I QUIT MY JOB! A big step for me. Huge, actually. Exciting and, admittedly, a bit scary.
I've been pretty lucky. When I decided to spend a college summer working as a barista for a smallish coffee company, I had no idea that pulling espresso shots would turn into a PR/Marketing career. But that company turned out to be Starbucks, and a summer job turned into 10 years. Then came Nordstrom. And for a girl who grew up living for trips to the Tacoma Mall with Mom for a new pair of Mary Janes and a Nordy balloon, working there has truly been a dream come true.
But in my heart, something always seemed to be missing. Since I was old enough to hold a crayon, I've loved to draw and paint more than anything else. Nothing makes me happier than getting lost in bringing to life the stories in my head -- my vision of what I find beautiful about the world I live in and in the people I care about. But working long days and putting so much of my creative energy into telling the Nordstrom story, there isn't a heck of a lot of time left to tell stories of my own.
So I've been wrestling for some time with what my next step should be. Should I play it safe and keep my feet on the tried and true path? Or should I veer off and try a different direction where the road isn't so clearly marked?
For better or worse, I've chosen to step forward in a new direction. I have some ideas about where I'd like to travel. But first, I'm going to wander a bit. The plan is to take a few months off to do a lot of nothing before I look for the next something.
I've still got another week left to wrap things up before saying goodbye to my old life. And then I'll celebrate the fact that I actually made a decision (finally!) with a week in Paris.
Then who knows what the future will bring?
But I can tell you that my next phase will probably be sooooo much more colorful.
From where I stand today, there seems to be a rainbow of possibilities out there!
I want to thank everyone who's stood by me all this time. From my friends and family and darling husband who've loved and cheered me on, to all of you readers out there who've left so many, many encouraging comments for me. More times than I can count you've delighted me and brightened my day... Helped give me courage to step into the unknown.
I hope that you'll stick with me to see what happens next! I may be a bit slow on the posts this week as I wrap things up and say goodbye, but will be back chattering away in no time! XO