This is not how I envisioned my career going.
I most certainly thought I was on a trajectory for something big. I wanted that corner office. I wanted to lead a team. I wanted to make the fat, comfortable pay check.
And then kids happened.
And then a market downturn happened.
While I had relatively great job security and plenty of options in the corporate world, I found myself no longer happy. The drive to play the politics, rub elbows with the self-congratulatory managers, and the ability to absorb extra thankless work due to the downturn had dried up long ago - roughly about 3 months after my second child was born.
Mommyhood in Corporate America is a rough gig these days. While some companies are better than others, dare I say that it's damn near impossible to survive in the corporate world when your kids are young?
So here I am - sitting at home on a Tuesday creating a business I can run that is efficient, productive, and happy. And one that allows me to put my family first. Those are my very simple goals for my business in 2019.
Well, actually - I have S.M.A.R.T. goals all lined out for 2019 and will be openly sharing my metrics as I go. I want to exceed my 2018 corporate america salary in 2019 working only 3 days per week. Do you think that's realistic or a stretch goal?
Care follow along for the ride and see how I'm progressing? My monthly email updates will cover:
Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd), and in honor of this great spinning globe we live on, I'm celebrating a few local artisans and designers who do a little good for our world. Please show them some love because without us even thinking about it, they are doing good for all of us by improving our environment.
Luisa Fernanda Nadarajah
This jewelry and fashion designer "upcycles" materials to use in her designs, and the result is stunning. Who would think to use seatbelts, speedometer pins, and lightbulbs to form some of the most beautiful pieces?
The Reclaimed Wood Shop
The Gaines (as in Joanna and Chip) have made shiplap walls a weekend home designer's dream project, and now you can find your reclaimed wood and reclaimed wood project inspo locally at The Reclaimed Wood Shop! Their furniture pieces are one-of-a-kind, or you can work with the staff to design your own unique piece. Or just take home so good ol' barnwood for your next Gaines' inspired project.
Hollywood Hippies Cosmetics
This one really touches my heart. As a former Child Advocate who was a voice for a child in the foster care system, I love any organization that places foster children at the center of what they do. Owner, Brandie Seifert, was a child of the foster care system. Brandie aged out of the system and built her business as a means to support herself. When her Hollywood clients began asking for greener, more natural products, she created "make-up with a mission" to provide healthy products that are fun and affordable. I could not love more how she uses her talents to support so many worthy causes!
Mommy. Houston gal. Career woman. Entrepreneur. Fashion lover. Avid ogler of pretty little things (shoes).
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