September 1, 2014

Don’t Be A Copy

If there is one thing that makes me absolutely insane as a web designer, it’s people who tell me, “I want a website exactly like this…” Because you don’t. You may think that’s what you want, but it isn’t. And here’s why. That website was created for someone else. And it fits them. You are not them. Therefore, that website is not perfect for you. You can love it all day. And you can feel free to be inspired by it, but you can not copy it. Okay, technically you can, but you don’t want to be that person. You […]
July 9, 2014

If You Want to Fly…

Have you seen The Darjeeling Limited? It’s a film by Wes Anderson. His movies are different. And they are some of my favorites. My husband and I watched TDL last night. We’ve seen it at least a half dozen times before, but it’s my favorite from the WA Anthology. With Wes Anderson films, there is so much to notice. The way the camera moves over details and reveals things that aren’t said is inspiring. They are chock full of symbolism – but it’s not the kind that half the people watching the movie don’t get. It’s clear. Clear in a […]
June 18, 2014

Sometimes Winners Quit

One of my very first clients was a nutritionist. I did a ton of copy-writing for her and managed her newsletter. She had a whole team of people, and one of her favorite ways to motivate us was to spout this quote: “How you do one thing is how you do everything.” I don’t know who said it originally – but I do know that it never worked on me. Mostly because I believe it’s total bunk. At one point she decided that the entire group would do the Lime-Aid Cleanse. It consists of clearing your bowels out with a […]
June 16, 2014

Nothing is EVER Going to be Perfect

I do not consider myself to be a perfectionist. But I am a control freak. A control freak with very strong opinions. And apparently, though I’m not a perfectionist, I do have a strong desire for real life to match up with the way I’ve imagined it. Okay, fine, I lean towards perfection. My husband and I just took our three charming children on an adventure that I’ve dubbed “The Roadtrip of a Lifetime”. We spent 16 days in our Tahoe and Camper seeing a large swath of the United States, and nearly every National Park or Monument along the […]
April 15, 2014

Life’s a Journey, Not a Destination

Yep, that’s from an Aerosmith song. It’s also the truth. Yesterday I realized that it has been nearly 12 years since I worked at a job. Like a real job. Where you go to an office and have to be there every day from 9am to 5pm. And there is a boss who gets mad at you for being late, or taking a long lunch. (Although, really, my boss at that job would never have gotten mad about either – he was probably late too). It was at a TV Station, and I was the administrative assistant as well as a […]
March 15, 2014

It doesn’t make any sense

I think it’s safe to say that most people would agree with me that this winter has been a helluva trial. It’s been ridiculously cold. We’ve had a stupid amount of snow. And for my entire life I’ve lived in Ohio or Michigan, so it’s not like I don’t know what winter is like. In fact, it’s been so cold that I’ve worn a coat all winter. And I pride myself on not ever really needing a winter coat unless it’s below 15 degrees. The bonus of the bone-chilling cold is that the Great Lakes are pretty much frozen solid. […]
February 18, 2014

We Gonna Do What They Say Can’t Be Done.

You know, it never occurs to you quite how impactful the things you watch as a child are – until you watch them as an adult. The first instance of this was when I was watching Alf with my kids last year. I did not realize how many fashion/hair choices I made based on the daughter from Alf; and from Blossom; and from Full House. Let’s just say oversized sweaters and leg warmers were worn a lot. Thank the Lord, I moved on from those days. Then I was watching The Dukes of Hazzard. It’s no secret that I was […]
December 16, 2013

Less is More

Today is my very last day to be this age. Tomorrow I go up a year. And while the last year has had some rough spots, it was probably, the single most amazing year I’ve had yet. I did not realize this until I compiled an album of highlights of the year. When I did that, I was just coming out the other side of a few rough months, and while they were not the best that the year had to offer, it’s not like anything horrible happened – just not anything super great. But when I looked back over […]
October 28, 2013

God Will Not Have His Work Made Manifest By Cowards.

If there is one thing I believe with every fiber in my being, it’s that each and every one of us is on this earth for a reason. The point of life is figuring out what that purpose is. And obviously we each have more than one – since I am sure that part of the reason I am here was to have my three amazing kids…but I know that there is something else too. And I am also absolutely sure that whatever my purpose, and your purpose is, it’s not ever going to be a thing that is easy. […]
October 15, 2013

Life Happens the Way It’s Supposed to Happen.

Every day things happen. Good things. Shitty things. Sometimes, just things. The combination of these things are what make life beautiful and unpredictable and one giant adventure. I mentioned in my last blog that in one of the 300 times I’ve watched Star Trek: Into Darkness I had this huge epiphany, but I didn’t elaborate. So, I’m about to lay it on you. As I said above, things happen. Beautiful and terrible. They are part of your life, and it’s not your business to judge them, or regret them, but to experience them. They are meant to mold you and […]
October 13, 2013

Guess what… I messed up.

Lately, I’ve felt like I’ve been floating. Like I’m not giving anything that I do 100% of my time or attention. Okay, that’s not just a feeling, it’s a fact. I half do relationships. I half do my work. I half do my playtime. I half do my budget. (No…I haven’t been doing that one at all.) With a very few exceptions, I half do life. And that is no way to keep balance. Nor is it anyway to fully live life. I’ve got my toes dipped in too many pools and I can’t fully be present for any of […]
September 1, 2013

Life Is Too Short To Wait.

I’m not a patient person. There I said it. I don’t read directions, and I don’t wait for instructions. I don’t always think before I speak. And I often jump to conclusions. I will admit that I often get into trouble because of this. Not like the I’m-always-in-trouble-with-the-law kind of trouble, but I’ll just say it causes problems now and then. When my husband and I first got married, he forced me to be more patient. While we finished college, we patiently worked 70 hours a week + classes & homework time to pay off our tuition as we went. […]