Thursday, September 15, 2011

Pursuit of Happiness

When we're young, the possiblities are endless for our future career. At a young age, I was convinced I was going to be a detective, a lawyer, and then a professional horseback rider. And that was only at age seven. Ideas flowed, up until the day I graduated from high school and I still did not have a the slightest hint of what I wanted to do with my life. Does anyone at that age? After buying a few books, taking a few quizzes, I soon settled on Graphic Design. Yes, picked from the pages of a book, I chose my major. I promise you, much thought did go into this process. But after realizing I was basing my decision on my knack for designing pretty power points, color coordination, and drawing funny faces with my Grandpa, I did not have any clue what I would be getting myself into. But I was okay with that.

Then came college, where I truly found out I actually had a talent. In fact, I sort of surprised myself. Never having taken an art course in high school, I was actually doing alright. In fact, I was doing pretty well for myself. Slowly learning the programs and tools, I found a true love in design that I never knew I had. Once again, the ideas were flowing. What can I do with this? Package design, advertising, branding, you name it. All appealing ideas, but one never quite stuck. Before I knew it, it was graduation time. Ruh-roh. Where did the time go?

In the summer after college, I took a leap of faith and moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to start a life with my Marine. My lucky butt was, well, lucky enough to find a job within a month of moving down.

It was a few months after working with this company that a light bulb went off.

My first experience with Style Me Pretty was in my last semester of college. I was interning for an event company in Baltimore, MD and in a brain storming session someone had mentioned a bridal inspiration blog for weddings, a small part of their company at the time. I scribbled the web address on my note pad, never to actually type it. The piece of paper was tossed away a few days later.

Flash forward a few months, and we are at that light bulb moment. After a coworker had mentioned wedding planning with his wife I thought, "What was that blog's name?" I sat and thought for minutes and couldn't quite remember. And then it hit me. Style Me Pretty. I finally typed in that web address and to use the appropriate phrase: the rest is history. I was hooked. I checked for updates on a daily basis, soaking in every bit of wedding bliss I could possibly handle.

I continued to get my daily digest of Style Me Pretty and soon bookmarked a number of wedding blogs, photographers, and event blogs. So much to take in, but not for a moment was I overwhelmed. I loved them all, completely enthralled. New and fresh ideas, I wanted more.

Flash forward to today where I have hit a cross roads in my life. The job I currently hold is not quite how I imagined it would turn out to be, something many people have in common. I started my own design blog and freelance business over a year ago, keeping my dreams at bay until I figured out the next step in my life. But I was anxious.

After countless days and nights wondering what I wanted, what was truly the best decision for me, I finally figured it out. For once, I feel like I know exactly where I want to be. I know where I belong. Weddings make me happy. Happier than I anything I can put into words. Like a total dork, I oogle over dresses and bouquets, I keep a "Future Wedding" label in my Gmail (don't you dare judge me!), and I get giddy at the sight of a style shoot. It was because of these feelings that I decided to close one chapter in my life and begin a new.

I quit my job.

Tomorrow officially marks my last day at the company I have been with for two years. Who's scared? I'm scared. But I have never been happier. I feel free and full of excitement. Yes, call me totally bonkers. Who quits in an economy like this? Apparently I do. For some reason, I know everything will be alright. Everything will be okay.

I am going with my gut, following my heart and taking yet another leap of faith. I have high hopes that I will soon find my niche. I do not know quite where I belong in the wedding world, but I am crossing my fingers I will find out soon. My background in graphic design certainly is an extra added bonus, but with all of the gloriousness weddings have to offer, I want to explore all roads. Who knows where they will take me?

So here I go.

Cheers to a new adventure in this wonderful, crazy life of mine.


  1. You go girl! You're going to be a huge success! If you ever need any help, just let me know ;)

  2. Best of luck. I'll be reading/following right along...!

  3. Sincerely - from me to you & the moon and back? I wish I were as brave as you. I stand on the edge daily - a day job I dislike, that holds me back, that I've held for nearly 4 years, that clearly helps to pay the bills....but that I KNOW sucks 35 hours a week out of EVERYTHING ELSE I'm in love with and passionate about? And yet still, I sit here. Waiting...while not quite sure what I'm waiting FOR. I wish I were as brave as you...and *hopefully* one of these days (SOONER rather than later lol) I'll be brave enough to join you. :)

    CONGRATULATIONS on your new adventure!! I am BEYOND thrilled & happy for you -- I KNOW good things are coming your way!! <3 Much Love!

  4. Hey Alex!

    Great blog! I was in your spot a few months ago. I quit my job and went out on my own as an artist. The feeling is extremely powerful yet totally scary!! It's going to be a tough road ahead but as long as you're happy and doing what you love, you will be able to push through and make choices that are best for you and your business. I commend you on what you're doing. I feel that in this economy many young adults our age have gone out on their own to create their own career! So, best of luck, I'm sure you will do just fine, you're very talented and hardworking. :)