Reframing Inconveniences: The Type A Guide to Coping When Things Go Awry

Messy Parking Lot

Many of the inconveniences that contribute to chronic stress and frustration are caused by the little, everyday things. Not being able to find your keys/sunglasses/umbrella when you leave the house in the morning. Someone canceling a meeting at the last minute. Lunch spilling in your bag during the morning commute. Missing the bus or train. The "guaranteed by delivery date" comes and goes with no delivery. Little things have the potential to derail our day, throw us off our game, and leave us in a funk, but it doesn't have to be this way.

Keeping It Real Panel – Spring Cleaning Edition

Let's Get Real About Spring Cleaning

I’ve always been fascinated by tidy people. My mom’s super neat, so maybe it’s a curiosity about the genes I didn’t inherit? When I was a kid, one of my classmate’s mom would vacuum their carpets into designs like sunbursts, and you weren’t allowed to walk on them. 20+ years later, I still think about it. Clearly, I’m fixated. To feed my obsession, and in honor of spring (and spring cleaning), I asked the Keeping It Real Panel to share their cleaning and organization styles with us!

Keeping it Real – Valentine’s Edition

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Ahh Valentine's Day: an entire day dedicated to the commercialization of romance. The candy, the overpriced restaurant menus, the cards that remind us of middle school slights - what's not to love? I've always been a little "meh" about Valentine's Day, but I wanted to find out how everyone else feels about this sugar soaked celebration of romance. I turned to the experts to get their thoughts on Valentine's Day, dating, and all that yucky love stuff. 

Perfect Ain’t in the Cards

The moving truck that pulled the electrical wires off our house

My oft repeated - and seldom truly embraced - motto for 2017 was, "You don't have to be perfect to be amazing." I found this wisdom somewhere on the internet late last year, made it the wallpaper on my iPhone, and decided they were the words to live by this year. While I've definitely had moments where I've lived it - I don't think I quite bought into it until recently. The last few months of 2017 have decided that I definitely need to learn this lesson and have been pulling out all the stops to make sure I get it through my thick head.

Keeping It Real Panel – Episode 2

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How's everyone holding up through the holidays so far? Good? Not so good? Done shopping? On track to meet those Q4 goals in the next week? Wherever you fall in the preparedness scale, I'd bet money on you getting it done. Why? Because you are here reading this blog, so I am convinced that you are all magical, wonderful humans. Thanks for being here, and I hope the lovely ladies of the Keeping It Real Panel put a smile on your face as you plow through the end of the year.

A guide for the Lazy Host

Group photo from our Friendsgiving

I hadn't actually planned on throwing a Friendsgiving this year, but my girl Kait offered to come down from Astoria and roast a lamb for us. Her cooking makes my taste buds dance, so I said "Heck YES!" We sent out a bat signal to friends and neighbors, and a celebration was born. 

Keeping It REAL – Episode 1

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I am super duper, extra special, out of this world excited to bring you all the very first installment of the Keeping it Real panel! I introduced these awesome humans a few weeks ago, and today they are schooling us all on what life looks like: uncurated and unfiltered. Driven by a selfish desire to know if I'm actually failing at adulthood, or if everyone else is just supremely good at pretending on social media, I sent these wonder women a few questions. Here are their brilliantly relatable and hilarious responses!