I have an exciting announcement to make (that has absolutely nothing to do with pregnancy). My amazing husband, Steven, has joined Tara Lenney Design FULL TIME!
*insert all of the celebration emojis*
A year ago last week I launched what I believed to be a little part time business. I had 3 clients and was projecting to make just enough money to warrant making it official. I told myself that if in a few months those clients wrapped up and nothing new came along that it would be totally OK (which of course it wouldn't have been and I would have been crushed, but I was trying not to get my hopes up).
Over the next few months my client list doubled, then doubled again, and again. By the summertime I had more work than I knew what to do with, so I stopped taking new projects until the big kid went off to Kindergarten in August. When August came, things just exploded. In the fall Steven and I began having some big, scary, exciting conversations about whether or not this part time gig could be a full time family business. We prayed about it, met with our financial planner, and talked to trusted family and friends. Green lights all the way. A classic example of how our tiny little plans are nothing compared to what God's big plans are.
At the close of 2016, I was able to help more than 60 clients turn their homes into places where their families can thrive. Incredible.
The implications of this new addition for the business are huge. More freedom to meet with clients outside of the limitations of Kindergarten hours, for one. Support on office tasks to allow me time to do the creative work I love. And an in-house photographer to finally get all of those projects photographed and up on the website. Most of all, more time with family. At the end of the day, the Lenneys are all a bunch of homebodies who mostly just want to snuggle on the couch together.
A little bit about Steven. He is private and introverted and super excited about me talking about him on the internet! He is an attorney by education with a law degree from Texas Wesleyan. We met at TCU nearly 15 years ago (what the what?!) and have been basically inseparable ever since. He is detail oriented (which I am not), reserved (I am not), analytical (I am not...sensing a theme?), and as we recently learned, pretty great at photography (again...I am not). His strengths fill in the gaps of my weaknesses, which is the best you can ask for in a business partner. And a husband.
Welcome to the family business, babe.