GETAWAY IN THE BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAINS

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There is something about nature that’s so good for the soul. It has such power to refresh and revive in ways not many other things can. Chris and I have found that we are most rejuvenated when we can get away – just the two of us – for a few days and spend time away from busy city life in a beautiful place and enjoy the great outdoors. So that’s what we did.

Last week, we took some time off, rented a vacation home from Air BnB, and spent a few days in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Northern Virginia. It was the perfect mix of lounging, enjoying mountain views, eating breakfast on the grand front porch, watching the tube (NBA Finals, holla!) as well as driving through the long windy country roads, hiking a bit, and exploring Shenandoah National Park. It rained several times, cutting into most of our hiking time, but we did get to spend a morning trekking up to a waterfall, which was pretty great.

One of the coolest things we experienced was getting to see the wildlife. We watched a momma bear and her two cubs play in the wild – pretty spectacular. And we came across a baby fawn franticly stumbling up the road all by himself – probably one of the cutest little creatures I’ve ever seen. We later saw the fawn with his momma, so I could sleep in peace that night. There were lots of other fun critters around too, like chipmunks, alpacas, and rabbits. What can I say, we’re suckers for animals.

If you’re in the Northern Virginia/DC area and looking for a quiet getaway in the Shenandoah Mountains with your family, check out the Air BnB vacation rental where we stayed. Highly recommend it!

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BIG LIFE UPDATE + AN ETSY SALE

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If you’ve been following my blog at all for the last few years, you’ll notice there was once a really fruitful season of Rebekah Disch Design with lots of DIY blog posts, weekend trip recaps, design and decor posts, launching of new products, free printable give-aways, fun design collaboration opportunities, and more. Those days were really fun. Those were the days I grew to really love blogging. Then I went back to work full-time and pretty much have been doing the 9-5 for the last three years, leaving little time to work on my creative business much at all. I’ve still sold prints and cards in my Etsy shop, participated in craft fairs, and took on occasional custom design work, but due to having to devote most of my life to working for the man (and I’m thankful for those opportunities for sure!), I had to say bye bye to the prospect of focusing on RDD in a way that the business really deserved. So, I worked. I put in the hours, worked hard, resolved to stay faithful where I was planted, and embraced my job(s) God has graciously given me over the years, and we were always taken care of and were never in want.

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THE BACK STORY
When we moved to Virginia a year ago, our pace of life went from zero to 60 almost immediately. We got plugged in to our amazing church, started new jobs, and we were happily overwhelmed with the amount of people, friendships, community, things to do, and places to see that were put in front of us… the experience of moving from small town Texas to the nation’s capital is no joke! So many good things but so much change with little time to rest or process in between.

Almost immediately after moving, I accepted a graphic design position at a local design firm. This job was a God-send and provided a great space for me to learn, grow, and produce some really fun design work. It pushed my brain creatively in ways I would have never been pushed otherwise. I had a very gracious and kind Creative Director. I made new friends. I learned a TON. But the hours were long, the days were stressful, and our personal/family time suffered, as well as my ability to really give my time to the people in our lives that we love and the things in our life that really matter to us. I was tired. Stressed. Spent. And hungry with the desire to grow RDD again and to do work that I really love. The creative itch continued.

A few months ago, Chris and I started having conversations about how I could possibly make my design business work. In addition to wanting a pace-of-life change, I was becoming more and more inspired to explore the idea of running my own business instead of doing work for someone else. We spent lots of days reflecting, evaluating, and brainstorming what it would look like to slow down a bit, have more flexibility in our schedules, and dream together of what RDD could be, if given the chance. I started thinking of all the things I love to do, all the ways God has gifted me and the avenues I could take with those talents. And I wondered… why not? Why work for someone else doing work they want me to do when I can work for myself and do what I really love while at the same time giving me more life flexibility? My business already has a foundation, why not continue to build on that?

THE EXCITING NEWS
So after weeks of anticipation, here I am, over-sharing on the internet about my journey, and I am excited to announce that as of this week, I’ve officially ended my previous job and am now pursuing RDD full time. Hooray! We are super pumped about this new venture and are excited and ready for the joys and challenges along the way, as well as the time we will get back as we slowly but diligently seek to live life more purposefully together.

WHAT I’LL BE DOING
I am planning to initially focus on doing some freelance work, mainly logo design for small, creative businesses as well as some other fun, creative things coming down the pipeline (can’t wait to share!). I’ll also be giving some time to my Etsy shop, creating new art prints and cards and building my stationery business with a focus on weddings and events. And did I mention… blogging? I am super pumped to give this little corner of the internet some tender lovin’ care and keep this blog more updated on a regular basis.

SO…WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
As a celebration, I am having a store-wide sale in my Etsy shop. Everything is 30% off from now until June 30. Just go to my shop, fill your cart with goodies, and use the code HOORAY30 at checkout.

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Thanks for your continued support in my journey and for your interest in this little business of mine.

Cheers!

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