Good morning, y’all! Today’s post is a little different (and much longer) than normal, so grab yourself a cup of coffee and a bagel and let’s get into it! I have a horrible tendency to be scatter brained and all over the place, so bear with me as I try to piece this all together.
When I started Charlton Lee, I had a very specific vision in mind. I had discovered the whole “blogging community” years before I started my own, but as cliché as it sounds, I never thought I would be able to start my own. God is so perfect in His timing, and placed me in such an amazing spot at the time that the bud that would become this blog was blooming.
circa early 2000's
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to work in retail. Actually the real reason why, which is so incredibly silly as I think about it now, is because of a TV show. Growing up, I was obsessed with the show “8 Simple Rules”, like to the point where I saw every episode (and rerun) multiple times. One of the main characters, played by Kaley Cuoco, worked at a clothing store in high school and I just thought that was the ultimate dream. A few months before my 16th birthday, I went everywhere from boutiques to burger shops handing in applications. After a lot of less than kind employees and rejection, I was hired at this adorable local boutique that was still fairly new. One of the best parts about working there, other than the fact that I could get dressed up, were my coworkers. One of them in particular really understood the whole blogging thing and fully supported me to follow my dream of starting my own.
I spent weeks brainstorming and asking those close to me for suggestions on a name, and finally settled on Charlton Lee. When I started the process of putting all the details together, I was finishing my sophomore year of high school and still working at the boutique. Naturally, my parents wanted to make sure I was being smart and safe with how I put myself out there. At the same time, I wanted to be taken seriously and not just seen as another immature teenager. So, I left out details like where I lived, how old I actually was and other more personal details that were a huge part of my life, but were never shown. Now, a little over a year later, I want to be totally honest with all of y’all about who I am and what I’m up to!
You can take the girl out of Texas, but you can't take the Texas out of the girl ;)
I’ve been playing around with my About Me page and Instagram bio, so it’s about time that I explain it to all of y’all! A month or so ago I added a little something to my Insta bio… a location (*insert the cute monkey emoji covering his eyes*) A quick little backstory… I was born in Houston, but we moved before my second birthday so I never got to really appreciate the city for all that it is. My family moved to a small town in Missouri where I grew up for the next ten years. In the summer of 2009, we moved back south to Baton Rouge, LA. Now, six years later, my parents and I are making our way back to Houston. Let’s just say that “pumped” is an understatement! My older brother (and only sibling) plays baseball for a university in Louisiana, so he’ll just have to settle for shopping trips with me on the holidays instead of every weekend (like I’m sure he would just love)! I can't wait to spend this next year back in Houston and closer to family!
Between moving and all of the little details that go into senior year, my life is crazy to say the least right now, but that’s what makes it exciting! The official moving date is a week from today, so this next week is going to be packed full of last minute errands and dinner dates. We’ll be in a temporary home for this next year, and then hopefully find a more permanent place next summer. So, that gives me double the opportunity to create some fun, moving themed posts! Whether it’s for college, an upcoming move you’re planning, or for the future, I have some tips and tricks that we’ve been using that I cannot wait to share with y’all!
Ok, I’m sorry, this was super long. If you’ve made it this far, you definitely deserve a prize! Thank you all for your continued support and kindness as I share my journey with y’all. All of your sweet comments really do make my day and mean the world to me!
I hope all of you have a great weekend!