While trying to “find myself” at the young age of 19, I foolishly “found myself” moving to the beach. After two years, all I had found was sand stuck to everything I owned. I realized the beach is a place I can handle in small doses while on vacation. Looking back, it doesn’t make much sense as to why I ever thought I would be happy living at the beach. My happy place is in a comfy chair by the fireplace with a good book (except at Christmas, then give me all the cheesy Hallmark movies) and hot cocoa in hand while watching the snow fall outside. I moved to the heart of the blue ridge mountains in western North Carolina with my husband in 2015 and was shocked how quickly it became home. It was a true feeling of belonging and satisfaction that I had been searching for my entire life. We now have two daughters and I’m happy to raise them in what we consider to be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
After working as a sonographer for nearly two years, it became obvious that was not the career I was destined for. When my oldest daughter was born 5 years ago, I left my job and became and stay-at-home-mom. While I was thankful for the opportunity to stay home with my daughter, I still felt like a part of me was missing. I was sad that I had never fulfilled my purpose outside of being mom and wife. As far back as I can remember, I always saw myself working for an ad agency in NYC. I had plans to become one of the businesswomen you see in Hallmark movies (okay, maybe I’m a bit obsessed with Hallmark) walking around the city in chic business attire, phone to her ear in one hand, coffee in the other. Looking at myself in the mirror, my yoga pants covered in baby milk, messy hair that hadn’t been washed in two weeks, holding my third cup of coffee, I realized the only thing I had in common with the woman I aspired to be was the coffee. At least hers was hot.
While stepping out of our comfort zone can be scary, what is scarier to me is having regrets at the end of my life. With that in mind, I finally took my first steps to begin exploring the marketing world. It has always been a dream of mine to return to school to achieve my bachelor’s degree but as a new mom, the time just wasn’t right. I dove headfirst into learning web design, photography, copywriting, and social media management. I took advantage of the many online courses, programs, and other resources during the past 5 years until the time was right for me to return to school.
I knew the skills I was developing were in high demand, but I wasn’t sure what I would do with them. It didn’t take long to realize putting I could help my own community grow by putting my marketing efforts to use locally.
My days now consist of completing homework for my Advertising degree I just returned to school for while the Paw Patrol theme song serenades me in the background. I can tell you I am not the city businesswoman I always dreamed I would be and I’m okay with that. I am exactly where I belong. I wasn’t meant to be a city girl just like I wasn’t meant to be a beach girl. My heart is in these mountains.
I am excited to help you reach the peak on your marketing!
CEO, Mountain Escape Marketing