Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Life Changes

The past 6 months has been marked with so much change that I felt it was time to write a little "life update" post.  I know it's been awhile since I've checked in with you guys on a personal level, and I apologize if it's seemed like I've been distant- truthfully, I was hoping to reach a point of stable ground and process everything before opening up here.  And, thankfully, I feel like I'm slowly but surely getting there!  


First life change- I am graduating with my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design next week from the Art Institute of Houston!!  I couldn't be more ecstatic.  Leaving the energy industry and pursuing interior design was the first big chance I've ever taken on myself, and watching this dream come to fruition has given me a renewed confidence.  Our portfolio show is next Thursday, and our commencement is next Saturday.  I am currently putting the finishing touches on my print portfolio, and am so thankful for the talented Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout for creating my logo for my portfolio book-


She's been a joy to work with and we are finishing up my site portfolio which is another element required for graduation.  Hopefully we'll eventually get around to doing a little facelift for The Peak of Tres Chic, too!  Graduating brings me to my second life change- I have accepted a full-time position with Courtney Hill Interiors here in Houston! I have been interning with Courtney for a little over a year, and have absolutely LOVED my time at the firm.  Courtney and our team focuses on high-end residential design utilizing a fresh, sophisticated approach.  Courtney's aesthetic, in my opinion, is truly unique and special for the Houston design scene.  She began her career working for two large New York design firms where she honed her skills- the late Greg Jordan  and Victoria Hagan.  I knew when I began school that if I worked for a firm, it had to be Courtney's.  Being asked to come on as a designer full-time is a dream come true.  


Lastly, Sam and I have ended our relationship.  I'm sure you've noticed the lack of couple-y photos on my instagram these past few months, and maybe wondered what was up.  Putting eloquently in to words the depth of what has happened is far too difficult, and I also want to respect my privacy and Sam's privacy as we move forward.  Suffice it to say that he and I had a storybook two year romance before getting engaged full of unforgettable experiences filled with the most pure, true love I have ever known.  I'll always be grateful for that and for the times we shared together.  Ultimately, it just wasn't the right fit for us, and the most loving thing we could do was let each other go.  It's been the hardest thing I've ever gone through, but I remain thankful for the difficult times too because that's when we are most open to changing and growing as people.  I've been so thankful for the love and support of family and friends, and look forward to a fresh start in 2015.

{My amazing momma and me at Thanksgiving this year}

{My niece Lily, the cutest lump of sugar there ever was, keeps me smiling, too!}


All my love,

Sam

"I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life." - American Beauty

22 comments:

  1. awesome photos ;-)


    xoxo

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  2. Much love to you my darling! I am so proud of you and your strength. XOXO

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  3. congrats!!! you have so many exciting things ahead of you!

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  4. You are an amazing woman with the world at your fingertips! Good luck in the next chapter of life; I know it will hold great things for you!

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  5. Such an eloquent post. Congrats on the job and graduation! Your logo is beyond perfection.

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  6. Sam, congrats on your graduation and new employment! It has been such a joy watching you grow since the time you started blogging here. It's always amazing to see people achieving their dreams! I'm so sorry to hear about Sam, but you have such a great perspective and I'm sure you'll continue to thrive! You are such a light. Sending a big hug and lots of love! (Sorry if this is a duplicate comment, I don't think my first one posted.)

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  7. Sam, I stumbled upon your blog a long time ago and have loved following you for tips on design. But I really appreciated this honest post! It doesn't matter who you are--life is full of ups and downs. I've certainly had my share, and I think you have so much to look forward to with your amazing new job. Good luck!

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  8. I admire your honesty and willingness to expose the good and the bad in your life. You are such an inspiration in a world where we see so much of what people want us to see and not what is really going on. Keep on keepin on girl..you have so much going for you and I love reading your blog!

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  9. Thank you for being so honest with your loyal readers! we are so proud of everything you're accomplishing and I for one admire your attitude on life and love SO much. You're an inspiration!

    x Lily
    http://whilemyboyfriendsaway.blogspot.com/

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  10. Sam,
    First let me start by saying Congratulations! You are an inspiration. I've been following your blog and love that you can be so honest. I myself have a blog but find it extremely difficult to share my personal journey, reading thus today gas me rethinking that idea. I'm so proud of you. Keep striving!
    All the best,
    Yolonda @ www.stylefragment.com

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  11. Sam, I am so proud of you and what you've accomplished. This is only the beginning for you, I know you realize this. Sad about your broken engagement, however, it's just so much better to have decided now than later, after your marriage. I know from my own experiences. So, like your mother, I'll tell you that when it's right you know it absolutely! Until then, be on your own, open your arms and heart to new experiences. Go to New York City and have fun !!!

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  12. my gosh sam, i cant imagine how hard it was to write this, let alone bear it all. first up - a huge congrats on finishing school and the new position. That is amazing. i feel like it was just yesterday I was reading your post about quitting the energy industry and going for your dreams. what a true mark of courage that took and look how its paid off. you're definitely on the right path. as for the personal stuff, i am so sorry for the hurt you must feel. i wish you loads of time to heal and for the best in the future. it must have been hard to bare your soul to us, but thank you. it keeps us loyal to you, for sure. i cant imagine how you are feeling, must be confusing to have these two competing highs and lows in your life. i wish you peace and joy in the coming year.

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  13. Hang in there! I know it sounds trite - but hang on with nail, tooth and tail! You will get through this.

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  14. I need to sit and write you an email. Oh my goodness. Kisses and so many congratulations on your new job!! So, so exciting. They are lucky to have you!!

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  15. A huge congrats!

    And a big hug to you...

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  17. Interior designing can be really fun especially when its your first time doing it. It can be a trial and error process at times but when you get the hang of it it will come naturally

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  18. Sam, I am so sorry to see the news that you and Sam ended your marriage. It is brave as hell that you were so open and honest about it on here! Only you two know what is best for the two of you, and it's best that you figured it out sooner rather than later! New loves and new adventures.

    I am thrilled to see that you're graduated and on to a great full time designing position and can't wait to see how this site and your portfolio evolves with time! Watching little slices of projects on here has been a delight, and I have a pretty good feeling that you're going to have a fantastic design career. Looking forward to seeing that blossom!

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