as of late.

I went from writing once a month to writing once every four months! ha! Thanks for sticking around with me on this journey. Even in the silent times. 

These last couple of months have been quite the whirlwind. We've been going and going, and going some more, and the exhaustion and sheer chaos of it all has hit me pretty hard recently. You may have noticed, if you follow my personal account on Instagram, that I spoke about this a little yesterday. I see very clearly how I've (we've) neglected rest and how important, and spiritual, rest is for us. I've kind of come to terms with the fact that we work in a seasonal business. I know that we will go hard for eight months out of the year and then rest and travel and do other fun things for the other four, but in the thick of it, which we are now, it's hard to see those slow days up ahead. I also know that taking a day off during the crazy time is more necessary than we'd like to think. I'm trying to be more intentional about resting and letting go of the guilt that I often feel when I'm not working.

So here's how these last few months have been spent and what's new over here.

>> For a short amount of time (about two months) I took on another job working at Anthropologie. However, I quickly realized that I couldn't balance it all and my time needed to be devoted to King of Pops. Jeremy has relied fairly heavily on me to help get things going this year, and for a time, I was frustrated by that. I wanted to do more of my own thing. However, I later realized that my role at King of Pops is important and I needed to focus my energy there.

>> As a thank you for my hard work at KoP and because he knew how much I missed being creative, Jeremy encouraged me to apply to Indie Craft Parade. So I did, and I was accepted! In case you're not sure what that is, it is a big deal. To me, at least! It is an extremely organized, beautifully curated craft show for makers like me to sell our goods. This year, it takes place September 18th - 20th. Because of that, I recently signed the lease for my very first studio. Follow along on Instagram (@alanahtextiles) to see photos of that as I settle in. I have a little over one month to churn out a lot of work. Whew. Getting a little nervous, but I know having the studio will make such a difference. 

>> We shot our engagement photos and whoa! They are gorgeous! Heather Payne killed it and captured our love so purely, simply and elegantly. It makes me even more excited for our wedding day. It is approaching quickly and I'm slowly but surely getting all of the little things done. I plan to share our engagement photos in my next post this week! Twice in one week, that is quite an accomplishment for me! 

>> I do have to mention that I did take a short vacation to the beach to recharge and it was so necessary and not nearly long enough. I had a few days with family to eat delicious food, bake in the sun (literally! I looked like a lobster for a few days), walk on the beach, and it was much needed. 

>> I was featured in Belle Magazine, a local Spartanburg magazine intended to inspire and encourage the modern woman. I was featured on Greenville Goods. The lady that runs that awesome biz, and her husband, are some of our favorite new Greenville friends and we love what they are doing!

>> I'm slowly growing my yoga business, Alanah Yoga. Check out the website if you haven't already and follow me on Instagram (@alanahyoga). So many plugs today! ha! One by one I am gaining more clients and more opportunities are becoming available to me. I've been connecting with awesome people and it feels good to be taking this business where I've been wanting it to go. 

And lastly, I mentioned in my latest Insta post that I would share some podcasts that I'm currently listening to that challenge me and teach me. I have a list of life and business podcasts that I listen to daily and I hope these will encourage some of you as well. 

LIFE: 

The Life Coach School Podcast: This one is my latest obsession. It takes me back to my yoga teacher training days. Because one of my instructors is a life coach, we worked through a lot of thought work and I LOVED it! This one will get you thinking and if you're into self-improvement, you'll enjoy it.

The Lively Show: Most of my creative friends will know this podcast. Jess Lively is very likable and I enjoy so many things about her podcast. She talks a lot about our intuition and our ego. She interviews some great people and I always learn something new from her.

The Chalene Show: I love this lady! If there's something that has happened to her or that she knows about that she can share, she'll share it. This podcast is about life, happiness, energy, fitness, and overall wellness. 

Happier with Gretchen Rubin: I just recently started listening to this one and I really like it so far. She was on The Lively Show and I was fascinated by her insight on habits and happiness. I wanted to learn more so I checked out her podcast and well, I could use improvement in the area of habits. 

Passion City Church Podcast: Louie Giglio is the man. I never listen to a sermon of his that I'm not challenged by. His messages are funny but incredibly thought provoking and each time, God kicks me in the pants just like I deserve. It's so good.

BUSINESS: 

Being Boss: This is another one that my creative lady friends will most likely know about. This podcast is still fairly new but is gaining momentum quickly. They chat about all things business and specifically, being the boss of your creative business. 

Build Your Tribe: Chalene Johnson, of The Chalene Show, is also the host of this podcast, which is more business oriented. She talks about everything from building your email list to avoiding hackers to morning routines. 

Smart Passive Income with Pat Flynn: This is one that doesn't directly apply to me because my business is not passive... yet. I do have some ideas, but again, as you know, this lady loooves to learn and this is one that I enjoy learning from now to possibly apply later. 

NEXT ON MY LIST:

Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod: I heard Hal Elrod on another podcast, I think it was Jess Lively's, and I was super inspired by his message. He is the author of the book, The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life… (Before 8AM)and I am so into this idea. I want a morning routine, or a routine in general, so bad I can't stand it. I crave routine and I know that creating a legitimate morning routine will set my entire day up for success.

Yoga to the People: This is basically audio from yoga classes and as an instructor, I am constantly trying to improve my own classes, so I'll be listening to this one to get some new ideas and sequences. 

Invisible Office Hours: Again, heard these guys on other podcasts and was intrigued so I am going to listen to more of their podcast episodes soon. 

Alanah Textiles is getting a facelift soon, before Indie Craft Parade, and in an ideal world, before the end of this month! Stay tuned. As mentioned, our engagement photos will be up soon so keep an eye out for those. And be sure to let me know what you think of these podcasts if you have a listen. Love you all so much and I'm so grateful for your continued love and support.

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