When I was an attorney I spent the mornings looking at my closet and thinking “what would Olivia Pope wear” haha. I’m thinking she would 100% approve of this Ann Taylor dress and it definitely would have been my go-to work dress if I were still in an office. There are a lot of things I miss about working in an office setting – like getting dressed up everyday and going in to a fancy building and interacting with other humans! Sorry Nilla, but you’re not the best conversationalist, girl…. I think Ann Taylor is the best place to shop for pieces that work for work, but also play, church, and just living your life! This dress is SUPER comfortable, has pockets, and would be just as cute at church with a cardigan, walking down the office hall, or at a baby shower!
When we were driving to Jackson this past weekend I did one of the “Ask me anything” polls on Instagram and LOVED hearing from y’all. One of the questions was about what I did before blogging and I guess I’ve never really done a “deep dive” into it so I thought I’d share…
I went to Mississippi State University for college and majored in International Business (you get a double major in Business and spanish) and I had a minor in Marketing. It was a 5 year program AND I would get to study abroad…..So I said “sign me up!” haha. Fast forward to the end of college and I had a job offer in Santa Monica, CA with MTV – the company I had interned with the previous summer. It was such an amazing opportunity and I wanted to take it BUT I had just started dating this guy named David who was going to be in Mississippi and I REALLY liked him. Not wanting to stay in Mississippi JUST for a guy, I thought “why not get a Masters or a law degree?” I truly think that education is one thing that no one can ever take from you so I went for it and went to law school at the University of Mississippi (Ole MIss). I have so many great memories from law school and am so glad I went. I graduated one weekend, got married the next, and moved to Jackson, Mississippi to practice health care law while David was in his last year of Medical School.
When David matched for Internal medicine residency at UNC I moved with every intention of taking the bar all over again and practicing law in North Carolina. Then I thought about the timeline and thought “well, if we move states AGAIN in 3 years, I’ll have to take the bar for a THIRD time…” Y’all I’m not dumb, but I’m not brilliant, ya know? I felt like I had passed the Mississippi bar by one point and if I failed the NC bar, it would be three months of studying and lots of money down the drain. I decided to just look for a job instead and figured I would take the bar whenever we moved closer to home after David’s residency when we would be settled and living in one place for longer than 3 years.
So I got a job at the Duke Medical School helping them with their reaccreditation process. It was tedious but meaningful work and my office mate, Diedra, made every day so much fun. We still keep up and I even did the photography for her wedding! That job taught me that it’s truly WHO you work with and not so much what you’re doing that makes the job great.
While I was still working at Duke, one of my friends in the North Carolina Junior League said she knew of a job that would be perfect for me: business consulting. I’m still not sure I even know what consulting is BUT I worked under one person who was a Duke Law Professor and Business school professor who did business consulting on the side. I learned SO MUCH from him. Mainly, to always say thank you and good things come to those who work for it.
All the while, I was blogging the entire way – from law school, to being an attorney, to working at Duke, and business consulting, I have always loved blogging and the ability to connect with others via social media. And I was always SO inspired by different bloggers. The thought of being able to inspire even one girl was so exciting to me. When we moved to Birmingham, AL for David’s fellowship, I decided to take my blog “full time.” haha It’s funny to even say that because I truly don’t look at this as a job. I look at it as a way of connecting with other people and scrapbooking. And no matter what blogging perk comes my way, I’m always most thankful for the inspiring women who have become my good friends along the way and getting to hear from and learn from all of you! Thank you SO MUCH for reading and letting me share my life on this corner of the Internet 🙂