You may notice in the URL of today’s post that it’s the second post I’ve written called “The Next Chapter.” The first was when I graduated from college and was offered my dream job at Southern Weddings Magazine, and was taking some time off of blogging to move to North Carolina and settle into post-college life. It seems like a lifetime ago. Dave and I were just a few months into dating, all my belongings fit into my Honda Accord, and I had no idea what the coming years would hold…only that I was excited and grateful to have a job right out of college, let alone the job I had wanted so badly. I had blogged five times a week for two years in order to create a portfolio of sorts, in the hopes that it would get me into the door at a wedding magazine, and it had worked! You can read more about that journey here.
For the next almost-four years, I experienced so many incredible things as an editor–I worked on 15 photo shoots, traveled on 14 business trips, covered Bridal Market in NYC twice, attended the Making Things Happen Conference six times, spoke at the Bliss and Bespoke and Trouvaille workshops, co-wrote a wedding planner, and wrote almost 1000 blog posts and probably close to 100 magazine features. More importantly, I had SO much fun. I believed wholeheartedly in the work I was doing, and the girls I worked with became like family to me.
As y’all know, a lot happened outside of work during these years too. Dave and I got engaged. He moved to North Carolina. We got married and shared an incredible first year of marriage. We bought a house. We became parents to our precious baby boy. And while each of these life changes affected me in big ways, nothing could have prepared me for the experience of becoming a mother.
In my 2017 goals post, I wrote that my number one goal was to be open to what God had for me this year, even if it didn’t fit what I had pictured, and I feel as though I was given the opportunity to walk the walk of that right away. Through many prayers and tears, I made the very personal decision that my time with Southern Weddings had come to an end.
It’s humbling to leave the magazine during a time when I so badly want to be involved (the 10th anniversary issue comes out this year!), but I feel such a deep peace about this decision, and truly feel it’s best for both the company and for my family, for many reasons. I’ll be in the front row of Southern Weddings’ cheering squad as they move forward into an incredible season!
So what now? Well, my main focus is Charlie and Dave–they have always come first, and will continue to do so. I’ll also be dedicating a little more time to Something Pretty–it’s my favorite hobby, after all. In bits and pieces now, and hopefully more regularly down the road, I’m planning to pursue freelance writing, and I am looking forward to pushing myself as a a writer in new and different ways.
Sweet friends, thank you for your support. It’s hard and humbling to give up my dream job, but like my dad said when I told him about my decision, it’s okay to have new dreams. I’m excited to continue sharing those with you in this new season! xo
Photos from the V9 team shoot by Jake + Heather
So proud of you, friend! I know it was a difficult decision, but you are going to do some great things in the chapters ahead. Can’t wait to follow along!
Thank you so much, Kati! I appreciate it :)
Excited for more wonderful Something Pretty posts, but will miss you at SW! Love you!
Thank you for commenting no matter what blog I’m writing on! :) Love you!
Lisa, I just realized that I discovered SW around the same time that you joined the team – I so clearly remember the post that introduced you to the readers and I believe it was one of the first I read. You did a little Q&A Video with Emily and Nicole I think ;-) Anyway it was a joy to read all of your posts on SW and those will surely be missed but I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you in the future and I hope you’ll continue to share your journey on Something Pretty.
Wishing you all the best for this new season!
Aww, that’s so fun! Thank you so much for your sweet words and support, Kristina!
love what your dad said. that is SO true! xo
Dads always know what to say :)
Good for you for taking such a big (albeit hard!) step that you know is right for you and your family. I’m coming to the same crossroads as my husband and I prepare for our first child and decide how best to support our family, both monetarily and in terms of being physically present at home. It’s a struggle for sure. I absolutely love that your dad said “it’s OK to have new dreams,” and he’s absolutely right.
I look forward to what’s to come on Something Pretty, and wishing you all the best in this next chapter!
Thank you so much for your encouragement, Brittany! I remember how impossible it felt to try to plan before even meeting our baby, so I definitely feel for you. I know you’ll figure out something that works for you and your family, even if it takes a little bit of trial and error, like it has for us so far :)
“It’s ok to have new dreams” – love that!! Wishing you the best in this new chapter, and can’t wait to continue following along!
Thank you so much for your support, Kate :)
Dang girl. I know this was a really hard decision for you. I am super proud of you and excited to see how you grow in this new role. I have loved reading your real thoughts and feelings for years and I feel like the most refreshing thing about your blog is how much you’re willing to grow and change. When you first announced your pregnancy, I definitely didn’t think you’d choose to quit working, but now seeing the things you’ve learned and the writing you’ve been inspired by (that C+C article. woah.) it’s clear why you feel called this direction. I am so inspired by you! I’ll be praying that you continue to feel flooded with peace.
Abbi, thank you so much for this comment and for your encouragement. I am with you–I didn’t expect to quit Southern Weddings at all! While it is hard to say goodbye to a job I loved so much, the amount of peace I have and the confidence that this is the right move for my family really does make it so much easier. I’m so grateful for your prayers, especially during this transition! xo
I’m so excited to see what the future holds for you Lisa! You have been an incredible Southern Weddings Editor and are now a radiant mama with such a joyful future ahead :)
Thank you so much, Kyla! Thinking of you as you approach a new season, too! :)
I’d love to hear how Dave and you came to this decision. Did you always “know” this was your path? Was this something you imagined yourself doing one day? Being a stay-at-home + freelance mom was never in the cards for me… until now. I wish we were good friends sitting in a cute quaint coffee shopping chatting this over. <3
Hi Allison! Honestly, I’m not planning to share much about this because of how personal it is, and because I think everyone’s situation and priorities (and babies!) are SO different. I will say that this is not what I had originally planned on doing, but through a lot of prayer and conversations about what was best for our family, it became a very obvious, albeit hard, decision. I felt such deep peace about it though, which is how I knew it was right for us. :)
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