May Recap + June Goals

May, what a gift you were to me.  Where early spring brought challenges of anxiety, an emergency business overhaul, sadness, and deep, difficult, but freeing spiritual work, you, May, have brought me this:

  • laughter
  • a settled feeling of joy 
  • knowing that I am known and loved
  • feeling empowered from taking a stand (even though it felt like crumbling)
  • feeling more like my true self
  • sunny summery skies and beautiful thunderstorms

In early spring I pulled a plug from my business and stopped taking new clients.  Then, when things were still really rough physically and emotionally, I decided to let several of my clients go from their contracts (#humbling).  This space allowed me time to assess the direction of my life, assess the things I was running from (using mainly my business as the excuse), and to heal.  Like really, deeply, quietly and slowly heal.  I'm still healing.  It's not glamorous, it's not an envy-causing or identity-boosting image on Instagram.  It's not 100 likes, or a new thing I'm doing.  It's just real, beautiful life with the real people I love.  

So, here's a little recap of some of the goings-on of a healing May:

  • 6 weddings
  • 1 senior photo shoot in Beaufort, NC with my HAMU besties, Joanne and Michelle
  • A little bit of rest time in Beaufort tagged on
  • Reading Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequest
  • A date night with my man to Foundation & Brewery Bhavana (both are a must-try!)
  • A date afternoon at Jubala - we love the one on Hillsborough because it's close to our house and has a great view of the Belltower
  • A trip to Lake Gaston with the Ray family, which was SO sweet and restful and green!
  • I was nominated for Southern Weddings Best of the South Wedding Awards (The Pineys!) for Best Hairstylist!  WHAT!  I am so honored!  If you haven't voted yet, it would mean so much if you would vote for me here!  Voting ends June 9th.  

 

JUNE HAPPENINGS

  • I'm turning 30!!!!  Woohoo!  I have no idea what is going on other than that John told me to save an entire week with no plans.  
  • 4 weddings
  • 3 trials
  • Enjoying home
  • The Piney's will be announced!

How has your start to summer been?  Anything you are planning for or looking forward to in June?

With lots of love,

Sam

 

January Recap + February Goals!

Happy February Lulettes!

We're here! January has been a great month for me.  It was equal parts restful and productive, which is a balance I haven't struck in a while!  

In the LULA camp, I didn't have many client-facing sessions (a nice change of pace), and we used that extra time to do a ton of organizing behind the scenes.  It was a month of taking stock of the last year, identifying the potholes, and working on establishing better systems to stand on for the rest of 2017.  

  • We created weekly task lists/schedules for both myself and Nichole (see more on this BTS post) which has helped a TON to visualize all the gears and cogs that are moving on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, all scheduled out so nothing falls in the cracks.  
  • I had some great face-to-face quality time with other wedding HAMU artists in the area to talk shop and life, which was awesome!  Love you Jo, Patricia, and Lindsey!
  • We cleaned out product from my kit and the assistant kit, took inventory, tossed stuff, did a solid deep clean, and put everything back into the LULA closet and kits all nice, neat, and accounted for!
  • I researched new product to include in my kit in 2017, to be replaced as current product runs out
  • Created the LULETTE GAZETTE newsletter (thank you SO much for the amazing feedback and support!) and worked on content for February
  • Caught up on/stayed on top of a ton of email inquiries for 2017 and 2018 weddings
  • Had a trial and 3 engagement sessions
  • Planned content schedule for the year

Personally, I had a beautiful month enjoying less work and more rest, recouping, and creating.  I got away with my best girls for Nancy's 30th in the mountains, enjoyed lots of yoga classes, got outside and explored around Raleigh, spend some quality time with my sister's kiddos, and even got away to the coast to work on music.  

In February, I'm looking forward to...

  • Continuing to use the slower wedding season to really get into the rhythm of the weekly LULA schedule 
  • Implement  an automation tool for Instagram posts (while still throwing in real-time stories and posts as well)
  • Working on March content, but trying this on 1-2 batch writing days
  • 4 trials, 1 bridal portrait session, a rehearsal dinner, and a wedding
  • Continue using slower season to keep growing habits and establishing great habits, like regular me-time workouts, going to bed early and waking up earlier, trying new healthy recipes (I've been loving following Nutrition Stripped!) having people over for dinner, and growth in my prayer life
  • A chill pre-Valentine's day date with my man
  • For music, I'm looking forward to helping lead worship for our church's annual conference, continuing recording demos for my new album, contacting a producer/engineer, and writing some updates on my music blog.

These late winter months can seem to creep along, so I'm rooting for you and for me to use this blessing of a time to really dig deep, keep growing in great habits, get some face-to-face time with people we love, and take some extra good care of ourselves!

Happy February!

With blush & bobby pins,

Sam