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Happy Friday, lovelies! It’s been a busy week over here, so I’m very much looking forward to the weekend! If you’re in Chicago, don’t forget to stop by the Randolph Street Market tomorrow! It’s a large indoor market full of vintage finds, designer pieces, and delicious food (and drinks, obvi). Leave me a comment below — let’s meet up! XX

PS: A lot of you have asked where I purchased this donut-float: Here it is! (I totally bought these ice-cream cones, too!) Now, onto my favorite places from the internet this week:

  • Absolutely love this look from my girl, Blair (The Fox & She)
  • ICYMI: I recently shared my journey with leaving my full-time job — Thanks for all your support! XO
  • My gal Lauren is giving away $100 to Corepower Yoga (My favorite studio!)
  • My latest post on WhitneyPort.com is all about that hangover, and how to prevent it!
  • The Olsen twins are comin’ back! It’s not what you think — But, I’ve already set my DVR!
  • Lindsay of ‘White Oak Creative’ is sharing some SEO hacks — Some good stuff here!
  • I love this beach style braid via LaurenConrad.com — Such a chic look for spring/summer. (Hills flashback, anyone?)
  • Not gonna lie, kind of obsessed with Ikea’s Spring collection! (Need that green couch, for real)
  • Wondering where to dine on Mother’s day? Kit has the scoop!

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Well, this is incredibly overdue. As many of you know, I left my job. Yup, after careful consideration — I took a leap of faith. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized the importance of pursuing happy over a paycheck. This decision didn’t come overnight, and my only regret is not doing it sooner.

Personally, I hit a breaking point at 28. I felt so lost, you guys. Like, depression lost. It started to interfere with my family, friends and most importantly — my relationship. I’ve never been the ‘career-climbing’ kinda gal, and have always felt content in corporate. Disclosure: I hate feeling content. (One of the many reasons Heart of Chic was born) I’m also the gal who really values relationships, and when you’re working 40+ hour weeks, while balancing a blog — it’s really exhausting. (oh, and it gets old really quickly, as many of you already know!).

So what was my breaking point? 

Well, technically it was a file-folder. The file-folder that got temporarily misplaced, which resulted in a very angry manager. It was in that very moment — I decided to leave. (Ha, as much as I wanted to walk out, I gave my notice 2 days later). Now, that I’ve had some time to process these events; it wasn’t about the file-folder. It was about finding myself again. It was about standing up to corporate, and saying ‘you know what, I don’t need you’ and I’m going to be just fine. Just because someone is in power, does not give them the right to be an insolent asshole. It was honestly in that moment where I found myself again. The thought of leaving corporate gave me a breath of fresh air.

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What now? 

I found a part-time position that allows me to work remotely, and set my own hours. I don’t have to ask for days off, and I can take lunch whenever I want! (Wahooooo!) For me, flexibility is key. I’m also a weekly contributor to WhitneyPort.com, and have another exciting collaboration on the way! PS: It is possible to have a full-time job, blog & make dreams happen —Just make sure it’s a full-time job you enjoy, since that’s where most of your energy is going. By the time I got home, I was physically/mentally exhausted, and had zero motivation to work on my passions. That was a big problem for me — no wonder I was so miserable! I was selling my soul for a paycheck. That’s when I realized that my happiness was more important than a salary.

I know what you’re thinking:

I live with my boyfriend, so yes — I have some help. But, regardless of my situation, I would have done it either way. Life is all about rolling with the punches, and sometimes, you have to take a few steps back before you can accelerate forward. (Just takes some re-arranging)

I’m a risk taker, friends. I’m capable of so much more than what corporate can offer me. I’m intelligent. I’m hard-working. I’m passionate. I’m caring. I’m bold. I’m relentless. I’m an entrepreneur at heart. I have so many business ideas to play with! Oh, and life is too short to be unhappy.

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A few honest truths: 

There are no guaranteed paychecks in this business. I work my ass off, and it’s for a small price. (like, microscopic). I don’t get paid for time off, and I’ve had to cut back, a ton. (Thanks for having my back, Forever 21!) I’m not going to lie, there are plenty of days that I miss that paycheck (with the benefits! Holy shit-balls, it’s expensive) & don’t even get me started on the self-employment tax! (Sorry to bore you with the details, but this is all new to me).

I knew that if I didn’t make the jump now, I never would. I didn’t want to look back with regret, and uncertainty. The time is now! Closin’ it out with Tupac — ‘Reality is wrong, dreams are for real’ — Go chase that shit! XX

{TO BE CONTINUED}

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Happy Monday, love bugs! Cheers to fresh-air, bare legs and blooming florals. Springtime has officially arrived in Chicago. To celebrate, Nicole (Cedar & Rush) and I took a stroll through the Gold Coast — where this blue abode caught our eye! Afterward, we grabbed a delicious (oh, so delicious) lemonade at a nearby bakery. It was the perfect afternoon.

Now, onto outfit deets (it’s been awhile, I know!) This Forever 21 print skirt caught my eye, and it’s under $25. I’m trying to add more color to my closet so it was the perfect addition. Take this season by storm — and add a punch to your getup!

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Skirt: Forever 21 | Blazer: Cynthia Rowley (similar here & here) | Shirt: Forever 21 ($6.90) | Shoes: Steve Madden (similar here & here) | Bracelet: T+J Designs | Ring: Gorjana | Necklace: Perry street | Sunglasses: Asos

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// photos via Cedar & Rush