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This Isn't Goodbye...

This Isn't Goodbye...
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It’s a little ironic that my title here at Chelsea’s is “Content Manager” aka - the one that always has an overflow of words. (In most cases TOO many words. Right, Chels. 😉) Yet, as I am writing this, I’m at a complete loss for words. Not because I don’t know what to say, but simply, I don’t even know where to start.
Let’s just start from the beginning...(problem-solving!)
Back in late 2013, I was attending Augustana University, double majoring in communications & journalism. I absolutely loved writing, but I also had this love for fashion. (After graduating high school I actually attended fashion school for about a year.) So here I was, about to graduate college in just a few short months with a love for fashion and writing and not having a CLUE what I wanted/was going to do. (Adulthood, right?!) I knew I wanted to stay in Sioux Falls, but I had given up all hopes that writing & fashion was going to be something I could do simultaneously if I stayed.
I was talking with a friend one day, telling her what my passions were and she told me that I just HAD to meet her friend who had recently opened a boutique. I’ll never forget this conversation because it was one of those big moments that completely changes your life.
Enter Chelsea Tracy.
Less than a week after this conversation with my friend, I was sitting at lunch, meeting Chelsea for the first time. Probably a half an hour into our lunch, she offered to take me to Los Angeles with her to Market in January.
Okay seriously.
Who just meets someone and without knowing anything about them gives them an opportunity of a lifetime?!
Chelsea does.
Fast forward to January 2014. I’m in Los Angeles with Chelsea having way too much fun and learning more than I could have possibly imagined. We like to say the rest is history after that, but since I LOVE words I’m going to keep writing about my time with Chelsea’s since then. 😉 
(I promise I’ll get to my point soon.)
After that trip, I became Chelsea’s first intern. I was a 23-year-old kinda ditzy young girl that didn’t know much about life. (I was definitely not as adorable or as mature as our 13-year-old now intern, Claire.) But Chelsea believed in me and gave me opportunities and taught me things I could never learn from a textbook.  
After graduating, I did get a different full-time marketing job but still worked part-time at the store when needed. Even during my part-time hours, I was still given opportunities (ahem, a lot of fun responsibilities with our Style and the City fashion show) that I couldn’t have ever even dreamed were possible.
Now, if you know Chelsea, you know she is a total freakin’ badass (excuse my language, but there really isn’t a better way to put it) who goes after her goals and doesn’t let anything hold her back. So in late 2015 when she found out a building just a few doors away from the boutique (at that time) was up for lease, she made the decision downtown needed a shoe store. And she made that decision VERY quickly. She basically called me, asked me to manage this new store and the next thing I know, I’m quitting two jobs and am now full-time with Chelsea’s. All within a matter of a few weeks. Whoa, right?!
Over the years we have had so much fun. Like, we maybe threw a mannequin head out of the window of a moving vehicle on the Las Vegas Strip, attempted to rap sick beats in Los Angeles, sang terrible karaoke and possibly spooned in hotel beds more than once. (Chelsea’s kind of a bed hog.)
And on the flip side of that,  just as much fun as we’ve had over the years, we’ve also been through A LOT together. Let’s just list a few for funsies...The shoe store fire, multiple boutique managers, the opening and closing of a store out of state, the merger of two stores, and the loss of relationships. But all of that made us (me) stronger.
Now, there is so. much. more I could say about all the time in between then and now, but I promised I’d get to my point. (It really is coming.) Since going full-time, and even long before that, Chelsea and Chelsea’s Boutique have given me so many professional AND personal opportunities. Since starting as the ditzy intern, I have been given managerial opportunities, event planning opportunities, writing & marketing opportunities, personal development opportunities, and been pushed out of my comfort zone in ways I never thought I was capable of. Some good, some not always so great. But because of that, I am a completely different person today that I can honestly say, I’m proud of.
Writing this as a now 27-year-old young woman who is much more self-aware and much less ditzy (I think?! I mean, I still have my moments!)  the personal development opportunities Chelsea has given me over the years has allowed me to see that it is time for me to spread my wings, fly out of the Chelsea’s Boutique nest and see what other opportunities are out there for me. I am ending my chapter with Chelsea’s Boutique and starting a new one.
Chelsea and Kacie have been like sisters to me. Coming to work every day feels like I just get to hang out with two of my best friends. So you’re probably asking yourself - then why are you leaving?! Trust me, I asked myself that too. How can I enjoy what I do and love the people I’m surrounded with, but yet still feel like there’s more out there? Well, let me tell you, the ditzy 23-year-old girl that started as an intern could have never made a decision like this. The fear of the unknown and the self-doubt would have killed any thought like that. However, Chelsea and Kacie are two of my biggest cheerleaders and supporters in all of this and I cannot express how truly incredible that is.
I’m not sure what new opportunities lay ahead for me. But I’m REALLY excited about it. And I’m even more excited about whoever the person who fills my position here will be. Whoever that person is will be in for one heck of a treat. Not only will they get to work with the best people around, but they’ll also get to be a part of something life-changing.
Earlier this year we talked a lot about vulnerability and being vulnerable. And this is probably one of the first times I’ve taken that to heart and have been able to completely open up like this. Pretty scary. But pretty liberating.
SO, if you made it through this entire post, bless your dear heart. ❤️❤️❤️
I want to wrap this up by saying, if you take anything from this, it’s that sometimes it can be REALLY scary to get out of your comfort zone and be okay with the fear of the unknown. But, just know there are people there to help you through it all. And if you feel like you don’t know anyone like that, I know two incredibly amazing women who will be there for you. Even if you’ve never met them before.
Thank you, Kacie and Chelsea, for being two of the best friends I could ever ask for. You have helped shape me into the person I am today. And thank you to all the amazing Confidence Stylists’ who I’ve gotten to know over the past few years. And thank you to each and every one of you (our amazing customers) who I’ve been blessed to meet since my time here. I will never be able to express how much you all mean to me. This is when words just don’t do enough justice.
This isn’t a goodbye - just a see you later! :) ❤️
PS - If you're interested in learning more about this NEW position and opportunity opening up at Chelsea's, here's the complete deets:
Social Media & Marketing Lead


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