T minus 10 days till take off...

Read this in tune to be fully prepared for the post to follow... (PS I saw this car in Asheville one day and was THIS CLOSE to knocking on the door and asking if I could borrow it for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I chickened out...)

Read this in tune to be fully prepared for the post to follow... (PS I saw this car in Asheville one day and was THIS CLOSE to knocking on the door and asking if I could borrow it for a few weeks. Unfortunately, I chickened out...)

The Southern Foray's first stop is in exactly 10 days!! I don't know if I can accurately convey my excitement, nervousness, butterflies, all.the.feelings. in a blog post, but I'll try.

As I mentioned in my post announcing The Southern Foray, I've been wanting to do a road trip for a lonnnggg time. I've asked all of my friends summer after summer to go cross country with me (by car), and I never once got any takers. I even got so close once that my parents gave me roadtrip books and maps for Christmas one year. Sadly, that trip never worked out so my dream remained unfulfilled. FINALLY, two of my good, entrepreneurial friends have agreed to join me on the trip of a lifetime! We've been designing, scheming, chatting, laughing, plotting, and planning for The Southern Foray for just over one short month, and all of this hard work is finally going to come to fruition. I still can't believe that Grace and I first talked about this only last November. It's crazy to imagine what you can accomplish when you put your heart and efforts into it 150%. 

Now here's my tiny little plug for donations... I just wanted to remind all my wonderful, amazing, beautiful friends and followers out there that we have some FABULOUS items "for sale" on our website. Grace and I spent an entire afternoon (and Hallie in spirit--darn Mississippi being so far away!), dipping some adorable canvas tote bags into navy dye and *DAMN*, they turned out good. WritefullyHis stationery is some of my absolute favorite--the quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail are just top notch. Dot products are so versatile that you can literally use them for ANYTHING--see cookbook binder image below! And then MFF jewelry, well, I mean, how can you go wrong ;) But really, I'm beyond thrilled to debut my new collection on the Foray, and I'm even more excited for those lucky few who purchase a higher donation package and receive one of my new signature necklaces. They're precious, unique, and I guarantee you'll have a hard time taking it off (I've been wearing mine since the day I got it!). Okay, that's my schpeel, promise I won't ask you awesome peeps for money again--maybe. 

Eeek how great did these turn out?!

Eeek how great did these turn out?!

What a clever use for a binder!

What a clever use for a binder!

How perfect would this card be for Valentine's Day?

How perfect would this card be for Valentine's Day?

For more fab pics like this guy, follow me on instagram!

For more fab pics like this guy, follow me on instagram!

As far as what I've been doing to get ready for the Foray... well, my parents of course told me "Take care of yourself, go to bed on time, eat right, and get some exercise." I've been doing my best to follow their advice (I even joined a gym here in Asheville!! Ha just 6 months after I moved... ), and so far, I haven't had to pull a single all-nighter (whoop whoop!). I've been doing my best to tackle time management, though sometimes I'd rather spend all my time making jewelry instead of doing business-y things (bookkeeping is hard! Special shoutout to my bada** bookkeeper who keeps me on top of my shtuff, Kelley!). Overall, I'm feeling more prepared than I thought I would at this point in the game. There's still LOOOTS to do before take-off, but overall, I think the three of us can handle it, and I'm looking forward to growing closer with Grace and Hallie on the trip. While, I know my patience will be tested (my parents are laughing right now because I'm actually the MOST impatient person on the planet), I also know that the relationships formed and potential growth in each of our businesses will all be worth it. After all, how many 24 year olds get to say they're traveling around the country with two of their best friends for three weeks for work?! I'd say we're pretty lucky to all be doing things we love, and I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!

Be on the lookout for more "How I'm preparing for the Foray" posts next week!

 

xo,

Mary Fran