Thursday February 1st, 2018


No idea who made this graphic (it was on many websites and none created it)


It’s February first- who’s given up on those New Year resolutions yet? I’m for sure slacking on a couple lately. My step count each night has been around 7,000… not good. I’m also writing this while a pile of clothes sits next to me on the floor (aka procrastination city).

I’ve decided to rededicate myself to 4 goals this month. First, hit 10,000 steps a day. The days are getting longer and it’s lighter in the morning to start the day with a 30 minute walk. The gym won’t be as busy since those resolution goers have probably started scaling back.

Drink more water. Keep a log or download an app for it, but drink drink drink!

Third, stop procrastinating on the day to day stuff. Pick up your clothes, or don’t put them somewhere where they need to be clean up in the first place.

Lastly, since starting the year I’ve been bad about a little “journal” I keep. I try to write one sentence a day about something I feel good about and lately life has become chaotic and I’ve lost my routine of doing that. That’s something that really makes me feel better, when I can look back at a month where I say “I’ve not done that much” and realize, no I’ve done a lot. It might not be big monumental stuff, but it’s been a month full of positive things.

I’ve been bad about keeping my journal but here are some of my January highlights:

NYC Women’s March

Maria Bamford at College Street Music Hall

I listened to 3+ audiobooks!

I have a new window in my wood shop at B.Meyer Studio (let there be light!)

I joined the Nutmeg Collective (a CT based network of makers+small business owners)

I’m reenergized with some new Meyer Wire electrical products

I’ve officially done 32 days not the Whole30 diet (it’s been tough!). Two more weeks to go, as Im doing the Whole 43 (leading up to Valentines Day).

I died my hair a regrettable shade of blonde, which Im still adjusting to. Even if it’s not my best look, sometimes it’s fun to mix it up and try something different.

I saw two plays this month: Office Hour at Long Wharf (intense!) and Field Guide at Yale Repertory Theater (very fun and abstract… I LOVED it!).

There were acupuncture evenings, and dinners with friends and Oscar walks. There was a lot of coordinating for 2018. I’ve got weekends saved for out of town trips in 2018 and two reunion weekends in February alone! There’s a lot to be excited about, and still a lot left to figure out.

And maybe at some point I can do some activities where photography is allowed. I’d love to go to events and share them with you but you’d be surprised how often I go to things where Im not allowed to take photographs.


Sunday, January 14, 2018

Look at me, following though with my blogging goals (when I could be watching Stranger Things!). I’ve been doing my best at “adulting” all week. Gym visits, cleaning, so much cooking, and doing my best at work to maintain my December productivity. The Christmas rush always has me really pushing myself to produce a lot of product in a short amount of time and I’m doing my best to keep that as normal. We’ll see.

I wish I could post that this weekend has been filled with adventure, but sometimes you need a weekend to clean out closets, dust, food prep, and cross things off the to do list. The most “excitement” I had this weekend was braving the cold to take Oscar on a couple of his favorite walks which we haven’t done in 2 months due to cold temps and the Christmas rush. He hated it, but it felt good to be outside of my bubble.

This past week I’ve been really mindful of the micro-procrastinating that I often do without thinking and am working to break that bad habit. Sometimes it’s as simple as “I left my glass on the coffee table- I’ll just pick it up and wash it in the morning” and I’m really surprised at how often I think “Oh, Ill just do that later”. This past week of cutting that stuff out has made me have a higher step count each day, and also has upgraded my quality of life a bit. Taking that glass example, when I deal with the glass on the coffee table in the moment (aka go wash it and put it in the dishwasher) it means when I wake up in the morning I’m waking up to a clean living room with one less thing to deal with. It’s setting me up to a better day, when I don’t wake up and already have a to-do list nagging me. This is a small example, but when you get things done in the moment they don’t pile up and become a burden.

Today is the 14th at 9pm, which means I am 3 hours away from being halfway through the Whole30. In my case I’m doing a Whole44 (doing this diet until Valentines Day) so Im really not halfway done.. but Im trying not to think about that. I can tell you Ive been eating more fruit this cycle. I think it has to do with me missing the sugar I let myself have over Christmas. At least it’s natural sugar and Im trying not to go overboard. I’m also finding myself passing up adventure opportunities because Im worried about food. For example, this weekend became a “get stuff done around the house you’ve been putting off forever” (which was a good thing) because my alternative of go into NYC for the day, or do a drive about to a part of CT you’ve not been to would leave me struggling to figure out how/where I could eat lunch. Every activity I could think of left me thinking “what do I do about lunch?”. I just keep telling myself that after February 14th, I’ll be able to do more exciting things when Im not sticking so strictly to the Whole30.

And one small victory for the week- I’ve already finished my first audiobook for the year! It was Roxanne Gay’s, Bad Feminist. It was so interesting listening to that book while also reading her newest book, Hunger. There was some overlap, but interesting to hear more of her voice on other topics. The book was also written in 2013 (around then) in a totally different time politically, so that’s been interesting. I find myself wanting to warn her of the future.

Thank you for your patience with my Sunday self-indulgent ramblings. I wish I had more to share than just an accountability check in, but we are only 2 weeks in to 2018. There’s more time for adventure in 2018.

Recap of 2017, and on to 2018


If you’ve been following my (lately dormant) blog, you know I LOVE resolutions.

2017 taught me that my local library has an online library that I can rent e/audio books from for free, which is how I learned about my love of audiobooks. I also studied my reading habits and determined that I was doing it all wrong. In my mind reading is done before bed, but if you’re reading a good book, it excites you and wakes you up. I need to carve out caffeinated time to read. Since thats a valuable commodity to me (caffeinated time), I read less than I intended for the year, but more than made up for it in audiobooks. If carving out reading time doesn’t work for you, try audiobooks and it might just change your life (like mine).

I realized that I basically spent one weekend a month away from home in 2017. This was an unintentional decision but one Im hoping to bring with me into 2018. I traveled to Croatia/Albania/Montenegro/Bosnia/Greece as a solo traveler with a group of strangers (who became my friends). I hate traveling alone, and found a way to be brave and meet new people while exploring new places.

I also hiked with a hiking group and got to meet strangers on the trail (Women Who Hike), which got me exercising and out of my comfort zone. It also made me realize I miss getting up at 6am on a Saturday to make a sunrise car ride to a new experience or go on an adventure (this I did a lot in LA before I moved east). I’ll need to do more of this in 2018.

Two things I tried out for the first time- the Keto diet ad the Whole30 diet. This was not a specific goal for the year, but I wanted to tackle weightloss and learn more about what Im eating. In LA diet came easy- everyone in LA is on a diet. The restaurants cook healthier because of it and there’s SO much healthy fast food options available to you. In LA a “cheat meal” for me was a beer and some sushi on a Friday night (to celebrate the end of an exhausting week. In New Haven, a cheat meal is Pepe’s pizza or amazing Italian food.. which is waaaay worse for you than sushi. I also learned two important things based on my Keto (high fat, zero sugar+carbs) and Whole30 (natural foods/ingredients only) diet: Sugar give me acne. I always thought dairy was the culprit but after Keto took me off all carbs and sugar I saw my acne (a lifelong problem) go away.. like completely. While this is great news, I felt like doing the Keto diet for an extended period of time was a bad idea (it’s SO much fat and butter). The Whole30 diet is similar, saying no to anything processed so that the only sugars I get are natural sugars. While on the Whole30 my acne has gotten significantly better (not as perfect as the keto diet) and this diet makes me feel very healthy as everything going into my body is from the earth and not from a laboratory. It means a lot of cooking (bummer) but it gets easier with time and I still get to eat delicious meals. And don’t get me started on what it does for your digestive system (AMAZING!). Anywho, I love it so Im back on it for at least the first 6 weeks of 2018, if not longer.

2017 wasn’t a big comedy year for me (I did see some) but it did make me appreciate my local theater. Im close to the Yale Repertory and to Long Wharf, and both get prestigious plays. Some do runs here before they open on Broadway. Also by supporting the local theater/arts, it like investing in your neighborhood and is a payment you can feel good about. The theater is something that keeps New Haven special.

Lets talk birthdays! In 2017 I sent actually birthday cards to people instead of just the Facebook “happy birthday” message. I sent over 50 birthday cards this past year! It was really fun picking out the cards and taking the time to think about my friendship with the person getting the card. While I got maybe 5 birthday cards back on my birthday, that’s not why I did it. I now know how much energy and forethought goes into sending a birthday card and it makes me appreciate the ones I get even more and I totally get why doing birthday cards aren’t on peoples radar. That being said, Im excited to continue this new tradition in 2018. Friends, get ready for more birthday cards!

Now its time for the goals I sucked at in 2017. Having a regular volunteering routine. I never found “my place” where I could go and volunteer a few hours a week and set up a routine. Im really hoping to correct this in 2018.

Self-care. I suck at self-care. The only addition to my routine that Im proud of in 2017 is acupuncture. I found a love of acupuncture and Im never going back. It makes me feel amazing and community acupuncture makes it much more affordable to go on a regular basis. I highly recommend it. It really does feel like magic- aches and pains gone!

Another thing I sucked at, my car. It has dents I need fixed and recall paperwork I need to follow up on. It’s probably the biggest thing in my life that I avoid. Getting my oil changed? It takes me weeks of having it on a to-do list before I get it done. I think 2018 needs to be about identifying when Im putting something off and then just getting it done so it’s a weight that can be alleviated from my mental list.


Okay, so enough of 2017 and on to 2018! Lets get specific! Here are some goals (in addition to what I mentioned above).

Health– Avoid sugar (as I said above). Do more of the Whole30, and really take advantage of your local gym membership. You pay for it so use it. Make hitting your step goals (via Fitbit) a priority. Do your best to hit 10,000 steps a day and push yourself to reach 12,000 steps. 1 day a week if you can’t make this goal (due to travel or commitments or weather)  you get a pass. Don’t beat yourself up about it because some days you need a pass… but not more than one day a week 😉 Also, try a new class at the gym that makes you nervous. You just might end up loving the class and adding it to your routine.

Travel– In 2018 make a valiant effort to travel to a new place one weekend a month. Use Airbnb, and really immerse yourself in a new location. For example, it only takes a weekend to see the basics in any US city, so do more weekend visits to parts of the country that aren’t THAT far away. For example, meet up with a friend in Nashville or Memphis and have a weekend of exploring. This makes it more affordable and is a great way to catch up with a friend who lives far away. Also, one thing Im doing this yea is getting a TSA background check so that when I fly within the US, no more lines. This will take a little organizing and prep on my end but will end up being WAY worth it (the pre-check TSA thing lasts for 5 years!).

Also on my travel list- Africa in 2018! More on this later.

Environmental Impact– not only do I need to be doing more volunteering but I want to make a solid effort of avoiding plastic. Sometimes you can’t avoid it, but when presented with any other option (paper, aluminum, glass) Im going to go for the more green option. I think I already do this, but I want to really be mindful about how often Im faced with a “paper or plastic” type situation and do my best to avoid disposable plastic.

Books — This year go for reading 1 book a month and listening to at least 2 audiobooks a month. This is a better goal for me, and totally doable with my lifestyle.

Car — I talked about this earlier, but step avoiding things that have to do with your car. Get the oil changed and get new windshield wipers. Get it into the dealership for all the real/updates that need to be done. And maybe, yes maybe, get those darn dents fixed!

Self-care — Get on this girl! It turns out acupuncture is amazing, so do your diligence and make all those appointments you’ve been putting off!

One of the bigger themes of my 2018 goals is to do the things you’ve been avoiding. This could mean instead of thinking “Oh I’ll bring this thing in the other room later”. Don’t do it later, do it now. You’ll get more steps doing it immediately and then it’s just done and off the to-do list. This is a micro example of a macro issue in my life. I find it applies to so many things on this list and it’s the root of a pattern I get into where I feel like I have “too much to do” and overwhelmed. I think dealing with these micro things I keep putting off will make me feel significantly better in the day to day.

Lastly, blog more. I always say this and this is the one goal that gets lost in the mix. It seems like my 2017 blogging time went toward reading more and exercising more, but really I can carve out 15 minutes on a Sunday (When Im not traveling) to give a quick update. That would probably be a nice creative outlet for myself that’s been lacking in my life.

Onward and upward to 2018!

P.S. I have a TON of professional goals not worth getting into here (do more events, sell in more shops, etc) but it’s a Sunday, so lets not think about work, okay 😉

February 24, 2017


I just LOVE this and it’s in keeping with the February black history month theme. This little 5 year old girl (Lola) is learning from her mom about black history and part of their learning involves dressing up and emulating the people she’s learning about. What a great way to cement this information into this littler girls mind, as it’s hard to forget about a history lesson where you get to become the person you’re learning about! It’s also teaching this littler girl about positive role models and her teacher has said that she’s become more confident and talking more in class. Female empowerment! This story just made my day.

February 23, 2017: Michelle J. Howard


Michelle Janine Howard is the first African American Woman to command a US Navy Ship.

Michelle Janine Howard is the first African American Woman to be a 4-star admiral.

Michelle Janine Howard is the first African American Woman to command operational forces of the U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

Michelle J Howard has held so many commands and has gotten so many awards for her service. She also played an important role in rescuing Captain Richard Phillips from Somali pirates. She’s a great current example for all of us, and she’s still serving her country at 56 years old. I wonder how many more “firsts” she will achieve before she retires.


February 20, 2017: Henrietta Lacks


Henrietta Lacks has been in the news lately because Oprah is playing her daughter in the HBO film “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” along side Rose Byrne. Henrietta Lacks died from cancer in 1951. Tissue samples from her tumors were harvested without her permission but ended up leading to scientific breakthroughs. Her sample is now known as the HeLa immortal cell line used in contemporary biomedical research. These cells were used to develop the polio vaccine, research cancer and AIDS as well as current studies. According to wikipedia scientists have grown 0ver 20 tons of her cells and they are used in over 11,000 patents.  I’m sure the HBO film will cover topics like race, poverty and the use of patients cells for commercial purposes (leading to a bigger conversation about privacy and patients’ rights). The HBO film will premiere at 8pm on Saturday April 22.

February 14, 2017


One of my 2017 resolutions is to read more, and for Christmas my sister gave me this hilarious book (which I highly recommend). “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding” by Kristin Newman, is a funny relatable woman with a unique job (tv comedy writer) that allows for extended breaks between projects and uses that time for travel. Each chapter is dedicated to a different trip and it’s in sequential order, so you can follow along on her wild vacations and her in-between trip home life. Her “normal” life is consumed with work, so when she vacations she lets loose and does things she’d never let her “normal self” do.

This book is super fun, and motivating, and given our political climate has inspired me to “get the hell outta Dodge”. I’ve got a 2 week work vacation in the summer and last year (in an effort to save money) I did a camping trip to Shenandoah and rented a cottage in the Catskills for a few days. This year I’m leaving the US for as close to the full 2 weeks as possible. Where am I going? No clue yet and suggestions are welcome!

I made a list of the things I want out of the vacation. I love the idea of spending an extended time in one place, as most of my vacations involve a lot of moving around and usually stress goes along with that type of trip. I’m looking for low stress. I’m also willing to pay a little more if it means that someone plans/organizes/leads the entire thing. I just want to show up and to have no worries. I like the idea of doing it with a tour group- the risk is being stuck with a boring group but the joy is getting to meet and travel with some really great people. I’m willing to take the risk. I’ll let you know what I decide to do but suggestions are welcome… I’ll tell you I’m leaning toward 10 days in Croatia + 3 days in a layover city that I can explore on my own. Has anyone been? Suggestions for a good layover city?