Tuesday, November 22, 2011

One Year Ago


One year ago, I was sitting in this house wondering what was next.

While spending a few days with my family at a friend's beach house, I was trying to figure a way out of a slump brought on by a little run-in with "ageism".

See the post on that event here: Doesn't Everyone Know 49 is the New 29?

I knew I had to find something to get excited about, for myself and my career, if I didn't want to buy into the message that my best days were behind me.


That is when the idea that led to the launch of House of Fifty began...
{three issues to date with another in the works}

One year later, I'm thrilled. It was been such a rewarding venture to work on and I am so thankful to all the people who have become part of this project, and to the reception it has received from you. I think it is very fitting the "anniversary" of the idea for House of Fifty falls on the week of Thanksgiving!
{now available in "print to order", and as an App from the iTunes store}

Here's to being thankful for all life brings to us.

37 comments :

  1. I hope you are extremely proud of yourself - a huge project that is a great success. Cudos my friend :) Happy Thanksgiving :)

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  2. Janell, you inspire me! One year ago, I dreamed up Fieldstone Hill Design... and every day has taken me by surprise since then!
    House of Fifty is a stunning achievement. To me, you inspire women everywhere to do what they love and GO FOR IT!!
    {{hugs}} to you on this special day!
    - {darlene}

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  3. That's finding the silver lining and giving it a good buffing! House of Fifty is beautiful and real, love it! Congrats to you!

    Cathy

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  4. I remember that post! WOW it has been a year already!? Where has time gone? You and your team are doing an amazing job! I LOVEEE House of Fifty!

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  5. I remembered reading about it on HOF! I am so glad you find something you are passionate about that also excites you as well. You are so inspiring and the magazine is definitely a huge success! Keep up the good work!

    Wishing you a warm and joyous Thanksgiving to you and your family, Janell!

    Jessie
    www.mixandchic.com

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  6. Congratulations! You've done a great job, and I love reading your magazine and blog!

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  7. Isn't it amazing a difference a year makes? Congrats on House of Fifty and Happiest of Thanksgivings to you and yours!

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  8. I'm so happy for you and you are truly an inspiration! Look at what you can do if you put your mind and creative juices to the test! xo

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  9. What a year!!! So happy for you and your success.

    xo,
    cristin

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  10. from one fifty to another - I sure do love it. Thanks!

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  11. I totally remember that post. I love that you took a negative situation and turned it into a positive. You make your own luck with hard work. You're awesome and your magazine is amazing.

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  12. I'm in agreeience with the other comments! What a terrific year it has been for you! Where there's a will, there's a way and you my dear have willpower for days! Cheers to you my friend:)

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  13. It is amazing what a difference a year can make and certainly has made in your case. Congratulations..it is onward and upward from here on!

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  14. Wow. What a difference a year makes. Congrats on your hard work and making your vision a reality. I love that the anniversary falls during this week.

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  15. You have totally reinvented yourself and deserve a big hug and congrats!! I can't wait to see what this year has in store for you!

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  16. Congratulations! Here's to girl power and YOUR power!!

    joan

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  17. Great job, I love that instead of feeling sad about it you were determined to make 49 amazing! I think that can be true of any age!

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  18. You go girl! Congrats! I love to hear about inspiring stories. We started our blog 5 months ago. Not sure where it will take us, but i will let you know. Keep up the good work.

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  19. ...What a bountiful year! Thank you for your gifts!!!

    Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

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  20. Good things come to those who wait! You not only waited but you worked very hard and have very much talent! So happy for your success!

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  21. I admire you so much Janell! Inspired by something that seemed to be going "wrong" with your career, you have accomplished that is so much more! I'm very happy for you and look up to you for all that you have done and the best is yet to come!

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  22. And, I am thankful to you for creating HOF and all of your hard work, creativity and talent! You are a daily inspiration to me, Janell. I'm grateful to have met you via your blog. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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  23. Congratulations on the next phase of your life!

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  24. You just continue to amaze me! You thought of House of Fifty and had a magazine up and running in less than3 months! YOU inspire me!

    Have a a great Thanksgiving!

    {hugs}
    Tiffany

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  25. Congratulations to you! I love logging in each morning and being inspired by you and now your magazine!

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  26. Congrats to you, Janell! What an incredible accomplishment and I hope you know how much you inspire us all each and every day. I have loved every single issue of HOF and cannot wait to see what the future holds for you! xo

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  27. Janell,
    Last week I sat here and cried as I watched Regis Philbin "move on" from his morning show. He began his morning show when he was 52 years old and he really didn't know that it was going to be a success until he was 57 years old. Then I was reading about the birth of your idea, a year ago, and I thought you are exactly right. There is still so much more to enjoy in life. It is all about keeping a positive attitude. Thank you for the wonderful reminder about looking towards our future and knowing that we can accomplish anything that we want to! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  28. Thank You for your blog and all of your inspiring posts! You have been the primary inspiration for me to follow my desire to start my own blog and business!

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  29. Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. You serve as an amazing inspiration to women everywhere!! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  30. Janell,

    I am thankful for YOU! You are amazing on so many levels and you attract goodness - just look at all your stunning HOF issues!

    CONGRATULATIONS!

    Enjoying quality time with family in sunny California. Sending you tons of warm thoughts and good energy!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

    Love, Mon

    http://www.splendidwillow.com

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  31. Congratulations Janell! I love HOF!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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  32. Seriously smiling and happy when reading all these comments, thank you!! It means a lot...:)
    Janell

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  34. Hi Janell,
    I have been checking out your blog for about a year now and had to double check your comment about "49 being the new 29". I actually thought we were around the same age! I am 31 and just getting my feet wet with design in my own home and I have you to thank for the bulk of it! Your design vision in my eyes is clean, classy, fun, functional, and timeless. It is inspiring and above all ageless!
    Being a wife, mom, blogger, and starting this new venture with "House of Fifty", all at 49, is something to applaud! I wish you the very best...not to mention I want your skincare regime secrets! Keep the posts coming!:)
    -Sinead

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  35. Well I know I'm not the only one who is so glad that you dove into the world of House of Fifty... the magazine and your blog are such an inspiration to many of us, so thank you! : ) And happy one year to HOF!

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  36. I am so glad you needed something to get you going!!! I was honored to be a part of HOF in their inaugural issue...so if 49 is the new 29 does that mean 59 is the new 39?????

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