Oh, I’ve just been writing online

A while back I shared some links of articles I had published elsewhere online. I figured since I’m publishing often and sharing to Twitter, I should also share it to the blog every once in a while. It’s been a while since I shared a post like this, so I might do another one mid-month to catch up.

Managing Writers When There Are Too Many Cooks In the Kitchen


“Your company blog needs a strong head chef. Is that you?”

A Look Back at 9 Years of Twitter History

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“Twitter recently shared ten of their most influential Tweets in the past nine years. Do you remember seeing any of these when they were posted?”



How to Set a Realistic Editorial Deadline


“No one should ever be the bottleneck in projects. Ever. Hit your deadlines.”


Be friends with the President! Barack Obama is on Twitter


“Are you wondering if the leader of the United States of America has enough spare time to Tweet for himself?”





Where Have Amanda’s Hands Been?


“Our lesson for you is simple: If you share your images online, be prepared to wind up in unexpected places.”





Using Poetweet on Famous Writers’ Twitter Accounts


“Have you heard of Poetweet yet? It is an incredible website which will turn your Tweets into poetry. Seriously!”





Using Facebook for Real Estate Marketing Can Be Totally Awesome


“50% of consumers value a brand’s Facebook page more than its website. So what you post there, is who you are.”




Our 10 Favorite Celebrity First Tweets


“Now, even though I enjoy cyber stalking early Tweets, it can get frustrating to scroll through thousands of Tweets just to make your way to the bottom. That is until Twitter launched an option where you can read anyone’s first Tweets. Now a lot less work goes has to go into my creeping. Thank you, Twitter.”




5 Most Productive Writing Habits of Famous Writers


“When I was in my graduate writing program, we were required to read the work of great writers. In addition to this, we read books on craft and wrote essays studying the craft of great poets and authors. Why?”

Currently in March 2015

photo-1425036458755-dc303a604201Reading: Submissions for issue 06 for Spry Literary Journal. We haven’t made too many decisions yet, but it seems like the reading period may be winding down a bit. I can’t wait to see what we’ll choose for the next issue.

I wasn’t really “reading” these this month (since I’ve already read them each a few times), but if you haven’t read them yet, I highly recommend heading over to Spry to read the ABC’s of Fiction Writing series. On 3/27, we published the final letter, and now we’ll collect all of the posts on one page for your easy reading.

Listening: Honestly – the radio. I haven’t really been listening to anything new this month.

Excited: that I started and finished my baby registry this month. I’m sure I might tinker with it in April as well, but all things considered, it is complete!

Watching: the usual TV shows I watch.

Wearing: Trying to wear as much of  my normal clothing as I can until my closet selection gets narrowed down to almost nothing!

Wishing: for health for my family, friends, and Baby Girl O.

Drinking: Keeping this boring, per usual: cranberry juice, water, orange juice, and hot chocolate on occasion.

Loving: when I feel the baby move. It’s my favorite thing ever.

Loathing: The minor sore throat I had last week. Being sick while pregnant is the least amount of fun ever.

Admiring: my awesome friends and family for all the hand-me-downs we’ve received for Baby Girl O. I think we’re fully stocked on clothing until she is about 6 months old!

How was March, my friends? I hope it treated you as good as it treated me! 

Check out what I was doing, thinking, and feeling in January and February.

Pregnancy Update: 24 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks

Total weight gain: 9 pounds as of my last visit 2 weeks ago. I love my baby belly!

Maternity clothes? One of my closest friends is due in May, and she just gave me a bunch of maternity shirts, so I feel as if I have a brand new wardrobe. If I can get through this pregnancy only purchasing one pair of shorts and a few dresses I will be the happiest girl ever. However, at this point I’ve really had to let go of quite a bit of my normal wardrobe. I’ve even packed a bunch of it away in totes to make some room in my drawers for Baby Girl O’s extensive clothing selection. I think she may have more clothes than I do at this point.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Still nothing to complain about. I have my occasional days of crappy sleep, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s going pretty well.

Miss Anything? Not really, I’ve been so content these past two months of pregnancy. I mean, I occasionally think about things I cannot have, usually food or drink, but I don’t really miss them. I’ll eventually have them again – no big deal. For now I just want to enjoy all the joys of being pregnant.

Movement: Yes! It is the very best thing. Mr. O has felt a decent amount of movement, and just a few days ago, Wolverine felt movement for his first time.

Food cravings or aversions: I’ve finally gotten to the point where I’m really enjoying my food. I’m still not 100% on board with some of the food I was grossed out by in my first trimester, but I’ve been enjoying food very consistently in this past month. It seems to me that “cravings” are just thinking of a food and then wanting it right away. As an example: On Friday at work one co-worker had pickles and another one had chocolate covered raisins. I then ate a couple raisins and one pickle spear because I wanted them.

I don’t know why, but I expected that cravings would be food I really wanted much of the time. I expected to be in love with popsicles and eat a few a day. That hasn’t happened. It’s usually a think of something and want it right away, and then forget about it just as quickly.

Gender: It’s still a girl. I don’t expect that to change.

Symptoms: My pregnancy symptoms have come and gone. I occasionally have hip pain, especially while sleeping. I’m getting random pains that are close to my hips but more in my stomach and pelvic area, so I’m guessing that’s round ligament pain. But in the grand scheme of things I’m feeling wonderful.

Belly button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: I’ve definitely become more outspoken while pregnant. I’m also probably a little less patient than I was before. I haven’t really noticed a huge shift in mood though, and I think that’s pretty great. I’m feeling pretty content right about now.

Looking forward to: More and more movement. I am loving all these little dance parties happening in my uterus right now.

Thoughts: I feel so grateful to be pregnant at the same time as my two closest friends. Granted, one has already had her baby, but it’s been an awesome experience. I’m also beyond grateful to my friends and family members for the awesome hand-me-downs this little girl has received so far. We are fully stocked for clothing until about 6 months, and I still have another friend who wants to give us some clothing. So wonderful.

Previous updates: 16 weeks, 20 weeks

Pregnancy Update: 20 Weeks

IMG_5884.JPGHow far along? 20 weeks pregnant as of today.

Total weight gain: That I know of? 0 pounds. Which is up from the -2 pounds as of the last update. It’s likely that I’m actually +2 at this point, but I’m only weighing myself at my doctor’s office, and I won’t be back until 22 weeks. I actually feel much more confident about the weight gain at this point, because my food intake drastically increased around week 17. Plus, my belly went from almost nonexistent to obviously noticeable, so I’m doing something right.

Maternity clothes?  Still loving my maternity pants. I wear them pretty much every day with my normal clothing for tops. I’m very grateful for this. Wearing my own wardrobe has been such a blessing. I know I’ll need to mix things up a bit when the weather is actually warm, but I’m planning on wearing dresses and flip flops only in the summer.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: Sleeping on my side.

Miss Anything? Since the last update? Not too much. I’ve been thinking about some of the foods I can’t eat here and there, but in the grand scheme of things I don’t seriously miss anything (at least this month).

Movement: It happened! I felt the baby move “for real” for the very first time at night on Tuesday, February 24, while we were laying in bed. When I felt it I knew for sure that the baby was moving. I’ll be honest though, before this happened, I’ve been feeling a lot of movement, and I knew that it was probably the baby, but because I have never been pregnant before I didn’t know for sure. Well, that movement convinced me that everything I had been feeling previously was in fact the baby. It was super awesome and I’m now feeling it pretty consistently throughout the day. The baby was dancing away during the ultrasound and it was so incredible to watch, especially since I could feel some of the movements while seeing it.

Food cravings or aversions: I haven’t noticed that I’ve been craving food in the way that I expected to crave food. One thing I have noticed is that when I see a food or think of a food that intrigues me, I suddenly want it. And when I say that I want it, I mean immediately. That doesn’t mean I get it, I just want it. My aversions are a little better. I’m eating a tiny bit of meat, which I’m pleased with. I also went out for breakfast and ate an egg-white omelet, and it was incredible.

Gender: We found out that we are having a girl!

Symptoms: Some lower back pain that seems to come and go, and also one really bad leg cramp. It’s been a real nice month.

Belly button in or out? In still.

Wedding rings on or off? On still.

Mood: I’m still loving the second trimester. This is just the best. If I could feel exactly as I do now, I’d want to be pregnant so many more times.

Looking forward to: Honestly, with the weather we’ve had in Southeastern Mass., all I can think about is the snow. I am so very excited about the spring. I just need to get out of this horrific winter.

Thoughts: I’m halfway through this pregnancy, and I cannot even believe it. I’m so very pleased to be at this point because I felt as if I’d never get there in the beginning of the pregnancy. At the same time, I think pregnancy is so beautiful, so to think that it is already halfway over is also a little sad. I loved the my 20 week ultrasound, and I hope to schedule a 3D ultrasound before the baby is born so I can see her one more time. Everything just feels really great at this point.

Previous updates: 16 weeks

Gender Reveal

The big news is here. On Thursday, February 26, we found out our future baby’s gender. We asked our friends, family, and Facebook friends to share whether they thought we were having a girl or a boy, and girl was the big winner, with about 40+ people saying girl and 32 saying boy.

My guess was boy. Mr O and Wolverine were both guessing girl. Well, now that we know, we’d like to share our happy news with you.

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We’re having a girl!

Currently in February 2015

Screen Shot 2014-07-17 at 1.26.47 PMReading: I read a few books in January. This month I didn’t read any books, but I did read my weekly updates in my baby book, and I’ve done a lot of research reading for work. So in the grand scheme of things, I wish I read a book, but I did read an immense amount.

Listening: I cleaned out my home computer this month and in doing so I jammed out a bunch to iTunes. It was a great time.

Excited: to finally find out the gender of our baby. Yes, I know what we are having, and if you follow me on Facebook, you probably know as well. I just want to announce it in a separate blog post, so you’ll find out soon!

Watching:  Better Call Saul, Blacklist, Walking Dead

Wearing: My normal shirts still and my maternity jeans or normal leggings.

Wishing: For warmer weather and melted snow that doesn’t turn into a 4 inch sheet of ice.

Drinking: hot chocolate, a lot of water, cranberry raspberry juice, and that is about that.

Loving: spending time on Pinterest planning out things for our new baby.

Loathing: The snow. Everything about the snow.

Admiring: My best friend who just had her first baby. The delivery and past month and a half has been a bit of a transition for her little family. They’re all doing wonderful though, and I am so very proud of her.

How did February treat all of you? 

Four Things

photo-1428591501234-1ffcb0d6871fI’ve seen this post going around the interwebs. Since my friend Kristen shared hers, I figured I would too!

Four names that people call me other than my real name:

1. Er

2. Er-Dog

3. Annie

4. Mom #2

 Four jobs I’ve had:

1. Benefits Coordinator

2. Psychiatric Case Manager

3. Service Desk Clerk

4. Writer

 Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

1. Elf

2. Finding Nemo

3. Home Videos

4. Pretty Woman

Four books I’d recommend:

1. Drinking: A Love Story – Caroline Knapp

2. Operating Instructions – Anne Lamott

3. Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success After the MFA

4. In Short: A Collection of Brief Creative Nonfiction

Four places I’ve visited:

1. Aruba

2. Norfolk, VA

3. Seattle, WA

4. North Conway, NH

Four things I prefer not to eat:

1. Nuts

2. Beans

3. zucchini

4. rice pudding

Four of my favorite foods:

1. Lobster

2. Ice Cream

3. Pho

4. Sushi

Four TV shows I watch

1. The Walking Dead

2. Grey’s Anatomy

3. Blacklist

4. Orange is the New Black

Four things I’m looking forward to this year:

1. Having a baby!

2. Warm weather

3. Watching Wolverine with his sibling

4. No more snow (Fingers crossed?)

Four things I’m always saying:

1. “What’s up, Bud?”

2. “How was school today?”

3. “How was work?”

4. “What do you want to eat?”

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Pregnancy Update: 16 weeks

IMG_5721.JPGHow far along? 16 weeks and 3 days

Total weight gain: -2. I’m working on gaining weight in my 2nd trimester. Never did I think this would be a problem I’d have!

Maternity clothes? I love maternity pants. I am so much more comfortable wearing maternity jeans that my old jeans which still fit, but are so tight on the belly.

Stretch Marks? None yet.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty well overall, but my sleep is much different than it was before I got pregnant. I notice that I wake up more often in the night, and I’m very alert when I wake up (usually to roll over).

Miss Anything? I miss a bunch of stuff like coffee, adult beverages, cold cut sandwiches, oysters, tuna, and any kind of sushi. But to be honest with you, I’ve barely given any of it any thought this entire pregnancy. I thought I’d care much more, but I haven’t noticed missing anything except randomly if it pops in my head.

Movement: I don’t think I’ve had any movement yet. Last week I felt something that could have been a “flutter,” but I haven’t felt it since, so I’m not sure if I truly felt anything or not. The baby moved when my doctor was checking the heartbeat this week, but I couldn’t feel it happen!

Food cravings: I don’t think I have any actual cravings yet. Tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the only lunches I actually enjoy. I’m definitely at the point where I am getting more interested in food. Other food I seem to be enjoying: strawberries, cheese of any kind, homemade pickles, green juice.

Aversions: Oh, yes. This entire pregnancy so far has been about aversions. Up until about a week or two ago, meat was my arch enemy. I didn’t like thinking about it, looking at it, smelling it, and I certainly wasn’t interested in eating it. This was horrible. I’m a big meat eater, and I don’t enjoy being grossed out by a food I usually love. I’ve been trying really hard to eat a little bit of meat if I can. I’m also grossed out by eggs, which is another one of my favorite foods.

Gender: We will find out in about three weeks. I 100% truly do not care whether this baby is a boy or girl. Growing up, I always wanted a little boy first, as I had two older brothers, and that was my “normal.” I’m so fortunate to have Wolverine as a stepson, so I no longer need to worry about having a boy first. I’ve got one. All three of us would be happy with any gender baby, and we’re just looking forward to finding out.

Symptoms: Headaches that last all week, round ligament pain, and occasional uncomfortable feeling near my coccyx (bottom of my spine near my butt).

Belly button in or out? In still.

Wedding rings on or off? On still.

Mood: I truly didn’t feel hormonal at all in the first trimester. I’m starting to feel it here and there now. Nothing with consistency, but I might find myself a bit weepy while watching a commercial, and I definitely have a lot to say to other drivers (hint: it’s usually not nice). I’m convinced this baby will come out with road rage. That’s really the only time I find myself feeling hormonal.

Looking forward to: Everything about pregnancy. I want my belly to get bigger and my baby to grow. I’m excited to find out the baby’s gender. I find it completely amazing that I’m growing a human inside of me, and I just want to enjoy the entire pregnancy experience.

Thoughts: Now that I’m out of the first trimester, I feel like I’m kind of on a pregnancy-high. Besides the occasional discomfort, I’m currently really loving pregnancy. It’s not that I didn’t love pregnancy in the first trimester, it’s simply that I felt like crap. Plus, I was so worried about growing the baby. I just wanted to get past the miscarriage stage. I also wanted to feel more human again. I felt like I’d never be 16 weeks pregnant, and here I am. Actually, I’m nearing 17 weeks by the time this posts. I just feel so blessed to be here. Also, if you want me to be honest, I adore my belly. The picture that goes with this post isn’t even a great one, but I just love to look at that belly growing.

The Big News

I’m so grateful for participating in NaBloPoMo during November 2014. You see, I’ve been keeping a secret from you. A secret that I’ve known since November 13, 2014. A secret that stunted me from writing so much, because I was simply sure I would tell you the truth before we were ready. NaBloPoMo kept me writing through the early days in the secret, and as you can tell from the following two months, my secret has silenced me.

It isn’t that I don’t want to write to you. I do. I’ve simply been unsure of what to share. But now I’m ready to tell you the big news with Wolverine’s help.photo copy.

We’re going to have a baby!

We are all so very excited to welcome a baby this coming July. Telling everyone has been an absolute joy, and I’m so grateful not to keep any more secrets from you all or anyone else! Be prepared for an extreme increase in blog posting from little ol’ me, because I have a lot of catching up to do!

2014 In Review

Every year I do a yearly post to sum up my previous year. I don’t know why, but I never got around to posting my 2014 list. I found it in my drafts folder this weekend, and it was only missing a few answers. I feel too bad deleting it, so I’m simply backdating it all the way back to January 1st.

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Happy New Year Y’all!

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

Came down with pneumonia, went to Seattle, had a bridal shower in my honor, went to my own bachelorette party, got married, went on a honeymoon, went to Aruba, turned 30, got pregnant and changed careers.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

Some of them. My main goal was to be a better Erin, and I think I really excelled at that one. My two secondary goals were to write 150 small things and walk 150 miles. I totally aced the writing (which was a shocker) and did about 70% of the intentional walking. I’m sure there were many, many more miles walked in 2014, but not planned miles.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

No one, but 2015 is going to be the year of babies for my close friends and acquaintances (oh, you know and me too).

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Thankfully, no.

5. What countries did you visit?


6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you didn’t have in 2014?

A baby!

7. What dates from 2014 will be etched upon your memory, and why?

My wedding date will by far be the most memorable day of 2014. Oh, and also the day that I found out I was pregnant.

8. What was your biggest achievement of this year?

Applying for my new job and really changing work routines/styles to become good at my job.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I’m not quite sure I failed much at all in 2014. I might have made silly mistakes here and there, but in all honesty, I don’t feel as if I failed anything major this year.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

I had pneumonia in February, which was just awful.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

Anything related to my wedding and honeymoon.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?

My husband’s. He was such a champ and so helpful when it came to planning and doing DIY projects for our wedding.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?

No one! It was a wonderful year.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Paying off my student loans. It was so depressing to let the money go, and so exciting at the very same time.

15. What did you get really excited about?

Finding out that I was pregnant.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

My wedding song.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
a) happier or sadder?
b) thinner or fatter?
Slightly fatter since I’m pregnant, even though I’m barely showing.
c) richer or poorer?
About the same

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Organization. Between home and both of my jobs, I wish I were a little more organized. Things would have gone a little smoother.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worrying. It ended up being the best year of my life. There was no need to worry about a thing.

20. How will you spend Christmas?

With family and friends, and our pal Logan the Elf.

21. Did you fall in love in 2014?

Oh, yes.

22. What was your favorite TV program?

The Blacklist.

23. What was the best book you read?

Nothing stood out to me. Yikes. I need to make some big changes in 2015.

24. What was your greatest musical discovery?

No discovery, but making playlists for my wedding was incredible.

25. What did you want and get?

Well, I wanted to get married, and guess what, it happened! I also wanted to get pregnant, and after some trying, I did!

26. What did you want and not get?

I got everything I was supposed to have in 2014. I’m so very blessed.

27. What was your favorite film of 2014?

The wedding video my brother made for us as our gift.

28. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

This year I turned the big 3-0. I went to work and was surprised by an ice cream cake from my co-workers and a flower delivery from my best friend.

29. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

Absolutely nothing. 2014 was a dream year for me.

30. How would you describe your personal fashion concept of 2014?


31. What kept you sane?

Probably the people in my life. That, and knowing that no matter what happened, I felt pretty sure of the direction I was headed in life.

32. What political issue stirred you the most?

Gosh, there were quite a few toward the end of the year. I think this country has a lot of growing and learning to do, and I think even more is going to come out into the spotlight during 2015.

33. Who did you miss?

A few friends that I wasn’t able to see as often as I’d like.

34. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

At the end of the day, no matter what else happened, my only goal for my wedding day was to end it married to my husband. Everything else was just icing on the cake. I think that’s a good lesson for everything in life. No matter what happens throughout my pregnancy, my only goal is to birth healthy baby at the end. It doesn’t matter about the aches and pains or what the baby shower is like or how I plan on decorating for the baby, the only thing that makes a difference is that my baby is healthy. Same lesson can be applied to various work and life situations.

35. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

“All of me loves all of you.”

Currently in December

photo-1423483641154-5411ec9c0ddfReading: Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg (yet again).

Listening: I’m still hooked on podcasts. I cannot believe that the first season of Serial just ended.

Excited: for the holiday season.

Watching: Forensic Files. I love this show. I just watched all of the episodes on Netflix, and I found out there are so many more on Amazon Prime. Yahoo.

Wearing: Anything to keep me warm. I am cold all of the time.

Wishing: Loga, our Elf on the Shelft could stay year round.

Drinking: Still mostly just water with lemon. Usually alternate with some cranberry grape juice to mix things up a bit.

Loving: Spending time with my friends. I just had a nice girls brunch last week.

Loathing: last minute errands and holiday gifts I still haven’t purchased. I start shopping very early every year as I have a ton of birthdays to buy for on top of Christmas presents. I was about 75% done with my shopping in the beginning of November, and then everything stalled!

Admiring: my new Christmas tree.


Check out: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

Reverb Days 4-11


reverb14 is a prompt-a-day series for the month of December designed to reflect on 2014 and project on hopes and dreams for 2015.  Through December 31st Meredith, Kat and Sarah will post each day with a new prompt. I’m doing it too, though as you can tell I usually post in a cluster versus daily. Join us by writing, or join us by reading.  Follow on Twitter @project_reverb and hashtag #reverb14.  Let’s reverb.


December 4, 2014
Do Over | Hindsight is the one thing we never benefit from in the present.  Is there one moment you wish that you could do-over?

My wedding day – 100%. I only say that because it was everything that I wanted it to be and more. I wish I could relive it again. The only part hindsight could play in my wedding was that I wish I talked to every single guest. How I didn’t manage to, I’m not really sure, but I know that I didn’t. Everything was such a blur, even if it all was a wonderful blur. I loved everything about my wedding, and it seems so unfortunate that it’s over now.


December 5, 2014
Letting go | For next year, I’m letting go of…

Gosh, I’m not sure. I think the only possible thing I could think of was to be more productive during the work day so that I work less at home. I’m not required to do any work on non-work time, which is why it’s really nothing to complain about. I just find myself spending a lot of time at home looking over my work. I want to be more present with my family, so I’m going to let go of the constant need to work in the new year.


December 6, 2014
Money | Where did you spend your money this year?  Did you save it instead?  What, if anything, would you like to do with your finances this year?

This year I paid off my student loans. I still can’t believe I no longer owe money for my BA or MFA to the government, but I don’t! It was a big decision that I don’t even know if I was ready to make at the time, but I’m forever grateful that my loans are gone, and I don’t have to worry about paying them anymore. Now to focus on saving for a house and other future goals.


December 7, 2014
Victory Laps | What was your biggest accomplishment this year?

Maintaining sanity while still being easy-going about things. I planned a wedding in 8 months, six of which were in 2014, and switched careers about three weeks before my wedding. Needless to say, that could have been an immensely stressful situation for me, but I just kept focusing on the tasks at hand and not worrying too much about the big picture. I knew my main goal was to be married at the end of the day and accepted that whatever happened until then wouldn’t change that I’d soon be Mrs. O. This was a great attitude to have as it kept me really relaxed.


December 8, 2014
Hero | Who was your hero this year? Tell us why. What makes a hero in your eyes?

I think heroes can come in various shapes, sizes, and molds. There is no one thing that makes a hero in my eyes. A hero could have a million traits that I admire. I think for 2014, I’ll have to say that my husband is my hero. He’s stepped out of his comfort zone, and embraced many changes. He is always willing to split all of our responsibilities, and in fact he always goes a step beyond. I’m very lucky to have him in my life.


December 9, 2014
The Plank | It has been said that you must learn to take care of yourself before you can be effective at taking care of others.  How did you take care of yourself in 2014?  How will you take care of yourself in 2015?

I think I learned a lot this year about taking care of myself, and I’d really like to keep the habits going into the new year. I integrated walking more regularly into my life. I hope that in 2015 it will become a regular habit versus a more random, binge habit.


December 10, 2014
Leap of faith | What decision did you make this year that was a leap of faith?  Did it work out?  Or not?

Changing careers was my biggest leap of faith in 2014. While I didn’t plan on making a career in human resources, it was certainly easy for me to stay in the profession. I have twelve years of it under my belt, and I am ver grateful for all that I learned during my time in HR. Writing was always my main goal, and it’s wonderful to work in the industry now, but it was a big ol’ leap for me. Things are working out pretty well, and I’m glad I made the decision to change jobs, even if it was just a few weeks before my wedding.


December 11, 2014
Small Pleasures | What small pleasures did you discover this year?

I wouldn’t say that I discovered pho this year (that was in 2011 for me) but I definitely discovered that not having it as a regular meal in my life makes me sad. Mr. O and I were fortunate to live near an excellent restaurant that made great pho. The lady who owned it was a sweetheart, but after so many years of owning the place, she sold it. The new owners (while armed with her recipes) didn’t make food that was as good and as of right now, it is temporarily closed. So I went a few months without pho, and I didn’t like it. The good news is that there is a great place down the street from my work, so I’m back to my pho habit.

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Reverb 2014 Days 1-3


December 1, 2014
At the start | Where did you start 2014? Give us some background on this year. 

2014 was a beautiful year for me. Probably the best of my entire life. I started it engaged to the man I love, and cheered in the new year playing board games, video games, and watching the ball drop with him and Mr. O. It was my last year with a real Christmas tree (we have unfortunately bought an artificial tree this year) and it was still up. My nephew was just turning six, and a niece was just turning one. It was cold in Massachusetts, and I was already ready for the spring. I was working at my previous job, and we were getting ready for our big benefit fairs. The O family was planning on a ski trip at the end of January. It was a great start to the year.


December 2, 2014
Gorgeous | When did you feel beautiful this year? Why?

This is an easy one for me. I kind of feel like I’m cheating with this answer, but I felt most beautiful at my wedding. It wasn’t about the hair or the makeup or the dress or the veil. It was just that I was so happy, and so shockingly easy going about the whole day, and I felt so wonderful. I really loved committing myself to Mr. O in front of all of our family and friends. That all being said, having the opportunity to now look back on the photographs we have, I also looked beautiful. It was better than anything I could have imagined for my wedding day.

December 3, 2014
Coulda Woulda Shoulda | What didn’t you do this year because you were too scared, afraid, unsure? Are you going to do it next year? Or maybe you don’t want to anymore?
I don’t want to cop out on this one, but I’m not sure I would have done anything differently in 2014. Pretty huge things happened for me this year. I planned a wedding, changed careers, got married, honeymooned, and turned 30! All of the risks I took were worth it, and in the long run, I think I was really brave this year. The only things I can reminisce on are tiny, minute details that really don’t matter in the long run. There were a few wedding projects I scrapped last minute because I was running out of time, and I didn’t want to be stressed by another project. If I had more time, maybe I would have finished them. I also could have kept a little more up-to-date with my Project Life scrapbooking. But like I said, none of these matter in the grand scheme of life.

Rainy Days Make Me Tired


This is nothing new, but I just needed to share about how much rainy days makes me tired. This morning, I wanted nothing more than to stay in bed, under the covers, completely ignoring my alarm and the need to get up and get ready for work. I actually did sleep later than I should have this morning, but I got up with enough time to get ready for the day.

It’s raining in my are. It’s not just a little rain either, it is raining on and off all day long. Sometimes heavy, sometimes light, but it is consistent. It’s gloomy too. The sky is gray. The air is cold and windy.

All day long I’ve been so sluggish and tired. I’m lucky that I still got a lot of work done, but man, I would have loved a nap. Rainy days make me tired. I try not to complain about the rain, especially in the winter. I much prefer rain to snow, but I could really use a bright, warm sunny day.

I know that many of you are feeling the same way. I’ve read the same sentiments on Facebook and Twitter so many times today. I remember when I was a little younger, I adored rainy days when I had a day off of work and no responsibilities. I’d lay in bed all day and read a book or watch movies. It was the best.

Now, all rainy make me tired.