It feels like I literally blinked and this month was over. Wasn’t I was just posting about my September Monthly Moments? And here I am recapping October. I’m pretty sure this month flew by because it was my busiest one of the year. We definitely have a lot to catch up on, so here it goes!
My most notable life change
I’m going to kick this post off with my most notable life update, which is that at the end of October, I will be leaving my part-time job. Working part-time is something that I’ve never shared on the blog, but something I’ve always wanted to open up about. A little over a year ago I got a part-time job at a local boutique here in Raleigh. There were several reasons why I made this decision, but mostly I just needed the extra income.
At first, I felt ashamed to be almost thirty and struggling to support myself, but eventually became proud of my independence, even if it looked a little less glamorous than the life of Carrie Bradshaw. “Perseverance,” is a word that consistently echoes in my head. Whenever I get down on myself for not being where I want to be professionally, I just think of what this word means. Also, I tell myself that the character I’m gaining now will make me a very empathetic CEO one day. (ps – the definition of perseverance is: steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success)
Although my side hustle became something I really enjoyed, I’ve recently received a new career opportunity that I’ve chosen to focus on. Although it was challenging to work a twelve hour day or go two weeks without a day off, I know this experience has made me a stronger person. There may have been some meltdowns along the way, but knowing that I can depend on myself no matter what has given me invaluable peace of mind.
Other October Highlights
Now to some much fluffier stuff…Also this month, I was the bridesmaid in one of my very best friend’s wedding. Her Gatspy Garden Party-themed wedding was gorgeous and I was so happy to be apart of it. A lot of people complimented my bridesmaid dress, so wanted to link it here. A big congrats to Charlie and Camellia!
Also this month, Joe and I celebrated our one year anniversary. We went to the NC State Fair, just like we did on our first date. To compromise on one ride, I agreed to go on the chair lifts which takes you up and over the fair, similar to a ski lift. Since I’m petrified of heights, this ended up being the worst decision of my life. I cried the whole time and collapsed in the grass, dry heaving once we got off. The fact that Joe remained in public with me after all of this is real love.
A few days later and eased with anxiety medicine, I flew to Chicago for a quick business trip. I try not to travel if I don’t have to since, yep, I’m afraid to fly, but eating Chicago-style pizza has always been on my bucket list. The trip and pizza ended up being well worth me losing a few years off my life during travel. We ate at Giordano’s, which was amazing, and got to see the bean before heading back to Raleigh. I didn’t realize how much good shopping was in Chicago, so it’s safe to say I’ll be going back. Also, shout out to my co-worker Carolyn, who held my hand on the plane and is still my friend even though I cried on the way home.
As this month comes to an end, I’m definitely looking forward to a more relaxing November. I can’t wait to get into the holiday season and already have some fun collaborations planned for the blog. I doubt next month’s Monthly Moment’s post will be as long (or any post ever again on CF), but you never know what life will bring!