Slowing Down

Slowing Down | The Urban Pig

Lately, I have been proving myself wrong in many ways, mostly in the sense of my personality differing from what I have always described it as. I have always been a planner, and I still am in some ways, like with long-term goals. But this year seems to be a time of quick decision making, such as moving back from Denver, moving into a rental home (photos from around the house), starting my own business, and more. It’s been a lot of excitement, but at the same time it has left me in a state of mind where I feel like I have no idea what I am doing. I haven’t had the much needed time to digest each decision and really take in what is happening. It’s been kind of a scary thing for me! Luckily, everything is working out fine so far; my mind just needs to take some time to catch up with what my body is doing. I know how important it is to enjoy the journey of life events such as these and I really want to have that appreciation for the present time in which I am living.

After coming to this realization, I have definitely been able to clear some of the doubts in my mind. Those doubts like, “should I really follow through with this business thing?” (only because our income was a bit less than we wanted it to be to save for a house, then I realized it was definitely worth it), or “maybe we should just buy a house rather than build…” (again, I realized it will be worth it!). These doubts tend to creep up when I am exhausted and stressed like I had been the last few weeks. Once I had a tiny bit of time to sit and think and discuss them with Connor, we realized anything worth doing is not going to come easy, or quickly for that matter. So I decided not only is it time to slow down and give myself the opportunity to fight my fears rather than trying to suppress them, it is also time to slow down and see how far we have come and be okay with the fact that some things just take time! I am working hard mentally to change that timeline in my head that says I need to start building a house this year and have a fantastic business at the same time. Of course it is dreamy to think about, but really not practical in reality. All we can do is work toward those goals and in time, they will be achieved.

Slowing Down | The Urban Pig

Slowing Down | The Urban Pig

In the meantime, there is always so much to be thankful for, we just need to soak it in and count our blessings, even the small ones. There will be a time to stress about the happenings in life, and it is easy to get caught up in trying to keep up with everyone around you. But remember to take a deep breath every once in a while, focus on yourself and do the best you can.

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Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams | The Urban Pig

Pipe Dreams | The Urban Pig

Since moving back to Spokane from Denver, I have really only had one thing planned — spend time with family. I definitely missed them while we were away, and summer was the perfect time for Connor and I to return (most everyone was on vacation from school and work). Unfortunately, summer is coming to an end. Everyone is preparing to get back to the daily grind, and even Connor started working again. All of a sudden, I found myself sitting at home by myself, left trying to figure out what’s next for me.

All of this was already in motion when I got an email from Kabbage* asking me to take part in their campaign. Kabbage* is a provider of small business loans, and their campaign is all about sharing dreams. They asked me — “what are your goals for the future?” and “how do you plan to fulfill them?” Well, I’d like to think that everything in life happens for a reason and after a fairly disappointing letdown while job-searching, I was left pondering what I planned to do to move forward. A lot of ideas had been bounced around, but I feel like there is nothing better than an essay or blog post to really think deeper and make those thoughts and ideas become a reality. So for that, I would like to thank Kabbage* for reaching out to me because their timing couldn’t have been any better in giving me the push I needed to re-evaluate my dreams.

Pipe Dreams | The Urban Pig

Pipe Dreams | The Urban Pig

“You’re an artist, man. Your job is to break through barriers. Not accept blame and bow and say thank you, I’m a loser, I’ll go away now… You want to be really great? Then have the courage to fail big and stick around. Make ’em wonder why you’re still smiling. That’s true greatness to me.”
-Claire from the movie Elizabethtown

So, I didn’t get the job, but was that meant to be? I have always wanted to have my own business. Maybe this situation is a blessing in disguise, telling me to get started now, rather than the alternative: it never happening. After much thought, I realized starting my own interior design business could potentially solve all of the dilemmas I have recently been facing. I have been so sucked in to what is normal to society (i.e. the 40 hour work week) and I have become less and less happy with such little time I am able to spend with my husband and family. My dream business allows me to break free of society’s “norm” regarding hours spent at work (working from home to be around my family), having flexibility when business is done (scheduled around family time and vacations), and having passion for each of my hand-picked design projects. I want to be the one determining how my life is spent. I don’t need much, but my hope is to grow my business just enough for me to provide my family a home, enriching adventures, and a life full of life!

Pipe Dreams | The Urban Pig

Pipe Dreams | The Urban Pig

Steps to Reach My Dreams:

  1. Build a Brand & Business Model
  2. Invest in Myself: Purchase software, supplies, and equipment <—Kabbage* can help with their business loans!
  3. Network: Get my name out there, build a client base.
  4. Nail It: Put my heart into every project I have the opportunity to work on.
  5. Market It: Use projects to advertise and gain interest from potential clients.
  6. Grow It: Continue to build and define my brand, invest in what I need, network, nail it, and market it!

I definitely realize it will be a lot of work at first. But I hope to hit the ground running and have it a bit more refined in a few years. I think the initial sacrifice will prove to be more than worth it in the end. It’s about realizing a necessary part of life (work) doesn’t have to take over our lives. In fact, I hope for it to be a pathway to more simple living. More family living. More life at home living.

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Since Last Sunday

Since Last Sunday | The Urban Pig

 

Oh, retail therapy, how you soothe my soul. Some days, you just need a pick-me-up, and lucky for me, we live less than thirty minutes away from IKEA. Seriously, my dreams have come true. HEAVEN. Connor and I spent about 4 hours walking around, and because I have the best husband, he let me buy some stuff, too. A little early birthday present to me! I love these tables in the photo above, but the floor models were a little wobbly, and I didn’t know if the actual ones I would buy would be the same way. Hmm. I need to figure out if I can buy them, or make them in a sturdier way. But, we did get some cool finds.

I love walking through that store. Right now, they have displays of small spaces, examples of houses under 600 square feet. Could you live in that? I could, as long as it was designed as efficient as the ones they showed. If I ever have the opportunity to design my own home, I would make it small yet functional. It made me excited to get my belongings back. My parents are coming to visit next weekend as well as bringing our things. I also can’t wait to show them around our new stomping ground.

Anyway, we have been keeping busy, and by the end of the week I am worn out. Always happy for the weekend. Is there such thing as jobs with three-day weekends forever? I need one! I am really loving the idea of working from home, or shorter days, or something.

Since Last Sunday

Since Last Sunday | The Urban Pig

This week has been fairly uneventful but nevertheless we are making progress in our move. Connor and I are both working now, and I got my drivers license transferred, my name legally changed, and our vehicles insured and titled with some pretty sweet license plates! Everything definitely feels like new, and it is kind of refreshing. The only thing we really have left is to find an apartment to rent or a house to buy, depending on the results of our finances. I am so anxious for that. We weren’t really expecting to purchase property, but rent is higher than we expected so it sort of makes financial sense if it all works out. If it does, I would be so excited! Plus, I am just really looking forward to my parents visiting and bringing all of our stuff. This whole transition was pretty spur of the moment that Connor and I literally shared one suitcase of clothes, and he actually packed more clothes than me. I thought it would be maybe a few weeks that we would be without our belongings, but it’s been more than that, and I am getting kind of tired of wearing the same 3 shirts…seriously.

Despite all that, it sort of made me think about the different moves we have made in my life and how much your belongings can be of comfort. I hated Pullman when we first moved there, but once we started decorating our apartment, it really felt like home and I enjoyed it. Plus, it was our very first place, so that made it kind of fun! Here in Colorado, it has been quite the opposite. I loved it here right from the beginning, and besides a few minor things I forgot to bring that I really needed, my belongings haven’t meant as much as they used to. Although there is sometimes a comfort in our things, there is something equally as comforting about living with the minimum. I like that.

I might continue to ponder this concept when we do eventually receive our belongings. Do I really need as much stuff as we have? Should two people really have an entire moving trailer to haul the stuff they have needlessly accumulated? I want to live more with less, that shouldn’t be so hard, right?

Since Last Sunday

Since Last Sunday | The Urban Pig

Isn’t he the cutest? My friend here in Colorado dog-sits this little guy, and she has brought him over on occasion to play. We all fight over cuddling with him, and after seeing his face after a day at work, who wouldn’t? Everyone (but me) has been busy busy with their jobs and Connor is loving his new job. Everyone is very friendly and he is just happy to be working on cars again. People at his work aren’t the only friendly faces around, though. I am seriously blown away by the amazing customer service we get everywhere we go. Stores, restaurants, banks, you name it. Normally, Connor and I seem to get really bad service; I don’t know if it is our age or what, but there shouldn’t be an excuse for that. I remember when we saved up all our money to buy wedding rings, and as we shopped around the mall at the different jewelry stores, many workers ignored us or seemed to just not care (thinking we weren’t serious) or many offered almost immediately their loan services (which was a little rude, I thought). After getting awful service just about everywhere, we went to one last store and got much-needed happy and non-judgmental service. We found rings we loved and you know what? We paid in cash the full amount. That will teach those other places to stop judging people or blowing them off as non-customers. Anyway, I went to the bank the other day (and many other places, including the department of licensing, which those are usually the worst, grumpy people) and felt like I was being treated like I was their best friend. It literally made my day. I walked out of the bank and drove home in the best mood. I like it!

Even though we have kept busy, we have had lots of time to play, too. There was a block party at the park with lots of desserts and chatting. Even though some of the cities are bigger here, I feel like each one still has such a strong sense of community. There is always something to do, whether it is in your neighborhood or a nearby town. I hope these good vibrations continue into this next week, I will need them!

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