… it’s better to work highly focused for short periods of time, with breaks in between, than to be partially focused for long periods of time. Think of it as a sprint, rather than a marathon. You can push yourself to your limits for short periods of time, so long as you have a clear stopping point. And after a rest, you can sprint again.
Engagement pro Tony Schwartz’s productivity tip? Dedicate 50-90 minute bursts to focusing on just one task. (via fastcompany)

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If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

Debbie Millman’s timeless advice on courage and the creative life, in a wonderful illustrated essay.

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If you imagine less, less will be what you undoubtedly deserve. Do what you love, and don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time. Start now. Not 20 years from now, not two weeks from now. Now.

Debbie Millman’s timeless advice on courage and the creative life, in a wonderful illustrated essay.

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Lets play a game of “catch-up”… shall we?

I’ve been bad. I’ve been very very bad. I haven’t posted a blog post in weeks. I’ve had a very good reason for this though. (Note: a reason, not an excuse).


You see, I put my blog on the back burner because I started an amazing internship and life has been crazy since I started. But now that I am more acclimated, its time to get back into the habit of posting.


About the internship. It’s at a brand development and design firm in Minneapolis, Capsule to be more specific. My title? Marketing and Business Development intern. My responsibilities: other than writing proposals, coordinating various events, and writing blogs, I get to put my hands into so many other pots than I ever could have expected, like assisting the account managers and the designers. I have more responsibility than I did at my internship last summer and I feel like it is merely the start to my dreams FINALLY coming true to landing my dream job somewhere. The dream doesn’t stop there either, folks. I’m making so many connections and have been able to meet some very successful, inspiring and creative people. Definitely sucking the marrow out of this one.


Now. moving onto other things:


I’m starting to make plans to move out of Chaska in early summer (if all goes well) and into an apartment somewhere. Preferably near the Uptown/St. Louis Park area.


I started the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred DVD — 30 minutes for 30 days to getting a shredded bod. But, I think the “shred” is more about the tears that are shredded during the workouts. She is going to kill me. But in 3 weeks I’m sure I’ll love her for it. (I hope, GULP!!)


I have a new favorite drink at Starbucks. The new hazelnut macchiatos are amazing, hot or iced. Either way, it’s safe to say that I’ve found my new guilty pleasure with these.


With that being said, I have a lot more to write about because SO much has happened. But, Im saving the juicy stuff for a later post.


Until next time!



I was browsing through Pinterest last night—looking for pictures to serve as wallpapers for my new iphone—and came across this gem. I’ve always loved this quote, and it seems especially fitting for where I am in my life right now. 

I was browsing through Pinterest last night—looking for pictures to serve as wallpapers for my new iphone—and came across this gem. I’ve always loved this quote, and it seems especially fitting for where I am in my life right now. 


Rolling with the punches

Tuesday afternoon, I arrived in the parking lot at work, parked my car and that is when it happened. My car died. My car’s engine turned off with the keys still in the ignition. Followed by the stereo system panel and then the dashboard. I did what any rational person would do and tried to restart the engine…only to hear a clicking sound followed by the sound of a giant woodpecker pounding into the inside of my engine. After taking the keys out of the ignition, the panel and dashboard continued to turn on and off repeatedly for about 60 seconds. Disconcerting to say the least. 


After discussing the issue with a few different mechanics over the phone, they all  concluded that the problem my car was having was with the battery. Since my Dad has changed a battery on his own before, we went to the auto part store and replaced a newly purchased battery ourselves. The great thing is that my car worked for a day. The not-so-great thing is that it died two cold mornings later. 


I can change a flat tire, check my oil, I know how to jumpstart a car, and I know how to dig my car out of the snow—this comes with the territory of living in Minnesota. But in the last week, I’ve been reminded of another thing or two. I’ve been reminded that life does not always go according to plan and nature has a really good way of balancing itself out and keeping you humble. I’ve also been reminded that life will throw a bunch of stuff at you at once, and you’ve just gotta plow through it and make it work to your benefit. Life threw me a crazy week and a broken car. Did I survive? Yes. 


Sure, my car is broken and may cost a lot to repair, but the bright side is that I’ll have some fancy new pieces added to my car, right? And hopefully that means I won’t have an issue like this in the near future, right? And as the French say, C’est la vie. Life happens. 


In honor of Valentines Day, I bring you “The Paperman” via an animated Disney short film. A few things about this. One, it is a delight. The ending is sweet and the humor intertwined into the plot keeps you smiling from beginning to end. Also, apparently the animation was done with a new technique of computer animation and hand-drawn techniques, which makes it aesthetically pleasing also. If you have a few minutes to watch something inspirational and heartwarming today, I urge you do watch this. You’ll be moved by the romance, the humor, the intrigue, and you’ll be rooting for this man and his company of paper airplanes to the very end. Enjoy!


On cold Minnesota days like today, I am really wishing I could make an escape to the beach. Even if it were a quick weekend trip, I would take it in a heartbeat! Tonight I am dreaming of a salty fresh, warm, breeze hitting my face as I sit at an ocean front restaurant tasting fresh seafood. Don’t forget the steel drums in the background! 

On cold Minnesota days like today, I am really wishing I could make an escape to the beach. Even if it were a quick weekend trip, I would take it in a heartbeat! Tonight I am dreaming of a salty fresh, warm, breeze hitting my face as I sit at an ocean front restaurant tasting fresh seafood. Don’t forget the steel drums in the background! 


The best part of waking up…

I wake up some days wishing my morning life resembled a Folgers commercial. It is a classic, heartwarming story about a brother tiptoeing into the house in his military uniform and starting the coffee machine, or with two long lost friends huddled together, sipping their coffee, and catching up. The love behind Folgers commercials is that it brings people together.  And how could you forget the jingle!  


And as much as I would like to say my mornings resemble the lightheartedness and joy of of the Folgers life, they don’t.  I am not a morning person. I woke up this morning with my hair in five different directions, lines on my face, and with a painful startle after my alarm clock went off. I do recognize that not many people can say that they wake up like those on T.V. But, what did jumpstart my day—and what regularly gets me out of bed— is a cup of coffee. Just a simple coffee with cream did the trick today. And after I finished the last drop of that cup, it is almost as if my hair magically fell back into place, the lines on my face disappeared, and I recovered from the unpleasant beep of my alarm.  


Though I should say that I am not a morning person until I’ve had that welcoming warm sip of java, today I appreciated it just a little bit more. Maybe it was the new roast we had in our cabinet, or the fact that I hadn’t gotten much sleep. But one thing that I am remembering today is that sometimes in life, it is the little things that keep you going. So, I guess the best part of waking up truly is Folgers (or whatever your preferred brand is) in your cup. 


I’ve heard this funny saying before that, "every brunette needs a blonde best friend."
Well, I’ve gotta say that without MY exuberant blonde best friend, life would be very different. And I would have a lot less to laugh about. I think it is safe to say the same for her. 
Love you Megs. 

I’ve heard this funny saying before that, "every brunette needs a blonde best friend."


Well, I’ve gotta say that without MY exuberant blonde best friend, life would be very different. And I would have a lot less to laugh about. I think it is safe to say the same for her. 


Love you Megs.