September 11, 2012

Change

Dress: c/o Swell; Jean Jacket: Yanuk (similar style here); Boots: Aldo; Purse: JCrew; Hat: H&M; Bracelets: c/o St Eve, c/o Stella and Dot; Sunglasses: Rayban
Have I told you about my new job?  I quit the whole law thing.  It just wasn't my personality.  You see, about a month and a half ago after being extremely burned out, I gave notice of quitting.  I thought I would pursue a solo photography career, focus on my blog, and get a part-time retail job at JCrew or something.  I was nervous and stressed, with thoughts of, what's next?  But a little lesson I've learned?  When you are busy making plans, the Universe is making plans for you.  Maybe the plans are out of synch with your own, which can be a struggle.  But sometimes, as in this case - plans magically align.
The timing was perfect.  And the steps leading up to it were a crazy web of connections over a course of several years.  It's a definitive point in my life, where I can say, if I didn't do this, this, this or this, I wouldn't have this current opportunity.  And it all started with a boy.  It usually does, but I digress. 
I am now in my second week on the creative team for a local jewelry company, working as a photographer/stylist.  I am excited to work, and for what's ahead.
Sometimes, I think we put so much stress on where we are in life, at least I do!  Like, I need to figure it out at this very moment.  But there is a natural process and progression to life; a series of steps we need to walk through in order to reach the prizes along the way.  There are ups, there are downs, and there are periods of lulls.  But it's through these moments that life is unfolding its' mysteries.  I think we just have to move forward with the faith that our stories are going to work out.  And not the way we expect it to.  But better.  Much better.  There's a greater plan to it all.  So keep walking, keep living, and don't forget the direction of your dreams.  I know I won't.

92 comments:

Eat Live Love said...

Gorgeous outfit! I love the stripes with the hot pink!

Amanda @ Eloquent English said...

I've thought about that... There are days when I feel the exact same way as you did... I want to quit my job as an Auditor and do something else for example work in a clothing store and find another hobby i.e. photography... I hope that my path will sooner than later decide to help me figure out what to do on my journey... This audit thing has been going on for too long and I hate sitting at a desk all day, everyday... ;) xoxo

Real Girl Glam said...

This is so so so true. Sometimes I'm in such a rush to figure out how things are 'supposed to be' that I forget that they will happen when they are supposed to, and it may not be at all how I pictures. Congrats on making new & fabulous changes! And, I'm absolutely loving this look!

huongie said...

Amen! Well, said Katie! I did just that two years ago this December. I quit my job not knowing where I'd be headed, without another job lined up, was unemployed for nine months, and am now working at my dream company with wonderful people and couldn't be happier! Thank you for reminding me that life's mysteries aren't so bad. Beautiful (outfit) as always! :)

huongie said...

Amen! Well, said Katie! I did just that two years ago this December. I quit my job not knowing where I'd be headed, without another job lined up, was unemployed for nine months, and am now working at my dream company with wonderful people and couldn't be happier! Thank you for reminding me that life's mysteries aren't so bad. Beautiful (outfit) as always! :)

Tina said...

Ahhh stripes! Congratulations on the new job! How comforting it can be to see that the universe is unfolding exactly as it should! We can relax just a little bit, right? You're so fabulous.

Alexandra Doerge said...

What an amazing way to put it. I believe I am still on that uphill walk to find that dream job and you just made me feel so much better about where I am at in life. Someone once told me the 5-90-5 rule, live 5% of your life learning from your past, 5% dreaming about the future, and 90% in the present time.

Thanks for the great words of wisdom and you look fab.

Bold as Fashion

Sarah Stright said...

Congrats! I've been trying for the past year and a half to get back into a fashion job and it hasn't happened for me yet. Hopefully the universe is busy making plans for me too.

Rissy said...

so excited for you girl! I think it takes a lot to quit your routine and try something new. I am so glad it worked out for you!

jenn~the stylish housewife said...

congrats girl. things ALWAYS happen for a reason. you are exactly where you are meant to be. so happy for you.

xoxo, jenn
the stylish housewife

Kristen said...

Praise the Lord!!! He knows the absolute best for us! Congrats!! So exciting!!!

Christina Storm said...

LOVE this look! The stripes with the hot pink is amazing and i'm a huge fan of the those boots! Love your blog :)

www.thestylestorm.com

The Powder Room said...

I love it when things happen like this. I have a similar story- it's almost better when it happens this way I think. With the right attitude, an open and often fearless heart you find the right path. Congratulations!

Carrie said...

Katie! Gah! I am a legal assistant and for the past 2 weeks (since being back from getting married) I've had those same thoughts that maybe "law isn't for me" and what else is there out there for me! What a scary time this is!
Glad you found your calling!
Style in the City

Kylee Benesh said...

Such a great outfit, I wish I was able to pull this off! Would love it if you followed back :)

www.kyleemccall.blogspot.com

-Fashion Fever Gal

Myrna said...

How exciting to be able to have a job where you can be creative. Love this whole outfit especially with the pop of color on the wall. Great look.

XX-Myrna

Http://mybeatboutique.blogspot.com

MONYALE said...

Loved this post, it encourages me to follow my dreams, even though its tough sometimes, but I'm getting there. Congrats on the new job!

Xx,
www.casualuxe.blogspot.com

Jane {In the Pink and Green} said...

Beautiful post and such a great reminder! I am the same way, and I worry about where I'll be in a 6 months or a year or 5 years from now, when really I just need to relax and realize everything is happening as it should. Thanks for sharing! xoxo
PS: That outfit is adorable btw!

Meredith said...

Yeah! Congrats on your new opportunity! It sounds fantastic! Gorgeous outfit!
Meredith
www.createthatoutfit.com

Elaine said...

First of all, congrats on following your heart and finding a job that fits you and makes you happy! That is such an accomplishment!

And thank for you those inspiring words. Too often do we need to stop trying to plan and figure life out, and just enjoy the ride.

Natali said...

Very nice post and very wise words!
Congrats on your new job.

http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

cheryl denise said...

congrats!!! i am at a point where i'm trying to make plans for a new job...hopefully something just as fabulous will come my way as well!

a peek of chic

Styleclouds said...

You look beautiful! Love the whole outfit! xo, Christina

www.styleclouds.de

Kelsey said...

Thank you for that little piece of inspiration :) Good luck on your new adventure!

Simply Bubblelicious said...

This paralegal says.... Awesome! Glad you are now doing something creative and you love it. Jelly!

Lauren Dahl said...

I'm really excited for you about your new job! It sounds really 'you' and it also sounds fun! I hope you love it :)

Caroline said...

This is such a genuine and inspiring post - thanks for sharing your own experience! Sometimes, all we can do is take that leap of faith. Kudos and good luck to you!

Heidi said...

Loving this outfit. Congrats on the new job! You sounds like you love it. Crazy the way the universe plans our lives for us. -Heidi http://fabricandfrosting.blogspot.no/

Lindsay said...

Well said. Congrats on the new job! It's taking that first leap that the scariest and most exciting! Good for you! And I love this look on you!

Katharine Longo said...

I love this whole look! You look stunning!

-Rin
Ramblings with Rin

Perpetuity said...

Sometimes someone else has more instore for us! Glad to hear you have such a dream job:)

Kellianne Buschinski said...

I can't even tell you how much this post spoke to me! I have been going through something similar- worrying, freaking out that I didn't know what the next step was, but all along the universe provided the perfect opportunity at just the right time. Congratulations on your new job! : )

Liz said...

I wish you knew how incredibly timely this post was.. as I had one of those "I need to figure it out this VERY moment" breakdowns THIS VERY MORNING. This gave me hope and inspiration that this is all part of the plan. I couldn't be happier for you that it all worked out so beautifully. I hope you share your work on the blog!

Rachel Lynne said...

I really enjoyed reading this... I in fact have been stressing the past few weeks about what will be next in my future? Am I doing the right things right now to get to my dreams? Am I enjoying life currently (because sometimes I forget to live in the moment!) I appreciate this post and congrats on your new job, it sounds like it suites you well :) You look gorgeous in this outfit! I love the dress, booties and hat!

Jin said...

congrats on your new gig! I've been feeling the same way about my current job--it is NOT me and I'm ready for something new. Hopefully the universe will work in my favor.
cute outfit too...I Love the hot pink.

Leah said...

I am so happy for you that you have jumped into this new phase of realizing your dreams. I could not agree more that each step we take leads us to where we want to be. Patience is just not the easiest thing at times. Best of luck!

Gentri said...

THIS is what I needed to hear today. Thank you. :) You're always full of wisdom and beauty, miss Katie. :)

Tiffany Auerbach said...

congrats on your new job! that is such a big and exciting step in life; i have been contemplating changing careers paths as well, just nervous to take that next step - best of luck!
tiffany
www.hydrangeasandhandbags.com

Rhiannon said...

wonderful entry Katie! congratulations on being able to take a step back and rearrange.
"For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life."
Souza

Charity Poole said...

What a fantastic job! I did the same thing you did about a year and a half ago; quit my corporate job because it just wasn't me, having always wanted to do something creative for a living. It is definitely scary, like you said. I'm definitely not making the money I once was, but I am 100% happier doing something that I'm passionate about. I love what you said about how things don't always turn out how we expect them to, but there is a greater plan. It all ends up weaving together to form a beautiful tapestry, even when at times it may seem like a crazy mess. :)

Charity @ http://atallshipandastar.blogspot.com

The Yuppie Files said...

Congrats! I have definitely learned in recent years in putting a little more faith that things will work out. Its a hard thing to remember at times but it sounds like you have an awesome new job.

Mrs. E said...

Congratulations Katie! Several months ago I had reached out to you on some blog advice. Even then you shared on just being true to who you are when sharing on a blog. Let it be anything. Best advice ever. Work doesn't feel like work when it's something you enjoy doing. Many people successful in life don't work. At least that's how they perceive it. They have fun. They have a passion. A dream. They went for it. Life was blessed in many form because they did so. They are the same people who are also happy. Wish you all the best in all your future endeavors. You're a great inspiration.

Erin said...

Congratulations on the new gig! That's so amazing and it sounds like the perfect fit for you! I love when things come together like that :). Also, I love this vertical-striped dress and how you paired it with the boots!

-Erin-
http://onetwosummer.blogspot.com/

-Wait and C- said...

Congratulations on your new job! This post is such an inspiration to all of us. You need to take a step back and think of what you really want to do with your life. I'm happy it was the right timing for you :)

Courtney Starr said...

Congratulations! I am so happy for you. You're really inspiring. I'm actually currently in law school, so I hope I can blend my creative side with the law. Your new job sounds amazing. Hope you're celebrating

xo,
Courtney
girlavantgarde.com

Christine said...

You look great in that dress. I hope it helps you along your path to happiness.

xoxo
SWELL

Marie-Eve said...

Congrats on the new job ! Great outfit !
My Blog - A Pretty Nest

Jessica Wray said...

sometimes i really appreciate the universe's plans. go you!

nailed it said...

I just put in my two weeks at my first job and this is EXACTLY what I needed to read after doing so :)

Marissa at Style Cusp said...

This is EXACTLY what I needed to read today. I am going through something similar - so unhappy with my job now and wanting to know/do the next big thing. I need to just sit back and let things happens, and realize how much I do have going for me, with amazing connections!

You go girl! So proud of you for taking that step. And thanks for sharing. It was just the little encouragement I needed today.

xx

dreamingincashmere said...

I could not agree more with you.:) So excited for your new job!! I hope it's a great next chapter for you. Love the outfit too!!
xo, amy
www.dreamingincashmere.com

Kelly said...

That's wonderful :) I'm so happy you have found something that you love. It's always hard when you go to school for something, or you spend so long planning a certain path in life and it no longer makes you happy. It's great that life was able to put something even better in your hands :)

Jan's camera said...

This is great news. Congrats. I am glad you found a job using your photography because your pictures are wonderful. Good for you.

JENN said...

I always love reading your blog mainly because of uplifting posts like this. You're my favorite blogger for this reason! Congrats on going in a new direction, I know it'll work out for you!

Jenn


http://apopofstyle.blogspot.com/

SK said...

This outfit is lovely! And congrats on your new job!!!

sincerelysk.blogspot.com

Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

I needed to read this post, I feel like I am in a rut at my job and this gives me some inspiration! Thank you!

MMB said...

Good for you for not living with monotony and staying stuck in a job that didn't make you happy. I think it is so easy for us as humans to just settle and we should not do it. Time is way to precious.

I also like how you talked about timing. I just wrote a post about that last week: http://cardigansandpassports.blogspot.com/

Thanks for being honest Katie. Good luck with that new job!

Meagghi said...

Adorable as ever. I was just chatting with some coworkers last week about how I was so inspired by you following your heart and *boom* doors are flying open for you. I didnt know til today you tossed the law gig, but it just confirms that when you make a decision, the Universe conspires to make it so. So very excited for you and your new adventure!

Leanne said...

So happy for you!! Good luck with the new job.

Love from South Africa

http://arumlilea.blogspot.com

Magz and Mez said...

Congratulations on your new job. Hope it all works out! :)

http://sophisticated-sisters.blogspot.com.au/

Melanie Marie said...

This new job sounds so much more like you! I'm happy for you that you changed your career and that you're so much happier doing what you do now. I'm a firm believer in finding happiness in one's work, and truly enjoying it.

On another note, I love the change in direction of the stripes on your dress! Such a cool visual twist.

Melanie
Style to Stage

Sandy a la Mode said...

super cute dress and boots!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

For All Things Lovely said...

Love your adorable blog, so glad I found you! Newest follower. xx.
Meg

www.forallthingslovelymr.blogspot.com

78f9dbc2-fce1-11e1-bfb9-000f20980440 said...

What a great story Katie! Congrats! I know you will do amazing! You are very inspiring and fun to watch! Good luck!!!!

vodkainfusedlemonade said...

First of all I love your outfit and second of all good job for following your heart. Its not always easy but in the end everything always works out for the best. I just finished reading The Alchemist for the 3rd time and if you get a chance you should maybe give it a read. It is very quick but a beautiful story. I just wrote a blog about following your personal legend. Good luck at your new job,

Agi:)

vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

vodkainfusedlemonade said...

First of all I love your outfit and second of all good job for following your heart. Its not always easy but in the end everything always works out for the best. I just finished reading The Alchemist for the 3rd time and if you get a chance you should maybe give it a read. It is very quick but a beautiful story. I just wrote a blog about following your personal legend. Good luck at your new job,

Agi:)

vodkainfusedlemonade.wordpress.com

Angela Joy Holmes said...

I adore your style, and your blog!
Just added you to my blogroll on my page, and find such inspiration from your page & posts. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us style & life lovers! :)

Tiffany said...

Yay for following for your dreams!

www.grownupdressup.com

Zhanna Frid said...

Thank you for sharing! It was very inspiring to read! i just left my job because I was so burned out with a husband who travels for work and a toddler at home. You give me hope that hopefully I can find something that will give me a balance!
XO,
Zhanna
www.lifeandbows.com

Shannon said...

You look amazing. Love your style!

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com/

Giovanna said...

Absolutely adore this look! That dress is great! Don't you just love how crazy life is! So glad things are working out!

xx
Giovanna
www.oliveandanarrow.com

THE WIND OF INSPIRATION said...

Great outfit! Effortless yet awesome!

Victoria,
'The Wind of Inspiration' blog

fashionconfusion said...

it`s beautiful! brillain choice of colors! the bag is amazing!

Kacie said...

Congrats on the new job!

www.daisyraeboutique.com
www.kacieskloset.blogspot.com

Allison Jordan said...

Love this look! So classy but still casual.

-allison

http://www.thesistersinthecity.com/

Emily said...

This is such thrilling news! Congratulations on the new job! It's fantastic to hear that if you have faith and work hard life will lead us to better places than we can even imagine. Good luck with everything! :)

Emily
via Emily

Julia Engel said...

Hey Katie! I am absolutely thrilled for you :) You deserve an amazing job that lets you be creative and show your many talents. I wish you all the best XO

Julia

B & B said...

Congrats! That sounds like the perfect job for you. Good luck in your new adventure!

Xoxo Trishelle said...

really loving this dress!!!!
www.xoxotrishelle.blogspot.com

Breakfast at Cindi's said...

You look gorgeous great outfit and such a positive blog : )

New Follower here.

Cindi

Breakfast at Cindi’s

Miss Iris said...

LOVE the stripes with denim. Congratulations on the new job and this life changing decision you have made. Good for you. Thanks for the encouraging post. XoXO

Little Miss Fearless said...

Love this look! You made the vertical stripes look so classy.
xo,
Amanda
LittleMissFearless.com

Bridget said...

the dress is aweeesome.

and congrats on the new job -- hope you are loving it.

Girl and Closet said...

So happy for you Katie, sounds like you're making some exciting steps and moving into the right direction. And photographer/stylist - amazing!! xo V

Aisha said...

Congratulations, Katie! All the best xxx

Aisha
www.themiddleofhere.com

Sandy a la Mode said...

love your booties! and what an awesome awesome job!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Taylor Morgan said...

this is such a great post!! I couldn't agree more!! I am so happy for you!! Sounds like a great job and perfect fit for you!! Best of luck :) xoxo

Taylor Morgan said...

this is such a great post!! I couldn't agree more!! I am so happy for you!! Sounds like a great job and perfect fit for you!! Best of luck :) xoxo

Breakfast at Cindi's said...

Love the dress and the styling of this look, adorable : )

xo,
Cindi
Breakfast at Cindi’s

Me: said...

This specific post really resonates with me. I often try to plan, plan, plan and it has gotten me to a place in life that I'm so happy with, but at the same time so lonely and (for a moment of terrible diction) sad. I'm slowly beginning to just let the world take me where I'm supposed to go and focus on my happiness over stress of getting on with the plan.

So thank you for letting me know I'm not the only one and for giving me some confidence that things will work out, that happiness prevails!

C said...

Hey Katie,
I've read your blog for a few months now, and never realized you worked in the legal profession. I am currently finishing the last year of my law degree, and have committed to articles. I have had similar fears about the profession, ie: burning out, etc. I would love to talk more via email about how you made the transition, and what area you were working in. Let me know if you're interested. Thanks!
Chelsea

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