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Starting Fresh

Do you ever feel totally and completely drained on every level? Like you’re in desperate need of taking a step back,  recharging, and starting fresh?

Starting Fresh

This summer has left me feeling that way, and some, and this weekend was exactly what I needed to recharge, yesterday felt a little bit like I was starting fresh. I love summer, but in a lot of ways I feel like I’ve been living in one long summer, since before I left for Bali last year (living in Southern California in the winter will do that I guess), and I am ready to move on.

Starting Fresh

My new job is great, but working in an office full time is very different than working on the blog full time was and these last six weeks have been completely exhausting. I have fallen asleep on the couch more than once just because I’m too tired to walk to bed, so this weekend was all about trying to hit reset and recharge a little bit. For me that usually involves the ocean.

Starting Fresh

There’s something about the ocean that really is very soothing for me, almost healing. There have been few things in my life that haven’t been able to be fixed by spending time by the water, whether I’m with friends and family or alone, it always seems to do the trick. And this weekend was no different.

Starting Fresh

I spent most of the long weekend saying goodbye to summer and reflecting on all the ups and downs of the last year and a half. Finishing the weekend off at my absolute favorite place in the world was perfect. I am a firm believer of the idea that everything happens for a reason and this year was certainly a testament to that very concept. From being laid off, to traveling, to moving across the country, and back, and everything in between, I don’t think I’d be where I am if I hadn’t experienced all of it. Finally feeling grounded is a pretty incredible feeling, but it has been a really exhausting and draining process to get here.

Starting Fresh

Hermine rolled in on Monday and put on quite a show with some ridiculously massive waves, thankfully the rain held off until that night so we got an amazing day at my childhood beach house. I spent the day catching up with family, walking up and down the boardwalk with my grandfather, and laughing with friends I’ve known my entire life because our families have been friends forever, all by the ocean.

Starting Fresh

Hat // Sweater // Shorts

September is my favorite month, especially in Boston. The weather is perfect, this weekend was amazing. It was perfect temps for a cozy sweater and a pair of shorts, although jeans were definitely a necessity at night. Needless to say, after the insane heat we’ve had in DC the last couple of months, I was happy as a clam.

Starting Fresh

I definitely came back to DC feeling clear headed and ready for fall and a fresh start. With no major trips or travel coming up, it will be nice to spend some time at home and really focus on my new job and getting into a routine. I’m also so excited for this heat to finally leave the District. Bring on the cooler temps so I can continue to wear this sweater on repeat please.

Starting Fresh

How did you spend the long weekend? What do you do when you’re feeling drained and like you’re in need of a fresh start?

Best Olympic Commercials

I know I said my Nantucket travel guide would be up yesterday but I was far too exhausted last night so unfortunately it won’t be up until next week! I also had another post planned for today but was watching the Olympics last night and started having a great conversations about all the best Olympic commercials and thought it was a lot more fun than talking about summer sales (don’t worry those will all be up tomorrow!)

I know everyone raves about The Superbowl commercials but honestly, there are only so many “puppymonkeybaby” or weird Doritos commercials I can watch before getting super bored. You know what I haven’t gotten bored of yet, though? All the killer commercials surrounding the Olympics this year!

I love the Olympics a lot. I think the amazing sportsmanship and camaraderie (maybe excluding Michael Phelps trying to  kill le Clos with his eyes the other night) we see year after year is just amazing. It’s a time when the entire world comes together, puts aside differences and hate to just truly celebrate each others incredible athletic ability. When competition isn’t the most important thing, but instead it seems that everyone is cheering each other on. It’s the stories like this one, that really show the Olympic spirit and get me each Olympics, when someone falls down and someone else stops and yells “get up, get up! We have to finish!”  In the world we’re living in where there are so many horrible things happening every day it’s nice to have a few weeks where all that hate and anger toward each other seems to subside for a little while.

Also the commercials are awesome. Here are, in my opinion at least, the best Olympic commercials from this year!

1 // Michael Phelps for Under Armour, I think Michael Phelps has done an amazing job showing the world that he has grown up a lot in the last 4 years. For us swimmers it’s been truly incredible to watch his journey over the past 16 years, I think he’s paved the way for and in a lot of ways put swimming on the map. I love the sentiment behind this commercial but also just seeing, kind of, the end of his journey!

2 // This Bridgestone Tire commercial, I don’t know why but I love it

3 // I still think the last “thank you Mom” was better, but this one is still a favorite this year.

4 // The coolest carpool around, thanks to Visa

5 // You know it’s good when a McDonald’s commercial is making you emotional

6// While I hate United, I kind of love this!

7 // The commercial that sparked this whole post, I’m a sucker for these multilingual song commercials and this one is no different. We were watching it and it was so good and had us all totally captivated us and we were joking that it was probably like a Coke or fast food ad and then it turned out to be Samsung ad. And it’s awesome, I think the slogan is perfect and really speaks to exactly why I love the Olympics so much!

8 // It’s a hard decision between the Samsung, Michael Phelps and this commercial because I love them all so much. Maybe it’s because it’s one of my favorite songs but I think it’s more likely that Coca-Cola just has a seriously ridiculous marketing team. Side note: every time I see a Coca-cola commercial, and subsequently think about how amazing it is, I think of Mad Men which might make me a little biased.

What do you think are the best olympic commercials?

Finding Inspiration

finding inspiration

How is it only Wednesday? It’s been one of those weeks where Tuesday was the Monday-est Tuesday and Monday was pretty Monday too. I’ve been non-stop at work and by the time I get home, exercise, cook dinner and clean up it’s already 9:30 and I can barely keep my eyes open. It’s been a crazy few weeks and I’m definitely still trying to figure out my routine now that I’m back in an office full time (I feel like I’ve had to find a new routine every few months for the past year and a half, hoping this one sticks for quite a while.)

I found my motivation to get back into this blogging thing, finally, but now with my crazy schedule and being pretty exhausted finding inspiration has been tough. If it’s not one thing it’s another, right? I’ve bene searching for some serious inspiration the last couple weeks to build a seriously awesome content calendar for y’all and I thought I’d share the ways I’ve been finding inspiration, in case you’re in the same boat as me!

There is definitely no cookie cutter formula for finding inspiration, everyone is different but here are a few things that have been helping me!

1 // pinterest: this one almost goes without saying, because I mean isn’t this what Pinterest was created for? It’s an online bulletin/dream/inspiration/motivation board so get pinning and I’m willing to bet you’ll find some inspiration.

2 // get outside: sometimes when I’m feeling uninspired I just need to get outside, go for a walk or run or just go sit somewhere and read a book. What better to get inspired by than your surroundings?

3 // read some blogs: I think the best way to get inspiration is to poke around the blogosphere and see what all the other amazing blogger babes are doing on their blogs. It can be hard not to compare yourself to others in this world of blogging so early on I decided that instead of being jealous of the amazing campaigns and blog posts other bloggers were doing I would just get inspired and push myself to get there too. I’m still doing it and it is definitely my best source of inspiration!

4 // look through pictures: if you’re like me you have an obnoxious amount of pictures and on your phone on your laptop, sometimes when I’m feeling uninspired I go back through some of my pictures. Whether it’s something I screens hotted or a picture from a trip I took ages ago, usually I can find some inspiration by taking a look.

5 // read a book: relax, turn your brain off and get away from your technology for a while. Get inspired by a great writer, even better if the book you’re reading can transport you to another place, you’ll be amazed how great you’ll feel after a little break to read something great.

6 // make a list: remember when I talked about writers block and my 31 things trick? It remains true that making a list of everything on my mind can usually spark some inspiration.