HI SWEET HUMANS, I’m Bianca! I’ve toyed around with the idea of a blog for a while now and well, here I am. After college, I bopped around quite a lot – finally, my husband (EEK!) and I recently moved back home to Kansas to set roots.
By bopping around, I mean that I spent 6 months in Australia before graduating college. I lurved it, if you haven’t been you NEED to go. It is one of the most beautiful countries, not only is the country physically perfect, but the people are as well. Ironically, Shane spent 2 years in Australia studying to get his Masters. Surprisingly, we actually didn’t know each other at this point. However, we would love to make it back there someday together.
After graduating with a degree in Child Psychology from KU (RCJH), I was like any other freshly educated human – I had absolutely NO IDEA what I wanted to do and I was in no rush to figure it out. Instead, I took a detour to New York City. A once in a lifetime opportunity presented itself and I was in no position to turn it down.
Simply put, I was a bright eyed and bushy tail “grown” girl from Kansas with no idea what the hell I was doing in New York City. I took a job as a personal assistant/assistant stylist with Lilliana Vazquez who at the time worked on the TODAY Show. My life was a complete whirlwind – I was thrown into a life full of TV, celebrities, fashion, events, and everything in between.
Initially, I think it might have been that I was in complete shock, or possibly the fact that I was meeting people that I had dreamed of meeting my whole life (LANCE BASS), but I loved it. I didn’t care that I lived in a two-bedroom converted three bedroom 700 sq ft apartment with two complete strangers, or that I worked crazy hours and didn’t make much. All that I cared, was that I was living every girls’ “dream”. Most people work their whole life to land a job like this – yes, I know I was just an assistant but somehow, me, Bianca, just a girl from Kansas had landed a position working for someone on the TODAY Show.
6 months passed and as much as I wanted to fight the feeling that slowly started creeping into my stomach, I just couldn’t shake it. The NYC streets that were once shiny and beaming with hope, now seemed rigid, cold, and quite honestly gross. Maybe it was the fact that my precious dog couldn’t seem to figure out how to do her business on the concrete, so instead insisting on doing it in our bathtub (don’t worry, I sanitized on a daily basis). Or maybe it was that even with all of the glitz and glam that I witnessed on a day to day basis, I was just a girl who was really far away from home, with not many friends, an empty pantry (minus the wine of course), and a longing for familiarity.
So, I did what any crazy 22 year old would do. I rented the cheapest car I could find, pack up the little belongings that I had and started the 15 hour drive home to Kansas. I knew the second that I saw grass, that I had made the right decision. As cliche as it sounds, sometimes I think its necessary to leave home to comprehend just how much we all take for granted.
Funny, because a year later I was packing my things again and moving. This time, North Carolina. I guess what they say is true – “home is where the heart is” and my heart was clearly in North Carolina. Shane and I met through mutual friends in 2016, and by 2017 I knew that I couldn’t do long distance anymore.
As much as I felt I had finally found my human, I still hadn’t completely found myself. Before moving to NC, I had lined up a job at Nordstrom – continuing down the fashion path. I loved fashion, everything about it, even after my trip to NYC, so, I figured I would continue down that path. However, I quickly began to realize that I loved fashion and beauty as a hobby not a passion – there is a BIG difference.
So, what did I do? I quit my job, got a new one being a full-time nanny, and applied to go back to school. I went back to my roots, child psychology. See, the thing is – is that for me, fashion and beauty was fun, it allowed me to illustrate my personality and express my creative side but what it didn’t do was fulfill me, ignite my passions, and most importantly it didn’t allow me to make a difference.
GOOD NEWS: I got accepted. I completed my Masters in Education in one (LONG) year and landed myself a teaching job in KANSAS. Yes, you read that right, I said Kansas. I forgot to mention that during that endless year of school – I also got engaged to SCM (the best human), we bought our first house, moved home to Kansas, and I started a new job teaching.
Here we are – Shane and I are newly married (12/7/19), living in the most perfect house, and despite the current circumstances (thanks Covid-19) absolutely loving my career. Which brings me here – with my heart full, my passion (teaching) ignited, and my family close I am FINALLY able to properly let my creative side shine. Please, say “Hello” to Little House in OP.
If you are still here with me, I hope this shows you how I ended up here and I hope you continue to follow along. Whether I am posting food, fashion, finds, furniture or simply something funny – I hope this can become an outlet despite how big or small that outlet might be.