This past weekend I had the AMAZING opportunity to go to Atlanta for spring market with the owner of the boutique I work at. It was literally my childhood dream come true. I used to say “I want to be a shopper when I grow up”. Little did I know that a “shopper” can be an actual job. A job that is way more in depth and complicated than you would think but still, it’s pretty awesome. So I decided to document my days and share some tidbits with you. Hope you enjoy little loves!
As I write this I am currently processing all that I have seen today while chomping down on some room service. Yes, I am in Atlanta eating in my hotel room. I am exhausted people! Upon arrival I was in utter disbelief at how absolutely BEAUTIFUL the market is. I had to bite my lip to keep myself from smiling like an idiot as I walked around in awe. So MANY PRETTY THINGS. I think I could live here. Like in the building. It’s that ahhmazing. After taking a quick peek around, my boss and I went back to the hotel. I decided to take my own little adventure and walk to Centennial Park. By myself. All alone. And if you know me you know I would NEVER do something like this. I could literally hear my dad in my head going “You walked around Atlanta alone?!” And I did. And I’m pretty proud of myself. This shy Florida girl is no more. As I looked up at the SkyView Ferris wheel I had a realization. I made it. I’m finally living my dream. I’m becoming who God wants me to be. Imaginary pat on the back Hannah. Go me.
I. Am. Tired. But in the most beautiful way possible. Started my day off with a stomach ache. Because I mean what would be better to have during market than a stomach ache? That aside, my boss is the sweetest, smartest, most amazing women! She basically was mommy birdie kicking baby birdie out the nest. I chose a new jewelry line for our store, picked the men’s Vineyard Vine Spring collection, and had input on literally EVERY decision. I know to some that may not be a big deal but for me, it’s like… a really big deal. I’ve had many situations in the past where my opinion wasn’t taken seriously and now I finally have the opportunity to make big girl decisions. Using my degree and bringing my talents to life has my inner soul doing a little happy dance. And yeah, I still had to bite my lip to keep from smiling like an idiot. I wonder if the excitement wears off? Hm. Doubt it.
So my days are currently blurring together and it’s only been 3 days. So that should tell you something. We only saw 3 lines today before my boss was like “We’re taking a break.” Pushing our last appointments to tomorrow (we’re staying an extra day, yay!) we brought our tired selves back to the hotel. Well my brain has been so stimulated that I can’t sit still so me, myself, and I went to the Georgia Aquarium! I’ve been wanting to go for awhile now and so today was the perfect chance! AND I found my way there! I mean our hotel is almost directly across the street but I am directionally challenged so finding it was a big feat for me. If you haven’t been to Atlanta yet, I highly suggest the aquarium. Maybe not on a weekend day because it was BUSY but it’s definitely worth checking out. I was lucky that I was by myself so I literally wove in and out of the crowd and saw the entire aquarium in less than 2 hours. But if you’re in a group and want to see a show, allot for around 3 hours.
Seeing all the creatures brought a smile to my face, but of course I start thinking “That tank is too small. The dolphins look sad. Why are you making sea lions do tricks?” But I did my research and Georgia Aquarium does a lot to preserve the environment, educate people, and save wildlife so if these creatures have to be in captivity then it’s the best place for them.
I’m ending my day with a Florida State game, that I pray we win because I do NOT want to see Miami take this one. But I will probably fall asleep before the final quarter.
(Update: Hey, we won! Go Noles!)
And we are finito! I actually got 8 hours of sleep last night which was a miracle. To start our day we filled the rest of our orders and I chose a new line for this spring which I’m ecstatic about! That was probably the highlight of my day. Finishing up at the mart was bittersweet. Like I would love to spend everyday shopping for the store but I also really miss my bed.
I’m taking my last little walk around Centennial Park and I’m just realizing how amazing life truly is. It’s actually super fun to do things alone because you notice so much more that’s going on around you than if your with other people. Little families are out laying under the sun in the grass, new couples are holding hands grinning from ear to ear, and a little boy fell down two feet away from me. He got embarrassed and his family laughed at him and he laughed at himself. It was pretty cute.
From now on I’m going to challenge myself to do more things alone, and I challenge you to do the same. Put down your phone and take a walk. Listen to what’s around you. People watch, we’re pretty interesting creatures. Learn to stop and smell the roses. Life isn’t always about who’s posting what on Instagram. Who really cares? I mean I love insta just as much as the next guy but life is passing us by. Lets take time to get to know ourselves and find out who we truly are in this world. So ending on that note, I love you Atlanta and I hope to see you very very soon.
Now enjoy a few low quality pictures taken from an iPhone with an update I do not like:) Mwah!