Category Archives: life

lately.

November 17, 2017

Lately I’ve been too busy to stop by. Lately I’ve been working on several projects (that I’m excited to share with you soon), and lately, I’ve been in my head way too much. Remember when I said 2016 was a dumpster fire? I would like to issue a retraction because this year has given me a run for my money. Topping this list is the fact that we almost lost my sister. I guess I haven’t really dealt with it and out of respect for her and my family, I won’t lay out here. But, needless to say it’s been hard and I feel like it’s changed a lot and… idk what else to say…

I’m feeling really overwhelmed right now so this blog has fallen to the bottom of my to-do list. Any trips I wanted to plan have been put on hold, and all of my energy is going in to my portfolio. To be honest, I think I’m motivated by the fear of the future more than anything. I’m not complaining though, it drives me to push myself harder to get it all done. Through this process, I’ve felt grateful, for finding what feels like a calling, for getting a second chance before it’s too late, and for the path the lead me here. At the risk of being totally cheesy and cliche, everything happens for a reason, including our failures. I can only hope the new year will bring brighter beginnings.

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Spoke to Me | 2

July 31, 2017

Do you love Ted Talks? I often find myself down a rabbit hole of Ted Talks in the mornings to get me motivated. This talk about buying less and traveling more really spoke to me. I’ll admit, there’s pressure to have the latest clothes, the nice car, and a fabulously stylish home. But, what if we adjusted our values just a little bit? Instead of putting money toward things, we put it toward experiences that challenge us and grow our minds and views…?

Old Haunts

April 28, 2017

They say you can’t go home again, and they’re right. But, this past weekend I returned to Orlando for a few days and as much as it’s changed, it felt the same. It’s been months since I actually spent more than a few hours in town;  I usually just pass through on my way to the airport. Hanging around for a few days allowed me to sink into the nostalgia and embrace all the feels that came with it…

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on being alone

March 20, 2017

Day trips from Copenhagen - Arken Museum of Modern Art

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You know that movie, The Wedding Planner? It’s one of my all-time guilty pleasure rom-coms that I can recite from memory. Besides JLo’s impressive, Jackie-O inspired wardrobe and Matthew McConaughy’s stunning sweater-wearing abilities, there has always been one inspirational aspect of that movie that’s stuck with me: Mary’s singledom.

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uncomfortable

March 13, 2017

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I have been told that I’m a private person, and I think my unwillingness to share has grown exponentially over the past few years. I won’t open the proverbial can of worms as to why, at least not right here right now, but I will say that I’m consistently surprised and inspired by people that are so open and willing to share. Misgivings about a job or trouble in a relationship, epic failures, and great triumphs. These moments, good and bad, are what make me realize how important it is to push through the discomfort and connect with other people. This, for me, is easier said than done. But, I’m going to make an effort and begin here, on the blog. I’ll utilize this space as my journal, and maybe this opportunity to uncomfortably share how I feel will help me grow, and/or resonate with someone else.

I know it won’t be easy but I’ve found that when I write out the heavy stuff, I can often stand back and figure out the root of the problem. I also have a hard time not worrying about what other people think, so this will be an exercise in not giving an eff.

So… let’s do this.

2017

January 20, 2017

Oh, hi again. As usual, it’s been too long. As I write this, I should be finishing a project. It’s a Facebook page mock up for Leon County Humane Society and in the name of research I got on Facebook which led to scrolling through old photos (see above: Paris, 2013) and editing old photos and “What happened to those photos of x/y/z…?” and how about a blog post! So, here I am. This is my first post of 2017 and I feel like a lot has been going on, lots of plans in the works and so much to look forward to. So, here’s what I’ve got cookin’ for the year ahead…

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Forward

November 29, 2016

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Okay, we’ve all had time to process the shock of the election. If anything, I think it woke us up as a nation and made us pay attention to a divide we had previously been trying to ignore. Many people, including myself, are more inspired than ever to act out in hope, kindness and love. As disappointing and scary as it initially felt, I found solace in the blogs, articles and public figures that promoted the importance of positivity. Here are some of the people, places and things that shared my grief and lifted my post-election spirits…

The season finale of Showtime’s The Circus

The Daily Show election special

Desus & Mero on Viceland (The election special is good, but just watch ’em on the reg anyway.)

Hillary Clinton’s concession speech

Women on the heartbreak of watching Trump win

Chelsea interviews Senator Barbara Boxer

Leslie Knope’s letter to America

Coming Together by Joanna Goddard

Emily Henderson asks her readers why they voted for Trump

Alan Sorkin’s dramatic letter to his ex-wife and daughter

A podcast about Oprah…unrelated, but hey, it made me feel a lot better.

I registered on Issue Voter to weigh in on issues before Congress votes and reach state reps directly.

Before the Flood (free on Hulu)

Anything and everything Gloria Steinem

What the F*ck Do We Do Now?

November 9, 2016

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Listen, I’ve never been one to post political rants on a Facebook page or stir up a political conversation in mixed company, but this is my tiny sliver of the internet and for once, I have a passionate feeling about an election. This is the first election where I really paid attention. I read the articles, visited the candidates’ websites, and watched the debates, and all the while, I really didn’t believe this would happen.

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