Hey guys! I didn’t mean to take a whole week off of blogging but I guess that’s what happens when you travel and don’t prepare any posts 😉
I had a lovely time at my in-laws. Let’s catch up over some coffee!
If we were having coffee today, I’d tell you that…
…I am both in love with and in denial of the stage Claire is in right now. We celebrated her first birthday early with family when we were at my in-laws. It was so sweet but also so bittersweet, like it’s marking the end of the baby days. I know she’s still a baby though and one day when she’s five I’ll look back and be really sad, but it’s just the first of many times I’ll have to “let go” as a mom. It’s something no one can prepare you for!
…Leaving Beans at my in-laws went way better than I thought it would. I am so glad that we were able to get him settled there. According to my MIL, he hasn’t seemed to realize that we are “gone gone” yet and is having a good time with their dog and several cats.
We are leaving him there temporarily until we get settled in Hawaii for two reasons. One: Hawaii has some laws about bringing animals in to the state because they are rabies free. They require a four month window before we arrive for him to have some testing and blood work done. We didn’t find out we were going there more than four months in advance to get this stuff started, so if we took him, he’d be in quarantine until the four months was up and we definitely didn’t want to leave him in something like that.
We also know we’re going to be in transition in housing and what not. Beans is just very nervous a lot of the time and gets clingy when there’s a lot of commotion, so we thought he would do better coming out once we have finished moving into a house and unpacking etc. We don’t have definitive plans on when he will come back, which makes me a little uneasy, but knowing he is super happy with lots of land to run on in Tennessee makes it easier to deal with. I actually miss him less than I thought I would, but give it a few weeks and I’ll probably be singing a different tune.
…I turned 27 yesterday. And it was probably the most anticlimactic birthday I’ve ever had but I was also totally, completely okay with that. I used to be really big into my birthday, but this year it just didn’t matter much. We celebrated it early with a date night out and with my husband’s family so the actual day just felt “eh.” The best part of my birthday was waking up to Claire smiling and the fact that she slept in an hour later than normal 🙂 #momstatus
…I’ve decided to pursue two business ventures. As if one wasn’t enough 😉 I am 100% scared to put this out there, but I think I’ve really been needing to do something that scares me, that pushes me outside my comfort zone for a while now.
I’ve been thinking of offering blog design for about two years. After much thought, I am finally in the works of offering custom design for an affordable price to other bloggers or business owners. I am currently working with a few bloggers now to create a new look for them. I am so beyond excited to not only help other bloggers but tap into my creative side and create! If you have any interest in this or just want to see what I’m up to, head here.
I also love photography and for the past few months have been thinking of starting to offer some portrait sessions, head shots, etc.. I’ve only had my camera for a year now, but I have learned sooo much in the past year. Over our trip, I was shooting everything manually (aka not in auto) and actually understood how to take pictures in different light or settings. I got a lot of great shots that I’m hoping to share soon.
Here’s one from our trip that pretty much solidified my decision to pursue this for real. I know it’s my kid, so I am biased, but I am in love with everything about this photo.
I know photography as a side business is an over-saturated market, but honestly anything that I have considered pursuing is. I don’t expect to “make it big” with anything I pursue, but I do believe that since I have a passion for it, it will all fall into place how it’s supposed to. I’m going to keep photography stuff separate from my blog but will be creating a Facebook page to launch it soon. I’ll share that when it goes live.
…I’m super confusing myself with my new Instagram account. Annnnd so I changed it. This is a long story that probably no one cares about (but if we were having coffee, I’d totally want to tell you/get your insight).
I love photography and have been craving sharing some more stylized “Instagrammy” type photos. I was slowly sharing more content like that on my original account, but for some reason felt like it wasn’t fitting in? I also felt like my love of fitness is not everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I could move fitness related stuff to another account.
I am loving having a professional looking Instagram, but I just don’t think it’s working for being connected with my blog. I pride myself on things NOT being perfect so the whole “look, everything’s perfect” look just doesn’t really resonate for me in regards to the blog. It’s also a CRAP TON of work, because I have been only taking photos with my camera, which then has to be uploaded, edited, and emailed to myself before it can get to Instagram. Instapain is more like it.
I also realized that really pretty stylized photos along with fitness content just doesn’t attract the same audiences. I immediately got quite a few unfollows yesterday when I posted a “back to the gym” photo (which is now gone) because the people who want to follow pretty crap don’t want to follow fitness crap.
I know it was only about a week of having this account, so I could have given it more time, but it just kind of wildly confused me. So now it has been renamed @beesweetphoto to be used for my photo/design venture instead. I think I’ll end up using it to document every day life too, in that stylized way, but also showcase portraits and what not when this business comes to fruition.
My original account is now my blog account as well again. Sorry to make so many changes at once! Did I mention I am always winging it? 😉
…We move to Hawaii in a month! Gah! I am so so excited. I know things are going to get pretty crazy soon. We are trying not to accumulate too much food since it all has to be thrown out before we leave. We have lots of organizing and packing to do. I feel so much more ready and energized for this move than I did for a our last one. I’m sure it helps that Claire is older and we’ve all actually been sleeping for a few months now and, you know, that we’re moving to an ISLAND! I still can’t believe it. I think I’m gonna need someone to pinch me when we get there to prove it’s not a dream.
I hope you guys have an awesome weekend! Catch you Sunday with the return of A Week at a Glance.
Questions for You:
- If we were having coffee, what would you tell me?
- Are you doing anything right now or thinking of doing anything that pushes you outside your comfort zone?