Hi there and Happy August! It's been a nice 3 month break but I am excited to be back!
After blogging for 3 years, there are definitely times when it just wears you out. Sometimes blogging seriously feels like a second job....not necessarily the posting, but also the interaction with the blogging community. It's a Catch 22.
Before providing an update, I am super excited about my new blog design by Dual Illusions Design Boutique. Jackie did such a great job & is great to work with. I loved my former design, don't get me wrong, but I felt that after coming back from a blog break, I needed a fresh design. Totally went the opposite direction from what I had before (zebra print, hot pink, hot orange) and went with a soft, clean, basic lay out with lots of white space. The design represents this time of my life right now -- scrubbing away the glitz and glam of life to dig down into the bare basics of who I am and what I need to do. I have also renamed my blog to reflect my name -- Running in High Heels is no longer the title. At some point during 3 years of being viral, you can either chose to give your name or not... I chose to give it & am glad I did. Hence, now I am known as Brittney instead of my RIHH blog name. Many people are uncomfortable putting any trace of their name on the Internet, and rightfully so. It's a risk, but I feel that my content is nothing I would be ashamed for anyone to see or read. So... the blog address is still my name: BrittneyJoyWilliams.com & the blog is simply called 'Brittney'.
So, thank you all for understanding and allowing me these 3 months of no-blog life. When I posted that vlog, if I would have known all that was going to happen this summer, I am not sure I would have believed it. My parents put our beautiful home in Alabama up for sale. Mixed emotions, but I know it's best. My sister transferred colleges and I am so excited that she will be closer to me in Atlanta!
You would think that surviving a broken engagement would be all that someone could endure, right? Well, why don't you throw in losing your job too! Yep.... that happened just 2 weeks after taking the blog break. Though the situation was 'suddenly' unfortunate (quite the understatement), I think I surprised many by bouncing back stronger, thus confirming my last laugh. After great interview opportunities, I settled on what I thought to be a wise move in my career path. I now have done a complete 180 and am totally back to corporate life and I work in an office with 5,000 people and really enjoy this new learning experience!
All that to say that I am thankful for life's curveballs that I have gotten stronger from. I feel like I can handle a lot, even though I am in no way welcoming anything else earth-shattering for quite some time. Lauren and I laughed all summer about the "black cloud of darkness" that needed to move on its way out of our condo. It was a rough summer for us both, but we survived it together and have learned a lot through it.
This past weekend marked a YEAR since I moved to Atlanta. How crazy to look back from this video post & see all that has happened in one year. In typical Brittney fashion, yes you are about to get a mini-breakdown month-by month of Year One in Atlanta:
August: Move down & move-in with Grandfather while contracting with my former company
September: Get confirmation from a new job that I start with them after 6 months of interviews
October: Move over to the opposite side of town in with other grandparents to be near job
(all the while living out of my car with my stuff still in Virginia apartment)
November: Purchase townhouse & move stuff from VA to Atlanta
December: Enjoy home & Holidays
January: Begin dating quite a bit & adopt a dog
February: Quiet month
March: Find permanent home for Tyke & decide to move into Buckhead
April: Move in with Lauren & have a lot of fun
May: Lose job that I moved my whole life down here for
June: Receive 2 job offers/Date a little
July: Start new, better, job
August: Back on my feet again ... real fast...and then Lauren starts a new job too! Lots of buzz our condo this summer!
Whew... it's been a crazy ride!
Through it all, though, I am so thankful that I moved down here and I seriously <3 this city.
Cheers, friends.... Glad to be back! Hope you all are having a great summer!