eleanor roosevelt

learning something new, don't be scared, no talent required

We have all heard the quote from Eleanor about doing things that scare us but what about just learning new things, even if they don't scare us? Don't worry I'm not now going to list all of the reasons you should learn something new. Well, full disclosure I WAS going to do that but as I started to research the topic I noticed that the only stuff I could find was stuff from other blogs. Apparently it is a popular thing to blog about. Rather than join the crowd and list all these stats and information, I am instead going to share my experience learning something new recently.

Most of my siblings are very artsy and crafty. While I have spent most of my life trying to be artsy, it never quite came to fruition. That being said, I never stop trying. It is for this reason that I recently decided to take a class in calligraphy. I see all these people on blogs and instagram that do the coolest stuff with their handwriting and that is NOT what my handwriting looks like so I figured why not try something new?

If I'm going to learn something new, I'm not just gonna let anyone teach me, I need the best. Enter Laura Hooper Calligraphy's workshop in Washington DC. Laura is at the top of her game and still makes time to teach people around the country all about her craft. It was a great day full of beautiful flowers by EightTreeStreet Floral Design, ONEHOPE wine, Belvoir Fruit Farms, snacks and a fantastic space at Karson Butler Events DC.

Here are a few great pictures of the day courtesy of AnDCreatives

I'm feeling very artsy after a glass or two of the wine...

I'm feeling very artsy after a glass or two of the wine...

I seriously cannot get enough of these flowers from    EightTreeStreet Floral Design

I seriously cannot get enough of these flowers from EightTreeStreet Floral Design

wine and flowers, I'm sold. thanks to    BelvoirFruitFarms    and    ONEHOPE wines

wine and flowers, I'm sold. thanks to BelvoirFruitFarms and ONEHOPE wines

homemade goodies by Emily of    Karson Butler Events

homemade goodies by Emily of Karson Butler Events

This makes me look like the class clown for sure...(that may have been the case for real though)

This makes me look like the class clown for sure...(that may have been the case for real though)

learning the proper technique for using the nib and ink together. I look super legit, pretty sure Laura would be proud...

learning the proper technique for using the nib and ink together. I look super legit, pretty sure Laura would be proud...

practice makes perfect....hmmm...

practice makes perfect....hmmm...

I may or not have taken these flowers with me...It was a great day.

I may or not have taken these flowers with me...It was a great day.

what new thing are you learning this week?

friday's three things: the roosevelts

originally aired september 2014

originally aired september 2014

Over the last week I began watching a special that Ken Burns did in cooperation with PBS.

The Roosevelts; An Intimate History focuses on one of the most influential families, if not THE most influential in American history. If you are a regular reader, you know I have an affinity for Eleanor Roosevelt. I am half way through this series and have grown fond of the bulk of the Roosevelt clan. While I knew who they were and some of what they have done. I was consistently surprised and amazed at just how much these three have done. Much of what we know and love in modern day America can be attributed to these three Roosevelts.

Since it is Friday's three things...I thought why not focus on these three people? Three people. Three quotes.


Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt

Franklin Delano Roosevelt




More and more I come to the view that in a really tremendous world struggle, with a great moral issue involved, neutrality does not serve righteousness; for to be neutral between right and wrong is to serve wrong.


— Theodore Roosevelt


I could not, at any age, be content to take my place by the fireside and simply look on. Life was meant to be lived. Curiosity must be kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason, turn his back on life.
— Eleanor Roosevelt


In these days of difficulty, we Americans everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love toward our fellow man.


— Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Short and sweet. In closing, if you haven't seen The Roosevelts; An Intimate History it is definitely worth the watch. PBS has been replaying it but you can also check out the website from PBS on the special to purchase the collection of videos. Click on any of the images to learn more.


Get action. Do things. Be sane. Don’t fritter away your time; create, act, take a place wherever you are and be somebody.
— Theodore Roosevelt

P.S. Just because I can, one more quote to get you inspired for our three day weekend. I hope you all have a great weekend filled with family, friends, good food and lots of fun. 

Don't forget to come back Monday to learn all about Memorial Day so that we can all remember the real reason we have the day off!

Friday's 3 Things

Greetings from Washington DC,

First ladies are more often than not way cooler than their President husbands. I had the privilege of touring the White House this week and the stuff I learned about the first ladies was pretty epic. I have always been fond of Eleanor Roosevelt, as many of you know (see my first blog post) but learning about the bravery of Dolly Madison, the gumption of Lady Bird Johnson and the grace of Jacqueline Kennedy has me thinking I need to do a little more digging into the women of the White House. So to embark on this mission I decided that instead of 3 individual things I will instead provide you with three of my favorite quotes from First Ladies along with three facts from my tour.

THREE QUOTES

The first lady is, and always has been, an unpaid public servant elected by one person, her husband.
— Lady Bird Johnson
I want minimum information given with maximum politeness.
— Jacqueline Kennedy
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.
— Eleanor Roosevelt

THREE FACTS

Did you know that Dolly Madison saved a boatload of things from the White House before the British burned it down in 1814? One of those things was a life-sized portrait of George Washington that hangs in the White House today.How brave was that? To learn that later in life after her husband passed away that she lived in poverty is heart wrenching. I have got to read her biography.

It takes the staff at the White House 72 man hours to clean ONE SINGLE chandelier. I actually got to see them working on one and I kid you not, every single piece is removed and cleaned individually. I need that kind of deep clean at my house, prefereably by someone else.

I licked the White House walls. Seriously, I did. I took a page from Kid President and decided, why not? They don't really taste like much but the action of throwing caution to the wind and acting like a kid was somewhat invigorating. Normally when one tells people something as outrageous or some may say ridiculous as this, they require photographic evidence. Unfortunately the secret service does not allow photos on the tour, so you will have to take my word for it. I do have witnesses. They were very embarrassed but I don't care. Truth be told, I would do it all again. Thanks KP for the idea in your "Guide to Being Awesome".

What three things did you find interesting this week? Share them with me here or on social media. Can't to wait to hear from you

P.S. I haven't read much on our First Ladies yet, other than Eleanor and since I already recommended a book on her, I figure I will recommend my favorite book right now. "Kid President's Guide to Being Awesome" You will not regret picking this book up, it will give you a whole new outlook plus it will provide you with great advice to make the world more awesome and who doesn't want to do that?

today is the day

Do one thing every day that scares you
— Eleanor Roosevelt
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Well Eleanor, today is that day for me. Day one of a whole new world. I'm feeling pretty good. Ok, that's a lie, I mean not exactly a lie but my stomach is full of butterflies and my palms are sweating which is kind of gross when you are typing and my heart is beating at such an intense rate you would think I was exercising. I am not. 

You see, today I am putting myself out there. Today I decided, why not? On the outside it may seem strange to try and launch a website when you are already 20 years into your career. I mean, it is not like I am bored, but here's the thing I have been glorifying the concept of being busy. In truth I was bored. I was bored because I wasn't following the right path. I am good at what I do but it isn't enough. So I have taken courage and strength from Eleanor and other women before me and I am taking the plunge.

Thank you for coming to my website. Whether you are here to read the sometimes quirky sililoquies of a slightly charming professional woman or you are here because you are looking for someone to educate, motivate, coach,speak etc. I appreciate you being here. 

I will continue to share my thoughts through this site and would be honored to have you check it out. If you see anything you like then make sure to let me know.

This is just one more step towards living life in an exclamation point and YES Eleanor it is scary but I think it is the good kind of scary.

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P.S. If you want to learn more about Eleanor in a fun way, check out the book "My Year with Eleanor" by Noelle Hancock. It has a lot of great info on Eleanor but from a modern approach of a woman just trying to find her way. It is a great read. Afterwards you will be looking to try something that scares you too.