11 November 2010

so I guess it pays to put yourself out there


When I started this blog in May I was bursting with passion and ideas about design (still am), so it really was a natural next step....(free!)  I was spending so much time reading design blogs at night, I thought, "Why not just start one myself."

When I first wrote Sissy about fabric or something asked me if I worked in design.  I said, "No.  But I want to."  When you know you have a strong desire about something, don't you find yourself looking for validation outside of you?

Anyway, I hope y'all are tired about me sharing everything about what it going on and starting a business.  This is just how it is unfolding for us and I want to share it!  I really do have a desire to have a successful design business one day, to have a shop, and to keep writing.  

  I was talking with a design blogger yesterday and she was telling me how a lot of designers who have their design business up-and-running and then decide to blog think negatively about bloggers who then wish to create a design business after they have been blogging (like me).  I can see how they might feel that way...but life is a journey and none of us can really plan where it might take us.  Well, we can plan, and we should, but "life is what happens after we have already made plans" right?

But even though I dreamed of being published one day I didn't think (if it did happen at all), that it would happen so soon.  I still don't know the date but you know I will share when they are here!

And now they tell me that the renovation magazine "Kitchen and Bath Makeovers" (a sister company of BH & G) will be shooting our master bath.  I am so excited!!  

And the Milk and Honey team (Anisa and I) are meeting with our first prospective client today...here home in Buckhead is going through a major renovation.  Fingers crossed that the family likes us!

Thank you, readers, for reading when you do and your comments and encouragement have meant so much.  Without you none of this would be happening!

Love y'all........Julie

37 comments:

  1. This is so exciting! Congrats to you and wishing you much success Julie!

    -Rene

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  2. Great post and keep up the good work:)
    Blog love from cold Oslo/Norway

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  3. Congratulations Julie...you're sincere and geniune personality has illuminated your path. Good luck with all of your new design endeavors~

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  4. Juuuuulllliiieeee!!!!! Awesome news...and girl, don't let anyone rain on your parade!!!
    Good luck today.
    Sherry

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  5. Congratulations! Let us know which issue, so we can all run out and buy it. And good luck with the family today, but I have no doubt that they will LOVE you both.

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  6. Congratulations Julie- I am so so happy for you and can't wait to see the features in both magazines!!! Good luck today with the prospective clients...I know they'll adore you and hire your team on the spot! Big hugs, Christine xo

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  7. Well, an absolute congrats to you this morning, many wonderful days ahead.

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  8. That is very exciting. Congratulations and I love that you are doing what you love.

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  9. So exciting!!! Can't wait to see it in print!!!

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  10. Yay! Congratulations on the magazine features Julie and good luck today!

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  11. Oh, wow, totally AWESOME!!! Congrats on the magazine and your first client:) I am so happy for you. We never know where our paths will lead us to. I cany wait to hear how it goes.

    xo,
    Amy R.

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  12. Wow, Julie - so amazing and awesome! You deserve this so much and I'm so happy you share it w/us! Good Luck today!!

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  13. Congratulations! You keep an awesome blog and deserve the recognition!

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  14. Congratulations on all your success! You are talented and you deserve all the recognition. Fingers crossed for you and Anisa today!

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  15. Congrats Julie - that is awesome. I have so much to learn from you.. :)
    Good luck today

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  16. Congrats!! You deserve it!1 Can't wait to see you in print!! Thanks for the mention!

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  17. When you have talent you have talent and I can't imagine why anyone would frown upon being a designer and then blogging or blogging and then becoming a designer. Oh the things people worry about! I am so happy for you and all your successes. You deserve them all. You have a great eye and I can't wait to see your home in BHG!

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  18. I'm so excited and happy for you!!! YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT! (adapted from Dora song, sorry but that's what was running through my head as I typed this)

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  19. Keep it up! Love your work and your blog!

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  20. You know, I find it really refreshing at all your honesty and PUTTING YOURSELF OUT THERE! Design can be a slightly snobby profession (let's admit it, we've all walked into a chic boutique and been a little ignored - at one time or another). So I find it refreshing and wonderful to be able to go onto design blogs and "chat" with other people who are just really passionate about design, but with none of the attitude! I think a lot of us dream about one day doing something with our hobby, but I'm just not sure I have the gumption right now :)

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  21. Very exciting! I can't wait for the magazine to come out.
    Ashyn

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  22. So glad to hear things are going well! Good luck on the prospect today. It's always so nerve racking and then you take a deep breath and remember they called YOU for a reason.

    I think there is no one way to go about doing what you love. I am always shocked to hear when some designers are soooo worried about others wanting to pursue a career in design. I think this just reflects a lack of self confidence in themselves! It doesn't matter what order you go in to get where you want to be.
    Can't wait to see your home in the magazine! Sooo awesome, I would be freaking out right now.

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  23. Well, you're just flying along, aren't you? Perhaps BH&G didn't use your kitchen in your story so Lisa just went over to K&BMakeovers to show it to Marie and Rachel! Rachel loves the bloggers...like Linda@Lime in the Coconut...I styled her kitchen and two bathrooms last year for K&B Makeovers...small world!

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  24. how exciting! congrats - you deserve every bit of it! :)

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  25. I love your quote about life happens after we have made plans. And congratulations on your success. You deserve it!

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  26. yeah! I am so excited for you!

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  27. Hooray! And here's to doing what YOU LOVE!!!!

    (missed you the other night!)

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  28. AAgh! Are you just dying and pinching yourself all day long? What does your husband think of all this?

    Congratulations! You are such an inspiration. Don't listen to the haters...

    Thanks for commenting tonight, but I like your designs better than hers.

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  29. Girl I am so excited for you! You are uber talented and certainly deserve
    being published!

    HUGS!

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  30. VERY cool....just go with what your gut is telling you...if you want to start a biz, there's plenty of room out there :)))) All the best xoxox

    www.madebygirl.com
    madebygirl.blogspot.com

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  31. your home is amazing and you have such talent. Can't wait to see you published!

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  32. Julie this is brilliant news. Goodluck with your client meeting. It is great when you do something that you love and have a passion for it..Sinead x

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  33. Oh, they're just jealous! (Sorry, that's just what my mom would always say when someone would make a snide remark to me). I must admit, I am a bit. You've done SO much in such a short time. I would love to pursue design too, I think I just lack the courage. You are an inspiration!

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  34. congrats to you! you are a talented designer - who cares what came first - blog or business?! you are also a talented writer. you are real and honest and funny. keep it up - the designing AND the blogging!! oh, and i can totally picture a store called "Milk & Honey Home :)

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  35. Almost published before your first client meeting! Get 'em, Lady! Listen, no time for haters, use whatever means you have to ethically do what you love, well...and you are.

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