Friday, July 24, 2015

Hindsight



This week I've been thinking a lot about how great hindsight is. The feeling when you can look back on something you've experienced and see the full story. Hindsight is the beginning, middle and end. In my experience, the ending is usually that "everything happens for a reason" place. When you've reached the end, you can look back and see the journey so clearly...and it's a good feeling. For example, my senior year of high school I really wanted to go to a large D1 university. My parents were against it. They convinced me to go to Southeastern, it was close to my grandparents and much less expensive. My first week of college was hard. There was a cricket infestation on campus (I'm not kidding, I would find those disgusting critters in my bed!) and I knew no one. It was a culture shock moving from a big city to a small town...and I resented it. Around the same time my grandmother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I had no idea that my freshman year of college would be the last year of her life...and that I would be living in the same town and get to spend that last year with her. I know my presence there brought her so much joy and comfort in her last year. We made so many memories that I will cherish forever...hindsight: my place was at Southeastern. It was totally a God thing. The beginning: resentment over not getting to go to the school of my choice, the middle: the fleeting moments with my grandmother, the end: the most amazing experience that brought me closer to God.

It's hard to remember hindsight when you're in the trenches. When things don't go your way and you're mad and angry. You feel blindsided and confused. But then something happens and it all becomes clear. Right now I'm waiting for hindsight.

It's hard to write a story about something when you're right in the middle of it. You don't know the ending and the beginning is so damn confusing. So all you can do is trust and have faith.

I came across this blog post and it really resonated with me. It you're waiting on hindsight, I highly recommend it.

Other things I enjoyed on the internet this week:

How bubbly water became a billion dollar business. I'm a sparking water junkie...I stopped drinking diet soda a few months ago and haven't looked back!
-Washington Post 

This female ring bearer stole the show at her mom's wedding. Adorable!
-Buzzfeed 

Ghosting, the ultimate silent treatment. Have you heard of "ghosting?"  I call it "falling off the face of the earth." Please my friends, never do this!
-The New York Times

Frigid offices, freezing women, oblivious men. I laughed out loud when I read this because it is so true! As I type this post, there is a space heater by my feet and a cardigan on my back. So funny!
-Washington Post

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week In Review // Link Love

It's been terribly hard to get back into my daily routine after the fourth. Why can't every day be spent by the pool or at the lake? Being a grown up is the pits.

Last week was a blur..playing catch up at work, adjusting to a healthier diet, jogging at the park -which reminds me of a moment that deserves an entire blog post on it's own...

Last week I jogged past the most adorable little boy and his mother. The little boy was 4 or 5 years old, curly brown hair. As I approached them I couldn't help but smile as we made eye contact. He was just darling. Anyway, right as I was passing them, he pointed at me and asked his mother: "Mom! Is that a warewolf?"  The mother looked at me apologetically and responded "no that's a nice lady!"  Apparently, I look like a long-lost relative of Jacob Black (which now that I think of it, I don't hate)...but it was funny and a little horrifying at the same time.

What else...I finally finished The Sopranos! What an ending! Totally unexpected but I was satisfied! If you're a Soprano fan, comment with your thoughts...now I need a new series to binge! Any suggestions?

This week I'm gearing up for our monthly Young Professionals meet-up. If you're local, click here for more information, I'd love to see you there!



Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet right now:

I'm a total makeup junkie, this makeover is breathtaking!
-Maskcara 

Beauty Behind Bars
-xo Jane 

I love a good egg sandwich and this method is a game changer!
-A Cup of Joe

The story of how the beloved American Girl Doll brand came to be. I never had an American Girl Doll but I remember wanting one (especially the "my twin doll") My childhood best friend had "Molly" -I'm still a little jealous!
-racked

How to ruin your live without even noticing. Long read but worth it. I love when the author says "Why are we so enamored with the idea of first becoming somebody's rather than somebodies?" 
-Thought Catalog

I love zucchini noodles -I've been eating "zoodles" out the wazoo! It never occurred to me to make a fresh salad with my spiralizer! These recipes look amazing!
-brit+co

(I use the zoodle maker and LOVE it! It's small and easy to use -almost like using a pencil sharpener to spiral veggies) 

While we're talking food, these cooking hacks are awesome! Everything from re-heating french fries to preventing your avocado from turning brown.
-Refinery 29


Monday, July 6, 2015

Fourth at Grand Lake














This weekend is one for the books! I planned on taking a lot of photos with my DSLR but somehow never got around to it...we were having too much fun! Anyway, these iPhone photos will have to do! Our 4th of July was filled with yummy food, new friends, family and lots and lots of time on the lake! It doesn't get better than that!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Friday Favorites

Last night I spent four hours at the park, I went straight from work (at 5) and stayed until  9 o'clock. It reminded me of my childhood, when mom would say: "when the street lights come on, it's time to come home!" The street lights always came on too soon -and the same was true last night.  

One of my favorite things about living in a small town is the way you always seem to bump into people you know when you're out-and-about. Last night (at the park) I ran into my sister, she recently adopted a little puppy and they were out for a walk. We had so much fun playing in puddles, chasing the geese, meeting other dogs, and stopping for rest and water under the shade trees.




Summer nights at the park are my favorite.

Speaking of favorites, here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this week:

"How to get a job through social media" Earlier this week I mentioned developing your "personal brand," this is a prime example of how having a personal brand can pay off!
-Levo

This baby shower took my breath away. Such a unique idea and oh so beautiful.
-Rifle Paper Co.

"Your late-night emails are hurting your team" Very interesting!
-Harvard Business Review

The most adorable Instagram account -shares photos of couples with the story of how they met in the caption. If you're a hopeless romantic, you will love it!

I've been experiencing some major storage issues with my iPhone lately. These hacks for saving storage have come in handy!
-Cosmopolitan

An advertising agency had their execs slim down for a naked photo shoot. What a clever campaign, I love seeing brands that push boundaries.
-Business Insider

-This interior design blogger and I are kindred spirits. I love everything about her theory on beautiful-functional things for the home. I too have been slowly making the change from plastic to wooden spoons and spatulas, simply because they are more pretty. She mentions that she and her husband use their birthdays or holidays to treat each other to something special to enjoy in their home...my birthday is next month and I've asked for towels! #kindredspirits
-Inspired Room

Happy Friday and Happy Father's Day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Review: Leave Your Mark


I came across "Leave Your Mark" on twitter (recommended by theSkimm). The tagline "Land your dream job, kill it in your career, rock social media" jumped out at me from across the screen #lifegoals. 

 So I used my monthly Audible credit and was listening to Aliza Licht (herself) just hours later.

"Leave Your Mark" is one of those books I wish had been available 5 years ago when I was gearing up for my first internship, nervous and unsure of myself.

Aliza is such an inspiration, she graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Neurobiology and Physiology -on track to becoming a plastic surgeon. Upon realizing that being a surgeon wasn't her dream, she decided to pursue a career in the fashion industry. Today, Aliza is the Senior Vice President of Global Communications for Donna Karan International! -Work it girl! 

In her book, Aliza gives us a play-by-play of how she made it to the top. She is the smart, sassy & brutally honest mentor I never had. She covered so many topics, everything from "how to write a professional email," "netowrking" & "developing your personal brand" (something I'm slowly working on). 

Aside from the amazing career advice, Aliza gives us an insider glimpse into the world of fashion. Her stories were that of "The Devil Wears Prada." I've heard that you have to have thick skin to work in the fashion industry, but my gosh! Who knew it could be so ruthless! 

One night (while binge listening to her book) I decided to tweet Aliza. I about fell out of my chair when she tweeted me back!




Needless to say, she has a new fan-girl! 

I can't recommend this book enough. No matter what the industry, "Leave Your Mark" is relevant to anyone looking to achieve success. You will be empowered, inspired and much much wiser! 

After listening to the audio version, I decided to purchase the ebook as well. I wanted to go back and highlight my favorite moments from the book, which is now being used as my own little "career bible!"

It's been a month since I finished it and I'm still just as motivated & inspired. I've been practicing her "method" fo success and I can already see the effects it has had on my work (and relationships)!

I hope you'll give it a try. It is by far my favorite read of 2015! 



Tuesday, June 9, 2015

In Review

Doing:

Since we last spoke, I  ran in an inflatable 5k. So fun but sooo muddy!


I planted my first herb garden.



Confession...it's not doing so well. The thyme is dead & the basil is droopy. However, the dill is thriving? I dream of bruschetta and thyme roasted tomatoes...please my green thumb friends- I need your help!

Wearing: 

A little more than a month ago I borrowed a coral colored off-the-shoulder dress from my mom. (pictured below...a car selfie was the best I could do. -I always forget to take pictures once I arrive to my destination!)


I never want to take it off! I think I wore it 3 times this week alone. It's officially my summer uniform. I don't want to live in a world where this isn't in my closet! Don't tell my mom but she's not getting it back!

Reading:

I wan't to cruise the world on this enchanting house boat, who's with me?
-Remodelista

This essay "in defense of being alone" was food for my soul. I savored every word. Also, I too "want to be a strong and powerful red wine"
-Huffington Post

If you've been reading my little blog for a while you probably know that I am a huge fan of Sheryl Sandberg, more on that here. The letter she wrote about grief and losing her husband brought me to tears.

Apparently there was a "Smash" tribute concert last night...I'm so bummed I missed it (please please, take this on the road!) anyway, this re-cap is the next best thing. I'm #teamKaren but Ivy killed it last night! Which team are you on?
-Buzzfeed

Thursday, May 28, 2015

May, Pit & Peak


This month has flown by...it's been filled with never ending rain, a few tornadoes, spring cleaning, traveling for work, art festivals, reading new books, discovering my love for zucchini (more on that in another post) and many, many dinners with friends and family. All in all, not too bad.

Here are a few pit & peaks of the month:

Pit:

-Living in a 100 year-old house is finally catching up with me. I have so many electrical problems happening, it's not even funny. Currently, 3 outlets & 1 light fixture (in my closet) are out. Picking out clothes in the dark is no bueno...also, I had a water leak in my bedroom wall. Apparently the wood around my window has rotted. The beautiful trees in my front yard have compromised my plumbing system (their roots are wreaking havoc on my drains). I hired a plumber "friend of a friend" to come out and fix the problem, only to be scammed out of $90...And to top it all off? I found a decomposing animal (it is so badly decomposed, I can't make out what it was...a squirrel? or skunk?) on the side of my house. Ahhhhhh!

Peak:

-Things are really great at work right now. I was recognized as an employee spotlight, received an award for a big project I spent two years working on and have been given several opportunities to shine. It's been a great month for my career!

Pit:

-The severe storms. I hate storms. I hate lightening. I hate tornadoes. I am a big scaredy-cat! I was caught in two tornadic storms (one while driving) this month. I wish I was one of those calm and collected people in a crisis, but this month taught me that when things get scary -I will run for the hills (or an underground shelter). I was a volunteer at a festival and the sirens went off. Instead of politely helping patrons to the shelter, I took off (running) in a panic and yelled at the top of my lungs "everybody! get underground!" It wasn't my finest moment...my co-workers are still laughing about it!

Peak:

-I became a Skimmbassador! By now most of you should know how much I love theSkimm (because I can't stop talking about it)...I get nothing for sharing theSkimm with you (well they might send me a reusable bag or some other promotional item... nothing life changing haha!). It's just something I believe in and am excited to share with my friends! Before Skimm, I was so misinformed on current events. I never really understood or cared about politics (or world news for that matter). I can't tell you how empowering it is to be "in the know." This may sound silly, but it's on the list of things that make me feel like a "grown up" -I was reading about the Patriot Act and thought to myself: "Hey look at me! I'm finally starting to understand this stuff!" Anyway, sign up here if this sounds like something you might enjoy :-)

Pit:

-I don't know when this one will stop "hurting" but every year, at the end of May, when all my teacher/college friends get off for summer break...I may or may not partake in a little pity party. I really really wish I still had a summer break. Being stuck inside on a beautiful day is the biggest bummer. Of course, it has rained every weekend so I haven't enjoyed nice weather since I-don't-know-when.

Peak:

-Summer is here! I may be stuck at work during the week but I have several fun weekends planned! It's time spent at the lake, weekend BBQ's, fresh watermelon, trips to the farmers market, home-grown tomatoes and a highly anticipated trip to the beach! Bring it on!

one last peak:

Here are a few of my favorite things on the internet this week:

-I love a good fixer-upper, this home makeover is unreal!!
 -Country Living

-This video is adorable...I wish I knew that guy in real life. He seems really cool! Also, I need someone to make one for me! "Love is all we need, share the love"
-Daily Liked

-"This guy sat in a cafe all day after being promised $300 and it turned into something amazing."
-Buzzfeed

-Mixed gender wedding parties. This is something I'd never considered & I love it. The people standing next to you should be those you love the most...who cares what gender they are!
 -Buzzfeed

-Momfirmations. The whole parenting thing really freaks me out...but then I read something so beautiful and hilarious, all at the same time. I think to myself  "man, I pray God gives me the gift of motherhood because I have to experience it...even if it is crazy and scary." 
-The Day Book Blog

-These graduation hats are awesome! (Also, it's good to see so many Harry Potter fans!)
-Buzzfeed

For kicks & giggles, here's my cap:


I can't believe that was 4 years ago! Oh my how time flies!