Five Years Ago…

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Five years ago today, I published my very first blog post. It was a first of many... and wasn't really all that kind to the previous owner... and I had a lot to learn about blogging. But what I also didn't know at the time was how random and wonderful this journey would have been. I took a little time to reflect today on my "blogiversary" — the significance of it, the simultaneous ridiculousness of it, and in between — and ultimately, all I could come out with was grateful. When I … [Read more...]

Fun (and Fury) with Logos

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Ahh, logos. For design geeks like me, the way a logo and website design comes together can be a lot of fun to witness. But lately, I've been dealing with the most difficult client I've ever had, and I find myself really struggling not to slap her. This client? You know her. She's the one writing this post. I have become my own worst client. For the last few months, I've been working on a new blog design for this site. Many of you long-time readers already know that for the last couple … [Read more...]

Goal-Setting, 2015

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When it comes to New Years resolutions, I've gone back and forth. Some years, I think that goal-setting is the key to making the most out of the next 365 days. Other years, I think establishing "resolutions" just because it's a new year is dumb – after all, why can't I simply start them on Feburary 17th? What makes an empty calendar so special? The truth is, it's not. The only magic of the new year is the faith we put in it, and some years I just don't feel like doing that. But after … [Read more...]

So, About That Whole Moving Thing…


This is the often-requested (or so it seems from your comments!) update to the whole moving situation. If you're new to this site, this post needs a little back story, so that's what you'll find in the little segment below. But if you've been reading along for a while, you can probably skip right down to the next section. ***************************************** It's almost surreal for me to think about it, but this week last year, I was finishing my last class for my MBA. It took a very … [Read more...]

Casting Walnuts is A Real Job

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So, last week was weird... because unlike most weeks, I spent it in New York. The quick explanation: Lowe's asked a few bloggers to share some easy DIY tips, and as an added treat, offered to fly us all up to NYC to see our tips filmed for their #LowesFixinSix Vine series. Which look a little something like this: I'm still in the midst of organizing and editing the photos I took while behind the scenes, walking around the city, and maybe even a video clip or two, so expect a recap … [Read more...]

Haven, You Exhaust Me (In a Good Way)

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Today, I'm back from the exhaustive DIY conference known as Haven. Thankfully, this thing is held in Atlanta every year, so I don't have to deal with the whole travel thing quite so much as the rest of the attendees. But if you've never been to a conference before, trust me when I say that I am tired. I spent all of yesterday (the first full day at home afterward) sprawled out in bed with Charlie, dealing with what should be dubbed "The Haven Hangover" (it impacts even non-drinkers, but in my … [Read more...]

Where I’m Going, What I’m Doing


Ok, so I promised I'd get you an updated post today and give you more details about the new job offer and moving plans (if you missed it, here is that first post from last week).  Because as far as this blog goes, both of those things will impact my future posts significantly.  And progress on the house.  And even, as this past day and a half has proven, ALL THE THINGS.  Including my cell phone service (why do simple things sometimes have to turn into a big complicated mess?.  Ugh). Anyway, … [Read more...]

Am I Ready for This? Nope. Maybe. I think so.

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Dear friends:  BIG EFFING NEWS. It's (almost) Friday, which means it's a day to talk about personal things (I don't know why I picked this particular day of the week, but it seems to fit).  So let's talk about ripping the band-aid off.  Figuratively speaking, of course.  I may share a few injuries here and there on Instagram sometimes (like last month, when Charlie ran around my ankle and gave me the absolute worst leash burn I've ever had), but actual band-aids are almost always gross.  So, … [Read more...]