There's so much we want to say and we'll surely get to it in this post, but first we're just gonna rip the band-aid off and cut to the chase. We're closing up shop here at The Resource Girls. Yep, we're ending our blog, website, mail club and business. Shocked? I know, we are too.
Well, we are and we aren't all at the same time. We're shocked because we both realized it in the same week and said it out loud at the same time. We're not shocked because if we look back at how much we've evolved and grown over the last year, it makes perfect sense.
The "we should end the blog" thoughts started with our Detroit weekend together over Cat's birthday. It was the first time, in a loooong time, that we were together in the same city and didn't do an ounce of blog work. We've said it so many times before, but for most of our blog life it never felt like work.
We loved it! This weekend was different though. We let loose. We had some good talks about life and our futures and none of our three days together included the blog .
Over this same weekend, we also had this revelation about how life keeps happening and sometimes it takes a minute for your brain to catch up to it. Has that ever happened to you? We kind of found ourselves in this moment where we were creating and working towards these wonderful things in our life and oddly enough we really hadn't quite caught up to it all and to where life had placed us. Ending the blog was lingering on the surface through all of it, we just hadn't really allowed those thoughts to bubble over yet.
Fast forward a day and we started texting about how our blog isn't growing and really hasn't grown in some time. After several days of soul searching, both separately without knowing the other was doing the same, a phone call we had scheduled to talk about upcoming photo shoots ended up being the beginning of the end. We both said out loud that we knew we needed to move on from RG. We were both shocked to realize we individually felt so relieved. It's clear you've made the right decision when relief is your first thought.
We both have been growing, evolving and pursuing so many other things in our lives, things that we love and are excited about, but things that made us realize we can't grow this blog and The Resource Girls brand to what we had originally envisioned. Our hearts weren't in it anymore and we were wise enough to know and say that it's okay! We write this feeling so incredibly proud and thankful. We're proud that we have and always will leave room for growth in our lives. We're proud of each other for evolving and not being afraid of change. We're proud of ourselves for putting our lives on blast for all to see. We're thankful for each other and our friendship! We're thankful for life never working out how you planned and we're thankful for our ability to know when it's time to move on. Most of all, we're thankful for all of you, and all the great relationships we have built along the way.
Although we're sad, we truly are leaving this chapter of our lives at peace!
We always believe in the power of a new beginning, so what's our next chapter look like?!
As I write this, I'm on a two week break from school. It just so happened to fall within the time frame of stopping the blog, so I've thoroughly enjoyed some extra R&R! It's been really good for my soul to slow down a bit, delete some to do lists, and take a breather. Since my schooling is part time, it goes all year round with only a few small breaks here and there for a week or two. By the time you read this I'll be gearing up for my summer classes and will be moving full steam ahead. The last year and a half of my schooling includes two internships that will be pretty time intensive, all while working full time. Like I said, thoroughly enjoying a small break with the realization my life will get crazier in 2018.
Nathan and I are also in the process of packing, packing, packing! We move into our new home this month and this is probably the most exciting part of my next chapter. We've felt all the emotions throughout our packing process as we think about leaving our apartment and all the memories it has brought us, but we are so ready to be home owners. I'm sure the thrill of home ownership will die down when a pipe breaks, or a toilet leaks, but we're thankful to call something ours. We've already coined the phrase "Wertz Manor" as we dream of all we want to do and are thrilled we will be spending our first wedding anniversary in our new home! Thankful for my Mr. who has always been 100% supportive and on board with mine and Cat's crazy ideas, like starting a blog! I'm excited to see what this next chapter of home owndership holds for us.
I have no clue what else this next chapter will hold for me, but for now I'm content in what I have been given in this moment. If there's one piece of advice I could give you, as I close this chapter in my life, it's that you deserve your love and the world deserves more of your love too!
I found this quote while packing up my closet and couldn't help but snap a picture of it. My hope for you, and for myself, is that we all choose to love ourselves, each other, and this planet that we walk on a little more. Thanks for reading and being along for this wild RG ride!
If I was talking I would be choked up. I can't quite believe that after almost three years we are shutting down RG. Lauren and I have always been the type of people that when we know something we just KNOW and ending the blog was no different than when we started it, we both just knew it was time.
I can't quite believe how much has changed for me in the last year. On October 23rd I worked my last shift at the hospital and went all in on my Isagenix business. I've never looked back and have loved every single day of being an entrepreneur. However, building a brand and a business from the ground up is not for the birds. I have spent hundreds, dare I say, thousands of hours on meetings, emails, going to networking events, planning events, following up with people, helping them lose weight and have more energy and just giving my business every part of me. Quite honestly this has not left room for much else, which can be a blessing and a curse. At times I haven't even had things to blog about because I'm not watching TV, going to the store or keeping up on the latest trends or deals. Like we mentioned above, it was almost like our brains couldn't catch up but both mine and Lauren's realities have drastically shifted.
Even though I've spent so much time on my business I've also spent a ton of time on my personal growth and development. I start my mornings in quiet and meditation and I exercise five to six times each week. I'm in the best physical and mental shape of my life and I couldn't be more proud of how far I've come and excited about where I'm headed. I've began doing some nursing again on the side very occasionally and have gotten connected with The Positivity Charge, an amazing health and wellness event coming to Detroit. I've made some lifestyle changes in order to save for a house and make some plans for my future. I'll definitely be staying put in the Motor City and couldn't be more excited about it.
I've blogged before about being divorced and starting over, changing careers and moving across the country. However, I hope most of all I always inspire others to be the best version of themselves. The past doesn't equal the future. Never stop believing in love, second chances, and the ability to create the life you desire.
My new home is over at Nine Lives Health and Mind. A place to take a leap, not be afraid of failure and start living the life you've always imagined. Would LOVE to connect with you there.