Life Update

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Apologies for the not-so-clever headline, I just mean to say it like it is. I think it’s probably a good time to share what’s been going on at la casa d’Ayres—and if you’re thinking that was neither Spanish nor French, you would be correct, but I digress. First of all, I’m undergoing a content makeover, so expect to see more content, and a lot of polls as I start to incorporate new schtuff. And please—your feedback is more than welcomed and very much appreciated.

Second, I’ve been dormant (again) due to all of the changes in my life. Most significantly, I’ve accepted a new position managing social media for a company that sells fashionable medical uniforms and equipment. Random, I know, but that’s sort of been the normal throughout my professional career. What I’m most excited about is that this new position will be more “my speed” and give me much more time to focus on things I want to do outside of work, like for example, this here blog.

At the very least, I can solely focus on one brand, which will enable me to do social media right, opposed to juggling multiple brands, products, and industries, and only being able to focus on specific tasks.

Albeit the category of clothing, this position does lend itself to “styling” and thoughtfully putting content together, because these are fashionable scrubs, after all. Plus, I will be very involved in styling shoots which will totally benefit me in this arena.

Outside of work and this blog—like literally outside—I’ve been working on my garden. Super, super stoked about that. I’m creating a pollinator-friendly garden this year, starting from seed. Much of my last couple of weekends have been spent working on that, in addition to wrapping things up at G/L. I’m very much looking forward to seeing how all of these wonderful things start to flourish, and I’ll be sure share all the details along the way. 🙂

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Moving Forward in 2018

Reflecting on life over the past year and steps I’m taking to move forward in 2018, to improve my skills, capabilities, and my peace of mind.

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2018, I couldn’t be happier to greet you. 2017 was off to a tumultuous start, but on a personal level, made a turn for the better. Josh and I bought our first home, I got a new job, my sister and my future brother-in-law got engaged, several of our wonderful friends got married, I made multiple (mind you) pie crusts from scratch, plus their innards. I was gifted a kitchen aid mixer 🙏🏼, we bought a vacuum cleaner that is the best vacuum cleaner I have ever used, and this past fall, I started planning and working on my garden, which I’m so stoked to really cut my teeth into this spring. Now, if that isn’t a successful year (and super adulting), I don’t know what is.

But all of these accomplishments didn’t come without their hardships. In all my years of life, I don’t believe I have ever been this stressed, riddled with anxiety, fear, and uncertainty. I have been challenged, tested, broken, renewed, re-energized, and reconsidered my life decisions more often than I care to admit.

But now I feel (at least today), that I can finally get a grasp on my life, my job, my goals, and finally take a deep breath in, and let it allll out.

I have been reflecting on life over the past year; the accomplishments, the failures, and steps I took to move forward and this year I’d like to take more strides to improve my skills, capabilities, and my peace of mind. To do so will take much persistence and practice, but here’s what I want to focus on in 2018:

Eliminate Stress

Sure, I won’t be able to cut-out all of the stress in my life, but accepting that life happens and continuing to move forward may help reduce some of that pressure. One thing is for sure, I don’t have the energy to deal with stress in 2018.

In addition to continuing my practice of yoga, another way I plan on relieving stress is through meditation. There are so many health benefits of meditation. My only problem is, I can only sit still for about 6 minutes max, and my mind is a mile per minute. Any pointers from anyone who practices? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Preparedness

Not surprisingly, a lot of my stress was a direct result of my lack of preparedness, which had me constantly struggling to keep up. This year I want to focus on seeking opportunities to plan ahead, improve my knowledge and skills, and improve my overall confidence by being prepared.

Being Present

Ironically, it’s difficult to be present in a digital age, especially when your job is social media. However, this year I’d like to be more present to the people who mean the most to me. While I don’t believe I was particularly terrible at being present/communicating before, I think there’s room for us all to improve here. Let’s all put down the phones and have some solid discussions with each other (unless you’re reading this post ;)).

While there are multiple goals/changes I’d like to focus on in 2018, these preceding goals are most important to me. What goals are you setting for 2018? What steps are you taking to achieve them?

Hello? It’s me.

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Hello, world. It’s me again. Pardon my hiatus, as a lot has happened since we last spoke. Oy vey, adulting is serious. Seriously, here’s a quick update on what’s been happening for the last (gasp!) 6 months. I moved in with Josh in November. We (mostly me…ok only me) welcomed 2017 with great concern of the catastrophes that laid ahead. I decided to pay off my debt as quickly as possible, therefore cutting costs spent on my little addiction called, clothing, therefore no new material (literally).

Gretch left me for an epic adventure across the country and left her cat (bean dip) for me to nurture and love as my own. All of the sudden she loves me. Couldn’t be that I feed her every day…

The same weekend Gretch left for her transcontinental voyage,  Josh and I casually decided to look for a house. So then we found a realtor.

In March, I decided to join Ready + Willing again, jump ahead 7 weeks or so, busier than ever at work, under contract for a house, still regretting committing to an 8-week volunteer program and still trying to keep a blog running. Gosh, it’s exhausting just writing about it.

But lately, I’ve been really into these challenges; see how many projects Caitlin can juggle before she burns out. No really, challenges are very attractive to me as of late. Tiny victories feel tremendous and there’s just something about crossing out a task on your to-do list.

I’ve been creating challenges for myself in all areas of my life, such as, what I eat, exercising, skin care regimen, creative challenges, writing challenges, photography challenges, reading challenges, styling challenges, cooking challenges, financial challenges, communication challenges. You name it; I’ve probably turned it into a challenge. And why? Simply to improve my body, mind, soul, discipline, and edge. If there’s anything I’ve learned from these challenges, and/or Grit, is that passion and persistence are key to success.

My latest and greatest challenge is keeping this blog going. I have so terribly missed writing here, and I’ve got some tricks up my sleeve to keep me coming back. So for all of you who have been wondering, I am back, and man it feels good.

Curious about all of my challenges? Leave a comment to learn more. Signing off with these inspirational words from John F. Kennedy.

“We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” — John F Kennedy

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Home Improvements

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Hello darlings. I’ve decided to reinvent my brand image on House of Heirs. I’ve never truly felt genuine or fully capable of capturing my voice. You see, my motives were all wrong; well perhaps not initially, but I soon lost my identity. I wasn’t being myself, and I was trying to be like other fashion bloggers. The truth is; I’m just not like other fashion bloggers. That’s just not really my style. And for the record; I cannot take myself seriously trying to do an OOTD selfie. I’ve got to hand it to all the ladies who make it look so effortlessly chic.

So what is to become of House of Heirs? I’ve decided to take a lifestyle approach, focusing on fashion (of course), food, travel, puppy, and my business goals. I believe this direction will allow me to be me and get more comfortable in this blogosphere. I am very excited for the changes to come, and I hope you will  follow along and enjoy them too!

Please stay tuned!