The Vintage Round Top
Last week I gave a quick summary of life lately here in Texas thus also announcing my return to blogging for somewhat public consumption. I probably got more hits on my ATX Life Update than I ever received in my typical blogging days, so it looks like my life might resonate with at least some of you. In the past year, I've learned to draw a line between what is meant to be shared, and what is meant to be exclusive. Whereas previously those lines were non-existent and left little to the imagination for basically anybody. So, for obvious reasons, I might be a little gun-shy when it comes to sharing, however, I think it's only necessary to continue the story and share a little bit about my new job.
I'll start off by saying that accepting my new position, also meant throwing myself into a world that I didn't know much about - the Austin small business community. I've lived in Austin over a year now and I feel like I'm just now getting to know the city on a more authentic, genuine level. The webs and connections that are woven between the creative people of Austin are honestly overwhelming, but of course, immensely inspiring; and I find it funny how my goals went from being the VP of Marketing for a large corporate brand to owning my own business after a few conversations with the small business owners of Austin.
It's been a month since I nervously accepted my position at The Vintage Round Top. Right now it's just me working with the owners, Paige & Smoot - who remind me so much of one of my favorite couples, Libbi & Jeff from Lililu On King, the boutique I worked at during college. I am currently working on redesigning their website, running our social media and drafting a couple pitches for magazines. In addition, I create all the marketing and run their e-commerce site while also focusing on driving new leads for the workshop and retreat side of the business.
I just finished redesigning their home page and wished I would have taken a screenshot of the before. It has improved a lot and I'm super proud of it - plus I love that I get to work my way back into designing. I was always a little nervous I was going to lose my knack for it since my previous job didn't require me to do anything with design.
We've got a couple really fun events in the spring that I'm excited to help bring together, and I can't wait to be able to plan my own and share that passion with Paige + Smoot. They are so encouraging and while it's a HUGE change for me, working from home and from their home office, I can see that I will be able to expand upon so many skills while adding to my portfolio, and making an impact on their business. I feel a balance I haven't felt before - I feel my creative energy rushing back through my veins, and I'm excited about what is to come.