“Just do it. Enjoy it. And enjoy doing it, just because you love it, for as long as you can..”
I called my brother for videography tips because this morning was my first attempt at taking video, and that was his only advice.
I enjoyed every minute of taking photos and video of @patriciaerins, Donovan and Phoenix for the next blog post... and even getting slightly soaked before work 💦
I draw a lot of inspiration from interviewing people I admire.
Last night my friend sent me this candid photo, and I cringed. No makeup, crazy hair, too many beers... I didn’t want to look at it.
Then this morning I interviewed @patriciaerins from my gym. I read off my reasons for wanting to interview her: She’s so strong but so humble and so fast but so sweet - the kind of person you want to be. ✨
While she’s naturally pretty, her outer beauty didn’t even make the list. And it never does. Because it’s about more than that.
There’s a difference between ‘settling in’ and ‘settling’ that I didn’t explicitly state in the latest blog post.
While settling in is about positioning yourself to be comfortable in a new place; simply settling comes with an uneasiness and is not a great foundation for doing big things.
➖We settle into a new career so we can close big deals.
➖We settle into a home so we can finally throw adult-like dinner parties and/or navigate our closet.
➖We settle into a roadtrip with our audio books and shitty trail mix so we can go on a mini adventure...
Which is what I’m doing today on the way to Palm Desert to lounge poolside, shoot guns, and drink beer 👙🇺🇸
Link to full quote in bio. #lifequotes#writersofinstagram
#3 “Your story sucks.”
“While self-sabotaging stories still regularly pop up - about everything from being fired to looking fat - I kindly remind myself, ‘Your story sucks. Find a new one.’” - from “10 Things I Learned from 30” (link in bio)
I literally just had to follow my own advice as I took this photo. After last week’s birthday wine and desserts, I was not feeling photogenic and was pretty sure I gained 5 pounds. A mild freak out set in about failure, feeling undesirable, etc.
But what if the story went, “I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating my birthday last week, and I’m thankful for every treat. Now I’m going to enjoy being back in my weekly routine that makes me feel healthy and happy.” Or something like that... because the other one sucks.
New blog post: “10 Things I Learned from 30” (link in bio)
“At 30, you’ve finally started settling into life. You settle into the things that bring you joy and add them to your routine. You settle into disappointments; old worries collect dust with the understanding that new ones are bound to arise. You settle into your flaws and celebrate your failures a little more. You settle into what works for you, and the promise that it probably won’t always be that way...”
I’m feeling drained from a week of writing morning, noon and night but happy to share it. Hope you enjoy!
#thesoml#ontheblog#lifelessons#writersofinstagram#newblogpost 🎨 @cloehakakian @rubenrojas @beautifyearth
“I feel happy and inspired,” I said in the car yesterday as we drove into Santa Monica from a fun weekend in Santa Barbara.
I totally intended to have my annual birthday blog post finished by my birthday today. But somewhere over the week of outfit planning like a psycho, and consuming ~31 glasses of wine this weekend, it didn’t happen.
But one of the things that 30 taught me is to enjoy each step along the way:
- Trying on 14 dresses at Zara on three different days to find the right one
- Enjoying the ocean view and podcast listening along the PCH on the ride home
- Immediately heading to the coffee shop to write despite a subtle hangover, feeling calm and happy... even if I didn’t finish.
I think 31 is going to be fun.
“Yeah, I’ll be ready by 10! I just have to take some blog photos first...” I said on the phone at 8:30am.
“Okay...” He sounded doubtful.
But I did it! (Even with an elderly man peeing in a tree next to me) Ready for a mini roadtrip up the coast for birthday weekend ☺️🍷
“Settling in” doesn’t sound like the sexiest topic.
Settling in on the couch to watch Hulu. Settling in to a new home. Settling in to life... it’s part of the theme of the blog post I’m currently writing during breakfast and lunch. “While settling in isn’t the sexiest, sometimes it’s once we’re settled that surprises seem more fun, that we’re able to appreciate vs. fear the unexpected...”
From “How to Not Lose Yourself in a Relationship” (link in bio)
I’m happy to see that 1000+ people have read the article so far because it’s a new favorite 😊 And I think the Happy Medium can be applied to most relationships.
“ #18 There is usually a better option – but just pick something.
Many people have asked me for feedback on their logos, websites, etc. over the years, and while I’m a perfectionist, I’ve realized that the most important thing is to pick something that you can confidently stand behind. And just stand by it. Don’t overthink it.”
- from “30 Things I’ve Learned by 30” (link in bio)
Yesterday I worked on setting up a blog for a friend of mine. Nearly an hour was spent wondering what should be in the footer until I remembered ☝🏼
- Posting the articles > website footer
- Launching a redesign > one more logo iteration
- Telling your story > the perfect Instagram photo...
“#22 Cut ties with the stories you create that don’t serve you.
‘One of the best things about you, Annie, is that you know how to connect related ideas to create awesome stories,’ my friend, Lauren, told me last week. ‘But one of the downfalls of that is connecting negative thoughts and creating stories that don’t serve you. Cut ties with those.’ If there is a story you’ve subconsciously created that is doing more harm than good, let it go.”
- from “30 Things I’ve Learned By 30” (link in bio)
Yesterday while working on the next article about what I learned from 30, I realized I really did cut ties with a story I was holding onto for years - snipped it off like a balloon 🎈 And I’ve seen the awesome benefits from it recently.
What stories might be holding you back? 🤔
“ #1 Maintain momentum.
Don’t dwell on the article you just posted – start writing the next one. Don’t bask too long in the latest deal you closed – pick up the phone again. Don’t dote forever on the pound you lost – start on the next healthy recipe. Do one thing a day that moves you forward.”
- from the article “30 Things I Learned by 30” (link in bio)
I’ve been re-reading it as I write the next article/annual birthday blog post called “10 Things I Learned from 30.”
This morning’s shower thoughts that I wrote down quickly: So much of 29 was spent fearfully anticipating 30, which ended up great and fine. What if I’m doing that in all aspects of my life...
“When we remember that challenges are in our favor and that joy is found in the journey itself, happiness can always exist.” - from the latest article called “How to Treat Life Like a Video Game” (link in bio)
New blog post (link in bio): "How to Treat Life Like a Video Game"
Honestly, featuring best friends is the most difficult. How do you sum up the lessons learned in 9 years of friendship?
You don't. But this article tells the story of one of my favorite takeaways from meeting monthly with Cody for nearly a decade and includes tips for everyone about:
- Overcoming obstacles
- Playing to your strengths
- Completing missions
- Finding endless happiness
“WALKING LIKE A F*CKING ZOMBIE” - crazy guy in the intersection while walking to get coffee
I recently switched from 6am Crossfit class to 5am for more time to write. Things I’ve learned so far:
➖you can always make more time for things you love
➖eyelash extensions are everything at 4:45am
➖sometimes unwelcome, crazy, loud obscenities are 💯 correct
“‘Let’s watch the sunrise on the rooftop,’ Jordan said as we emerged from a warehouse building in Williamsburg in the early morning after a long evening of dancing to underground DJ’s. In a few hours we would find ourselves brunching over Bloody Mary’s before she called me an Uber into the city. Welcome to New York indeed.”
Each old friend makes a city feel that much more like home. Since writing about Jordan’s life in NYC 3 years ago in an article called “Why You Should Move to New York”, she’s moved to Venice - with a housewarming this weekend. 😊
Life is now a little less DJ’s, slightly earlier curfew, a little more sunshine, same amount of fun.
“I think the unknown and uncertainty is fun and exciting” - a quote by @codesmode I’ve had on a Post-It on my desk for a couple years.
It’s part of the next blog post I’m currently writing. Spoiler alert: Nearly everything is unknown; therefore, should be fun and exciting.. #blogpostcomingsoon