A New Approach to My Closet

One of my friends, Dacy, is a personal stylist.

Her style is so impeccable – every time I see her I think, “man, her style is exactly the kind of style I want to have.”

She’s also a very big proponent of mindfulness, intentional shopping and simplicity.

When she started talking about her Capsule Wardrobe and #project333, I was super intrigued, so I gave it a shot in the middle of October.

It is awesome.

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Sadie’s Life Lesson for the Weekend

Ashley and I loaded up the puppies on Friday and headed to Iowa to celebrate Thanksgiving with our parents this past weekend.

Thanksgiving is such a great holiday. I love that it’s all about coming together with the people you love and there’s really nothing to it beyond a delicious meal, lots of conversation in the kitchen and a few days of enjoying each other’s company.

Our house was pretty crazy this year compared to last year due to the addition of three puppies into the family.

Sadie and Kona (mine and Ashley’s puppies) are 7 months old now and Bella (my younger sister Jessica’s puppy) is 3 months old.  Sadie and Kona clock in at 35 and 29 pounds respectively while Bella now weighs a whopping 2.5 pounds.

Throw the world’s greatest old Golden Retriever, Libby (she’s 12 years old now) and 8 inches of snow into the mix and let’s just say it was an entertaining weekend.

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The Most Interesting Thing I’ll Do This Year

One week ago today I word-vomited all over this post.

I said the things I have been quietly worrying and thinking about for months now. It was nice to get it off my chest. It was nice to put it out there and hear whispers of “me too” from people in various parts of my life.

Beyond that, it was nice to put a stake in the ground and say forcefully, “onward.”

This week I sat down for a couple of hours and dissected the list to actually make it actionable.

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Shedding Light on Blind Spots

Yesterday I attended a big Digital Marketing event here in St. Louis for work.

It was an impressive event – over 300 people in attendance, very well-done visuals on a bunch of screens in Ballpark Village, accomplished speakers, etc.

I have been to many of these types of events in the past and they’re always interesting – agency-types get up in front of the crowd and talk about innovative campaigns they’ve seen done for major brands, the wealth of data we have available to us as digital marketers and the brilliance of the Internet in helping us “connect” with consumers.

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What Brought Me Back to Writing

When I was in Colorado a few weeks ago for vacation, I read four books in five days.

I felt kind of silly when I was packing said books into my already 50 pound-plus piece of luggage (which, I know, is ridiculous) but I always go into a vacation hoping that one of my main activities will be reading.

The books were nicely balanced – two memoirs, two non-fiction books.

One of the non-fiction books (Me Before You by Jojo Moyes) made me cry and left me feeling sad but happy I experienced it when it was over. The other (The One & Only by Emily Griffin) didn’t make me feel anything at all.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler and Why Not Me? by Mindy Kahling were the other two on the list – devoured damn near in one sitting each.

The combination of reading these two, plus the book I’m currently reading, Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, is the reason I started writing again.

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An Element I Erroneously Left Out Yesterday

Good morning, Internet.

Here I am, fulfilling my self-imposed commitment to work through my issues by writing daily on the road to living a slightly more fulfilling day-to-day life.

So I published that post yesterday, which felt good.  It was nice to get it all off my chest and put it out there. It felt a bit vulnerable and a lot pathetic, but I’m okay with those feelings.

Sometimes we all feel pathetic. It’s a valid feeling, as is feeling bored or discontented with the state of things.

Anyway, after I wrote that post I went on with my day, closing out some minor tasks at work then having drinks and watching Trainwreck with a few friends. It was a nice evening.

I was vaguely aware of what was happening in Paris but after scrolling through Twitter for a few moments while having drinks with friends, I started to feel the weight of what was going on and had to put my phone away.

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In Which I Ramble On About How Boring I’ve Become

This year, I fell a little bit out of love with well, a lot of things. Including, but not limited to, blogging.

It’s obvious, if you’ve been reading (or not reading, since there hasn’t been anything to read) that my confidence in my own ability to create has completely vanished.

I let a few disheartening circumstances get me down. I allowed a few stressful (and joyful, of course) life events distract me.  I took them as permission to stop.

Stop trying. Stop wanting something for myself outside of work. Stop giving a shit.

This week I hermit-ted at home for probably too many hours in the evenings and came to a few realizations:

First, I’m not someone that can have work be the main focus of my life.

Second, I have a little bit of social anxiety that I hate to admit but that I probably need to take steps to take care of.

And third, I’m absolutely paralyzed by indecision at this point in my life. 

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