Thursday, June 12, 2008

I am Savvy Auntie.

Dear Readers,

One year ago today, I woke up an entrepreneur.

Today, I woke up with a list of things to do before I launch that is the size of New Jersey.

The year has been full of ups. Very few downs. And lots of hope, gratitude and wonder.

It's not that I haven't been working like crazy. Ask my friends, they'll tell you. I've spent nights and weekends at my desk. Plus, I am also consulting to pay the rent. I do find time for the important things, like spending dad's big birthday with him. Or dating. Or seeing friends walk down the aisle and celebrating their special birthdays. And of course, I find time to spend with my nephew and nieces because nothing could be more inspiring to me. However, mostly, it's been a lot of work. A lot of hard decisions. A lot of challenging things to learn. And a lot of wondering how I would get through it all.

And I couldn't be happier.

I love my job. I love that Aunties write in to thank me for doing this. I love that some of the biggest brands in the world are considering sponsoring the site. I love that I have over two dozen Experts writing for Savvy Auntie - and thanking ME for the opportunity! I love that I have met hundreds (hundreds!) of people through Twitter and Facebook who are so incredibly supportive that I am overwhelmed. I
love that my own Auntie is more proud of me than I could imagine. I love that every day a new wonderful surprise pops up without fail. I love that this blog has become a helpful tool to scores of entrepreneurs (or entrepreneurs-to-be) who are inspired by it. I love that when I walk into a room, people walk up to me and say: "You're Savvy Auntie!"

I love that I started this business. I am proud. I am honored.

One year ago today, I woke up an entrepreneur. Today, I woke up the Auntrepreneur behind Savvy Auntie. Today, I woke up "me." What's not to love about that?

Auntie Melanie


  1. Happy Anniversary!!

    All this hard's worth it. Even on the days when you want to run screaming from the building into traffic. I promise!

    Go get em Auntie!

  2. Congratulations! It's been so fun reading about your journey :-) Know that you have so much support and people backing (and willing to write for you!) at every turn because you give so much to others. You're a great example of building a successful community and nurturing relationships - thank you!

    I can't wait to see what the next year brings!

  3. That's excellent! Happy anniversary. Wishing you many, many more.

  4. Thanks so much for your support! This is a very special day for me. Thanks for celebrating with me!

    Cheers! -Melanie

  5. This is a wonderful post! Glad I am newly getting to know you! (ps, it's @ktjames).

  6. From one aunt to another, and also a Mumma with aunts who are fantastic to her kids: You rock! Aunts deserve to be recognised for the unconditional love they give to little ones. Aunts add so much to a child's life. They are someone who a child can turn to when Mum and Dad suck; they can give them attention their parents enough; they can spoil them and do fun stuff. I love Aunties and it's about time they were appreciated.
    I wish you all the best!

  7. Happy Anniversary, Savvy Auntie! May you go from strength to strength...


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