There’s something about the anticipation of a new year that makes me really contemplate how I use my time. I am sure that this feeling is pretty common among most of us, but I still feel a little melancholy thinking of how the past year went and how everything has changed over the past 12 months. Could I have made better use of 2017 to save more money, eat out less, and waste less time stalking random people on Facebook? Probably. Should I have forgiven myself sooner for past mistakes and taken better care of my body? Definitely. But here’s the thing: shoulda, woulda, coulda. It’s easy to dwell on the negative aspects of 2017 – and honestly, I feel like there were a lot of them – but this is the perfect excuse to make 2018 a better year. If there is one thing I learned from 2017 it is that life isn’t always fair, but you are responsible for making your own life (and those in it) positive. So here’s to less negativity, surrounding ourselves …
After a little bit of a hiatus, I’m jumping back into the blogging world. During this time away we experienced our 100th sale at Shelby Lynne + Vin and are now expanding our product selection. Vinnie and I are still living with our favorite hooman, Steve, who spoils us rotten. And we’re both fighting the urge to start decorating for Christmas, which Steve refuses to allow until the day after Thanksgiving. Going forward – I will be splitting up my posts into three different categories: adventures, thoughts, and shop updates. Before, I was struggling to figure out a pattern or a focus with each of my blogs – hopefully this helps a bit! So thanks for sticking around for the ride.
Oh lord; you have been placed in charge of planning your BFF’s bachelorette. Eek! Well, have no fear, I am actually in the midst of planning a Bachelorette Party myself. Unfortunately, that is all I can dish out about her party at the moment since my bestie wants to be surprised… Buuuuuut luckily for her and me – and now, you – this isn’t my first rodeo; planning bachelorette parties has kind of been my thing over the past few years and let’s just say, it has taught me more than a few valuable lessons.
So don’t stress out! You’ve got this – no matter your budget, schedule, or lack thereof. Learn from all the mistakes I have made and avoid repeating them yourself. Also, make sure to check out my Etsy Shop, which is designed to make your life easier while keeping your friends thinking you’ve got your shizz together and are one true girlboss.
Ah the first day of school… Totally not going to lie, I found myself combing through the dozen photos and posts of my facebook friends sending their children off to their first day of Kindergarten yesterday. I know, I know, I don’t want children right this second (take a deep breath, mom), but I couldn’t help but feel the constant little tug on my heart, wishing that I could have partaken in the same emotions that many of my friends experienced yesterday as parents. Maybe it was my socially constructed biological clock ticking, or maybe it was the typical bi-monthly fear of missing out (FOMO) garnered from stalking everyone’s highlight reel online, but whatever the reason, yesterday had me feeling sort of down.
This weekend I celebrated the upcoming arrival of one my favorite couple’s baby. After assisting with the invitations, it was so wonderful to see the party come together. They chose to do more of a barbeque of sorts – thus including men – so everyone was able to enjoy themselves and show their excitement and support for the couple in a very casual and relaxing setting.
I have talked before about accepting your specific narrative and pace in life – which you can read again here – but one aspect I did not mention is that you have an opportunity to learn a number of tips and tricks from waiting a little longer than your friends and family to hit these major milestones. Observing those close to you go through these experiences can give you a number of lessons to put in your back pocket until it’s your turn. Not to mention, you quickly become a bit of an expert at how to be the perfect guest at showers and weddings.
Surprise! Vinnie and I have a new roommate. Over the past few weeks we have packed my entire apartment up – including every single one of Vinnie’s toys – and moved into a new apartment. We have officially added a third person to our household and Vinnie is quite delighted to have his second favorite human around to dote on him full time. We are almost completely unpacked and just about to hand the keys to my old apartment of three years back, so I apologize for my absence these past few weeks! Needless to say, this is an extremely exciting time for us and I cannot wait for this new adventure. One of the best parts about this new apartment is that I will now have a studio – of sorts. And with this new space, I have already caught the inspiration bug. Over the next few weeks I will start introducing some more work that will go into my shop, along with a few new items and projects that are non-invitation based.
I love to volunteer. I think there is no feeling quite like knowing that you are making an actual difference in the world and impacting someone else’s life. Having a mother and father who drilled the importance of giving back to the community into me at a young age, has led me to a number of opportunities that I know I will truly cherish for years. It was one of the main reasons I chose the college I did and one of the first areas that I dove into when I moved to my current city.
But okay, pause. Right now you may be thinking, “Cool. I volunteer all the time too, this is, like, soo relatable!” Or what you are more likely saying to yourself is, “Good for you Shelby, but I didn’t come to your blog to hear you brag about how awesome and charitable you are when I have absolutely no time to find a soup kitchen – geesh.” Well, fear not! I am not writing a post that puts you on a major guilt trip or makes you question your self-worth. Instead, I would like to share with you my latest volunteer work that, gasp, is something I did from home! Easy, right?
Recently, thanks to my awesome sister-in-law, I have been helping Wayland Main Street with creating a number of marketing materials for an upcoming event they are hosting. The group was gracious enough to give me full control in regards to the design and I think we came up with something that we all loved. Included in the package were: posters, table cards, gift bag flyers, maps with a full schedule of events, and a large formatted sponsorship appreciation board. This was a really fun project that continued to make me feel good after I sent in my work. Knowing that I was helping a group that may not have been able to access a graphic designer before is one of the best feelings I could have. And here’s the thing: this is technically volunteer work!
This weekend I celebrated my 25th birthday. While nothing really major happens when you turn 25, except for insurance costs decreasing and the magical ability to drink decent amounts of alcohol without feeling like crap for 2 solid days disappears, I still felt like this was a big milestone. Okay, maybe not big, but how about a decent sized one?
When I was young, I always thought at this point in my life I would have a house, a husband and one kid (or be pregnant with said kid). I would be this awesome adult who had her entire life sorted out and an amazing career to boot. Instead, I live in a one-bedroom apartment, have a pretty wonderful boyfriend, and a spoiled rotten dog for a roommate. While I like to think of myself as an awesome… person, adult(ing) is something I struggle with every day. I am not a morning person – although I hope to become one, my closet and bedroom notoriously look as though I just missed the last tornado to Oz and I always wait for the low fuel light to come on before stopping to fill up. As for my career, hah! Nobody really prepares you for uncertainty. Great mentors encourage you to follow your passions by constantly feeding you lines about doing what you enjoy throughout your entire childhood, but what if you don’t know what you enjoy? What if you just don’t like to work and anything you would do for work isn’t exciting and fun? What if doing a job that encompasses a passion of yours turns into something you dread?
This year I have been blessed with a number of bookings of the wedding variety, which is exciting to say the least. There is truly nothing as rewarding as helping a couple with their big day. One in particular this summer is that of a good friend, who recently got engaged to his girlfriend of almost 2 years. I was honored and thrilled that he asked me to design not only their bridal shower invites, but their wedding invites as well. After asking for a bit more detail about their tastes and vision, I was able to come up with a design that spoke to each of them perfectly. Here’s a sneak peak at this country boy and girl’s bridal shower invites. Stay tuned for the wedding invites!
My first blog post – eek! You have probably stumbled your way onto this page because you know me personally, or have been pressured by a colleague and/or friend – ahem, thanks mom – but regardless, I am beyond excited that you have read at least this much before losing interest. Yes, I am starting a blog! Cue the dramatic music. My goal is that blogging will help document and compliment my etsy shop and wedding wire account with which I have recently decided to spend more energy and time. And who knows? Maybe provide you with some entertainment, knowledge about freelance graphic design, convince you to work with me on your next project, or at the very least show you some cute photos of my pup, Vinnie.