My new iPhone case came today and I absolutely love it. Sure it was a bit shameful to get one match my business cards but I really don’t care. I’m ready to give this business all I have and if I fall on my face so be it. At least I went for it. I’ve never been more happy with my decision to quit my day job and do what I love. Take care of my family and start my own business!! You have to be a little nuts if you want to succeed in what you love, right?
Here is the link to the shop if your curious 🙂 Vintage Divine
I did the unthinkable. I quit my day job. Six years ago I got a job at a very reputable corporate company. At the time my daughter was almost 2, I was unemployed and bored. The thought of being around adults all day sounded great. I moved up in the company and made a nice living. Although it was a good job with a great company, something was missing. Myself. I was the kid in high school who didn’t eat meat, marched in protests and surrendered myself to the music coming out of my record player. Sure I have come along way since then, but I’m not a completely different person.
Just recently I had a second child. A boy. The most adorable boy I have ever seen. To think of going back to my corporate cubicle job and miss out on his childhood was just too much. After much discussion with the hubby, we found a way to make it work. I would quit my job and be what I said I would never do again. A stay at home mom. I knew immediately that I had to have some kind of creative outlet or I would go mad. Luckily, my sister and I had been recently dabbling in vintage selling on etsy and we were having fun. So here I am. Home with Gavin and running the online vintage shop. Sure I love it. I get to spend the days with my baby and work on the shop to keep my mind active. The only problem with an online shop is that’s what it is…online. . I feel the walls closing in on me lately and although I love hanging out with my boy, he’s not much for conversation. While I interact all day with people online, it really doesn’t equate to a real adult conversation. I really don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. I think I just need a mommy getaway or something. I need to hit the refresh button and get my mojo back in gear. I have no regrets about the position I am currently in and would do it again in a heartbeat. Perhaps I need a better system for my day. But, crap, I’m terrible at schedules and I’m rarely able to maintain them for more than a week. Maybe I should start a “Stay at home-work at home-needs some stimulating conversation that has nothing to do with kids club”. Might need to shorten the name a bit. I have even considered going to the book club at the library. Ugh…Anyways…I need a plan.
Ok, so my vintage bag isn’t brand new, but it’s new to me! Every season I get a new handbag, however, I usually get some cheap TJ Maxx version. This year I was determined to break the cycle. I have been very addicted to woven leather lately and I wanted to continue this trend into my new handbag. As a very busy mother of two, my handbags need to be easy to carry, functional and big enough to fit everything without feeling like I’m carrying a piece of luggage. This always presents a challenge, but one I was ready to take on. As I combed the pages of etsy, I honed in on the genuine leather midsize vintage selection. Once I saw it on Starlets Vintage, I knew it was the one. It met all of my requirements and my price! I pressed the check out button and waited patiently for my package to arrive. Yesterday my wait was over as I eagerly opened the box. I was so excited. It felt like Christmas. My 8-year-old daughter watched me dance around the house with the beautiful vintage bag on my arm and told me I was “SO weird” but I didn’t care. I am very pleased with my new addition and will wear it proudly.
I can’t believe it. Gavin is 6 months old today! He is rolling over and so close to sitting up on his own. As very happy baby, his smile warms my heart and gets me through the days when he only feels like crying. While most everyone thinks he is a spitting image of my husband, I like to think there is some of me waiting to come out. It’s fun to think about what he will be like when he gets older. As for now, I love being able to spend my days with him and watch him learn and grow.
It may have been 115 degrees outside yesterday, but that didn’t detur us one bit! As promised in my previous post, I picked up Olivia from her first day of school and headed straight for Ulta with my coupon in hand. Once we entered the fabulously air-conditioned store, we immediately saw the OPI Germany nail polish display. It was very hard not to grab every color but we settled on three for now. Nein! Nein! Nein! Ok Fine! which is a fantastic deep smokey gray with a hint of army green when applied. Berlin There Done That is a creamy neutral coffee tone. Unfor-greta-bly Blue is a bright, bold deep blue which I chose as my first one to show off. We are going camping(in a trailer of course) this weekend with my husband’s family, so we will see how well it holds up. I promised myself I would wait to continue my collection when I get another coupon or perhaps a sale? Here’s to hoping it’s sooner rather than later!
I have been watching Ugly Betty on Netflix for a few weeks now and today I just finished the final episode. I’m sad that it’s over but so happy I decided to start watching! I know it’s all acting and not real and so on and so on, but there is a part of me that believes it has to be a true story for someone out there. An ugly Betty that has been transformed into a stylish diva who goes after what she wants. It makes me smile to think about it. I have decided to take a break from Netflix for awhile to focus more on other things. My vintage shop, family, do to list. Perhaps it has inspired me to get off my rump and get some stuff done! I will miss you Betty. It’s been fun.
Today is Olivia’s first day at her new school. We found a great new program for gifted kids and she was accepted! She is so brave for embracing this opportunity with a positive attitude. First days are always a bit scary! They can, however, be a great new beginning. First day at a new job, first day as a married couple, first day as a parent. While time can fly by, it’s great to take a minute and really remember that first day because it reminds us of what we can do. If we are brave enough to make it to the first day, we have already accomplished something special. This post is dedicated to my amazing daughter and her passion for learning and life.