7.18.2017

Mid-Year Summer Update



Man y'all, what a whirlwind the past six months have been! It's so hard to believe that this year is half way over. Don't even get me started on those "time to prepare your holiday content" emails, ha. 

2017 has been a stark contrast to last year, as evident with the amount of blogging I've been doing this year. Last year I felt like I finally fell into a good rhythm, was motivated to push out new content, was starting to take on bigger campaigns, and growing as a blogger. Then, errrrkkkk... pump the brakes.

Life became a whirlwind in January. Blogging was constantly put on the back burner, mostly due to work. There was this thing that happened last November called an election. I work in politics. You see where I'm going with this, right?! ha There was zero free time for blogging.

Fast forward a few months and I started the job search. I finally felt it was time to move on from my (at the time) current role. I started doing informational interviews, meeting with a recruiter (more on that below), and exploring my options off the Hill (more on this below). Aside from work and the job search, I started dating someone the beginning of May. All this combined, life just became one massive balancing act.

To fully catch y'all up, I thought it would be good to give y'all a little (okay, huge) life update on work, dating, summer travels + more. Scroll on for more of what I've been up to:

New(ish) Apartment

I know, I know. I've been promising an apartment tour of my new place for a LONG time. My apologies. I'd love to share one with y'all very soon. I've been putting some finishing touches on it and am pretty excited with how it turned out. Really the only thing I am waiting on is a new (and fake) fig leaf tree. Next paycheck. I tried the live plant thing for awhile, but between forgetting to water it and not realizing I needed to re-pot it before bringing into my home, the poor thing died after a month. Oops. 



Summer Travel

One thing I'm really excited about for this summer is all the traveling. Aside from Key West, last summer was unusually quiet, travel wise. 

To kickoff this season, Corey (my boyfriend) and I headed down to Charlottesville for a quick getaway. We both needed a break from DC and used the excuse of my new job to do so. We visited Pippin Hill Farm (which has been on my bucket list for years) and it was everything I had dreamed of and more. We also enjoyed a nice dinner downtown at The Whiskey Jar and did a beer tasting at Three Notch'd Brewing Company. Sunday we ate at the highly recommended Bodo's Bagels. I can attest that both bagels I had lived up to the hype, ha. We then toured around the University of Virginia's campus, and headed to Monticello to tour the home of President Thomas Jefferson. The views from his "home on the hill" were well worth the visit alone.






For the 4th of July I headed to the Jersey Shore with Corey and his friends. There were 3 couples who went and we had an absolute blast hanging by the pool, visiting Seaside Heights, cooking out and eating more food in four days than I care to admit, ha. 




As for the rest of the summer, I've got some really exciting trips in the works. Next month I'm heading to Seaside, Florida for my family vacation, as well as visiting Dana and Allie in the Hamptons with Jenn. For September I'm possibly taking a trip down to Wilmington, NC for Labor Day Weekend. We shall see. And then October will bring me down South to East Tennessee, twice hopefully. One for a Mountain Weekend with friends and then for the South Carolina vs. Tennessee game. And finally, a late September girls getaway is in the works for Laura, Jenn and I, down to Richmond

So.much.travel (and fun) ahead!!

Work

I sort of gave you a brief rundown in this post's intro, as well as shared the news on Instagram a few weeks ago. 


For a little over 5 years I worked for one of my Tennessee Senators on Capitol Hill. I absolutely loved working for my home state and was so honored (still am) to be apart of an amazing group of staffers, supporting one of the country's brightest minds. 

After lots of reflection (probably a years worth), prayer and discussion with my family and friends, I decided it was time to move on and grow professionally. I did a few informational interviews to see what my options were, and ultimately met with a recruiter. I cannot recommend doing this enough. My recruiter was incredible and helped me every step of the way. I'd love to do a separate post about my experience if y'all are interested? I really think it's a beneficial resource that many people don't realize is available to them, and most of the time is at no cost to you! 

I'm excited and happy to say that I joined the Political Affairs team at the US Chamber of Commerce! Politics and supporting businesses have long been passions of mine. Both working in politics during the day, and supporting businesses through blogging by night. It is truly a dream come true to combine these two passions. I've been settling in well, and really enjoying this new chapter of my career (and life).




Relationship

Let's be honest, you probably skipped everything aforementioned and scrolled straight down to this update. Don't lie, ha. 

I finally gave into the process of God's timing and deleted all dating apps, as well as halted constant attempts to speed up His timing, ha. I instead focused on the job search, work, and other activities. 

Then toward the end of April, out of the blue a mutual friend texted me saying she had someone she wanted me to meet. I replied that I'm always down to meet new people (lol), anddddddd here we are! Things are obviously still new, but I'm happy to say that well, I'm happy. Very happy. He makes me smile, laugh constantly, reminds me of Chip Gaines, goes to Church with me and treats me far better than I deserve. I'm excited to see where God grows this relationship.

Blogging & Social Media

You're also probably wondering what the future holds for me blogging and social media wise. Right now it's hard to predict. The motivation + content is definitely there. But I'm really enjoying just being present in life right now. It's something I didn't do the best job of last year, so it was one of my goals for this year. Less time online and more time being in the present.

I do want to start introducing some new content here and there, especially with all the fun travels I have coming up. I'm also sure that content will pick back up as summer winds down. Fall through the holidays always offers up the best post ideas. 



Balancing Act

Basically reiterating everything I've mentioned, my biggest struggle this year has been balancing it all. For the first time I've missed things. Forgot birthdays. Arrived late to an event because I had the time wrong. Taken several days to text people back. Went two weeks straight without posting on Instagram. It happens. At first I felt guilty, but now I have learned to change my mindset. IT HAPPENS, that's okay. I've never had to juggle so many different things at once. It really has been a learning curve, as weird as that is to say at my age. This happens for most people far before they're 26. I'm just a little delayed, so hopefully everyone will cut me some slack and understand :) 

Hopefully things will be back on track soon.

Summer Purchases

Now to leave y'all with something fun. Scroll through to shop some of my summer faves + items I've purchased recently. 



And don't forget the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that's going on this week and next! Shop some of my must have pieces below:



10 comments:

  1. Love all the exciting and happy events that are in your life right now Kristyn! Your pink work outfit is THE cutest!!

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    1. Thanks so much Ashley!! Really appreciate you reading, and hope all is well :)

      Oh, and the pink dress was a SAKS Off 5th find. Wish it came in more colors!!

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  2. So glad to see you're happy!! Loved this life update, girl!! Congrats on the new job!

    Alissa
    NaturallyMeBlog.com

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    1. Thanks so much, friend!! Hope all is well with you too!

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  3. This is wonderful, Kristyn! 2017 has been very good to you - so happy for you!

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    1. Yes it has!! I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings. Hope all is well with you, too! Xo

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  4. So good to hear about your life lately! It seems like you've got so much GOOD going on! Congratulations on the new job, that's so exciting!

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    1. Thank you!! :) There really is! Far contrast from last year, ha. Thanks so much on the well wishes and for reading. Hope you're having a great summer! Xo

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  5. I am SO SO SO happy for you my friend! I can't wait to see you next month! xx

    Pink Champagne Problems

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    1. Thanks my sweet friend :) Can't wait to see you next month. We're gonna have a blast!!!

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