fruition. I want to thank Carrie Keplinger for her steady hand administering the site the last few years.

I also want to thank each of you for embodying the Scoutie Girl mission: living a creative life with character.

Farewell, Scoutie Girls, farewell.

{ photo by Catherine Just }

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Tara Gentile is a business coach and blogger serving passion-driven entrepreneurs with fresh ideas about productivity, passion, and profit. She's the author of the digital guide, The Art of Earning.

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8 Responses to “It All Began With a Photograph: A Farewell Post”

  1. November 13, 2013

    Cindy Kuo Reply

    Dear Tara,

    I am a subscriber of Scoutie Girl for several months and I enjoy reading every of your post! They are inspirations, a cup of coffee, and often enlighten me with new thoughts and ideas. Thank you for all of your contribution posts and I wish you all the best on your future!

    With regards,
    Cindy

  2. November 13, 2013

    elizabeth england Reply

    I’ve just begun to follow Scoutie Girl and am really enjoying the content here. There is a calm, quietness I enjoy here to go along with the interesting writing. Looking forward to more of the same and wishing you well Tara. E.

  3. November 13, 2013

    Nicole Reply

    Best of luck and congrats Amanda! xo

  4. November 13, 2013

    Sondra Borrie Reply

    Dear Tara,
    You are an amazing person. I wanted to wish you all the very best in the future. Whatever you do will be incredible.
    Thank you for all of your hard work,
    Sondra

  5. November 13, 2013

    Jaderenee Reply

    Farewell Tara, we will miss you. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration you gave us. Good luck in your new and expanding ventures.

  6. November 13, 2013

    Gina_AcuteDesigns Reply

    Scoutie girl was the first handmade blog I ever read. I am sad to see you go but am excited to see what will come with the new owner. Thanks for the years of inspiration, Tara!

  7. November 13, 2013

    Joanne Reply

    Amanda, so excited for you. You’ll do great things!

  8. November 15, 2013

    Laura Trevey Reply

    Tara, so happy for you and your new thriving business. You are truly an inspiration. You also made a smart decision in choosing Amanda to take over the helm. She is a passionate person & creative thinker and I know she will do great things.

    Onward and upward for the both of you!!
    Best,
    Laura

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