Life is a test. We are not present on earth to just exist; we are here to learn. Life is a lesson. Love one another unconditionally. Love thyself unconditionally. We spend our whole lives learning to do this. Some succeed and some never have a clue. I'm trying. Love my fellow man. Don't react and don't always have to be right. This is one I'll have to work on for the rest of my life. Appreciate each day and recognize positive and negative as a part of life's experiences. Look around me and see life at it's best. The joys of living come as you strive to achieve your dreams. Its the quality of each day that is important, not the distant dream once achieved. Teach and nurture my children. You can never give them too much love. -Randa Jex 1/1/94

Wednesday, July 14

It's not a phase, it's a lifestyle....

First off I would like to apologize for being quite possibly the worlds worst blogger. I decide to post as many big events as I could so Lauren DeFrehn will stop harassing me :) Let me start by at least trying to offer up some type of an excuse...I am a sucker for over-committing myself. And it only took me 28 years to realize this. I found myself always saying..."wow this is a busy month" and about 8 months ago I realized that it was not a phase but instead, it has become my lifestyle. 90 to nothing, full throttle, chicken with it's head cut it what you want but I have started to just call it my life.

This past weekend we were in Oxford for a wedding and while I was there we met with the owner of Miss Punkins Gift Shop- they will be the first official retailer of the Shannon Jex artwork line! It was the neatest store carrying everything from pottery, wedding registries, baby gifts, Ole Miss name it. I am now in the process of building up inventory and getting stuff ready to retail. This coming Monday is the beginning of a 3 month work assignment where I will be living in Jackson 4-5 days a week and I will commute to Natchez for the weekends. I know it is not the ideal situation but Zach and I did it once when he was commuting to Houston so being just 2 hours away should be a breeze. I am looking forward to having more time to work on artwork in the evening and seeing all my Jackson friends.

And on to some big news!!! Zach had an in-person meeting here in Natchez with one of the Directors for the Mississippi Technology Alliance and a conference call with their Entrepreneurial Team in Jackson about Gameday Map. They have been helping him flesh out options regarding further development and most importantly deciding on a revenue model. The MTA then put him in touch with Dream Logic, a young company in Jackson, MS who develops web applications along with iPhone and Droid applications. They are experienced enough to work with large companies in Jackson but young enough to know what Gameday Map needs. Then they pitched it to another company in Jackson and received and unbelievable response. They want to partner with Wyatt's Torch, Zach's LLC, and aid in development and marketing of the product! They plan to come to Natchez to present Zach with the plans and if we decide to move forward they would like to have something to market by Football season...WHOA! We were elated to hear it could be a real possibility to see it become an iPhone app and android app sometime this year. All this good news came to us last week on our way to Oxford, ironically enough.

I hope this is somewhat of an excuse or explanation as to why I had such a long blog-cation. I remember the days when summer meant sleeping late, relaxing, swimming, and occasional errand here or there. Instead, our days seem to be go-go-go from the moment our head leaves the pillow until the moment it returns.

One final note: While we were in Oxford this weekend for a wedding, a law school friend of Zach's told me she keeps up with us on facebook and was wondering exactly how many businesses we work for and/or have started between the two of us. So I counted them up and the answer.....7.


Lisha said...

Oh how I've missed catching up on the madness that is shay and z! Miss you girl

Casey Ann said...

Congratulations to you for finally placing your art for sale and to Zach for the Game Day success. I predict great successes!