Well, hello there! I have been in such a rush launching the recent collections, growing Business in the City, prepping for our next collection (due out in November), and so forth that I feel like it would be great to fill you in on my life lately and my current intentions.
First, I will say that I had a fantastic time celebrating my 27th birthday over the weekend with my dear “sister” (we aren’t really sisters, but almost as close), Carol Beth and her husband in Rochester, Michigan. Mr. Lively and I had a great time and I got to show him my childhood hometown.
As far as my birthday goes, I am taking this as a great opportunity to sit back and make a mission statement for myself. It is something heavily stressed in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, but oddly something I only did in college. Recently I have been a bit intimidated by the prospect of distilling my overall life purpose, values, and goals into just a few paragraphs. I think that I’ve honestly been worried that if I really write them down that I will then be held accountable to fulfill them at every moment of my life.
To help myself shake off this perfectionism, I’m now re-framing the activity in my mind to be my “Intention Statement.” This way I intend to let the thoughts guide me, keeping in mind that I may not always be 100% perfect all of the time. When it’s ready I’ll be sure to share here on MML.
As far as Jess LC goes, things have been going well! There are times when I definitely feel over my head, lost, frustrated, and confused. But then there are also moments of clarity, excitement, and awe at how much the company has evolved this year. So in general I kind of feel like a new mom must feel. The challenges are there, but so are the moments of bliss.
I’m looking forward to January to look back and reflect on all that has happened and craft the vision for 2012. At so many points this year I have questioned what I’ve been doing and whether I should have held back, done less, or been safer. But each time I face those fears and push forward. I am using this year as a (calculated) experiment. And when the dust settles after the holiday season I’ll be able to see what is really possible when you give a company like this all that you have to give.
As for this week, things are already picking up! I have an exciting photo shoot of my apartment on Thursday. And on Saturday we are having a Jess LC Pop Up Shop in Millennium Park.
So there you have it! I am so happy to have the opportunity to fill you in and share this journey with you. It’s meant so much to me and I am so thankful for MML and this amazing group of people who are also designing their lives with intention.