We were so excited to welcome Andi to our team a few weeks ago and are so happy to have her with us for our fall wedding season. Since her start, she has been fitting right in around here and has already been a tremendous help to us…(including blessing us with her beautiful hand lettering skills! Go check out her work on her website here —–> Workman Creative Company)…we are so grateful. Without further ado, meet Andi – our fall intern!
Where are you from?
I grew up in Eastern North Carolina, in the city of Greenville, and moved to Hickory in August of 2016.
What are you passionate about?
I’ve become more and more aware about how important it is to do things that matter – I want to make sure I’m using all of my talents to love and serve people well, whether through creating meaningful art or a simple conversation.
What are you most looking forward to for the remainder of 2017?
Building relationships with new middle school friends through the ministry Young Life, growing my small business, and CHRISTMAS. I really love Christmas.
What are you grateful for?
A husband who loves me well, a family that encourages us and supports our crazy, giant dreams, and my faith.
I love painting, baking sweet treats, exploring new mountain trails with my husband, tending to our garden, and spending time with family.
If you had a full day to yourself, what would you do?
I’d spend the entire day at my family’s river house, reading a Jodi Picoult Novel on the pier, eating a Bill’s Hotdog. (Our favorite hole-in-the-wall place!)
Three things you are loving right now?
Gardening, Emily P. Freeman’s “The Next Right Thing” podcast, and painting with acrylics
One state you want to visit in the next five years?
Best book you have ever read?
This is HARD! Right now The Finishing School by Valerie Woerner is at the top of my “best ever” list.
What was your favorite moment from your wedding?
As we were exiting our reception on my family’s boat, we had a few moments to be still and “soak in” all of the love we experienced that day as we idled down the river. It was the best way to end the best day–and that memory is one that I still think about often! (go check out her wedding pictures HERE!)
Vanilla or chocolate?
Beach or mountains?
I grew up a beach girl but am now way closer to the mountains. I love both, but I think when it comes down to it, I’ll always choose the small coastal towns at the beach!
Morning person or night owl?
I’m a night owl with dreams to become a morning person!
I am mostly an anything but winter person (I’m always cold!), but love what fall brings to the table: changing leaves, cooler weather (but still warm!), cross country, college football, and a little bit of slowing down as the world settles back into a routine.
Favorite city to visit?
Little Washington, North Carolina
Favorite show on Netflix?
Melty chocolate chip cookies straight out of the oven. Or a hot Krispy Kreme donut. I cant decide.
Homemade Mac and Cheese…or my Grandma’s Chicken and Pastry. I can’t decide about that either.
Coffee or tea?
Local + hole in the wall = all of the restaurants at the top of my list. I especially love Mexican food!
Favorite place to get coffee?
I always love grabbing coffee from any local coffee shop, but there is something magical about the coffee from Krispy Kreme in my hometown. It’s different than any other Krispy Kreme location, and every time I am visiting family I have to stop and get a cup!
If you were given $100 and you had to give it away to someone, who would you give it to?
I’d use it to send one of our middle school friends to Young Life Camp!
If you were given $100 and you had to spend it on yourself, how would you spend it?
I’d go buy a LetterFolk board! I’d also probably buy an Oreo Cheesecake Milkshake from Cookout.
Yesterday I posted on Instagram that I was participating in The Imperfect Boss campaign and then proceeded to share just a few of my many imperfections and insecurities related to being a creative business woman. Let’s just add another one to the list:
“Sometimes I don’t write and blog my monthly goals until the middle of the month.”
Ha! It’s true. Here we are…already September 14th! I’ll try to keep a glass half full perspective…we still have half of the month left to live intentionally in our lives and businesses!
Things to look forward to in September (and fun things that are already done!):
+ Apple picking! By far my favorite September activity. We usually go to Sky Top Orchard and love it. A couple years ago I wrote a post with tips for visiting that can be found here if you are interested.
+ Our new intern’s start date! She is here and she is wonderful. Can’t wait to introduce you to her next week.
+ The premiere of This Is Us. YESSSSS.
+ Team Night.
And my goals for the month:
Personal – September
+ Begin using my Write the Word journal from Cultivate What Matters. I ordered the “grateful” journal, but they will soon be renaming it the “contentment” journal. It’s perfect for me and just what I need.
+ Garage clean out. FINALLY. We literally haven’t been able to walk across our garage since we moved in more than a year ago…it’s a mess.
+ Do a fall purge/clean out of my upstairs closets.
+ Update our family goals and finalize fall plans.
Business – September
+ Plan for a fun fall giveaway – stay tuned!
+ Finish set up for and begin using our new studio management system – Dubsado! (This is mostly Erika’s goal :)).
+ Get my inbox to zero. Guys. THIS HAPPENED TODAY!
+ CSP Quarter 4 Planning Meeting
+ Organize my business paperwork. This has only been about 6 years coming.
+ Move forward in our decision for our new CPA.
+ Write one new business related blog post.
Have I mentioned how much I am in absolute love with the wedding albums we offer to our clients? Courtney and Rich’s album (they were married in 2012 – it’s never too late to order one!) just arrived and I am beside myself with how pretty it is. They decided on a light grey linen cover with a rose gold embossing of their names. It’s just perfect.
To read more about how and why I’ve come to place such a great importance on helping each of of couples create an album from their wedding day, head over right here.
P.S. Our albums are sourced by Red Tree Albums. We are big fans of theirs – great product and great service…..all around, a great company!