Thursday, March 8, 2012

Wish Me Luck, and Thank You!

Hello Blog Besties!
I hope you won't be totally devastated, (ha!) if 
I interrupt the regularly scheduled Fashion Friday to bring you a little about little 'ole me.  

Since I've been writing this blog for about four months now, I've also been reading blogs like crazy.  
I have so enjoyed getting to know so many awesome fellow bloggers out there.
I feel like I have met these gals and have really gotten to know them, and they are my friends!
I mean, after all, I read what they have to say several times a week.  
Usually bloggers write about their passion, but a lot of times, they just speak from the heart.
Either way, I have read some really wonderful and touching things, 
and I have loved making friends with otherwise complete strangers.
So, I guess I'll take this as an opportunity to share with all of you awesome readers a little more about me!


I can totally see my almost 4 year old, Hank, in this pic!

I guess I was a poser from the beginning.
After what feels like years of training, Saturday morning I am scheduled to run the 
Alston+Bird LLP Corporate Cup Half-Marathon right here in the Queen City.
This is my first time running this race, so I'm not sure what to expect, but I hear it's kinda really hilly.

I say years of training, because it's the fifth half marathon I've trained for in the last few years, 
but if I make it across the finish line, it will be the third one actually completed, due to annoying injuries.
I think after this, I'm going to take a break.  
I have no idea whether or not taking a break will be humanly possibly for me, but I am going to try.

You see, I am abso-freaking-lutely exhausted.

Obviously not me, but this is how I feel.
And, I know I'm not the only one out there
who would give their right arm to sleep like this!
This whole stay-at-home Mom thing is sometimes... well... just down right ridiculous.
Does anyone out there know what I'm talking about?
I had no freaking clue!
I mean, I started babysitting when I was like 10 years old.  
I placed Nannies for a living for over eight years.
You would think I had a clue, but I am here to tell you I did not.
Holy Smokes.
Maybe it is just me, and I am weaker than I thought.
Oh Hell.  
I think it may be time to break out my Super Powers bracelet.

Watch out.
Im'll be running laps around the Kenyans come Saturday.

I will say this one thing, however, about my choice to stop working after Worth was born.
As much as I do feel a lot of the time that I am completely on lock-down being a Mommy, 
I feel totally liberated in other areas of my life.
Why, just today I was talking to a former client with a new found sense of freedom.
I mean, I can talk to these people like they are my peers now
and not be so buttoned-up.
Which leads me to one of the many reasons why I SO love writing this blog so much.
I can say whatever the hell I want to say!
It's like I could just scream...
And totally get away with it. 
Man, that felt good.

Okay, back to the Wish Me Luck/Thank You part...
So, Wish Me Luck!!

And, now onto to the Thank You...
The below is a picture I found of me with some of my awesome high school teammates 
one year over a trip to Chapel Hill for the state track meet.
I think this was the day before the meet.  We were getting ready to pile in the van, and head over to the arch rival of all enemies in Durham and have a light practice at the DOOK track.
This was one of the most awesome times ever!!  
Such a great group of girls. Might I add, pretty much as a whole, we were faster than lightening.
One of my most fond (though quite painful) memories was having my hair done in cornrows in the van on the way to Chapel Hill.  Talk about thinking you were cool!  That was me.
You followin' me?

 Here I am in the 10th grade competing in the 1600meters.
I'll never forget running on that track.  
Maybe it was because I was running on the prettiest color in the rainbow, or perhaps because it was the first rubberized track I had ever run on, but it was like running on clouds.

And one more, here I am with Coach Ball, the best track coach ever.
Year after year, we generally smoked the competition.
Thank you, Coach  Ball, and thank you girls for being some of the most awesome group of supporters I have ever known.  I think about these days with nothing but the fondest of memories.

How awesome are those glasses?
How awesome are my bangs?
Fast-forward to a few other cute, new girls I want to send a quick shout out to.  
I mentioned how awesome some of these new "friends" are that I have met through blogging.
Isn't that crazy?  I don't even really KNOW these girls.
But, I feel like I do.
After all, I read their thoughts at least three days a week.
So, I just wanted to say Thank You for the inspiration to four awesome, fun, unique, hard-working gals I have come to know a little over the last four months.  
Thank you for the inspiration.
You probably don't know how you've touched me, in some way, shape or form, but you have.
And perhaps you know exactly how I feel.
Thank you.
You are awesome in your own unique way!
I look forward to reading what you have to say every day!

To all my readers...
It's almost like an award ceremony here, right??
If you like fashion, home design, amazing style and feel-good-about-yourself writing, 
meet my new Friends!

Christine at Bijou and Boheme

Anna at Fash Boulevard

Erin at Living In Yellow

Ivana at Macarons and Pearls
And last, but not least, my Awesomer than Awesome Aunt Lee!
You are so cool!
I mean, really, how cool is she training on the beach?
And, she just started writing her second blog, Outer Banks Style!

Lee at Outer Banks Style
Well, I guess it is time for me to go to bed, put an end this big ole Love Fest, 
and go make like I'm a sleeping baby.

Thanks for being awesome, every single one of ya reading this!

For the love of nothing more stylish than awesome love, xxxxxoooo Whitley


  1. You look EXACTLY like your mom in the picture with your coach. Love the new look!

    1. Thanks for the kind remarks and support! xo

  2. Girl, about the SAHM thing. I feel you. I had a "drink at the grocery store" kind of day times ten yesterday. Sad thing is, I didn't drink at the grocery store. I'm so glad I get to start fresh today. Good luck in the half marathon!!!

    1. GREAT Attitude! Thank you, God, for a fresh start each and every day!!

  3. So awesome! Thanks for reminding me of some of the best days of my life! it was like running on clouds, I was just a freshman, stand-by and then I got to run the race of my life. I was so pumped full of junk and adrenaline I didn't know what to do, except run as fast as i could and I did, my fastest split ever in the 4 x 400! <3

    1. the last post was Elisha, I didn't sign in correctly, go figure!!!

  4. this for Danielle ....... they say the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and I guess they were right! Thanks for the complement.....

  5. Whitley, thank you so so much for this wonderful post! I'm truly honored to count you as my blog friend, and I'm sure there are many exciting things to come, once we get the knac of answering our e-mails straight away lol I'm definitely writing you tomorrow ;)
    Thanks once again, you are amazing!

    Lots of love


    1. As ever, thanks for your comments. Your friendly spirit and kind nature and have been very motivating for me in these last months of getting my blog off the ground... beyond helpful!!


  6. So impressive that you're running a half! GOOD LUCK! You'll have so much fun :) ... and kick some booty of course!

    1. You know, Jenn, I probably could have, should have mentioned you in this post too! In the past four months of working to get this blog off of the ground, I appreciate your being so kind as to answer questions for me. You know, not everyone takes the time to respond or even acknowledge comments. I am grateful for your kindness and interest. THANK YOU for being that way!!

      Very fondly, xx Whitley

  7. Did you go to high school in Asheville? I'm in Hendersonville- looks like you might have gone to TC?Love your blog!!

    1. Hi Tippi! Why, yes, I did go to Roberson!! That is so fun you live in Hendersonville.. Did you grow up there, or have moved there as an adult? How fun! THANK YOU for your readership and the kind words. Means so much!


  8. I lived in Hendersonville when I was very young- my grandparents lived here and we moved back right before I started high school at HHS. I went college at AB &F in Charlotte (which now is an art institute I believe?)Then i moved back afterwards and have been living here ever since. My son goes to a boys middle school in Asheville- so I feel like its my second home! Have u ever thought about doing the Asheville half? i did it once- brutal!! it's September i think? Looking forward to keeping up with your blog!! very cool you are from Ashe Vegas!!

    1. Hi again! YES... I ran the Asheville half with my best friend this past Sept for the first time! OMG!! Honestly, I feel like every other half is a walk in the park after that. What an unreal experience!! I think I am a little nuts that some tiny piece of me has interest in doing it again?!

  9. yes- you're nuts! I may do it again too-(we're nuts!!)

  10. Whitley,

    Your blog is fabulous! I love the track pictures too- Those were the days! Yes we were like lightening! Way to go with the marathon and keep up the good work!

    1. Hey girl! Thanks for the message! They def. were the days. Nothing but the most fun memories. If you haven't already, "like" the Queen City Style on FB! :) Hope you are great! PS--Remember those cowboy hats we bought our freshman year?


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