I’ve inexcusably posted-poned writing this post until now, the very end. And now I sit here in front of the computer with only one last task for the evening – write my farewell post for Hilary Inspired. I feel sadly at a loss for sufficient words. What’s with me?!
I guess composing this is a bit like saying goodbye to a really dear friend and I’ve never been good at that. I’m that person that drags on a closing conversation far too long when it’s really time to just give a heartfelt hug and continue on. So, here’s my most sincere attempt at a heartfelt hug.
For the past three and a half years, this little corner of the internet has been my creative outlet, escape, building block, artist’s statement, and expressive platform. Three and a half years may not sound like a lot of time but let’s just look back for a minute. SO much has happened!
Here’s the breakdown:
In the beginning, I started out with nothing more than a plan to put my portfolio online. David and I were moving to Fort Worth, TX from Middle Tennessee and I needed a job. Having an online presence seemed like a smart thing to do in my situation. At the time, I was obsessed with reading blogs and starting one of my own seemed like a fun idea. Thus was born Hilary Inspired… It wasn’t glamorous.
One year into things, I was working for a furniture company in Fort Worth, assisting a textile designer on my time off, and blogging like crazy! What started as a casual hobby quickly became a serious creative outlet.
Year two ushered in a very new set of adventures. I transitioned from furniture sales person and part-time assistant to full-time social media manager at a very well respected lighting and accessories manufacturer based in Dallas. I can say without a sliver of doubt that my blog was a key factor in securing that work. Working freelance from home, blogging, photographing, tweeting, Facebook-ing… this was my life. I loved the freedom and flexibility! And with that newfound flexibility I advanced my blog to a new level by committing to exclusively self-produced content. Artful, beautiful photography became the focus of my posts.
In year three I added interior design work to my list of services. In addition to managing social media campaigns, I began assisting various interior designers in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. Then, in the Fall of that year (2012), I joined D Home as a weekly contributing blogger. Again, I can’t imagine that I would have found the same opportunities had I not been writing my blog.
Year three began in January of this year and I found myself working exclusively at Pulp Design Studios as their social media manager and junior designer. With a devoted blog audience, a column on the D Home blog, and work in the interior design field, I was feeling pretty good about things… with one nagging exception.
One year prior, I had started a very small project called Style Story. It was going to be a monthly series on Hilary Inspired and my expectations were humble. I simply wanted to visit the homes of creative people with cool style and share their spaces on the blog. Inspired by the likes of Todd Selby and Backyard Bill, I scheduled my first photo shoot. And almost immediately after photographing that first feature, I had this strong feeling that this was what I was supposed to be doing! It wasn’t until a year later that I would discover just where that would be.
Flash forward to October of this past year… I met an incredibly inspiring blogger and personal role model. She got some serious ideas churning in my head and that “very small project” that I had been working on for the past year suddenly became the seeds for what is now Our Style Stories. This past April, I officially let the cat out of the bag about my plans and, since then, it’s been a roller-coaster of creativity, uncertainty, bittersweetness, excitement, and enthusiasm.
I know I said I wouldn’t drag this on, but the context of my decision to retire Hilary Inspired seems important. What feels right now like an ending is truly just the beginning. I will miss this specific online space tremendously because it’s become so much a part of me! But I am exponentially more excited about the next phase of things. Our Style Stories is coming!!! Are you ready for the next adventure?
See you on the other side, friends!