2016 is quickly coming to a close, and we only have one question: where has it gone?! With my back surgery at the end of 2015, we got a slow moving (literally!) start to 2016. While I enjoyed a few weeks off of work, I quickly became stir crazy.. as some of you may know, myself and boredom do not go well together. Lauren + Boredom = Crazy ideas! (Just ask Kate!)
As I started to recover from my back surgery, and head back to work, I started realizing what a drag it was for me to wake up at 4:45am, pull myself (more like roll still at this point) out of bed, warm my car up (back when I had an automatic starter, RIP), drive 15 minutes to work, park in a parking lot made for 2,000+ vehicles, and ice skate into a desk job that was sucking the life out of me. It may have taken recovering from back surgery, and going back to work in the harsh winter air to realize it, but I was not happy.
As I started to get stronger, and the ice started to melt, I hoped that I would start to enjoy my job more. As the hours turned into days, the days into weeks, and weeks into months, I got my answer: it wasn’t me, it was the job.
Right after my 27th birthday in March, I started to soul search. I was only 27. I had only been at my job for 4.5 years. I couldn’t retire until I had reached 30 years. Did I really want to spend the equivalent to nearly my entire life as I knew it, making that dreadful drive, to sit at my desk for 8 hours a day, and have the energy sucked right out of me? Having just bought a house in 2015, having medical bills starting to come in from my surgery, have 7 classes left before I would graduate with my degree, and having a conservative family, you would think my answer would be: absolutely! Who cares if it isn’t exactly what you want to be doing, it is a great job, with great benefits, and decent pay! You’ll survive. But Lauren & boredom with my day to day life had another idea.
Mid-April I put my two weeks notice in at my job, and promised myself that May would start a new month, and because I was nearly fully recovered from surgery by this point, I would mark May 1 as my New Year for 2016.
Not knowing what my next move was, and still having a mortgage and bills to pay for, I fell back on some familiar territory and started working full time at a Country Club.
May 1, 2016, my life changed. My jump into scary, unknown water, has made 2016 one of the most successful years of my life. With my new position, I had a lot more time to myself. I no longer had to punch an alarm clock at 4:45am, I no longer dreaded going to “the office” everyday.. nearly my entire day is spent on my feet, interacting with people (which I could give or take somedays, but hey!), and I spent most of my summer outdoors, while getting paid. I was making more, and working less. Life was great!
June flew by as our niece turned 3, the golf course was busier than ever, my best friend who lives in North Dakota with her husband and pup came to visit, and Kate was gone a lot for work (she is a nanny!).
July was a blur as our work schedules continued to be hectic, I proposed to Kate (she said yes!) on a family vacation in Hilton Head, SC on July 28! (My nerves were so bad I seriously cannot tell you much about the days leading up to the proposal; or the whirlwind that came after!)
August was spent celebrating with our friends and loved ones.
And in September, I finally had a second to breathe.
Enter business one.
In September, the golf course started on the downward spiral of the end of the season, life got a little less hectic, and I started to notice more and more clutter in my kitchen. As I sat down and looked around, Kate had been working on projects for her “nanny mom” for months. While I had been stuck at work until 10PM or later, Kate would come home from work and make decorations for other families in the neighborhood’s children’s birthday parties. She was assembling gift baskets for bridal showers, and baby showers. She had decorated and planned an entire bridal shower. I thought back to her sister’s baby shower we had thrown for her; Kate did all of the planning and decorating. I thought back to the first birthday of the little boy she nanny’s for; Kate did all of the planning and decorating.
And that is when the light bulb went off.
I thought: Kate is good at this! With her background in art, and her degree in Art Education, of course she is good at this! But, she is like… really good at this. With some word of mouth, and the experience she had already gained, we decided to make her official. With the quick turnaround from the Secretary of State, we ordered some business cards, made a Facebook page, bought the domain to eventually get the website going…. and we did it all just in time for the holidays!
KBL Event and Design was officially established in September of this year. In just three shorts months (fast forward to December, because October and November were gone in the blink of an eye), Kate has planned and decorated multiple birthday parties, baby showers, and bridal parties. She decorated a “killer!” Halloween party, had multiple orders for custom gifts for her customers, and sold over 30 of her hand made ornaments, in just the 13 days left before Christmas!
Somehow, in all of that madness, Kate and I both managed to find our wedding dresses, we had another niece, and our first nephew born, we managed to spend both Thanksgiving and Christmas with Kate’s family, and I finished my degree…finally!
We are so excited to hit the ground running in 2017, and are so thankful for the love and support of our friends and family! We have a lot to look forward to (including a wedding!) and have started this blog to inspire young women (and men!) to follow their dreams, hold ourselves accountable for our own success, and allow our family and friends (and strangers!) to follow our journey in the new year.
We hope you all have wonderful, and safe, New Year! See you in 2017!