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You guys. The year is half over already! So hard to believe, right? I don’t know where the time has gone but I know that it seems to have flown by faster this year than any other. I had a recent conversation with a friend about a mid-year life check that inspired me to sit down and really think through the first few months of 2016. At first evaluation, I struggled to cite anything that I’d accomplished importance so far. Which was depressing, actually. But then I thought a little deeper and realized that I was incredibly wrong. For years now I’ve…

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I feel the need to address the elephant in the room… ME. Yes, me and my lack of updating lately on this site. I know, I know. I made this big ole announcement about how I had found my blogging voice and how I was super excited to be writing again and then I was eerily silent. I’ll spare you the sordid details but it involves travel soccer, archery lessons, white knuckling it through the end of the school year and a coworker leaving. (Good times!) I was still writing for Pursuit Of It All but not as much as…

Self Care For Beginners - 4 Easy Suggestions

In my 20s and 30s I used to brag about my invincibility. I would go non-stop and blithely pronounce to anyone who would listen that I intended to “sleep when I’m dead.” I know, I know. I was young and naive. The fact of the matter was that I rarely, if ever, took care of myself. I was always focused on goals, achievements, and meeting the excessive expectations I had of myself. I had a family to take care of! Dreams to achieve! Things to conquer! My high tolerance for discomfort meant I juggled all the balls I had in the air—but at…

4 Easy Ways To Cut Expenses While Still Enjoying Life

There is literally nothing I enjoy less than budgeting. My husband and I work together on it, and by work together I mean he budgets and I try desperately to stay within the parameters. He is terrific at making sure that bills are not only paid but also that emergency funds are stocked and that we have spending money for the fun stuff. My job is to stay out of his way. And to not whine too much about it. This year we’ve decided to do more traveling than in previous years so it is more important than ever for us to cut back and…

Breaking Up With My Hair

Confession: I’ve had the same hair style since for nearly 10 years. I didn’t realize this to be true until a few days ago. While playing around on Pinterest I came upon a picture that I knew well. It was my someday-I’ll-get-up-the-nerve-to-change-my-style picture. I’ve had it on my radar for three years and I’ve always been to scared to actually get the cut. Yes, you read that right. I was scared to cut my hair. In my defense, I’ve had this hair style for a long time. I mean, I always thought I was trendy but mostly that is because I changed the color. (A lot.)…

So you may have noticed that I took a small break from my blogging time. (Or maybe you didn’t. Who knows?) These past few months have been filled with transition for me and I needed to put my efforts into managing the change as well as I could. Which worked, by the way. It’s funny. Usually I take on a million things and juggle them all then stress about the fact that I’m not doing any of it well. I finally wised up on myself and gave me permission to drop something for awhile. And the something was blogging and…

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“Maybe our girlfriends are our soul mates and guys are just people to have fun with.” – Sex and the City Some of my fondest memories in life have been made with my girlfriends. I had an impressive girl squad before Taylor Swift made them a thing. (Err… maybe even before she was born come to think of it.)  My first “squad” was in college. Jen, Kat, Zoe and I navigated the complexities of emerging womanhood and college life together in a run down apartment in Baltimore. Through thick and thin, good times and bad, we battled term papers, heartaches, fake IDs, and 90s…

Why I Walked Away From A Job I Loved

  If I could pick one word to sum up the last six months of my life it would be CHANGE. So. Much. Change. Honestly, when I think back on what I was doing six months ago I hardly recognize myself. Everything is different. Lifemageddon happened. Priorities shifted. Because of this, I knew something major had to happen. And it happened in the form of a new job opportunity. A job opportunity that quite literally fell into my lap. Mind you, I had a job that I loved with people I considered family. And that, my friends, was the problem. As much…

Female Wellness

I’ve partnered with Violet® supplements to talk about breast health.  This being a woman thing is just not so fun sometimes. I had the “privilege” of experiencing my first mammogram the other week. I’d been putting it off for eons. I’m a little ashamed to admit it but I was actively avoiding potentially bad news. You see, breast cancer and breast complications run in my family. In fact, a cousin of mine passed away at an extremely early age due to breast cancer. It terrifies me. So when I finally went to get the ole mamo done, I was incredibly nervous.…

Lifemaggedon

On July 10th the entire world changed. That morning began harmless enough. Both my husband and I hurredly got ready for work. I had an early meeting I was prepping for and he was hoping to get out the door before six to avoid traffic. We kissed, said the requisite goodbyes and were on our way. That is, until he showed up again 20 minutes later complaining that the pain in his back had returned. “I’m going to see a doctor today,” he informed me. My husband never sees a doctor (because MEN) so I was surprised at his announcement.…