This summer has already been very good to us.
We have been taking full advantage of our yard every evening.
There are some big-to-us changes brewing too. For my birthday, I was pining for some new blouses and dresses as well as some home accessories I've been eyeing, but on the cusp of 33 I realized my money could be more well spent.
So instead, I've aligned myself with a graphic designer to design a blog and logo that is more inline with, well, me. While I've been happy with the content that I've been feeding the blog, I'm not inspired when I see my landing page. A year ago, when I recommitted to blogging, I told myself that if I maintained it for six months (while balancing a full time job and children), then I would get my site designed. Fast forward, and I have and I'm still enjoying it. The blog name will be changing and will be moved to a .com site, and the new site should reflect the character of the designs that I gravitate towards. I cannot wait to have that site come together, and have it rolled out for you in a few weeks.
I also took a bit of a leap several weeks ago when I went ahead and enrolled myself in the
Complete Course in Interior Design at the New York Institute of Art & Design. My materials have only just arrived and I'm starting to establish a schedule for studying. Creating a new habit can be hard for a 33 year old!
I don't have expectations for where this leap will take me. I'm not leaving the workforce, I'm not seeking blog advertisers, and I'm not changing the scope of my content. I just kinda figured, why not? I realize that I have oh-so-much to learn when it comes to designing balanced and harmonious interiors, and deciding to seek the fundamentals of the industry should be my next natural step. At the least, I hope that it will help me to create a home that personally reflects our family and lifestyle. The program is quite risk free financially speaking, as well as the time commitment it demands. I can work at my own pace and complete assignments in my time. Who knows, maybe I'll share a project or two here with you.
But that ain't it y'all. A new career opportunity recently presented itself, and so I am leaving hospitality after about ten years in the industry. Hospitality is a hard field to be in, as we operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, including all major holidays. Burnout is not uncommon, and in the past year balancing two children with a 5-7 day work week has proved to be exhausting. Jon and I were averaging 1-2 days off together a month (that's about 20 days off together a year!!!), and it has been down right making us grumpy. So to say I'm eager to learn a new field, grow professionally, and have a more structured schedule, would be an understatement.
I'm on the cusp of change and growth this 33rd year, and I'm welcoming it. For funs sake, I did a round up of some goodies I'd love to have under my birthday tree, if I had one.
I'll be spending the rest of the week preparing for Nolan's birthday party that is coming up this weekend. Hopefully I'll take a few minutes to snap photos so that I have some to share with y'all!