An Exciting New Endeavor

Some people have always known what they wanted to do with their lives. They had clear interests and talents growing up, took the right courses, picked the right majors and landed jobs in the perfect fields for them, and it all felt right.

I envy those people.

For me, it was never very clear-cut. Maybe because I had a lot of interests, maybe because I enjoyed all subjects in school, maybe because I didn’t really know myself when it came time to start making decisions. I took all of the AP and college prep courses available in high school, and squeezed in creative classes like music and art whenever I could because I loved them. For some reason, however, doing something creative never really felt like an option to me- I believed that to make it in the arts, you had to be the best of the best, and I didn’t like my odds. So when the time came to pick a major, I went with pre-med. Being a doctor was a noble profession, but when I struggled just to earn a B in my first Biology course, I quickly learned that perhaps it wasn’t the right fit for me.

After switching majors to English, I felt much more at home, and thrived on being exposed to influential and inspiring works of literature. I slowly found my voice by writing about all that I read, and got a thrill from finding the perfect words and phrases to convey my thoughts. Four years and an English degree later, I was once again at a loss as to how to utilize my degree. Surely I couldn’t read books or write essays for a living… and, being scared to actually put myself out there in a less than ideal job market, I instead became a full-time nanny.

I discovered that I actually loved working with children, so after moving to Charleston for Kevin’s job a couple of years later, I decided to get my Master’s Degree in Elementary Education, and later became a 4th grade teacher. I found myself pregnant with Penny soon after starting, and while I enjoyed certain aspects of teaching, the thought of going back and leaving my baby behind all day made me sick with dread. And so, because we were able to find a way for me to stay home with her after she was born, I gladly did.

Since becoming a stay at home Mom to now two young children, I know that I have found my calling. I have my days, like all parents do, where I count the minutes before Kevin gets home, desperate to pass off the kids and drive somewhere, anywhere, just to get a minute to myself. But as a whole, I am truly happy. I enjoy playing with the kids, preparing meals, and taking care of our home. I feel lucky and fulfilled.

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Still, lately that creative bug has been buzzing. I started this blog as a way to not only document our lives, but also as a writing outlet for me. And I have loved writing about our girls. I love the idea that one day they will scroll through all of these posts and know how much they were loved. But I have been feeling the urge to write about other things that interest me as well. Which leads me to my latest endeavor.

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You may or may not know this, but I have a thing for interior decorating. For years, I have gobbled up HGTV shows like they were free cupcakes, and design stores like West Elm are my Disneyland. Since moving out of my parents’ house and into my very first apartment, I have lived in and decorated (and redecorated…and redecorated…) 5 different dwellings. Over the years, I have really exercised those creative styling muscles, in my own homes and the homes of various clients and friends, and I have become more and more confident in my skills. It has only recently become clear to me (though those closest to me have been saying it for years), that home design and styling is what I should be doing as a career, even though it is so fun for me that it feels more like a hobby. It comes naturally to me, and I love doing it. Why I didn’t realize it before now, I don’t know, but I suppose it had to happen organically, and the thing I really needed in order to find myself and figure out what I should do with my life was time.

So, with newfound motivation (and not so gentle nudges from family and friends), I am officially open for business. In addition to blogging about my family, being a mom, and teaching my children, I will now be blogging about home styling and design- my own spaces, projects I work on for clients, spaces that inspire me, and simple tips that you can implement in your own home.

If home design does not interest you (even though I obviously think it should!), you can still follow along on our family journey. My oh so talented sister (and the main person who has been giving me those less than subtle nudges) has created a beautiful site for me that is super easy to navigate, whether you are here for my personal blog, educational ideas for young children, design inspiration, or are interested in the services I am now providing.

I so appreciate you stopping by, and thank you for your love, support, and for checking out all of the hard work that has gone into this site. I am so excited for this new chapter, and look forward to sharing with you along the way.

Lots of love and gratitude,

Melanie

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