Tuesday, October 25, 2016

You're Welcome Here

October is one of my favorite times of the year. Although leaves are technically dying, to me, Fall represents warmth, homeyness, and yes, change. I'm not the best at handling change, so let's stick with the first two :-)

Over the past few years, and even more so the past few months, I've come to truly realize how important community is in my life. I think I've always known it, but since officially moving away from home, it's finally hit...home...with me. (Lol, see what I did there?!) I've been apart of some amazing communities in my life, some that have come and gone, some that are still around, and some new ones that are beginning to flourish. As I begin to think on this new Fall season and what that means for community, I've decided that this will be my new mantra for life.

Being the "middle" child, I've felt left out a time or two. I'm mostly to blame for that as I was more a book nerd than an athlete like my siblings. Most of the times in my life that I've felt left out or unwelcome, it's been unintentional or all made up in my head, but that doesn't mean the feelings weren't there. The others were intentional, I'm looking at you siblings and that time I came home from my one summer camp adventure in 5th grade and no one would tell me the card trick y'all learned that week...see how long that sticks with someone?

One of those areas that I feel sometimes left out of is the relationship side of life. It's no secret that my dating life is and has been non-existent for, oh, ever. Now, this isn't a "oh I'm so sad about that" post, because although there are many days I feel that way, this will be more about how I'm choosing embrace it. It's true what they say, "this is the most time you'll ever have in your life to do what you want". I know, because I see it all around me. So I've decided to make my life more about community now than ever before. I'm burning the candle. I'm still working out what that actively looks like, but I want those who meet me to know that they are always welcome here in my life. Calls, texts, brunch, lunch, dinner, coffee, ice-cream, movies - you name it. I rarely say 'no' to hanging out with people anyway, but I want to be intentional and open with my friendships. So,

Hey You, You're Welcome Here. 

Monday, October 10, 2016

Life Lately

Wow! A lot has happened since I last blogged. So here's a quick update... (sorry, no photos) 

1. I quit my job at the real estate office to pursue my social media virtual company full time in August. It has been a busy and exciting and nerve-wracking few months. Last year as I planned and launched my wedding planning company, I learned so much about the social media side of running an online business. Since the wedding thing didn't take off quite like I had hoped, I decided to put my social media knowledge to use and became a virtual assistant in March. Funny, both ideas, My Bridal Bestie, and The Social Walker hit me on February 13th of each year..the day before my birthday. Birthday crisis? haha, maybe!

My company has grown from 1 client to over 10 and I love what I do now. Some days I can't believe that people are paying me to do this, but I know it is impacting their business and relieves so much stress for them. 

2. I am still working at BHLDN (Anthropologie's Bridal Store) and I love it so much! Mom and I have always dreamed of opening our own bridal store one day, so I thought I should get some experience first. My bosses and coworkers there make it so much fun to go into work and I just love being around them! I always wondered if I would actually like working with brides and their maids, and honestly, I do. Of course there are some stressful days, but seeing how excited a bride gets when all the looks and colors comes together makes it worth it. So Mom, if you're reading this, let's still open our store one day! 

3. I'm an aunt again!! My sister had a little girl this time and I couldn't be more in love! My nephew is the cutest little guy on the planet and such a great big brother. I'm looking forward to the holidays when I can spend as much time with them as possible! 

Now that I work from home, I'm getting a little bit more into a routine with client work and BHLDN hours. I'm going to be carving out some time to blog here more as well. I really miss blogging for myself and getting my thoughts out of my head - working from home most of the day means I mainly talk to myself or the dog...so maybe I should apologize now for all the future posts. haha!