Achieving Childhood Dreams When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being everything from a teacher to a fashion magazine editor to a travel agent to Miss America. I used to play travel agent at the desk in my room and I would crown my friends and sister as Miss America with the crocheted table cloths in our living room! I love the phrases "There is Never a Crowd on the Extra Mile" and "Work Hard and Be Nice." I've rarely ever had the experience of achieving many things on on the first try (or second or third in some cases). I am envious of those of you who do but always trust that everything happens for a reason. I went to Syracuse as a graduate student 6 years after I first applied there at the age of 18. (I wasn't accepted at the Newhouse School as an undergraduate student.) I competed at Miss America after 4 years of competing for the job of Miss New Hampshire. I met Ben at the end of my 20s (he thought I was 25!). And I had Charlotte after 22 hours of contractions and a last-minute c-section. I am now truly convinced the best things in life follow tireless hard work, sweat and tears. When I was almost ready to quit in all of those instances, felt too weary, and had nearly lost all belief in myself, I somehow found unbelievable strength and faith and became unstoppable. I'm also blessed to have the most amazing parents and sister who have always encouraged me. Honestly, I wouldn't have had those journeys any other way. The end result was even sweeter because of the struggle involved.
Charlotte & Ben: Dreams Come True Charlotte and Ben are my key reasons to work hard, dream, and live life to the fullest. After Charlotte arrived, in those many late-night hours I was awake holding her and admiring her beautiful face, I started to really think about setting personal goals so I could be the best mama possible for her. I'd get scared. Most goals and dreams are really scary. But how could I look her in the eyes and strongly encourage her to go after her big dreams if I hadn't always done the same? I want Charlotte to learn too that to finally be in the right place at the right time, you have to work unbelievably hard to put yourself in the right place at that right time.
Sweet on Style & What's Next After Charlotte was born, this blog was born too. I spent hours upon hours in the middle of the night really thinking about what I am truly passionate about. Although I absolutely loved the college teaching I was doing, I wanted something else in my life too. One night around 2 a.m., I stumbled upon one of the best blogs out there - "What I Wore" by Jessica Quirk. Jessica is a talented woman who shares her incredible style and DIY ideas in an honest, down-to-earth way. I was unbelievably inspired by her and still am every day. Flash back to my childhood days of dreaming of working in magazine and later interning for Marie Claire Magazine/Hearst Magazines in New York City. It all started coming together.