My life nowadays is significantly different than before the big quit. There was a whole lot of security and structure, whereas today I can hardly stay consistent with simple things like workouts or washing my face every single night. Life's a blur but definitely in the best way possible. I thought I'd share a few updates since Instagram seems to pique a lot of people's interest and I haven't done a great job of keeping you guys in the loop here.
I have three large projects in development, two of which I'll be able to share next year. All with the end goal of really working for myself, but not just working - thriving. I.E. make enough to have savings and to travel, pay off my student loans, have six month's worth of rent in the checking account, treat friends to a $300 dinner without breaking a sweat, entertain adult purchases like a house, the ability to treat both of our parents to a vacation, and to own a bonafide business that I've built from the bottom up with my own money. That's the main key for me. Anyone can build businesses with inheritances. No judgment if you do, but it's the ones who truly build from the ground up who inspire me.
The struggle remains real. I'm far from all of these but inching closer.
Anyway, the biggest project this year is developing a lifestyle store called Montrose Shop in Houston, TX with a client who's long dreamed of owning a boutique. Named after and inspired by the Montrose neighborhood, our goal is to bring Paris to Texas in a thoughtful way. I'm learning a great deal on this project. How to completely scrap the initial concept, clean it up, and then start over. How to execute when there's no formula. How to stop following other brands and creatives with similar aesthetics to safeguard the authenticity of our brand (more on this later). How to manage broken timelines, stacks of paperwork, invoices, and permits. The City of Houston! Courting brands. Construction delays. Long-term planning. Hiring. Buying trips. Budgeting. The list goes on and on. As it stands, though, we have a beautiful shop that I think Houston will love. I want to live in that space and talk for hours about the products on the shelf and the long-term goal for our customers. It's not just going to be any old store. Oh no. It's going to be, I hope with all my heart, a start to a very beautiful thing.
1. The shelves at Montrose Shop filled with essentials for the home. | 2. Houston's #biscuitpaintwall was begging for an #ootd. | 3. The boy, pup, and I have been thoroughly enjoying each others' company before he starts an intense 2.5 year grad program. Life's been full of long walks in the park, coffee trips, watching movies, listening to podcasts, commuting back and forth to Houston to build the shop. It's been blissful.