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.