Taking a Moment

Last heavy post of the week, I promise. But truth be told, this year has been a bit heavy for me. Not necessarily in a bad way, just in a heavy way. Lots of changes have taken place – states, jobs, downsizing from a house to an apartment, etc.

Adding one more item to this list is my new status as a Stay At Home Wife. Let me elaborate.

 I graduated with an integrated marketing communications degree in 2009 and held a couple of marketing internships before that. After graduation one of those internships turned into a full time job, which took me down the road of sales. Unemployment took me OFF that road, and back into marketing I went. Three years and another state later, I’ve found myself feeling really unfulfilled and lacking passion for the financial industry.

I began to dread going to the office every day. I had trouble sleeping and eating (which, is kind of a big deal for me – I’m truly a natural at both of these things). I couldn’t “leave work at work”.

You see, that’s not okay with me.

I struggled with the decision to leave my good on paper, comfortable job with a decent paycheck. I knew that I didn’t have it as bad as some people, but I also knew that I didn’t LOVE what I was doing with my life. And ultimately, that argument won out.

So I’m taking some time. Time to do some soul searching. Time to really think about the direction of my life. Time to recharge.

(Photo credit to our friend, Stefan Choquette Photography)

And honestly, I’m feeling pretty awesome about it. Obviously, I plan to return to the working world as soon as I have it all “figured out”, but for now I’m enjoying having extra free time to do what I want.

So far this has consisted of: going to barre every morning, walking the dogs, networking, sometimes getting in two work outs a day (holla), organizing our apartment, looking for a new place to move next month when our lease is up, blogging, soul searching, catching up with people that I love – I talk to my sister and best friend almost daily, reading, cooking, job searching and more.

The funny thing is that I know of a handful of people who have chosen to do this too this year. Is it an epidemic of non-settlers? Have we decided that won’t spend 40 hours a week doing something that we don’t love because life’s too short?

Whatever it is, I just wanted to share this little (BIG) part of my life with you all this month. Now whatever we’re doing, let’s have a fabulous November!

The Next Chapter

For my career, that is. Like I mentioned in a post last week, spending a week at the beach this month was just what I needed. 
I had time to relax. Time to do nothing more than listen to the ocean waves crash on the shore. Time to soak it all in. Time to think.
Spending a week this way helped me realize that life is too short to spend one moment unhappy. Sometimes things change and when they do you have two choices: go with the change or make a change yourself. And when you decide to take a risk and make a change, it’s all about making the decision that feels right to you when you’re following your heart and intuition. 

On that note, this past week was my last with the company I have been working for over the past three years. I plan to continue pursuing my little dream called The Social Avenue and will be starting with a new company later this month as their Marketing Manager. 
The new gig involves more responsibility that I’ve had on my shoulders alone before. It’s exciting. And scary. I will be working for a smaller company than I was with previously, which I think will be refreshing, but also puts more pressure on me, and me alone, to achieve results. I like it. I’m always up for a good challenge.  

I feel really good about this change. With new jobs for both of us, Cory and I feel like we are really finding our place in Colorado. And we love it.

I hope you’ll continue to follow me in my new and renewed ventures. Have a great Monday!

Viva Las Vegas

I’m just going to come right out & say it – the city just doesn’t do it for me. In my opinion, if you’ve seen Vegas once, you’ve seen it 100 times. The lights, the people; it’s always different but always the same. That’s not to say that I wouldn’t accept an invitation to travel there for a celebration, you just won’t find me planning any celebrations there anytime soon. Take me to Chicago instead, or New York or Dallas or…
That being said, I always like to find the good in things and my favorite three things about Vegas are:
Good Digs.
Good Food & Drink.
Good Pools.
I was able to have two of my good friends alongside me in Vegas, as well, which made the trip a lot of fun.
I’ve been to Vegas a handful of times & stayed at a different hotels each trip.

Golden Nugget (for real) – 2007 – Cory’s 23rd Birthday
Flamingo – 2010 – My Bachelorette Party (I know – out of the box, right)
Caesar’s – 2011 – Tradeshow (work)
Aria – 2012 – Conference (work) & Alex tagged along
Bellagio – 2013 – Conference (work)
I must admit, Vegas always does prove to be a good time, as much as I may (or sometimes may not) resist. For proof, see below. 

Green Tweed

Fashion fades, only style remains the same. – Coco Chanel

One of the things that I love the most is style. I like to feel good about what I’m wearing every day – to work, to go out, to the gym, to the grocery store – all of the time. That doesn’t mean I have to get all dressed up for these activities all of the time, it just means that I like to feel like what I’m wearing represents me well.

So it only feels right that my blog, in which I write about my life, includes some style posts.

My inspiration comes from one of my favorite blogs, Gal Meets Glam.

Summer Work Attire – Green Tweed

I picked up this skirt during my most recent business trip to Vegas (and got a discount on it – score!). I had been eyeing it in the J Crew catalog for awhile, so to find it on sale was particulary sweet. Tweed tends to feel more like a fall/winter pattern, but the bright, vibrant colors just scream spring & summer.

Shirt – Limited, Skirt – J Crew, Shoes – Charles by Charles David , Necklace – Francesa’s, Belt – Target, Watch – Michael Kors, Bag – Vintage Coach (Thanks Nana)
PS – I must blame Beth Busch & her good intentions for my J Crew addiction. When I accepted my first “big girl job” she sent me a J Crew gift card as a congratulations. Two years later & I can’t kick the habit! It’s a good thing I don’t live within driving distance of one. : )

Life Lately

Is it just me or is 2012 flying by? How is it that I’m writing a March post?
Upon our return from Hawaii at the beginning of the year, we gained our second nephew, lost our first dog baby as a couple, I traveled for three crazy weeks in a row for work, began training for the Warrior Dash in May, planned or attended numerous work events, we decided to put our house on the market, got a new puppy…and all of this in the first 10 weeks of 2012.
 Cory & I at the Kansas Girl Scouts 100th Year Celebration called Cocktails & Cookies, where my company sponsored a table:
I’m going to take this time to take a big, deep breath.
Needless to say, I am 100% struggling w/my commitment to live a more balanced life this year. I honestly don’t feel like I’ve had a moment to catch my breath. Fail. How did a year that started out so relaxing, turn into such a tornado?
 I haven’t even posted a blog in two weeks because I haven’t been inspired by anything. Which is just sad.
So from this day forward, I am renewing my 2012 committment to live a life more balanced!
Instead of just trying to keep balance in mind when making my decisions (which I actually have been doing for the past couple months, just not making good choices, apparently), I’m going to actually make a game plan. And I must give credit to my best friend, Alex, for suggesting this.
Step One: Make a list of all extra activities I’m currently involved in, including both personal & work (internal & external).
Step Two: Deteremine how much of my time goes to each activity. For instance, I’m involved in both the Junior League of Wichita and Public Relations Society of America. JLW requires a hefty amount of my time, while my involvement with PRSA is mainly a monthly luncheon.
Step Three: Decide which of these groups & activities I can really keep in my life. As much as I want to do it all (and the Lord knows I do), it’s not fair to myself, my family & friends OR the organizations I’m involved in, if I can’t give anyone or anything 100%.
So that will get me started. A couple other things I plan to do to help me lead a more balanced life:
– Continue to make my 5:30 a.m. work outs a priority. This has been hard over the past month, because it means getting to bed by 10:30.
– Cut back on the TV shows I DVR. Does anyone else feel like watching your DVRed shows is one more thing to check off of the To Do lists? Good Bye Real Housewives!
– Not initiate as many outings w/friends. Sometimes Cory & I only get one night a week alone together. I love our friends, but a girl needs some QT!
Ahhh…I feel more peaceful & balanced already. : )


Christmas Week Wrap Up

In the past week:

I’ve had a busy week at work, wrapping everything up for the year. There is no pressure like the pressure one puts on oneself when trying to disconnect for a whole 17 days. In order for the disconnect to happen, lots more things need to be wrapped up than initially come to mind.

Thankfully, I was able to get to a really good ending point for the year & the first three days of no work email have been less painful than I thought they would be.

Yep, you read that right – I turned off my work email on my phone – so the goal is to not check it until Monday, Jan. 9th when I return to the office. I’ll let you know how that goes.

After receiving a facial by my friend, Julie & a mani/pedi with my mom & sister, I feel ready to board the plane to Hawaii. Oh yeah, I just have to pack. Yet here I sit, blogging on my iPad w/my sweet new wireless keyboard (thanks Dad & Terri!)

On Friday Cory & I went on our 4th Annual Bonefish & Christmas light date night. The dinner & conversation were better than ever. Instead of our usual booth, we sat big-city booth style at a little two topper, half being a long booth shared by many parties & the other half chairs. It was a nice change up.

I made it through Christmas Eve & Day with my sweet, crazy, chaotic, lovable family. It was quite possibly one of the best Christmases yet.

So I plan to polish off the glass of Christmas wine (thanks Erica!) that I just poured myself, pick up my husband from work & let the packing begin!

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! We’ll be boarding our planed at 6 am – wish me luck on the packing!!