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A space to talk about growing our businesses, families, and dreams. Pull up a seat, grab a glass of something you love (it's a dry rosé for me!), and hang around for a bit.

Life Lately: Home Buying, Quarantining & Dog Surgery

Whew, 2020 has gotten off to a WILD start, and I’ve found myself just wanting to pause and journal to take a sort of snapshot of this time. A LOT has happened, and I want to be able to look back at this post to remember the craziness and the goodness that’s filled up the […]

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Personal

April 27, 2020

Nashville Travel Guide: Where to Stay, Eat, Play & More

Probably my favorite place I’ve ever lived is Nashville, TN. It’s just SO FUN. That’s all. I love the friendly, artistic culture and the fact that it’s small for a city, so it’s fairly easy to get around (as long as you miss rush hour, but even that isn’t as bad as other places I’ve […]

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Personal, Travel

December 13, 2019

I Turned Down 3 Amazing Opportunities In 1 Day: Here’s Why

Last week I had a bit of a moment. I always send out my client invoices the first Monday of every month for the previous month’s work, and last week I sent all of them out in a bit of a rush because I had a lot on deck for work that I needed to […]

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Career and Freelancing, Self Employed

December 9, 2019

Therapy Update: How I Found My Therapist + What I’ve Learned

I wrote a story a couple months ago about how I found a woman’s shirt in our laundry and proceeded to absolutely melt down. I assumed the worst and panicked and figured my marriage was over. Lo and behold, the shirt belonged to one of MY friends… It was a low point. I decided on […]

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Family, Personal

October 10, 2019

How I Stay Motivated Working from Home

I am probably the world’s most inconsistent person. Does it freak you out for me to admit that? It is a little strange… Some days I love having a morning routine, other days I ditch it to just make my coffee and sit down at my desk first thing (ahem, that was today). Sometimes I […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

September 24, 2019

Cheated (An Overreaction Story)

I was folding laundry in the middle of the day today in our bedroom. I had spent Saturday and Sunday in San Francisco because my best friend was there visiting with her mom and sister. After two long days of exploring, laughing, eating, and walking our way through the city, I wanted to spend this […]

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Family

August 19, 2019

Attract Perfect Clients by Changing this 1 Thing

When I started freelance writing, I took whatever I could get. I began by freelancing part-time when we lived in Nashville, and most of my work came from friends who work in marketing with clients in every field imaginable. I was writing email content for healthcare, regulatory compliance, and event businesses and blog posts for […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

May 20, 2019

7 Things I’ve Learned from 7 Months of Marriage

We almost missed the realization we’d been married for 6 months. It’s not because we’re falling into the “old married couple” category yet (although some of my friends might disagree), but our half-year anniversary fell on Easter this year. And it fell on the day after an overnight girls’ trip to New Braunfels to see […]

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Family

May 16, 2019

The 1 Thing Missing from My Business

If you know me personally or follow me on social media, you know I jumped into freelancing full-time about a year ago almost to this week. Last May, my now-husband John graduated from grad school with his MBA, and we packed up our stuff into a POD before driving from Nashville down to Austin for […]

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Career and Freelancing, Creativity, Self Employed

May 13, 2019

Wine Country Travel Guide (Napa + Sonoma)

Hey, hey, friends. It’s been a while! Between the holidays, new year, and preparing to finally go on our honeymoon, life’s been moving fast. Two weeks ago, we were in Northern California to celebrate our marriage and sample a lot of wine on our honeymoon, and it was the most incredible trip. If you’re traveling […]

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Personal, Travel

January 30, 2019