I Have Some News (Again) & An Easy Fall Look

I Have Some News (Again) & An Easy Fall Look

A few weeks shy of one year ago, I made the announcement that I would be leaving the full-time workforce to spend more time at home. A year ago I was terrified and excited all at the same time. My life as a full-time working mom was hectic, mostly due to my 3 hour (round trip) commute that was often coupled with 10-11 hour workdays; I didn’t see my family enough and we were all suffering. We made the decision that although being a SAHM was never my “calling” in life, it was best for me to be home for awhile – not to be a full-time blogger, but just to be there. My last day in the office was 3/30/17. It’s been 8 months and I can honestly say that there are things I like about being at home and things I don’t, just like there are things I like about being at work and things I don’t.

So what’s my news? A couple months ago, my former company reached out to let me know about an opportunity to work at the same level I was working before, in the same function, but at a location much closer to home – 12 minutes from my home to be exact. I wasn’t looking for work at all and was content in my situation, but this opportunity definitely deserved my consideration. Todd and I spent a week weighing the pros and cons and once we determined the pros far outweighed the cons, I let the company know I was interested in being considered, which brings me to this post. My news is that I have formally accepted an offer to return to the company and team that I love, starting on January 3, 2018.

Why did I say yes? First, I would have been a total fool to say no – opportunities like this don’t exist in my small Atlanta suburb and though I wasn’t “ready” to go back to work, I knew this opportunity wouldn’t exist when I was. Another reason is that going back to work means we can afford to send my girls to the private school we’ve always wanted them to go to – which just so happens to be literally a mile from my soon-to-be-office. That alone is a huge weight off my shoulders. Plus, being so close to where they are will give me the opportunity to go to their school events, volunteer in their classrooms, and have lunch with them sometimes while not missing a beat at work.

If I’m being completely honest with myself, I don’t know that I’ve ever felt normal since I’ve been home full-time. My pre-home suspicions about not being good at this gig turned out to be true. While I love the extra time with my kids, I think I’ll be a better mom to them if I work outside the home. And that’s okay. I also realized I hate cooking and suck at that, too. Maybe I can convince Todd to go back to being our in-home chef (*fingers crossed*).

So what does this mean for Sweet E? She’ll start preschool full-time with her big sister in January and she’s pretty excited about it; she wants to go to school with her pretty much every day already. Her teacher will be the one A had when she was 3 and we love her. So that’s a win.

So what does this mean for my blog? Well, I’m not planning to “close up shop”, so to speak, but you will definitely see fewer sponsored posts and maybe fewer posts altogether. I plan to be very choosy about the opportunities I accept and will only share things I absolutely can’t resist. I’ve already intentionally taken a step back from paid blog work and am excited about getting back to blogging for the sake of blogging as a creative outlet and building community. The timing of it all is perfect because I was starting to feel burnt out anyway. I love this blog and I love the friendships I’ve made through it; I’ve met so many amazing women, have been introduced to so many awesome brands, and have learned so much. I’m grateful for this space so it’s not going anywhere; it just may look a little different.

How am I feeling about the change? There’s a big part of me that’s sad. I’m going to miss having my sidekick, E, around while A is at school. I’m going to miss snuggling with A on the sofa after school. I’m going to miss taking my girls to ballet every Monday afternoon (my mom is going to start taking them), and I’m going to miss not having to shower and/or put makeup on everyday. 😉 Overall, though, I’m stoked. Todd is stoked. This will be good. I’m so grateful for the time I was able to be home full-time and plan to spend the next month giving my kids all the snuggles and good times I can.

As always, I want to thank you, Dear Reader, for sticking with and supporting me. I hope you will continue to as I make yet another life transition. Cheers to new beginnings (again)!


What To Wear

In the spirit of going back to work, here’s a super affordable, easy-to-put-together fall/winter outfit that is perfect for my office environment but can also be worn out and about, too. I’m being totally honest in saying I own the tunic in 4 different colors (in size small); it’s perfect. Also, you should know that olive-colored-everything is my jam this season and is a great neutral!

[Huge thanks to Blo Ponce in Atlanta for my doing my hair!]

Sunglasses | Purse | Scarf | Tunic | Pants | Booties

Shop the Look

Click the images below to be taken to the product page! You need one of each. At minimum, you need the tunic and the pants. For real, though.

 

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34 Comments

  1. December 3, 2017 / 11:34 am

    Wow a big change, so excited for you and your family! I totally thought you were going to say you were pregnant haha! I hope it is a smooth transition for you going back to work Shannon! ♥️

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:20 pm

      Hahahaha! Definitely not that! Thanks so much, friend!

  2. December 2, 2017 / 10:52 am

    Congratulations!! So happy that everything is aligning perfectly for you!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      It definitely seems to be! Thanks so much!

  3. Maryn
    December 1, 2017 / 10:26 pm

    Congratulations, Shannon! ❤️

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you, Maryn!!

  4. December 1, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Congratulations girl, wish you all the Best 😚😚😚

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much, April!

  5. December 1, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    Sounds like such a great opportunity!! Yay for you friend 🙂

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      It definitely is! Thank you so much!!

  6. December 1, 2017 / 6:08 pm

    Congrats!!! I’m excited to follow you along this part 2!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      I hope you do! Thank you so much!!

  7. December 1, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Congrats Shannon! Thanks for sharing your decisions and news. Good luck with the new role!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:22 pm

      Thank you, Elise!! I appreciate you!!

  8. livewellplaytogether
    December 1, 2017 / 3:28 pm

    What a big deal!! That is awesome that you are able to go back to a job you know you live and have it be so convenient to your home and kids’ school! Wishing you all the best with the transition!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      Yes! Thank you! I’m looking forward to it!

  9. December 1, 2017 / 1:58 pm

    Congrats girl! Wishing you and your family all the very best!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:23 pm

      Thanks so much, Sonya!!

  10. December 1, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    This is awesome news! I know you loved your job and the company you worked for! Cheers to great opportunities!!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you, sweet friend!! Cheers!!

  11. December 1, 2017 / 1:33 pm

    That is so exciting! Congrats! 💗🎉

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:24 pm

      Thank you! It really is!

  12. December 1, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    so exciting for you friend! i tried being a stay at home mom for a few months and it didn’t feel right to me– hard to explain but i felt like i was a better mother working and providing for my family then being with them 24/7? make sense at all? excited for your awesome commute too- i def need that!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      Totally makes sense! I’m right there with ya!! Thanks, friend!!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! It really is!

  13. December 1, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    CONGRATS! This is an amazing opportunity. I am so excited and so happy for you!

    • Shannnon
      December 7, 2017 / 2:25 pm

      Thank you, Trista!! xo

  14. December 1, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    Yay!! So exciting!

    • Shannnon
      December 1, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you, Sarah!! xo

  15. December 1, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Well you’re too cute! I think I’m going to snag at least the tunic! And congrats on the job! SAHM is certainly not for everyone (including me). Excited for you this coming new year!

    • Shannnon
      December 1, 2017 / 1:16 pm

      Thank you, my friend!! You’re going to love the tunic!

    • Shannnon
      December 1, 2017 / 1:17 pm

      Thank you SO very much!

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