Life Lately: Behind The Scenes Of Our House Flip, T-Shirt Line, & Marriage
I've had so many people reach out to us during the following weeks of announcing our house flip and then t-shirt line. Most people are so excited and congratulating us on all the success we've acquired in such a short amount of time. And others have asked us how we are seeming to manage all the added responsibilities. I would first like to just say...thank you to everyone for reaching out in the first place. We have had such a blast sharing our success stories with all of you but I wanted to be vulnerable here and share what's been happening behind the scenes as well.
I know social media always makes peoples lives out to be these extremely glamorous lifestyles.
Wow they bought a second home AND get to fix it up and make it look cool; she started a clothing line! That must be the coolest business ever; she stays at home too...how does she do it all???
I say all of this sarcastically but also...these are all things I have actually heard people say. Social media is funny like that...it takes snippets of your life, or rather, you give it snippets of your life to show off and then suddenly the people scrolling through their feed on the other side suddenly see this snapshots of your life and think that you have it all figured out. This blog has been and always will be the window into our home and I know some people understand that and some don't but I want to constantly strive to be real and authentic with the people that are coming here to read. Because believe it or not...my life isn't perfect, it isn't put together; my husband and I fight, we argue about who's going to empty the dishwasher next and why we haven't had any intentional time; my house is a constant mess these days, I can't seem to keep up with the high population of dust and dirt, not to mention laundry! And even when I have a minute to clean...I opt not to.
So you see my point? Behind the scenes is MUCH less appealing when you see it unedited.
So if I'm being real...like really real, this house flip, while extremely fun and exciting, has been extremely stressful for our family as well. With it being our first time doing an investment property, things are much different than expected. We've encountered problems with the home, conflict with workers, miscommunication, late nights, long hours, early mornings, hundreds of store runs, snapping at our children, time away from family and friends, time away from each other, loneliness, frustration, aggravation, and pimples (lots of stress pimples).
And then to add a clothing line in the mix (which was totally not planned if I'm being honest), has added a whole other layer to the dynamic of my time at home. While this opportunity has been incredible, it's been extremely stretching. I've poured a lot of time and energy into this project and wanting it to be successful takes on it's own added stresses. I've spent a lot of late nights making ads, blog posts, photo shoots, reaching out to other bloggers and editing videos; most nights wondering if what I'm doing even matters in the whole scheme of things.
Not to mention...our marriage. Guy and I have an incredibly close relationship; we thrive off of our time spent together and since starting this flip project and then my clothing line, our time together has been minimal. We've had our fair share of arguments about how much time is being spent with the kids, finances, and our sex life. It goes without saying that we've also had a blast working together during this project. We love being able to go to the house together without the kids and dream about our future business together. In all honesty, this house has given us more to dream about than we know what to do with.
But success is a funny thing; living your dreams out is an even stranger thing, because with all of that comes a lot of things that you didn't ever imagine. You don't think about the late nights or the time away from family when you're dreaming about your future; you don't think about the burden it may lay on your kids or the money spent eating out because ain't NOBODY got time to cook these days! With success comes a lot of work, a lot of overcoming, and lot of mental stability; success never looks like what you dreamt in your head it would look like. b=But in the end, if what you're doing is bringing you life and giving you joy along the way, then you're right where you're supposed to be.
We could not be more thrilled by this whole opportunity and we thank all of you from the very bottom of our hearts for all your love and support throughout this entire journey. If you haven't seen our recent house flip check it out HERE! Want to see my new t-shirt line...see it HERE!
I can barely keep my eyes open as I type this so if you have any questions about ANYTHING feel free to comment below or email me at email@example.com!
As always, thank you for stopping by! xoxo, Tessa
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