A Day with Becca Atchison
Welcome to A Day With, a series that walks us through a day in the life of a woman I'm inspired by (and know you'll be inspired by too!). While each of our lives may look very different, there is so much to learn from the ways we each juggle, prioritize, and soak in the joy and beauty of each day.
One of the most thrilling parts of launching Maylis last year was seeing women from all different seasons of my life show up in enthusiastic support. One of these women was my guest today: Becca Atchison of Rebecca Rose Events. She and I met over a decade ago through the wedding industry, where she was carving out a celebrated name for her company and I was working as a magazine editor. Her team even designed a surprise bridal shower for me during a work retreat! Knowing Becca's eye for beauty, quality, and detail firsthand, I was honored to see her name pop up in my DMs to cheer me on as I prepared to launch Maylis. Enjoy this peek into her day, with the perfect "something blue" on her feet!
Tell us a little about yourself! Where do you live and what do you do?
I’m an entrepreneur, creative director, and event designer. In 2010, I founded an event planning, design, and production firm, Rebecca Rose Events, that specializes in luxury destination weddings. I live in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with my husband and our two young daughters.
What is one of your favorite moments of every day?
No two days are ever quite alike in my world, especially with careers that mean frequent travel for both my husband and for me. Even so, we work hard to establish and maintain routines in our house…a must for any household with young children!
We always drive our children to school together as a family, unless one of us is out of town. We’re lucky to live close to school and close to work so that we can prioritize this every morning. It’s a short car ride with all four of us, but we cherish those few moments each morning.
What is one thing that brings you the confidence to take on whatever the day holds?
I lost my dad more than 10 years ago, but the wisdom and guidance he shared with me, even in his final days, is never far from my mind. I can’t pick up the phone and call him the way I used to when I needed a pep talk, but I can still hear his voice and imagine what he would pray aloud, or what would say to me, to remind me that I am intelligent, that I am a capable businesswoman, and that I am never alone. I also have a wildly competitive streak in me, so that helps me step up to the plate whenever I’m facing a challenging day. If there’s a goal or agenda, rest assured that I intend to crush it, even if nobody ever knows about it but me.
How do you stay connected with your family and friends throughout the day?
Thank goodness for iPhones, right?! I text with my husband, my mom, my business partner, and my friends and other family members on a regular basis. If I’m traveling, there are usually some FaceTime calls with my kiddos too!
What are three things that you make sure are part of every day?
I never walk out the door in the morning without my coffee… always in a Yeti so that it won’t be too cold before I finish it. Believe it or not, I was never a coffee drinker until I was in my 30’s, but now I cherish that soothing hot cup every day—always black, never with cream, sugar, or any sweet flavoring!
Over the past year, I’ve made a huge effort to focus on breathing. As silly as it may sound, I’ve realized how important it is for me to occasionally slow down and concentrate on breathing in, exhaling deeply, and just being still—even if it’s for a few moments. It works wonders to keep me focused, release stress, help me push through a creative rut, troubleshoot a solution to a problem, or just focus on gratitude.
Lastly, unless I’m traveling, I will never skip the opportunity to sing to my little girls at bedtime. I made up a lullaby when my oldest daughter was a newborn and have sung it to each of them most nights of their lives.
Which Maylis shoes are your favorites for daily wear and what do you most frequently pair them with?
I love my Catherine Loafers in Maylis Blue and frequently pair them with a maxi dress, jeans, or leggings.
A Day with Becca
6:00-6:30 My alarm goes off, if I’m not already awake. I hop in the shower and listen to a podcast (usually The Daily, which is produced by the New York Times).
7:00 I make sure the girls have outfits picked out and help get them downstairs while my husband makes their breakfasts. He packs lunches and feeds the kiddos, and I make myself a healthy breakfast—usually steel-cut oats with walnuts and blueberries. Sometimes, I’ll mix it up with tart apples, sugar-free dried cranberries, walnuts, and cinnamon. Fun fact: I used to make fun of my mom for eating oatmeal every day. Now, I love it too. Go figure! It’s satisfying, nutrient-dense, and heart-healthy.
7:45 We’re out the door and on the way to drop our oldest daughter off at school. After we kiss her goodbye and she hops out in the car line, we have an hour to kill before we can drop the youngest off at preschool. We often drive around, go to the drive-through for another coffee, or take her to school early to watch her play on the playground before the doors open and we can walk her in. Some days, this extra hour feels frustrating because I can’t be productive during that time, but then I realize I only have one year left before she’s in kindergarten and it stops me in my tracks. That time with her is special.
9:00 The youngest is in her classroom and I’m off to the studio or back to my home office. No two days are the same. Some days, I’m at my desk all day, tackling my inbox, working on proposals or design plans, reviewing graphic design proofs, or sourcing design elements (such as fabric, fixtures, vases, candles, etc.). Other days, I’m working in our floral workshop, processing flowers and designing arrangements. Still other days, we have client meetings in the office or virtually, and some days, I’m on the road (or in the air, over the ocean) for destination site visits, vendor meetings, or event production. Many days, I’m on my feet most of the day. It’s a lot, but I love the nature of my work—that it is never the same, never boring, and always creatively challenging.
12:00 Lunch! I either make a salad and bring it from home, or order in. My go-to lunch orders are a Mediterranean Salad from Chopt (no meat, extra chickpeas!) or a tuna salad sandwich from Jimmy John’s, always with a pickle on the side. I have a terrible habit of eating at my desk, but honestly, it’s about efficiency for me. I want to be able to spend time with my kids when I’m home, so the more I can accomplish while I’m at the office, the better for all of us.
5:30 I wrap up at the studio (unless it’s an event week—then I’m looking at much longer hours) and head to my mom’s house to pick up the kids.
6:30 Dinner + baths + reading with the kids. My second grader is quite the avid reader now, so sometimes, she’s reading to all of us!
7:30 Kiddos in bed! Many nights, I have more work to do, but I try to knock it out quickly. I avoid having to work in the evenings whenever possible so that I can catch up with husband, watch a show with him, or just hang out. When the weather allows, we love to spend time on our side porch and watch TV or make plans for our next big project, idea, or adventure together.
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