After graduating from college in 1996, I began my career as a web designer. My first job was working at MTV in Times Square for their online division - super cool job to have as my first. I ran out of money and wanted to be closer to family so I moved to Austin, TX where I worked for a start-up originally called notHarvard.com (until Harvard sued them). The internet industry during this time was so much FUN - incredibly entrepreneurial and non-traditional in the day-to-day. Flexible working hours, comfy attire, even in some cases beer in the company frig! Whoohoo!
However, as much fun as I had, when the economy dropped so did the industry and it left me reconsidering my career. I have always LOVED fashion (writing Vogue at age 15 telling them I wanted to work for them one day). I found an up and coming handbag line and naively emailed their office. To my surprise, they wrote back and told me I should look into Fossil. All worked out and I spent 13 years there and traveled the world with them learning a whole new skillset. During that time I married, started a family, and found myself at yet another crossroad of longing to return to my home state of Arkansas and raise my family there.
Small town living won out and I now find myself in the super cool town of Fayetteville, AR. I still sometimes miss the city life so I travel back every few months to get my fix but am quite content in the slower pace of NWA!