Monday Inspiration | Oct 9, 2017

The movies were our calling this past weekend. Audy and I took Vee to see My Little Pony: The Movie in theaters. She wore her Rainbow Dash hoodie and took two of her pony stuffed animals to wave around while watching the movie. I never thought as an adult I would actually get into this show. I didn’t care for it much as a kid but these ponies have got a gumption I don’t remember seeing in my childhood version. I love being able to get excited for the things she loves. It’s all about building those core memories! Continue reading

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Wednesday Inspiration | Aug 30, 2017

Summer is on its way out and I’m looking back at it so fondly. This is the first time where I feel like every weekend was filled with our leisurely pace of happiness. Pool lounging, slurpees, late night Krispy Kreme trips, water parks, eating dinner on the patio with nothing but the sound of the woods around us, and visiting with friends. For the last three years, we’ve ended our summer with an annual family beach trip and a birthday celebration for Vee. It was just as lovely this year as it has been in the past. She’s turning four tomorrow, man. FOUR. I remember pouring out my worries to my friend while I was pregnant, eventually admitting, “I hope she’s cool.” That’s all I wanted – a cool kid that I could laugh and hang out with. So far, my hope has been realized (mainly because she isn’t a teenager, yet). She loves dance parties, sings the Game of Thrones theme song, devours sour patch kids, plays make believe with her action figures, laughs at The LEGO Batman Movie, likes to sleep and cuddle in bed, and makes up her own words to songs. This probably isn’t that different from any other soon to be 4-year-old but without having anything to compare this to except for her younger self, she’s making good on my wish for her to be cool. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Aug 7, 2017

IT’S AUGUST, GUYS! August. A few weeks ago, I felt like I had all the time in the world to work on summer projects, plan weekend getaways, etc. And although a lot of that has happened, I can’t help but wish I could’ve done more! Our weekends for the month of August are pretty much booked up, making it difficult to deviate from our plans but I’m sure we’ll sneak in some pool time. Continue reading

Monday Inspiration | Jul 31, 2017

Last week passed by like a blur. I can recap it with only these words: sleep deprivation. I had a lot of freelance deadlines I had to meet which meant a lot of late nights for me. I feel motivated in times like that and productive, too. But looking at my average sleep on my fitbit results, I can’t help but cringe. Not good. Then came the crazy rains this area had over the weekend and I was able to for real sleep in a bit. I did more than half of my sister’s Disney puzzle she was putting together, watched old episodes of Project Runway, and it was bliss. I ended the weekend with breakfast with one of my girlfriends and listened to Audy record his latest episode for Cinema Samurai’s Film Don’t Lie Podcast. Continue reading

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

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

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

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