The "Anti-Career"

It's 8:52 PM and I'm finally sitting down on my couch after working in the office for the last 12 hours. Today is my one year work anniversary at Burn Boot Camp and I can't even begin to accurately express my gratitude.

Last night as I was talking to Sean about my busy work day, I started to think about who I thought I was going to become after graduating high school. I was like the typical millennial, hoping to achieve the "anti career."

As I'm sure you know, Generation Y is commonly and unfortunately known for laziness, entitlement and a lack of commitment. How lovely! While we might be innovative and technologically savvy, we aren't frequently recognized as hard workers or go getters. We are known for appreciating hand outs and aiming for simplicity. We want to do what we want to do, and we want it to be easy and with minimal effort. It's a generaliztion, but after living in it and observing it, it's not hard to see that it's close to the truth.

When determining career paths as teens, it seemed a percentage of the choices my classmates made were on a different side of the spectrum in comparison to that of my parent's generation or my grandparent's generation. Referencing peers of my past, a few selections I can remember are musician, blogger, stylist, professional athlete, photographer, etc. etc. Not that these aren't admirable careers, don't get me wrong, but they aren't the average pick of generations past!

Let me be honest, I too fell into the anti-career category.

I had never been a star student and I didn't enjoy school like some of my friends or siblings did. Honestly, growing up I didn't consider myself as someone who was bright or intellectual, and because my grades came in at right around average, I assumed I most likely wouldn't achieve much on a standard career path. Creativity was where I excelled, so that was what I aimed for.

I wanted to find job where I did what I loved with ease and with freedom. I wanted a career that made me happy, made me money and also didn't take up too much of my time. Cus isn't that what life is about? Easiness? A job that is more like a hobby and requires minimal effort, so we can all just have fun?

I've told my story time and time again... but after college flew by, my plans quickly changed. Failing to secure a stable fashion job in CLT, and settling for an hourly position at a cycling studio, I can honestly say that the opportunity at Burn Boot Camp legitimately fell into my lap.

When I was offered my initial positon at Burn, I felt excited, nervous, shocked, scared, thrilled and overwhelmed, just to name a few. Basically, list an emotion that comes to mind, and I most likely felt that way prior to my start date. For the last six years I spent my time working toward becoming a fashion writer... and now I was about to be working in marketing for one of the fastest growing fitness brands in the nation? What! What was I thinking?

On December 15th, 2016 when I walked through those doors on Gilead Rd, it didn't take me long to notice that this place was unlike any other. I adpated to the hustle and quickly recognized that with hardwork, copious cups of coffee, and consistent communication with my coworkers, success was inevitable. I gained strength in camp, skills I never knew I'd need and I strengthened my work ethic and mindset. I excitedly anticpated my noon workouts, and my love of fitness became an addiction to the music, the atmosphere and the help of my trainer at the HQ gym. I pushed myself harder than I ever thought possible on the floor and at my desk. I set personal records in camp and in my job. Although never being known as a morning person, I spent my early commutes mapping out my to-do list and mentally organizing my plans for the day. 

Did I actually enjoy it, this new found career? The grind? The 9-5? Punching the clock? The answer is a blatant yes.

 Actually, I love it more each and every day. 

Five days a week, for eight to twelve hours a day, I sit in my little cubicle, with my notebooks and my computer screens, my heater on my feet and my co-workers one roll of my chair away and I work.

Work, if that's what you want to call it. "Work" - impacting the lives of women all over the nation. "Work" - turning my creativity and artistic ability into action. "Work" - surrounding myself with amazing, passionate people who hustle with me each and every day.

In only a year I have learned more, grown more, and achieved more than I ever expcted myself to. I have become someone I didn't even know I was capable of becoming and didn't think I would enjoy becoming. I have suprised myself with the toss of my "anti-career" aspirations.

I am a member of the Y Generation. I am surrounded by 20-somethings focused on meeting their own needs and suriving on a self-starter mentality. I like rose-gold, Instagram, reality television shows and breweries. I take selfies on a good hair day and stand over tables to snap photos of my food at hipster restaurants. I enjoy cold brew, Pinterest recipes and Snapchat. I'm an innovator, a self-motivator and an advocate for a healthy work-life balance. I am a product of Gen Why, the Internet Generation, or IGen and I am someone that I never expected myself to be... I'm even better.

Provision Goods

A couple months ago, the amazing founder and creator of Provision Goods, Mary Metty, reached out to me about sending over one of her beanies to style on my site! Of course I said yes and I was so excited to get my hands on it. Her items had been popping up all over my Instagram, so I knew it was going to be the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe. Mary is so sweet and I love what Provision stands for and everything she represents as an entrepreneur. She's a loving mother, a strong believer and a gracious giver and she takes the time to hand make all of the items she sells.

This mint green pom-pom beanie is unbelievably soft and comfy and it has become my go-to on chilly days. I love the contrast of the blue-green and the warm, cream pom-pom! If you are looking to support a NC native and add a warm and comfy hat or scarf to your every day look, be sure to visit Provision Goods on Etsy! You'll be so happy you did.

You can follow Mary on Instagram by searching @ProvisionGoods - Thank you so much Mary! Me and this pom-pom hat were 'mint' to be!

Romans 7 - "So you see how it is... My new life tells me to do right, but the old nature that is still inside me loves to sin. Oh, what a terrible predicament I’m in! Who will free me from my slavery to this lower nature? Thank God! It has been done by provision through Jesus Christ our Lord! He has set me free!"

Feel The Burn.

When I think about the last few years of my life, the word that comes to my mind is "HA!"

Yep, read it just like it sounds. HA! I just can't even process it. It's hilarious. The amount of change that I've experienced feels like a laugh bubble rising up in my belly, just waiting to burst of out my mouth. Wow. The good, the bad, the amazing. So much change! A few cheesy/cliche phrases that come to my mind are...

"If you want to hear God laugh tell him your plans."

"God works in mysterious ways"

"Let go and let God."

"Shoot for the moon... even if you miss, you'll land amongst the stars."

"May your hats fly as high as your dreams" 

You're right, with those last two I'm just being silly, but you catch my drift. Along with the career changes, the loss, the marriage, the moves, and all the twists and turns I experienced also came my chance to start a new adventure.

One of my close friends in my small group works for a fitness franchise that is headquarterd here in CLT. While she was in New York on a trip with the CEO and CFO, they began discussing their need for a Social Media & Marketing Coordinator! Well, she name dropped and I was asked to come in for an interview. I wasn't even searching. It was as if it just fell into my lap! While I truly, honestly loved my job at Flywheel, I figured it would be smart to consider a career move that would beget a steady income and room for growth in the future. I went in, met the team, immediately loved the vibe and I guess they loved me back! They offered me the job, scheduling my start date exactly two weeks from my interview. It was a speedy turn around!

I began my journey with Burn on December 15th, 2016 and thus far it has been nothing short of amazing. It's exciting, tiring, refreshing, motivating, thought provoking and best of all it helps change peoples lives for the better. That is the one thing I want the most in any profession. I want to do something where I lay my head on the pillow at night and say "today I made a difference" - and I do that here. I really do. We do it together as a team!

I'm so thankful and so grateful that God saw this opportunity and thought of ME to fill it. I cannot wait to continue to work hard every day and push myself to learn, grow and improve. I know that this is going to be something that I will always look at through eyes of appreciation. 

Cheers to happiness and fresh starts in 20-17!

 

 

 

Warby parker : Holiday

Otis. Percey. Edgar. Goodney. Louise. Everson.

These aren’t just the hottest hipster baby names of 20-16… these are the names of the latest and greatest frames decking the halls of Warby Parker this holiday season. With jet black lines, tortoise shell detailing, colors of elderflower crystal and sleek cerulean slate, the eyewear that we know you’re looking to pair with your tacky Christmas sweater or celebratory dress is anything but ordinary.

When I lived in New York City, one of my final stops before moving back to NC was going by Warby Parker in SoHo for some new frames. Of course I’d been following the brand for years, and even interviewed with them prior to college graduation, so I was dying to get my hands on and eyes behind the hippest spectacles in the business. Round, rectangular, cateye and square all lived in little shelved homes from the floor to the ceiling of 121 Greene St. Rolling ladders slid across the room as helpful attendants fitted customers with the perfect addition to their everyday “look.” I was hooked, to say the least. From that moment on, it was true love and a lasting relationship!

If I could instantly wish one more pair of frames into my wardrobe (and I just might have to, after perusing this site for hours) it would have to be Percey - Styled seamlessly with round rims and colors of mission clay fade, these specs seem to be the ideal accessory to pair with a chunky cable-knit sweater, leather leggings and combat boots. Top it with a textured beanie and round off the look with a scarf swooped around your neck (and a peppermint mocha on the side, of course) and you and good ol’ Percey are ready for a date night caroling around your favorite neighborhood or looking at lights from the comfort of your car!

So if you’re in a rut on what to buy for your friends and family this year, or what to purchase to treat yourself after all your hard work, I can guarantee with one click of your mouse you’ll be covered. From cute eyewear to funky mugs, canvas tote bags and even presents for your pups -  glad tidings you’ll bring to you and your friends with all that you can find at Warby Parker!

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