Classic Gal: Tweed Jacket and Lace Dress
Necklace: XSRE | Jacket: Banana Republic | Dress: Forever 21 | Clutch: Hardware Clutch by Mel C | Shoes: Steve Madden
Happy hump day. Can I tell you that I thought yesterday was Wednesday for the entire day until I had to sign Grey out of daycare? I was so disappointed. Like, how can it only be Tuesday? As I've casually mentioned previously, I decided to go back to life as a full time employee as I grow my business Jolie Bloom. This came as a shock to many people around me, I got a ton of, "...but your business is doing so well!" and "I thought you'd never work for anyone again". I know, I know. Jolie Bloom had a great first year, and I know it's on the rise. There's no reason why it can't be multi million dollar business within the next few years if I continue to ramp up. However, as any entrepreneur will tell you, running a business is much harder than one can prepare for and most don't become profitable for a few years. Most entrepreneurs don't even take a salary for those first few years. The first couple years is often about reinvesting and raising more money to grow. While I work hard to build my brand into the powerhouse I know it can be, I still have to live and enjoy my life. Sometimes you can get so blind in chasing success that you don't see anything else or realize how it's really impacting your mental state and the relationships around you.
I recently told my graphic designer that I was done chasing success. This doesn't mean that I'm giving up, but it means that I will be present in the growth process as opposed to being solely focused on the end goal - success. What I am learning is that nothing happens before it's time - no matter how hard you work. Your big break is going to come when it's meant to come and not a moment sooner. What I've decided to do is enjoy the journey to greatness. I'm enjoying the size of my company as I'm able to get to know my customers and form relationships with them, I get excited every time a blog mentions my company and I feel such a sense of accomplishment and gratefulness which each order that I ship. I fall in love with Jolie Bloom more and more each day. I will continue to produce high quality products, provide exceptional customer service and do all that I can to grow. However, going forward, I will be more patient and not beat myself up for not making it as yet. Most importantly, I'm currently working to discover what success means to me so that I'll know when I get there.
While I'm back in a cubicle (FOR NOW), I now have more money to invest in my business and my family. I'm really grateful for this job. Because I have less hours in the day to dedicate to Jolie Bloom, I've been more intentional and efficient with my time. I know I don't want to live this corporate life forever, so if I have to continue to put it late nights to get everything done, so be it.
While we're on the subject of work, this is what I wore on Monday and for a stroll with my boys that evening. It's a classic look but I interjected my personality into it by mixing textures (tweed and lace), wearing a bright colored jacket and incorporating this unique handpainted clutch by my good friend Melissa (visit her shop). Going back to work after the weekend is such a challenge, but wearing a great outfit can certainly elevate your mood. I'm pretty sure that I'm the most dressed up person in the office each day, but hell, when you're not passionate about anything about your job (except the paycheck) you might as well have fun with your outfits. It's something fun to look forward to every morning. By the way, this working mama thing is kinda kicking my butt this go round, thank goodness for makeup to make me look awake as I go through the daily grind of work, drop off, pick up, cooking, cleaning, business and blogging. I've officially joined #TeamNoSleep and will wait patiently for all the work and sacrifices to pay off.