Stuff I've Written

Going Old-School, Baby!

I found this through Jodi. I love these old-school memes. They’ve always been a fun way to learn something about the bloggers we read. (And, yes, it’s a good way to post when you want to write but don’t have ideas!)

What is the last thing you watched on TV?  The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills reunion part 1. Yeah, I know. Don’t judge me.

When did you last step outside? What were you doing? About an hour ago. I took the dogs out to go to the bathroom and if I don’t stand out there and watch over them, they’ll just run around and play.

What is on the walls of the room you are in? The TV is mounted on the fireplace in front of me. To my right is a painting  of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse that we won in a charity auction for a local art college.

If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?  A house in Paris and a house in the Caribbean. I’d also pay off our house.

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Tell me something about you that most people don’t know. I have always wanted to be a professional musician. I love music and I took piano lessons for about 7 years, but I hated to practice so I never really did as well as I should have.

Who made the last incoming call on your phone?  My husband.

If you could change something about your home, without worry about expense or mess, what would you do? I would remodel our bathrooms and the closet in the master bedroom. Bill and I share one closet and he has just as many clothes as I do. And because he’s bigger, they take up more room. Our bathrooms are functional but out of date. I would love a big spa shower and a huge soaking tub, surrounded by gorgeous slate and tile.

What was the last thing you bought? Lunch today. I’m horrible about packing a lunch and taking it with me to work. When I was a kid I had to choke down a lot of  gross, soggy PB&J-soaked sandwiches, so now I sort of rebel against that. (Yes, I know there are better ways to pack a lunch now than those useless old baggies.)

Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Nope! I am terrified of heights.

If you could eat lunch with one famous person, who would it be? Jen Lancaster. I love her writing and I think she’d be fun to hang out with.

Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Nordstrom. I love the fact that they routinely carry lots of size 5 shoes. Plus, you can get workout clothes and gorgeous handbags.

Is the glass half empty or half full?  Half empty. Always. Can’t help it.

What’s the farthest-away place you’ve been? Taiwan. We moved there for two years when I was 3 years old.

What’s under your bed? Shoes. And dogs. The dogs flatten themselves out somehow and sleep under the bed all night.

What is your favorite time of the day? Late morning, about 10:00 a.m. When I wasn’t working, I realized that was the time I was most awake and had the most energy.

What inspires you? I’m inspired by people who are passionate about what they do, whatever that is. I’m inspired by people who follow their hearts and do what makes them happy, not what necessarily makes them money. I’m inspired by people who are true to who they are and don’t give a shit about what anyone thinks.

 

Starting Again (Yes, Really)

I can’t believe I haven’t so much as logged in here in two months. I’ve actually missed writing here quite a bit, but I’ve been settling in to my new job and by the end of the day, I just haven’t had the energy to even open my laptop.

However, I’m loving what I do. It’s the best of everything I’ve been doing my entire career. My job combines fitness with writing and editing and social media. I honestly never thought I would get this lucky again—especially after my last job. I work for and with a lot of amazing, talented and passionate people, and I actually look forward to getting up and going to work. It doesn’t hurt that I literally work a mile from home, either. That certainly makes the work/life balance a lot easier.

I’ve been adjusting to spending my days glued to a computer screen, writing, editing and assigning content for two websites, as well as engaging on social media for two (sometimes three) brands. That’s why coming home and writing here has been the last thing on my mind.

Now, though, I’m getting in a groove. I’m finding the balance between work and personal  life. I didn’t anticipate how hard it would be to go back to an office after seven months. In the beginning I would come home absolutely exhausted. I was also completing my 500-hour yoga teacher training around the same time I started my job so I was fried. 

I hate to jinx it, but things feel good now. The pieces are starting to fall into place with my life and I like it. I created this blog because I was looking for a creative outlet that my last job didn’t afford me, and I wanted to carve out a space where I could come and try to make sense of the chaos that was happening in my life. I needed this blog then, and I’m finding I need it more now. 

I have no idea if anyone is still here, lurking around on the off chance that I posted. If you are, thank you! You’re awesome. But even if no one is here, I am. And for now, that’s good enough for me.

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I Got A Job! I Got A Job!

Hey! Guess what? I got a new job!

I’ve been interviewing for a position at a magazine for months, and about a week and a half ago I was told that I didn’t get it. I’m not going to lie — I was disappointed. But I thanked the editor for her time and told her I’d still love to freelance for her. After I hung up with her, I e-mailed the publisher, with whom I’ve been e-mailing for months, to thank her for keeping me in the loop. She got back to me right away and asked me to come in and meet with her for a different position. Turns out they had the budget for a web editor on the same magazine. I went in a few days later and within 24 hours had an offer. So now I’m the online editor for two fitness magazines.

I started last Wednesday and I’m already loving it! The sites have been neglected for a few months because they were part of the acquisition my new company made when the previous owners went bankrupt, so there’s a lot of work to do. But I’m so excited because I get to combine everything that I love—writing, editing, social media, fitness and blogging.

I was just sinking into the “I will never be employed ever again” funk when I got hired. It had been nearly seven months since I quit my job and I was getting frustrated. I wasn’t sure what my next step would be, so the timing was perfect.

However, not having to go into work for over six months has thrown me off. I’m exhausted by the time I get home every day—which is lame because I work a mile from home. I don’t even have a stupid-long commute to wear me down. Every night I plan to walk the dogs, grab some dinner and go to yoga and all I manage to do is feed the dogs and crawl into bed.

But it’s all good. I’m so thrilled to have a job I love, and work somewhere that I’m appreciated.

So far 2014 is off to a good start!

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