end of summer life updates
Over the past month or so, I have been terrible with posting on my blog. And I’ve been feeling really bad about that. Partly because if there is anyone out there that reads my blog regularly, I want ot be able to post content consistent for them. Not sure I have too many religious readers though. But thank you in advance if you are! Mostly, I feel like I’ve been letting myself down.
My sparse posts are for good reason though! I have been working on a lot of things – personally and professionally and I want to loop you into what is going on.
First, you might have seen on my Instagram that I was travelling for two weeks. I went to LA for almost a week. From LA I hopped over to Idaho to spend a full week in Boise visiting my brother and other family. Both trips were fantastic. I was surprised at how much I loved LA. People are a lot nicer than the stereotype lets on. It’s beautiful. In addition to the beach, I was obsessed with the architecture. It’s different than the East Coast or Midwest because it was developed later and really rings of mid-century modern and 70s retro. Maybe I will do a separate LA post, but I don’t know, I might have forgot everything I did already.
Second, I have officially started my job hunt. We all know how long it can take to find a new job and we’ve all heard “looking for a job is a full-time job itself”. This is doubly true if you are like me now and are very picky about what you are looking for. I didn’t want to rush into this job search. I wanted to take 3-4 months off from everything professional – completely rest and reset. I have been using this summer to get clear on what is really important to me and develop into the woman I love. Starting in early August, I launched my job search. Prepping for interviews and doing the “hiring activities” has taken up a bit of my time.
Third. If you read my last post, you are aware that I’ve been dealing with some residual impact (both positive and negative) from sharing my story of sexual assault. There is a lot of self-care involved in this and I’ve been devoting a lot of time and energy here to make sure I take care of myself. Sometimes this means that I don’t write (or post) as much as I would like.
Lastly. I am starting a design studio – Tall Hair Creative. This has been a lifelong dream of mine, and at the same time an idea that did not really come together until a few weeks ago.
I have always dreamed of owning my own business but was never really sure what I wanted to do. I would often think of an idea and talk myself out of it the next day by telling myself someone else is already doing it - or - someone else can do it better - or - I’m not ready.
Then I finally realized that all of those things are true and false at the same time. When I finally realized what I really love to do and what I am really good at - I thought about design. At its core, THC is a design studio. We design organizations, brands, and lives. You don’t often see these services offered at one firm but I saw this intrinsic link connecting them all - storytelling.
When I started writing privately, I started to get clear on so much – my past and my present. And when I launched my blog in January 2018, I learned the power of storytelling. Through sharing my experiences and most vulnerable feelings on a public platform, I learned that storytelling is the best way to know ourselves, experience genuine connection, and live authentically.
I truly believe there is something very powerful in knowing and owning your story. This power can be transferred to org design, brand design, and life design. And that is what I think makes Tall Hair so unique and so impactful.
Brand Design - logo, brand identity and position, website design, copy and messaging, etc
Org Design - strategy design, team/skill development, process design
Life Design - one-on-one coaching
— go to tallhaircreative.com to learn more and learn how they all intertwine.
Right now, I am working with some clients, pro bono style, so that I can build my portfolio. It’s been a crazy month because I have no idea what I am doing to set all this up, but I am figuring it out along the way and having a blast. This is the most alive I’ve felt – ever. It’s really hard and scary but I love it.
I’m sure I will have so much more to share throughout the next few months as we prepare to launch (thinking November 2018) and I’m sure a lot will change. So stay tuned - here on the blog and on instagram @tallhaircreative. If you have any questions about THC – feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not sorry for how the amount of photos of myself is not proportionate to the amount of text because I am obsessed with this photoshoot (oh which I have 400 more photos with 4 more outfits….OMG. Thank you - www.arastasiaphotography.com)
Stephanie DeLacy unapologetically shares what it’s like to navigate the world as 20-something white girl, with humor, profanity, and raw vulnerability. Stephanie recounts stories of her travel, mental health, and the journey to loving her body. Her descriptions of dating are bawdy but incredibly relatable. She courageously describes her dysfunctional childhood, healing from trauma, and how she’s evolved as a survivor of sexual assault. At times, heart wrenching, her stories will evoke raw emotion and connect to you on the most guttural level. She hopes to inspire authentic living and human connection. Stephanie lives in Cleveland with her dog and two cats.