Bloom

posted on: Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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Last Friday, I noticed that bloom up there. It’s Fall here, of course, and each morning is more crisp than the last with each day leaving more and more leaves on the ground, ready for our feet to crunch them up while walking around the backyard. This tree just seemed to give up and go straight from green to bare, not a shade of gold in sight, most of it did anyway. I was in the backyard and noticed two blooms. While the rest of the tree gave up, these flowers decided to get all gussied up in their spring best for one last moment of beauty before hibernating for the winter. They’re not supposed to bloom passed April, not when the weather is so cold each night, but those buds didn’t care, they didn’t care if it made sense, if the circumstances weren’t ideal, they just bloomed. I can relate.

I’m starting another business while in the middle of starting a business. To many, this would seem crazy. At times, to me, it’s scary as heck, but It’s what I’ve been wanting to do for a while now and knowing me and my personality, this all makes sense. I’m starting a photography business. I’ve always loved photography and have loved capturing moments for friends and family. It’ll also be one of my jobs in the wine business. I’ll be the creative director, photographer and brand manager, so I’m offering those services to others as well. It makes sense to me, despite what others might say and I will bloom, even in the chaos.

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So many times I’ve wanted to retreat and find something safe, sturdy, reliable, but that’s just not me and that’s just not my heart. So many times, I wanted to be like those leaves on the rest of the tree and just give up and do what I’m supposed to do.

I recently read this interview with Lauren Scruggs (who is amazing, by the way), and this part of the Q+A really stuck out to me:

How has your faith played a role in your journey as an entrepreneur?

I have often hesitated to move forward in starting my own business because in my human vision, it looked like safer opportunities were surrounding me. I have learned to trust in the clarity the Lord has brought me as I walk into the unknown. Risks for me are just big steps of faith that reveal the Lord’s faithfulness and augment personal growth and purpose.”

God keeps leading me, leading us into the unknown and into this crazy adventure. I find myself often looking over at Adam and saying, “I love this life we have together”. It’s not easy at all. We aren’t wealthy by America’s definition and we’re saving every drop we can to make our dreams work. To be honest, some of our main goals and dreams don’t actually fit the budget, but this is us trusting in faith and walking through whatever doors He chooses to open. It’s a beautiful thing and requires complete dependence on God. Our time in this world is too short to not go for dreams both big and small. I must say, I am more than ready for the adventure.

Here’s To Love

posted on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Manhattan Love Story

I have fallen in love with this show about falling in love in Manhattan. I also love that they actually film in New York City and not on a soundstage in LA or in Toronto. I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy set in my favorite city (ahem, You’ve Got Mail). If you haven’t watched it, go watch it and enjoy this sweet little short film the two stars (who are dating in real life) made. It made me happy on this busy Tuesday and I hope it makes you happy as well. Here’s to love!

 

P.S. It’s on tonight at 8:30 and you should be watching. Just saying.

To-Do List: Nan and Byron’s

posted on: Friday, October 17, 2014

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Nan and Byron's Charlotte

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Nan and Byron's Charlotte

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The brownie sundae that bit the dust before it could have it’s picture taken. Tragic.

One of my favorite restaurants in town is Nan and Byron’s. The service is always impeccable and the food…the FOOD! SO good! I even chose to go there for my birthday lunch with Adam this year back in March for their beet burger, because it’s so wonderful. The ambiance is just my style and the food is delicious and, yes, I’ve already stated that, but I can’t say it enough. DELICIOUS! If you haven’t been, you must go soon.

This past Monday, a few of my friends and I were invited to try some items off of their new fall menu. Just as my glass of cab hit the table, the appetizers were being ordered, much to my delight. We feasted, as you can see in the photos, on items like fried oysters with jalapeno and pineapple, tuna tartare, braised pork belly, porcini mushroom ravioli with LOBSTER, and wagyu flank in a delicious red wine sauce. Not to mention that brownie sundae with coffee ice cream. What dreams are made of, I tell you! It was all so wonderful and perfect for a fall night out with the girls. Thank you for hosting us, Nan and Byron’s!

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Photo of us by Jen. Posing with the girls after dinner, showing off Kseniya’s gorgeous shoes.

A Cozy Fall Playlist

posted on: Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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When I said later in my last post you knew that meant Tuesday, right? I don’t know. I got so hung up on this one blog challenge theme so I finally just decided to skip it…and the last four as well. I’m nothing if not a breaker of some rules.

My fall playlist is the topic today and I have much to say in terms of musicality and things. For instance, I find myself craving different artists, albums and the like during different times of the year. Fall is my favorite and it must be set to the perfect mix of tunes. I just can’t get into the fall mood with most of the current top 40, they just don’t fit (except “Shake It Off”, that’s just an instant dance party). I need coffee shop music. Music that makes me feel good, contemplative and sometimes, yes, a little sad. I just need music as smooth as that first cup of hot chocolate on a cold day, or that americano up there. The music must make me feel good and warm and cozy. It is getting cold out there, after all.

Anyway, perhaps I overthink these things. Correction, I always overthink these things, this is why I blog.

Fall Playlist by Katy Hill on Grooveshark