The Now What

Springtime Florals. This morning I woke up at 8:30am. I walked downstairs, made my coffee, sat with it on my back porch, and watered my plants. I ate some breakfast. Started a load of laundry. Picked up the kitchen and jumped on my laptop for a 10:00am work meeting. I listened to the Everglow album by Mae several times and spent some time pinning images from Poldark because I can’t wait for season two. I read & answered emails, ate lunch, and took pictures. All my first hours of being completely self-employed.Β Everything has changed, yet nothing has.

I cried Friday night as I sat at home looking at the box I brought home from work that day. Filled to the top with all the pieceΒ of my life that lived at that office building for the last four years – photos, trinkets, gifts, notes, and all the contents of my snack drawer. It’s so very bittersweet. Change is not my forte. I like to think of my self as an adventurer, go-getter, and change lover but the truth is I love consistency. I love the same restaurantsΒ the same plans, the same patterns. I’m going to miss working at Life Network and I’m going to miss the family of people there that I spent my weekdays with every week for the last four years.

I responded to a phone full of texts and phone calls today – so many dear friends & family wishing me the best, checking in on me, and seeing how day one is going. Day one is good. Day one is funny. Day one doesn’t really feel real.

The Now What question echos in my head. Now what are the next steps, the next direction, the next moves? I don’t know! And that is okay! It will be a lot of the same with a little less stressed out Elizabeth (and this is a good thing for everyone believe me πŸ˜‰ )

Springtime Florals.

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  • And I’ll also have time to dream up new projects! Thanks for being part of this community. You are such an encouragement & inspiration to me!

Happy Monday sweet friends! Here’s to new beginnings and now whats!

Springtime Florals.

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Oak & Oats

  • Love your vulnerability. Change is good, but scary. You got this, girl.

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much!!!

  • I just stumbled across your blog and I seriously love your photos/design! Coming from Utah, I totally love your mountain logo πŸ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      So perfect!!! Welcome fellow mountain lover!!!

  • I am so proud of you for taking that leap and following your dreams! I’m not a fan of change either. I like to think I am, but usually that’s not the case! I just have to learn to trust in God and His plan. I know He has good plans for you!!

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Ashlee! You are a gem!!

  • Girl, I am right there. I was laid off in February and it’s still been hard to find another full-time job. Luckily I was able to transition my part-time job into full-time but it’s not the work I want to do.

    I found that taking some time off, I was able to think about what I want to do next. Change can be good! Definitely take a good 1-2 weeks off to relax and not get stressed about the NOW WHAT. Then get back to work πŸ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks! Now I don’t feel so bad about the slower days! I know I need them! And praying for you and these next steps as you figure out where you want to be and what is in store!

  • Good luck with this new adventure! Changes are always hard for me, so I totally get what you mean. I’m sure that everything will work well! β™‘

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks thanks thanks!!!

  • I’m so very excited for you! I can’t wait to see where you go and what you do from here.

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much for your constant encouragement Stacia!

      • You are so welcome, girl!

  • Jae

    I remember quitting my work as a production editor for almost five years before I moved here to the US, and the first thing I did the following day was sleep in. It felt like I had to catch up on sleep since during the last part of my tenure, I chose to work from 6AM to 2PM. The second thing that I did was catch up with my reading. I’ve never read so many books in a month since I started working full-time!

    May you prosper with grace through all your future endeavors, Beth! πŸ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      YAY! Okay! So sleep and reading are totally allowed! I’ll take that!!

  • Congratulations on your new ventures! You’re going to find you’re routine in no time! πŸ™‚

  • Congratulations on your new ventures! You’re going to find your routine in no time! πŸ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      Thanks so much Katelyn!

  • Change is scary, but I’m so excited to keep up with where it leads you, girl! Congrats on the first day!

    • Oak & Oats

      AH! Thanks so much!

  • I’m starting to feel the same way – the school year is just about over here in Connecticut, and next year I will have two full-time kids on the same schedule. The Now What is looming for sure. Do I look for a part-time job? Do I really commit to my handmade business? Do I actually clean my house? πŸ˜€ It will be interesting to see how it goes.

    • Oak & Oats

      Hahah! Yes! Enjoy your time! You’ll figure out what you need to be doing in time πŸ™‚

  • I hope you know that your day was more productive than you may know! I stumbled across your blog last week, and it was just the motivation I needed to finally start my blog. I actually finalized my 1st blog tonight. Thank you for being an inspiration!

    • Oak & Oats

      AH!!!!!!! This is so wonderful! I am so proud of you! You got this!!!

  • Congrats to you! I’ve been reading the book “Boundaries” and it brought up an interesting point – that God matches our effort when we go out on faith and take steps forward using our talents, but he can’t stand passivity. It’s making me think more and more about taking leaps of faith, like you’re doing, to use talents and go after dreams – grateful to see your example of courage and vulnerability too! Good luck as you start your new adventure!

    • Oak & Oats

      Jenn! What an encouraging comment! Thanks so much!! You are wonderful!