It’s been a year since I first started Taste of Coffey. When TOC first began it was a way for me to take a passion and expand upon it. I had no idea where this journey would take me, but I jumped in without much thought and started taking on projects while continuing my full time job in advertising. The first few months I learned a lot and realized that although I loved helping clients make their visions a reality, I was still so far off from where I needed to be as a decorator. I lacked basic education on design, didn’t have relationships with people in the industry and was missing the structure needed to run my business, but I still dove in determined to figure it out as I went.
I made a lot of mistakes and when I say a lot, I mean A LOT. I ran myself into the ground working full time at my day job and then trying to make TOC a second full time gig. I didn’t understand how to build a business, but more so, I didn’t understand what I wanted out of TOC. I knew I wanted to help people decorate their homes and create wonderful spaces that made them happy, but I didn’t know the best way to do that. Was sharing tips and tricks on a blog the best way to do that or was having set services the way to go? I didn’t know. I felt like I was in limbo by doing a little bit of both and really did myself and clients a disservice. I felt lost.
Then in December of 2017 I found out I was pregnant. It was the first time in my life where I realized I had to put myself first. The health of my growing baby had to be my top priority. I decided to pull back on everything. I went from someone who had a jam packed schedule to suddenly having an open Saturday where I could let the day unfold. Having the time and freedom to make last minute plans was foreign to me and I had some trouble adjusting to it, but once I did I REALLY appreciated it. My pregnancy allowed me an opportunity to take a step back from TOC and really evaluate what I was doing and where I wanted TOC to be. It was a much needed break.
Now, as we enter into Fall I’ve started to get my footing with this whole motherhood thing. I might have some sleepless nights and long days, but this little guy has already taught me how to slow down and take in every moment. I feel a true sense of purpose, confidence and clarity that I have never felt before. And that confidence and clarity has translated over into what I want out of Taste of Coffey.
As we go through the fall season you’ll see posts on everything from home decor to DIY to hosting tips & tricks. I am hoping to offer a place where readers can find inspiration and ideas for their own homes and If along the way you need any help with your own personal home design please don’t hesitate to reach out. I love working on new spaces!
So with that, I hope you’ll grab a cup of Coffee and join me as I document the adventures of TOC.
Here’s to the next cup!