Photographs from my favorite flea market taken the week I left my day job.
My boyfriend of four years cheated on me with my best friend... I was crushed, but emerged stronger and inspired to be a more generous person. (Alluded to in my Risk post.)
While living alone again and adjusting... I accomplished many difficult tasks flying solo. Each heavy box or piece of furniture lifted, a diminutive victory. My home is truly my own.
I visited Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Key West, and Okinawa, Japan for the first time... and returned home each time revitalized and ready to create-up a storm.
I took a risk and left a full time job as a marketer... and haven't looked back! The freedom of making my own schedule was necessary to grow as an individual and a professional. (Announced + How to Tell You're Ready to Quit Your Day Job)
I Bought Nothing New For One Year... I learned a lot, and enjoyed the challenge!
I announced I was going to start my own vintage boutique here in Jacksonville, Florida... and a longtime follower of my work boldly offered a large cash donation to help me start the shop!
Heartbreaks, financial troubles, personal failures, they collaborate to drag us down. My heart was shattered this year, but I never stopped working, growing, and creating. It's paying off. Every time I check my inbox I have a new opportunity, I'm building a trailblazing brick and mortar shop with artists I've admired for years, and I've made a soul-to-soul connection with you, my reader!
The sleepless nights you put into your dreams will pay off. It doesn't happen overnight, but success always comes to those who never stop putting every ounce of their energy into reaching their goals. Things get better when you never give up. I promise.