Spring 2016 Must Have Pieces

Spring is just around the corner and we are stocking Ferne Boutique with tons of beautiful items!

Here are your spring must haves that you can't miss out on this season:

Simple shift dresses for everyday wear:

These criss-cross shift dresses are comfortable, light and perfect for spring/summer days! Pair with ankle booties or chucks for a simple, everyday wear.

Photography credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Photography credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Jean jackets + comfortable graphic tees:

Let's make this easy. Throw on a pair of distressed jeans and a graphic tee or tank. With this unpredictable weather, you should have that jean jacket handy to put on over the shirt. Jean jackets are so versatile and you can wear it over casual dresses or tees and complete the look with cute sneaks (Chucks, Sambas, Tom's, etc.)

Photography credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Photography credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Stripes, all of the stripes!

We really focus on finding unique styles that don't look like everything else out there. Stripes are super popular and we LOVE this blouse in particular because it has unique details. It is flowy, light and comfortable to throw on over a tank top with skinny jeans and sneaks!

Photography Credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Photography Credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Finally, the mock neck cotton dress. Talk about flattering!

Mock necks are back and they are so adorable! We love how simple and classic these dresses look. They are perfect for a weekend trip to the beach or walking around town. Don't forget that jean jacket to tie around your waist or throw on over the dress!

Photography Credit: Tosha Cole Photography

Photography Credit: Tosha Cole Photography

If you ever have styling questions, please email us at ferneboutique@gmail.com or stop in to 107 5th St at Ferne Boutique.

Model: Cassidy Crook

Photography Credit: Tosha Cole Photography www.toshacolephotography.com

Community Over Competition

Community Over Competition. What does this actually mean? Three words I have been thinking about a lot lately. I think it depends on what you are looking to get out of it. For me personally, having a strong sense of community involvement is really important and I am always looking for opportunities within our region to give back. Being part of local organizations that make a difference in our community has always been a passion of mine. 

A couple weeks ago I wrote a blog post about the quotes that inspire me and I received a message from a girl that frequently shops at Ferne. Sidenote, her name is Selena and she does the most amazing caligraphy work! I suggest you follow her page on Instagram @selenaashley_letters and you will soon want one of her awesome pieces. Anyway, her message said that after reading my blog she thought I would want to join this group that she is part of called The Rising Tide Society.  I instantly Googled this group (obviously) to figure out what they are all about. When I got to their website, this statement instantly made me very excited for the Tuesday Meetup!

"It is our hope to cultivate a society of creative entrepreneurs who believe in community over competition and have a desire to lead with love. From this dream, #TuesdaysTogether was born. A meetup on the second Tuesday of every month where creatives + entrepreneurs gather together for coffee and conversation. An open space for idea sharing and goal building. Separated by distance, but beautifully united by a hashtag and a shared desire for community. Because isn’t that what we all deserve? A safe place to belong."

After reading this I instantly knew I was in. I think someone perfectly put the words into sentences while channeling my heart! I texted my friend Tosha from Tosha Cole Photography and asked her if she wanted to come. She said yes and we were both very excited to see what this group had to offer. 

We met at Blossoms Asian Bistro in Bay City. Sushi, Hibachi and Udon... so basically yummy food and what I found out to be some pretty awesome company. It ended up being 5 of us girls meeting for dinner. I love meeting new people that are doing what they love that want to support others. 

To sum up our night in a few words would be impossible but here it goes! We laughed A LOT, ate delicious food,  got to know each other, talked about how we are making a difference and really just had a relaxing and fun night. 

Image from The Rising Tide Society Facebook Group. 

Image from The Rising Tide Society Facebook Group. 

These words "Community Over Competition" really stuck with me after this meetup. It inspired me to continue to get better at what I'm doing because there are other creative women entrepreneurs out there doing things they love while helping others. These women are compassionate, empathetic and overall supportive of what each other are doing. They have inspired me to keep pushing forwarding and  I am very excited for future meetups!

Here we are after dinner, before we went over to Buffalo Wild Wings to have a drink.

Pictured here from left to right complete with Instagram names.  Tosha from Tosha Cole Photography (@toshacolephoto), Esther Russell (@esther_russell), Selena (selenaashley_letters), Shelby (@shelbyloveslove) and me! @ferne_boutique. 

If you are interested in what The Rising Tide Society is all about visit their website http://www.risingtidesociety.com/tuesdaystogether/ or follow @risingtidesoc on Instagram. 

Mondays are for Solitude

There are so many beautiful places in Michigan to visit during Fall to see the colors and we have done our fair share of traveling around the state in past years. This weekend I decided to do more exploring and finding other places that we can go to relax. Family time is the best!

Many people locally have been sharing their photos on Instagram of Tobico Marsh at the Bay City State Recreation Area and I wanted to take my dog for a walk there to catch the last of the colors. It was a beautiful, sunny morning for a long walk and I love going to the beach when it is cold!

We started out here at the beginning of our walk so we could see the entire view around the water. My dog, Winston was a little scared of the rickety dock so we quickly moved on to the trails around the water. 

The leaves were really beautiful and Winston loved going down to the water when he could get to it. 

I could hang out here all day and just look at the scenery. Once we got to the wooden bridge we had to walk over to the beach to see how cold the water was. 

More photos of the water from the wooden bridge. So many smells for Winston! 

View of the Saginaw Bay from the beach

View of the Saginaw Bay from the beach

We are so lucky to have such a beautiful state recreation park right here in Bay City and we will definitely be back for another visit soon! 

Holiday Events at Ferne!

With the Holidays coming up very quickly, we are participating in many events in downtown Bay City and in the Great Lakes Bay Region! Below is the schedule of what we are hosting and participating in. Very excited for our first Holiday season as a business owner!

November 4, 2015 - Ribbon cutting at Ferne as a new member of the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce. We will have light refreshments available! Join us from 4-5 pm at 107 5th St and enter to win a $20 gift card to the store!

November 13-15 - Deer Widows Weekend event at Ferne! Enjoy 5% off your in store purchase of $100 or more all weekend

November 13-15 - Junior League Festival of Trees event at Apple Mountain in Freeland. We are decorating a tree that will be included in the raffle. Visit https://www.jlsv.org/?nd=festival_of_trees for more information on the event. 

November 23-December 23 - Enjoy in store specials while Christmas shopping! Spend $50 get 5% off, Spend $100 get 10% off, Spend $150 get 15% off

Sundays in the City! A Downtown Bay City staple event that takes place throughout November and December. Kicking off November 6-8 is the Downtown Open House weekend. We will have treats available in store while you shop!

November dates for Sundays in the City - November 15, 22, and 29. There will be free horse drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers and holiday movies at the historic State Theatre. Don't miss Santa's arrival on November 27th!

December dates for Sundays in the City - December 6, 13 and 20. Enjoy the atmosphere of Downtown Bay City and make sure to catch a movie at the State Theatre and ride in the free carriage ride! 

Here is the movie schedule for the season! http://statetheatrebaycity.com/Events/category/9

Whew! Lots of fun things happening in the next few months. Please send us an email to ferneboutique@gmail.com if you have any questions on the events.

Happy early Holiday Season!

Inspiration to Live By

After 2.5 months of being a small business owner, I have to say I am really loving it! I have learned so many things very quickly, made mistakes and have definitely failed. I know that I will need to continue to learn, fail and grow in order to take things to the next step personally and in my business. 

There are a couple pieces of inspiration that I have really been focusing on every day to continue to inspire myself and others to keep going. We all relate to things differently and these are the 2 that I really feel have helped me in the past few months!

The first one is from Kardz Kouture and it reads "Work Hard, Be Nice to People, Chase Your Dreams." Kardz Kouture is a paper goods company out of Canada that has the most beautiful cards, prints and other items available on their Etsy store  (https://www.etsy.com/shop/kardzkouture#). I found them on Instagram from my friends over at La Vie De Three (@laviedethree on Instagram), 3 girls that encourage women to live lovely and be kind. These 3 sayings are really near to me and I strive to do them to the fullest every single day! 

Image and quote via Kardz Kouture on Instagram

Image and quote via Kardz Kouture on Instagram

Recently, there are been some events in my life where I am hopeful that people can find it in themselves to be supportive (not competitive) and will find opportunity to do the right thing. I have enjoyed meeting so many people locally in Bay City that want to collaborate and do events together and help support one another. It is refreshing to meet selfless people and come up with cool ways to support our community together instead of against one another. 

Found on Instagram from the @inspiringquotes account

Found on Instagram from the @inspiringquotes account

I hope everyone that reads this has a form of inspiration that helps them to do the things they love. Share your own inspiration with me in the comments so we can help each other!

Favorite Fall Looks!

I am really loving that my friends that live all over the US are so interested in shopping at Ferne! I have shipped to friends in Texas, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Iowa, Ohio, and even places in the Detroit area. It has been fun picking out clothing with my friends and seeing how they style the outfits. 

Nicky Brattina recently blogged on www.thisblissfulmoment.com about a very comfy cotton dress that I sent her right when I opened. I love this blog post because she paired the dress with 3 different looks that transition perfect into fall. 

These 3 looks are so versatile and are perfect for fall. Nicky has great style and blogs frequently so check out www.thisblissfulmoment.com to see other looks and yummy recipes. 

The next blogger is Laura who lives down in Nashville, TN. We met when we were both working at MLive and she moved down to Nashville from Grand Rapids earlier this year. I absolutely love Laura's blog Breezy and Brazen (breezyandbrazen.com). She also shares her looks, recipes and travels to some pretty cool places. 

She purchased this burnt orange Everly dress from Ferne and I love her completed look! The photos are taken down in Charleston, SC where Laura and her husband went for their 1 year wedding anniversary weekend. Such a perfect look for Fall-ish weather.

I can't wait to share more looks from these 2 rockin' ladies soon!

Photo Courtesy of breezyandbrazen.com

Photo Courtesy of breezyandbrazen.com

Photo Courtesy of breezyandbrazen.com

Photo Courtesy of breezyandbrazen.com

Photo Courtesy of breezyandbrazen.com

Photo Courtesy of breezyandbrazen.com

Hell's Half Mile Festival Fun

The Hell's Half Mile Film and Music Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! We are so lucky to have a high interest in arts and entertainment in our community. The festival lasts 4 days and the entire event is put on by volunteers and is a definite grass roots effort. It really shows how many people can come together for a good cause to bring diversity to our city. 

My husband and I are really going all in this year for participation. Ferne Boutique is a sponsor of the festival and we are also going to be volunteering Friday and Saturday night. We wanted to do as much as possible to help out since the 10th year is going to be pretty awesome! 

Some of the businesses downtown are also participating in a window display contest and the theme is "Celebrating Cinema." The displays are being judged on creativity, originality and connection to the store's merchandise. With the help of a few people, my window display idea is The Devil Wears Prada. I had such a great time putting it all together and borrowing some pieces from a few of my friends. 

The window itself is designed to be the Runway Magazine cover. I put a few catchy titles related to Hell's Half Mile to tie that in to the festival. 

Inside the window covering the floor are magazine pages that represent the latest styles and trends. I also included red heels and red boxes with Prada logos so people can guess what movie it is.

Fall 2015 styles and trends!

Fall 2015 styles and trends!

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I am so glad I decided to participate in the contest! It was fun pulling it all together.

I invite you to attend the festival this weekend. There are some great films and music acts in the lineup. Visit hhmfest.com for tickets and lineup.

Collaboration is my middle name.

I have to say, it is very refreshing and exciting to meet another woman in business that you click with and want to partner with!

Last week a very sweet girl came in to the store and we started talking. She told me she is a photographer and owns a studio in Bay City and wanted to discuss some ideas she has about partnering together. PERFECT! This really intrigued me because I love staying local with my business opportunities and helping our community. 

Together I feel that we have many great ideas and can turn them into events and also help one another grow our businesses. I am so glad Tosha approached me and I invite you to check out her website and view her work! She takes some fantastic photos and has a great personality. I am really looking forward to working together and will be posting updates on the blog and on both Instagram and Facebook so stay tuned!

Visit www.toshacolephotography.com for more information on her clients and her work!

Fall Events in Bay City!

Labor Day has come and gone and fall is officially upon us. I am really craving some apple cider and spiced doughnuts and definitely need to get over to Johnson's Pumpkin Farm in Indiantown this month! 

We have some pretty exciting events coming up downtown in September and October and hope to see many familiar faces! See the schedule below for more information.

September 11, 12, and 13 - Fall Into Autumn Open House. Businesses in downtown Bay City will have different promotions going on for Fall. Below is the link to see which businesses are participating and what promos they have.  

http://downtownbaycity.com/Fall_IntoAutumn.htm 

September 17th - Downtown Bay City Wine Walk. Local bars in downtown (the establishment list is in the link below) will offer 2 samplings of wines from around the world and hors d'oeurves. Tickets can be purchased at any of these locations as well. 

http://downtownbaycity.com/WineWalk2.htm

September 24th-27th Hells Half Mile Film & Music Festival. Never been to this event? It is a staple of Bay City and the Great Lakes Bay Region. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the event and brings a mix of films, filmmakers, bands and actors from all over the country to downtown Bay City. We are lucky to have a community that participates in the arts and some really great people organize this event every year to make it awesome. To purchase tickets check out the link below.

http://hhmfest.com/info/tickets-2/

October 11th - Stella & Dot Trunk Show! We will be hosting a trunk show featuring the beautiful fall collection of Stella & Dot Jewelry/accessories. The store will be open to the public so stop in from 12-5 and check out the jewels you can pair with your fall clothing collection! Online orders are also accepted, click the link below to shop the collection now!

http://www.stelladot.com/ts/39w96

It is going to be a fun fall season! Many fun events and new shipments coming in with new items. 

Weekend guide to Bay City, Michigan!

If you’re looking to take an end of summer/early fall weekend trip away, consider Bay City, Michigan as your destination!  We have so much to offer here – shopping, dining, arts, entertainment, and more! Check out the itinerary below for many options on what to do and see while you are here.

Accommodation recommendations:  If you want to stay downtown, The DoubleTree is located right downtown on the water at 1 Wenonah Park Place.  Room rates on the weekend start at $149/night. This option allows walking access to shops and restaurants. If you’re looking for a Bed & Breakfast option, try the Historic Webster House located at 900 5th St. Established in 1886, the historic ambiance and exquisite details will not leave you disappointed.

www.historicwebsterhouse.com/ 

Friday –

If you’re coming in on a Friday afternoon, check into your hotel and head over to The Riverfront Grille located inside the DoubleTree Hotel for an appetizer (Fire & Ice Lettuce Wraps are delicious) on the patio. The hotel is located in Wenonah Park with a beautiful riverfront view.

After relaxing on the patio, check out Real Seafood Company for dinner.  Take a walk along the riverfront to Uptown Bay City.  The restaurant is located right on the water with a large patio for outside seating if it is a nice night. It is usually pretty busy but you can grab a drink at the bar while you wait. The paella is a great entre option as well as the fish tacos. If you’re not a fish eater, check out the Stein Haus located at 1108 N. Water Street.

After dinner if you are up for checking out any local bars, head across the river to Governors Quarters. They have 15+ Michigan Craft Brews on tap and typically have live music and TV’s. They offer beer flights or just regular pints. Many options to taste and always a changing selection of craft brews! Great late night menu as well if you get hungry.

Saturday –

Our shops downtown have a lot to offer. There are a variety of stores offering many unique items – jewelry, clothing, specialty gifts, antiques, cheese, candies, etc.  

Stop in to Harless & Hugh Coffee first at 1003 Washington Ave for your morning caffeine pick-me-up. The iced latte is my favorite drink! There is also a good chance they have delicious doughnuts from Bay City’s own Barney’s Bakery (the very best doughnuts ever in my very biased opinion)

After H+H, head over to Water Street to take a look at the antiques. Bay Antique Center is located at 1010 N. Water St and is the largest antique store in Michigan. They have many booths and a variety of cool items to choose from.  Other shops nearby that I personally love are Little House, Violet’s Blue and Super Chic Designs. You can find cute gift items such as stationery, candles, home accessories and vintage items. Super Chic designs offers repurposed furniture and some really beautiful home pieces. There isn’t a store downtown that isn’t worth stopping into!

After a few hours of shopping, I guarantee you will be hungry! We have many choices for lunch downtown. I suggest Tavern 101, American Kitchen or Old City Hall. All three offer different types of food and you really can’t have a bad meal.

My favorites include:

American Kitchen: California Turkey burger with Sweet Potato Fries

Old City Hall: Buffalo Chicken wrap with fries or the Chicken Nachos

Tavern 101: Tavern Club with seasoned fries or the Kale Salad

If you have a sweet tooth after a delicious lunch, stop into St. Laurent Brothers at 1101 N. Water St. Nuts, chocolates, candies and ice cream! You won’t leave there empty handed.

Saturday night, a dinner cruise on the Appledore or an evening out to a nice dinner will complete your Bay City weekend. Check out the Bay Sail website  http://www.baysailbaycity.org/public/baycity.htm for the schedule. There are even Sunday morning cruises on the Appledore for another option.

Sunday –

A walk, run or bike ride on the rail trail is a great morning exercise. Check out this link to see all 17.5 miles of Bay County's rail trail to see where to start. Please note, bicycles are not available for rent. 

http://www.traillink.com/trail/bay-county-riverwalkrailtrail-system.aspx

After you check out of your hotel room, head over to Uptown Grill located in Uptown Bay City. Great breakfast and lunch items on the menu with a great atmosphere.

That concludes my weekend guide to Bay City! If you are still looking to make plans to come here or if you are here and are interested in more things to do check out www.downtownbaycity.com for more events, parking, and more!

Thanks for visiting and come back soon!

Links to all establishments referenced in this blog post below:

Harless + Hugh Coffee - http://www.harlessandhugh.com/

Appledore Ship - http://www.baysailbaycity.org/public/baycity.htm

Governors Quarters - http://www.governorsquarters.beer/

American Kitchen – www.americankitchenrestaurant.com

Old City Hall – www.oldcityhallrestaurant.com

Stein Haus – www.steinhausbaycity.com

St. Lauren Brothers - www.stlaurentbrothers.com/

Violet’s Blue – violetsbluebaycity.com/ 

Uptown Bay City - http://uptownbaycity.com/ 

 

 

Hello, September.

The summer months have flown by quickly and this Friday will be 4 weeks in business! This week we are having a sale on summer dresses. Select styles are $30 and we still have a few options to choose from. A couple maxis, a short simple black dress, a white floral and a peach dress with a zipper down the back. Some great end of season options!

Sale is going on now through Labor Day!

Sale is going on now through Labor Day!

The colors for fall are so bold and beautiful. Purples, oranges, greens, oh my! The new shipments are coming in daily and I have a great variety of options to dress up and down. My favorite dress from the new shipments is from Everly Clothing. I just love the style and the color is so rich. We have many other styles in the store as well!

Pair this dress with a black envelope clutch and some Bourbon and Boweties bangles and you have a perfect outfit! Dress is $46, envelope clutch is $34, bracelets are $32 each. 

Pair this dress with a black envelope clutch and some Bourbon and Boweties bangles and you have a perfect outfit! Dress is $46, envelope clutch is $34, bracelets are $32 each. 

I also cannot get enough of the skinny jeans from Flying Monkey. One of my customers asked if we would be carrying their jeans and I had never heard of Flying Monkey. They are so soft, stretchy and really just feel like leggings. Perfect, must-have jeans for many occasions! 

Dark Flying Monkey jeans $48, Army Green blouse $34, Knit infinity scarf $25

Dark Flying Monkey jeans $48, Army Green blouse $34, Knit infinity scarf $25

Yesterday Miss Bay County, Ashli Maser, stopped into the store! Such a sweet girl with a great personality. She picked up this beautiful white dress from Everly Clothing. It is seriously adorable on her and will be perfect for her upcoming pageant events!

Ashli even put on her sash and crown for the photo to complete the look! :)

Ashli even put on her sash and crown for the photo to complete the look! :)

Stop in this weekend and next week to stock up on our fall items! We will be open regular hours today, tomorrow and Saturday but closed on Sunday and Monday for Labor Day weekend. 

Fall is coming.. and fast!

I can't believe it is a high of 60 something today?! I am happy to report that we are receiving new styles for fall so that we will be prepared for the cold weather. Oversized sweaters are definitely a must this season and we will continue to get new styles in. 

Oversized sweaters - Solid black ($48), Black & Ivory ($40) and Cream ($40)

Oversized sweaters - Solid black ($48), Black & Ivory ($40) and Cream ($40)

We also received our first shipment of Bourbon and Boweties jewelry in today! The colors are absolutely beautiful and will fit in perfectly with other bangles. 

Each bracelet pictured here is $28 and I have various sizes in stock. 

Each bracelet pictured here is $28 and I have various sizes in stock. 

These bracelets pictured are $32 each.

These bracelets pictured are $32 each.

Coming Soon - Distressed skinny jeans + black skinny pants!

Little Black Dress

This dress immediately caught my eye when I was ordering some things online a few weeks ago! It is unique, elegant and very flattering on many different women. A girl and her Mom came in yesterday because they were shopping for outfits for her senior pictures at the end of the month. I just reordered it again since there are only 2 left in stock! They should arrive middle of next week and are $52 each. 

My beautiful friend wearing this gorgeous black dress! Perfect for date night, attending a wedding or even for senior pictures!

My beautiful friend wearing this gorgeous black dress! Perfect for date night, attending a wedding or even for senior pictures!

Shake it off!

Warning: this content contains honesty, emotion and passion. If any of these things offend you, then do yourself a favor and don’t read it. After all, it is 2015.  #theyeareveryonehasaspaz

Ever since I put my notice in at work and announced my new adventure I have been asked many times a couple of questions from a lot of different people.  The questions come from people very close to me, some are acquaintances that I have only met a couple of times and others are just random people that come in my store that I have never even met before.

These questions are along the lines of:

Why did you decide to do this?

Did you hate your job?

Are you nervous?

I can’t help but crack a smile every time I hear these questions. My response is usually “I am 29 years old and I know that if I don’t do this now I will never do it.” Or “I went to a few young professionals conferences earlier this year and was motivated to follow my dreams by the speaker.”

These are the conservative responses that I found myself coming back with each time these questions were asked. While they are both true, deep down my passion lies with complete and genuine happiness and I was determined to find it no matter what it is. Scooping ice cream, tending bar, investment banking, or whatever the hell it was that deep down truly made me wake up every morning excited to live this short life is what I was looking for.

A few months ago, I read an article written by a young guy that just finished up an internship at a large media company in Florida. The title of the article is “Why I’m Setting Myself Back in My Career In Favor of a Happier Life.” The title initially grabbed my attention and by the time I had gotten to the part about how the internship had landed him in the emergency room twice with chest pains I literally could not look away.

Holy shit, this is me… minus the emergency room part (er, I think?) I have chest pains, headaches, and stomachaches over tight deadlines, sales funnels and astronomical sales goals. I wake up in the middle of the night because I can’t remember if I sent a client an email about some menial thing that could’ve waited until the next day.  I was constantly feeling over-worked and never feeling good enough about myself.

This article made me realize it has to change, and fast. Working in an environment where revenue is more important than people had literally sucked life out of me and turned me into a bitter, angry person. I had to make a choice for both myself and my family so that I could end this horrible, unhappy attitude I had developed in the past 3 years.

But the real answer is, jobs like this are like a bad relationship and it’s not worth it. The pain, the stress and the drama of being a workaholic and never truly believing that the work you are doing is for the right reasons is just plain awful.  The empty feeling that management is never genuinely proud of you no matter how hard you work is scary. I said it once and I’ll say it again – IT’S NOT WORTH IT!

So, figure out what it is you truly love to do and DO it. Brainstorm with some friends or family members that have non-biased opinions. Think about what would actually make you happy every single day with an open mind. Taking a chance and actually trying it out is the first and hardest step to take, but once you get over that hump it will feel like a giant weight has been lifted off of your shoulders.  I know this whole thing sounds completely ridiculous and corny but trust me, if you want to be happy you have to follow your heart.

If you’re still reading this long-winded story and you care about the real answers to the 3 questions I started with, you’re in luck!

The real answers to the 3 burning questions…

I decided to do this because I want to fill a void we have in the Great Lakes Bay Region in Michigan, which is a huge lack of places for young women to shop.  I want to give women a place to shop where they can have a good experience and feel good about themselves. I want to truly make a difference in our community and help people!

To say I hated my job is a bold statement. Even though I didn’t actually end up in the emergency room, I did realize that what I was doing was never going to help me completely feel fulfilled. It didn’t matter how much money I was making, how many contracts I signed, how many years in a row I hit my goal. None of that mattered to me because deep down I knew it wasn’t right for me long term. I had had enough with cutthroat, back-stabbing, competitive drama and I wasn’t going to live that way any more.

The last question is my favorite!  I am nervous as hell, but guess what? That doesn’t matter because if you don’t try something you love you will never know how it works out. If I wake up in 25 years regretting that at age 29 I didn’t follow my heart, I could never go back to that point and change it.

I found my passion and have never been happier… what’s yours?