Well, folks, we did it. While I never saw myself running a company, do you want to know what is possibly the best perk of being boss? Being able to make the executive decision to give your team next week off…including myself. The EHD office is shut down. Everyone has been working so hard, trying to meet the Portland and mountain house deadlines, and keeping up with the blog, while perpetually understaffed, therefore probably a little overworked but doing it all with a smile and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for them (especially the “work hard with a smile” part because mom guilt + employee guilt = meltdown city for someone like me who, simply put, cares a lot about the happiness of others). A few months ago, shit kinda hit the fan with work—both renovations demanded some seriously long hours and traveling for the design, styling and photo team, which left the editorial team doing more work with fewer hands in the office. So in July, I said that once the Portland project is on the market and shot, and we’ve finished all our partner shoots due in September and if we can be prepped for the first week of September, then the EHD office will close and everyone will have some of those sacrificed hours back. AND WE DID IT. They absolutely deserve it and since I was approaching (ha approaching…) burnout, I knew that I probably wasn’t the only one (although I am the only one with kids as of now).
But don’t worry. You are not without content next week. We have posts all week that might not be the first time you’ve seen them, but we are presenting them to you in a new way, plus you might have missed them anyway.
I might be on social media. I might not. It’s my birthday so maybe I’ll pop in and say hi. I will be writing a lot for this next part of the year (fall and holiday are INSANE) as it’s my favorite thing to do, and doing it with a clear mind without the other distractions of work, in the morning before kids get up with coffee is kinda a dream. But there will be no conference calls, text chains about what tomorrow’s post is, or late night edit requests before we publish. YAY TO THE EHD TEAM FOR BEING SO GOOD THAT YOU GET A WEEK OFF FROM WORK (…AND ME).
And we are coming back with such great content the first weeks in September. The Portland reveal. Three more I Design, You Decides. And some fun content about how my style has evolved and changed, and where its headed …
My head is gonna get so clear. My kids are going to get so squeezed. We rented a mountain cabin near our cabin so we can play in the woods and hang out on the water because that place does something magical to my soul. It’s my spirit place. I am bringing up the tub of photos, artwork and cards that we’ve collected for our kids the last four years and girlfriend is going to get her scrapbook on. We might even pick berries and make jam. It’s like I’m re-enacting my childhood, except I’m the mom now and we aren’t Mormon (oh dear, I started going to a different church…not ready to talk about it yet but stay tuned). So funny how we do that. We parent how we were parented. Full stop, which can be good and bad, obviously.
But come back next week for some new takes on our original content, and I’ll see you on the 4th. And thank you all so much for reading, following, commenting and supporting. As much as I appreciate my team, we all know that we wouldn’t be here without you. So THANK YOU. Big digital kisses to all of you. Have a lovely end of summer, from the EHD team. xx