Welcome to Entrepreneurship!

You haven’t heard from me in quite some, sorry! My goals, my business and this blog have taken many turns over the last few years, but I am excited about some recent developments and hope to start a shift that will make a big difference in my life.

As my husband and I slowly inch our way closer to possibly, maybe, considering the potential of thinking about starting a family, I’ve had to take stock of where we’re at. Myself in particular. My best friend recently lost her baby boy, Jonah, at 30-weeks pregnant, and if that doesn’t shake someone to the core, I don’t know what would. Her experience and thoughts of my future family put different lenses on my view of life – my career, my schedule, my values.

In nearly three decades of living, I can’t say I ever thought I’d be, or want to be, a stay at home mom. It wasn’t that I thought the role beneath me or didn’t want to spend time with my children, but that I truly love what I do and always want to be a contributing partner in finances. There wasn’t even a dream that I could do both.

Now, I see potential. I have inspiration from my courageous sister who changed careers, my brother-in-law who left a lucrative position to find happiness, and as usual, my best friend who is a pillar of strength and light in my life. If I want to eventually work from home while continuing to contribute to finances and the well-being of our family, I can do it!

So, as this blog and site take another turn, I hope to create a place that promotes me, my story, my talents and my interests. Sound selfish? It kind of is! BUT, I do it because I know I’m not alone and because I know I’ll need support. I’m starting to hone my skills and figure out how I can support myself without the comfort and stability of a “normal” job. There will be struggles I want to share, learning moments that I hope will help someone else, and hopefully successes to thank you for participating in!

This bumpy road of on-again, off-again blogging and sporadic social media presence has lead me here. I’m not “special,” but I’m willing to learn, to try and to work my tail off. I think I’ve finally turned the corner from being a hobbyist, and am excited to step into being an entrepreneur!

Summer Daze – Week 5

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This week in our Summer Daze Series, we are talking vacation. Honest to goodness, leave the office behind, vacation. Yes, it’s early summer, and yes, I’m pretty sure what you’re about to read is my only escape for the season, but it was still blissfully dazing!

The hubby and I didn’t get a chance to take a honeymoon after our wedding – it was right back to work! Didn’t bother me too much, but over the last couple of weeks, we had a chance to spend some time together, and now I see why honeymoons have so much appeal. I missed having my man to myself!

20150517_195120We don’t typically schedule much during the summer as funds have been limited, and it is tough for us to get away for more than a few days at a time…especially at the same time! This year, we had two events that lined up on back-to-back weeks and it really felt like we ended up getting basically two weeks off. Unheard of!

The first trip took us to the mountains of southern Virginia and Grayson Highlands State Park. The in-laws were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary and wanted to do so surrounded by their favorite people – their kids! Which included me. (Giggle!)

20150519_123600We went hiking and biking – about 30 miles total – and saw some beautiful countryside. Highlights for me were biking half of the Virginia Creeper Trail, criss-crossing portions of the Appalachian Trail, and being a rebel and petting the wild ponies. It was also a hoot watching the two dogs fight over sticks in the creeks!

Ponies 1The trip was a much-needed opportunity to spend time with family without the pressure of a major life-changing event. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I am blessed with amazing in-laws and was so grateful to experience such a wonderful place with all of them!

Ponies 2Throw in the Memorial Day weekend, and we were right back on the road. This time southbound, to Hilton Head Island, where the hubby’s office hosts a week of strategy and recap/planning meetings. Sounds like fun and games – hosting meetings at a beach-side resort – but he was locked indoors a majority of the week. I headed down for the concluding dinner, and spent the next day and a half with my man soaking up some sun.

20150530_101121While it was a short stay, I am grateful for quiet time to reflect, relax, and read. The hustle and bustle of daily life truly does disappear when you’re on a beach. Rare is the occasion when I can stop thinking, and I do not take these moments for granted!

What kinds of trips do you have planned for this summer? Are you a mountain lover or beach goer? We are heading back to the mountains for a two-night camping trip with my sister and brother-in-law over the Fourth of July. Do you enjoy roughing it or do you need a jetted tub and fruit-infused water for a good vacation? Share your tales with us!

This is the fifth post of our Summer Daze Series. If you’d like to catch up on any posts you may have missed, click HERE. We’re happy to have you!