As I looked at this photo from my recent family travels to Alaska, the Simon and Garfunkel lyrics came to mind, "I AM A ROCK. I AM AN ISLAND." (Are you singing it now, too?)
Upon further inspection of this song however, I realize that I am exactly the opposite of what Paul Simon is singing about. I have let down all my walls, created friendships that I cherish, let myself be completely vulnerable to learning new things, seized unexpected opportunities, and felt immense amounts of triumph and pain. All of which I am extremely proud of and have led me to where I am now and where I am going.
I would not trade my experiences for the world. Because of what I have accomplished and created, my life is forever changed.
Which brings me to my next life challenge. As if I haven't challenged myself enough. Ha! (Some call it "shiny object syndrome," I prefer to call it striving for life happiness and fulfillment.)
I have been presented with an amazing opportunity in the area of Interior Design sales. After much consideration for what is best for my family and my future, I made the difficult decision to resign from my 12-year career as a teacher, specifically my position of 11 years with Troy School District. I am honored to have been chosen to join the F. Schumacher & Co.team as their Account Executive for Michigan. I accepted the position and as of July 11, started a career in a totally new industry.
So, if it seems like I have fallen off the face of the earth, well it's because I kind of have. I consciously stepped away from social media, from my connections with others, and focused on what matters most: myself and my family. I needed to take care of my own health and happiness; without it, I can achieve nothing. And when I am not 100%, neither is my family.
(If you are even remotely feeling out of touch, trust me. Two weeks without social media will do wonders for your immediate relationships. Just think of all the YOU time you'll have and the IN PERSON conversations you can have rather than behind a screen!)
In the past 3 weeks, there has been a whirlwind of transitions, unknowns, goodbyes, hellos, excitement, and new challenges...in such a short amount of time.
My head is spinning.
And although I'm stepping into new territory, I have never been so sure about my past, present, and future. I am forever grateful for the life lessons I have learned and every experience that has brought me to where I am today. Being aware of the signs in my life and having a plan in place for my future makes every decision easier and stronger. Even if it's a totally new challenge; I welcome it.
So to end this long rant and summarize:
I am no longer teaching, but will forever use the skills I have gained. I have a new full-time job in Interior Design sales, allowing me to grow as a creative professional and serve others on a daily basis. I am continuing to style clients on an exclusive basis only. The Styled Life is still a part of my life and always will be. If you haven't heard from me in a while, this is why. I love you all and will slowly resume my regular posting, but I'm not totally ready to come back to social media full-time. I plan to write about this interesting shift in the future.
And to really end...
Thank you to all for your love, support, and understanding. As much as I have needed to disconnect from the world of social media, I cannot say enough about the amazing people I am friends with, in real life and here on Facebook! Hugs and love to all.
"Always believe in yourself. No one else can do life exactly like you."