update

lately.

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Let me sum up life for you in the last few months in one simple word…..  Work.

Lots of it. Yes there are other things I do from time to time.  Like eating, sleeping, and keep up with the NCAA tournament (my bracket may be busted, but GO SPARTY!!!).

MSU - only the best school ever!(credit: Michigan State Spartan’s Pinterest Page)

My new job is not so “new” anymore.  I’ve been there almost 6 months already!!  I can’t believe just how fast time goes by.  And as I’ve gotten familiar with all of our active jobs, my involvement level has risen.  We have so much going, we are extremely blessed.  I wake up thinking about it at 6am, and before bed I’m typing up a quick to-do list in my phone of items I can’t forget to do in the morning.  I’ve been dreaming about it too.  Sounds scary?  It is.  It’s insanity, but a good insanity. The kind that challenges me, tests my patience, and pushes me out of my comfort zone.  What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.  And I’m not dead yet.

We’ve got some cool projects in the works.  And here’s a preview of a very modern one we are doing with Foursquare Builders:

Home Exterior - by Foursquare Builders in Austin TX

(rendering is property of Foursquare Builders)

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master bath selections - Vim & Vintage blog

What else is new?  Hmmm….. I got a new car – a little charcoal gray Ford Focus.  This is pretty big news for me because I’ve never had a car payment.   I’m kinda (extremely) cheap, so of course I got a good deal on it.   (Having a dad in the car business is quite a nice perk I might add.)  The only inconvenience was I had to go pick it up in St. Pete, Florida from my dad’s house.  I KNOW, IT’S A ROUGH LIFE.  So my friend Brooke came with for a long weekend and we turned it into a little trip.  I got to see my Dad and the ocean, so I was a happy girl.

No visit to the Tampa area is complete without hitting up Busch Gardens.   I love that place!  It just makes me so happy and reminds me of my childhood spring break visits.  We splurged and did the safari and got to feed the giraffes, which I totally recommend.

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On the long drive back we stopped by my old home, Destin.  It was my first time back since we moved to Texas almost 3 years ago.  I felt so good to be back, even though it was just for one night.  It’s just so beautiful and laid back.  I will always have a special place in my heart for this area.  And, like Michigan, it will always be my home away from home.

Seaside, Florida

Florida Sunrise

Sunrise near Pensacola, FL

We definitely felt the effects of the polar vortex in Texas this winter.  I even woke up to snow on the ground one morning.  Actually it looked more like Dippin Dots ice cream, but whatever.

Snow Day

In the last few weeks Spring has sprung.  The weather has been much warmer,  so it’s time for me to come out of hibernation.  We have a lot of home projects we want to accomplish before the summer heat strikes again.  We’re running a 5k next weekend, and as you may remember, it is my first.  And I’m totally not a runner, so this is a pretty big deal to me.  I hope I can do the whole 3.1 miles without stopping – I’ve never been able to before!

Life is good.

Oh and Nate and Maci are both doing great!

Family.

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this is my life. i get 1. i’m not settling for less.

Why hello there, my dearest readers!

I realized I’ve fallen off the map in recent months.  Life came at me in full force.  I’m talking decisions, changes, and new beginnings.

I’m so excited to say that I started a new position as a designer for the very talented Michelle Tumlin in Austin!  Since I have the hardest time with change, it’s been an adjustment, but also such a giant step in the right direction for my career.

I try to keep the blog a venue for positivity and inspiration, so really only close friends and family know the struggles that were going on with my previous job.  What started out as small frustrations festered into resentment I was carrying around into my life outside of work.  Each day I was coming home from my job extremely frustrated and exhausted, feeling directionless and somewhat used.   I find this so ironic.  Because in a creative field of work, getting burned out totally robs you of your gift to provide unique and interesting solutions…. and well, without those, what can you offer?

If you know me at all, you know I’ve always been a firm believer in setting your standards high and going for your dreams.  I felt it came to a point that I was still preaching this to others, but then wasn’t living it myself.  I had been continuing to get up and go to my job, but I  wasn’t even sure why.  The problem is when you put up with crap everyday, you get comfortable with it.    It lowers your self-esteem and your expectations.  You start to believe that you will not find better and/or don’t deserve better.  And let me tell you friends, this is TOXIC.  Not only to your career, but it starts to effect the rest of  your life too.  Deep down, you know what’s right for you.  If it’s not right – it’s not right.  Never just settle.  In a relationship. In a job.  In life.   If someone does not support you, like you for who you are, or appreciate your talents, then LEAVE.  It took me a long time to realize this in this situation.  I realized I wasn’t being true to myself.  I was shutting out my inner voice.  Don’t shut out yours.

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Today begins my 4th week at the new job, and I’m so pleased to say I feel like I have my life back.  I have more energy, can think and formulate thoughts better (on most occasions!!), and wake up each day with things to look forward to.   I can’t wait to make this blog as great as I always knew it could be!  I’m going to be bringing back segments on the regular (Color Story, Design Obsession, Thursday Thoughts, etc) and also throwing a couple new ones in there as well!  This isn’t just my creative outlet, it’s yours too.

I’m glad to be back.  If you’re reading this right now then you haven’t given up on me yet!!! Hahaha.  Thanks for being a loyal supporter of the blog!  Now we have a lot to catch up on….. 😉