Sometimes, you just need to write

An update post of sorts. I have missed writing, a lot a lot. There has been so much going on though, and it makes it really hard to find the time.

I keep a journal beside my bed, its a nice big one (shout out to Marshalls!) Big, faux leather, feels nice and soft in my hands, cobalt blue with gold foil and says “Big Dreams” on the front. perfecttt

I am also a chronic notebookaholic. I have a problem, and I admit it. I want all of the notebooks. Other office supplies, not so much, I have a certain brand of pens that’s my favorite, and I stick with it. I have necessities that I use everyday for work like post-its, folders, and binder clips. But nothing shouts-out to me from the store shelves like notebooks. Anthropology, Target, Marshall’s, Paper-Source, honestly, I’m not picky. As long as its cute, I drool, and fight the urge to grab them all off the shelf like Kimmy Schmidt in Dylan’s Candy Store. True Story.


Here are some of my favorites, and I am ashamed proud ashamed …. I am just telling y’all that I only own one out of these 6. And the other 5 might be in shopping carts online at the moment…

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Nope, this post is not sponsored. No one gave me free notebooks or anything like that. There aren’t even affiliate links. crazytalk right? Blogger buddies- don’t freak out on me.

I attended a blog conference about a year ago where Ashley Hackshaw talked about writing from the heart, and told us that you had to make writing a discipline. Like going to the gym, starting a new routine, eating healthy, you have to work on it for it to stick. Sit down every day for 5 minutes and write. If nothing will come out, just sit there and think, or write down what you did that day. The next day, do it again, and again. Eventually you’ll be sitting writing for longer periods of time.

Do you write consistently? And are you notebook obsessed like I am, or is there another office goodie that’s got your attention?


Blog Design Review: Episode 1


Hey everyone! I am really excited to announce a new series here on the blog & on my Youtube Channel where I review your blog’s design! As a graphic and web designer I have been wanting to be able to apply my skills to the blog world, and I love that I am able to help out in this way.

I will walk with you through a blog and we will talk about the functionality, overall design appeal, and how to make the blog more professional. This is a friendly critique, I have no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings. I am excited to be helping out bloggers to become more successful! Design and functionality plays a huge role in your blogs success, and as a blogger and graphic and web designer I am excited to start this new series!

So take a look at the video and be sure to let me know what you think! The first blog design I am reviewing is (more…)

Minnesota Summer Vacation

minneapolis lake cabin
Much Needed

All those things and more, that’s how my summer vacation was. Hubs & I were counting down the days *quite literally* until we left for vacation. Work had been extremely stressful for him the weeks leading up, working long hours, and just exhausted. I felt like I had hit a wall with work and couldn’t stay focused on anything.

Summer vacation was much needed! So we headed up to Minnesota, where the air is cleaner, the temperature is lower, and the pace is calmer. (more…)

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