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Happy Halloween, beautiful people! Long time, no talk! Who would of thought that diving head first in to a start up company would be so dang time consuming?! My days of leisure are long gone and I’ve traded them in for 14-16 hour work days as I attempt to juggle my professional career, my online store Saltflat, this blog, a long distance relationship (with the best hunk of a man that a four hour drive every week and a half is totes worth it), and my sanity. My sanity is out the door, but who’s isn’t? Life is CRAZY, but I’m loving every minute of it.
Four years ago if you would have asked me what I would be doing with my life at 23, almost 24, years old I probably would have given you a response that reflected my low self-confidence, feeling like a failure that I didn’t want to finish my degree, my parents going through a hellacious divorce, getting out of an extremely abusive relationship, and truly just trying to keep my head above water while every facet of my world seemed to be completely crumbling. A response that would no way shape or form be what is actually happening today (THANK YOU, JESUS!) I was exhausted with my life and everything that surrounded it. I really struggled with my relationship with the Lord and myself. I would constantly think “why is this happening?” It was a time in my life where I just felt abandoned. My faith looks COMPLETELY different today than it did then, but it was surely tested and I’m oh, so thankful that it was! I know now that God never left me in that season and that He led me here.
I get asked pretty often what’s the secret to my success, and I always say that it took a lot of come to Jesus conversations with myself and to really pursue happiness with faith and trust at the core. You know, success is defined in so many different ways. Sometimes it’s money. Sometimes it’s a certain relationship or role. But for me, it’s so simple. It’s happiness. So fast forward to today, the one month anniversary of my business partner, Ling, and I’s store launching and I’m looking back at my 20 year old self with ugly, happy tears and telling her I’m SO proud of her for following her dreams and writing her own story when it was totally uncertain on what each chapter would be about. Because I haven’t been this grateful, this tired, and this happy in a very long time!
Now that I’ve been completely transparent with all of you and I got to share a little piece of my heart…
Saltflat is thriving and flourishing like I would have never believed, I’m one lucky gal that I get to split my time between Houston and Dallas to see Paul, I have the MOST supportive friends and family, an amazing business parter, I have all of you that I get to share my ridiculous life with, and I could go on and on and on. But I won’t because we would be sitting here reading this post longer than we watched the 5.5 hour Astros game the other night. BUT SERIOUSLY…HOUSTON STRONG! Thank you all for being so patient and understanding while I’ve been getting all of my ducks in a row. I’ve been major MIA on here and I’m hoping to make a teeny tiny come back! 🙂
I’m about to head to Dallas Love and head back home to see Lily dress up as an old lady for Halloween, and I’m so glad I got to share with y’all where I’ve been lately. Chat soon!
P.S. Hailey misses all of you, but currently has a really needy toddler named Lily Rae.
Tayler MalottNovember 7, 2017 at 11:23 pm
So proud of you sweet friend!