When the whirlwind that was 2020 hit and the world turned upside down, I really wasn’t sure what the year would look like for me. I knew I had seniors that had to get done. I knew I had a new team of teens that were excited for photos. I knew that my plans would have to be shaken up a bit in order to work out… If I was being 100% honest, I’d say I wasn’t even sure if any of it would shake out. I wasn’t even sure if I wanted my business to keep chugging along. We were all dealing with something we didn’t expect… We were dealing with a change of plans so massive that my tendency to want to control *all the things* knocked me off my feet. I spent a lot of time in my head, in my bed, and just generally not quite sure what the next step would look like. For a planner, this was HARD. I didn’t even know if I wanted to take another step as a business owner. I was paralyzed for a lot of reasons… Not just the pandemic, but from a personal standpoint, things just looked different than I expected them to look. I know I wasn’t alone, but I was shook, to say the least.
Flash forward to the end of the year and something inside me woke up and decided it was time to push through it. Push through it – bigger and better. With help. With a new plan that was a little more flexible…
The thing about things that are supposed to happen is… if you listen closely enough, or pay attention, they will line right up for you. Sometimes they’ll wave real big and say “Hey over here! Look at me!” and sometimes they’ll nag the heck out of you until you finally say “OKAY! SHEESH.”
One day, toward the end of the year, I was mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw a good friend of a good friend’s post about looking for a job. It was a funny post about the difficulties in writing a resume, but for some reason it stuck with me. For days – and I mean days… Maybe weeks… I kept thinking back to her post and had this nagging feeling that I needed to reach out. “This is the one,” my heart kept saying. So, I reached out… I reached out and said “You may think I’m crazy, and I don’t really know if this is something you’re interested in, but for some reason I feel like I’m supposed to reach out to you…”
And here we are… Learning together. I’m learning how to lean on a person and ask for help, delegate, and give up some control, and she’s learning about a business she never thought she’d be involved in… I feel like it’s right. I feel like the universe lined us up and led us to one another, and I am certain it’s going to be great. I’m excited for her to get to know some of the clients, and help with some of the things that need more attention.
SO HERE SHE IS – And I asked her to write a little bit about herself. Her lil poem and paragraph may have made me tear up a bit, you guys.
34, almost 35
Maybe it’s time to finally arrive.
Jack of all trades, master of none,
It’s not really work if you’re having fun.
Hi there!!! I’m Charli. Has anyone ever asked you to write a quick bio about yourself? That’s what Shelby has tasked me with. It’s hard!!! And I LOVE talking about me! 🤣
I’m so glad to be here, so happy to learn from Shelby and really fortunate to have a brand new opportunity in a fun, creative field. I love pretty things. And that’s what Shelby helps create. Pretty things. To hang on walls, to keep on your phone to show friends, to put in keepsake boxes and show your kids one day. Pretty things. When the world can be ugly, I want to be a part of a pretty thing.
Welcome to the Shelby team, Charli! I couldn’t be more excited to have you. To learn together, and to create pretty things, spread love, and have ALL THE FUN!