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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Goodbye. Hello!

Hello.  My name is Annette.  You can call me Netti.  Welcome to my Blog.  So here's the deal........

I invite you to share in my journey as I attempt to make a career doing what I LOVE {not just like, or often enjoy.  I mean love. The thing I am most excited to wake up and spend a day doing}. My journey comes at a cost, a huge cost, but life threw some curve balls and I figure since we are making changes, we might as well make BIG changes.   Options were considered, pro's-and-con's charts were written up, and decisions were made.

Goodbye, So Long, Farewell:
1) Great salary, monthly bonus, company car, & benefits. {Oh how I miss you! Penny pinching.... how do I say it?.... Just sucks!  Sometimes I find myself excited about the innovative way I managed to stretch a dollar, but most days I have to continually remind myself of all the reason's we chose this path. Gone are the days of Costco impulse buys.  It sure was fun while it lasted and I like to believe we will see each other again someday.}
2.) House that I loved. {We put so much time and $ into you. And you were so full of love and wonderful memories. However, I admit I do love you more now than I did when I owned you. One of those, "you don't know what you've got till it's gone scenarios. Considering we just relocated to one of the most expensive areas, I can now only dream of buying a new house as wonderful as you were.}
3.) A most amazing community filled with meaningful relationships. {Folsom, CA.  I thought I was one of your lifelong residents and when I left, I was convinced I would never reside in a more charming city.  Lucky for me, I have been so pleasantly surprised. But not to worry, you were my first love and I will always hold you close to my heart.}

And now the fun part.... drum roll please....

Hello, Welcome, Come in:
1.) Freedom to pursue my passions! Instead of counting the minutes in the work day, I countdown the minutes until I get to start my next big job! It is an amazing feeling. I have lifted my Visual Design career off the ground and so far it has been incredible.{I am cool with a slow take-off, but please, please, please in another year, when both kids are in school, let's soar huge heights together!!}
 2.) A little condo by the beach. And I do mean little! {I curse you daily. I swear your walls are caving in on me. But the truth is that I have never been more hopeful, driven, grateful, and inspired.  Somehow you have given me such personal growth and I am really starting to like the new version of me}
3.) San Diego!!! Wow! { Encinitas, CA.  You win the prize for being what I never knew I always wanted.  What else can I say other than,You rock!}
4.) Happy husband, happy kids! {Greg, you are right, God made you to be a teacher and I am so proud of who you are. We did make the right decision relocating for your job.} I am so incredibly blessed to now have the opportunity to spend more time home with the kids. {Skylar and Luke, you can get excited because yes, tomorrow is a "stay at home with mommy day." Let's make pancakes, break out the dress up clothes, talk about princesses while watching the movie Cars, and then head to the park.} 

So.... with all that being said....  I encourage you to share in my journey.  I will keep you updated on my completed projects, share design tips and knowledge gained, and most important, aim to inspire anyone who like me, sat on a dream for a really long time, and is searching daily for the strength and courage to try to make it happen. 

Love to all,


  1. Oh, Netti. I am so proud of you! This post was so inspiring and my heart is just so very warm as I read what a beautiful change you guys are in the midst of. It's been too long since we've seen you guys and we will have to figure out how to change that some day soon! I just wish you the very, very best on your adventure. :o)

  2. Netti, I am so excited for you! Welcome to blog world! You mydear have a wonderful, amazing talent. You can make the mundane beautiful both in decor and life. I am so thrilled to read what you have to say, watch what you have to do and learn from your amazing creative spirit. You go girl! I am happy to support you any way I can! Love you!!