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In 2010 I was riding high. Everything I seemed to touch turned to gold, businesses were doing well, the children were doing great, I only had to write my name on an award app and I was short-listed. Life was great!

2011, Laura and I billed as 'The Bigger Picture' all aspects of Networking Mummies were based on this mantra. The franchise launchBeing Part of The Bigger Picture , our own magazineThe Bigger Picture Magazine. But what happens when your bigger picture changes??

olive 003Early 2011 decided to through me a curve ball. After a bit of a health scare I discovered I was pregnant with my 3rd child. Quickly followed by the news that this wasn't going to be a normal pregnancy. At 22 weeks we were dealt the blow that if the baby survived the pregnancy she would have some kind of chromosomal illness. After visiting the hospital every 2 weeks from January to May I gave birth naturally to a beautiful baby girl Olive weighing 5lbs – and thankfully she is perfect in all ways. A little medical miracle. I am so grateful.

Not long after her birth I started to feel 'under the weather' and after weeks of testing was diagnosed with a thyroid problem. Am currently under going lots of blood tests and scans and this along with juggling 3 children under 5, 3 businesses and one super supportive partner I knew something had to give. Although it does feel like 2011 has been the worstyearever.com!! It's actually the catalyst I've needed to make changes.

Initially I discussed with David selling one of our daughters (well we have 2 ;) ) but decided that the best option was to reduce my work load. During the midnight feeds I wrote a book – like you do – which is due to be published in March 2012. This book very much encompasses the blogging I do over at JoanneDewberry.co.uk and my other business Charlie Moo's. This is very much a focal point of 2012 for me.

After much thought and consideration I decided to step down my involvement with Networking Mummies. This has been such a hard decision to make. I have made some amazing friends along this journey as have my children. I've shared experiences that have made me laugh, cry and burst with pride with the some of the most awesome people – you will ever come across. I defy anyone to not be able to say one thing that Networking Mummies has given them. For me there are so many!

Here are a few special messages – there are so many of you who I hold dear so apologises if I don't mention you!!

Heather Smith – every time I see you – you make me smile! After that first meeting back in February 2009, I am so thankful for your support and attendance over the past nearly 3 years! You are one of the original Networking Mummies and I have enjoyed watching your business (and Maddie!) grow.

Darren Toms – I don't think you will ever realise the impact you have on my life and I'm thankful for you arriving at the Scout Hut in Ringwood that dark November night!! I'm proud and pleased to have shared my special evening with you at the Langtry Manor without yours and Laura's help I would never have won x

Kirsty Bowderbank-Steel – Not only do I admire, respect and adore you!! But I'd also like to administer intravenously a good old dose of CONFIDENCE!! You are so amazing don't forget that!!

Heather Martyn – I will be ever thankful to Networking Mummies for bringing you into my life!! This year has been such a roller coaster for both of us and I'm glad you have been there to share the ride!! I don't need to say anything else you know how I feel!! X

Special mentions to Lisa Hagg destined for great success, Asha Verhoeven don't under sell yourself your amazing and people will pay a premium for your 'skills', Margaret Hitchmen cake is always welcome I've always been thankful for your wise words and experiences, Maggie Ayre & Lara Williams I look forward to seeing you every month at Brainstormers.

The GangLaura Morris … well what can I say this hasn't been easy there have been good times there have been the bad times, both personally28234_10150192271000548_544935547_12489763_6926513_n and professionally. Our lives have changed sooo much since that first meeting at toddler group! Here are a few of my favourite moments - our first appearance on the radio 'heeeelllllooooo', the first business mums exhibition 2009 and the realisation of what we had achieved, taking on the Hampshire Branch, our first journal, Langtry Manor awards, WOW awards, increasing from 3 to 5 branches, spa day! I know you will be awesome and Networking Mummies will concur and succeed amazing things.

Although this actually sounds and feels a bit like a eulogy!! You can still follow me over at Charlie Moo's and JoanneDewberry.co.uk.



Thank you all for a blast!!


Please do join me in wishing Good Luck to Laura and the new co-owner Stacie Calder Roe.

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  1. Ruth Olugbenga

    i wish you both the best. you guys are inspirational to other women, keep going and well done for the achievement. The best is yet come for you two. Joanne i do not know you but i like your spirit keep that up and you will 4ever be smiling and in good health and i pray God will keep and your family.love ruth

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  2. Ruth Olugbenga

    i wish you both the best. you guys are inspirational to other women, keep going and well done for the achievement. The best is yet come for you two.

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  3. Felt very emotional reading this, I have had to close a business myself due to poor health this year. You are an absolute inspiration and I often ask myself how does she do it? I look forward to watching you grow in your next ventures, good luck xxx

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  4. Joanne! This released some mixed emotions! I wish you every success in your business and know that you will achieve amazing things. I would love to keep in touch and I'm sure I will see you around at different events. Go shine girl! Love Lara xx Will you still be doing social media training?????? ;-)

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  5. Heather Martyn

    Joanne..omg, just come home to this hunny, and quickly trying to re-compose myself.. What a beautiful and inspiring piece of writing.. Just like you. Your right hun, you don't need to say any more, you are ready for the next stage in life and so am I. I look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with you and the other amazing women (and darren..lol) mentioned in this blog. 'Thank you' to you for being there for me too, I am with you all the way. Huge hugs always xxxxx

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  6. Joanne, Thank you for your kind words. Sometimes on order to grow ourself we need to move forward and let some things go. You are destined for great things and NWM will always be your starting point to make a name for your talents. Now it is time to shine in a new way and add value to other people and businesses doing new and amazing things. The next chapter is just starting and the great thing is, it is not even written yet and you get to do whatever you like. I am proud to be associated with you and look forward to working with you in the future. You have been and will continue to be an inspiration to me. Thank you for your friendship.

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  7. Joanne, you have always been and always will be a real inspiration to us mummies - I want to to embrace this incredible new era in your life with all the joy and peace that you so richly deserve. It isn't the end of an era but the very beginning of a new chapter and I feel so blessed to have been a part of the last one - exciting days ahead methinks :-) Love always x Mags

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  8. Even in this blog post I can hear your ever motivational voice, Joanne. I wish you the very best with your health and I'm sure you'll pull through smiling again as you did with baby. All the best Laura! Joanne can't be replaced but I hope you have just as much fun with Stacie.

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  9. I can only imagine how difficult a decision this was for your Joanne. YOu have been instrumental in a lot of projects that have helped me get off the ground and I can only thank you for that. Good luck and don't forget I know a good nutritional therapist to help manage your health concerns. ME! Happy to help and nutrition, can! All the best and thank you Wendy

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  10. Feeling a little teary after reading this, but whilst I'm sad I'm glad as I know your making the right decision. You are awesome, I look upto you as does everyone else an it's now time for you to take care of you. You'll continue to grow and never stop inspiring me and others. I'd of never launched my business if it wasn't for you and I'll never be able to thank you enough. You never stop to amaze and inspire me and even after reading this I'm more inspired than ever. It takes a brave and clever women to know when it's time to call it a day on something and you've done it. That takes an unbelievable amount of courage and I can't wait to see you continue to grow. When your feeling up to it let's all get together and toast to your awesomeness! Love you Joanne - enjoy the journey x x

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  11. You're so inspirational Jo. I am amazed at how much you have achieved in such a short time. Your health and family have to be your number one priority though. Although your decision must have been really hard, I'm sure you'll look back and feel that it was definitely the right one to take. Best wishes for the future and look after you and yours!

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  12. Made tears in my eyes reading this. Look after yourself.

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  13. Bless you Joanne... The phrase 'Super Mum' was designed with you in mind. You've done amazing things over the past few years, not to mention bring 3 gorgeous children into the world. Your business advice is invaluable and will continue to be. Well done for everything you've achieved with Networking Mummies and I can't wait to buy your book! Best of luck to Laura and Stacie although I'm sure they don't need it! x

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  14. Asha Verhoeven

    A bit weepy at this Joanne but you are amazing and I know that you will continue to Fly xxx

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