3.22.19

Link Love #115

Happy Friday! It’s cold and rainy here in DC, and I could not be more ready for spring to show up—but I have a feeling it is just around the corner.

This weekend was a crazy week at work, and on Wednesday and Thursday it was especially hard to get out of bed! Most weekends, I try to workout both Saturday and Sunday mornings, but this weekend, I am giving myself a pass tomorrow morning so I can sleep in and wake up without an alarm, which is one of the best simple pleasures in life. In that same vein, I’m keeping my weekend pretty low-key so I can watch as much basketball as possible! I’m super excited that March Madness is here—my Final Four is Florida State, Duke, UVA, and Kentucky, and I have UVA winning it all. After our devastating first-round loss last year,  I will consider it a win if we make it to the round of 32. That being said, I’m heading to Minneapolis for the Final Four with work, and I am really hoping Tony and the crew will be making the trip, too!

Right after I get back from the Final Four, the Cherry Blossoms here should be in peak bloom. One thing I really want to do this year for me is head down to the National Mall before work, early in the morning, and take photos of the blossoms when they aren’t overrun by crowns. I’ve been to the Cherry Blossoms before, but they are one of those things you just don’t take enough advantage of as a local, so I am excited to enjoy their beauty again this year.

I hope you all have a great weekend—I’ll probably back in on Saturday with a post! x

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3.18.19 3

On Past Experiences and How It All Adds Up

Lately, I’ve really been enjoying the Second Life podcast by Hillary Kerr. She interviews entrepreneurs, artists, businesswomen, and celebrities who are living their “second life” after having a major career change. I’m still very much on my first career, but one thing that always strikes me when I’m listening to this podcast is how your experiences, however random at the time, can teach you things that will be helpful to know in the future—even if you don’t quite know what the future looks like yet.

My career today is on a marketing and PR track, and I have had projects where I’ve had to write, design collateral, plan events, tell stories, think creativity, take photos, and communicate effectively. Since I changed jobs late last December, I’ve been thinking a lot about how former jobs, activities I did as a student, and interests have threaded themselves through my life, career, and projects. I thought it’d be a fun post to share some of those threads here on the blog today—it really is fun to see how everything you’ve loved or worked on all adds up.

(And, PS, if you’re curious about what my second career might be, I wrote about it a few years ago here, and don’t think I’d change my answer today!)

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3.13.19 12

Life Lately

Happy Wednesday, team! How’s your week going? Mine is good—I feel like we are right on the cusp of spring and that makes me so, so happy!

My friend Emma was in town last Thursday through Sunday, and we had the best time eating and drinking our way through DC. It’s always nice to host a friend in town and make it a staycation in your own city. All of our good times combined with the time change have left me lagging this week, but luckily, it’s all downhill from here. This coming weekend, my fun Aunt is in town, so I am going to hang with my family on Friday night, and then it’s one of my good friend’s 30th birthdays on Saturday! Though I have a few plans to look forward to, I’m also glad I’ll have some downtime to regroup and work on the blog.

It’s been a hot second since our last life lately, so I thought I’d share a few things on my mind. Please let me know what’s going on in your life lately and share any random thoughts, things you’re loving, or really whatever comes to mind.

PS—original post from the photo above is here.

DO YOU READ BLOGS ANYMORE? /

Though I always keep tabs on my favorite bloggers on Instagram, lately, I’ve really been making a point to read their blog posts again. Of course, I never completely quit reading blogs, but over the past few years, I fell out of habit of checking most of my favorite blogs everyday. The hustle and bustle of life got in the way, and I could catch the highlight reels on social media as a way to “skim” my favorites and read only the posts they shared that looked interesting.

Since starting my new job, I have a 30-minute train ride to work and, luckily, have cell phone service the whole way. While maybe I should be using that time to read a physical book, I’ve found myself using the time to read blog posts again—and I love it! Though social media is great, I love that blogs really allow for long-form content to be created and shared, and especially love when I find posts that resonates with me, shares something interesting, or introduces me to something new. Falling back in love with traditional blogs and reading blog posts on a daily basis has really made me think about writing the blog I’d want to read. When I think about creating content using that lens, it makes blogging so much easier—and, lately, I’ve had no shortage of blog post ideas. (I’m just short on time to write them!)

I’ve been blogging for almost five years (!) now, and of course, have gone through so much since then. Naturally, there have been times when I’ve been super passionate about writing my blog, and other times where I wasn’t as much, but kept at it because I knew I’d find that passion again. I’m excited to have a reinvigorated sense of creativity around A Touch of Teal, and hoping I can re-prioritize it in my life—especially as it gets warmer out and the days are longer, both of which make it easier to take great photos, which I think always elevates content.

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