You guys have absolutely no idea how difficult it was to keep this a secret for the last few months (hello TERRIBLE secret keeper!) I’m feeling incredibly bittersweet about the whole ordeal, but have been DYING to let the cat out of the bag!
As of next Monday, I will no longer be editor for Style Me Pretty Living. I know, the thought gets me all choked up inside – I just love it over there. But I promise it’s for good reason…
I am officially launching my own interior design business!! Ever since leaving my job as a full time designer to tackle the role of editor for SMP Living, I’ve been dabbling in freelance interior design work in my spare time. And the whole multiple job thing? It’s been nuts. Nuts!! I am not complaining – not even a little bit – because I know that I’m incredibly lucky to have gotten to do what I love (twice) every single day. But over the course of the past few months, things have really started to shift. Jobs have come in pretty consistently with little effort, and that little voice in the back of my mind just couldn’t help but wonder what could happen if I poured my heart and soul into it. At the risk of sounding cheesy, I feel like the universe is trying to tell me something. There have just been countless serendipitous moments that have helped give me that final push to pursue what I’ve dreamt about doing since I was a little girl. To be my own boss. To own my own firm.
So here I am, taking the plunge, and I’m totally terrified and beyond excited all at once. It’s a roller coaster around here, I tell you! Half the time I could squeal with delight and no more than a minute later I’m this close to totally tossing my cookies. Good times all around!
But if there’s one thing I’m sure of, it’s that this never would have happened if it weren’t for you. Yep. YOU. You guys have given me a platform – a voice – and so. many. incredible opportunities. So thank you. Truly. From the very depths of my bursting heart. I just love you so!
So if you feel so inclined, check out my new site, pass it along to your mama (or that super rich aunt of yours who is DYING for a brand spanking new living room ;) and I will love you forever and ever for it.
So what does this mean for Lark & Linen? Amazing, wonderful things! I can feel it! With more free time, I’m hoping to create more original content. Scour more jaw-dropping restaurants and beautifully designed homes. Scenes from my weekend will now be moved to Friday and referred to as Scenes from my Week (mostly because I have a feeling that running my own business will mean weeks and weekends will begin to bleed together, but also because, on the odd occasion, I do fun things I want to share during the week as well!) In addition, I hope to share a whole lot more of what goes on behind the design scenes around here! Full blown projects, mood boards, sample boards, design dilemmas, tips, tricks and all the beautiful goods.
And lastly, after a whole crapton of back and forth, I have made the decision to join an ad network to help generate some income while I get my business up and running. I know this is a hot topic in blog world and I so hope you know that I did not take this decision lightly. In the 4 years I’ve been blogging, I’ve only ever done two sponsored posts in fear of loosing my voice and your trust. I’ve seen so many blogs flounder the moment they decide to monetize, which has always made me hesitant to take the plunge. But I’ve also seen a number of them do so with ease and grace. And you’d better believe I’ve been taking diligent notes.
When it comes down to it, I just really need to eat (you know I like my food). But you have my word that I will always be completely, 100% upfront with everything I do. I would rather starve than loose your trust. And there is nothing. I mean NOTHING. I will ever help promote if I don’t, one hundred percent, wholeheartedly stand behind it (or wouldn’t gladly blog about it free of charge). My bar is set supremely high and it’s not going anywhere. Pinky promise.
Onwards and upwards I say! I do hope you stick around for this journey!
XOXOXOXO forever and ever.
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