Wow, I am late getting this post up but thats because I have been busy enjoying life and then I had surgery lol BUT Conner and I have shared our 5 year anniversary on the 16th of May. This year we decided to not get each other gifts but to just enjoy the moment and be happy. He is literally the best. I know you all gets bits and pieces and get to see a little into our life but theres so much more you don't get to see. Being in a dating relationship for 5 years is not easy.. It takes so much commitment to each other and learning and understanding a long the way, especially at our age. Often relationships in your early 20s don't last. You are still trying to figure out who you are as a person and so is your partner. You have to grow together and a lot of couples don't last through it. I am so blessed we were able to grow together and learn and accept each others flaws, although we are good at driving each other crazy at times... I know we have something that no one else does. Happy 5 year anniversary xx Allison
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To be 100 and 10% honest life has hit me like a train. I finally finished school and they asked me to do an internship with them so that is what my work life is currently like. I shut down Designs By Brooks if you remember me talking in my last post I wasn't sure what I was going to do with it. I did finally decide and I shut it down, it was heartbreaking but honestly it had to be done and I'm excited in this new chapter of life! I spent about 4 hours cleaning out my office and I am in the process of making it my blogger office and I am so excited about that! I also am currently sick and I know I'm jumping all over the place so just bare with me lol. I have 5 birthdays to celebrate the week of thanksgiving so this is about to be CRAZY. Holidays are always a mess but I am already listening to Christmas music and I don't even care! I get my stress out by going to the gym so if any of you are feeling this way maybe that will help you like it does me! Actually that's it for now, well actually there's probably a lot more but I have strep throat on the brain and can't think! I'm off to drink like 12 bottles of water lol wish me luck! xx Allison
As some of you all may know I own Designs by Brooks. Since I've become a full time student, designs by brooks has sadly been put on the back burner. I haven't been posting much or accepting any special orders for the past few months so I just wanted to apologize! I originally planned on shutting Designs by Brooks down temporally till I finished school, but since I am going to school full time Designs by Brooks was going to be my only source of income so I decided to just kind of let my business run itself. I wasn't going to shut it down but I wasn't going to do more than I needed to and stress myself out more. It has been working well for me for right now but It is starting to stress me out as I know my website needs some TLC and I need to do some product updating but I currently just don't have the time or energy to do it right now. Makes me sad honestly because I have worked so hard building up Designs by Brooks to be what it is today but ultimately I had to come to the realization at some point that Designs by Brooks was not going to be my future bread and butter. Things will continue running how they have been the past few months and I will continue filling orders for all you lovely people. But as a public service announcement I just wanted to say that I am aware Designs by Brooks will not be a forever thing and that everyone who has supported me, I promise I will never forget you! My life is slowly moving on to bigger and better things and honestly I am so proud of what I have built for myself. My school will very soon become my work and my goal is for it to become my lively hood. I graduate in less than a month and I've not only surprised my instructors but myself too. I've been offered the paid internship position once I graduate so I can continue learning while I work and I am beyond thankful and excited and proud of my work I have put out so far. As I continue with this journey we all call "life" I have to accept that at some point Designs by Brooks will no longer be in the bigger picture. For now I will continue as I have been. I will keep everyone posted as time passes! To all my Designs by Brooks followers and supporters, I love each and every one of you and you all mean so much to me! xx Allison Brooks
Just a life update for you on how my dog training/school has been going! I am officially on week three and it is crazy to think that I only have seven and a half more weeks until I finish my official training! I've learned so much already that it is honestly crazy. I've been invited to compete in a creative dog grooming competition in November with the help of my instructors, I feel like it'll be a fantastic experience and I am crazy nervous like seriously so freaking nervous but I am so excited as well! It'll be my first ever competition if I decide to compete and it will be in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania! I honestly was shocked that I got invited to go considering that I'm seriously on my third week of doing this type of thing ever in my life but I feel so honored for this amazing opportunity! Working with animals all day has been a blessing and I can't wait to see what else is in store for me! Well there's my little update I'll keep you posted with more info as I continue on this journey thanks so much for reading and for everyone who has supported me from the beginning!!! Xoxo Allison
So my first week of dog styling school is over. And it has been awesome! With one migraine after another and going to bed at 8 o'clock on a Friday I am completely exhausted. I had a great time though and I can't wait for the next 9 weeks. I feel like they will just fly by like this week did! I had some awesomely behaved dogs and some not so much haha and I feel like I've learned so much already. The instructors are just as awesome as my classmates and it's just so much fun to be around the fur babies all day. I can't believe something this fun gets to be my career! I'm not gonna lie, the first week was pretty rough. I've clipped a couple toe nails too short and I keep finding new scratches and bruises all over me in the most random places. This week consisted of me learning how to prep the dog for the bath which means cleaning out their ears and doing their nails. Then learning the correct way to bathe and dry the dog, I promise you it is not as simple as you'd think! Did you know you are supposed to bathe them three times with three different shampoos?! Plus a conditioner if it is a type of coat that requires one! On my second day every dog I had had fleas! So that was quite an experience, but it was so satisfying to know that because of you, when they leave they will no longer have fleas and be in pain! It is quite awesome. I'll keep you guys posted here! so until next time haha
I'm sure by now you all have heard me talk about school and me doing my school work. So guess the cat is out of the bag! I'm in school!!! Wait wut, yup. I took a year off when I graduated high school because I had no idea what I wanted to do and I really wasn't interested in anything. Then suddenly this fell in my lap. Yep dog grooming! I'm literally so excited and I don't think I've ever been so passionate about anything ever like I am about this. Animals have been my life for so long and I have no idea why perusing a career with animals never came to mind but here I am now! I've never met a dog I didn't instantly fall in love with, so I am beyond ecstatic for this journey! I'm attending the Nash Academy and I'm on schedule to be finished by October! I'm about to start my next round of classes and then after I finish that I start my hands on training! So I'll explain it a little better, I could technically go to Petsmart today with no background and have never groomed a dog in my entire life and I could apply to be a groomer and they would hire me and teach me at Petsmart. I'm going to school so that I will be certified and being certified means that I get the title of dog stylist instead of a dog groomer. That also entails that I can groom show dogs that compete. And I'll be trained to recognize anything wrong with your pet. If they have a skin irritation, if they are showing signs of malnutrition, if they look like they have a disease, if a disorder is present, all of that stuff I should be able to recognize. At first I was like why in the world do I need to know all the stuff I had to take a chapter on all the bones in the dogs body and all the muscle systems and the skeletal systems and I was just really confused as to why this would help me groom a dog. Turns out it doesn't help me groom a dog but it does help me ensure the health of the animal. I should be able to notice if there is something wrong and then let the owner know so they can go to the vet! I'll actually be able to treat a couple things myself so you don't even have to go to the vet! I'm very excited so if you're local and have a dog let me know! I'd love to be your groomer!