9.10.2015

Life Changing Events.

Chhhhhhhhhhhhhhanges are happening y'all. My life is doing a complete 180 right now and I'm excited and scared all at the same time!

This is pretty long, you may want a cup of coffee. 

First, I found out my gym of almost 7 years is closing down. I'm pretty shocked and upset, we had no warning or inkling that this was in the works. It's in no way a super awesome gym as far as equipment or classes go, but THE PEOPLE. They are the best and it's sad to think I'll have to make it through my week without seeing and talking to each of them.



These ladies motivated me to keep coming and pushed me to keep going, when I was a stay at home Mom the gym was literally the bright spot in my day, it was my adult time, my me time. When I went back to work they put in 5am classes just for us early birds. It's the end of an era for sure.

Second, tomorrow is my last day at my job!


Back in June when I launched Ollie Marie Boutique I had a goal of building it for a year while still working, after the few two weeks I got the feeling it was going to be WAY more work than I anticipated. Then after the first 6 weeks I knew we were not capable of both working full time jobs and running OMB, so we made the decision for me to put in my notice.


I didn't do it right away, my boss was going on vacation and a coworker was coming back from maternity leave so I put it off. Finally I gave him my two weeks and he asked for a month, I agreed, but in that time they haven't been able to find the right person for my position. I would love to stay on to help them out until they do, but Oliver's pretty insistent that I go ahead and cut ties after the month. My MIL is out of town for 10 days next week so it would just be better if I was home to help out with the kids and drop off pick up times.I feel guilty, but I think a month is pretty fair notice.


I'm excited, but also scared to be exclusively working from home, my coworkers are the best and those 4pm snack breaks together really are important to my day. I doubt snack breaking with Oliver will be the same.


Plus there will be no one to show up to work matching me! On the flip side I'm excited to have more flexibility to help out at the kids schools and put them in more activities during the week. The one issue we are faced with right now is space, Oliver works from home also so we have a bit of a problem, Ollie Marie has out grown our dining room so we've been toying with options on what to do about it for a while now.

Our first thought was to convert our garage into part of the house, but then we would have to add a separate structure for a garage, plus put in a bigger AC unit. We got a quote for that, but then decided to get a quote for a second story above the garage and master bedroom, the prices were very close so we went with the second story option. A few years ago the house across the street from us added one and it looks really good, so we felt that our money was best put towards something that would make our house more marketable in the future. We didn't suddenly get rich to do this, we have lived in our current house for 11 years and refinanced, adding this on only pushed our mortgage up about 100 bucks so that was a relief! We decided against a home improvement loan because we only plan to stay here for another 4 or 5 years at most, this is not our forever home, but we aren't quite ready to purchase one either. We live in a fast growing community and if we give it a few years we can probably make a good profit on our house. This seems so simple written out, but literally it's been a month of stress and worry trying to figure out the best solution. 



The absolute best part about all of this is that I finally get to do what brings me joy!!! I liked my HR position, but it was not a passion of mine, like AT ALL. I feel extremely blessed that I have been given the opportunity to follow my dreams and my head is spinning with ideas and projects I want to work on. Some for Ollie Marie and some just in general for some of you. I love the community we have here and I am excited to have more time to bring better content and fun for you guys, it's been a struggle for reals to keep blogging on a regular basis during all of this, but I get motivation from sharing my journey.



I have a lot to figure out as far as my daily life will go, it's going to be trial and error coordinating working while Oliver is working and the kids being home, but one thing is for sure - 5am is still a go. Madison has to be at school by 7:30ish so I need to be home and done early. 5 am is the least disruptive time for my family so I have no problems getting up early still.

And for sure Oliver's suggestion that I cook him 3 awesome meals a day will NOT be happening.

44 comments :

  1. So exciting! Congrats :) You are seriously wonder woman...you are such a inspiration to women everywhere!

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  2. Happy for you and excited to see what your future holds! Go girl!

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  3. YAY!!!!! So happy that everything is falling into place!!!!! Can't wait to hear all about your next adventures!!! :)

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  4. I am so happy for you!!! Congratulations! I am looking forward to hearing all about your new adventure in future blog posts!

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  5. That is so awesome!! Congratulations :)

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  6. This is so awesome!!! I am so excited for you!!! Thank you for sharing your journey with all of us and taking us with you on this ride. You are such an inspiration and show that nothing can stand in your way of your goals!

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  7. Meg, I have to tell you that you make my day just about every day. I stumbled on to your IG account about 5 months ago and I've been following you ever since. I was about 220 lbs at the age of 14. Like most of us, I had bad habits due to depression and a lack of confidence. I lost 75 lbs on weight watchers over a year and a half and changed my life. 15 years later, I''m still working on my mind and body.Your work out videos have helped me to incorporate new moves into my lifting routine and I'm seeing the difference in my body, mind and soul. I recently started reading your blog and it does wonders for me in other others avenues of my life. As far as this post goes, I can only hope to create a world of health, love, passion, success, and above all things positivity like you have. You have certainly earned the 2 weeks notice, the slammin bod and the happy little family you have. Good luck with everything you do. You are such a motivator and I look forward to your posts and learning more by your example. Keep on truckin Mama - you're doing somethin right!!

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  8. Congrats!!! I was wondering how you were managing full time work, two kiddos, working out, blogging AND OMB. So glad you are able to follow your dream, way to go! All of your hard work is definitely paying off and you deserve a pat on the back.

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  9. So happy for you!!! Good luck, you will rock it!!

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  10. So happy for you all! Love reading your blog and seeing your IG posts.

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  11. Congrats on being able to focus on OMB more!!

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  12. YAY!! Congrats on being a Work at Home Mom! That is awesome... your business will start souring higher then it already is.

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  13. I knew this was coming and am so glad! Your little shop is SO unique compared to the majority of the boutiques out there so keep at it!!!

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  14. Congrats!! That is great you get to follow your passion. It is awesome when you do what you love. Also really great that you have a supportive partner. Congrats again!!!

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  15. Congratulations! I LOVE following your IG and now FB accounts! You are so real and so relatable! Thank you and good luck!

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  16. That is so exciting. Sounds like things are really falling into place. Super excited for you. I had wondered how you had time to do so much. Finding a gym can be a struggle. I am not far if you ever need help with OMB just hit me up!

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  17. That's so awesome! Congratulations and good luck with all the changes! :-)

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  18. You had me at this is long and grab a coffee! Love it and love you!
    I knew your boutique would do so well you’d quit your job earlier than expected! I just knew it!
    You are so sweet to say that this community motivated you…. Aww and I get motivation from you! I love your journey!
    Best of Luck, you deserve every bit of happiness and success that comes your way. You are beautiful inside and out.

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  19. So happy for you as you move into this next stage of your life. I know you will succeed in all that you do. You are an inspiration to so many and reading your blog and watching you on periscope is motivation to us all to go after our dreams and goals. Your are amazing!!

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  20. Congrats to you and your family! Everything will work out the way it's supposed to. You're amazing. I don't think you know how much you truly touch our lives and motivate us to be better versions of ourselves. Thank you for that motivation. I'm grateful that I stumbled across this blog while randomly google searching IIFYM.

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  21. Congratulations my dear and hard-working very-awesome online friend!! Would love to meet you some day face-to-face!! Big hugs and well wishes to you and your family!!

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  22. Congratulations to you and Oliver on your new venture! Very exciting times ahead! 😄

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  23. Congrats!! Love hearing about making a passion your career! I love your clothes and hope to budget for some too-my husband is currently starting his own business too!! I love you and your posts!!

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  24. YAY! I'm so happy for you! You are such an inspiration and you deserve this so much. Good luck on your new adventure!! :)

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  25. I seen this coming and Im sooooo happy OMB is such a success. So happy for you. Congrats! And Im for sure a dedicated shopper.

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  26. Congrats & good luck please keep blogging though

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  27. So excited for you! You are truly an inspiration. God has blessed you for sure but I also think he blessed all of us By encouraging you to sara your life and journey with the world. Keep rocking it lady! I've followed you since before skinnymeg das and I will continue because you are just so darn real! Here's to someday meeting you in person 😍😍😍

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  28. So excited for you! You are truly an inspiration. God has blessed you for sure but I also think he blessed all of us By encouraging you to sara your life and journey with the world. Keep rocking it lady! I've followed you since before skinnymeg das and I will continue because you are just so darn real! Here's to someday meeting you in person 😍😍😍

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  29. you go girl! running a business at home with babies at home is definitely an adjustment ..but it is so enjoyable and totally a blessing. I enjoy it every single day! I'very never not worked and when Laynie was born I didn't want to go back to work. So I decided to turn my hobby into income for our family. And it's amazing! .

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  30. you go girl! running a business at home with babies at home is definitely an adjustment ..but it is so enjoyable and totally a blessing. I enjoy it every single day! I'very never not worked and when Laynie was born I didn't want to go back to work. So I decided to turn my hobby into income for our family. And it's amazing! .

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  31. you go girl! running a business at home with babies at home is definitely an adjustment ..but it is so enjoyable and totally a blessing. I enjoy it every single day! I'very never not worked and when Laynie was born I didn't want to go back to work. So I decided to turn my hobby into income for our family. And it's amazing! .

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  32. Oh my goodness, those are some BIG changes! But it's so clear from your blog how much you've been enjoying OMB and I have no doubt that you'll do well in whatever you've got planned in the future. Congrats on taking the leap and I look forward to following along your adventures. :)

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  33. This is so exciting for you! I can't wait to see where this journey takes you!!

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  34. I can't tell you how happy I am for you!!! I've followed your blog for such a long time & I can't wait to see what this new venture has in store for you!!!! You're such a inspiration & awesome person!!!!

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  35. I can't tell you how happy I am for you!!! I've followed your blog for such a long time & I can't wait to see what this new venture has in store for you!!!! You're such a inspiration & awesome person!!!!

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  36. I can't tell you how happy I am for you!!! I've followed your blog for such a long time & I can't wait to see what this new venture has in store for you!!!! You're such a inspiration & awesome person!!!!

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  37. SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! All of this could not happen to a better person. You deserve all of this joy and success!

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  38. How exciting!!! This is inspiring!!!!

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  39. Not sure what happened to my last comment....so let's try this again.

    Can't believe we are both taking this step at the same time. After a lot of pushes and talks with my husband, I gave my two week's notice on Friday. I started a tshirt company back in April of last year and it has grown so much that we decided it was time. We wanted to wait til after Christmas, but we are 3 weeks behind and we decided that while I can always go back to work, I can't always start another company that has grown like this one has.

    As a reader of yours for YEARS....I'm excited to start my work from home journey with you. It sure is exciting but scary...isn't it!!!

    If you want to check us out, we are CoralStreetDesigns on Facebook and Etsy, @coralstreetdesigns on Instagram, and www.coralstreetdesigns.com

    GOOD LUCK! You will do GREAT!

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