Friday, May 10, 2013

Hope Floats

It's amazing how time flies, this time last year Eric and I were meeting with the fertility specialist. I remember leaving the Dr. and feeling discouraged and praying an answer would present itself. Learning that neither one of us had fertility coverage with our health insurance and seeing how expensive treatments actually were, we left the Dr. feeling like we had hit another dead end in our dreams of starting a family.

Lucky for us, a lot can change in a year! Eric recently (like last week) started a new job! He's been working so hard towards this goal and we couldn't believe how quickly the perfect opportunity presented itself. With the help of our friends (Ben and Katie) Eric was referred to a position that the company was looking to fill for 6 months. So far he loves it and he's learning a lot. The job comes with many great perks and benefits, including great health insurance. Do you see where I'm going with this?... Yes, our prayers have been answered, we now have fertility coverage! I had to hold back tears when I was reading the health policy. We still need to go back to the fertility specialist to see specifically what our new insurance will cover, but I'm hopeful it's what we need to continue our journey. Once everything settles (hopefully within the next month) and we're both officially covered, we'll be heading back to the Dr.

I'm a true believer that hope truly floats. Eric and I have been working so hard to complete our goals and it finally feels like everything is coming together. In my previous post of welcoming 2013 I stated that I didn't know what the year was going to hold for us, but I knew it was going to be an exciting year... whether it was Eric getting a new job, progress continuing on the house or the start of our family.. I was excited to see what the year was going to bring. I can't believe how true those words are coming out to be. I'll continue to hope and pray that our baby is on it's way, the feeling in my heart grows stronger everyday. As Eric has been saying and I've continued to repeat... "All Good Things Babe" and he's so right.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Dream BIG!

Yesterday I posted a quote on Facebook - "If your dreams don't scare you... they aren't big enough." At the place I am in my life right now these words couldn't be more true.
Last year I attended the NIU Bridal Expo with the soon-to-be Mrs. Jacob's to get inspiration and ideas for her wedding. While there I noticed there was only one vendor for stationary / invites, I couldn't believe it. For the past two years I had been designing for weddings and keeping steadily busy. I remember looking at my soon-to-be business partner Sam and telling her, next year we're going to have a booth here. At that moment I didn't realize how true that statement was going to be. As the year went on I kept the expo in the back of my mind and the statement I made. I kept an internal conflict going, could I really do this? Of course you can I told myself! What happens if we get really busy, I've been so busy and doing this on top of a full time job has become cumbersome. That's why you have an awesome partner I told myself. Would people really like my work? I reminded myself they have and they will! With family and friends constantly pushing and encouraging me and coworkers asking, exactly why are you here again if you can do this?... I knew it was time to take the leap! When the time came I completed the form, took the profit I received from a job and signed up for my first Wedding Expo.
Since I've been a solo act since I've started this design journey, it's hard to be in a partnership. It's hard to change when I've been set in my ways. It's fun to have a partner that gets excited about paper, invites, glitter and punches the way I do! So honestly I'm not just taking one leap, I'm taking two. I'm expanding / starting a business and a partnership which are both completely new to me. I'm excited for the challenge and the path I'm on.
2013 has only begun and already I've taken a huge step that's going to hopefully change everything! I'm eager to meet new clients and see what design challenges they have in store for me! I'm excited to start working with Sam on a business level and hope this grows into a long term business adventure! Whatever happens this has been a huge dream of mine and I'm grateful I have the opportunity to pursue it! As I stated in the beginning, "If your dreams don't scare you... they aren't big enough" Well this is huge, and yes I'm definitely scared, so I must be moving in the right direction!