Seattle. I fell in love with you five years ago and what a journey we have been on these past five years. It is a bit crazy to look back on some of my original posts about Seattle. So much of what I wrote then still rings true, but so much has also changed. My love for Seattle has changed and evolved over the years and gone through many stages.
This is a post I never thought I would be writing. It is not a post I ever wanted to write. However, it is one I feel I need to write. I try to be open and honest on this blog as much as I can be. By holding this back, I feel I am not being completely honest. There are things that are far worst in the world, but for me this is something that has really affected my mental health and overall outlook.
We are have completed month two of our quarantine. I am at the point where I am never sure what day it is and can never remember when things happened. I have been trying to keep my days as consistent as possible, as well as doing things I find productive everyday. This actually result in a fairly good month in terms of my goals.
We have been officially been under stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders for over a month now, but have been staying home for close to two. Being home so much has given me a lot of time to think, feel and do. Think about my life and how I am feeling. Feel a lot of feelings and put names to them. Do the things that I have been saying I want to do, but have never had the time to do. It has been a weird, but clarifying time for me. I am not saying that I have everything figured out, but it is certainly a great time to learn about yourself. It has also been an interesting journey.
I announced the launch of Parties by Catie-Marie in the middle of February. I was so excited when this finally came to fruition and I was able to launch my little Etsy shop. I had been thinking and dreaming about it for months and the fact that I took the leap was such a big moment. I had poured countless hours into creating the products, designing branding materials and thinking about the future. While I do not have a huge line, I was so excited to launch the products that I did have.
Even before I had launched the shop, I was thinking about all of the other products that I wanted to create. So many items beyond wedding invitations and invitation inserts… I wanted to expand to a full line of paper products for weddings, baby shower products, birthday party decor and holiday decor.
But we are in a very different place than we were in at the middle of February. The fact is we are in the midst of a global pandemic. One that can be incredibly dangerous due to the silent nature of the illness for the first 14 days. The best way we can flatten the curve on this pandemic, is to stay away from other humans (a.k.a. social distancing).
The entire goal of my company is to bring people together and along them to create a festive and classic atmosphere at the events and holidays they host. In light of everything going on, I feel it would be irresponsible to continue to encourage people to host parties and gatherings. Given this, I will be temporarily closing Parties by Catie-Marie. I will assess the situation on a regular basis and reopen when I feel it would be responsible to do so.
I appreciate everyone’s understanding during this time. Hopefully we will be back up and running in no time. Until next time, friends… CML
I cannot believe it is already April?! We are only three months into the year and it has already felt like a full year. March has definitely gotten the best of me with everything going on in the world and life. I fell out sync with writing for the blog and was focusing on other things. I have half written like ten posts and have made it my mission to finish them and post them. For now, I am going to review how the past couple of months have gone with my resolutions.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the wedding posts so far. We started by talking through priorities and figuring out what you want your wedding to be. Then we talked about the wedding planning process. That was one of my favorite post to write as I am such a little planner. Now, I want to talk about go into more detail and talk through some of the mechanics of some aspects of the wedding. First up is the wedding party.
I will start off by saying that we did A LOT while we were in town. Hence the need for a second post. Our days were packed but we still carved out a little bit of downtime each day. It ended up being perfect. I am so excited to go through all of the things we did while we were in town! Some of these were things I had done before and some were brand new. However, I ended up enjoying each thing for different reasons!
Last week I announced the launch of Parties by Catie-Marie! It is something I have been working on this for a while and was so excited to share this with everyone. It is something I have become so passionate about and hope others can benefit from that passion. I wanted to breakdown the products that were launched with the launch of the business. Each month I will be back to launch more products and walk you through them!
It has been a few months since our perfect day. I still think about it often and am so grateful for each part of it. It made all of the months of planning and stress and excitement fully worth it. As soon as Riley and I talked through what our priorities with the wedding would be, we jumped right in.
I am a planner to the fullest. In general, my process is to come up with a concept then think through all of the specifics until the concept becomes more realistic. Planning my wedding was no different. Riley and I talk through not only our priorities with the wedding were, but also how we wanted to feel, what we wanted to be incorporated and so much more. This was how our concept was created. I will admit, I wish Parties by Catie-Marie was around back when I was planning our wedding. While making the invitation inserts inspired the idea for the company, I realistically could have done so much more and hope to with my store.