Long time, no talk! To say that life has been busy is an understatement 🙂
Since my last post in October (yikes!), we’ve had quite a few life changes and I really want to find my way back into blogging. There was a time when it was a top priority, but work, babies and a new side business (more on that below!) have kept me away from this space for a while. I want to declare that I’m officially ‘back’ – we’ll see how things go!
Where to begin? Well, back in April 2015, I took a huge leap and started my own business with Rodan+Fields – yes, those are the names of the doctors who created Proactiv! I was looking for amazing skincare to take care of my post-pregnancy skin issues and I was also searching for an opportunity to ‘do my own thing’ and eventually be able to stay at home with my daughter. It was a great fit from the start, and I jumped right into sharing this amazing skincare & business with my family and friends – and I haven’t looked back! I’ve grown so much as a mama and professional, learning how to juggle parenthood, a full-time job and a business of my own. It hasn’t been easy – but it’s definitely been worth it! I love sharing this opportunity with others, and I can’t wait to share more about my experience so far. If you’re interested in learning more about Rodan+Fields, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to chat about the products and the business!
So, while I was spending most of my 2015 being a mama, wife and #girlboss, we had been talking about moving to a new city for Michael to advance his career. After several interviews and traveling to a few cities to meet with hiring managers, Michael accepted a job in Memphis, Tennessee – a 13-hour drive from Virginia! Keep in mind, this all happened in early December – in the midst of a big trip to NYC and planning for the holidays. We like craziness like this, what can I say 😉
December was a bit of a strange month for us, as we met with Realtors, movers, our relocation company and tried to wrap things up at our jobs in VA – all while trying to enjoy the holidays. It was a little insane, truthfully, and my head was spinning a majority of the time! Michael’s first day at his new job in Memphis was January 4th, so we planned our entire move within a month, got our house on the market (still for sale, if you’re interested in a home in Northern Suffolk!) and packed only the necessities since movers will be getting the bulk of our furniture and belongings. The day after New Year’s, we hopped on the road for a 13-hour drive to our new home. We debated flying vs. driving, but realized we’d never flown with Blair before and we needed to take all of her toys – because…free entertainment and boredom prevention.
We’ve been fortunate to have corporate housing for two months, so we’re living in a nice, furnished apartment with just about everything we need. Except a blender and a Crock Pot…not having those two things have seriously put a damper on my motivation to cook! 😉 We’re almost one month in, and we’ve been house hunting with an awesome Realtor here in Memphis (seriously, I’ll be happy to refer him if you’re in Memphis and are house hunting!).
To say things have been crazy over the past few months is an understatement! Also, big life changes have taken place over here. I left my job in VA before we moved, so I went from full-time working mom to full-time stay at home mom in the blink of an eye – I don’t know if I was fully prepared for the transition! I feel so fortunate to be able to stay home with Blair, and I’m super grateful for my Rodan+Fields business for helping me achieve this milestone – along with continuing to build my freelance writing business. What I’m doing professionally right now has been my dream for many years. I’ve always wanted to work on my own terms and be able to raise my children without having to rely on daycare. We left great childcare (grandparents!) back in VA, so we knew that me staying home and running my businesses on my time would be the best thing for our family – daycare just isn’t an option for us. There was a time before Blair was born that I felt sick to my stomach about the possibility of putting her in daycare, but luckily my mom and my mother-in-law were able to keep her during the week, so I didn’t have to worry about it. That alone is what has propelled me forward with my R+F business – knowing that I would do everything I could do to keep my child at home and not have her spend most of the day at daycare. I certainly feel blessed to have this season of my life, to be able to do it all – to be empowered as a professional while being able to spend every day with my sweet girl.
So, that’s a recap on the last few months of life around here – I’m feeling inspired to revitalize this space and share more about life as a mama, girl boss and wife living a completely new city! Keep me accountable, friends. 🙂