Jul 1, 2022

I realized that I never updated y'all on my newest adventure--my new job! After almost eight years in retail, it was time for a new adventure, and I was beyond ready to begin my new chapter in life.

I started working in retail unsure of what I wanted to do with my life after I graduated college. It’s crazy how a spur-of-the-moment decision to work as a sales associate for Michael Kors turned into an almost decade-long career that led me to be a store manager in the King of Prussia Mall—the exact position & location I swore I would never be in.

But, I am so, so glad that my retail journey led me to where I am today and taught me everything that it did. I will never forget my experiences, realizing what it took to navigate the ever-changing retail world during a pandemic, and the lessons I learned along the way. I will forever remember my support system (you know who you are) and the life-long friendships I made during this journey. These are the friends that were there for me during pregnancy with my son, transitioning into a new role after maternity leave, and a few short months later, taking on another new store and the hardships that came with that.

Working in retail, especially as a store manager, is not for the faint of heart. It takes relentless determination, focus, countless sacrifices, and the right amount of crazy to lead a successful team. I will forever say that retail is one of the hardest jobs, but one of the most rewarding.

I think the hardest part about transitioning out of retail is the fact that I don't get to see or talk to some of my teammates turned friends on a daily basis anymore. I also grew close to some of my clients, who would come into my store asking for me to help style them. Those were the moments I lived for. I truly loved helping my clients, and if you're one of my fav clients reading this now, I'm sorry I didn't get to tell all of you in person--I had hoped to have seen you all, but I missed a few.

I'm not going to lie, leaving my job was definitely scary, but a necessary thing to do. I wasn't happy--I felt like I never really saw my son, and by the time I got home, I was too tired to enjoy the time that I did get to spend with him. I felt like my family never came first, and after sacrifice after sacrifice, I decided to take the leap, switch careers altogether, and put my family and myself first.

My new job is honestly a God-send. There is honestly no other way to describe it. You know when you get that strong feeling in your heart that you need to do something, but you feel pulled into a million different directions all at the same time?! That's how this was for me. Terrified to leave the job and industry I knew so well, beyond excited to start a new career, but most of all, grateful for the fact that I was given this opportunity to be part of a brand that I love and believe in wholeheartedly.

This June, I became the Social Media Manager for ToteSavvy. If you don't know the brand, and you're a Mama, you need to check it out. We help Mamas keep their personal style while increasing functionality with our bag organizers, travel organizers, and clear pouches! We're basically for the Mama who is tired of using a typical diaper bag because let's face it, most of them aren't very cute. Plus, just because you're a Mama doesn't mean that you have to give up your handbags. As Mamas we make plenty of sacrifices--your handbags shouldn't be one of them.

Even before I became part of the ToteSavvy team, I worked with them right here on the blog. You might remember this post: Newborn Essentials I Could Not Live Without or my post on The Perfect Gifts for a First-Time Mom. Bentley loves the brand, too. 💙 Since my job is fully remote, I take all of the photos in our home, so naturally, Bentley is in some of the photos. I honestly love that he's so photogenic and loves helping Mama.

These are the moments I've always wanted and this is the life that I have worked so hard to have. I finally feel as if I'm in a season I've so desperately needed for so long. I'm beyond thankful and blessed and I'm excited to see where this adventure leads.

Always remember, you aren't meant to go through life miserable and unhappy. Yes, of course, there are times where you will be both of those things, but not for years on end. Get yourself out there, take a leap, and go live the life you've always wanted.

"Stay classy, stay positive, and love the life you live. The world is at your fingertips, darling." -KMJ-

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