I Love La La Land


If you’ve noticed anything about me, I have a thing for classic films, vintage everything and am a sucker for a good story. I saw La La Land with very little prior knowledge except Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling were the  stars and folks who I really trusted had fallen in love for it.

The film follows Mia and Seb through their meeting and relationship, while working on following their dreams in LA and what that means as time passes and they are in their late 20’s. I totally relate to the dream following vibe and did I mention that it’s (somewhat) a musical?


Emma and Ryan dance, they sing, they are naturals and I have simply just eaten it up. The colors are all gorgeous, pops of primaries in the wardrobe. I want most of the clothes that Emma’s character wears, especially that yellow dress above- and let me just say I predict so many yellow dresses to be in this spring and summer.

I’m also so in love with the music from the film. The opening number of “Another Day of Sun” is one of the catchiest songs around and John Legend’s character, Keith’s, number that makes it into the film is something I wish there was a whole record based around. The dancing is super on point and I was genuinely impressed with how well these actors did their numbers.

There’s so much that I love about this film, as you can tell. I’ve seen it twice in one weekend and am hopeful to revisit it again this weekend, too. I’ve barely seen any movies in the past few years, so that might show how much I enjoyed this film.

Obviously, La La Land is my aesthetic for 2017.

It’s Christmas Time!


Whew, life sure has been busy! Between work, fun events, friends coming to town and Christmasy things, I’ve been a busy lady.

We’ve taken photos in front of so many Christmas trees, worked out schedules sharing one car (including way early morning work drop offs) and planned out so much fun the next few weeks.


I hope you guys are having a fantastic holiday season and are remembering to stop and have some fun, not be super stressed out!



Small Biz Saturday: Holiday Crazy


Recently, it’s felt like the balance of life is more teetering and tottering than the amazing burger I’m about to devour in this photo (from Screen Door Cafe, by the way. Amazing food!). Obviously with the main job, the social media work, keeping this blog going and all the other aspects of life, things can get pretty scattered and crazy, but it seems this year it’s especially crazy lately with the holiday season.

I’ve jumped headfirst into the Christmas season, having my tree up since November 1 (I was so over Halloween). Things have sped up at work for Loss and I’ve had extra stuff going on at mine, not to mention making sure stuff is all set for my social media posts before they are scheduled to post as we rocked along the month of November into December.

I don’t say all this to complain but just say- Whew! I love the holidays, but workwise, I’m ready to enjoy this time and then really dive in hardcore come January.  That’s not to say I don’t want to work hard- I definitely do and will and currently am.


But here’s to family and love and those people who make your heart happiest to be around. Take the time to enjoy them and slow down this season. Figure out how to expedite things and get that work done in as little time as possible- maybe listen to some Christmas jams while doing so to help stay in the spirit.  And yes, I post this mostly to remind myself how things need to be done.



Hero Mode: an Ode to Her Universe

Life can get crazy and times can be hard, but it’s always nice to find comfort in things that are around day to day.

Recently life has found a way to throw a lot at us with car issues, the end of the semester for Loss, the craziness of the oncoming holidays and weird work schedules, but I decided some self care was needed to stay (somewhat) sane. So it’s been yummy hot chocolate drinks and episodes of Gilmore Girls to help take my mind off some things.  I’ve also been lucky to have some rad stuff going on, such as a friend from out of town coming through and meeting up with her one afternoon.

So how does Her Universe fit into this? The Hero Mode shirt from their Kohl’s work out collection from this past fall has helped with this self care and has added some confidence to my days. I’ve worn it a few times this week and it’s helped me to realize that I can be someone as awesome as Black Widow and power through and be the Hero for us.  It’s helped me keep my head up and try and be as positive as I can.


So, here I am, staying Hero Mode and getting through everyday the best I can. And that’s totally good. Nothing going on is so serious that it can’t be handled. And I feel so much better knowing and remembering that.

Thanks for the confidence boost, Ashley Eckstein & all the Her Universe team!

OTR Interview Makes It Better

After thinking more about the recent election, I wondered how things were going to be handled with the post-election news.  As I wrote about before, the Trump election was a shocker for me but I decided I needed to be positive in order to live a life that I can atleast enjoy day to day.

I listened to the SkyPlex master mind, Joshua Wallack, spend a very insightful 2 hours with Ken from the Orlando Tourism Report and he made so much sense.  In the interview, Joshua says that he dealt with the fact that Trump won and then moved on to the next step. Being the owner of the Mangos night club in Miami and Orlando, Ken inquired what, if anything, the President-Elect would mean for the people Joshua employees and the way they do business.  Joshua made one of the best statements I’ve heard since the election. He stated that it didn’t matter who is president, they are going to keep doing what they’re doing.

These two statements really hit home with me. After the first hour, I felt better. Joshua knew what to say and how to say it. I felt almost as if he had talked to his children and reassured them in a similar way that he did in this interview.  Even not being a child, I sincerely appreciated what he had to say and it’s one of the things making life better than my initial response to the election results.

You can check out the interview through the OTR site or on any podcast app.


Small Biz Saturday: Gary Vee Lessons

Most of the folks I’m close with have learned a new name in the past year or so- Gary Vaynerchuk. Gary Vee is an inspiration to me. He’s my champion, even though we may never meet. Gary Vee is a big part of why I’m freelancing and have a goal of making it my full time career.

Gary Vaynerchuk came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1978 and grew his father’s liquor business as an adult.  He started the ground breaking Wine Library TV when the internet was a pretty new thing and was pumping out daily content, building his experience in  content creation and sales as well. Gary invested in Twitter, Uber and some other groundbreaking companies and started up his own company, VaynerMedia as well. He’s got lots going on. Did I mention he’s still churning out daily (pretty much all the time) content and consistently reaching out to his fan base? Because he is.

(An extra cool point for Gary Vee and VaynerMedia is their opening an office here in Chattanooga. It’s a little reminder that I am in a pretty cool place with rad opportunities that I might forget about sometimes- but if a company like that moves here, there’s clearly something good going on. It’s a really appreciated reminder, too.)

I’ve learned some lessons from this guy as I’ve taken in his vlogs, podcasts, keynote speeches, Instagram wallpapers, so much more (ok, admittedly not much of his books…but that’s soon to be rectified). So in all this content I’ve enjoyed and pondered, I’ve picked up a few bits of wisdom I’ve been putting to work- and I’d like to share them for today’s Small Biz Saturday.

You Have to Do the Thing

Gary has cemented this with me. When I started freelance writing earlier this year, Kevin Smith was the motivation to try it out. Gary Vee is part of why I keep doing it. He consistently talks about doing it and not quitting, not throwing in the towel. He talks about how there’s so many people with ideas out there- you’ve just got to do it. Truth.

Daily Content Matters

Working on social media for folks besides myself has really put this concept to work for me. It’s been a huge goal of mine to have a consistent calendar of content for both this blog/brand, as well as for all those folks I might do business with. Being reminded daily “hey,we’re still here” is a huge key for business and, while it can be challenging, it is worth it. If there’s no content, there’s no life to the brand or company. ‘Daily content matters’ is a daily affirmation I’ve learned from Gary and what he shares with the world.


I am not the most patient person by nature. At all. And lately this has popped up on my radar as I’m thinking about JLBNerdy and where I’d like to go next. My goal is to eventually make this social media marketing and writing into a full time, freelance job- my dream job. I’ve been lucky enough and am putting in the work to start down that road sooner than later, but I’ve already started to second guess myself. I’ve looked at moving from my more flexible job to another more permanent job and I know why- I’m scared and I’m not being patient. I decided to not jump right now and give this freelance thing more time- I’ve only been doing it really for a few months, since April at the earliest. Gary talks about spending years and years with Wine Library TV and putting the time in. That helps me remember to be patient and let things happen how they will- as long as I work and put my time in, I can make this work or figure out a way to make things work. I can be happy- that’s the end goal.

So there’s a few things that I’ve learned…there’s more but this post is long enough as it is. If you’re not afraid of a little salty language and some to the point messages, I highly suggest giving Gary Vee a listen/view/read. He’s been quite helpful in my process and I know he will be a resource for years to come.

Thanks, Gary.



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