Season of Change

Happy October to all of my #203YPeeps! It’s hard to believe that it’s already Fall, a season of change and new beginnings. I thought I’d celebrate by sharing with y’all the changes and new adventures that I’ve welcomed into my life over the past 6 months.

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The short version of my story is that I moved to Raleigh in the spring! As I look back on this transition, I realize how everything fell into place perfectly which reassures me that this was the right decision and that change although it is scary, can also be a really great thing. Personally, this move couldn’t have come at a better time. Greensboro was and still is a huge part of who I am today, but I couldn’t help but to find myself in a bit of a rut. The things that I loved most about my hometown had somehow become the same reasons that I was no longer the happiest version of myself.

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Professionally, on the other hand, this opportunity to move came at a very interesting time! The reason for my move was due to me accepting a position with my property management company that I’ve been with since I graduated from Georgia. For those that are new here, I was with them until Fall of 2017 at which point I left in efforts to grow 203YP’s business, as well as help my family with their real estate business. Signature Property Group has afforded me many opportunities in my career and for that I will always be grateful.

So, what did/does that mean for 203YP? I was coming up on what felt like a very pivotal moment for 203YP during this time frame. I started this as a small hobby and very quickly watched it grow and turn into quite the cookie business. I knew that at some point I would have to choose whether to take cookies on full-time or scale it back to somewhat of a hobby, I just didn’t anticipate that point coming as quickly as it did.

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Don’t get me wrong, I had more fun making every single one of the creations on my feed, and I miss it quite often! But, I’d be lying if I said owning a (small) business of your own wasn’t hard. It’s REALLY hard. You have to have tough skin because not everyone is going to love what you do, and that’s okay. I took things personally more than I should have. I probably took on more than I should have at times, too, which led me to cry on the phone to my mom about how tired I was and how I just wanted to quit literally everything! Slightly dramatic, I know. I was constantly concerned about whether or not I was doing the right things, or following the right protocols. It’s very challenging to do it on your own, no matter the business you’re in, but it’s extra extra challenging if you’re anything like me and hate asking for help. Asking for help is OKAY, though! It’s actually more than okay—it’s necessary at times.

So, with the exception of a handful of cookie orders that I had already agreed to, I thought it was best to take a step back while I get settled in my new home and my new professional role—both of which I have loved more than words will allow me to express!

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Audrey, we’re definitely not in The Mint Cottage anymore! Speaking of the mint cottage, don’t worry i still have her! I was able to Find a sweet couple to rent and call her home!

Audrey, we’re definitely not in The Mint Cottage anymore! Speaking of the mint cottage, don’t worry i still have her! I was able to Find a sweet couple to rent and call her home!

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For some reason I cook WAY more than I ever did in Greensboro! New city, new me?

For some reason I cook WAY more than I ever did in Greensboro! New city, new me?

You may recognize this sign from The Mint Cottage! It’s one of the few things I brought with me lol. This bench is also where I spend most of my time when I’m home. I just love it.

You may recognize this sign from The Mint Cottage! It’s one of the few things I brought with me lol. This bench is also where I spend most of my time when I’m home. I just love it.

Don’t be fooled…my bedroom looks this clean for maybe 2 days each week.

Don’t be fooled…my bedroom looks this clean for maybe 2 days each week.

Bentley took no time at all to claim the guest room as her room!

Bentley took no time at all to claim the guest room as her room!

All of this to say, 203YP is BACK. I can’t say I’m entirely sure as to what capacity, but nonetheless, I am back! Thank you to everyone who continued to follow me and send me encouraging messages while I was MIA. I love the saying “I’m not starting from scratch, I’m starting from experience,” and I think it couldn’t be more applicable right now. I’m not sure where 203YP is going, but I’m looking forward to figuring it out with y’all!

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