It’s about to get personal ;)
I really wasn’t sure what to title this post…so I guess this is my next chapter. I am in the middle of packing up all of my stuff (hoping it fits in my car) and about to move back to Wisconsin. I have been living her in Wilmington, NC for almost two years, and holy cow did that go by fast. It is a bittersweet moment, I am beyond excited to be back home, do what I love, live with my boyfriend, be with my friends, and see my family…but at the same time I’m feeling a bit sad. Wilmington is absolutely gorgeous and has presented me with so many great opportunities and blessed me some really great friends that I am going to miss so much.
The quote above is a re-post that I blogged about here in 2010. As some of you know I have always dreamed, since I was 13, to move away and become a wedding planner and owning my own successful business. I always knew I could and never really doubted myself. I remember telling my guidance counselor in high school that I wanted to be an event planner (that was in 2004) and I wanted to look at colleges in California to do so. I’m sure she thought I was crazy, as did a lot of my family because who really knows what they want at that age..right? In 2004 Wedding planning wasn’t too common and was looked at as a hobby..not a career. I didn’t care because I was determined to make it a career. At that point I decided to start saving my money, so by the time I graduate college (which I insisted to get my bachelors degree..in WI though), that I would have saved up enough money to buy a one-way ticket to a new state to pursue that dream.
Then came my senior year in college, I was researching places to move and found Wilmington…at that point I was dead set that I would live there. For about 2 years I emailed my resume and searched Craigslist almost daily trying to a job in Wilmington. No luck. No bites. Nothing. I was getting discouraged but realized if I want to make it happend I just have to do it. (side note: in that time I fell in love, I told him my plans before we started dating and have had his support ever since..he is kind of amazing and must really like me). In those two years, I saved up enough money to move and sustain myself for about a month, so I quite my job, found an apartment on craigslist and did it. That was f’ing crazy. I packed up my little honda and drove to Wilmington, luckily my apartment was beautiful and my roommate was amazing! So, I gave myself 1 month to find a job and figure my shit out.
Two years later, here I am. I guess you can say I believed I could…so I did. No, I’m not wedding planning but I am still designing, creating, and loving every minute of it. I do own my own business (well two, one of which is all about weddings :) and couldn’t be happier. I know there were a few people out there that didn’t truly support my decisions…or believed I would/could do it. But I did.
Living here has truly changed me, it has made me more independent, more confident in myself and my work, and most importantly it has made me realize what matters the most in my life…the people I love. As happy and thankful as I am that I moved and pursued this dream, I am so excited to be with my family and friends. I miss my best friend (my love), softball tournaments, girls nights, cornhole, my dads amazing breakfast, my beautiful sister, and spending time with my new niece. I’m excited to grow up, get married, own a home, and maybe have kids. To go to ‘work’ each morning, and then spend my nights with my family and friends…I realized that is all I ever really wanted and that it doesn’t really matter where you are. (until winter comes, I may say otherwise ;)
So, thank you all for your support and coming along with me on this journey. I am sooo excited for the future..and to soon share with you my new brand and website!
WOW, I really hope that didn’t come off boastful…or too boring.
Simply because I have been practicing my calligraphy/lettering/typography skillzz I decided to use one of them on a instagram photo I took on Sunday. I actually had an unexpected Sunday funday, getting to relax with friends while boating around Wrightsville Beach…I really couldn’t ask for a better, beautiful day. If my life is somewhat interesting I’ll keep posting random instagrams :) Stay tuned!
I am a busy busy lady these next couple weeks..so you can expect to see a lot of new logo, blogs, sites, etc on the blog! For this recent one I worked with Kristen of Miss Prissy Paige and loved that she knew exactly what she wanted, clean lines, simplistic, but with pops of turquoise and hints of glitter. So we did just that, creating a logo that can be used throughout her brand that is also cohesive on her blog. Along with the blog I also designed her business cards, using the same clean lines and of course bringing in the hearts that she likes. You can check out her blog here, and of course feel free to visit her etsy shop too!
Hi friends, Becca from The Dabblist contacted me a couple months ago wanted to re-fresh her wordpress blog. She told me she would like to make it a bit more personal to her style and to have a more ‘natural’ look and feel to it. With that in mind we decided to keep the overall look very clean but incorporating that hand-drawn feel to it in the logo, hover navigation icons, and the sidebar. I have to be honest, I was so excited when she told me that! I love so many of my clients and their style, but lately I haven’t been able to really dive into natural style..so needless to say I was all kinds of excited! I am beyond happy with the turnout and at this point really wishing I knew how to code Shopify better so I can help her with her online shop too! For those who go to her site, make sure to sign-up for her weekly newsletter! (I’ll be helping to design that too :). Enjoy and check out her blog here!
I realized since I cannot stop thinking about decorating an office I would just keep posting little pieces of inspiration. This office inspiration is quite different than the last..but I love that retro feel to it and the pops of orange and mint. By the way, who wouldn’t love to have a little bar cart in their office! Also, I have been on the hunt for a budget friendly credenza, so if anybody knows where to find a good one please let me know! Stayed tuned for some more inspiration, until then have a lovely day!
Hi friends, since we are all so super obsessed with Pinterest I figured I would post a few of my favorite pins this past week…which by the way was quite difficult to choose from all of my pins. — Feel free to follow me here!
1. Gold Antlers: Being from the Midwest and growing up with my hunting license I feel like this faux deer is only necessary for my future office…and it’s gold! (I’m sure my dad would be delightfully surprised to see this hanging in my home).
4. Cookies: Nutella Stuffed Brown Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies with Sea Salt. ARE YOU KIDDING ME!
5. Bling: I posted about gems here back in 2011…and it looks like I am still loving rose gold and gemstones. I get ask all the time if I’ll be getting engaged soon and what type of ring I want. 1. Nope, I do not know if I’ll get engaged soon 2. Yes, of course I know what type of ring I want! My response to that is always “a gemstone”, and for obvious reasons…the cost (and they are so pretty). Sidenote: We are going on 6 years and I’m not the type of girl to go ring shopping..because I love surprises far too much but I’ll drop a hint anyday :)