First you may notice that things look a little different on the website. We just did a complete new design. You may remember last year I did a site redesign due to the fact that my site wasn’t working properly when I had it originally designed by a professional firm. I wrote about the whole sorted details here and here. Well I still wasn’t happy with the site and since we have a photo shoot coming up at the end of this month, I thought it was high time I get this thing sorted once and for all.
This past weekend my hubby and I had the amazing opportunity to tour the 2013 HGTV Smart Home, which is located in my town of Jacksonville, FL. I have been following the Dream Home for the last 10 years and the Smart Home, which used to be the Green Home, for the past few years. I have always coveted these homes when I view them on TV but to actually tour one was amazing. While the homes are beautiful on TV, they are so much more incredible in person. I had to pinch myself that I was actually walking through one. Of course I’m registering every day for my chance to win this home. It would be incredible.
I thought I would share some photos with you. I took lots of photos so I am forewarning you that there are a lot of images below. Good thing I uploaded them to my Flickr account.
I’m back from the Southern C Summit and I am so glad I went. My intention for attending was so that I could make some connections with other female entrepreneurs and be able to form long lasting relationships. My intention was not disappointed. I met some amazing women and they are all in my back yard, which makes it easier to stay connected and we can meet once in a while!
Here are just a few amazing people I met:
Jessica Clark – ecrustationary.com
Erika Preval – charmetiquette.com
Angel Hobby – goldenislesmagazine.com
Kelly Edmiston – thegraciousplenty.com
Aimee Broussard – aimeebroussard.com
Celia Goetowski Carroll- breakfastattarget.com (love, love, love the name of her site!)
Lauren Leonard – laurenleonardinteriors.com (Funny enough Lauren and I met the first day and we both hail from Jacksonville and live 10 minutes apart but didn’t know each other prior to the event. I love those kismet meetings!)
Sadly, I did a horrible job of taking photos especially with the women I met. I have to get better at doing that! The weather was less than desirable so that played a little factor in the lack of pictures.
The other day I was doing some work for one of my clients in my VA business. This client works with an alternative cancer treatment center. I was going through the database cleaning it up and reading some of the diagnosis of individuals with cancer. It was shocking to see that there were more diagnoses for breast cancer in these group of patients than any other cancer. It just seems like an epidemic.
Recently I had one of my clients from my virtual assistant business ask me to research some gift ideas for one of her clients who just finished building a house. There are some really great things out there so I thought I would share them with you.
You can also see this post on The Blissful Bee.
The other night I was watching the movie, Friends with Money. It stars Jennifer Aniston who plays a housekeeper who has friends with money while she struggles to make ends meet. The movie goes on to follow the lives of all these friends. One of the characters, whom is a fashion designer, goes through an existential crisis where she is short tempered, doesn’t take care of herself and just seems plain unhappy. When her husband confronts her as to why she is so depressed, I mean after all she is a successful clothing designer, has a wonderful husband a beautiful kid what could be wrong? She replies to him, “Now what happens? I have the life I always envisioned but now what? What happens after my fabulous life?”
Before I started Sheic Journals, I started a consulting business, which I continue to run to this day. For the last ll years, I have been running the consulting business from my home and while I have 4 cats and my husband here with me, it can still feel very isolating. I mean I love my babies but they can’t talk back to me, well they can but I can’t understand a word they are saying, which is probably a good thing! My husband is great but lets face it he isn’t a girl. He can only take so much before he starts to check out of the conversation.
Over the years I have joined high level coaching groups, attended conferences, etc. and they have all been wonderful. Most events are held in large cities such as L.A., New York, Phoenix, Las Vegas, etc., which is great because I can get out and explore new cities. However, when I come home, that “lovin” feeling is gone, gone, gone. It has been a few years since I have been to a conference and I have been feeling the need to connect again especially now that I have launched Sheic Journals.
There is so much talk about “following your passion.” It all sounds great a wonderful but it leaves me stressed out and questioning my every move. I start to become regretful of what I haven’t done. Do you ever feel that way?
I came across some great articles that while the authors seem to challenge the notion of following your passion, they really just break down what that means and how that works.
One article I came across here talks about passion and a true calling. It really helped me to clarify.
I then read this article that I thought was going to tell me to follow my passion but instead gave me steps to make it more realistic and wasn’t a bunch woo-woo to make me feel good.
How about you? Have you always felt lost because you weren’t sure you were following your passion? I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below.
UPDATE: I just found a new article here that I think is great and goes right along with this topic.