I took 8+ months off from blogging. I didn’t miss it much. I didn’t miss blogging in the form that I once experienced it.I enjoyed taking a step back from publishing so that I could appreciate what 7 years of sharing looks like. I took time to read my old posts. I laughed, I cringed,
A couple years ago I got into a morning routine kick. I would wake up 2-3 hours before I started my self-employment work day and it was amazing. Then some health issues popped up and fatigue reared its ugly head. I couldn’t wake up early to save my own life (maybe Adam or my dog’s
Since September 4th, we’ve traveled 8,500 miles. I’m happy. I’m tired. Chicago, San Diego, Seattle, Bloomington, Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago. We stopped back at home between a couple of those trips and I’m excited to be home for a full month before I go back to Chicago again in November (then the holidays ensue).
I recently read three books. Here’s my recap and maybe one of them will spark your interest! Smoke Gets In Your Eyes: It’s non-fiction, it confronts death head on, speaks to the death industry and changed my life! Emily, Alone: A novel (there’s technically a book that comes before this but I didn’t read it) about
We just spent the past 10 days between San Diego and Seattle (September 4-13) and realized I hadn’t done a packing post in awhile! I’ve done these before for Hawaii and NYC where I break down what I’m glad I packed, what I wish I hadn’t packed and what I wish I had brought along instead.
I realized that most of my photo library on my iPhone is comprised of screenshots. Every few months, I try to create a better bookmarking system. Evernote is always on my top of my list. I’ll Google, “How to use Evernote” or “The Ultimate Evernote Guide.” But no…I’ll continue to screenshot stuff. And then forget about
We’re about to embark on a two-week travel period and I’m so excited. I just returned home from a week visiting family and my bag isn’t unpacked from that trip yet. I clearly have a lot to do before we leave but I planned this post to share some multi-city packing tips! We’ll be heading to San Diego for
I haven’t had a drink since New Year’s Eve. Since 2015. It’s August 22, 2016. That’s 235 days. I have some friends who say they couldn’t go that long without a drink. Some friends shrug their shoulders and admit that they could give it up. Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t have a drinking problem.
Once or twice a year, I do a “Let’s Get Coffee” post. It’s a fun way to meet my readers, it turns my comment section into a long list of dope stuff and even allows my readers to meet each other! I ask FIVE questions (and I answer them, too) and then ask you to
As some of you may know, I’ve been on the Candida Diet for…this entire freakin’ year. I’m serious. Since January 9th. I’ve probably eaten out less than 10 times total and right now I’m trying to stay pretty strict again before I see my integrative/functional MD at the end of the month. When you can’t
We all evolve and change. That’s a fact. For me, personally, I seek out change. I try to learn about others’ stories and experiences, I try my best to read about things I know nothing about and I’m greatly changed daily by my husband (in the best possible way). Last week, Adam and I presented
At the end of July, I hosted a gallery for my 100 paintings! It was humbling and left my floored. I ended up selling 71 of the 100 pieces and I’m still floored. I thought I’d share some photos that other people posted of their visit or their paintings back home. My sister and I also
A quick post to share some of the stuff I’ve been loving lately: Art history + general art books. I just picked this up at Half Priced and am snagging this on Amazon. The Pineapple/Strawberry La Croix flavor Primally Pure’s Fancy Face Serum Mini canvases to paint on! Writing notes, sending mail + gift giving
I read this article a few months ago that discussed the fact that we don’t celebrate enough. Celebrating things could actually lead to healthier, happier, longer lives. I’ve thought about this article a lot since I first read it. I can get so caught up in running a business or addressing my health that I look
I did it! I completed #the100dayproject! And now, I have 100 paintings. And I’m happier. If you want to hear all about my experience, check out Elise’s podcast. Elise took the project on and shared 100 pep talks on her Instagram. So many days they seemed to speak directly to me! We got together and talked
This summer has been very social for me. Adam’s cousin Isabelle (who’s amazing) is living with us while she is interning for The Wonder Jam, we’ve had our friends Meghan and David visited (and Meghan came again for a week later during the summer), our developer, Matt, came and stayed with us for another week, we’ve had three
Photographing a cookbook has been on my career dream list since I first picked up a camera. I was so honored when Taylor of Simply Taylor asked me to photograph her amazing creations. Back in June, we shot for five straight days (16 recipes per day!) at our studio. The cookbook, Real Food, Real Simple,
Fun stuff that’s happened recently: Our developer, Matt, flew in to spend a week with us! We hosted a workshop for some dope people to help them through small design and development issues. It was a great way for our entire team to work together! We hosted a party celebrating The Wonder Jam‘s 3rd birthday. You