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Life Update: New Job, Growing Business, What's Next

The truth is, I never wanted to be a teacher. That was a dream my parents and grandparents had for me. I realized it before I even started. I told everyone it wasn't what I wanted to do BUT, I was years into a degree and there was no turning back in my world. I did what was expected just like I was told. It took me 4 years of college (constantly telling everyone I hated my major), 1 full year of student teaching (where I saw the cattiness of teachers and really hated the job I chose), and 2 years of teaching to finally walk away from the world my family had forced upon me. 

Then one day, I was done. I quit my job, moved to Texas, and knew I would never teach another day.

Once in Texas, I started to grow my blog and brand and it became enough to support me (also shoutout to Eddie K for paying the bills cause ya girl wasn't making that much yet.) I started getting instagram campaigns and brands reaching out for collaborations. This started to become something I truly loved doing. I enjoyed building brands and working on social media and creating marketing designs. For the first time in my entire life I started to wake up and enjoy what I was working on.

In the meantime, I found a little part-time job at a local Austin boutique. It was more about having the social aspect of being around people when Eddie traveled for weeks at a time. I would be lying if I said it was something I really wanted to do. Did I like it? Yes. Did I love it? No. I learned a lot about customer service, management, and how to run a business/how not to run a business.

I'll say this, it started out fun but ended up being something I dreaded to do everyday. I cut back to 20 hours a week and it allowed me enough space that I didn't hate working there plus also gave me some free time to work on our own business, which is continuing to grow daily.

Fast forward to now. Sunday I accepted my dream job working at The Vintage Round Top. It was a blessing in disguise and there's no one to thank but God. It came when I wasn't looking and it's exactly what I've always wanted to do. It's a little brand development mixed with a little social media strategizing PLUS I also get to organize peoples calendars and that just makes me happy.

Don't worry, I'm still dedicated to Whiskey Boat Goods and having our little business grow into my full-time job is STILL the end goal. The best part? My bosses know that are even willing to help us grow along the way.

So on to big and better. Can't wait to see where this leads me!

Dewalt Circular/Jig Saw Review

It's no secret that Eddie K is a DEWALT superfan! Our garage is basically all black and yellow! Here's one of his favorite tools he's purchased and a bit more of a review straight from him!

I have been wanting to start a new DEWALT brushless tool collection. Home Depot made it hard to say no a few weeks ago: buy the circular saw and get the jig saw for free! FREE!! (promotion may no longer be available in your area.)

A couple of things I noticed immediately when comparing to the old 18v I had. 
1. The blade is on the right side. I’m interested to see how the offset weight works out. 
2. The deck plate is a composite vs a cast metal.

After using it a bit, I'm a big fan of the flexvolt circular saw. This thing cuts through a 4x4 like butter. Before I got my table saw I used it to rip 2x4 with no problems. I highly suggest this for the causal or professional user.

Here's a few photos of the DEWALT jig saw in action. 

To see both saws mentioned in the post in real-time action, check out our YouTube video for our DIY farmhouse barn door project below plus follow Eddie on Instagram HERE. 

For a complete look at the barn door installation visit HERE.


Reintroducing Myself + Spring Greenery

It's been awhile since I updated y'all on my life here in Austin, Texas. Figured today was better than never. Here's a quick run down of what I've been up to!

Spring is basically here so I figured what better time to reintroduce myself to all my new followers/readers while also giving you a look at the stunning spring greenery we have floating around our home right now? 

So sit back and get to know me a little better while enjoying the beautiful blooms!
Here's a quick run-down of who I am....aka my obligatory "about me"....updated a bit to catch y'all up with where I am at this point in my life thus far!

I'm a college graduate, former teacher, boutique manager, candle shop co-owner, dog mom, girlfriend, and blogger. Whew! That's a lot. Seriously, my resume is all over the place but hey, that's what makes! I spent 23 of my last 25 years living in a teeny-tiny Tennessee town. Then about three years ago,  I fell head over heels for the cutest Texas boy you've ever seen. A few months later and I was packing up and moving 1,500 miles to be by his side. In October 2015, I officially became an Austin resident and I can honestly say I've never been happier. 

Eddie K is more than just he love-of-my-life. He's my best friend, my roommate, my doggy-daddy, and my business partner. He's every little thing I never knew I needed (BUT DID) all wrapped up in one perfect human being. I'm sure what I did to deserve him but I'm so glad he's mine.

Eddie K and I spend most of our free time just being together and enjoying the city we live in. If there's a vintage store or brunch spot within 50 miles, chances are we've heard of it or visited it. At home, we are owned by a carefree+energetic little girl-dog. She was the best post-Christmas gift I could've ever asked for. She's a mix-breed/"shelter special" who even has her own instagram and hashtag: #LorettaThePointer. She can do exactly EIGHT TRICKS (sit, lay down, roll over, shake, high-five, hug, treat on the nose, + spin) and usually lays in my lap as I blog. She's the root of most of our favorite memories and we couldn't imagine our lives without her.

We recently became members of a church called Life Austin, here in Austin, and couldn't be happier with the decision. We've grown to love the pastors, peers, and environment they have to offer. If you're ever passing through, you can meet us at the chapel. Seriously, we love it there. 

In June of 2016, Eddie and I embarked on a new journey and found ourselves in uncharted territory ; we decided to open our own business. Whiskey Boat Goods is an all natural candle and soap company we have literally built from the ground up. Launching on 9.1.16, all we hoped was that these handmade goods would bring joy to everyone who received them. A year later and we are in stores all over the United States and expanding more and more daily. 

As for blogging, I started my journey in 2011 as the face behind The Tennessee Life. TL started as a way for me to remember my thoughts and lesson plans while attending college for elementary education. From there, it went from school ideas to fashion and then transferred into me sharing my outfits that I wore while attending country music festivals. 

About a year into the making of The Tennessee Life, everything flipped upside down. I stopped writing about everything EXCEPT music. I worked with artists on the verge of success, reviewed many shows, songs, and videos, and even found myself in a face-to-face interview with the one and only, Mr. Garth Brooks.

BUT....after 3 years and a move across the country, I'm back to blogging about all the other important parts of life on a new blog: Dreams + Gasoline. Stick around for all things style+beauty, recipes+dining, product reviews, home decor + travel tips, and my life as a newly-found Texas girl, dog mom, girl boss, business owner, and girlfriend.

We all have a story, this one's mine.....