hey heather where have you been?

That's kind of the question I have been asking myself lately.
You all know the new change that went on with my husband and his work.
Well I think I'm finally used to it.  Only took about 3 weeks, huh?

With my new "adjustment period" I have done quite a few things that I would like to share!

So I:
-slacked on blogging-
-slacked on sponsor giveaways- sorry sponsors i owe you big time!
(oh man lots of those are coming up, so get excited)
-dealt with my laptop that crashed & almost losing lots of photos from jobs-
(still dealing with the aftermath of having to re-edit 4 weddings & 2 engagements)
-fell in love with our new dog Arthur-
-started doing more house stuff-
-cried- lots.
But then... something happened.

A new revelation about my life, my businesses and where I want everything to go.

Yesterday morning, while in the shower, I came up with a new plan.


Although I love doing hair & I love taking photos.. lately both have become jobs to me.
Well, I have issues.. and I don't really like having something feel like a job.

So instead I'm following my passion, and I'm following something that can potentially be great.
No.. I'm following something that is great.

Yesterday I decided that as of August 31st I will no longer do hair.
I will also stop operating as House of James (my photography business)
and take the rest of the year off, after wedding season, to re-brand and re-evaluate.

What does this mean?
Well, it means that this is now my full time.

Making my accessories & managing this blog are it.
The pros:
Full inventory all the time
Stocking my items in shops all over the country (i have a few lined up already!)
Keeping this blog updated & sharing new items with you from others
Not being stressed about work
Not being stressed about doing things I'm not 100% confident about (photoshoots I'm not diggin')
Ending stress that might help my chances of being a mommy (!!!!)
Being home, being a better wife, friend, daughter..

The cons:
there is only one that i can see...
missing my clients and co-workers

Although I have been my own boss for quite a while now,
I have let others (my clients) decide how my business became..

So no more.  I call the shots now in every way!
So with this new adventure, I will now be able to open back up duplicates (in sept)
constantly come up with new weekly lines, while maintaining shop inventory
answering all the emails & having time to just enjoy this ride!

Wish me luck!


  1. That is awesome!! Congratulations on taking this step! I wish you the best!!

  2. like button ;)
    this is a big deal!
    good for you!

  3. Wow I think that is so great, good for you! I am such a fan of your photography. But I totally feel you on things like not liking a photo shoot, and things feeling like a job.

    I am happy doing things for fun and getting money for it. But I dont want it to turn into a "job" feeling like I HAVE to do it.

    I am so excited for you to have your items in stores, WOW thats amazing! Seriously Go YOU!

    Good Luck with everything, I am happy for you and where youre headed! :)

  4. Good for you Heather. Sometimes new roads traveled are scary. I'm sure you will be successful. Diana

  5. i AM SO HAPPY FOR YOU! I do this full time too now (besides being at home with the kids that is) and it is a HUGE relief!! I wish you nothing but the best! I really admire you and hope that your dreams of being a mommy come true! I will pray for you too!! :))))) I look so forward to seeing all your new designs! (My bank account doesn't LOL) Seriously, so happy for you!

  6. Luck Luck Luck. :) i hope you get to where you want to go and be HAPPY doing it!

  7. OOOO following your heart is the BEST....I am so happy for you, and proud of you...even a stranger is proud of you! I wish I could follow in your foot steps and take the jump to make my photography full time. YAY for you...now time to take deep breathes and relax!!

  8. Go you Heather! I totally agree. One of the things that made me hesitate for so long about opening a shop was the fear that it would become work instead of fun and passion. That's one of the reasons I don't fight to keep up a certain inventory or stress over trying to find new designs. My teaching comes first because that's a passion as well, and then my creations for the shop come when I'm ready. I hope one day to solidify that, but I think you really have to go with what feels right at that moment as a piece of the whole.

  9. How exciting. Best of luck to you! I love your headbands and will be purchasing one in the near future. :)

  10. Best of luck in everything, and hope you accomplish your purposes =)

  11. This is the first time I've read your blog...but WOW! Good for you!! I think it's great when you can find the courage to just JUMP!

    Looking forward to reading and getting to know you more through this beautiful blog! I'm new to the block and would be honored if'd you'd stop by my home away from home:
    <3 Maureen

  12. So awesome! I'm so happy for you!

  13. Wow! This is HUGE! And will be a huge success professionally & personally for you, of this I am sure. Congrats! This is great news!!

  14. Sounds like a great decision! I'm not a fan of my work feeling like "work", either. That's probably one reason why my "work" is always changing! :) Enjoy your season of rest and renewal in this area of your life!

  15. heather, this is exactly why i quit photography too, blessings for you!

  16. You have every right to put family first. I'll wait patiently :) CANT WAIT TO COLLABORATE!

  17. So exciting!! Sending lots and lots of well wishes your way :).

  18. Great attitude! do what makes YOU happy, that's all that matters :)

  19. Anonymous27 July, 2011

    WAY TO GO HEATHER!!! I am the same way, I don't like work to feel like a job. I like to have fun and be inspired. While I am IN NO WAY as successful as you are, I hope and pray that one day I will be able to truly pursue my passion full time. You so deserve it!!!

  20. wow! That's AMAZING! congrats! Can't wait to be inspired by you!

  21. I wishing you oodles and oodles of luck, my dear, but you will probably only need about half of it ;)

    Congrats on the new direction in your journey. I'm so excited for you!!

  22. Congratulations! It feels so great to know you are doing what you really want to do. :) I am getting there very soon as well!

  23. This is so great! I'm glad to hear that you are following your passions and doing what you truly love to do. Can't wait to see all that comes out of it!

  24. i wish you all the best!!!
    only the brave!!!

  25. aww this is amazing!!! congratulations!!! and super best of luck!!
    reading this was quite inspiring as well... i think i'm at a similar point in my life as well... and need to completely realized what I WANT to be doing.




  26. YAY YOU! that's great. so glad you are in a position to follow your dreams.

  27. This is an amazing decision! The best thing to do when you're unhappy is to change something and you're taking that leap! I've kind of been going through the same thing lately and your post gave be some motivation :) Best of luck to you! I know you'll do great!
    Xox dana

  28. sounds wonderful...I wish I could make that move!

  29. YAY, good for you! Good luck, I'm sure it will all be amazing!

  30. Best of luck to you and your family :)
    I've decided to make big changes this year too, and I'm just as terrified/excited. But I know I have the support to pull it off.
    Here's to new things...
    xoxo Amy

  31. Hi Heather,

    I just want to say, I totally know where you're coming from!

    I just shut down my own photography business this week (though I have one wedding & three sessions left) for pretty much the same reason. After starting it up at the age of 21 and working it, plus a full time job, for 3 years..I need a life. I have saved everything as well so that I can re-open down the road if I want to, but for now I need at least a year to live!

    I'm SO glad you are able to realize you need time off and are able to do so. It marks a strong person to be able to realize what's best for them and to do it!

    I can't wait to see your new accessories and as always, look forward to your blog posts!


  32. Just saw this.. and congrats! How exciting to be taking on such a new - and fulfilling - direction. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing you making your dreams come true!

  33. that sounded sort of cheesy.. but I did sincerely mean it!

  34. This is exciting news! Good luck with your new chapter(s)! :)

  35. That is so exciting!!!! Good for you for following your dreams! ♥

  36. Wishing you tons of luck, though I know you won't need it! Congrats, girl.

    Oh, and I want to see pictures of the new pup.