This past week has been... a doozy. A week ago to the day, I took the afternoon off to see A Star is Born with my mom and the very next day I packed up the car with my best friend and drove to Dallas for a Taylor Swift concert. Need I mention, this was all amidst an incredibly difficult Supreme Court confirmation? Twas, y'all.
It was a 48-hour whirlwind of women rocking at what they do. And it reminded me of a coupla things.
I have a confession to make. I am obsessed with spreadsheets. (Definitely) not ones with numbers, but ones filled with information, beautifully laid out cell by cell.
Holiday Cards. Loved by the festive, disdained by the Scrooges (and most husbands). I'm sure you can guess which category I fall into. In my humble opinion, October through January are, by far, the best days of the year. No matter what holidays you celebrate, you cannot deny the changing of the seasons have a special magic and nostalgia to them. It only makes sense to attempt to bottle that magic with a beautiful photo and card to send to friends and family (the non-Scrooges, that is!).
Here are a few reasons I have encouraged (forced?) my little family into this holiday card tradition:
Well it is official! Cate Creative has launched and I had to go and throw a party to prove it. Check out the pictures over on Facebook!
The event was a casual happy hour at the beautiful St. Anthony Hotel inside Rebelle. Que fancy, I know. It was incredible to see so many clients, friends, and family coming in and out to celebrate this big moment.
It's important that I take the opportunity to thank some key people for making this event an incredible success:
Planning a mixer-style event is one of my favorite things to do AND I would love to help you with your launch/holiday/client appreciate party. So, hit me up!
P.S. Are you one of the few that caught the pun in this blog's title? If so, YOU ARE WELCOME.
This post is part appreciation and part instruction, so take notes (LOL but maybe not, too. Whatever, man!).
Listen to me. It is 2018. Chances are you have a smart phone (preferably an iPhone. We are an Apple family, it's important you know this now) and you've got some sort of system or app in place to make group texting a possibility. It is in my most humble, however incredibly true opinion that you should establish one, if not two, group texts made up of humans that hype. you. UP.
I, myself, have two active group texts that I share all things with. The good, the bad, and the ugly.
I first met Mary Beth in my 9th grade theatre class. Was she into theatre as much as I was? Not exactly, but ya girl needed the fine arts credit and apparently a friend named Christina (CC at the time and to this day, that is). Mary Beth's younger sister Annalisa quickly became everyone's little sister, too, and here we are 10 years later.
Mary Beth and I are both moms so there is a lot of support that happens in that sense. Sleep training, feeding, diaper changes, funny things TJ says, all the good things. Mary Beth has always been my very kind, very funny, never judgmental friend. You need that friend. Get you that friend. You will need her (or him). Annalisa is supportive and along for the ride for the mom conversations, but what she is really good at is reminding us all to be a boss. At work, at home, at the gym, at Whole Foods. Annalisa is constantly inspiring me to be a better version of myself.
These girls are my sounding board. The people I complain and celebrate to. Do we call each other witches? Yes, and no I did not censor that for this blog, we literally say witches. Do we laugh so hard we cry? Absolutely.
Where do I even begin with Trevor and Grant? Perhaps the very beginning (Grant finished that sentence with "a very good place to start" because #JulieAndrews).
I also met Trevor in high school, in the theatre. However he was a senior and I was but a freshman. We were in The Grapes of Wrath together. Well, more like, he was one of the main characters and I had one line about sharecropping. Either way, he was so nice to me and we became close. We graduated, we kept in touch, life happened and brought us back to a close friendship. We performed and worked together for almost three years. It was magical and amazing.
In that time we met Grant. Grant auditioned and got the part in one of my (and Trevor's and Grant's) most favorite show's The Last Five Years. Y'all, I am a married woman with a kid, but I mean it with all seriousness when I say that I fell in love with him. Pretty sure Charles fell in love with him, too, honestly.
From there bore a group text that has provided so much laughter and light to me over the years. Both of these men have hyped me up in so many ways, but most notably during this transition to a new life and work.
So what is my point? My point is that neither of these group texts are made up of people that are my blood. (Shout out to my third group text that includes my husband, my mom, and my in-laws! Also incredibly important to me!) But what they are is my chosen family. My tribe. People that don't have to support me, but do. And I do my best to return it ten-fold. So, again... run, don't walk, to find these people in your life. You never know just how much you will need them, until you do.
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