Now and then life throws you a “pinch-me” moment. A moment when you have to stop and marvel at how far you’ve come and how lucky you are. That moment for me is this Sunday when we head off on an amazing trip through Europe to celebrate Bri’s 40th. Over the last few years, my husband and I have been fortunate to travel extensively. Sometimes it’s alone for work, frequently it’s as a couple, and we’ve been able to bring the girls along a few times too. But this trip, even with my already high standards, is ridiculous.
My husband has worked for months researching options and planning the smallest detail. We’ve cashed in every frequent flier mile, hotel and credit card point we have to design a dream-like itinerary. We land in Paris and get 24 hours to revisit a few of our favorite spots. From there we’ll fly into Dubrovnik, Croatia, spending a few days driving the coast making stops in Hvar and Spilt. Then, we take a boat to Venice for 72 hours before we fly into London for a couple of days to wrap up the trip. In all we’ll be away for two weeks. I mean, seriously, how incredible is that??
I’m excited, of course, and overwhelmed with everything I have to do to get us all ready for the trip. Even though the girls are staying home, I need to set them and the house up, so they don’t miss a beat. We’ve never been gone this long before, so I feel a little uneasy about it. I know I’m going to miss them but am also so grateful for the time off.
The idea of being away from the business is also giving me anxiety, which is even more of a sign that I need to take a break. If you’re new to the blog, you may not know that in addition to writing our daily content, I run multiple businesses. There’s our private client work with Kristel Closets, my professional speaking and corporate consulting services that sends me all over the country (hence all the points!), and our new online store. I’ve also been quietly building an entirely separate business that has nothing to do with fashion or style that we’ll announce closer to the fall.
Things are certainly moving in the right direction, but like all entrepreneurs, the journey comes with super high highs and really low lows. Last year was incredibly taxing, emotionally exhausting, and I was in a state of constant frustration. For a while, I considered shutting down the business. ( I know, I know) Luckily, I found my way and this year has been so much better. But I occasionally feel the residual effect of all the negativity. So this trip is showing up at the best possible time.
Currently, the most challenging part of my job is the balance of needing to be both creative and strategic – at the same time. It’s like a ping pong going back and forth in my head, switching from thinking about what would be a helpful and engaging article to managing the bottom line to learning all the new platforms and technologies that help maintain and grow the businesses. Frankly, it’s a lot, and I’m tired.
The closer we get to leaving, the more of a strain I feel in the creative aspect of my work. Basically I had the worse case of writers block this week. I had a rough outline of content scheduled for the time I’ll be away, but I’m not happy with any of it. Yesterday, I could barely write a sentence. Rather than give you half-baked content, and clutter your newsfeed, the plan is to be offline until July 17th. (I am bringing my laptop with me, so who knows if I’ll get inspired to post something.) Hopefully, the time away, rest and change of pace will help reset my creativity. I need some time to clear out the cobwebs in my mind and make space for the second half of the year.
Even though there won’t be new content for a couple of weeks, I’ll be posting photos and videos on Instagram daily so please follow along if you’re interested. If you placed an order from the shop this week, everything is being shipped out on Friday via priority mail. All orders placed after noon on Friday will go out on July 17th.
I hope everyone has a fantastic 4th of July. If you are headed on your own vacation, have a wonderful time! As always, thank you so much for checking in every day, sending thoughtful notes, sharing our blog with friends and co-workers and supporting the shop. I see so much opportunity and the potential to change the conversation around the standards of style and beauty in the lives of modern women. I’m looking forward to coming home with even more conviction in growing our readership and clarity in creating content you will continue to find helpful and fun.
See you soon!