5.09.2011

the best

this weekend started off with a huge shock. i got let go from my day job (i worked in marketing at an architecture firm). the company is downsizing and had to make some cuts (an all too familiar story in the past few years). when i left the office on friday with all of my stuff i was bit shaken up. later that night, after a long talk with h and a few bud light limes i started to realize that this unexpected event is just what i needed to push me into a career that really made me happy. i liked my job, loved the people but i really want to focus my time and talents on something that is more design driven. this blog has been an incredible creative outlet, i am so grateful for it and for all of you and i look forward to posting everyday. i want to get more involved in the blogging community and i plan to start offering blog layout and additional custom design services (stationery, brochures, invitations, recipe cards, etc) email me if you're interested in more info.
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a huge thank you to all of you who sent me supportive tweets :) i feel so lucky to have such loving friends and family. happy monday and keep smiling. 

xo, 
jillian
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  1. I'm so sorry for what you're going through. That must have been a huge shock. But it sounds like you have amazing opportunities coming up. I find your attitude so inspiring, and I'm sure it will lead you to wonderful things. Best of luck!

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  2. I saw something on Twitter & was wondering...Clearly you are being pushed to do something bigger, better & way more fun! Bonne Chance!!! I'm sure you'll do great! x

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  3. Wow, I had no idea!! Would H support you being a housewife? Lol. You'll get into something you love, and you're a total rockstar at anything you do, I can't wait to hear more about it!!! :)

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  4. i am so sorry you had to go through that but you are so very talented and i am absolutely positive you will do great designing your own things! i wish you all the luck in the world : )

    life spelled jen

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  5. that must have been a terrible shock! but i am sure you will pull through and you are going to be great with the blog design stuff. good luck in your new venture!

    http://lachapstickfanatique.blogspot.com

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  6. Chin up chook! Maybe its for the best if you can now see where you want to be and what you want to do with your life!
    Good luck!

    Flossy Blossom

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  7. Wow really sorry to hear that, but your positive attitude is amazing! Best of luck in your new endeavor!
    xxkristin

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  8. I'm sorry to hear about you job but I love the post, that saying is perfect to live by!

    http://jennaleelac.blogspot.com/

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  9. I'm so sorry to hear this, but am very happy to hear you have a plan. Good luck and can't wait to see some of your work!

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  10. Leaving my day job behind last year was the best thing that's happened to me. You will be so happy to be doing something you truly love!

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  11. I am sorry to hear about your job but that means another door is going to open for you and it looks like it already has. I know you will be successful in your new venture! Good luck!

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  12. Hi, this is my very first time here and I'm loving your posts. They're really good.

    Remember, everything happens for a reason in this life. We appreciate even more a sunny day, after the storm is gone.

    Drop by if you have a minute, ok?

    Have a blessed week!

    xo

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

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  13. You are ridiculously strong for being able to talk about this and see the silver lining in all of it. I'm so sorry for what happened but I'm so happy you have such a positive outlook! :)

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  14. jillian, sometimes destiny has a funny way of showing us our path in life (that's super new age of me, but i totally believe it!)
    do what you love! and design is something you've definitely got talent for!
    :)
    marissa

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  15. I'm so sorry to hear that! You definitely have talents in design! I know that you will now be doing something that you love! Everything happens for reason! There is a better path for you :) XOXO

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  16. oh my gosh, i had no idea - that had to be startling. but that is awesome that you have such a positive attitude and that it seems like it will open doors for you to have a more fulfilling career!!! hugs + good luck!

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  17. Wow what a shock that must have been, I am sorry for you that you lost your job like that. But on the other hand I'm delighted for you that you've taken this as a sign to start full time into your blogging and design career!! You will have lots of success I have no doubt, wishing you lots of luck and light along the way. So exciting! x

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  18. Ohh, sweetie..I didnt know! Im so very sorry but I think its a great idea to start going your own way with offering blog layouts and custom design services...You are totally talented and I bet you will do great!! Sending huge and kisses your way:) You are fantastic, darling!!!
    Muah

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  19. I'm sorry you got laid off, but it's wonderful that you are able to do what you love now! Can't wait to hear about all of the exciting things you'll be doing!

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  20. :( it's like a different world here.

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  21. i am soo sorry to hear about your job sweetie! but i am excited for the new adventures that it can possibly bring for you!! :)

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  22. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear that but I'm sure the silver lining is there for you.

    The little card you is so perfect in so many ways...for this and other things in your life. I always write "The best is yet to come!" in every wedding card I send bc it's really true. Planning is fun but spending your life with your love is the best part. Good luck as you pave the way with your new career AND with your wedding. You'll do great!

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  23. what a great attitude to have about an unfortunate situation. good luck in your new adventure!

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  24. Jillian I'm so sorry to hear about your job! Sometimes though, it takes unexpected things like this to push us in the right direction. It seems like you have a positive attitude and that will definitely be on your side! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with, you will be great in the design world!

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  25. I was sad to see your tweet on Friday but "everything happens for a reason," it sounds like this could be the best thing to ever happen to you! Good luck with this new and exciting endeavor!

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  26. sometimes we need something like that to shake up our plans. best of luck - sounds like you have great things coming!

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  27. i have absolutely been there!! i lost my job right at the beginning of the recession and it was absolutely the best thing that could have happened. it allowed me to pursue an internship and then a new job that has taken me FAR from where i was. i'm so happy you're seeing the silver lining, i know it will all work out for the best :)
    xoxo

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  28. wow, what a shock! I'm sorry to hear this :( I guess when one door closes another opens, right?

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  29. sounds like there is a bigger plan for you. you have such a positive attitude, I wish you all the best. can't wait to see all your design work!! congrats on your new path :)

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  30. Way to stay positive lady! It's just an opportunity to explore your creative side more :)

    Can't wait to see where life takes you next!

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  31. sounds like a great plan! keep your head high
    xoxo em

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  32. So sorry to hear that you lost your job :( But it's great that you're so positive about it! Sometimes, things like this turn out to be the best thing that could happen to you, and it looks like you've already found this blessing in disguise. Good for you! I know that you will be fantastic at whatever you do!

    xoxoxo,
    Joelle

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  33. so sorry to hear about your job. keep your head up and great things will come your way!

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  34. Sorry again about the job, dear friend! You are so awesome for looking at the positive side of your situation, not many people are able to remain too optimistic in this job market. At least you live in a bigger city where jobs are a little easier to come by, than say a specific city in Oregon where I am stilllll looking :)

    p.s. bud light limes are the best :)

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  35. I'm so sorry you got let go....I know you will do great things on the design front. I can't wait to see what you have your creative sleeve.

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  36. i am so sorry about the job, jillian. i know you'll make the best of it. take some time for yourself and start fresh when you're ready!

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  37. That sounds terrible but almost like a blessing in disguise. I hope things get better. Best to you.
    xx

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  38. jillian, so sorry about your job. even though this sounds like it will turn out amazing for you, i know it's still tough. you have such a great outlook on it and i'm confident you will be find the path that makes you truly happy!

    thanks for your sweet comments on the engagement. would love to get together soon and chat weddings!

    xo.ashley

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  39. I have a feeling this is the springboard you'll fly from.
    My Blog

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  40. I'm glad you're staying positive Jill - remember I got laid off and it was the perfect push for me to move to Chicago and start law school. You are incredibly creative and I'm sure you'll be able to transition that into a new and exciting career!

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  41. I am so sorry about your job Jillian! but you are right, this is just the beginning of great new things, I can't wait to see what you will be doing!!

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  42. I so admire you for looking at the positive! You are completely right...this can be the little life-changer-boost for you! Very exciting:-) You are one creative cornflake! Enjoy this new adventure! xoxo

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  43. We were there a few months ago with the hubs' job...It definitely ended up being a blessing in disguise and I hope it's the same for you! Congrats on taking the design leap!

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  44. So sorry that happened but so glad you can now go after what you want :) I'm emailing you right now!

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  45. Wow...that IS a shock! I am just so sorry to hear that BUT I truly believe these things happen for a reason! I hope it does open new creative doors for you...I think you'll be so much happier in the long run! And I would love to get your help on my blog...so I'll have to email you soon! :)

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  46. Oh my- that is terrible, I'm sorry. The truth is that amazing things will come and now you will just have to figure out how to make it happen. It's an exciting time : )
    Xx

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  47. Sometimes we need things like this to happen to bring us to the next best chapter in our lives! So while I'm sure it's somewhat scary, it's so exciting too. I will look forward to following your story and see where this takes you!

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  48. what a shock! i'm so very sorry, but i love your attitude and i'm excited to see what is next for you.

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  49. So sorry to read you had to go. But I admire the way you look at the positive side, and agreed with everyone above you show us all that you're capable of very creative things. I wish you very much luck with what you're going to do and in some way I hope it'll be one the best things happening to you:)

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  50. I'm so sorry to hear you had to go girl, but often it's the things like this that lead to bigger and better moments and journeys in life. Thinking of you and looking forward to what life has to offer you now :) It's all about the journey, love xoxox

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  51. My husband lost his job 3 weeks ago and honestly, I have never seen him so happy and so full of life. I am a firm believer that not only does everything happen for a reason and when one door closes, another opens, but that now the world is your oyster. {sorry for all the cliche quotes, but I had to roll with it.} And I have to say, I love your idea about starting your own business. Now is the time! I wish you all the best! xo Samantha

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  52. I really am a believer in the idea that everything happens for a reason. Even through this unfortunate & tough situation I believe that you will {and really already have} see that this is true. I love that you will be able to focus on your true passions {i hope that I can have that for myself one day soon} because that is what will fulfill you in the end. Cheers! to your new & bright future :)

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  53. So glad you are seeing the glass half full on this one! Sorry about your job, but I am sure great things will come from this if you can be patient and see it through! Wishing you the best...
    -Allison
    www.nestfuloflove.blogspot.com

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  54. When God shuts a door he opens a window! :)
    <3 leigh

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  55. Oh I'm so sorry to hear about your job but I know all will work out in the end and am so happy to hear you're using this as an opportunity to follow your true passions- can't wait to see your new designs etc.

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  56. You are amazing, you know that? I can't wait to see what comes next-it's going to be nothing short of incredible!

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  57. SO SORRY< but head up and you are gonna do great!!!!!!!!

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  58. Losing your job is never easy. But I believe you have the strength and determination to turn this into a positive like you just did! I am certain of that because of the voice you have in your blog and all of the encouraging words you give to others. If designing is what makes you happy, go for it!
    :) You have all of the talents, knowledge and heart to succeed!

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  59. oh my goodness, first, i'm sending a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE HUG to you. second, i'm so proud of you for seizing this opportunity - your design talents are so amazing and i know this will lead to bigger & better things by following your passion! (& i will certainly pass out your name!!!)

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  60. So sorry to hear that but I know all will work out in the end. Can't wait to see your new design services.

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  61. im sorry to hear about your job but everything will work out and your going to be so great focusing more on design!! i will surely be interested in some things! best of luck with everything! xx Katie

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  62. So sorry for your bad news, but so happy that you're offering these services. I emailed you! :)

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  63. You have the right attitude...the best IS yet to come!!

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  64. Things always happen for a reason and it's really all about timing. And by the looks of this, this is the PERFECT time for you :) Yay! Found your blog thru Walking Where the Sidewalk Begins and am following you now. Would love for you to visit my site if you get a chance. Can't wait to see more great posts from you!
    xoxo
    -linh
    http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

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  65. You have a great attitude and you are very talented! Best of luck!! I can't wait to hear all the fun and exciting things that play out for you.

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  66. So sorry to hear this...but I love the positive attitude you are approaching it with! Hope that your next adventure will be great!

    ~Tiffany
    http://tiffanyd22.blogspot.com

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  67. I am sure you've been hearing this a ton, but things DO happen for a reason and I'm sure bigger and better things are coming your way now! Sending you lots of positive thoughts and energy! xo.

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  68. So sorry about the job situation hun, but it sounds like you have a very promising future ahead of you as a designer! You will be great!

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  69. You have such a positive attitude! You'll get through this and be better than ever :)

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  70. Yay! I'm happy that you're happy. I got made redundant last year, and in retrospect, I think it was the best thing for me.

    Andrea x
    andreareh.blogspot.com

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  71. Keep up the positive attitude! You are so right - everything happens for a reason and this is the best opportunity for you to do what you love and what inspiraes you. I am sure the future is looking so much brighter and I cannot wait for you to share it with us. Good luck from the bottom of my heart!

    xoxo,

    Rali

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  72. It's great that you have such a positive attitude about this. My company is in the midst of downsizing as well. If I get the boot, I can only hope to keep the same attitude. Sometimes, it's hard not to feel helpless after losing your job. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  73. Sometimes when one door closes another door opens. Sounds like you are meant to do something else. Congrats on your new venture. xo

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  74. I am so impressed by your outlook. My company downsized last March and decided to close our Atlanta office. I was angry and bitter and it turned out to be a blessing because here I am in Chiacgo now! Good luck!

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  75. Aw I hope EVERYTHING goes well! :D
    I hope you enjoy your next adventure! It's a great attitude to have about this situation and I admire that you have it!

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  76. good luck on your new journey! I am sure you will do well :-)

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  77. I didn't make my blog rounds yesterday so therefore missed this post! Jill - I'm so sorry to hear about the situation! But you're absolutely right, it is a golden opportunity for you to pursue other dreams. And you very well should because you've got talent!

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  78. Spoon, I'm so sorry to hear about the job!! I am super impressed by your positive attitude, just shows how awesome you are and what a loss this will be to the company. I am super excited for your next endevor. When we have the next baby spoon you are going to be our go to gal for birth announcements!!

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  79. so so sorry to hear this love but i KNOW the best IS ahead of you. i cannot wait to see what bright things are ahead of you! :) XO, A

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  80. oh no! hang in there... as someone who made a big jump/change, i have to say... there isn't a day that goes by that i don't give a damn that i left. :)

    ha! you'll feel the same way, too. big/good things are on the horizon. enjoy the in between time. surprise summer break!! :)

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  81. Jillian, you are on the road now lades! sometimes life turns in an unexpected direction and leads you on a new path to self discovery. go to your destiny girl!!! i know you'll rock it and you're not alone. i was laid off a while back and to say i was blind-sided is an understatement. i can imagine how you felt that day. bud light limes and all!!!

    i'm feeling really excited for you and this chapter about to open. good for you on turning things around and many well wishes. xo ♥

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  82. I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason so look forward to the possibilities. It's exciting and look how many loyal fans you have. I can't wait to see what you do!

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