I've spent the last month or so learning new things. Like how to use Infusionsoft, how to completely gut and rebuild a WordPress theme and how to work with a group of people I've never met in real life in an organized fashion. (Thank you, Basecamp!) The relationship with Alli was already there. It's been valued for a long time. I've worked on her projects, launched cool stuff with her and enjoyed her friendship over the years. We 'get' each other and she often jokes that I'm an 'Alli Translator.' Build relationships with people because you value them, not because you value their network.
Lately I've been really intrigued by personality types. Coming to terms with being an introvert, learning what that really means, and owning it, has been a cool journey. At BlissDom I got to hear Susan Cain, author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, (affiliate link) speak about the power of introverts. Last night I re-read my ISFJ profile and identified with every line. Why It's Important to Know Your Personality Type I think for me, learning about the things that make me tick, the reasons I often feel unappreciated, and the natural instinct I have to avoid conflict
When I first started working online and meeting other moms who'd talk about "the mommy wars" or "judgmental moms" I was completely flabbergasted. Moms judge each other? Isn't this parenting thing hard enough? Aren't we hard enough on ourselves as mothers? Do we really need to be judging one another? Of course the answer is no. But, why had I been so oblivious to this epidemic? Truth is, I was raised in a small community. The kind of judgement we received as a family was based on the sheer size (I'm the oldest of 8 kids) and the fact that we homeschooled. Once people got to know us, the judgmental
We're a geeky family. It's no secret that we all like LEGO, even mom and dad. We consider these building blocks an investment since our boys will be able to play with them for years to come. So, I wasn't a bit surprised when my oldest asked for a LEGO themed birthday party. I looked at WalMart. No LEGO party goods, gift bags or cards. I then searched Pinterest and came up with a nice little collection of LEGO Birthday Party Ideas. I knew I wouldn't get to use them all, but just seeing the pictures of what people had done inspired me to make this party fun without breaking the bank! DIY LEGO
If ever there was a blog conference that makes me giddy it's BlissDom. I love attending conferences, learning and networking, but at BlissDom I get excited about seeing my friends. You see, I've been doing this blogging thing for about 10 years and for the last 5 or 6 years the majority of my friends have lived inside my computer. At my very first BlissDom I got to meet Angela England and discovered she lives pretty close to me. Now we see each other several times a year, watch each others kids, go on double dates with our husbands and road trip to conferences together. It's amazing to have that
When it comes to date nights we have a couple things we do over and over... go to the movies or out to dinner. We rarely deviate from our ordinary. And while it's comfortable it's less than interesting. This week we decided to shake things up a bit and go to a hands-on cooking class held by a fancy restaurant in town. We've eaten at this place before and really admired the food, even if our pocketbooks flinched at the prices. It's really small and quaint, open only a couple nights a week and for Sunday brunch. There's a real chef (not a line cook) who cooks all the food and the staff is amazing. They