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Arranged on Essen

Life has been hectic lately, and not in the way that is healthy or helping me move towards my goals. Working retail at west elm has its ups and downs, like any retail situation does. I absolutely love my job there. I get to work with my hands, with amazing product, hilarious people, and so much more. Since starting at west elm last March, I have grown and learned so much about visual merchandising, styling, and the right and wrong ways to manage a business. Because I love my job so much, I think I’ve had blinders on for a while and it has made it easy to get lazy about other things in my life that are important. I’ve been so bad about organizing any other aspect of my life outside of west elm that I haven’t had time to do things for me. My laundry piles up week after week,  and my relationships are dwindling. I’ve never considered myself to be a workaholic, but I think that to a certain extent, I have become one.

west elm

So, I have decided to take a step back and refocus. As bittersweet as it is, I am leaving my job at west elm to go back to nannying. I’m going to miss so many things about working at west elm (especially the discount) but I am so excited for what’s ahead. Since graduating college last spring up until this point, I haven’t been able to catch my breath because all of my time and energy has been put into work. I’m going back to nannying which will give me a more consistent schedule, where I will be able to focus more on building Arranged on Essen to what I know it can become. I was also recently hired at MAVEN which is an event production and design house in Minneapolis, where I will be an assistant coordinator + stylist. My job at MAVEN is such a breath of fresh air and a step in the right direction to reaching my career goals. I can’t wait to share more about the exciting things I’ll get to do with the team over there.

That’s what I’ve been up to these past few months in a nutshell. Things are looking up – and I’m making a point to refocus back here more often. So, be on the look-out for more frequent postings … as in, more than once every two months. ;)