When I graduated from college in 1996 (yes, I’m that old) I had one goal: get a job in the fashion department of a magazine. I was lucky enough to land one right away as the Closet Assistant at GQ. (Explaining what a closet assistant does is another post for another day. But it does involve male models sitting around your “office” in their boxer briefs. I. KID. YOU. NOT.) Anyway, back to my story…
For the past 16 years I have worked as a full-time magazine fashion editor so when I switched to a 3 day/week schedule just a few weeks ago, it was a bit of a culture shock. There are big negatives, like How the hell am I supposed to get my job done in 3 days? And of course, the cut back in salary that goes with working less hours is not very pleasant either.
But on the flip side, there are positives, too: More time with my girls, S, 7 and L, almost 4. (That’s them in the family pic from Aruba. I swear P and I didn’t intend to wear coordinating ensembles. I apologize.) Oh…and now I’ll only have to do my maddening 90 minute commute from suburban New Jersey to NYC 3 times/week. I’ll also get to take care of life (ie: laundry, groceries, birthday party organizing and whatnot) on Mondays and Fridays so I can spend my weekend enjoying life rather than organizing it. But one of the biggest positives is starting this blog.
I’ve been blogging as an editor for Ladies’ Home Journal for several years writing posts about fashion, parenting and relationships but as personal as it sometimes got (and it did!), it just wasn’t really mine. But this is. I’ve named my blog Sue at Home because it’s just that: My life on these new “off” days. It’ll include lots of the things that make me tick like:
1. Renovating and decorating my small split-level mid-century house. You’ll see everything I’ve done in it and hope to do including all the successes, the happy mistakes, and the epic fails that a novice DIYer like me suffers through. Plus – how I do it all on a non-existent budget.
2. I’m sure some stuff about my kids will pop up. I know every parent thinks this but my kids are highly entertaining! I’m no child expert but I’ll tell you what’s working in the kid department and what’s not. Plus you’ll see all the crafty, creative stuff that goes into having kids.
3. And certainly there will a little bit of style stuff because even though it’s my day job, fashion is still something I love and think about 7 days a week so it’s not like I know how to turn it off. BTW – please continue to follow me at lhj.com for worky fashion posts (I’ll be doing all my “mom” blogging here now) and by god, please subscribe to Ladies’ Home Journal to see what I’m doing there. It’s only $5.99 for a year. I mean, seriously. It’s like we’re giving it away.
And if you know me, you know I’m an open book. So, please tell me what you want to hear about and I’ll do my best to give it to you.
I can’t even put into words how grateful and completely humbled I am that anyone (other than my mom or husband) would have any interest in reading what I have to say, so if you made it this far through my rambling, I can’t thank you enough for starting this new chapter with me. It should be fun!
How to find me before we meet again:
2. And if you’d like to see what someone obsessed with Pinterest looks like, check out my Pinterest boards here. (Let me know if you need an invite.)
3. Update: I wasn’t on Instagram when I started this blog but I am now. Follow me at sueerneta.
Thanks for reading!
Sue at home