Wow. I’m not quite sure where to even begin with this one. It’s a whirlwind of emotions coming to this decision, announcing it to the world, and thinking to myself “welp, there’s no looking back.” I’m excited, I’m nervous, I’m scared, but overall I’m happy… extremely happy. I’ve cried a lot of tears these last few months — tears of confusion, not sadness. But I’m ready to turn the page and start the next chapter of my life as I become a new mom and make blogging my full-time job as of March. I’m sure you guys have a lot of questions, and I promise to answer them in this post.
I feel like my life is flashing before my eyes. I turn 29 years old this June. The company that Lorena and I started when I was 23 years old turned six this year. I’m becoming a mom in 2 months. I found my soul mate + partner in life that I can’t wait to marry. I feel so incredibly grateful + fortunate for where I am today. Through the course of these last six years, when it comes to my career, I’ve prioritized work + business on top of it all. Because in business, when you commit to start and grow a company, there’s no other option but that. Anyone that owns a company knows that owning a business is full of ups + downs and though it’s been a grind, I’ve loved it and have learned a lot from it.
When I found out that I was pregnant in September, I just assumed that everything would work out the way it’s supposed to and I will be able to balance owning a company and becoming a new mom, but I was of course, nervous- very nervous. At the end of December, Lorena and I started talking about our future a lot. What we want in our future (personal + business) and what truly makes us happy. Since launching our business six years ago, I hadn’t thought about that because my life was our business and nothing else. As I mentioned above, I cried a ton because I was confused. I was at this turning point in my life/business of committing and grinding for another five years in this business or figuring out what my new life looks like. What helped me finally come to this decision was when I realized that I was no longer thinking for myself anymore, I had to remember what’s best for us — this baby, my future husband, my family.
I started my blog back in 2014, and I just love it so much. Everything from the photography, the storytelling, the social media- everything! I’ve always wanted to put more time into it, but I was too busy growing my other business, Bloguettes (Wela Creative). I was making money here and there, but in 2018, I decided to try to prioritize my blog a little more and look at it more of as a business, not just a hobby and see how it does. The return was huge by the end of 2018 for just putting a quarter of my time. I felt confident that it not only makes me happy and fulfills my heart, but I can also make a good income from it.
I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but also have some type of job or project that fulfills my heart + allows me to be creative– and blogging allowed me to do precisely that. I also wanted my baby to see me happy doing what makes me happy. After multiple conversations with Kell, Lorena, and myself, I feel confident in my decision and have never felt more supported.
As for our businesses, it will remain as is and though I’ll be a part of it still, I won’t be a part of the day to day operation. I will let Lorena tell her story, but she will also pursue her passion in motherhood + nutrition in Majka, while still be involved with Wela Creative Studio. Lorena has been my business partner, my best friend, and my sister for the last six years of our lives and she will always be that person to me. **great, now I’m crying** We’ve always respected one another and wanted nothing but the best for one another. Though we won’t be working day to day, side by side, our friendship will grow even more here on out.
Last but not least, I want to thank Kell for believing in me and supporting me to make this decision. **great, I’m crying. again.** For letting me cry on his shoulder numerous times these last few months. Though it’s a little scary to make this decision and it also feels a little irresponsible to make this decision when we are about to have a baby, he believed in me to make this decision because he wanted to see me happy and knows it will work. I’ve always been very independent and did things on my own; I don’t think I would have been able to make this decision and do this for myself if it wasn’t for Kell’s support. I love you so much and promise to make you proud, babe. Thank you.
I still feel like I’m dreaming a little. It doesn’t feel real to me yet, but I figured telling you guys will help make it feel real. Thank you for those of you that have supported me through all of this time. There’s so much that I can’t wait to share with you.
Ready for this next chapter in my life xx