Saturday, March 29, 2014
Books on books on books and Paul.  (at Von’s Shops)

Books on books on books and Paul. (at Von’s Shops)

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Photo shoot day.  (at Quads Gym)

Photo shoot day. (at Quads Gym)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Stair pics.  (at Hotel Lincoln - a Joie de Vivre Hotel)

Stair pics. (at Hotel Lincoln - a Joie de Vivre Hotel)

Saturday, March 15, 2014
at Locally Grown Gardens

at Locally Grown Gardens

Monday, March 10, 2014
The door is open. We’re ready for ya spring.  (at The Speak Easy)

The door is open. We’re ready for ya spring. (at The Speak Easy)

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"Down the Middle" can be very polarizing.

I’ve started parting my hair (more) down the middle this past week or so. THIS IS A BIG THING (all you ladies totes understand, bros… as evidenced by the convos below… probably won’t)

I wasn’t expecting rave: “OMG - your hair looks so good!” reviews from everyone I encountered (though I did receive that from one lovely *lady* friend, so thank you. Genuinely, thank you.) but I guess I didn’t really get the reviews I was expecting at all… I was mostly expecting for people to:
a) not notice
or
b) notice, hate it, but not comment (which is what a lot of girls did… so also, in a way, thank you)

But here’s what I got:

INTERACTION WITH BOYFRIEND ON DAY 2 OF (MORE) MIDDLE PART

Boyfriend: *puzzled look* Did you… wash your hair today?
Me: What? yes… It’s usually clean when I wear it down. 
B: Hm… it just looks different…
M: well, I parted it (more) down the middle
B: I don’t know what that means
M: Instead of my part being way over here (point to the side of my head), it’s more like… in the middle.
B: Oh.
M: Do you like it?
B: Sure babe. Looks good.

So, I mean, I chalked that up as a pretty successful response really.

Only slightly offended he thought the difference was my hair being clean for once… or that my hair looks greasier when parted down the middle. I didn’t dwell on the convo long enough to deduce either way… and frankly, I don’t think I want to know.

Then I had this one…

INTERACTION WITH MALE CO-WORKER ON DAY 8 OF (MORE) MIDDLE PART

Coworker: Your hair has looked… very different these past couple of days.
Me: Oh, wow - I’m surprised you noticed! I’ve been parting it down the middle instead of over on the side like usual.
CW: Hm. Interesting how such a small thing can make such a big difference.
M: Yeah! I guess so! well… thanks!
CW: Oh. I didn’t say it was a good thing…
M: Oh……. yeah…. well, I guess not.

So. Yep.

I’m still rocking it. Haters gonna hate, and my quarter life crisis will continue with the middle part… for now at least.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

ThinkKit10: Make it a Habit

What habits did you start this year that you want to continue? What inspired you to get in a new groove? Will you continue into 2014?

Well, I’ve done a pretty shit job of posting my ThinkKit everyday, so there goes that answer of “writing more.” 

I’ve challenged myself to do a lot of things this year, I don’t know if I’d go as far to call them “habits” but for the sake of this post, sure. I will.

One that I touched on in my other post, was spending time with people I admire… but this I’ll make less about how awesome they are, and more about how I truly, genuinely, made it a priority to hang out with them. I’m not an introvert by any stretch, but I do really enjoy nights in to myself, with my cat, a puzzle, and some broadcast TV (I’m more of an 80 year old than an introvert), but this year, I made it a point to hang out with people. And that was a great habit to get into.

I also ran. I ran 13.1 fucking miles one day in May. I took a major break from that day to about October, but I’ve started picking it back up. Now that it’s cold out (and I’m too cheap to get a gym membership), it’ll probably fall by the wayside again, but it was nice and I hope to continue that when it gets warm enough to run outside again.

These new “habits” were mostly self encouraged. I found that I became a better person the more I hung out with better people, so I wanted to do that. I guess you could say the people I was finding myself hanging out with inspired me for that because it certainly wouldn’t have been possible without them. For running, I’ll give my sister kudos for that one. She texted me one day asking me to run the Nashville marathon with her and I blindly said “yes.” Not only could I not run that (after I paid the fee), but I had to sign up for another one since I was already 2.5 month deep in training. So I’ll give myself a little credit for not bailing ship even when the odds were against me.

Cheers to change and challenges in the name of self improvement. Let’s keep on with that trend in 2014, shall we?

Thursday, December 5, 2013 Wednesday, December 4, 2013

ThinkKit4: A Word to the Wise

What was the wisest decision you made this year? Who did it impact? Describe your decision-making process, discuss the results, or just share a little learned wisdom.
I always struggle with making bold claims of ultimatum, or trying to call myself wise… so forgive me if it’s a bit of a copout, but it’s truly the first thing that came to my head when I read the prompt, and nothing has been able to make more sense since.
So. My “wisest” decision this year?
Deciding to spend my time with the people I’ve spent my time with.
Almost exactly one year ago, I joined this “clubhouse for “adults” (big kids in the start up community)” called The Speakeasy. And it was a great decision. I began surrounding myself on a daily basis with “cool people doing cool things” and grew professionally, socially, and personally in so many ways.
I’ve met tons of awesome people through that, but I’ve also made a point this last year to hang out with people from the past that challenged me. I allowed a lot of the not-so-great for me friendships to drift away naturally, and clung to those that made me stronger, healthier, quicker, more caring… just better in some way.
I’m a big believer in you are who you surround yourself with, and I embraced that. I surrounded myself with people that I admire… and I’m lucky enough for them to somehow think me cool enough to allow me to do so.
The cast of characters range from guest stars to cameos to costars/7 seasons and a movie, but for the most part, they’ve all given me something. And more in a mutually beneficial way > parasite way, I like to think. 
So to you all, I say thanks. To my Speakeasy family, my friends that have been there since college and before, my coworkers and bosses, and those that have played a part small and large: thanks for making me want to make that layout something I can show off with pride, for pushing me to not only embrace Indy but support what’s happening here, for allowing me to try something, fall flat on my face, and being there to lift me back up (talkin’ bout heartbreak here, folks), and even for expanding my comfort box (ex: I hate crowds, but I camped at the Indy 500 this year… and had a fucking blast).
Cheers to all you goons, but more importantly: Thanks. Really.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013