Monday Inspiration | Oct 24, 2016

My weekend was full of laughter, friends, and dancing. My sister held her annual music video class and taught the iconic dance moves to “Thriller” in honor of Halloween. Per usual, I made a fool of myself but it was in the best and most fun way possible. Speaking of Halloween, why was the SNL sketch with Tom Hanks as David Pumpkins so hilarious?! It shouldn’t have worked at all!

I also had breakfast with my best friend Sunday morning. What is it about a couple hours with your girlfriend, coffee and noms that helps you recenter yourself? Nothing beats refueling on girl talk and venting to make all else right in the world. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Oct 17, 2016

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Last week I mentioned Bryan Cranston‘s book was released. I did end up putting Anna Karenina on the back burner so I could listen and so far – it’s so intriguing. His life was going all over the place and to hear the things he’s experienced and what life he came from is fascinating. I’m so glad I’m listening to it right now. Definitely recommend!

My husband and I went to the House of Cards walking tour yesterday hosted by the Smithsonian. It was the perfect day to be outside and walking for as long as we did. We had a healthy walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and learned about some of D.C.’s history and how it connects to House of Cards. We ended with lunch at a D.C. bbq placed, Hill Country. Drools ensued. Continue reading

Wednesday Inspiration | Oct 12, 2016

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Can I just tell you how much fun I’ve been having contributing to InkTober so far? My latest addition is: This is Alex. I’ve been trying wanting to do this type of project for a while but needed a boost and Jake Parker’s InkTober prompt list was the perfect opportunity. The stories are fueled by the different sides of my personality or thoughts and giving them a name. There’s something kinda funny but also truthful about looking at aspects of my life as their own “person.” I sort of feel like this should be book. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Oct 3, 2016

inblogSup, party people. I received a FutureMe email about a week ago. The email contents were my continued contribution of a blog post I read on Cup of Jo and wrote about it here. This time around, the words I used to describe me were professionally confused, happy, compartmentalizer, tired and anxiety-ridden. It isn’t a drastic change of my current state so maybe I get points for consistency? 😉

It’s been a rainy week in the DC area but it finally let up over the weekend. My husband and I went to this lecture about the remake of The Magnificent Seven hosted by the Smithsonian. It was a cool way to spend a Saturday morning and learn a little something in a casual setting.The annual Crafty Bastards event was this past weekend, too. My sister, Vee, and I made the short trek to Union Market to walk thru all the vendor booth and eat some food truck goodies. I can spend a few hundred dollars easily at this event so I carried a very limited supply of cash in an effort to curb my spending – and it worked! Vee was the winner with us buying this set of Pantone books, Bob the Artist, and Where Did They Go?. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | Sept 13, 2016

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Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)
Turn and face the strain
Ch-ch-Changes
Don’t have to be a richer man
Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes
Ch-ch-Changes (Turn and face the strange)
Don’t want to be a better man
Time may change me
But I can’t trace time

I feel you, Bowie. It’s been almost a month since I’ve been ’round these parts but that’s because a lot has been going on. Our family has visited the beach and consumed our weight in french fries and ice cream. Vee basically woke up one morning and started using the toilet like she’s been doing it forever. She also started pre-school and gave no f*cks about being on her own. That means we’re doing something right, right?! My husband started an amazing new job where they actually value his experience and knowledge – who would’ve thought that still existed in the workplace?! But the ch-ch-ch-ch-changes Bowie talks about are more with myself and my husband. Life turned itself upside down and inside out on us and as we tried to navigate thru the weeds, a new mindset revealed itself to us. There are more changes right around the corner and imma try this thing where I focus on myself and being positive rather than worry about the “whats ifs.” Wish me luck! Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Aug 15, 2016

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I had a super severe case of the Mondays this morning as I was getting bloodwork drawn for my routine physical. The lady drawing my blood had the most delightful attitude for this time of day and week that I couldn’t refrain from telling her that she just gave me motivation for my day. She said to me, “Ya know, I can’t complain. I’ve got good health, a roof over my head, a job I can tolerate, and co-workers I generally like.” Totally the mindset I needed for a cuckoo bananas day like today. Thank you blood-drawer lady, for reminding me that it doesn’t take much to change your mindset. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Aug 1, 2016

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August freakin’ one. It’s been a long time since I’ve talked to you guys. Quite a few changes have happened for my fam in the last month which is why Monday Inspiration has been M.I.A. One thing I’ve learned to be true about myself and can finally admit – I am NOT good with sudden change. If I know a change is coming, I guess I can prepare for it but I’m still the worst worrier known to mankind. However, if a change comes outta the dark and blindsides me?! I am out of commission for at least a few weeks. My insides are churning at this concession but I can’t deny it at any longer – I HATE CHANGE. My husband always has an amazing way to give me strength and although it sounds simple everyone else, he knows what I need to hear to help me pick myself back up. So, right now, our mantra is: Ride the Wave. Simple, right? But right now, those words are giving me LIFE. Continue reading

Wednesday Inspiration | Jun 15, 2016

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I’ve never considered myself a highly sensitive person but with the overwhelming sadness in the news cycle as of late, I find myself struggling to make sense of it all emotionally. There is so much hate in the country, in the world, that it feels like a miracle to live into the twilight years of your life. Despite all the ugly, there is also a lot of beauty and happiness that deserve celebration. I guess this corner of your inbox and the internet is to do just that – find a little beauty amidst all the chaos. Sending warm vibes to everyone reading this. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | Jun 7, 2016

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I’ve had an overload of inspiration and nostalgia over the last few days. From Jessica Hische to Bob Ross (yes, that Bob Ross) I’m still basking in the high of the weekend and am desperately holding onto it. One of the most exciting things I listened to was Jessica Hische’s talk with GitHub (thanks for sharing the podcast, John!). She talks about the importance of Passion Projects and “procrastiworking.” I share her thoughts on both of these topics and can relate to having so many personal projects and hating that I have a 9-5 a lot of the time. So her analogy explaining the usefulness of your 9-5 was my favorite and something I totally needed to hear. She compares her day job and her personal projects to Bruce Wayne and Batman (18:48). Basically, Batman cannot exist with the help (and funding) from Bruce Wayne. Similarly, there’s no way I could do my own personal “vigilante” work without the help of my day job. I have responsibilities in life that I cannot shed and need money to ensure they are taken care of. And whatever that way that happens, be cool with it because I gotta be Batman after that and my vigilante work is too good to mess that up. But please, listen to Hische explain it because her way sounds much more revolutionary for your mind. Continue reading

Tuesday Inspiration | May 31, 2016

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I had an extended holiday, adding a few days of vacation from my 9-5 before the weekend. It was spent sketching, sleeping, and reading. I usually can’t read more than one book at a time but since Girl on the Train is an audiobook, I thought maybe reading Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari wouldn’t be too disruptive. Plus, it’s more of an educational reading compared to the entertainment of Girl on the Train. I’m maybe only 50 pages in and already Modern Romance is making me feel two things: happy that I met my husband before the advent of texting on the regs and depressed for my daughter. Hopefully by the time she enters the dating world, a nostalgia for the old ways will resurface. Continue reading