BIG ANNOUNCEMENT: SEE IT SIDEWAYS

As a mother, I have an obligation to steer my kids on the right path. This is especially true in business. As my daughter Kelsey grows into adulthood, she is going to be faced with challenges, triumph, and adversity. She’s going to have to make big decisions, take chances and follow her dreams. I can only hope that my work experiences help mold her into the successful business woman that she will become.

I say this next thing with mixed emotions.

Today is the day that I take my own motherly advice. Today is the day that I take a chance on following my dreams. After eight years working for Starwood Hotels & Resorts, I have decided to leave my job and open my own digital marketing agency, SEE IT SIDEWAYS, with two other VERY talented marketers from Starwood. I have spent the past few years commuting across town and across country and today I embark on a new chapter.

The story of how this decision came to be is a page-turner. Best told over a few cocktails. In fact, when we told someone how SEE IT SIDEWAYS came to be, their response was, “Well, now you’ve got a story! Every successful person has a story. And now you three have one heck of a story to tell.”

If you believe that everything happens for a reason, and if you really believe that hustle and heart will set you apart from anyone and anything that stands in your way, then you believe what we believe: faith, hard work and true talent is the recipe for success.

You can follow our journey through the SEE IT SIDEWAYS instagram page, through this blog or you can connect with me directly. For those who know me personally, thank you for the support and for your friendship. For those whom I just met through this blog … welcome to my life as a working mom. Hang on tight because it’s about to get real good.

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Travel Inspiration for your Wednesday

My friend has a serious case of Wanderlust. She loves to travel, explore, embark on new adventures and invest in new experiences. Recently, she convinced her husband to pack up their life and travel through Southeast Asia for six months. Here’s a peek at their travel route. They covered so much ground!

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Even though she is now in Central America on another adventure, she took time to write an article for me on spgweekends.com, a site that inspires travel. The article (click here to read it) is about her six months trip. It includes the most commonly asked questions she was asked – How did you afford this? Why did you do it? Did you quit your job? It’s a must-read if you’re looking for a little travel inspiration (or if you have a case of Wanderlust yourself).

Enjoy!

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When I started this blog in 2010, I had one goal in mind: Keep track of (most) everything we did. Take pictures. Write stories. Capture memories so that one day our daughter can grow up and read about her childhood. Since then our family (and my heart) has exploded with love. We have two more children and couldn’t be more thankful for the blessings we have been given.

Through this blog, I have found a love for photography and storytelling. Sometimes I look back at old photos and think, ‘Yikes!’ – did I really edit a photo like that? But that’s the whole point of this blog … to see how far we’ve come through the years. To grow. To explore. And yes, to edit photos in horrible Sepia tones until you finally get it right.

Another goal of mine was to document my children’s milestones so I could reference it later. I can’t tell you how many times I have asked myself, “When do kids get their teeth? At what age did we potty train Kelsey? What did we do for Easter last year?” When that happens, I can go into my blog archives and find the answer. How cool is that.

This little corner of cyber space as been an online journal of sorts. Albeit, I have vowed to be real but never allow this blog to be a place for venting. I have my husband, girlfriends and a good glass of wine to cure my need to vent. Besides, isn’t the world negative enough without me complaining and sweating the small stuff?

I also don’t use profanity on this blog. The worst word you’ll find on here is “shoot” because – like I said – little miss grown up Kelsey will be reading this one day. That’s something that means a lot to me.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say is, I’ll be continuing to blog in 2016. I’m excited to see where my love for blogging takes me next year, and I’m excited to document the things we do, the places we go and the way in which these kids grow up. 2015 was incredibly good to us – we welcomed Nolan into our family and lived our lives in a way that would make God proud. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store.

It’s been a treasure and a treat to talk to you through this computer screen. And for that future big girl who is reading this, momma loves you more than you know. Even when you’re throwing sass my way.

See you guys in 2016.

Quote of the Day

I came across this quote via Pinterest and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said this in my head since. Whether we’re in the car with the kids and someone (ahem … Ryan) makes a wrong turn and now we are stuck in the car 10 minutes longer than planned (you parents know what this means) and I have run out of snacks, games and patience. In that moment, I’ve reminded myself of this quote.

Or when someone at work throws you a curve ball and asks you to complete something possible that feels oh-so impossible at the time. In that moment, I told myself this quote. It’s one of those things that I am really trying to work on – my attitude, I mean. My mood can really sour a moment for not only me but for those around me. It’s a work in progress, but something I am hoping to get better at every day.

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What I’m Reading: #GIRLBOSS

I picked up the book, #GIRLBOSS because I was super intrigued and today – while Colton takes his nap – I’m laying by the pool reading it. I’m half way through the book and I love it. It’s sorta unconventional and not writen like your typical ‘go get ’em book, but that’s the point. The author, Sophia Amoruso isn’t your typical gal.

“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

The book follows Sophia’s story of starting her own business and all of the hard work it takes to get there. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book takes us. Get your highlighter out, it’s one of those books filled with motivational quotes and phrases that you’ll want to remember.

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The Working Mom Hat: Just Run Away

Today started out productive and then one nasty email after another came flooding into my inbox. It was be-totally-rude-and-mean-to-others day and I didn’t get the memo. I worked from home today and didn’t get up from my desk but 30 minutes to eat lunch. One of those days.

About 4:10pm I got another email. It was from a client. It ended with “Sorry for venting but …” To which I wanted to scream, “Pick up the phone, don’t email this! Why are you complaining. We’re not saving lives! I’m a human being not a customer complaining inbox!” You’ve been there.

Since I don’t want to get fired, I didn’t do that. Instead, I closed my computer and decided to run away from it all. I grabbed my running shoes and booked it to the gym. I grabbed my iPod, plugged in and tuned out. I ran. And ran. And ran. And let me say this, I am not a runner. Not in the least! I’m not good at it at all. Ask me how fast I run a mile? Go on. Like, 15 minutes.

But today … today, running felt good. I just ran away from all of my stress. Then, came home, picked up the kids, scrambled to make dinner, got yelled at by a 3-year-old and screamed at by a 1-year-old. But, it didn’t matter. I had run it all off. For whatever reason, my kids’ screaming didn’t bother me, as much. I just sipped on my wine and smiled.

In fact, as I write this, my husband is  upstairs giving my son a bath and he (my son) is screaming at the top of his lungs. I can tell that scream. It’s the scream he does when you pull him out of the bath and try to dry him off and put on his diaper. You would think we torture the child. But, nope – we’re only trying to keep him clean so daycare doesn’t label him The Dirty One.

I better go help my husband out, but thought I would share with you my thoughts. Next time you’re stressed to the core … run, run, away. It really does help.

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The Inspirational Hat: Motivational Monday

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It’s French for ‘You and Me.” Cute Valentine’s Day gift, don’t you think? Enjoy your Monday. I’m at home with double pink eye and a cold. Kids! They are like little and cute virus carriers