They say… “It’s the company you keep”

Rumor is, one of the best things about attending Alt Summit in Salt Lake City, UT is how open everyone is and how easily connections are formed.
As a first-timer I thought I’d know nobody when I registered. I was totally nervous but elated by the opportunity to force time into my schedule to do nothing but bliss out with other like-minded creatives.
As someone who registered a bit late, and with the Sundance Film Festival happening at the same time, I found myself in need of a bunkmate, or three as it turned out. Via Twitter, of all things, I’ve connected with three amazingly creative women who were generous enough to let me be their fourth.
Big thanks to Jess/IROCKSOWHAT, Robin/It’s Robin With an i and Chelsey/The Paper Mama for taking me in.
Hopeful that you’ll find their blogs as inspiring, comforting and energizing as I do. Looking forward to a great week!

Plan-Plan-Plan…wait! Celebrate!

I was really inspired (as many are) by Erin Loechner’s non-goals list for 2012. In my professional life I’m constantly setting goals – as a start up we’re revising and refocusing each quarter, rather than simply once a year. While I love the sense of accomplishment from driving my growth at such a high rate, it’s also really worth while to celebrate the small or big things that are going well, rather than always pushing for what’s next and blowing past the celebration.

So in the spirit of celebrating:

1) You’ve been an amazing support to your family through a wildly challenging time. Your courage and focus on what is important in life is inspiring. Keep it up, your father would be proud.

2) Making time for calm to hear the voices in your own mind, tap into the core of what you want is key, continue to protect that space in your life and it will lead you to what it next. Cycling, yoga, walking the dog – whatever gets you there (we both know it must be outdoors).

3) Whoa—you go on gut a lot woman! So exciting to live life that way – and to be proven more often that not that it’s the right choice. Never mind the critics and skip explaining how you came to the decision, you win some, you loose some.

4) Take those risks and keep chasing what drives you mad, in a good way. Don’t get sucked too far into anyone else’s version of what you should be doing. Stay true to what gets you out of bed in the morning.

5) Keep focusing on your marriage, it’s paying off in spades. He’s the best. And so are you.

6) I love what you’ve done with the place. Don’t beat yourself up for making fun decor purchases – and now that you’re blogging about them, indulge – it’s fodder for content!

7) Eat food, mostly plants as Michael says. Dropping meat has clarified your mind and skin, and it just happened, almost to you, rather than as a choice. Keep adding in fresh veggies, trying new flavors and techniques, play in the kitchen is good.

What needs celebrating in your life? Share one or two of your own non-goals by leaving a comment or posting a link to your own list.

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Gettin’ the word out

There are a million card designs out there but a personal favorite for high style on minimal budget is through

They offer super-cute slim-profile cards (standard width so they still fit wallets and Rolodex sleeves) on the cheap but they come on yummy stock with your choice of beautiful designs – printed double-sided of course, and come in the most fun-to-touch box. I even sprang for the fun key chain that keeps about 10 of them at the ready anytime I have my keys!



What’s in a name?

Take two they’re small… Isn’t that a wonderful concept?
This is a phrase many generations of women in my family have uttered at countless events. It’s our family motto if you will.

I am also endlessly enamored with small things, not nessecarily tiny, but small. I myself have never been called small, or little, not “sweet little thing” or “little miss” well, maybe except that my husband referrs to me as “the pocket wife.” We will save that explanation for another post… I digress.

Anyway, I treasure the little things, the small bits of happy in everyday life. I hope to chronicle some of these happy and small things through the notes, photos and moments on this blog.


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