I Create Because I Must (Tribute to the Charleses)

The ten thousand hours to mastery rule came across my desk like my death sentence. Now artistic ability and performance— two skills I enviously eyed— was quantitatively demanding my dedication. There was a rule, after all, a law of nature, perhaps. And I always take laws of nature very seriously. The concept behind this law …

The Hanger Capsule

It was amazing to me how many outfits I had pinned over the years to "My Kind of Glitter," the only creative name left for fashion inspo. They ranged from elegant to swimsuits, from quotes to things I wouldn't dare wear. All colors and nearly all styles are represented in a great melting pot of beautiful pictures and ideas. There was no consistency. In searching for my personal style, I was making headway only in quantity. Enter the capsule wardrobe. I've explained this in a previous blog, as part of my series to my ideal wardrobe. Now, before I share my solution, I want to show you how big of a change it was. When I joined Pinterest, I started a fashion board that, to-date, has 613 pins on it. Think about that... If it takes a mere 20 seconds to pin one outfit, this board represents …

Vlog #6: In which our heroine can’t be bothered to care, takes a nap, loses all the videos on her laptop, walks through overwhelm, and makes an Everything List.

In case you missed the vlog or the instagram pictures in real time, here is the compilation of my Recorded Weeks #6. This was a rough week. I dealt with low energy, lack of focus, daily allergy headaches, and ended the week with overwhelm. See if I make it back to normal in the next …

Vlog #5: In which our heroine reads more, discovers a rat, loses sight for a few hours, can’t remember how to play her own song, and sits at a red light.

  In case you missed the vlog or the instagram pictures in real time, here is the compilation of my Recorded Weeks #5. I re-structured my morning routine, which is going unbelievably well, played around with soft rollers!, and had a very trippy ocular migraine. I also wrote two poems which can be found in …

Self-less Self-care

I've spent many years hating the term "self-care." I think this came from a mostly good place: I want to be a selfless, Christ-centered person, and "self-care" sounded like weekly mani/pedis while sipping mimosas. Ultimately, this was a fundamental misunderstanding of the concept and a soured perception from the indulgent example of a few bad …

Galentine’s Day Checklist

The big day is coming. You know it, I know it. I'm already behind according to my gantt chart. I've put together a quick list (that I will be updating as I go) of what's on my radar as I get ready for G-Day this year. Let me know what you think in the comments …

Vlog #4: In which our heroine survives the snow apocalypse, starts school, is not embarrassed, yells fitness tips at the camera, gets Amazon Fresh, identifies herself as rather an acquired taste, and becomes a Friday Person.

In case you missed the vlog or the instagram pictures in real time, here is the compilation of my Recorded Weeks #4. I published some of my best YouTube videos to date, played with flat-lays on my Instagram, published some blogs about Galentine's Day, and continued my no-snooze streak. I’ve gathered these personal adventures below …

How to Succeed at WFH (Working From Home)

Working from home is not as easy as you might think. I've been working remotely at my current firm for three and a half years and it's been a bumpy road. How many Saturdays have you purposed to get a particular project done but at the end of the day find yourself without any work to …

The Recorded Weeks #3: In which our heroine plays the guitar, learns about reptiles, can’t remember a dream, peels wallpaper, and complains about story time

In case you missed the vlog or the instagram pictures in real time, here is the record of my Recorded Weeks #3. I worked all week, rocking it as a #workingmom, #workfromhomer, #mompreneur, #blogboss. It was a lovely week of studying reptiles, maintaining my morning routine, and getting ready for Galentine's Day. I've compiled these …

The Recorded Weeks #2: In Which Our Heroine Travels to Austin for Work, Can’t Find Parking, Types Many Things on a Keyboard, and Forgets the Name of that One Guy in that One Movie

In case you missed the vlog or the instagram pictures in real time, here is the record of my Recorded Weeks #2. My travels brought me home-ish to Austin, where I workworkworked for the first post-school week of the semester. It was a lovely time and I've compiled it below for your enjoyment and my …