New Decade, New Chapter, Fresh Start


The 2010s. Toughest times to say the least. But, we got through it. There were lots of tears and growing pains and great things that happened, too.  At this very moment, as I write this blog entry and reflect on the last ten years, I feel content and hopeful for the first time in a long while. Something new is stirring. Good things.

The 2010s began with one of the most painful events I’ve ever experienced as a human. After years of dealing with infertility, our first and only child was stillborn in the twenty second week of my pregnancy. It was a soul shattering moment that forever changed my husband and me. In rapid succession we relocated as far from the home we shared as possible while still allowing for a commute into the city for work. It was just too painful a reminder of how empty it suddenly felt to come home to. We dealt with more infertility, illnesses and injuries, as well as career changes. Some disappointing. It seemed like one thing after another just slowing our recovery.

We pushed through it and along the way, hopes and dreams and plans started to shift as we settled into this new rural life. We renovated our farm house, became God Parents, and even took our first trip to Europe!

If anyone tried to tell me ten years ago that I’d be trading in sixteen years working as a makeup artist with a well known prestige cosmetics brand for farm chores and a flock of chickens, I’d have laughed in their face. Heartily. Freelance wedding gigs working with brides has been replaced by wrangling broody hens and ornery roosters. Our flock of four has grown to nineteen and counting. What began as a way to keep my mind off grief has turned into a side gig of sorts. We keep the smaller eggs for ourselves and sell the larger ones by the dozen at our little farm stand at the end of our driveway using the honor system. The eggs pay for the feed costs and we haven’t had store bought eggs in over four years! In 2020, we plan to expand the flock and continue to sell the eggs to our neighbors.

Starting a new freelance business was something I never would have had the courage to do back then, either. I was just too focused on the desire to start a family that it seemed only possible as a daydream. Never say never.

As things have begun to turn around, a recent opportunity came my way that inspired me to make a bold decision and do just that. So, here I am. On the cusp of a new decade with the painful chapters of the 2010s finally closed and ready for the next chapters of this story called life to be written.

Cheers to a new year, a new decade and fresh starts. I wish all of you a happy and prosperous 2020!


Holiday Crunch Time Is Upon Us

Can you believe it, y’all? There are less than six weeks left of 2019! Six. Time sure does fly, doesn’t it? I know it did for us. It was a year full of changes taking place and new adventures but now we are in the midst of Holiday Crunch Time.

christmas tree, holidays

Although it is typically a time of joy and celebration, sometimes keeping up with all of the extra activities added to our already busy schedules can feel a bit overwhelming to say the least. Feeling stressed over juggling the demands of running your business while trying to balance the extra demands on your time with family and friends or holiday shopping and travel can certainly take a lot of the fun out of it. There are just not enough hours in the day it seems and our To-Do Lists often look longer than a CVS receipt.

That is why, if you haven’t considered it before, now is the perfect time to reach out and call on a Virtual Assistant to step in and share some of the work load. Finding the right Virtual Assistant that you can trust to take on some of the monotonous tasks like sorting through your inbox, managing the extra social media posts or even tracking down the perfect last minute gifts you’ve been meaning to purchase, can free up valuable time that will be better spent creating happy holiday memories with family and friends.

Are you feeling overwhelmed by the thought of all that needs to get done as the Holiday Season is getting into full swing? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to call for backup! Send me an email and let Katie do it!