In less than 2 months, I will be doing something I never thought possible, I will be working 100% with and for On the Go Boutique. This has been a silent dream in my head since Anna and I first started talking about opening our social media based boutique 6 years ago, and something we have both worked very hard for over the years. There have been times in years past where Anna and I thought, "what if it could be so much more", and NOW, well, now it's actually happening. In the fall of 2020, we talked about what we had experienced with going through the pandemic, along with the rest of the world. We talked about how that experience affected our lives, and what we really wanted to spend our time focused on. Obviously family is number one, but a close second was, we really wanted to dive head first into growing On the Go Boutique. We decided to take the plunge of opening a physical location, and months later, and with the help of Anna and her husband and his construction company, we opened our brick and mortar location in Springfield, IL in August 2021. We now have a store manager, a sales team, and a back of the house shipping team that we couldn't survive without.
I have been working in marketing and supply chain logistics for 15 years for another company, in another industry, and what I didn't realize is that business career helped me to grow and learn so many skills that actually lend themselves to OUR clothing business. I didn't see the synergies in the two businesses until about a year ago, but now I can't "unsee" it, and I know this is the path I was meant to be on. I am absolutely elated to be able to focus, for the first time in 6 years, solely on all things On the Go Boutique. I can't wait to bring you new handmade jewelry, new blog posts, new recipes, new workouts, new makeup, new shoes, new outfits, new EVERYTHING! This is only the beginning and I. Can't. Wait. So THANK YOU to everyone who has been following the journey Anna and I have been on over the years, and for all of your support. We can't wait for you to see what's next, I have a feeling the best is yet to come.
I am not sure why it took me to long to come to the conclusion that this was really my next step, but I wanted to share a video from Steve Harvey where he so eloquently states, "Jump", sometimes you just need a little push, so hopefully this video helps you to feel ready for your next step in life, whatever that may be.
Add to our ever growing list of ways we are hoping to connect with you all more, cue On the Go Blog! Here you will find more info on who we are, what we are wearing, eating, drinking, and mostly importantly, what we are shopping for.
First, let's talk about how we got here...hop aboard our imaginary time machine and let's travel back to 1988, Kindergarten, a time when LA Gear sneakers, acid wash jeans, and tons of high waisted pants donned the pages of the Sears catalog ( you know you remember the Sears catalog, that thing had just about everything, I could ever dream of buying in it! ) that is where Anna and I first met, but it wasn't until five years later that we became life long friends. In fifth grade we bonded over our love of tumbling, matching bodysuits and scrunchies, and boys( maybe me a bit more than Anna ). Fun fact, to this day Anna can still do a back handspring.
Over the middle and high school years we survived countless boyfriends, heartbreaks, sleepovers, school dances, fashion hits and misses ( I prob had a few more misses than Anna ) and one very memorable trip to Cowden, IL where Anna's dad made me bait a cricket on a fishing hook, followed by me getting a splinter in my toe and Anna's dad cutting it out with a pocket knife. Did I mention, I have only been to Cowden, IL once? In 2001, the year Britney wore a yellow snake during her performance at the MTV VMA's ( seriously FREE Britney! ), Anna and I started college together. We went to Southern Illinois University, where you could mostly catch us wearing either hoodies to class or a new outfit from Express. We also spent many a night at the now closed, Pinch Penny Pub. After graduating, Anna followed love to Springfield, IL and became a teacher, and I moved to St Louis, MO and started working in the renewable fuels industry. In 2010, we both became mothers for the first time, we even randomly had the same due date for our boys, but they ended up being born 5 days apart.
Fast forward to 2016, the year choker necklaces made a comeback, and Rianna debuted faux fur sandals, Anna, still in Springfield, IL and me, now in Nashville, TN, came up with the idea of opening our OWN online boutique. We both knew we were starting something BIG, but I don't think either one of us could have dreamed where we would be today. This year we are opening our FIRST brick and mortar location at 3063 Hamlin Pkwy, Springfield, IL 62711 ( come by and see us in August ), AND we are launching our blog to take you all along our journey of life moving forward.
Whether you have been with us since we started On the Go Boutique, or found us sometime in the last few years THANK YOU! We wouldn't be here without you! Stay tuned...
A few pics of Anna and I over the years