To my readers (if I still have any),
Once again, I have gone off the radar for the past three months; what´s new? I logged onto my WordPress account a few days ago, could not remember the password and saw a completely new dashboard that I don´t know how to use. So much has happened in the past three months, so I thought I would give you a little update on life.
2016 has been nothing short of challenging. I have been through some personal obstacles this year, with one of those involving the difficult decision to quit my job.
As many of you know, I recently launched my brand, Au Mexique, a few months ago, which was one of the main reasons I decided to leave my job. Since Au Mexique is a one-woman show right now, I wanted to focus all my time and energy on getting it off the ground. That was the logical explanation for giving up a steady income, health insurance, a laptop, a nice office, and feeling like I was contributing to a greater cause, right along with my co-workers who had become a second family.
But deep down, the decision was more personal than logical. I wanted to see what would happen if I took a great risk in order to build something that was completely my own. While I had no idea where the decision would lead to, I was willing to put my livelihood on the line to find out.
I had been working at my former company (Teleperformance if anyone wants to know, which by the way, is a truly fantastic place to start your career) for almost six years, but I found myself in a scary comfort zone. I was good at my job (or I like to think I was), I knew the in´s and out´s of how to make things happen and how to corral people with finesse. I loved my team, my co-workers and what my role stood for in the company.
I would always put off whatever I needed to get done for Au Mexique to instead spend time on work emails or finish a presentation. ALWAYS. It was this strange gravitation towards doing what made me feel comfortable, productive and valued. With Au Mexique, I had no idea (and still don´t) of what I am doing or if I am acheiving what I am supposed to be achieving. Nobody is there to tell you what to do. While not having a boss or organizational structure sounds like a vacation, I would argue that in some cases, it is at times more difficult not having a boss. Sure, I get to make my own hours and I love the creative process, but I am also Chief Officer of Everything Else (Finance, Storage, Shipping, etc.) and for many of these roles, I am blind as a bat.
But I am so glad I took the risk. It´s still too early to see how things will play out, but regardless of what happens, I know that I will never look back and regret getting out of my comfort zone.
Another issue I wanted to address in this little update is I Showed Up In Boots. To be honest, I am not sure how this blog will evolve, but in the meantime it is here to stay. However, since the Au Mexique website also has a blog, a lot of content has the potential to overlap and become redundant, not to mention overwhelming/confusing for both myself and the reader. On I Showed Up In Boots, you will continue to read about fashion, beauty, travel and other personal posts, whereas on the Au Mexique blog I will share important milestones and any other content related to the brand. The only change that there will be for the time being is that the I Showed Up In Boots Facebook page will be unpublished so that I can focus my efforts on Au Mexique and have one less channel to worry about. All updates for I Showed Up In Boots will be shared on my personal Facebook account and Instagram (@stephyharrison07).
Thank you guys for reading, commenting and supporting my (inconsistent) blog. Hopefully in 2017 I can turn it around and make it even better! If anybody has any tips on blogging consistently or learning to be your own boss, they are more than welcome 🙂