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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?

laid off? tips for what to do now...

This week I experienced a small setback, then I received news that so many people I know lost their jobs this week. The experience hit me a little harder than I was expecting which reminded me how easy it is to be blindsided by life.

I was going to try and provide some stellar life altering advice on what to do once you lose your job. but instead I thought why not look at things a little differently. So, I have decided to offer some lemonade made from these lemons.

its summer time

Losing your job does suck, but you had the chance to lose it in the summer. Monday morning you get to do nothing. How often does that happen on a Monday? You don't have to instagram how much you hate Monday's for awhile.

Here is a list of some great things that don't happen on Monday's when you are an adult and next Monday,

YOU GET TO DO THEM ALL!

You get to go swimming. It could be in a pool, lake, beach, wherever you want. The coolest part about swimming on a Monday? Nobody else is there so it doesn't matter what you look like in a bathing suit. I mean I think your beautiful and I hope you do too. But next Monday, slip on that bathing suit and flaunt it, nobody will be there and you will feel liberated. Of course, if you have a blog don't feel compelled to have to share a picture of you in said bathing suit. That totally defeats the point of nobody being around.

get your bronze on.


You know how you are always saying "agh I have no time to work out." well, now you do. You can try walking, weights, yoga, running, basically anything you want. Try something new. Remember, nobody's at the pool so maybe swim laps, or go out and try something that scares you on the water. You may look a little weird but all of these will keep you in shape and you'll be cocoa butter brown so that when you do go back to work you will be even more smoking hot than you normally do and people will start talking by the water cooler about the new hottie in the office.

If exercise isn't your thing, go spend a day acting like a big kid. I'm serious, spend the day in a playground and actually play. We get so caught up in our work lives and family that we forget the art of play. I get made fun of a lot but I love playgrounds. There's no way to not have fun when you play on a jungle gym or swing on a tire swing. 

I'm serious. Try it. Don't half ass it, really try it. Let go. swing high, slide fast, climb to the top. Maybe go with some friends, so you don't freak anyone out though.

play.


Ever notice how the only things we really read anymore are social media posts? Well, lucky you, you know have some time to kick back on your deck, patio or a park with a good book and a cool drink. Imagine how smart you will be after reading a bunch of books. You'll be so well read when you get your next job that you'll be wowing people with your wit and charm from day one. Once you do that, your new boss will be so impressed that your bound to get a promotion and then you won't even remember getting laid off.

BOOM.


Pajamas. If you think about it, is there any better item of clothing ever made? Well guess what, you can actually wear them every single day for awhile. Obviously you don't want it to get away from you but a certain amount of time in your pajamas is oddly freeing. No need to worry about an iron or a steamer, no need to wear restrictive clothing. Just you kicking it at home in your jam-jams. Add an old school movie from the AFI 100 Best Movies of all Time and you're golden, because you'll have even more conversational topics when you start the new gig. 

score.


baskin robbins CLOWN CONES!

no explanation needed.


Lastly, you get a few days, weeks or even months with out red tape. Come on, admit it this one is kind of exciting you a bit. You can do whatever you want. As an added bonus you get to be rid of these; grey cubicles, weird recirculated air, fickle building temperatures, an outlook calendar full 2 meetings every hour of the day and flourescent lighting. 

later stress & eye strain.


I am not trying to make light of anyone losing their job. We have all been through it. It is never easy, less so when it is a place you loved. The key is to understand that you

 

can decide what happens next but don't stress out so much that you don't take a least a small moment to enjoy the time for what it is, a little break on your way to bigger and better things.

lemonade.